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What to consider when choosing an electric wheelchair

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There are a number of different types of electric wheelchairs available, which can make choosing one seem like a daunting task. To make your decision easier, here are  things to keep in mind when deciding which electric wheelchair is right for you.

 

Weight Capacity

 

All electric wheelchairs have limitations on the amount of weight they can support. Basic chairs can generally carry up to 300 pounds, depending on the model. Heavy-duty power wheelchairs are designed specifically to accommodate users of a greater size and weight. Freedomchair recently launched the heavy duty series of wheelchairs, Strong load bearing up to 230KG, aluminium frame is durable.

 Heavy duty electric wheelchair

Dimensions

 

The chair's dimensions will give you an idea of how large the chair is and how well it will accommodate your body. Electric wheelchairs are designed to fit most doors and hallways, but if you live in a particularly narrow home, take that into account. Seat width is an important aspect to consider for users with larger than average body size.

 

Battery Range

 

If you're going to be using your electric wheelchair to get around town a lot, you'll want to choose a model with a long battery life. Battery range varies greatly between models, generally allowing for anywhere between 10 and 25 miles of travel distance on a single charge. Keep in mind, however, that many variables can influence the battery range, including the weight of the user, the age of the batteries, and the type of terrain being travelled.

 

Speed

 

Speed can be an important factor to consider in a power wheelchair, especially if you plan on travelling long distances. For maximum speed, consider getting a rear drive power wheelchair. The power provided by Freedomchair can allow for speeds of up to 7kmph with models like the Freedomchair A Series Electric Wheelchair

 electric wheelchair

Portability

 

For users with an active lifestyle, portability is key. Portable electric wheelchairs like Freedomchair A Series Electric Wheelchair are foldable for easy transport in a vehicle, while travel chairs like the Freedomchair Detachable  Electric Wheelchair  can be quickly dissembled and reassembled for no-hassle travel.

 

Adjustability

 

A number of electric wheelchair models allow you to recline, tilt, and elevate the seat for improved comfort. For the ultimate in adjustability, standing power wheelchairs can be operated in either a stand-up or sit-down position. The ability to stand in a wheelchair is linked to a number of psychological and physiological benefits, including prevention of pressure sores, strengthening of the cardiovascular system, and improved quality of life.

 electric wheelchair

Wheels

 

Take note of whether the driving wheels are located in the back, middle, or front of the chair. Rear-wheel drive chairs allow for greater speed, while mid-wheel drive chairs are considered to be the most maneuverable. Front-wheel drive chairs are great for uneven terrain, but tend to be the slowest of the three options. Wheels may be either solid or pneumatic (air-filled). Be mindful of the size of the caster (non-drive) wheels as well. In general, the smaller the caster wheels, the less suitable the chair is for uneven or bumpy surfaces.

 

Regardless of which electric wheelchair you choose, we're sure you'll be happy with the mobility and quality of life it affords for you or your loved one. Feel free to contact us to get a better idea of which chair will best accommodate your needs.



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