The 8 Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

The 8 Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

Whether you are looking for your first or your 5th wheelchair, you want to ensure you are looking for the most reputable wheelchair companies. With so many different options online, it can be difficult to find companies that have truthful reviews and high-quality products. This is exactly why we have put together this list of the 8 most reputable wheelchair companies, in hopes of helping you choose the best companies to trust with your mobility.

 

In no particular order.

1. EasyGo Mobility

Our company, EasyGo Mobility is an industry leader in foldable and travel-friendly electric wheelchairs. EasyGo’s head office is located in Tonawanda, New York. Our CEO has been in the mobility aid business for over 17 years, where he realized there were a limited number of options of trustworthy and reputable companies on the market. Especially when you are looking at foldable electric wheelchairs. That’s how EasyGo was born! Currently, we have two different models of portable power chairs, the Elite and the Standard models. With the Elite being our best-selling model. Our wheelchairs are unique, due to their lightweight design, ability to fold into the size of a suitcase, and lithium-ion batteries making them safe to take onto an airplane. In addition, we offer a 3-year warranty on our wheelchairs.

EasyGo Folding Power Chair
Elite Folding Power Chair

2. Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility is one of the top powered mobility providers in the world, with over 25 years of experience. Their head office is in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. They also do most of the manufacturing in the United States, which a lot of Americans enjoy. Pride Mobility offers a wide range of products, including lift chairs, scooters, and of course electric wheelchairs. Warranties range from 13 months to 5 years, depending on the part of the wheelchair and the model. Their most popular electric wheelchair model is the Pride Go Chair.

3. Golden Technologies

Next on our list of the most reputable wheelchair companies, we have Golden Technologies. Golden Technologies is well known for its compact electric wheelchairs like the Lite Rider Envy. Their headquarters is located in Old Forge, PA, and they started as a small family-owned and operated company that has bloomed into one of the largest and most reputable wheelchair companies in America.

4. Shoprider

If you have ever looked into purchasing an electric wheelchair, there is a good chance that you have heard of Shoprider. Shoprider is a leading manufacturer when it comes to large power wheelchairs. They do offer one wheelchair that is portable, the Smartie, but other than this model, most are very large although some may disassemble. If you’re curious about disassembling wheelchairs versus folding wheelchairs and which is better, check out this article. Shoprider’s headquarters is located in Torrance, CA. 

Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

5. Drive Devilbiss

Drive Devilbiss, sometimes known as Drive Medical or just Drive, proclaims that they are leading the world with innovative healthcare solutions. They are another very popular brand in America. Drive provides a variety of medical equipment, including walkers, rollators, scooters, and power wheelchairs. Their most popular models of power wheelchairs are the Trident HD and Cirrus Plus HD. Again, these wheelchairs are pretty bulky so they may not be ideal if you want to put them in your vehicle. Their headquarters is located in Washington NY.

6. Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical is well-known for its mobility scooter brand, Fortress. Their wheelchairs are a little lesser known. They offer a variety of heavy-duty and tilting wheelchairs, which as you can imagine, cost a pretty penny. A lot of Americans that require tilting wheelchairs try to get coverage via insurance, disability programs, or finance them through payment plans. Their headquarters is located in Fresno, CA.

7. Hoveround

Next up on our list of the 8 most reputable wheelchair companies, we have Hoveround. Hoveround sells a variety of brands, including their very own Hoveround power wheelchair. Their brand of wheelchairs is more “medical” looking, with light grey seats, wheels, and parts of the frame. Hoveround offers wheelchairs with a variety of weight capacities. Their headquarters is located in Sarasota, Florida.

8. Invacare

Last but not least is Invacare. Invacare is a globally recognized brand specializing in a variety of medical equipment. Over the last few years, they have shifted their focus from mobility scooters to electric wheelchairs and other products. In fact, they discontinued all of their mobility scooters, which was quite shocking to their brand-loyal consumers. They offer three main wheelchairs. First, the AVIVA, a tilting wheelchair. The Storm Series is a bariatric wheelchair. And the TDX Series, which is a middle-of-the-line series. Their headquarters is located in Elyria, Ohio.

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Last Words

With so many wheelchair companies on the market, it can be very difficult to choose the most reputable wheelchair companies to trust. We hope that this list helps you narrow down your options. As always, if you have any questions about EasyGo Mobility, do not hesitate to reach out.

10 Gifts for Wheelchair Users

10 Gifts for Wheelchair Users

It’s the thought that counts. The most common phrase when finding a gift for someone. It could be for a birthday, a holiday, or retirement or maybe you were just out shopping, saw an item and thought “Hmm, they would love this!”. With so many products available that can greatly benefit wheelchair users, it can be hard to narrow things down. We did some research and put together some ideas that can help you choose the right gift. Provide added style, comfort and/or convenience with these 10 gifts for wheelchair users.

1. Lap Tray

Up first on our list of the best gifts for wheelchair users is a lap tray. Lap trays are a fantastic gift for wheelchair users as they give wheelchair users their own surface area right on their wheelchairs. These trays can be used for many activities such as reading, writing, painting, sewing/crocheting/knitting, doing puzzles, playing games, using a laptop, and eating. They come in a variety of sizes, materials, and styles and are available in half and full sizes. Trays usually have a cup holder slot, a lip to prevent anything from rolling off and a slot to hold pens or pencils, usually located at the top of the tray.

On some models, trays offer a soft cushion on which to rest your wrist. Smaller half-lap trays can be mounted according to the user’s preference and sometimes are on a swivel that can be easily moved out of the way without having to be removed. Larger full-size trays cover the full space between the armrests and can be strapped to the armrests or mounted using clamps to the frame of the wheelchair itself. If you’re buying a lap tray for a wheelchair user, please take note of the space available between armrests and the size of the tray you are looking to purchase to make sure the sizes are compatible. 

Wheelchair Lap Tray

2. Adjustable Desk

Some users want the option of sitting at an easily accessible desk for their activities and dealing with bills and paperwork. For these instances, an adjustable desk would be a great option. Like lap trays, adjustable desks also come in a variety of sizes, materials, and styles that offer wheelchair-accessible surface area. Desks and trays are usually available with surfaces made of wood, vinyl or metal. The desk is mounted on legs or other structures made of metal or wood. Some desks available are on casters/wheels and can be easily maneuvered and can simply be wheeled to the wheelchair user.

The legs on these desks usually fit alongside or under the wheelchair. Depending on the model, some desks are height adjustable, can be tilted, and offer a curve in the sitting area for the user’s comfort. Also available are a variety of models that offer storage such as slots, shelving, and drawers. Although usually used in homes and offices, adjustable desks are also available in convenient lightweight collapsible and foldable models for total portability.

3. Unbreakable Cup Holder

Up next on our list of the best gifts for wheelchair users is a cup holder. Unbreakable cup holders are a great addition to any wheelchair. They are usually fully collapsible. They are often made of lightweight nylon, polyester, and sometimes leather. Some models are insulated and absorb condensation to prevent dripping. This means they will keep your drink warm or cold, while reducing spills. Most models available attach to wheelchairs using adjustable Velcro straps with some models using D-ring straps for more secure placement. Unbreakable cup holders easily attach to wheelchair armrests. Or, in some instances right onto the frame. They can hold a variety of sizes. Some companies offer models that hold anywhere from the basic 16.9 oz bottle of water up to a 32 oz bottle of sports drink. 

Gifts for Wheelchair Users - Cup Holder

4. Mobile Device Mount

Mounts for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and even laptops are available for just about every size of mobile device. These mounts usually attach to the armrest or frame of the wheelchair. They are available in different styles and sizes that depend on the mount. Devices are mounted and held in place by clips/clamps. Sometimes they also have small straps, and in some cases, devices are held in place by an adhesive pad. Some models mount your device in a static position that does not move and simply holds the device in place. Other mounts use flexible arm bars and swivels to mount devices with more range of motion capabilities allowing the user to move the device around as they wish while keeping it mounted. Some mounts are also available as a combo of the cup and smartphone holder. 

5. Headlights

While it is not usually recommended to drive around in your mobility aid at night, various headlights that can be strapped or mounted are available. Portable headlights are available in chargeable and battery-operated models and usually use LED lights. Some headlights can mount or strap onto the frame or armrests of the wheelchair. Depending on the wheelchair and headlight brands, some headlights can be plugged right into the charging port of the joystick. Other options include headlights that can be worn on the user’s head using a helmet or strap. In most cases, headlights that are compatible with bicycles can also be used on wheelchairs. 

6. Armrest Covers

Armrest covers are a great way to add comfort and style to any wheelchair. They come in a variety of styles and materials with some covers having pouches and pockets built right onto them. Keeping them clean can be as easy as putting them in the washer as most covers are machine washable. Certain materials however may need to be wiped clean or hand-washed. Armrest covers can sometimes be made of a comfortable gel covered by fabric while others are made of simple fleece, leather, cotton, elastic fabrics, rubber, and foam cushions. They can be strapped or simply draped over the armrest.

7. Accessory Bag and Carrying Pouches

Carrying pouches can be a great gift for a user with a lot to carry around. Pouches come in a variety of sizes, styles, and capabilities. Some pouches are small enough to carry a license, credit cards, smartphones, and other small items while some larger pouches can hold books, tablets, and various drink containers. Some are even the size of lunch coolers and allow enough space for all your items and a packed lunch. Pouches can be mounted or hung using straps or loops from the armrests, the back of the wheelchair, or under the wheelchair if there is enough space. And, in some cases, it can hang from the seat. They can be closed using snap, straps, Velcro, and zippers. 

Gifts for Wheelchair Users - Bag

8. Dog Leash Attachment

Dog leash attachments are a great gift for any wheelchair user who loves spending time outdoors with their furry loved ones. Some models attach to the frame or the armrest using Velcro straps or hooks. Leash attachments made for bicycles can sometimes be compatible with wheelchairs. They also offer models that accommodate adjustable leashes.

9. Reach Extender/Grabber Tool

Having limited mobility can also cause limited reach therefore a reach extender/grabber tool can be a handy gift. Grabber tools are usually available in lightweight aluminum, steel, and strong plastic materials with some rubber components throughout. Plus, they even have the option to be further extendable. Some models can also fold for easy storage. If you squeeze the handle, the grabber tool clamps onto whatever you need securely using rubber grips. The standard size available is about 32 inches long. But, some models are up to 40 inches long.

Wheelchair Grabber Tool

10. Horns and Bells

Last, but certainly not least on our list of the best gifts for wheelchair users is horns and bells. Horns and bells are a great gift for any wheelchair user that is active and constantly on the go. While most horns and bells available for bicycles are compatible with wheelchairs, some newer models can be mounted to the armrest using straps or clamps. These new models are available in battery-operated and rechargeable models and some models feature different sounds. Some models come as a combo set with alert sounds built into a headlight.

Closing

This concludes our list of the best gifts for wheelchair users. Most, if not all, of these gifts, will bring joy to any wheelchair user. The majority of these gifts mentioned above are reasonable in price and available in most local and online retailers. We hope this list helps you find the right gift and give joy to that special wheelchair user in your life. Please feel free to call us with any questions and thank you for choosing EasyGo.

What are the Benefits to Using Lithium Wheelchair Batteries?

What are the Benefits to Using Lithium Wheelchair Batteries?

Lithium wheelchair batteries are seen as the future of mobility batteries. There are a ton of benefits that lithium wheelchair batteries bring to the table, which we will discuss below. But, before we jump right into the benefits of lithium as opposed to SLA batteries, we are going to quickly go over what lithium batteries even are.

What is Lithium-Ion?

Lithium batteries, also called lithium-ion or Li-I are lightweight, powerful, and have a high energy density. They are made of a few elements. This includes lithium and cobalt. Lithium batteries are most commonly found in electronics like laptops, cell phones, and electric cars. In the last few years, they were introduced to the mobility aid industry, which opens up new doors for wheelchair users. 

Ultra Lightweight

One of the main complaints of SLA battery users is how heavy they are. SLA batteries can weigh upwards of 100 pounds per battery. Yup, you read that right. 100 pounds per battery, and a lot of wheelchairs use two. This can make changing, moving, or charging your batteries in a docking station extremely difficult. Especially when we are considering wheelchair users who may have a hard time lifting upwards of 100 pounds. On the other hand, lithium wheelchair batteries are typically only a few pounds. As an example, our EasyGo lithium wheelchair batteries are only 6 pounds. This can make it easy for almost anyone to remove or charge them. If you want to plan a super long trip, you even have the ability to carry an extra battery as they are so lightweight.

Lithium Wheelchair Battery

Travel-Friendly

When you are researching what type of wheelchair to purchase, you may want to consider how easy it is to take with you in your vehicle, or even on vacation. As you can imagine, travelling with a 100+ pound battery would be extremely difficult. It may even be impossible for you or your loved one to lift it into your vehicle. While lithium-ion batteries are lightweight and much smaller, they can easily be lifted into the back of your vehicle. In addition, lithium wheelchair batteries are airline approved. This means that you can take your wheelchair on a plane with you! To learn more about travelling with a wheelchair on a plane, check out our article.

Small and Compact

As I have briefly mentioned already, lithium wheelchair batteries are small and compact. They can be up to half as small as their SLA counterparts. So, if you are planning to store them somewhere to keep them safe in the winter, they will take up much less space and be less of an eyesore to look at. 

Fast Charging

Another benefit of lithium wheelchair batteries is how quickly they can charge. The larger the battery, the longer it will take to charge. Typically, SLA mobility batteries can take 6-12 hours to charge from 0-100%. On the other hand, on average lithium wheelchair batteries can take 4-6 hours to fully charge. Of course, both of these numbers will depend on how the user takes care of their batteries, the battery size, and other factors. In general, lithium wheelchair batteries can charge faster. So, if you go out in the morning, you can give them a quick charge and be good to go again in the evening.

Final Words

As you can see, there are a number of benefits that lithium wheelchair batteries provide. If you are an everyday wheelchair user, I’m sure you understand how difficult it is to move, charge, and transport SLA batteries due to their weight and size. If you are looking for a more practical solution, check out a wheelchair that comes with lithium-ion batteries, like EasyGo! As always, if you have any questions about lithium wheelchair batteries or EasyGo, don’t hesitate to reach out.

How Can I Transport a Wheelchair?

How Can I Transport a Wheelchair?

As a current or future wheelchair user, you may be asking yourself, “How can I transport a wheelchair?”. The ability to travel with your wheelchair and take it with you everywhere you go can help you regain your mobile independence. In this article, we are going to go through a number of ways that you can transport a wheelchair, so you can make an informed decision on what will work best for your needs, budget, and lifestyle.

Foldable Wheelchair

Folding wheelchairs come in at number one on our list of ways that you can transport a wheelchair. This is because, without a doubt, it is the easiest and most affordable for wheelchair users. Here at EasyGo Mobility, we provide foldable electric wheelchairs that fold in 3 easy steps, so you don’t have to fidget with disassembling pieces. With the ability to fold into a compact size, you will still be able to use your trunk for shopping bags. Additionally, our folding wheelchairs are more affordable than any other option mentioned on this list, not to mention we offer various financing options.

Disassembling Wheelchair

The second most popular way to transport a wheelchair is by using a disassembling wheelchair. As the name implies, this type of wheelchair can break down into multiple parts. This makes them more manageable to lift up and put into the trunk of your vehicle. Keep in mind that disassembling may be difficult for some people who have limited mobility or arthritis in their fingers, wrists, and/or arms. Additionally, if you have a hard time bending over, disassembling wheelchairs could be difficult to manage if you plan on using it fairly regularly. If you want to read a comparison on foldable vs disassembling wheelchairs, check out this article.

Platform Lift

A platform lift, like the Bruno Joey Platform Lift shown below, is able to lift up your wheelchair or scooter from the ground and into your vehicle. A platform lift is very convenient as you can drive your wheelchair right onto the platform. They have a 350-pound weight capacity, so most scooters and wheelchairs under this weight are compatible. Then, use the remote to automatically raise the lift, and bring it safely into your vehicle. This can be a good option for those that have difficulties bending over. But, as you can see, this lift requires a large SUV or van in order to accommodate. Additionally, you lose out on storage in your trunk as it takes up a lot of space. Keep in mind that platform lifts can be on the more expensive side.

Hitch Lift

Hitch lifts, like the Bruno Out-Sider seen below, can carry wheelchairs or scooters on the outside of your vehicle. This can be helpful if your vehicle has a towing ability, but not enough space for a platform lift. Additionally, you will still have access to your trunk for storage. Again, this type of lift can accommodate wheelchairs or scooters weighing 350 pounds or less. A hitch lift is generally more affordable than a platform lift as it is easier to install and has fewer mechanics, but is still fairly expensive.

Wheelchair Accessible Van

Of course, a wheelchair-accessible van is always an option if you are looking to transport a wheelchair. These types of vans are converted specifically for wheelchair users. They offer either rear ramps or side door ramps to help the wheelchair user drive right into the van. This is a great option if you have assistance with you when you are looking to use it. Wheelchair-accessible vans can be upwards of a hundred thousand dollars, so keep this in mind if you are considering it. Some may be able to get insurance coverage or grants from charities.

Accessible Taxi Services

Most taxi companies in your area will have a handful of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. But, they can be difficult to book from time to time and you typically have to book at least a few hours in advance, if not more. Recently Uber has come out with UberWAV, which can accommodate electric wheelchair users who do not use foldable electric wheelchairs. Simply download the Uber app to your phone, and choose the option UberWAV when you are selecting which type of ride want. UberWAV is not available everywhere and still may require pre-booking due to how new it is. But, it is a step in the right direction for taxi companies to become more accessible.

Portable Wheelchair Ramp

Portable wheelchair ramps can be a good option for those with a heavy wheelchair that does not disassemble. A lot of smaller wheelchairs can fit in the back of an SUV or van with the seats down. If you have the space, a ramp might be a good option for you. Ramps are definitely one of the more affordable options on this list, but require a decent amount of strength and stability to roll your wheelchair up the ramp and into your vehicle.

Public Transportation

One of the less-fun options on this list is public transportation. Public transportation, like city buses, can accommodate most sizes of wheelchairs. Every city will have different size requirements for wheelchairs and other mobility equipment, so if you’re unsure, it’s best to reach out to your area’s transportation office. Public transportation is the most affordable option on this list, but it comes with its cons. Bad weather, a full bus, indirect routes, and unfriendly passengers can all make public transportation a less-than-ideal option.

Roof Chair Topper

I left this option for last, as it’s not a super popular way to transport a wheelchair. But, it’s still good to mention it because it might be convenient for you. One of the most popular versions of the roof chair topper is by BraunAbility, seen below. This specific chair topper is essentially a capsule that sits on the top of your vehicle. Then, it is able to lift the wheelchair up, and then turn it horizontally so it sits inside of the capsule while you are driving. Not every roof chair topper is this fancy, you can find some that are more manual, which will be more affordable. Keep in mind that this might not work on all vehicles, and will add weight and height to your vehicle as well.

Practice Makes Perfect

The first time that you load up your wheelchair, no matter how you do it, it will be difficult. Every way that you can transport a wheelchair will have a learning curve. But, the more times you do it, the easier it will be. You will get faster and more comfortable transporting your wheelchair in no time. 

Closing Statements

There are a number of ways that you are able to transport a wheelchair. Hopefully, in the future, there will be even more as accessibility options become more available. If you are between a few different options, try to make a chart and weigh out the pros and cons of each option. This can make it easier to visualize how you will transport a wheelchair on a regular basis. If you have any questions about EasyGo Mobility’s foldable power chairs, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Can You Take Your Wheelchair on a Plane?

Can You Take Your Wheelchair on a Plane?

Unfortunately there is no straight yes or no answer to this question. It really depends on the type of wheelchair that you have. There are a number of factors that go in to deciding if you are able to take your wheelchair on a plane, or not. Whether you are purchasing your first wheelchair, or you currently have a wheelchair, it’s good to know if you can take your wheelchair on a plane with you if you plan on travelling. Ultimately, it comes down to each individual air line, but here are a few ways that you can ensure you can take your wheelchair on a plane.

Batteries

If you have a manual wheelchair, this step may not affect you. But, as most wheelchairs are electric to some degree, what batteries you have is important to consider. If you have deep cycle batteries, these are not airline safe, and the plane will not let you board with them. The only type of batteries that you can take on an airline is lithium ion batteries. Lithium ion batteries are made out of, you guessed it, lithium. This is what your cell phone or tablet battery is made out of. It is lightweight, and removes the risks that regular batteries bring to a plane.

Size Constraints

One of the biggest concerns that people have is if their wheelchair will even fit on a plane. We all know that planes are very small. As a result, your wheelchair must fit into these tight spaces. Whether you are planning on checking your wheelchair as luggage, or you want to drive it up to your seat, you’ll need to be aware of these dimensions. The dimensions will be different for every plane, so it’s best to check with your airline prior to travelling if this is your first time taking your wheelchair on a plane.

Weight Constraints

Now we get to the tricky part. Most wheelchairs, manual or electric, are pretty heavy. In some cases, if your wheelchair is over the allotted weight limit, you may be charged a fee. Travelling is already expensive, so this extra cost is not what you want to be dealing with. If your wheelchair is too heavy, you might not be able to bring it on the plane.

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So, What Do You Do?

The type of batteries your wheelchair uses, size, and weight constraints are all important to consider when you want to travel with your wheelchair. If your wheelchair does not fit these requirements, take a look at EasyGo Mobility Electric Wheelchairs. Our wheelchairs are compact, without sacrificing comfort, ensuring they fall within both size and weight capacities to travel with. You are able to fold your EasyGo in under 30 seconds, making it the size of a carry-on suitcase. Additionally, EasyGo Wheelchairs come with a high-quality lithium ion battery to ensure you can drive distances. Not to mention the battery is only weigh 6 pounds and can travel 15 miles on a single charge. Check out both models of our EasyGo Electric Wheelchairs below.

Wrapping Up

Travelling with your friends, loved ones, or even solo is a great experience. But, mobility issues can hinder your enjoyment. With a travel-friendly electric wheelchair, you can experience comfort without worrying if your wheelchair will be able to make it on the plane with you. If you have any questions about EasyGo Mobility Electric Wheelchairs, do not hesitate to reach out!

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