There’s no doubt about it, jet skis are cool. There is just something about them that boats can’t compare to. No offense to the boat lovers out there, boats are nice too. Jet skis are kind of like the motorcycles of the aquatic world. Kids love jet skis too, but as parents we aren’t very likely to let our children ride off unaccompanied into the water on a jet ski. The very thought of it brings horrifying images of things that probably aren’t even possible to our minds.
Sea-Doo aims to calm our fears and make it easier to let our kids have fun on the water with their new inflatablewater scooterfor kids. Yes, an inflatable water scooter and it even has a motor, cool right? In theory it sounds like a pretty cool toy, but that doesn’t mean its all it’s cracked up to be. We want to know if this new invention is going to hold up to our kids, if it’s practical and if it functions as well as they claim, so lets take an in depth look.
Specifications and Details:
Deflated the scooter measures in at 23.6 x 11.8 x 15.7 inches. Inflated the scooter comes in at a decent sized 57.5 x 36.6 x 32.7 inches (That’s just under 5ft x just over 3ft x just over 1ft, for us non technical people)
- The battery is a rechargeable 12v/2.8ah
- Battery life lasts up to 1 hour
- Speed can reach up to 2.2 mph
- Maximum weight is 150lbs
- Age range is 5 and up
What’s in the Box?
- Battery Charger
- 12v/2.8ah rechargeable battery
- Sea-Doo inflatable water scooter
- Propeller guard
- User manual
Sea-Doo seems to have really had kids in mind while making this toy. The material seems to be of a decent quality and it isn’t likely to pop, or spring a leak if used properly. The extended weight limit of up to 150 lbs means that even heavier children can enjoy “jet skiing” and won’t be stuck watching. There’s no quicker way to crush a child’s hopes when a new toy is unleashed than to say, “You’re too big for that.”
The battery life is decent for a toy with such a high power demand, promising an hour of running time with a full charge. Keep in mind however, that the 1 hour of battery life can be affected by how hard the motor has to work. The harder the motor has to work the more power it draws, so a child closer to the maximum weight, or a current could shorten the usage time before the next charge. The battery pack is exchangeable though, so play time can be extended for as long as you want by swapping out the dead battery packs with fresh ones.
The speed maxes out at 2.2 mph, which is the equivalent of a fast paced adult stride. So, your children won’t be speeding off out of arms reach too quickly and it isn’t fast enough to do any damage should they bump into something, or someone. The propeller is also fitted with a safety guard, so if your child falls, or slips off of the toy they won’t be injured by the propeller.
Although the maximum weight is 150 lbs and there’s no reason the Sea-Doo InflatableWater Scootercouldn’t accommodate an older child, the low speed may be a deal breaker for older kids. The age range isn’t very specific stating only “5 and up” on the box, but it’s doubtful that most kids over 10 would find much joy in this toy.
The price is a bit high, falling right around the $350 dollar price range. That’s a steep price for a seasonal toy that will spend most of its time stored away waiting for summer. However, if you live in a warmer climate where it will get more use, it’s not so bad of an investment.
The Sea-Doo InflatableWater Scooteris definitely a cool toy that most kids would have a lot of fun with. It is a good quality toy that will stand up to over excited children and moderately rough use fairly well. The ability to change battery packs and lengthen the usage time is a major plus too. Overall this toy functions as stated and has some nice safety features. It’s a good investment for any child young enough to get a thrill out of it.