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What to Know about Travel Power Wheelchair

Posted Jun 13 2009 10:59am

 

A travel power wheelchair is one of the most compact electric wheelchairs available. It is often designed for petite individuals that weigh up to 250lbs. While standard powered chairs offer maneuverability in tight spaces, travel motorized chairs are simply designed for that purpose.

 

Accordingly, travel power chairs is the best type of power wheelchair to consider when transporting and maneuverability in confined spaces are you major concern. Its compact frame and size makes this type of wheelchair such as the Merits EZ Go a better alternative to scooters and high end chairs. When compared to regular standard and heavy duty wheelchairs, travel power wheelchairs have smaller batteries that weigh less than the regular U-1 batteries required on standard power chairs. This battery makes it easy to transport in a car or SUV. Travel powers are easily broken down into 3 pieces for easy transport.   It breaks down into the seat; the base and the battery pack (the battery pack houses tow lightweight batteries). The heaviest piece on most travel wheelchairs equals 34.5lbs.

 

Unlike the standard power chairs that comes with captains seat, travel power wheelchairs comes smaller seat and flip up armrest that makes transfer from the wheelchair onto a different surface easy. In addition, the travel power wheelchairs have minimal battery range when compared to the standard power chairs. Travel power wheelchairs have battery travel range of up to 12 miles and as such travel power chairs are not designed for long distance traveling or riding on bumpy terrain.  

 

There is no doubt that this type of chair is one of the most affordable type of electric wheelchair on the market. As a result of this consumers often ask whether it is right for them.

 

If one or more of the following applies to you then a travel power chair could be right for you:

  • You have a very small apartment and are concerned about space.
  • You are a petite or weigh less than 250lbs.
  • You are concerned about the ease associated with transporting a power chair
  • You will be using it mostly indoors. Can also be used outdoor.
  • You are looking for a wheelchair that can maneuver in small and tight corners.

 

On the other hand, a travel power chair may not be appropriate for you if:

  • You weigh more than 250lbs.
  • You need to ride on bumpy terrain.
  • You need a much larger captains seat available on most standard wheelchairs
  • You need your seat to have a headrest.
  • You plan on riding long distance.

 Source: Mobilitywheels

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