Teenager and children who have outgrown their kick scooters may be ready for a gas powered or electric scooter. They are a good next step before graduating to a fully sized motor vehicle. Razor electric and Go-Peds are two brands of scooters available and come in a large variety.
Motorized scooters are either powered by gas or electric. The cost varies both for the initial cost and the running cost. So, how do you know which one to choose for your child? Having some knowledge about each scooter may make your decision easier and allow you to make an informed decision.
Performance is the main difference between electric and gas scooters. Gas powdered scooters are usually faster than the electric type. Gas scooters have a top speed of about 30 miles per hour. The electric scooter speeds vary depending on motor size, but the more powerful motors get about 20 miles per hour and the cheaper, less powerful models get less.
You need to choose a scooter that has a speed your child can handle safely. For younger children, electric is much safer. A child can progress to a faster model as he become more accustomed to riding and can handle more speed.
Cost and maintenance are also a concern for parents. Children need to learn to be responsible for their own things and the gas powered scooters require more care, so they may be more difficult for a child to care for. Gas motors require maintenance such as cleaning spark plugs, engine checks and oil changes. This is not an easy job for child, but a teen can better handle the responsibility.
The electric scooters require little maintenance and are better suited for a younger child. The battery has a plug-in that needs to be charged electrically, but it is safe for children to do.
Owners need to take gas scooters to the gas station for fill-ups and electric scooter just need to be plugged in at night, so the electric is more convenient, especially for younger children. The electric charge varies by motor size and the less expensive scooters generally need recharged after only 40 minutes of continuous use.
Larger motors can last up to four hours before needed recharged. Check with the manufacturer before buying if this is important in your decision to purchase. The electric scooters require less maintenance and are not as fast, so if you are looking for a scooter for a younger child, the electric may be the right choice.