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As among the most compact mobility products, travel power wheelchairs (or travel electric wheelchairs)are not only designed for portability,
but also for use in very compact spaces, such as small apartments and shops. With speeds up to 4 mph, and U-1 batteries,
offering a driving range of up to 10 miles, travel electric wheelchairs also work well on sidewalks, in malls, on cruise
ships, and in airports
Travel electric wheelchairs feature a minimal seat by nature of the wheelchair's compact size. A travel seat typically
has a padded base, low-cut padded back, with flip-up armrests. The seat is contoured to help keep you in place, with a
folding backrest for transportability, and the padded cover is usually removable for cleaning. For legrests, a foot
platform is used, flipping up out of the way for transfers.
To transport a travel power wheelchair, you must be able to transfer out of the wheelchair, and you or an assistant must
be able to disassemble the wheelchair by removing the seat, battery pack, and base. While most components are relatively
light, the heaviest components are approximately 35 lbs., so there is some lifting involved. Also, for reassembly, some
coordination is required.
It is important to note that travel electric wheelchairs aren't intended as "full-time" mobility, but as supplemental mobility
within one's home or when one wishes to go out-and-about with a very compact, transportable electric wheelchair, making them
an ideal alternative to a scooter. Additionally, travel power wheelchairs aren't intended for rough outdoor terrain, or
traveling over very long distances.
A travel power wheelchair may be best for you if you need:
An ultra compact electric wheelchair
An extremely maneuverable power wheelchair
A part-time wheelchair in your home or out-and-about
Transportability in standard vehicles (however, some strength and dexterity is required)
Comfortable but standard seating
A battery range of up to 10 miles
A travel power wheelchair may not be best for you if you need: