Frequently Asked Questions About Power Wheelchairs
On this page you can find answers to frequently asked questions about the pricing and features of battery powered chairs.
1. What is a power (battery powered) wheelchair ?
Battery powered wheelchairs are electric wheelchairs that are controlled by a joystick on the armrest of the seat and connected to batteries. These motorized wheelchairs are easy to use and do not require the user to push the wheels with their hands to move them.
Although generally used outdoors, these electric vehicles can also be used indoors and are easy to navigate in narrow spaces such as corridors and doors. Power wheelchairs can also be used by people who need to travel longer distances or rough terrain that will be difficult or strenuous with a manual wheelchair.
2. How fast power wheelchairs are?
The fastest battery powered wheelchair can reach speeds of 12-16 km / h per hour. Most power wheelchairs reach an average speed of 8 km per hour.
3. How does a battery powered wheelchair work?
The electric motors that drive the battery powered wheelchair are located behind or under the wheelchair seat and are powered by rechargeable batteries that provide enough power to last for about a day between charges.
Most battery powered chairs come with a built-in charger that can be plugged into a standard wall socket and a joystick control hardware that regulates wheelchair speed and direction. Many battery powered wheelchair manufacturers offer customized control options to meet the needs of users who do not have the ability to use a manually operated joystick.
Electric seat drive systems can be front, center, rear or all-wheel drive. The drive wheels are fixed in a single plane, and the guide wheels are usually equipped with variable suspension springs and supports so that the wheels stand on uneven surfaces.
4. How much is a battery powered wheelchair ?
Battery powered wheelchair prices can range from 5000 TL to 15,000 TL in Turkey. The battery powered wheelchair price depends on its size, weight, features and functionality. A cheap battery powered chair may cost no more than $ 1,000, but a high-quality, heavy-duty power wheelchair can cost around $ 3,000.
5. Does insurance (SGK Turkey) cover the price of the Battery Powered Chair ?
The SSI can make a battery-powered wheelchair payment to patients who cannot use a manual wheelchair without assistance, such as disabled and / or muscle patients who cannot use their hands. People with disabilities who can use their hands are not paid for battery powered chairs. If the disabled cannot stand, has a disease or disability that prevents them from using their extremities, they can buy a battery powered chair from the SSI. In addition, the cost of a battery powered chair can be covered by the SSI in cases where the disabled person cannot use the manual wheelchair due to unilateral function of the hand and arm, heart failure or coronary artery diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, or risks their health.
6. How long will battery powered chair batteries last?
A fully charged battery chair battery can last between 12 and 25 hours, or approximately 16-30 km of use before recharging. It takes approximately 8-10 hours to fully charge the power wheelchair package.
Factors that can affect battery life
Battery wheelchair batteries older than 1.5 years old may need to be replaced. Batteries that have been used for more than 1.5 years are starting to stop charging and need to be recharged more frequently.
The heavier the user, the more power the battery chair must consume to move. The extra power puts more strain on the battery, so overweight users may need to change their batteries more often.
When you ride your battery powered chair on uneven terrain, it takes more effort to overcome obstacles. This situation may consume your battery early.
7. Can I take my battery powered chair anywhere?
You can take most power wheelchairs anywhere. They are durable and built to withstand harsh conditions. However, some offer features more suitable for navigating rough terrain or indoors. There are foldable battery powered chair models.
Indoor battery powered chair
If most of your activity takes place indoors, a narrow mid-wheel drive battery powered chair is more suitable. These types of chairs have better maneuverability for interiors with narrow corridors.
Land type battery powered chair
If you plan to use your battery powered wheelchair outdoors, in nature or on uneven terrain, a larger wheelchair and front wheel drive battery powered wheelchair is advantageous. All terrain battery powered chairs have large wheels that provide a smoother ride on hard ground.
Folding battery powered chair
If you plan to travel frequently with your battery powered chair, it is better to purchase a foldable battery powered chair. This type of light motor powered wheelchair can be folded for transport in vehicle trunk or aircraft. Foldable battery powered chairs are relatively cheaper than heavy terrain models.
Battery powered chair control options
Most standard power wheelchairs come with joystick controls. However, special models have more than one controller option. Round, mouselike compact joysticks or touchpad controls are more precise than standard joysticks. In addition, helmet-type control devices move your head, allowing you to steer your power wheelchair, accelerate and stop.
8. Types of battery powered chairs
Standard battery powered chairs
Most standard power wheelchairs have padded rehabilitation seats and joystick controls. Features vary by model, but you can usually expect 10 to 15 hours of battery life and speeds of around 8-9 km / h in standard modes.
Vertical or stand up battery powered wheelchairs are powered wheelchairs that can hold the user in a vertical position. Standing position improves blood flow and expands access. Versatile.
Children's Battery powered chairs
They are made for children and are smaller battery powered chairs that can be adjusted as the child grows. These chairs are designed to accommodate a child's growth.
9. Battery powered chair dimensions
How wide is the seating area of battery powered chairs ?
Battery powered chairs are at least 60-65 cm wide. Some heavyweight and featured battery powered chairs will be slightly wider.
How wide does a corridor need to be for a power wheelchair to pass ?
Corridors and doors should be about 85 cm wide to comfortably walk battery powered chairs.
How tall are motorized wheelchairs ?
Most battery powered chairs have a seat height of 50-55 cm. Some battery powered chairs can be adjusted in height. Terrain types or models with some functionality may be longer.
How heavy is a battery powered wheelchair ?
Most power wheelchairs weigh around 100-150 pounds. Some lightweight power wheelchairs are made to weigh less than 50 kg to make traveling easier. There are folding battery powered chairs weighing 26 kg. (See Fulmaks 8002) Heavy duty battery powered chairs can weigh up to 180 kg.
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