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1. User's Weight

2. Usage


Full-time use chairs are designed with comfort and longevity in mind. Typically, these chairs feature plush high back seats and longer battery range for multiple hours of use.

For occasional use, smaller stadium style seating is more popular. These chairs are compact and usually have a lower battery range.

3. Features



Portable power wheelchairs can be dissembled into smaller pieces for transport. These chairs can usually fit in the trunk of a car and do not require a vehicle lift.

Curb Climbing:

Power chairs with the "curb climbing" feature can climb small obstacles and curbs up to 3 inches. This feature can be very nice when using your chair around town and outdoors.

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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


Common Questions

How do I buy an electric wheelchair from Spinlife?
Just configure your electric wheelchair online by clicking the "Customize" button, or call our experienced SpinLife product experts at 1-800-850-0335 to help you build the perfect wheelchair today.

Will I be charged sales tax?


Is shipping free?
Yes, standard ground shipping is FREE for all electric wheelchairs. (Orders over $50 always ship for free everyday at SpinLife?)

What happens if my power wheelchair breaks down?
SpinLife is here to support you through the complete sale and this includes helping you with any problems that may arise after you receive your electric wheelchair. Contact us directly at 1-800-850-0335 and we will start by troubleshooting your problem over the phone. In most circumstances, the solution can be as simple as the flip of a switch to help get you on your way again. It is also possible to send warranty parts directly to your home in the case of a simple repair. If the problem is more challenging, we will arrange for a service technician to come to your home (included at no charge for 1 year after purchase on Pride and Golden Tech power wheelchairs.)

What happens if I want to return my power wheelchair?
If your electric wheelchair arrives and does not meet your needs, you can return it within 30 days as long as the power wheelchair is unused (tires are clean and no scratches) and in the original packaging. You are responsible for freight charges and for a 15% restocking fee. If the wheelchair arrives damaged or there is an error in what was shipped to you, SpinLife will arrange for freight and for shipping you a new or corrected unit.

*Sales tax is applied to certain products shipped to the state of Ohio.