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Razor E Prime III Review

This competitively priced scooter is great for short commutes where carrying the machine is required
Razor E Prime III
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Price:   $400 List | $369.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Light-weight, easy to fold, zippy
Cons:  So-so range, slow to recharge, struggles on steep hills
Manufacturer:   Razor
By Nick Miley and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 23, 2020
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#4 of 11
  • Range - 25% 4
  • Power - 25% 7
  • Ride - 20% 8
  • Portability - 15% 9
  • Braking - 15% 6

Our Verdict

This scooter is competitively priced, and has great safety features as well as being easy to operate. While the travel radius is somewhat limited, and the recharge period is a bit protracted, this machine will be more than adequate for most commutes. Add to this a manageable weight that won't make it a burden to tote into an office, train station or lecture hall.

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Pros Light-weight, easy to fold, zippySmooth ride, long battery life, easy to carryFast, front suspension, decent travel radiusFast, powerful brake system, relatively inexpensiveInexpensive, smooth ride, stopping power, cruise control
Cons So-so range, slow to recharge, struggles on steep hillsBrakes may require maintenance, long recharge intervalCruise control defaults to ON, tires quick to wear, steering column lock lack redundancyShorter travel radius, poorly designed folding latchSlow, short travel radius, prolonged folding process
Bottom Line This competitively priced scooter is great for short commutes where carrying the machine is requiredThis do it all scooter combines comfort and utility in a simple yet sharp designA relatively inexpensive scooter with a respectable top speed, convenience, and decent travel radiusIf you have a need for speed and you don't care as much about folding and stowing then this general purpose scooter is a ticket to a fun rideIf you're on a bit of a budget but still want reasonable performance then this commuter could be just the scooter
Rating Categories Razor E Prime III Xiaomi Mi M365 Hiboy MAX MEGAWHEELS S5 GOTRAX GXL Commuter
Range (25%)
4.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
5.0
Power (25%)
7.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
Ride (20%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
7.0
8.0
Portability (15%)
9.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
Braking (15%)
6.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Razor E Prime III Xiaomi Mi M365 Hiboy MAX MEGAWHEELS S5 GOTRAX GXL Commuter
Measured Maximum Speed 18.4 mph 14.9 mph 19.3 mph 16.2 mph 12.9 mph
Measured Effective Range 8.2 miles 12.8 miles 12.2 miles 10.1 miles 10.1 miles
Measured Charge Time 6 hours 5 hrs 10 min 4 hours 30 min 3 hrs 3 hrs 40 min
Brake Type Front electronic brake and rear fender brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake Front electronic brake and rear disc brake
Tire Type Pneumatic front
Solid rear
Pneumatic Solid rubber Pneumatic Pneumatic
Tire Size 8" 8.5" 8.5" 8.5" 8.5"
Lights Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screen No Battery indicator only Yes Battery indicator only Yes
App No No Yes No No
Maximum Load 220 lbs 220 lbs 220 lbs 265 lbs 220 lbs
Bell No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Weight 24 lbs 27.2 lbs 35.2 lbs 26.7 lbs 27.3 lbs
Battery Type Lithium Lithium Lithium Lithium-ion Lithium
Motor 250 Watt Rated 250 Watt
Max 500 Watt
350 Watt 250 Watt 250 Watt

Our Analysis and Test Results

What made the Razor E Prime III a standout in a class of scooters offering stiff competition is that it's an obvious fit for those who make short but frequent commutes that involve carrying the scooter. Obvious candidates are college students and urbanites that use a bus or train as part of their daily travels. The machine is light, easy to fold/unfold, and it has a smooth ride. So, when you're running a bit late, reach for this practical (and fun) machine as it won't let you down.

Simple, light-weight, and effective. This scooter is a great pick...
Simple, light-weight, and effective. This scooter is a great pick for the college crowd.
Credit: Laura Casner

Performance Comparison


To make accurate and reproducible assessments of the scooters here reviewed, we developed tests that reveal the products' strengths and weaknesses regardless of marketing hype or looks. These exhaustive tests cover common (and some not so common) uses of these products so you know what you'll be getting into before making a purchase. Below is an account of the testing process and the E Prime III's performance.

Fleet, fun, and reliable. One tester making out for a spin.
Fleet, fun, and reliable. One tester making out for a spin.
Credit: Laura Casner

Range


For many would-be scooter commuters, range is at the top of the list of considerations. If you fall into this category, the 8.2 effective miles of flat ground cruising that the E Prime III delivers won't be all that impressive. Nor will its 46-minute runtime. If these limitations don't bother you, you might raise your eyebrows when you find out that it will take a whopping 6 hours to recharge a fully depleted battery.


Further hurting the Razor's standing in the range assessment is the fact that the scooter's top speed and power tapered gradually as the battery charge drained. As a result, the top speed for the majority of the range test was approximately 12 mph. This is a far cry from the max speed of 18.4 mph observed in the power tests (see below).

The battery charge indicator letting you know that you have plenty...
The battery charge indicator letting you know that you have plenty of power left to cruise.
Credit: Laura Casner

Power


As with the Range assessment, the power tests render less than impressive results that landed the Razor E Prime III at the bottom of the class. It wasn't all bad, however. When fully charged, this model will cruise at 18.4 mph, which is well above the class average. Additionally, the scooter will work its way up hills as steep as a 3.5% gradient at approximately 5 mph.


Okay, bright spots aside. The Razor's top speed is not maintained throughout the battery's charge and started decreasing around mile 2 in our battery test. By 50% battery life the max speed was around 12 mph. Additionally, the steeper of our test hills which averages a gradient of 10.5 % stopped the E Prime III dead in its tracks.

This machine packs enough power that it'll have you feeling like...
This machine packs enough power that it'll have you feeling like you're flying.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ride


No one likes a bumpy ride. That's why we use one of the worst roads in town to run the scooters here reviewed up and down to test the feedback from bumps and cracks. The Razor E Prime III sports a pneumatic front tire (great for shock absorption) and a sold rubber rear tire. Solid tires are nice as they require little to no maintenance but they tend to create a rattly ride.


We use a crack and bump-riddled section of street near our lab to test the smoothness of the ride. This road is traversed on all models more than once and allows testers to comparatively assess the scooters. The Razor's unique combination of a front pneumatic tire and a solid rubber rear tire shows that the front tire is the most important for shock absorption as this tire carries the most weight and is in direct line with the hands and forearms which suffer the most from cracks and bumps.

Life is full of bumps in the road. Pneumatic tires and front...
Life is full of bumps in the road. Pneumatic tires and front suspension will help keep you rolling.
Credit: Laura Casner

Braking


The Razor E Prime III uses both an electric brake in the front and a fender brake in the rear. Fender brakes are simple friction brakes and have proven to be effective for rapid stops. While the E Prime III manages to maintain safe and comfortable speeds while descending our 15% test slope, it delivered a lackluster performance in the flat ground stopping tests.


The flat ground stopping test is repeated three times and the stopping distances are averaged. The tester throttles the scooter to approximately 12 mph and at a preset mark engages the vehicle's brakes. The E Prime III averaged 22.7 feet to stop. This is significantly above the average for models with fender brakes.

The electric front brake is paddle actuated and easy to opperate.
The electric front brake is paddle actuated and easy to opperate.
Credit: Laura Casner

Portability


The Razor E Prime III gave a stellar performance in the portability evaluation. As the name suggests, this metric evaluates all things dealing with the ability to transport the vehicle when it is not being ridden. As such, the model's feather-weight 24 pounds, hassle-free folding mechanism, and easy to grip carrying handle make this model a standout for the commuter that will be regularly carrying the vehicle.


Most electric scooters collapse the steering column across the standing deck for transport and storage. This is convenient but also poses safety concerns if the steering column isn't properly secured. As such, the safety latch is a focal point in the portability evaluation. Happily, Razor has come up with a slick design that incorporates a secondary locking mechanism into the primary latch that is undone with a simple twist.

The innovative and effective folding mechanism makes carrying and...
The innovative and effective folding mechanism makes carrying and riding a breeze. The scooter is light, too.
Credit: Laura Casner

The only knocks against the E Prime III are that the steering column/carrying handle is a bit big, potentially making it difficult for those with smaller hands to grip for prolonged periods. Additionally, the scooter is fairly long at 41 1/4" folded. Besides these minor issues, we found this model to be a great fit for the campus commuter.

Value


The Razor E Prime III is a leader in the class overall and in particular in the categories of ride and portability. At the same time, this model has one of the more competitive price points in the group. As such, we find that it offers consumers a considerable value.

Conclusion


In the above review, we have taken a deep dive into the performance of the Razor E Prime III. Specifically, we have looked at the range, ride, power, braking, and portability of this machine. Our testing and analysis revealed this model to be economical, of high-quality while offering innovative safety features. Additionally, we found that this scooter is particularly well-suited to short-range commuting where carrying the vehicle is frequently required. If you are looking for an affordable commuter scooter, the E Prime III is definitely worth a look.

Nick Miley and Austin Palmer