I’m interested in buying an Electric Wheelchair, is there anything I should take into consideration?
It can be difficult understanding which Electric Wheelchair is the perfect one for you, with many on the market it can be a confusing exercise.
To help you with this we’ve come up with some essential questions to think about when choosing an Electric Wheelchair.
Am I going to be using it indoors or outdoors more frequently?
There are a few hybrid Electric Wheelchairs or Power Chairs that allow for use in both an indoor or outdoor environment. One of our favourites is the Freedom A08Lwhich has larger wheels offering a smooth transition between different surfaces.
Big wheels or little wheels?
Although bigger wheels will offer more stability and traction they may not be suitable for an Electric Wheelchair solely used for indoors. Smaller wheels offer the possibility to move in tighter spaces such as hallways and through door frames – perfect for indoor use.
Which is right for my weight?
It is worth considering that Electric Wheelchairs come in a range of carry weights generally starting from 15 stone up to 25 stone. The Freedom range come in two options, the A06 (max user weight: 17.5st), the A08 & A08L (max user weight: 25st). The Foldalite can carry up to 18st, while the Foldalite Pro and Foldalite Trekker are able to carry 23st.
How to make sure I get in and out easily?
Electric wheelchairs come with all different styles of footplates. The Foldalite range comes with a fixed footplate, which means it cannot be moved away when getting in and out of the chair. If you feel this may cause any problems our Freedom range and Joyrider provide footplates which can be moved, this means you are able to get closer to the wheelchair in order to sit down and stand up more easily.
How far do you want to go?
You may be surprised just how long a battery will last in an Electric Wheelchair. Our Freedom Range allows for more than one battery to be fitted into the Electric Wheelchair. The A08 and A08L offer the possibility of 3 batteries to be used offering up to 27 miles of use.
Does it need to be small for storage?
You’ll be glad to know that Electric Wheelchairs may be smaller than you thought. Using a simple forward folding design, our Freedom chairs can tuck themselves into a package that fits into most car boots. The Foldalite range, the Joyrider and the i-Go are also able to fold neatly. Alternatively, you may find a chair such as the Go Chair suitable – this comes apart into four separate pieces.
Can I lift it (and do I need to?)
Electric Wheelchairs come in different weights regarding on the overall size and functions of the chair, these can range from anywhere between 19.8kg to 33kg.
The Freedom, the Foldalite range, the i-Go and the Joy Rider all feature a folding design. If you feel you need support in lifting it into the boot of a car a hoist may be a solution for you. Talk to us for more information on this,
Do you require special functions?
The Pride Fusion features a tilt and recline option for those who are in a wheelchair for longer durations. Our Jazzy Air is able to safely elevate 10” within 16 seconds, whilst driving at 3.5mph. This allows users to be eye level with their friends and family.
What is the overall cost?
Electric wheelchair prices vary depending on the functions of the chair and build quality.
Equipment that has been designed solely for people with a disability, chronic or terminal illness or the adaptation of equipment so they can use it, can be VAT exempt. This applies to the Electric Wheelchair range.
The Electric Wheelchairs range we sell at Spring Chicken are VAT exempt for people who have a disability or chronic or terminal illness.
For more details on VAT relief click here.
Click here for more information on Electric Wheelchairs and our helpful “Electric Wheelchairs Reviewed”.