Mobility Scooters: Review
you find walking a short/long distance or even up hills to be difficult
for you, than you may want to look into buying a mobility scooter. Mobility
scooters are available in 3 wheel, 4 wheel, travel, heavy duty and
folding. Prices for each type vary, but travel scooters are generally
the least expensive, starting at about $580. Prices for a 3 wheel mobility
scooter ranges from $1000 to $2699. For a 4 wheel one prices range from
$1099 to $3999. Which scooter to buy? There are a number of manufacturers
to choose from. The most popular are Pride and Golden. Other brands include:
Drive Medical, PaceSaver, EV Rider, Invacare, Guradian, Zip'r Mobility
and ActiveCare. And, good news! Learning to operate a one isn't difficult,
and there is no special license needed.
Questions to consider:
Will the scooter be used mainly indoors or outdoors? If outdoors, what
type of terrain? How far do you need to travel (mileage)? Do you need
to transport your scooter with your car or van?
Types of Mobility Scooters:
Below you will find the various types of medical scooters on the market
defined mostly by function. However, most manufacturers also design with
lifestyle in mind. If style and accessories are important consider one
of the many Pride Mobility Scooters.
You will find basic models and travel ones that look like mini-golf carts.
Typical colors include blue and red and all Pride scooters come with front
baskets and side arms. Regardless of the scooter you buy, you should be
able to customize it to some extent. (Some more so than others) Customization
includes adding accessories like: an additional battery pack, oxygen tank
holder, scooter cover, sun canopies and cup holders.
(1) Travel scooter
These mobility scooters are easy to transport and are perfect for the
mobile person who likes to travel. What makes these scooters unique is
that they are designed to be portable, lightweight and to be easy to disassemble
into smaller parts. Once disassembled they can be lifted and fit into
the trunk of most cars. How far do they go on a charged battery? Standard
travel scooters can go approximately 10 miles per charge. usually the
heaviest piece weighs no more than 29 lbs.
- Airline safe? Often yes, but it important to check with the airline
- Options: 3 or 4 wheel travel scooters.
- Price range - 3 wheel travel scooter $589 to $2079
- Price range - 4 wheel travel scooter $689 to $1599
(2) 3 wheel mobility scooter
3 wheel mobility scooters offer very good maneuverability and are an
excellent choice if you need to use one both inside and outside your home.
These are larger machines than the travel models above, and often can
hold 300 - 500 pounds.
If you are traveling by automobile with a 3 wheel scooters, you'll need
a scooter lift or carrier for your vehicle. Also, for your home and outdoor
use, you may find several types of portable
Price range - $1000 to $2699
(3) 4 wheel mobility scooter
This is the most stable type of mobility scooter on the market. It is
also the best scooter choice if you are looking for one, primarily for
outdoor use. These scooters are designed to be stable and durable. The
downside though is that they generally don't have great turning radius,
so tight maneuvers are harder.
Some of the larger 4 wheel models offer higher ground clearance and use
more rugged tires for tough terrain. These models also tend to be the
fastest (up to 10 mph) and have the longest battery range (up to 25 miles).
However, this is not a good choice for indoor use especially because of
the poor turning radius. To transport this scooter in the car you will
need either a lift or carrier.
Price range - $1099 to $3999
(4) Folding scooter
These scooters offer either a unique collapsible or disassembling frame.
They are designed to be able to be folded or disassmbled quickly and easily.
A good brand is EV Rider.
(5) Heavy duty scooter
These are bariatric scooters and are designed for individuals who weigh
over 300 pounds. You can find heavy duty scooters that can carry 500 pounds.
Will medicare cover your scooter?
If you have Medicare coverage and qualify, Medicare will likely reimburse
you up to 80% of the cost of the approved power scooter.
If financing is a problem, take a look at the Assistive Technology Alternative
Financing Program. This program helps people with disabilities to qualify
for and receive low cost loans.
To find the best scooter first figure out how you will use it. Here are
some key specification examples. Learn which specifications are important,
and how they vary within your "type" (see below) of mobility
- Weight capacity- Based on maximum weight. Heavy duty scooters
- are designed to carry individuals 300 to 500 pounds
- Maximum speed - How fast? Sometimes speed is an important
- Ground clearance - This is Important for uneven terrain
- Turning radius - Remember, tight turns are especially
- Overall length and width - Full size or small size can make
- Motor - Know how much power- hp. This is especially important
- Tires - pneumatic
- Drive train - Does the scooter have front or wheel wheel
- Anti-tips - Wheels are included as part of the frame.
They help to support and stabilize the scooter
- Standard seating -Captain seating or foldable
- Battery charger - Off-board and on-board charging capabilities
- Battery requirements - Tells how many you need and what type
- Battery weight - Total weight of battery or batteries
- Weight without batteries - Tells how much the
scooter weighs without batteries
- Heaviest piece - Important to know for disassembly and weight
- Maximum incline rating - Important when travelling outdoors,
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