Advantages and Disadvantages Of Portable Electric Chair

February 24, 2018

Electric wheelchairs have become immensely popular due to among the aged and the disabled, due to increasing diseases as well as the ease of life electric wheelchairs offer. If you’re thinking of getting one for yourself, or someone else, you obviously will need to consider the pros and cons of getting a portable electric chair.


  1. Useful

Electric wheelchairs offer convenience and easiness; it has a controller attached to the armrest which gives complete control to the user on where and when they want to go. Some electric wheelchairs even work with mouth or other workable body parts that give access to those who don’t have functional hands.

  1. Various Designs for Various Needs

Portable electric chairs are available in wide array of designs that caters to needs of every individual. Due to the differences in age, size, shape, and weight of a person, manufacturers must maintain this variety. Some of these include:

  1. Invacare Pronto P31 Power Wheelchair
  2. Drive Medical Cirrus Plus Folding Power Wheelchair
  3. Karman 18 Inch Full Power Stand Up Chair with Companion Controller
  4. Foldawheel PW-1000XL Power Chair
  5. EZ Lite Cruiser Heavy Duty (HD) Deluxe DX12
  6. Customizable

It is of use for every type of terrain. The customizable feature of tires and wheel alignment ensures the wheelchair is usable on every type of surface, be it rough and hard or smooth and shiny. The most effective form of wheel alignment is the rear wheel drive, which the large wheel is attached at the back and the smaller ones attached to the front, enabling an easy ride indoors and outdoors.

  1. Safe to Use

Electric wheelchairs are perfectly safe. You need not worry about your loved ones or yourself for any injury while using it since the user is tightly held in the seat.


  1. Costly

Though really convenient to use, many people simply do not buy an electric wheelchair, even in conditions of dire need, due to the high costs. Electric wheelchairs can range from $1000 to $10,000, which obviously is a large amount for a common man to spend.

  1. Rechargeable Batteries

Electric wheelchairs work on rechargeable batteries, meaning it might not be possible to cover large distances on a battery-powered chair. The maximum range of electric wheelchairs is from 10 to 25 miles which might not be enough. Thus, many people have to buy extra rechargeable batteries, which of course are an added cost, to allow them to make longer commutes.

  1. Some Electric Wheelchairs Are Heavy

Not all electric wheelchairs are foldable and easy to carry. Usually, they are heavy and cannot be folded and so are unfit for travel. Thus, you may have to invest in a more advanced model (of course, it costs more) that is lightweight and can be disassembled very easily.

The aforementioned points, will hopefully completely clarify any concerns regarding the electric wheelchair. In case you find wheelchairs as too expensive, you can always ask your Medicare Insurance provider if the insurance covers completely, or partially the cost of electric wheelchairs. It surely makes your life much easier to live!