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There are many different types of power wheelchair available today. Travel power wheelchairs are relatively small and compact models. They have smaller seats and are generally used in smaller spaces. People who use these are generally those who only utilize a wheelchair part-time and only in the home. A folding power wheelchair is larger and a bit more comfortable, but they are less maneuverable.
There are center wheel drive power wheelchairs as well. These are highly maneuverable and powerful, and they are able to go over rough terrain and they even have a tight turning radius. One of the only disadvantages of these larger wheelchairs is that they are not foldable and will not be able to fit into a trunk of the vehicle. They generally need to have a specialized vehicle to carry them around.
The features of power wheelchairs, while different from one make and model to the other, generally have some similarities. They have wheels, a seat, and a control system. The control system may have a joystick, or may have buttons. Others, may have a steering wheel type design to them.
There are many different types of power wheelchairs on the market, and this means you have to think about exactly what you need when renting. Are you going to be renting a chair for the long-term? Do you only need it for the short term while traveling? You need to find a chair that will suit your needs and the location you need to go with that chair. It needs to be powerful enough to reach the areas you need to reach and it needs to have a simple to use control mechanism.
You should also make sure that you understand exactly how long the batteries will last under normal operating conditions. It might also be a good idea to get at least one additional battery.
Power Wheelchair Manufacturers
A number of companies offer these wheelchairs today. Some of the most popular manufacturers of the power wheelchair include Hoveround, Rife-co, Pride Mobility, Invacare, Drive Medical, Sunrise Medical, and more.