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Mobility Scooters Reviews
Choose the Right Mobility Scooter
A mobility scooter is a mostly battery powered three to five wheeled vehicle, that has two or three steerable wheels. It has handlebars in front to turn the steerable wheels and a foot plate for the feet to rest. The seat also has the ability to swivel to allow access. The battery is charged via a separate charger unit from normal electric power.
These mobility scooters are especially useful for people with mobility problems throughout the world, more so people with arthritis, lung issue, stamina, fatigue problems and obesity.
Which type you ultimately settle for will depend on your needs and desires. So let's get to it.
Portable mobility scooters.
These are small scooters that are usually made of light materials. They can easily be dismantled so that they fit in the trunk of your car. They can then be reassembled when needed and used.
- They are easy to carry around because of the light material they are made of.
- They are convenient as they can be dismantled and reassembled when needed.
- They take small storage space, making them ideal in built up areas.
- They cannot carry weights exceeding 135kg, limiting their target market.
- They are fragile and hence fail after a short period of time.
- They cannot be used in unpaved road surfaces, hence their use is limited to urban areas.
Heavy-duty mobility scooters.
These are an all-terrain scooter suited to carrying heavy loads of up to 250kg. They are road legal, and as such, they include lights, indicators and a horn as normal vehicles would.
- They are more stable than portable scooters.
- They can traverse a wide variety of terrain, hence their use is not limited to build up areas.
- They are the fastest mobility scooters with speeds of up to 8mph.
- Their battery can last a longer time, hence they can cover a longer distance.
- They are difficult to store because they occupy a larger space and cannot be dismantled.
- They are difficult to transport.
- Navigating them in sharp corners is hard because of their long length.
- Some cannot fit in lifts, limiting their extent of use.
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3-wheeled mobility scooters.
These have two legs at the back and one in front, making room for sharp corner turning. They are mostly light and used on paved surfaces.
- Easy to navigate sharp corners because of their three wheel feature.
- They are usually small and fit in ramps and lifts, hence they can be used in a wide variety of environments.
- They can be easily stored when not in use.
- They are not very stable, posing a risk to users and pedestrians.
- Low ground clearance. Some models have low ground clearance which limit their obstacle handling capability e.g. towns with low cut curbs.
4-wheeled mobility scooters
These have a fourth wheel which makes the vehicle more stable for rough surfaces. They are more durable and offer luxurious features like suspension.
- They are very stable and can be used in rough terrain.
- They are capable of carrying large loads of up to 250kg, increasing their usability.
- They can be used over a long period of time because they have powerful batteries.
- They cannot easily turn sharp corners, making them less favorable in populated areas.
- They occupy a large space, making it difficult to store them.
- Some cannot fit in lifts and ramps, hence their use in urban areas is limited.
- They cannot be transported in cars.
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Which is your preferred type of mobility scooter?
Indoor and outdoor mobility scooters.
Another way of looking at them is classifying the mobility scooters as either outdoor or indoor.
Outdoor mobility scooters are basically designed to be used to be used in rough terrains while indoor mobility scooters are designed to be used around homes on paved surfaces. All the above mobility scooters can either be indoor or outdoor.
Indoor mobility scooters are easily portable and easy to navigate, especially in crowded places. However, they are not very durable and need paved road surfaces.
On the other hand, outdoor mobility scooters are more suited to rough terrains and are very stable to use. However, they are hard to store because they cannot be dismantled. They are also hard to transport and navigate in crowded places.
You can look at things to watch out for when buying mobility scooters to help you make the right purchase.