The RazorX Longboard Electric Skateboard from Razor at first glance from the top looks like your typical deck of a longboard. It's nearly 38-inches long and made of five-ply bamboo with a perforated grip tape to keep to help keep you stable as you ride. But flip the board over to reveal a rear battery pack that holds a lithium-ion battery that powers this board up to boost your speed.
Once you've charged up your board (using the included charging cable), you can cruise for 40 minutes uninterrupted.
To start riding, you'll need to need to kick-off to engage the rear-wheel drive motor, otherwise it operates like an albeit heavier but standard longboard. Once engaged, you can control your speed using the included wireless digital remote which features a wrist strap to keep it securely in your hand, a basic on/off switch, and the throttle, which you can slide forward to increase your speed up to 10 MPH. To stop simply throttle it back.
If this is your first time riding an electric skateboard (just like riding a skateboard, in general) there is a learning curve to it. Always make sure you are wearing proper safety gear, especially because of the speed at which you are traveling on this one. We tested this board with both amatuer and avid skateboarders alike, and one thing we heard from both riders is to take it slow the first time. It you toggle the remote too quickly, it can easily send you flying so it's best to start slow and increase your speed steadily. Also start practicing on a flat and easy-to-navigate surface until you feel a bit more comfortable cruising. In general, this is not a board you want to ride down hill ill-prepared. For this you are best using as a standard board, and nix the electric aspect otherwise you'll feel as if you are bombing the hill.
One thing we did find when comparing it to the RazorX Cruiser Skateboard is that, as you may have guessed, because of the larger surface area on which you are riding, the longboard handles a bit easier. The added features of the reverse kingpin trucks also add to the ease of use and because it is rear-wheel operated it eliminates a lot of the maintenance issues that can sometimes come with electric skateboards as well.
We think this is an electric skateboard that will appeal to kids and adults alike. Although the 40-minute travel time only makes the electric boost capabilities usable for short bursts of time (not ideal for commuter use), it's got a lot of great features that make it easy to ride with a little bit of practice. The price tag on this skateboard is also worth noting. At under $200 this is a great value for a solid electric skateboard, which can run you often a lot more than that.
The RazorX Longboard Electric Skateboard is from Razor and it's for ages 9 and up. It holds a max weight of 220 pounds. It will appeal to kids for active play as well as adults as a mode of transportation.
The skateboard holds a max. charge for 40 minutes. The nice thing is if you run out of juice, the board still functions as a regular skateboard, just a bit heavier.
The remote includes two AAA batteries, while the skateboard runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. To charge up your board, you'll need to plug the skateboard into a wall outlet and charge for eight hours before the first use and for six hours after subsequent uses.
Always take proper safety precautions when riding, especially for an electric ride-on such as this one. Wear a helmet and any subsequent elbow and knee pads, which will especially come in handy during the first few falls as you learn-being safe always trumps looking cool.
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