Updated: May 29, 2015
Electric Scooter Reviews:Kids scooters were really popular just a few years back and I still have 2 in my garage to prove that point. However, with technology has come the electric scooter. Designed similar to the original Razor scooters, these new ones are powered by electricity. You just charge up the 12 volt sealed lead batteries and off you go for up to 45 minutes straight. The batteries can be recharged in about 8 hours. My nephew has one of the new Razor E300 scooters and the machine is fun to ride around. They are meant for kids 12 and older as littler ones may not understand the dynamics of gas and break and could end up hurting themselves. The E300 electric scooter can reach speeds up to 15 MPH. Razor also sells the lessor E200 and E100 electric scooters that start at about $100 in price and move up from there. Another manufacturer, Ezip, makes the eZip 500 and we saw that one listed at Target.com for around $270. I have started noticing a few of those models around our town as they can do up to 8 miles on one charge at roughly 15 miles per hour as well.
Many of the newer models have a seat that you can sit on. No longer are you required to stand up in order to enjoy the ride. Razor has the E200S and the E300S which get great reviews on Amazon.com from owners. The handlebars are adjustable so you can sit on the seated electric scooter and still be able to steer it properly. If you really want to splurge, consider the Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro Electric Scooter which can go up to 15 MPH and is a European styled scooter with an electric motor. Looks like a small moped, but still meant for kids 12 and older. Like all motor vehicles, you should chech the brakes regularly and make sure the tires are properly inflated. Safety is another concern for parents as kids can get injured on these electric scooters. Make sure your child wears a helmet and elbow and knee pads so that they are protected in case of a fall. I have riden the E300 scooter and it felt safe and well balanced for me, but then again I'm almost 40 and have had experience with mopeds and motorcycles before. I would definitely give my child a quick lesson on gas and braking. Let them start in an area with no hazards - a bit parking lot is a good spot to start. Never let them take a 2nd rider or pull anyone from the back. I think with some basic rules these electric powered scooters can be really fun and worth the money. Some districts even let you ride them to school, which kids really like. If you want to read literally 100's of reviews on electric scooters, go to Amazon.com as they have all the recent models listed with owner comments and feedback. You can browse the top selling electric scooters online here.