The Razor Power Core Electric Scooters
The Razor E90 and E100 electric scooters have been around for many years now and, while they have been very popular with kids and are still available to buy, they are beginning to look a bit tired and it was about time that they were updated and improved.
The good news is that Razor have now introduced new and much improved versions of the E90 and E100.
One of the biggest problems with the old E90 and E100 scooters was that they had limited battery-use times of 50 minutes and 40 minutes respectively, which was a bit of a pain if you wanted to use them for decent length of time without having to buy extra batteries.
The batteries in the new versions will last much longer between charges, and this will reduce the need for you to buy extra batteries.
There are some other really important changes to both scooters, but there also remain some big differences between them and it is not that easy to spot them by simply looking at pictures of the 2 scooters.
I hope that my Razor Power Core E90 vs E100 review will help you to make the right decision about which of these electric scooters is most suitable for you or your child.
Razor Power Core Scooters at a Glance
Not everyone wants to read detailed descriptions of all of the different features found on the Power Core E90 and E100 scooters. If you are one of those people, here is a handy comparison table setting out the main features side-by-side.
|Feature||Power Core E90||Power Core E100|
|Rider Weight||120 lbs+||120 lbs+|
|Top Speed||10 mph||11 mph|
|Throttle Mechanism||Simple Push button||Hand Grip Twist|
|Brake System||Hand Operated Basic||Hand Operated Calliper|
|Wheels / Tyres||Urethane Front Tyre||Pneumatic Front Tyre|
|Motor||Kick-start high torque hub||Kick-start high torque hub|
|Run Time||up to 80 minutes||up to 60 minutes|
|Dimensions||32.5" L x 16" W x 36" H||33.7" L x 16.5" W x 35" H|
|Scooter Weight||23 lbs||26.5 lbs|
If you want to see these machines in action straight away, you can simply scroll down to the videos towards the bottom of the page.
Razor Power Core Scooters – The Similarities
#1 Age & Weight Limits
The Power Core E90 and E100 both have a recommended minimum use age of 8 years old and a maximum weight restriction of 120 lbs.
The maximum weight limit should not be ignored, but the age stipulation is simply Razor’s recommendation. You know your own child’s physical abilities better than anyone else, and their age is not necessarily an accurate guide.
If you look at the range of students in your own kids’ class at school, you will see that there are massive differences between them in terms of height, weight, strength, and maturity levels even though they may be the same age.
Ther’re your kids and so ultimately it’s your call.
My 7-year old twins would have no problems managing both the Power Core E90 and E100 versions.
#2 Throttle, Motor & Top Speed
Although both scooters come fitted with Razor’s new high torque hub motors and use a kick-start system to get going, they have different top speeds and throttle mechanisms (see below).
The kick-start system just means that the motor is started by the rider simply pushing of as if they were using a normal non-electric kick scooter and then activating the throttle.
The new hub motors have more power than the old E90 and E100 scooters and also mean that there are less parts to worry about and less that can go wrong. There are no chains, which means:
- no chain alignment issues to worry about
- no chain tension issue to deal with
#3 Braking System
The E100 has always had a bike-style hand brake, but the old E90 used a foot brake at the back of the deck that operated just like a standard kick scooter brake.
The Power Core E90 and E100 scooters both have a hand brake lever fitted.
Their hand brakes are not exactly the same as you can see from the images.
The Power Core E90 brake is more basic, whereas the E100 version has a higher quality calliper brake.
#4 Better Styling
I have yet to find anyone who does’t think that the Power Core scooters have much better styling.
My kids think that they look great and I bet yours do too.
If you were an 8 year-old, which one would you rather ride?
Razor Power Core Scooters – The Differences
#1 Top Speed & Throttle
The Power Core E90 has a top speed of 10 mph and the E100 has a top speed of 11 mph.
So, there is only a 1 mph difference between them.
Note: The old E90 and E100 scooters had top speeds of 9 mph and 10 mph.
The main difference between the way in which they accelerate away is that the E90 has a simple push button throttle whereas the E100 has a normal motorbike-style grip twist throttle mechanism.
The practical differences between the throttles are that the E90 throttle is either “fully on” or “fully off”, but you can vary the speed of the E100 by altering the amount of grip twist being applied.
If you or your child can handle the variable speed twist throttle of the Power Core E100 then I would choose that over the E90 any day as it gives you much more control.
Of course, if the twist throttle is going to be problematic, then just buy the Power Core E90 instead.
#2 Scooter Size & Weight
As you will have seen from the comparison table above, the Power Core E100 is larger and heavier than the E90 version.
The difference in size and weight might not make much difference to a strong older child, it may well be factor if you are choosing a scooter for a mature and sensible 6-year old that isn’t particularly strong.
Again, your call!
#3 Wheels & Tyres
You can see from the images of the scooters, that the front wheels and tyres are very different.
The E90 version comes with a smaller urethane front tyre and the E100 version has a larger pneumatic tyre. If used on the same surfaces, the ride quality of the Power Core E100 will be smoother and more forgiving if its not completely flat
There are limits, however, to the E100’s ability to go off-road. These scooters are designed for relatively flat surfaces rather than exploring dirt tracks and bumpy surfaces.
#4 Battery Run Time
Razor have made massive improvements to the battery run times for both scooters.
The E90 will run for up to 80 minutes before needing to be re-charged and the E100 will run for up to 60 minutes without stopping.
Obviously, the E100’s shorter run time is due to a combination of the extra weight of the scooter and the more powerful motor required to get a heavier machine to a higher speed. Even though it has 2 x 12 v cells as opposed to the E90’s 1 x 12v cell, that’s still not enough to get more than 60 minutes use at a time.
This increased run time over the old models is great. No-one wants to keep having to charge multiple batteries at a time and 60-80 minutes is a really nice length of time between charges. You might still want an extra battery, but the days of needing another 3 batteries are now gone.
#5 Color Options & Prices
The recommended retail price of the Razor Core E100 is $30 more than the E90.
The E90 version comes in black/green and black/pink.
The Razor Power Core Scooters in Action
No one in their right mind would buy a kids electric scooter without first seeing it in action.
The Power Core E90 in action:
The Power Core E100 in action:
They are both great electric scooters for kids and Razor have made big improvements over the older versions without raising the price points very much at all.
If your child can handle to extra speed, power, and twist-throttle that comes with the Power Core E100, I would definitely say that it is well worth the extra $30.
If your child needs a slightly less powerful machine, or your budget can’t stretch that far, the Power Core E90 will be more suitable and will still be lots of fun to ride.
The Razor Power Core E90 vs E100 – Color Options
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