With padded, adjustable armrests. Flat-free, non-marking tires for worry-free travel.This scooter has no pollution and noise during operation which is conducive to environmental protection. Its tubular design and reinforced frame structure, none other will compare.
Motor power: 250 (w)
Overall dimensions of the vehicle: 110*54*90 (mm)
Loading weight: 150 (kg)
Maximum speed: 8 (km/h)
Tire material: pneumatic tire/solid tire
Tire size: 9 inches
Drive system: 24V Sealed Mini Transaxle
The Lithium battery is Airline Friendly and Allowed for Transport on an Airplane with certified high quality worldwide usable charger.
An electric wheelchair uses rechargeable battery systems to mobilize the chair. Unlike manual wheelchairs that require the user’s strength or a caregiver to propel, electric power wheelchairs are operated via a joystick or some other type of controller to drive movement.
While there is a wide range of people who use power wheelchairs along with a multitude of reasons, the most common need is for individuals who are unable to self-propel a manual wheelchair and/or are unable to rely on self-propulsion for all of their daily mobility requirements. People living with physical challenges of any kind caused by aging, injury, disability, or illness, whether short-term or long-term, can benefit from the use of a motorized wheelchair.
How to Choose an Electric Wheelchair
If you’re considering buying an electric wheelchair, you may not know where to begin looking or what to do first. We’ve developed a step-by-step guide to get you started below. We’ve also provided a few tips that will help you become comfortable with your electric wheelchair once you bring it home.
Step 1: Consult an Expert to Determine the Model You Need
If you are experiencing serious mobility problems inside or outside of the home, an electric wheelchair might be the tool you need to regain your freedom. If you don’t know much about electric wheelchairs, you may want to start your process by reading our company profiles above or by browsing companies online just to get familiar with the topic. After that, it’s wise to talk to an expert on the best style of electric wheelchair for your needs. Many patients with disabilities consult with an occupational therapist. A primary doctor may also be able to provide guidance.
When you consult an expert, ask questions on the following topics:
- Cushion Style: An inexpensive cushion may be made of foam, whereas a nicer one may be made of adjustable air pockets that relieve pressure points and prevent sores. If you intend to use your electric wheelchair for many hours at a time, your therapist may be able to suggest cushion upgrades that will keep your skin healthy.
- Size and Strength: Talk with your therapist about designs that will support your body the best. Weight, height, and upper body strength all play a role in the selection process. Your therapist may have suggestions about seat styles, controls, seat belts, footrests, and reclining abilities.
- Safety: If you sometimes experience dizziness or vision problems or if you take a medication with impairing side effects, you’ll want to frankly discuss whether an electric wheelchair is a safe choice for you. Discuss under what health conditions you should not operate an electric wheelchair.
- Lifestyle: Discuss your routines and living spaces with your therapist. Ask if she or he has a recommendation for which wheels on the wheelchair should have “drive” (directly receive power from the motor). Wheel-drive affects stability and maneuverability, and you need to select a drive style that suits the environments you most often inhabit. If you expect to travel outdoors alone in your electric wheelchair, you can discuss what features will make that as safe and easy as possible. If you expect to travel often in cars or on airlines, you can explore the feasibility of choosing a folding electric wheelchair.
- Progressive Disabilities: If doctors think that your disability will worsen over time, then you’ll want to ask how he or she thinks that will impact your ability to sit in and operate your motorized wheelchair.
Step 2: Make a List of Optional Features You’re Interested In
There are many accessories and upgrades available for electric wheelchairs. As you consider your mobility needs, make a list of which upgrades or accessories (if any) you find necessary, and which you’d like but could live without. As you shop later, you can refer to your lists and see how different companies and chair models measure up. Keep in mind that some accessories might be usable across brands, and others may be model- or brand-specific.
Commonly available optional features include:
- Cup Holders
- High Visibility Items like Flags and Lights
- Custom or Upgraded Paint Colors
- Extra or Larger Batteries
- Travel Chargers
- Upgraded Seat Cushions
- Upgraded Seat Belts
- Bags that Attach to Hold Oxygen Tanks
- Anchoring Systems for Travel In Cars
- Dust Covers and Carrying Cases
- Wire Baskets
- Cane, Walker, or Crutch Holders
- Push Handles
- Extension Kits for Various Parts of the Frame or Seat
Step 3: Explore Your Payment Options
Once you have an idea of the kind of electric wheelchair setup that will work best for you, you’ll need to consider your payment options. How you pay and your budget will influence which companies you can ultimately purchase from.
Common payment options:
- Medicare: To be eligible for Medicare Part B 80% coverage of an electric wheelchair, a Medicare-enrolled doctor will need to see that you need the power wheelchair, as opposed to other mobility devices, in order to complete daily activities around your own home. Only some styles- typically older, heavy styles- will be approved by Medicare. Sometimes Medicare will opt to provide coverage for a rental instead of a purchase.
- For more information on Medicare coverage, you can read Medicare’s own article on the topic or contact your Medicare doctor for information.
- Private Insurance: Private insurance may cover more or less than Medicare does. Review the terms of your plan or contact your insurance provider for details on the process of approval. With insurance, you’ll typically have some kind of copay or coinsurance, just like with Medicare.
- Rentals: Pricing varies by location and company, but it may cost about $15 per day, or $450 in a month to rent an electric wheelchair. An electric wheelchair rental can be a suitable option for temporary needs like after a surgery or injury, when your normal wheelchair is being repaired, or for a special trip or event. A rental can also give you an opportunity to decide if you want to purchase a certain model.
- Paying Out-of-Pocket: If Medicare or insurance won’t approve you for a power chair but you still think that you need one, your best option may be to purchase one out-of-pocket. A simply-designed electric wheelchair that costs $1,000-$2,000 may be just as reliable as a more upgraded one that costs several thousand dollars more, so don’t be discouraged by some of the highest prices on the market.
- Payment Plans: If paying out-of-pocket all at once isn’t feasible for you, you may be able to take advantage of a payment plan offered by the company or dealer. The added cost of interest can be worthwhile if it gives you immediate access to the chair that you need to live a full life.
Step 4: Compare Similar Chairs from Multiple Brands and Retailers
Once you have a clear idea of the electric wheelchair style and features that you need and the way you’ll be paying, it’s time to start looking in earnest at a variety of companies.
Everyone comparison shops in their own way, but the following tips can help the process go smoothly:
- Follow All Medicare or Insurance Guidelines (If Applicable): If Medicare or insurance is helping you pay for your electric wheelchair, diligently follow all provided guidelines and ask for clarification when necessary. You don’t want to be turned down for approval because you tried to purchase from an unapproved company or forgot to complete paperwork.
- Compare at Least Three Companies: Compare not only prices and features but also quality, customer reviews, warranties, and any other relevant details. In many cases, there will be even more than three companies that offer the basic chair style that you need, and it doesn’t hurt to compare even more. Whenever possible, visit a showroom and test drive the model you are interested in.
- Check Multiple Retailers: Most electric wheelchair models are available through numerous online and physical locations. When you settle on a model, find out if it’s available elsewhere for a better price or with extra perks like free accessories or free delivery.
Step 5: Consider Making Your Home More Wheelchair-Accessible
Before you bring your electric wheelchair home, consider how you can change your home environment to make it safer. A doctor, occupational therapist, or even an electric wheelchair salesperson may have suggestions for making your home more wheelchair accessible.
Commonly helpful changes include:
- Adding transition strips on thresholds for a smoother ride
- Clearing clutter and moving furniture to create defined paths
- Securing or removing rugs to eliminate the chance of the rug’s edge flipping over
- Adding safe ramps or lifts as needed
You may also find it handy to purchase a grabber tool if you don’t already have one. Bending forward or over the side of an electric wheelchair to pick something up can be quite dangerous, causing tipping in many cases. A grabber tool that allows reaching with little or no bending can help keep you safe.
Step 6: Read the Manual in Full Before Driving
Most electric wheelchair companies take great care to create user manuals for each chair model. It’s extremely important to understand your model’s abilities. Different brands design their mobility devices very differently, and just because you know how to use one kind of electric chair doesn’t mean you know how to use another.
What your manual will help you understand:
- How to get the most out of your battery
- How to tell if a ramp’s grade is safe for your chair
- What weather your chair can handle
- How to avoid tipping that particular model
- How to troubleshoot and interpret error codes
- When your chair needs maintenance
- What your warranty covers
Using your manual and following its guidelines will dramatically improve your ability to enjoy your electric wheelchair safely for many years to come.
Always refer to the wheelchair manufacturer’s maintenance instructions for the best way to clean and maintain your particular power wheelchair. In general, it’s a good idea to wipe down the seat and frame of the wheelchair with a soft, dry cloth, never using any abrasive chemicals or solvents, which can cause damage to the wheelchair’s electronics. Be sure to immediately address any spills or moisture, and never use water or sprays on electrical components.
While it’s generally advisable not to get your power wheelchair wet, sometimes it’s just unavoidable, such as an unexpected rainfall while you’re out and about or the only available path is filled with puddles. Short-term exposure to water won’t usually cause a problem, and most quality manufacturers design their power wheelchairs to protect against moisture contact. You should always dry the wheelchair as thoroughly as possible with a towel whenever it comes in contact with any moisture. Direct or prolonged water or dampness exposure could result in corroded electrical components, a rusted frame, and major malfunctions with the wheelchair.
Depending on the materials used, the weight and size of the batteries and motor, and the accessories added, electric wheelchairs can range in weight between 50 and 250 pounds.
Many of today’s power wheelchairs are designed to fold for a more compact size to fit into a vehicle. Other designs offer easy disassembly into smaller, more lightweight parts for simple and quick portability and storage.
While top speeds will vary depending on the rider’s weight and the grade and type of terrain, most power wheelchairs offer an average speed of 5 mph for outdoor travel and recommend using lower speeds for safer indoor use. Some power wheelchairs designed for more active users can reach a top speed of 10 mph.
A fully-charged electric wheelchair battery will typically give an average of 8 hours of use. Some batteries may provide much more than this, or a bit less, depending on how and where the wheelchair is used. Older batteries will reduce this range, and sealed, lead-acid batteries are often thought to offer longer life than other types of batteries.
Power wheelchair batteries should always be fully charged before the first use of the wheelchair, generally requiring about 18 hours to charge. Most experts recommend charging the batteries after every discharge, even partial discharges, and it can take up to 12 hours before the batteries are fully charged again. It’s advised to provide a 24-hour charge once a week to ensure both batteries are fully charged (the one you’re using along with a back-up).
As long as you use the provided charger which comes with an automatic shutoff to prevent overcharging that’s included with your motorized wheelchair, you should not be in danger of overcharging your wheelchair’s battery. If your wheelchair didn’t come with a charger, or if it doesn’t have this safety feature, contact the manufacturer of the wheelchair and/or the battery manufacturer to get clear instructions to ensure you don’t overcharge your wheelchair batteries.