Why Power Wheelchairs Are Now Readily Available

Power wheelchairs have completely changed the lives of many disabled people by helping them to get about their local area without the need for physical exertion. The ordinary wheelchair itself can be a great boon to people who need to get outside and gain some mobility, but there are limits as to what can be achieved when you have to supply your own impetus. A powered chair can bring new places within reach, and it can certainly help you to get more out of the places you are already able to visit.

The development of wheelchair technology has brought many benefits in recent years. The lighter frames which are possible with modern metal alloys make for a far easier experience, even when conventional non-electric models have to be used. The weight of a wheelchair is one of the most significant factors in how far they can go before the user feels tired, and weight can even be a factor with electric chairs. Although there is no exertion on behalf of the user, a heavy chair will use more power and will have a shorter range. Improvements in battery technology, allied to lighter chairs, are changing the game quickly for disabled people.

Even though electricity has been in use for over a century, the development of electric wheelchairs is a relatively recent one. A motor needed to be designed which would be capable of moving a heavy chair loaded with a human being, possibly one who was themselves overweight. To make this possible, there had to be a portable supply of power which could also be carried with the chair. Actually powering up a chair was relatively easy once the technology was developed, it was the need for the battery to be portable which presented the greatest challenge.

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The use of power wheelchairs has greatly improved the ability of people to get out and live full and interesting lives, but the need for power did present another challenge. One of the great advantages of light, modern wheelchairs is that they can be folded up and transported in motor vehicles to other locations. This can still happen with a powered chair, but it is more difficult to achieve as there is inevitably going to be extra bulk and weight. The problem will become far less over time, as the development of new lithium ion battery technology promises far more power for less weight and size.

Getting hold of electric wheelchairs when they were relatively new was never easy, as the prices were beyond the means of large sections of the population. The chairs were only really suitable for those who traveled short distances, as the batteries had a limited life, but they still represented a significant investment. There was no market in used models as the chairs were so new. Now, all of this as changed considerably. The chairs are cheaper to buy, in fact many can be had for roughly double the price of a standard chair.

There is also a healthy market in used power wheelchairs, which was an inevitable development as technology progressed. As improvements were fast to occur in the early days, it was inevitable that those who could afford the consistent upgrades would sell off their old chairs, which may in some cases only be a year or two old. Used chairs can now be obtained from many local retailers and dealerships in any local area, or they can be obtained through online retailers and the Internet auction sites. New developments will always mean a healthy supply of old models to the used market in power wheelchairs.




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