Mobility scooters and powerchairs are often talked about interchangeably. However, these two classes of mobility devices are cousins, not twins. Although they can both help people with mobility issues to get around in their day to day life, mobility scooters and powerchairs have some important differences that you need to know about when considering one for yourself. Read on to learn more:
The Difference Between a Mobility Scooter and Powerchair
Mobility scooters have a large flat platform connected to 3-4 wheels. There is a control tiller in the front with handlebars, allowing you to operate the device. You can set your distance from the base platform by adjusting your seat height. Tall people or those looking for greater weight capacity and stability may prefer the design of a mobility scooter. These devices are also popular with people who spend a lot of time outdoors because many mobility scooters are equipped with rugged suspension that can handle many types of terrain.
Meanwhile, a powerchair resembles a wheelchair and is maneuvered by a joystick set into the armrest. Powerchairs have a narrower base with two drive wheels and casters for added stability. Their foot platform can be adjusted or moved out of the way. This is a great feature for people with certain mobility issues. Overall, powerchairs tend to be more compact, lightweight, and maneuverable than mobility scooters.
Let's examine a few typical models of these mobility products:
Victory LX Sport 4-Wheel Mobility Scooter
As you can tell by the name, the Victory® LX Sport Mobility Scooter is one of the sportier mobility scooter models on the market. The Victory LX features an extremely easy-to-use console. This lets you control the speed, light switches, horn, and signals at a simple touch. Its high back seat offers riders both comfort and stability while its armrests can be adjusted to accommodate users of different heights.
Revo™ 2.0 Mobility Scooter
With a rugged design and easy to transport, the Revo™ 2.0 Mobility Scooters, available in three or four-wheel models, offer a good balance of features. The Revo 2.0 can travel at speeds of up to 5 mph and its 70-amp drivetrain can hold up to years of hard use. Users who travel a lot love the feather-touch disassembly and straightforward reassembly. This model's batteries can be recharged both on and off the unit, offering enhanced versatility.
Jazzy® 600 ES Powerchair
Now let's examine a typical, high-performance powerchair. The Jazzy® 600 ES Powerchair combines a lot of handy features into an affordable package. It offers an ultra-tight turning radius that creates unparalleled maneuverability. Meanwhile, the Active-Trac® ATX Suspension provides both comfort and a smooth ride on uneven terrain. This six-wheeled mobility device is controlled by a joystick mounted on the armrest, making it a great fit for people with upper body mobility issues. When it needs to be charged, the Jazzy has a very convenient access port on its front battery compartment.
Scooters, Powerchairs, and More
Now that you know more about the difference between a mobility scooter and powerchair devices, you may be ready to invest in one. At Pride Mobility Products, we carry a wide range of devices. Are you looking for something lightweight and travel friendly? Would you prefer a rugged mobility device for outdoor use? Do you need a scooter or powerchair that's maneuverable and long-lasting enough for your job in the city? Come by our website to find the right fit for you and your lifestyle.