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Electric wheelchairs run on rechargeable batteries, making them a good option for people who can’t propel a wheelchair or rollator themselves. Also known as motorized wheelchairs or powerchairs, these devices offer a number of additional benefits over mobility scooters, including a shorter wheelbase, smaller turning radius, and superior head and neck support.
Most electric wheelchairs are controlled using a joystick or knob on the armrest. This makes them the mobility device of choice for many users who have upper body injuries or weakness.
Scootaround has many electric wheelchairs for sale, including lightweight, standard, and heavy-duty models. Call our Sales Specialists toll-free at 1-844-664-7467 or email [email protected] – our team will be happy to answer any questions you have!
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Motorized wheelchairs can vary significantly in terms of design and features, with models typically falling into one of three general categories: lightweight, standard, or heavy duty.
As their name suggests, lightweight electric wheelchairs are smaller and more portable than traditional powerchairs. Their compact design allows them to effortlessly navigate apartments, homes, offices, cruise ships, restaurants, shops, and other tight indoor spaces. Most lightweight motorized wheelchairs fold or disassemble for easier transportation, with the heaviest piece typically weighing anywhere from 35 lbs to 45 lbs.
Standard electric wheelchairs are more robust and durable than their lightweight counterparts while still providing exceptional maneuverability in tight spaces due to their small wheelbase. Standard power wheelchairs are heavier than lightweight models and usually do not fully disassemble, meaning that an SUV, minivan, or other full-sized vehicle is recommended for transportation. These electric wheelchairs can support 300 to 350 lbs depending on the specific model.
Heavy duty electric wheelchairs are similar to standard models in terms of overall features and design, with the biggest difference being their increased weight capacity of 500 lbs or more. To support this additional weight, these powerchairs need to be much bigger in size, making them more difficult to transport and store. Heavy duty electric wheelchairs also have larger wheels, motors, and frames, allowing them to easily traverse outdoor surfaces thanks to their superior power and traction.
Below are some of the most important features to consider before purchasing a power wheelchair.
Maneuverability: a tighter turning radius allows you to navigate narrow spaces more easily.
Size: the size of the electric wheelchair will affect its portability and battery life. Review the product specifications prior to purchasing for details.
Weight Capacity: power wheelchairs can handle anywhere from 200 to 600 lbs depending on their construction.
Comfort: seat width, depth, and material can all affect the comfort of the chair.
Portability: a lightweight electric wheelchair that disassembles will be much easier to transport than standard or heavy-duty models.
Technology: some powerchairs incorporate intelligent technology that allows them to be driven remotely, lock and unlock via an app, and provide live diagnostic information.
Yes, provided you meet the necessary requirements, Medicare can offer coverage for motorized wheelchairs as durable medical equipment (DME).
You can purchase a power wheelchair online at scootaround.com/shop or by calling us toll-free at 1-844-664-7467.
We have used electric wheelchairs for sale at a number of locations across the United States, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Nashville, Vegas, and Seattle.
Electric wheelchairs are typically more expensive than other powered mobility devices (including scooters). The average price of a standard electric wheelchair from Scootaround is approximately $3250, but costs can range anywhere from $1500 to more than $6000 depending on the make, model, and construction of the powerchair. In general, heavy duty and high-tech motorized wheelchairs tend to be more expensive than standard or lightweight models.
Power wheelchairs can weigh as little as 95 lbs and as much as 350 lbs depending on the model. On average, a standard electric wheelchair will weigh around 200 lbs.
Most electric wheelchairs can fully recharge within 8 to 10 hours. However, this time can vary depending on the age of the battery, size of the battery, and the air temperature in the room. Powerchairs that use lithium-ion batteries will recharge roughly three times faster than ones that use GEL or AGM batteries.
Motorized wheelchairs have a top speed of 3.5 to 5.5 mph.