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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Letter To The Editor: Wheelchair accessibility - Pawhuska Journal Capital

Letter To The Editor: Wheelchair accessibility
Pawhuska Journal Capital
Often it is blocked by someone who has a wheelchair Placard but is not in a wheelchair. The next problem is encountered after you enter their premises. In order to accommodate more tables or more racks the isles are almost non existent. You have to .

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Robesonian | Donations needed for rehab work - The Robesonian

The Robesonian

Robesonian | Donations needed for rehab work
The Robesonian
Teresa Cummings was injured in a car accident, and might have her right leg amputated. Volunteers are making her home more friendly to her handicap, but need donations. LUMBERTON EUR” A group of unpaid volunteers is asking the public's help in renovating .
Church members seek help for motorcycle victimThe Fayetteville Observer

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Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
The new SLO Airport terminal opened without a functioning elevator. I made inquiries regarding access for mobility-limited travelers. The responses distilled to EURœit's not our faultEUR and EURœwe meet the standards.EUR Several ideas were presented that would .

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Fundraiser aims to put wheelchair bound Wareham brothers in driver's seat - Wareham Week

Fundraiser aims to put wheelchair bound Wareham brothers in driver's seat
Wareham Week
The brothers played sports EUR baseball, basketball and soccer EUR until the progressive, muscle-weakening disease confined them both to wheelchairs about six years ago. While the disease hasn't diminished their drive, CJ, 29, and Sidney, 27, are having a .

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Woman's Facebook Post About Handicapped Parking Is Going Viral - Simplemost

Simplemost

Woman's Facebook Post About Handicapped Parking Is Going Viral
Simplemost
What people don't realize, is that those lines are for a ramp and/or for wheelchair users to transfer. Because of the way this person parked, I cannot get back into my car independently and it keeps me from wanting to branch out and drive on my own .

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Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van - NBC 10 Philadelphia

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van
NBC 10 Philadelphia
Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van. EURœIt meant a lot just for me to get out the house. Instead of my daughter just seeing me in here, in the bed or the chair, she could see me outside in the park.EUR By David Chang. Published at 12:07 .

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San Miguel Fire Dept. Raising Funds for Family Who Lost Wheelchair-Accessible Van in Fire - NBC Bay Area

NBC Bay Area

San Miguel Fire Dept. Raising Funds for Family Who Lost Wheelchair-Accessible Van in Fire
NBC Bay Area
The San Miguel Fire Department is drawing community awareness to a GoFundMe page set up for a family of nearly two dozen, many of whom have special needs, that suffered damage to their home and handicap accessible van in a fire. The damage stemmed from .

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'Paralyzed bride' has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces - News & Observer

News & Observer

'Paralyzed bride' has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces
News & Observer
Rachelle Friedman Chapman EUR known by many as EURœthe paralyzed brideEUR EUR is calling attention to the way people park in and around handicap-accessible spaces. Chapman, who lives in Knightdale, shared a recent experience in a Facebook post Wednesday showing .

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