If you’re trying to determine the best wheelchair for disabled folks in your life, you likely have lots of questions. What sort of wheelchairs are available? How fast can they go? Which ones should I consider? We’ll help you cut through the noise by answering a couple of your most important questions. Then you can review two of our most popular power wheelchairs, the Jazzy® Passport and the Jazzy Select® 6 2.0.
What Is a Power Wheelchair?
Simply stated, power wheelchairs are wheelchairs for disabled folks which are equipped with motors, allowing users to move about more freely. Power wheelchairs are the solution for many people who have difficulty walking. Power wheelchairs for the disabled have four, sometimes six, wheels attached to a sturdy base. Usually a power wheelchair will have two large drive wheels and two or four smaller caster wheels. Power wheelchairs can be controlled by a joystick, allowing users to move forward, backward, left and right.
Another distinguishing feature of a power wheelchair (as opposed to a scooter) is the foldable foot platform. This feature helps those who cannot step up onto a platform be more easily able to get into the wheelchair.
How Fast Do Power Wheelchairs Go?
One question many people have when looking at wheelchairs for the disabled is how fast they can go. The answer, as you might expect, is that it depends on the model. The Jazzy® Passport, for example, which is built for portability, has a maximum speed of up to 3.6 mph. The Jazzy Select® 6 2.0 is more powerful, with a maximum speed of up to 4.3 mph.
It’s important to understand that maximum speeds can be affected by certain factors, including a user’s weight and the terrain upon which the wheelchair is being driven.
Jazzy® Passport Power Wheelchair
The Jazzy Passport is a great wheelchair for disabled people who love to travel. The Jazzy Passport is a lightweight power wheelchair, designed with portability in mind. It has a weight capacity of up to 250 pounds, and the chair itself weighs only 54 pounds! It has a slightly more classic wheelchair look to it, but it provides many features useful for people on the go. The Jazzy Passport offers a mesh cupholder, an under-seat storage bag, and a back-seat pocket.
The Jazzy Passport folds for easier transport, and it’s now available with an optional airline-safe travel battery (be sure to check with your airline first before flying).
Jazzy Select 6 2.0 Power Wheelchair
The Jazzy Select is another great choice among wheelchairs for the disabled. This chair has a few more bells and whistles than the lightweight, portable Jazzy Passport. For starters, it has a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds and can drive up to 4.3 mph. With a mid-wheel drive system, four casters and Active-Trac® ATX Suspension, users experience a great deal of stability and a smoother ride. The Jazzy Select 6 2.0 has a per-charge range up to 19 miles and flat-free non-marking tires spare your floors when using this wheelchair for disabled people indoors.
The Jazzy Select 6 2.0 is a great all-around choice among wheelchairs for disabled people, suitable in many cases and situations.
We hope this short guide has answered some of your questions about power wheelchairs for the disabled. If you have any additional questions or are ready to buy, contact us today! We’re excited to help you make the best choice for your mobility.