I bought a power chair last week. I do not want one by any means, but I have realized that I have been limited to basic flat terrain and trails with no rocks bigger than say an inch in diameter. I am getting by in life with what I have now, but the need has grown in my mind in the pass few months.
A few weeks ago I went to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Been there many of times before, but with groups of others. The carpet sucks pushing in there, and did I mention any crest/small hill is totally doable, but after a brief push up MLK Blvd. to Holliday
(Lightrail stop) my arms are burning like crazy. Not to complain- I have been doing this for years, but I am tired of pushing everywhere. Putting me in a huge disadvantage.
Like with everything, I did extensive research of obtaining one. Here is some information for persons with mobility problems:
I found 3 power chairs that are lightweight, compact, and easy to travel with.
This is essential as I remember in the 90s my brother and I taking apart my sisters’ 200 LBS power chair apart/together all the time. We got good at it, but it was a struggle (I mean I was 11-12). The chair came apart in 6 pieces: 2 car batteries at 50 LBS each, the motor body (70 LBS), seat, and the leg rests. Then when she went to college she would fly home for breaks and holidays. Airlines would always bend parts causing frustrations and working with the customer service people to buy new parts; even new chairs.
In other words, traveling in power-assisted chair was a big headache (I’d say up till 5-6 years ago). I do not travel much, but I have flown to Atlanta, Dallas, and Las Vegas in the recent past with no problems. MDA has good traveling tips fyi! I received an email from the MDA about traveling a few months ago,
also herd that a few other FA patients/families has made progressive effort to train Delta airport freight teams to treat medical assisted devices with care (in other words: Do not throw the wheelchairs in, force them to fit in cargo bays if the freight doesn’t fit, or like Ace Ventura.)
Getting back to the premise of this entry there is 3 chairs that basically look the same:
|Kdsmartchair||Miami, Florida USA||$2,000||50LBS||265LBS||15MILES||5 Frame/ 1 other|
|EZlightcruiser||Los Angeles, California USA||$2,200+||44.6LBS+||265LBS+||15MILES+||10Frame/ 5Motor/ 2Battery|
I choose the EZlitecruiser because the back has anti-tipping wheels. I use my anti-tipping wheels daily. These are essential to have if you have ataxia! Kdpowerchair does not have them (at least from the promotional video). Wheelchair88 has the anti-tipping wheels, but it is from Malaysia…
I mean wheelchair88 sounds good, they do have a US service center in Brea, CA- but here is the Google street view:
Wheelchair88 is a weird name too. I am not musical by any means, but what does 88 stand for? I immediately think of 88 keys on a piano or keyboard… IDK, I just need it to help my mobility, not have a weird name..
Just business warehouses; where is the company logo? Also this guy called life 2.0 on YouTube explains at 6 minutes in the service is questionable:
I literally got an email today (June 3, 2016) that the EZlitecruiser chair is arriving from China. Well I should have figured that out anyway. Everything is made in China!