Manual Wheelchair VS Power Electric Wheelchair

  • Lightweight, Easy to transport
  • Lower price
  • Less maintenance
  • A user can be lifted up steps while in the chair if necessary
  • Most models are easier to navigate in tight spaces
  • Require the right level of strength and balance
  • Can create new issues with repeated use (shoulder wear and tear)
  • Much harder to go longer distances or up slopes
  • No minimum strength required
  • Can go longer distances without getting tired
  • Going uphill or climbing without pressure
  • The battery and motor (mid, front or rear) offer personal preference for the different terrain (pavement, grass/dirt, etc.)
  • More expensive to purchase and service
  • Much heavier and harder to transport
  • Higher incidence of maintenance
  • Requires regular battery charging
  • Programming controls can be sophisticated

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