I am in the process of buying a new powered wheelchair and it is very exciting. I have hired many powered chairs when I have gone away, so I feel I know quite a bit about them and I know what I want. I have had a powered chair before, but it was second-hand, but this time I am buying new so I can get exactly what I want and need.
While I am looking I will be posting powered wheelchair reviews here for your information.
Before I started looking I made a wishlist of the requirements I wanted and suggest you do the same. Here is mine:
- Foldable – for storage and transport
- Lightweight – for my carer to lift it in and out of the boot
- Long range – for spending a full day out if required
- Good manoeuvrability – for getting around the house and also for shopping
- Simple to use – I’m very easy to confuse!
- Anti-tilt – I need to make sure it is not going to tip when I go up small kerbs.
This might be similar to your wish list, or completely different, but you need to know what you are looking for before you get drawn into buying something that sounds good but isn’t suitable for you.
It didn’t take me long to find something I liked.
Foldawheel PW-1000XL is a very advanced lightweight powered wheelchair that weighs only 26kg; 57lbs. It is heavy duty but lightweight powered wheelchair suitable for users up to 150kg; 330lb; 23.5 stones. It opens and folds in just 1 second. It can run 13km; 8 miles on one battery, but amazingly it can carry up three batteries for almost 39km; 24 miles continuous usage. Even I cannot do that much shopping! The maximum speed is only 5 miles per hour, but that is fine for me as I would only use it on the pavement and the maximum speed in the UK is 4 miles per hour. It is made of high-grade full aluminium alloy which is why it weighs so little (26kg with one battery). It has a powerful 250-Watt, quiet, brushless motors with large 10” rear tyres. It comes fitted with anti-tilt support for free and it has a maximum slope capability of 13 degrees when using anti-tilt support.
Stands upright by itself when folded for easy transportation and storage, and it is very compact when it is folded. The seat is 19” between armrests with an 18” cushion and the sides are open at the front part for even more space. The armrests are raiseable and the footrest is foldable for easier access on and off the chair. The seat cushion and backrest are removable for washing.
These batteries are allowed on planes, so you can take this powered chair away with you. Wheelchair88 informed me these batteries were acceptable on flights as long as they less than 100 watts and Wheelchair88 batteries are 96 watts. What a bonus!
Also, when you buy a Foldawheel PW-1000XL you get an exclusive think and tough travel bag, a worldwide workable charger and global support services to make worldwide travel even easier.
There are also extras you can add, such as the extra batteries, adjustable headrest, USB power adapter, bottle holder and led light. It has a height adjustable backrest push handle if you ever need it.
This chair gives me everything I am looking for and more. Before you buy, if you want to ask any questions their online chat is very good