Electric powered wheelchairs
Electric powered wheelchairs are usually prescribed for people who are unable to use a manual wheelchair, or for those people who travel far distances in their everyday lives. Some people use a manual wheelchair for everyday use, but keep an electric chair for those days when they go out with friends, shopping, or sightseeing.

Electric wheelchairs run off batteries (don't forget to recharge them!) and the simplest control is a joystick that you push to get the chair to move where you want to go.

Whether you use it indoors, outdoors, or both will determine what size chair you need, how much battery power you'll want, and what features to look for.

There are folding motorized wheelchairs that are good for travel or light everyday use. These generally have weight limits of 300 lbs or less, and they have lighter weight motors and batteries (in other words, less overall power and speed). These chairs are lighter-weight, which makes it easier to move them around.

A mid-wheel drive electric chair has the most maneuverability. These are great for mostly indoor use, although some of the larger models also do well outdoors. These generally have a weight limit of 300 lbs, and some have the option to be upgraded to handle 400 lbs.

Heavy duty, or bariatric wheelchairs, are for larger individuals and can handle people between 400-650 lbs.

Below are some wheelchairs available through Amazon.com. These will give you an idea of how much electric wheelchairs run, and the features available to you.

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