How do Razor Power A2 vs. Gotrax GXL Commuter stack up?
The electric scooters we have head to head here are the Power A2, manufactured by Razor, versus the GXL Commuter, manufactured by Gotrax. We’ll take a deep dive into the specs of both brands, to help you decide which is better depending on your needs, and what you will mostly be using your electric scooter for.
Electric scooters are all about ease of use, versatility and convenience. They are designed to make urban commuting easy, which makes their weight one of the key characteristics to take into account.
The Razor Power A2 has a total weight of 14 lbs (6 kg), whereas the Gotrax GXL Commuter has a total weight of 26 lbs (12 kg). As Razor Power A2 is lighter, it is the more convenient option if you need to carry it for a portion of your commute (up stairs, or on and off public transport, for example).
Of course, convenience and portability is only one part of the puzzle. It is important to know how an electric scooter actually rides, and whether it will be able to handle your specific commute.
If your commute is a hilly one, then you’ll want to pay careful attention to the motor power, as this is key in getting you and your scooter up hills.
Razor Power A2 has a motor power of 222W, versus Gotrax GXL Commuter’s motor power of 250W. Neither model is designed to take on inclines, and both models will struggle if your commute is a hilly one.
Razor Power A2 has a top speed of 10 mi/hr (16 km/hr) versus a top speed of 16 mi/hr (26 km/hr) for Gotrax GXL Commuter. So if you are looking at long, flat stretches on your commute, and if speed is your thing, then Gotrax GXL Commuter is the best choice.
When it comes to distance travelling, however, then the range of the electric scooter is going to be a key factor. Razor Power A2 has a range of 6 miles (10 km), while Gotrax GXL Commuter has a range of 12 miles (19 km). If your commute is more than 20 miles (32 km), then neither model would be a good choice.
Battery life and recharge time are also important factors to take into account. Razor Power A2 has a battery capacity of 90W, and Gotrax GXL Commuter has a capacity of 187whWh. Razor Power A2 will recharge fully from empty in 4 hours, and Gotrax GXL Commuter will take 3-4 hours to fully recharge.
An electric scooter also needs to be able to support the weight of the rider. Razor Power A2 has a maximum rider weight of 143 lbs (65 kg), while Gotrax GXL Commuter can support a maximum weight of 220 lbs (100 kg).
Now onto safety. Brakes are one of the most important safety features of an electric scooter, and may be the only difference between a safely completed journey and a trip to the emergency room. There are a number of different brake options available for electric scooters, all of which have their respective pros and cons.
Disc brakes have the best braking power, give excellent control and perform well in all conditions, although they do require maintenance, and are usually the most expensive. Foot brakes are lightweight, simple, and require no maintenance, but tend to perform poorly when compared to other types, are slower to activate and need a specific riding position. Drum brakes are also low maintenance, and better performing, particularly in wet conditions, but are heavier and complicated to disassemble.
Both electronic brakes and regenerative brakes add no extra weight at all, and require no maintenance, but again both types produce less effective braking performance, and can be prone to failure. Regenerative brakes can also fail to work when the battery is fully charged.
Razor Power A2 has Foot brakes, and Gotrax GXL Commuter has Disc brakes.
When it comes to tires, there are two options, pneumatic or solid. Pneumatic tires are more comfortable, but can burst if punctured by glass, thorns or nails. Solid rubber tires however are far more durable (and puncture-proof) but will give a more bumpy ride.
Razor Power A2 has Solid and Gotrax GXL Commuter has Pneumatic.
Suspension can also help achieve a smoother ride, and although not all electric scooters come with suspension, many models come with front or rear suspension, or both. Razor Power A2 has None, and Gotrax GXL Commuter has None, making neither a comfy ride.
These days, plenty of electric scooters come with built-in lights. Options vary with lights available at both front and back, just front lights, or just rear lights. Razor Power A2 comes with none, and Gotrax GXL Commuter comes with front lights, so Gotrax GXL Commuter is suitable if driving after dark and safety are high priorities.
The final thing to keep in mind is the warranty. This protects you in the unlikely event of a fault with the electric scooter. Razor Power A2 comes with a 90 days warranty, and Gotrax GXL Commuter comes with a 90 day limited warranty.
And there you have it, a full round up of Razor Power A2 Vs. Gotrax GXL Commuter. Hopefully this comparison gives you an idea of the relative strengths and weaknesses of Razor Power A2 and Gotrax GXL Commuter, and helps demonstrate which electric scooter will best suit your needs. Whichever scooter you pick, remember to always be safe, and have fun!
Side By Side Comparison Chart:
|Razor Power A2||Gotrax GXL Commuter|
|Top Speed||10 mi/hr (16 km/hr)||16 mi/hr (26 km/hr)|
|Range||6 miles (10 km)||12 miles (19 km)|
|Weight||14 lbs (6 kg)||26 lbs (12 kg)|
|Rider Weight||143 lbs (65 kg)||220 lbs (100 kg)|
|Tire Size||5.0 inches||8.5 inches|
|Recharge Time||4 hours||3-4 hours|
|Lights||No Lights||Front Lights|
|Standing Dimensions||31.38" x 14.41" x 37.99"||43.8" x 17.0" x 42.0"|
|Folded Dimensions||44.0" x 6.0" x 15.0"|
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