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Tips on Buying Power Wheelchairs

Posted Jun 13 2009 10:37am

When it comes to buying power wheelchairs (also known as electric wheelchair) there are several options to choose from. Consumers always consider between travel power wheelchairs, center wheel drive, folding power wheelchairs and heavy duty power wheelchairs. Several factors must be considered to determine the type of power wheelchair that will meet individual consumer needs.


When buying a power wheelchair consumers must consider the following:


1. How much do you weigh and what is the weight capacity of the power wheelchair you will be buying?

When buying a power wheelchair it is not advisable to buy a power wheelchair with a 300lb capacity if you weigh 300lbs or your weight is very close to 300lbs. For example, if you weigh 200lbs, a 250lb or 300lb weight capacity wheelchair could be appropriate for you. Based on your weight you can choose between a standard or a heavy duty power chairs.


2. Where do you plan on using the power wheelchair?   

Consider whether you will be using it indoors, outdoors or both. There are several power wheelchairs available for indoor and outdoor use. Typically, most power chairs are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.     


3. How often do you plan on transporting the wheelchair?

If transporting a power wheelchair is important to you, it will be in your best interest to consider between a foldable or travel power wheelchair. Foldable and travel power wheelchairs such as the Merits EZ Go   and Pride’s Go Chair weighs the least.


4. What seat size will be more comfortable for you?

Seat width goes a long way in determining how comfortable you will be in your new wheelchair. It is of utmost importance that you use a  measuring guide when buying a power wheelchair or scooter.                                                   


The following are tips consumers should consider when buying a power wheelchair.   Buying a power wheelchair is a big investment and given the cost of power wheelchairs, it is important for consumers to ensure they purchase the right equipment to avoid hassles and unwarranted restocking fees.


Source: Mobilitywheels

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