Power Chair Comparison: WHILL Model Fi vs. The Competition

When it comes to electric wheelchairs, no two products are exactly alike. Some are designed to be maneuverable and highly portable, while others place an emphasis on either comfort, performance, or heavy-duty construction.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the Model Fi, the new personal electric vehicle from the award-winning team at WHILL. This device is WHILL’s first foldable power chair and was recently named a CES 2022 Best of Innovation Award Winner. It is designed for travel, comes with a bevy of intelligent features, and allows users to explore their world with greater freedom and confidence.

But how does the Model Fi stack up to some of its closest competitors? Is it the right power chair for you? Below, we compare the WHILL Model Fi to electric wheelchairs from other brands (including Pride Mobility and Golden Technologies) and also see how it differs from another WHILL personal EV, the Model Ci2.


Contents:

  1. WHILL Model Fi vs. Pride Jazzy Passport
  2. WHILL Model Fi vs. Golden Compass Sport
  3. WHILL Model Fi vs. WHILL Model Ci2
  4. Summary


WHILL Model Fi vs. Pride Jazzy Passport

WHILL Model Fi versus Pride Jazzy Passport Power Chair

We’ll start by comparing the Model Fi to one of the best and most popular folding power wheelchairs on the market: the Pride Jazzy Passport. The Jazzy Passport is a fantastic all-around wheelchair – it is compact, lightweight, and folds in just a few simple steps for easy transportation. It also has a slightly lower price point than the Model Fi. The Pride Jazzy Passport is popular with users who are looking for a versatile foldable electric wheelchair. It may not come with all the bells and whistles of other models, but it’s comfortable, efficient, and safe.

The WHILL Model Fi really excels when it comes to marrying intelligent technology with elegant, functional design. A good example of this is the WHILL app, which connects the Model Fi to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The app allows you to check key usage information, lock/unlock the device, manage speed settings, and drive the Model Fi remotely.

The Model Fi clearly wins the battle when it comes to added features and technology, but it also comes out on top in terms of customization. While the Jazzy Passport is available in one color (black), the Model Fi personal electric vehicle gives you a choice of five options: white, black, blue, red, and green. Pick the color that best suits your personality!

WHILL Model FiPride Jazzy Passport
Price$2,799.00$2,139.00
FoldableYesYes
Colors5 - white, black, blue, red, green1 - black
App ConnectivityYesNo
Product Weight58.9 lb.60 lb.
Weight Capacity250 lb.250 lb.
Top Speed3.7 mph3.6 mph
Driving RangeUp to 12.4 milesUp to 11 miles




WHILL Model Fi vs. Golden Compass Sport

WHILL Model Fi versus Golden Compass Sport Power Chair

The Golden Compass Sport is a more traditional power chair than either the WHILL Model Fi or Jazzy Passport. It has a higher weight capacity, top speed, and driving range than the other two electric wheelchairs, making it a great choice for a large number of users. Its patented articulating chassis also allows all six wheels to remain on the ground while in use, which keeps the chair exceptionally stable and secure.

However, due to its traditional design, the Golden Compass Sport does not fold or disassemble for transportation. This means that you’ll need to have a truck or van with a ramp to easily get the chair from point A to point B. While this may not be a big deal for some users, it makes it more difficult (and definitely less convenient) to get out and experience everything the world has to offer. This is especially true when traveling with the device on a plane, bus, or train.

The Compass Sport from Golden Technologies is also missing the intelligent features that come standard in the Model Fi, including the accompanying app that lets you drive the device remotely.

WHILL Model FiGolden Compass Sport
Price$2,799.00$3,619.00
FoldableYesNo
Colors5 - white, black, blue, red, green2 - red, blue
App ConnectivityYesNo
Product Weight58.9 lb.185 lb.
Weight Capacity250 lb.300 lb.
Top Speed3.7 mph4 mph
Driving RangeUp to 12.4 milesUp to 24 miles




WHILL Model Fi vs. WHILL Model Ci2

WHILL Model Fi versus Model Ci2 Power Chair

The Model Fi has its competitors beat when it comes to technology, but how does it stack up to WHILL’s other personal electric vehicle, the Model Ci2?

In terms of portability, the Model Ci2 is a great option for mobility users. It disassembles in four easy steps for transportation in the back of a car or truck. However, the Model Fi’s lightweight design and ability to fold in less than three seconds still make it the clear choice for individuals who value ease of transportation over anything else.

When it comes to performance, these two award-winning power chairs are a pretty even match. The Model Ci2 comes out on top in terms of top speed and weight capacity, while the Model Fi is the winner when it comes to driving range. Both models have electromagnetic brakes, small turning radiuses, and powerful lithium-ion batteries that allow them to travel up and down inclines of 10 degrees. The technical specifications are also similar, with both chairs able to connect to the WHILL app and manage speed settings, lock/unlock, and drive remotely.

If customization is your thing, you can’t go wrong with either power chair. The Model Fi and Ci2 are each available with a slew of optional accessories – including a lap belt, smart key, cane holder, and side storage bag – while the Ci2 has one more color option (pink) than the Fi.

Finally, the Model Fi is available at a lower price point than the Ci2: $2,799.00 vs. $3,999.00.

WHILL Model FiWHILL Model Ci2
Price$2,799.00$3,999.00
FoldableYesNo
Colors5 - white, black, blue, red, green6 - white, black, blue, red, green, pink
App ConnectivityYesYes
Product Weight58.9 lb.116 to 119 lb.
Weight Capacity250 lb.300 lb.
Top Speed3.7 mph5 mph
Driving RangeUp to 12.4 milesUp to 11 miles




Summary

The WHILL Model Fi power chair really shines with when it comes to portability and high-tech features. This travel power chair was specifically created to allow users to get out and adventure with greater confidence and independence, and this philosophy is evident in every aspect of the Model Fi’s design.

In short, the WHILL Model Fi’s combination of cutting-edge technology, capable performance, and foldable design separate it from any other travel power chair on the market. While some users may require a slightly larger and more robust electric wheelchair (particularly when it comes to weight capacity), we feel the Model Fi is a fantastic personal EV that will provide customers with the freedom and mobility they desire.

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*Prices in USD and current at time of publication. All prices subject to change.

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