Deciding On A Power Chair: Standard Or Portable?

power chair, Power MobilityConsidering a power chair? You’re not alone. Power chairs have become an extremely popular way for many people to improve their mobility — both inside and outside their homes. These chairs offer features and functionality to match every lifestyle and budget. The biggest challenge of making a power chair purchase may just be which one to pick.

When making your decision, think about how you plan to use your power chair. Will you use it for travel? Shopping? Or just around the house? Consider your current vehicle. Can it accommodate a wheelchair ramp or lift? Or do you need a chair that can fit in a standard car trunk? Your answers to these questions will help you narrow your choices — primarily by helping you determine whether a standard or a portable chair best suits your needs.

Portable power chairs are a great option for those who are constantly on the move and need to transition from car to chair quickly and frequently. These chairs are lightweight and easy to disassemble for storage or transport. Because they can fit in a trunk, there’s also no need for a lift or any other modifications to your vehicle. While their smaller size is convenient, portable power chairs do have some limitations. Compared with standard power chairs, they have a slower top speed, a smaller seating area and lower weight capacity.

Standard power chairs tend to be larger and offer more comfort and functionality. They are faster and can travel farther between battery charges than their portable counterparts. Standard chairs are also designed to accommodate those with added height or weight requirements.  Although they can be disassembled, power chair components are heavy (up to 90 pounds), so most users choose to add a lift or ramp to their vehicles. That means additional cost.

At Power Mobility and Lifts, we sell and service a full range of power chairs, scooters and the lifts you’ll need to take them with you when you’re on the go. Our team of experts can help you decide which device is right for you. Contact us today for more information.

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