BEST ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR COLLECTION FOR YOU
Each power wheelchair has a base which is fitted with four or more wheels. Power wheelchairs usually have two large drive wheels and two or four smaller wheels called castors for added stability. The drive wheels can be located at the front, middle or rear of the power wheelchair base.
In addition to joysticks, a growing number of alternative controls have recently emerged, including switches, touchpads, mouse controls, flick joysticks and sip and puff controls.
- Airline approved
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), passengers can carry one lithium-ion battery (up to 300 watt-hours) or two lithium-ion batteries (up to 160 watt-hours) in their carry-on luggage. Most high-quality power wheelchairs are designed with these restrictions in mind; they either fall within these restrictions or offer airline-approved options.
- The best brands:
1.Sit on the power wheelchair and adjust the cushions on the head, back, arms and feet.
2. If the wheelchair is key-powered, insert the key into the slot and turn to switch on the power.
3. Press the power button, disable all brakes and set the speed to low when you are used to it.
4. Move the joystick forwards, backwards, left and right to get a feel for how it moves.
5. You can gradually increase the speed as you become more comfortable using it.
6. Release the joystick when you want to come to a stop.
7. Press the power button, turn the key in the opposite direction and remove it from the slot.
8. Apply the brake, leave the wheelchair and lift yourself up using the armrests of the chair.
However, the average price of a power wheelchair for the average user can be expected to be in the region of US$2,000 to US$3,000.
Given the above, if you are looking for a mid-range wheelchair, we would suggest a budget of around US$4,000 after considering the chair itself, accessories, modifications and any additional batteries you may need.
However, if you are considering a standing wheelchair, you will need to be prepared for a significantly higher price.
Some electric wheelchairs can travel for around 8 to 10 miles on a full charge, while more expensive models can travel up to 20 miles on a single charge. You will find that the specification sheet for each wheelchair model will give you all the relevant information.
Remember that failing to charge your chair correctly, or continuing to use batteries that are already in optimum condition, will affect the performance of your wheelchair.
If you want your wheelchair batteries to perform well, they need to be carefully and regularly maintained. This means charging them correctly and at the right time.
To charge the batteries of your power wheelchair using the off-board charger.
Place your powerchair next to a standard power outlet.
Ensure that the controller is powered off and the power chair is in drive mode.
Plug the off-board charger into the off-board charger/programming socket on the controller.
Plug the external charger into the mains socket.
Once the battery is fully charged, unplug the external charger from the power socket and then from the controller.
The LEDs indicate different charger conditions, including:
Charger is powered on
If the LED does not indicate that charging is complete within 24 hours, unplug the charger from the socket.
The frequency with which you use your powerchair determines how often you should charge the batteries. If you use your powerchair daily, please charge the batteries immediately after using the powerchair that day.
We recommend that you charge the batteries of your powerchair for at least 8 to 14 hours after daily use. If you use your powerchair infrequently, we recommend charging the batteries for 8 to 14 hours twice a week for a maintenance charge. We do not recommend charging your powerchair for more than 14 hours.