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Electric Wheelchair How To Pick One

Aug 17, 2007
An electric wheelchair is a chair powered by a motor. It is also called a power wheelchair. These motorized wheelchairs are ideal for people who need to use a wheelchair all the time. The average price of an electric wheelchair is about $3000. Some power wheelchairs are made for indoor use only and using them outdoors is rather dangerous.
Things to look at when buying an electric wheelchair

When buying an electric wheelchair, there are a lot of things to consider. You have to find a chair that fits your needs. Some of the features you should look at when purchasing a wheelchair are its weight, whether it is designed for indoor or outdoor use, its weight capacity, the power source etc.

To get an idea you can take a look at the electric wheelchair reviews posted below. These chairs are designed by lead wheelchair manufacturers.
Invacare Pronto M-50, M-51, M-71 series

These electric wheelchair models are small and easy to use especially indoors. They are recommended for indoor and limited outdoor use. The fact that they are small (38" x 25") and have a mid-wheel drive makes them easy to manipulate indoors, whereas the wider casters and the SureStep suspensions allow them to pass small obstacles.

All three models have a maximum speed of 3 mph, which is low for very active persons, but enough for home and nursing use. The seat is 17" or 18" deep. For the first two models, a semi-reclining seat is optional, while for the last one it is standard. The weight capacity also varies between the three electric wheelchair models. The M-50 and M-51 have a maximum weight limit of 300 lbs, while the M-71 has a limit of 250 lbs.
Jazzy 1103 Ultra with NP Controller

This electric wheelchair is designed both for indoor and outdoor use. It can be use by someone between 5'0" and 5'10" high. Like the Invacare electric wheelchair models listed above, it also has a mid-wheel drive. The Jazzy 1103 Ultra with NP Controller has a maximum speed of 4 mph. It has a power elevating swivel seat and an 18 inch turning radius. This electric wheelchair weighs 71 pounds and has a maximum weight limit of 300 lbs.

Other electric wheelchair manufacturers are Permobil, Redman Power Chair, Pride, Quickie, Falcon etc.

Electric wheel chairs have been out for a while now helping people get where they want and need to go, but when buying one you should take the time to research and test it before you buy. The thirty minutes of research might save you a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.

When looking for a certian chair you may want to consult a person who has used on before there is a forum at my website that you may be able to share or get some information please feel free to help yourself or others.
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