Electric Wheelchairs / Motorized Wheelchairs / Power Chairs
For independent individuals with less mobility, a power wheelchair allows for the freedom of self-navigation without the rigors of a manual wheelchair. At AvaCare Medical, we offer a full line of electric wheelchairs with the accessories and features you need. Read more...
What Are Power Chairs?
Motorized wheelchairs are ideal for users with low mobility who want to remain independent. Power wheelchairs require very little effort to maneuver - in fact, it is the easiest wheelchair type (aside from manual wheelchairs in some cases) to maneuver, and requires less exertion to navigate than manual wheelchairs as well as medical scooters. Electric wheelchairs are controlled with a joystick that allows users to easily point the wheelchair in the direction they want to go.
Weight Capacity of Power Chairs
Electric Wheelchairs can handle various weight loads aside from the motor and tare weight of the motorized chair itself. On average, most standard wheelchairs in our inventory can hold any individual weighing under 300 pounds, and the heavy duty electric power chairs can bear any amount of weight up to 450 pounds. So, whether one weighs 100 pounds or 400 pounds, he can find a chair on AvaCare Medical that will provide him with adequate support, and allow him to stay as secure and mobile as possible.
If someone is interested in purchasing a new electric wheelchair or electric transport chair, he should try to choose the next weight capacity above his current weight, even though he may be safe if his weight is above (but considerably close to) the weight capacity of a lower-tier chair. Getting a wheelchair that has a greater weight capacity than the user requires is well advised because doing so is likely to increase the lifespan of the wheelchair motor. Furthermore, using a wheelchair with an incorrect weight limit can potentially void the warranty, as is often mentioned in the product manual of the wheelchair.
Seat Widths of Most Power Chairs
Most mobility power chairs have a seat width that is between 16 and 24 inches (two feet wide). Depending on an individual’s weight and size, one should determine a comfortable size that will allow him plenty of room for future growth, while still providing him with comfort and security. If a wheelchair seat is too small, skin tears, and skin problems such as bed sores and friction sores can occur. Therefore, when choosing a wheelchair, be sure to consider its width. This is something that must be considered a top priority when choosing electric mobile chairs.
Do Electric Wheelchair Batteries Last a Long Time?
Wheelchair batteries can last up to 8 hours per use. If continuously traveling, they can last anywhere from 10-20 hours, but not more than that. Therefore, when buying an electric wheelchair, it is usually recommended to purchase a second battery pack to ensure that you have a working battery at all times.
Can One Use an Electric Mobility Chair Outdoors?
Electric wheelchair scooters are especially ideal for outdoor use. If you will be going between your power wheelchair and a car on a regular basis, you may want to consider a wheelchair that is designed to be easily disassembled or collapsed for quick transporting. Most power wheelchair companies have such wheelchairs available, and you can find them on AvaCare Medical.
Are Power Chairs Heavy and Expensive?
Power wheelchairs can weigh anywhere between 150 to 400 pounds, so if a lightweight electric wheelchair is something you need, be sure to check the weight of the chair before purchasing. Our electric wheelchair store has mobility chairs for sale at prices ranging from about $1,500 up to $2,600, which is a great price. Adding more features (such as larger seat widths) can end up costing more than the initial price, so it is extremely important to know exactly which wheelchair is needed.
Also, one needs to know how much mobility he wants his wheelchair to provide him with. If a patient does not have even the low level of mobility required to navigate a motorized wheelchair, a caregiver-operated transport chair may be the best option.
Top Brands in Mobility Electric Wheelchairs
Find mobility chairs for sale from all different manufacturers, with various features and benefits. Since we only carry electric wheelchairs from reputable, highly trusted medical companies, you can be assured that a wheelchair purchased from AvaCare Medical will be of the highest quality. Here are just two of the best brands we carry.
Drive Medical is a leading manufacturer in the wheelchair industry. Their Titan X electric motor chairs have been used for decades. Each model comes with specific seat customizations, as well as a front or rear wheel drive.
eWheels mobility electric wheelchairs are built to last, but they are more affordable and lightweight in terms of the frame weight. The eWheels model that’s available on AvaCare Medical has foldable capabilities, and affords exceptional mobility to disabled users.
When Should I Consider a Mobility Scooter Instead?
AvaCare Medical has a full selection of motorized bariatric mobility scooters. The weight capacity range of these scooters is anywhere from 285 to 600 pounds. If a user has only limited mobility, a wheelchair may not be completely necessary. In these cases, a mobility scooter is an acceptable alternative that one can use instead of a power chair.
As with all of our wheelchairs, motorized wheelchairs for sale ship next day for free. If you’re looking to find the best power chairs for sale, you’ve come to the right place. Should you have any questions or concerns, read the Wheelchair Buying Guide or contact us via chat, email, or the good old telephone by dialing 1-877-813-7799.