The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Wheelchair

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Wheelchair

Buying a wheelchair is a big decision, whether it’s your first or fifth. You want to ensure that your new wheelchair checks all of your boxes while staying within your budget. And, with all of the options out there, it can seem overwhelming trying to decide where and how to purchase your wheelchair. Luckily for you, we have written this ultimate guide to buying a wheelchair to make your life a little easier.

Price

Let’s face it, the price of a wheelchair is one of the main factors that most people consider when buying a wheelchair. If you are choosing between two wheelchairs, the cheaper option is most likely the one you will choose. My best advice is to make a note of all of the features that are a need for you, and some that you may just want. Look for a wheelchair that checks all of the boxes that you need, and take your wants into consideration when it comes to price. 

Durability

As I alluded to before, wheelchairs are an investment. So, you want it to last for a few seasons. I recommend checking out the wheelchair’s reviews, whether it is on their website or on Google. This way, you can get an understanding of what their current clients are saying about their wheelchair. In addition, it’s important that you consider what the wheelchair was designed for. Wheelchairs that are meant for casual use would not bode well against gravel roads and hilly terrains every day.

Accessories

Another point that you should consider is if the wheelchair has accessories or can be compatible with accessories. If you are using this wheelchair on a daily basis, you’ll want comfort accessories, like an extra soft cushion. Or, if you’re planning on using this wheelchair to travel with, you might want to consider a travel bag or scratch-resistant pad to prevent damage to the chair and your vehicle when loading it.

Comfort

Of course, if you are spending a lot of time sitting, being comfortable is a must. A lot of companies offer extra support cushions to make users even more comfortable. As a result, wheelchair users can enjoy being out of the house for longer periods of time. You also want to ensure that the seat dimensions will fit your needs, and that you will have enough leg room to be comfortable. 

Style

Although style might not be on everyone’s checklist, it is on most. Unfortunately, some may not feel comfortable in their own skin while in a wheelchair. So, it can be important to consider what the wheelchair looks like prior to purchasing. Oftentimes we see interesting colours like red and black, to make a sleek look that everyone would enjoy. 

Travel-Friendly Features

Travel-friendly wheelchairs are becoming more and more popular among wheelchair users. That is because they are more convenient for those who are looking to travel. Whether it be loading it into your vehicle for daily tasks, or taking it on a plane, or even a cruise, travel-friendly features are important for a lot of users. Travel-friendly features include lithium-ion batteries, foldability, and lightweight frame to make it easy to pick up. Here is a video showing how easy travel-friendly wheelchairs can be.

Customer Support

When you are looking at buying a wheelchair, you want superb customer service. Live chat, phone support, and email support are all great examples of what a company should use to support their customers. In addition, it’s important to find a company that will still support you after your purchase. If you have any questions along the way, you don’t want to wait on hold before getting help. 

Specifications

I mentioned a bit about specifications under comfort, but specifications are so important that they deserve their own section. While seat width and footrest height are important, it doesn’t stop there. Other specifications that you should consider are ground clearance, tire size, and speed. These specifications will help your chair be more sturdy and durable for your daily needs. As an example, higher ground-to-foot clearance will mean that you can go over larger bumps and hills easier. But, some people don’t look at that specification.

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Don’t…

In this day in age, you will see wheelchairs being sold on sites like Amazon or AliExpress. While these online stores can have great products, they are not the best place to buy a wheelchair. Oftentimes these retailers can have untrustworthy sellers who are just trying to make a quick buck, and not trying to help someone. When buying mobility equipment online, it’s best to steer clear of companies like these and go for a company that aims to help those in need. 

Final Words

As you know, there are a lot of considerations that you need to be aware of when making your decision. With all of the options there are on the market, it can be overwhelming learning all about certain features and companies while staying under your budget. If you’re looking for a highly durable, travel-friendly, and affordable wheelchair, make sure you take a look at EasyGo Power Chairs! If you have any questions along the way we are happy to help, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Before Your EasyGo Power Chair Ships….

Before Your EasyGo Power Chair Ships….

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes after you click checkout and submit your order for an EasyGo Power Chair? Well, we’re going to tell you! Let us put your mind at ease so you are confident in knowing that you are doing business with an honest and trusted company.

At EasyGo Mobility, we are dedicated to providing high-quality power chairs to our customers. So, we take all the extra steps to make sure we live up to that.

Order Processing and Preparation

After we receive and process your order, typically within 1 business day, your paid invoice is sent to our warehouse. This is where our team prepares your power chair. Once your order has been fully processed and your power chair has been thoroughly inspected, we schedule your EasyGo power chair to be picked up, shipped, and delivered to you.

Your invoice is reviewed by our warehouse team to find out which model of power chair you ordered. In addition to what side your joystick is to be mounted on, and whether any accessories were ordered so we can install them or include them with your power chair. 

Once these details are collected, the pre-delivery inspection begins. During our pre-delivery inspection, we inspect every part of the power chair to make sure everything works as expected and to ensure nothing is faulty or damaged.

The Inspection Begins….

Our chairs come fully assembled and already fully boxed from our manufacturer. We start by removing the EasyGo from the box and unfolding the power chair completely. All foldable parts of your EasyGo are checked to ensure they fold as expected. We check the backrest, the footplate and the anti-tipping wheels. And, the entire frame to ensure everything folds and unfolds as it should. 

The harness/strap/seatbelt is checked to make sure it can adjust, is installed properly, and securely fastens as all seatbelts should.

Next, we check the neutral feature. With the chair powered off, we unlock the brakes of the rear driving wheels and push the chair manually to ensure there are no issues with manual operation.

Battery and Hardware checks

We then move on to the battery and its charger. The battery comes installed so we remove it to ensure it can be removed as designed. We then slide the battery back in the chair and power on the chair. If the chair turns on, we know that the battery is installed properly. We then pull the battery out again and make sure the charger provided works. Once the charger is plugged into an outlet, we plug the charger into the back of the battery to ensure it charges. We then plug the charger into the charging port located under the joystick. This ensures both charging ports, the charger, the power chair, and the battery all work together and properly. 

 The armrests are checked to ensure the padding is attached securely. We adjust the arm rests to make sure they are working before adjusting them back to their original position. In addition, we also check to make sure all the hardware such as the bolts, screws and caps are secure.

Time to Test Drive!

Before the EasyGo power chair goes back in the box, we test drive it to make sure everything works. We ensure there are no issues with driving and operation. We also use this opportunity to ensure the joystick is properly connected. Our team checks all of the wiring to make sure is secure along the armrest and frame are safely out of the way. We drive the chair at all speeds available and test the turning, stopping, and reversing. Our team will look and listen for anything that could be loose. We listen and feel for any issues with the driving mechanisms. 

If your EasyGo power chair fails any part of our inspection, we put that chair aside. Then, we pull a fresh chair from our inventory to inspect and prepare for shipment. 

If your EasyGo power chair passes this inspection, we place it back in its box. Along with the owner’s manual, folding/unfolding instructions, any print outs, fliers, or marketing material and any accessories* ordered. We seal it with heavy duty packing tape and heavy-duty straps, attach a few “Fragile” labels and your packing slip to the box and it’s ready to go!

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It’s on the Way!

Once your power chair is shipped, you can start tracking your order using the tracking number provided on your copy of your paid invoice.

EasyGo Mobility understands that getting a new power chair is not a cheap investment. We want to make sure you get your money’s worth and the product you purchase is received at the highest level of quality and performance we can provide.

Thank you for Choosing EasyGo Mobility. 

Accessories such as the EasyLoad Vehicle Wheels are installed during inspection. The Rear Joystick Holder is partially installed during inspection. The bar that holds the joystick is removed so the EasyGo can fit in the box and ship without the risk of any damages. As a result, it needs to be attached upon receipt of your EasyGo. If you order a Standard EasyGo with the Travel Case, your chair will be stored in the Travel Case and the case will be boxed and shipped to you. If you order a Spare Battery and/or Scratch Resistant Pad with your EasyGo, it will be placed in the same box with your EasyGo.

6 Best Lightweight Folding Power Chairs to Use in 2023

6 Best Lightweight Folding Power Chairs to Use in 2023

Choosing the perfect lightweight folding power chair for yourself or your loved one is a tough decision. It can seem overwhelming with the number of options, features, and expensive price tag associated with a lot of folding power chairs on the market. Fortunately, we did all of the hard research putting together this list of the 6 best lightweight folding power chairs that you’ll want to take with you in 2022. Before we dive into the 6 best power chairs, let’s go over what makes a power chair lightweight.

What Makes a Power Chair Lightweight?

Lightweight powered wheelchairs are typically made of aluminum, compared to heavier materials that traditional power chairs are made of. Although the material is lighter, it is still very durable. If properly taken care of, a folding power chair can run for years without issue. The nice thing about lightweight folding power chairs is all of the benefits that they provide for the user.

What are the Benefits of Lightweight Folding Power Chairs?

Folding power chairs are a great option for seniors and those with mild mobility issues including arthritis, muscle weakness, and pain. Regular power chairs are heavy, difficult to load into a vehicle without expensive ramps, and very difficult to get loaded onto a plane. With a folding power chair, they are light enough to be lifted into a vehicle and are small enough in size that they can be taken on a plane. Additionally, they are often a lot more affordable than regular power chairs.

1. EasyGo Elite Model

The EasyGo Elite Model is one of the lightest folding power chairs on the market. The Elite Model has more space than most other chairs on this list. Additionally, it has large wheels that are created with anti-flat materials and can go 15 miles in between charges. Plus, the EasyGo Elite Model ships for free nationwide. When folded, it is smaller than a wheelchair and is airline approved. This makes it perfect to bring on vacations, cruises, and holidays. Best of all, the EasyGo Elite Model folds in less than 2 seconds. This makes it the most hassle-free folding power chair mentioned on this list. The EasyGo Elite Model is on sale for spring, with prices under $2,500. 

2. EasyGo Standard Model

Next up, the EasyGo Standard Model is another affordable, lightweight option for those in the market for a folding power chair. This model is slightly smaller than the EasyGo Elite Model, making it lighter in weight. This chair is perfectly designed for travelling, and can conveniently be folded to fit on airplanes, buses, and cruise ships. The EasyGo Standard Model is currently on sale for under $2,200, making it the most affordable folding power chair on this list.

3. EWheels EW-M45

EWheels EW-M45 is a little heavier than the first two mentioned, weighing 60 pounds including the batteries. Again, their batteries are lithium-powered, meaning most airlines will allow the folding power chair aboard. This chair also can go 15 miles per charge, with prices around $3,700.

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4. Ranger Discovery

The Ranger Discovery Folding Power Chair folds down in 3 seconds to and weighs 50 pounds. Similar to the other chairs mentioned on this list, the tires are made of an anti-flat and anti-tip material to ensure you are safe using the chair. This chair is priced at $2,900.

5. Jazzy Passport

As their name implies, Jazzy Passport is another option for portable mobility. This chair is a minimum of 60 pounds with the standard battery, and gets heavier with different batteries, meaning the chair could be upwards of 70 pounds. This chair is typically around $3,000, depending on the dealer that you find. 

6. Vive Health Power Wheelchair

Finally, we have the Vive Health Power Wheelchair. This chair is moderately priced at $2,500. However, it can only drive for about 6 miles per charge, so it’s best for home use instead of traveling. It is also the heaviest chair, weighing almost 70 pounds. So, it ultimately may not be the best option for everyone.

Which Should You Choose?

Choosing the best folding power chair for your needs is difficult. Regaining mobility with a folding power chair can help improve your range of motion, quality of life, and travel without pain. It’s important to weigh out what features are the most important for you and choose based on those features.

Final Words

As you can see, there are a lot of important decisions that you should consider when choosing the perfect folding power chair. From the list of chairs that we have mentioned above, if you are looking for affordability, lightweight, and features, one of the EasyGo Mobility scooters may be the perfect option for you. If you have any questions about either the EasyGo Elite Model or the Standard Model, do not hesitate to reach out here or give us a call at +1-833-709-3499 and we will be more than happy to help!

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