How Motorized Wheelchairs Are Evolving

Motorized wheelchairs are one of the most useful enhancements to mobility equipment to happen in the past century. They have had the greatest difference in the lives of users of any development since the time when wheelchairs were first used, as they make it theoretically possible for the user to travel over an unlimited distance with no exertion. In practice, of course, there are limits to how far a chair can go on one charge of a battery, but these limits are continually being broken down by advancing technology.

There were many years when manual chairs were the only ones which people had available to them. The chairs had to be pushed by a family member or friend, or propelled by the user with their own hand motion on the wheels. It was not so much the lack of a motor which caused the difficulty as the weight of the metal used in the construction of the chairs, as they made them difficult to push and tiring to take over long distances. The use of lighter alloys has solved so many of these problems, but the introduction of electrical power has offered another vital enhancement.

The early electrically powered chairs could be nothing more than hybrids, because there was still a need to move the chair once the power had run out. Batteries were relatively heavy and could only take a small amount of charge. It was not uncommon for people to use manual power most of the time, and just to rely on electricity to get them over hills and up difficult slopes. As batteries became more advanced, the possibility of truly motorized power became realized. The slow charging times were relatively unimportant, because the batteries could be put on charge overnight.

Handicap Wheelchair

The introduction of motorized wheelchairs has come at the same time as the development of lighter alloys which are greatly improving the weight and design of wheelchair frames. Now, there was the possibility of genuine mobile wheelchair transport, with a light frame that could be folded for transportation by other means and batteries which would hold enough charge to allow the user to travel for long periods without recharging. The high capacity lithium ion batteries which are used today in the design of powered chairs are light enough to be detached from the frame and carried separately. It is even possible to stack the latest design of batteries.

If you are looking to buy a motorized chair, there are several factors you need to consider. The fist is that technology is advancing rapidly, so anything you buy this year will not be state of the art when next year rolls around. Having said this, most of the major advances have taken place and the improvements are likely to be a gradual increase in battery capacity and reduction in weight. It can be better to rent a wheelchair, because you will then get the opportunity to upgrade regularly when a new model comes out.

There are many people who have no need for the latest technology in motorized wheelchairs,they just need something which will get the job done. These people can look to buy the used chairs which are discarded long before they are worn out, by the people who do insist on having the latest model. There is a healthy market in electrically powered chairs, and you can take advantage of this by picking up high quality products which would be far more expensive if they were completely new. You can find used models in retail stores, or through online auction listings of motorized wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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How to stop disabled parking theft: It might take a vigilante - Los Angeles Times

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Lawsuit prompts Janesville to improve handicap accessibility - Gazettextra

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The Janesville City Council voted Oct. 27 to pay $16,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by Amy Bleile, a Whitewater resident with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair. The lawsuit filed in February in U.S. District Court in Madison alleged parking lots in .

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Army vet who uses wheelchair ranks Charlotte's level of accessibility - FOX 46 Charlotte

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Right now, Congress is looking at changing a key part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some say the proposed bill would burden those who use a wheelchair and make it easier for businesses to put off wheelchair accessibility. FOX 46 asked Don to .

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