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Scooters have been around since before the 1950s. If you don’t believe me, you can watch some old black and white TV shows and see the kids riding them. But back then, scooters relied on the kid constantly propelling it forward with their own feet, much like the cars in The Flintstones. These days that seems like a lot of work, especially when you’ve got the best electric scooters to consider.

Luckily for us, we have the electric scooter for kids, adults and even electric bike reviews that will get you where you need to go, with minimum work on your part. The Gotrax GXL electric scooter is one of the latest.

Gotrax Does It Again

Gotrax is the leader in personal transport devices like hoverboards and now they are looking to offer the same experience with electric scooters. So does the GXL live up to their line of products? I recently spent some time with the GXL electric scooter, so read on to find out my impressions.

Gotrax GXL Electric Scooter
This Scooter offers a smooth ride and superior build quality.

Super Smooth Ride
Great Performance
Great Tires

LED Headlight Needs To Be Bigger and Brighter
Charge Time Of 4-5 Hours

Build Quality

The build quality is exactly what you would expect from Gotrax. This scooter is quality constructed and durable, which makes it a bit heavy, but that’s not a problem. More on the weight later. The entire scooter feels solid. There are no cheap or flimsy parts on this vehicle at all. Everything just feels superior and sturdy compared to other models on the market.


The design is very sleek and stylish as well. This scooter was very well thought out. It’s heavy, but since it folds in half and the handlebar section locks into the bottom section, you can pick it up and carry it easily and it doesn’t feel so heavy in this configuration. The other big standout here is the LED screen, which is integrated into the stem. During our rides, the sun was out bright and we could still see it clearly. The throttle is on the right handlebar, and the rear brake controller is on the left, making controlling both very effortless.


The GXL needs only a gentle push from you to get the electric motor going. The maximum speed is about 15.5 MPH with a range of around 9-12 miles on a single charge. Your max speed and mileage will vary depending on factors like the weight of the rider. This scooter has great torque and accelerates very fast. It may have a top speed of just 15.5, but when you get on this vehicle it feels like a real speed demon, which is very fun. Both brakes also work very nicely, whether you need to stop quick or slow to a stop. The red brake on the handlebars slows you, but if you need a hard stop, you can use the foot pedal on the board. Slight inclines proved to be no problem and the ride is ultra-smooth since it has 8.5″ air-filled tires. You barely feel bumps at all unless you ride over something really bad. The LED headlight could be brighter. It isn’t up to the usual standard of LED lights on hoverboards. It looks fine at night but leaves you wanting more light.


You can charge the battery using the included power adapter and your battery will charge in about 4-5 hours.

Gotrax GXL Features

  • UL2271 Certification
  • 8.5″ tires.
  • LED headlight
  • LED display
  • Front and rear brakes
  • 250 Watt motor
  • 36V Lithium-ion battery
  • Maximum rider weight is 220 Lbs.
  • Scooter weight is 26.50 lbs
  • IP54 Waterproof rating so it is water resistant
  • Kickstand

Gotrax GXL Electric Scooter Review
The GXL is a smooth ride.

Easy To Use and Fun

Bottom Line

I have to say, right out of the box, the Gotrax GXL scooter is fun. Opening that box and putting it together will make it feel like Christmas. Gotrax made assembly incredibly simple so that anyone can put it together and start riding in minutes. Simply screw the handlebars onto the main frame, make sure it is charged up and you are ready to go. I love how it folds down to half its size for storage and easier carrying. Push a simple lever and you can unfold it and ride. The GXL has great acceleration and offers a smooth ride, with great braking when you need it. Gotrax really did a great job making the overall experience with this scooter a fun one, from unboxing to riding it all over town. Truth be told, I may be a scooter convert now. I think I like this better than riding a hoverboard and better than other balancing scooters.

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Conner has been blogging for major Internet websites since 2007, specializing in gadgets, robots, technology and gaming. Conner also runs his own sites Internetvswallet.com, Scifidesign.com and Creepbay.com. Conner also likes cats and movies, in that order.

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  1. Purchased two Gotrax GXL-V2 the other day directly from Gotrax. One works fine…the other doesnt work. I called Gotrax and their phones do not work. Message said to email only. I emailed that I wanted to return one of the scooters for replacement with a new unit or refund if they only wanted to “repair” the scooter. They responded that I needed to send back the defective scooter at my expense and they would review it further. Possibly adding 30% restocking fee. I emailed again saying I wasnt going to pay for the return as it came defective. They said “read our return policy” and refused to pay for the shipping. Then they just emailed me saying that I purchased from Amazon and to deal with them. I didnt purchase from Amazon…I purchased directly from Gotrax. DO NOT PURCHASE ANYTHING FROM GOTRAX DIRECTLY. If you must purhcase any GOTRAX product…do it from a store where you have return rights. I am getting my credit card company involved in this now. DO NOT PURCHASE directly from GOTRAX!

  2. Do not buy. Scooter came brand new, the wires from the handlebars that is supposed to connect to the battery in the console of the scooter were damaged and split open, 2 of them. So it couldn’t be attached at all. Gotta love buying a 350 dollar product and it’s faulty out of the box

  3. 4.2
    GoTrax GXL scooter -- I am happy with mine

    I guess I got lucky in the Quality Control lottery for the GXL scooter. I have been very happy with mine. I have been commuting to work every day on the GXL scooter from August, 2018, to today, 2/22/2019. My commute is short–less than 0.5 miles each way–but it is uphill both ways. That is, I live at the top of a hill and my office is at the top of a different hill. I paid $400 for my Version 1; the Version 1 is now down to $300 on the Amazon, Walmart, and Frys web sites.

  4. 1
    Very poor support, do not stand behind their product

    Including my Amazon review below, so others can know just how poor the customer service from GoTrax is.

    “I’ve ridden this scooter less than 10 times total, today midway through a ride where the battery was still over 75%, the scooter abruptly stopped and flashed the battery light. I contacted GoTrax immediately after walking the scooter 2 miles back to the house. I was told that it was slightly out of warranty, and they offer absolutely zero troubleshooting, they will not attempt to troubleshoot anything over the phone, the only option is a replacement and they will not replace the scooter for me. So effectively, after paying the higher previous price ($399 plus tax) on this scooter, I have paid over $40/ride and now have a dead hunk of metal sitting in my garage.

    If you like useless scooters lying around the house, this product is for you. Even when powered off and not working, the scooter has a significant amount of resistance and isn’t even good for standard kick powered use. GoTrax customer service is the worst I have ever received, I strongly recommend purchasing a different product unless you want a dead scooter.”

  5. Ordered the scooter for my husband as Birthday gift he was super excited until the next morning when the scooter didnt charge after having it charge ALL NIGHT! The only way the scooter turned on was while plugged in. Major DISAPPOINTMENT.

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