Selecting a Power Wheelchair
Whether you are replacing an existing chair or shopping for your first electric wheelchair, SpinLife has the selection and expertise to make sure you get the electric wheelchair that is right for you. We understand that the choices available in a power/electric wheelchair can be overwhelming. By understanding the features and applications that the different models offer, you can know which electric wheelchair will best meet your needs.
Here is a brief overview of the different types of power wheelchairs that are available. Please refer to our Buyer's Guide for even more information or call one of our experts for help!
Travel/Portable Power Wheelchairs
Travel power wheelchairs are designed not only for portability but also work well in compact or crowded spaces such as apartments, stores, cruise ships or malls. Most of our travel/portable models are disassembled by removing the seat, battery pack and base. Most components are relatively light but there may be some lifting involved in moving the heaviest components.
Folding power wheelchairs combine portability with full-time use. They have adaptable seating that accepts pressure-management cushions, full-coverage armrests and highly supportive backrest options. These models easily fit into automobile trunks or cargo areas for easy transport.
Center-Drive Power Wheelchairs
Center-wheel drive power chairs are commonly referred to as mid-wheel drive power chairs. Although not easily transportable without the use of an accessible van or vehicle lift, center-wheel electric wheelchairs are among the most maneuverable models available. In tight, confined spaces, center-wheel drive electric wheelchairs not only require far less maneuvering than other power wheelchairs, they are also quite easy to operate.
Guide to Center-Drive Power Wheelchairs
Front Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs
Like the name implies front wheel drive chairs have the large drive wheel located towards the front of the wheelchair base. When turning and maneuvering, the wheels in front of the user are powering movement. When making turns there is a "tail" that must be compensated for. There is no right or wrong wheel base it; Is really up to the user and what they prefer.
Rear Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs
The large drive wheel on is located towards the back or rear on the base of these wheelchairs. Some people find rear wheel drive chairs very easy to maneuver. Typically there is very little power wheelchair behind the driver, making it visually easy to maneuver turns since you can see if you are about to hit anything with the majority of your chair.
Heavy Duty Electric Wheelchairs
Designed for higher weight capacity users (ranging from 300 lbs. to 650 lbs.), heavy-duty electric wheelchairs are available in a variety of styles, including folding and center-wheel drive.
Guide to Heavy Duty Electric Wheelchairs