Movement for those with disability due to handicap, illness or even age has created a demand for electric powered wheelchairs. Hi end 'state of art' electric wheelchairs are designed specifically for indoor and outdoor use. These powered wheelchairs are good for those who have restricted arm and hand movement or muscular degenerations.
There are three specific designs available in electric wheelchairs that are available today- the rear, 'four wheel' driven and centre. They are also classified into different ones on the basis of their seat styles- natural chair, captain's chair or automobile chairs while others have sling type chairs.
The most noteworthy aspect of electric powered wheelchairs is that the direction and speed is completely controlled by a joystick control. However, highly specialized electric wheelchairs are available that have additional input units, if the user lacks control of hands and even fingers, there are chin controls and puff scanners (the user blows into the an attached tube close to the mouth to control the movement of the chair) for those with spinal cord injuries and lesions.
This controller is highly specialized and expensive component of the chair. All electric wheelchairs have optimized controls of leg elevations, tilt, recline and seat elevations, which are compulsory for the comfort of a person with limited mobility and physical handicaps.
Power packed highly durable electric motors are used in these wheelchairs to move the wheels and are additionally powered by 4 to 5 ampere rechargeable batteries such as those used in boat engines. Although both dry cell and wet cell options are available, the dry cell batteries are more popular. Latest electric powered wheelchairs have an on board battery charger which can be plugged into any available wall outlet. Some of the wheelchairs are made for rugged roads and rough use while some wheelchairs are considered portable and can also be folded.
So, if you are looking to increase mobility and independence for yourself or a loved one, it is best to see the requirements and then choose the best electric powered wheelchair in the market today.