Lithium Battery vs. 9 Volt

When it comes to backup power, not all batteries are created equally. There is a clear difference in longevity, usage, and quality for batteries. When it comes to using a battery as a backup form of power for your power lift recliner, it’s important to take into consideration how many times you might need to use that if you live in an area that is prone to outages. A lithium battery may just be what you are looking for.

What is a Lithium Battery?

Lithium batteries were typically used in small types of electronics so your cell phones, tablets, cameras, etc. Today you can find lithium batteries in larger things such as boats, vehicles, power packs, and solar energy storage just to name a few. They are made of four main parts:

Cathode

This is the part of the battery that dictates your battery’s capacity and voltage. This is especially important when you are looking at what kind of transformer you are using with your battery. If you have questions please be sure to discuss that with a friendly Pride Mobility Customer Service Representative.

Anode

This is the part of the battery that lets the current flow through the battery.

Electrolyte

This is essentially the space between the anode and cathode that’s made up of additives, solvents, and salts that allow your ions to flow and travel between the cathode and anode.

Separator

This part of a lithium battery is an actual wall that keeps the cathode and anode separated in the battery. 

Why are Lithium Batteries Better?

Lithium batteries are typically better than traditional 9v alkaline batteries for a few reasons. These are all factors to consider when you are looking for a battery that is reliable and will fit your needs. As always, ensure the best battery for your power lift recliner will be determined by the manufacturer.

Longevity

Lithium batteries are created to last longer when being used. Compared to a traditional 9v battery in a power lift recliner, you will be able to utilize your lithium battery backup several times before it is fully discharged. Whereas with a regular 9v alkaline battery if you use the backup one time it may deplete the battery.

Recharge

Once your chair is plugged and power is restored, the battery is going to begin to recharge. In contrast to a traditional battery like a 9v cannot be recharged. Typically when you utilize a 9v battery backup on a power lift recliner, it will give you one full lift and then you will need to replace the battery.

What Chairs Are Compatible with a Lithium Battery?

You can get a backup lithium battery standard on every model of the VivaLift® Power Lift Recliner. They are optional on the Oasis, Infinity, and Heritage Collections too. 

How do You Get a Power Lift Recliner with Lithium Battery Backup?

If you’re ready to move forward and find a power lift recliner that fits your lifestyle and you want to explore your options for a premium lithium battery backup it’s a very easy process. Visit our dealer locator to find a dealer online or near you here

All About Mobility Scooter Repair Service

If you are experiencing difficulties with your scooter, it may be time to take it to a mobility scooter repair service provider. Authorized Pride® dealers employ technicians that are knowledgeable in how our products work.

How to Get Your Mobility Scooter Repaired

Getting technical assistance for your mobility scooter requires getting in touch with an authorized Pride® dealer. We recommend reaching out to the provider where you bought the scooter originally. If you need to find a mobility scooter repair service near you, we make the process simple.

How to Find a Mobility Scooter Repair Service

Finding a dealer near you with our dealer locator is easy. To get to our dealer locator page, locate the Buy Online/Find a Dealer button at the top of the pridemobility.com website. Clicking that button brings you to our simple dealer locator. All you need to do is type your address or zip code in the search bar.

Underneath the search bar is a dropdown menu. Clicking on the menu expands it to show all product options such as electric wheelchairs, lift chair recliners and mobility scooters. We recommend choosing the mobility scooter option if you are looking for mobility scooter repair service.

Once you type in your address and select your product type, you can click the Click Here to Find Nearest Dealer button. This brings you to the search results. You can see a list of mobility scooter dealers in that area, their addresses and phone numbers. You can also expand your options by using the dropdown mileage menu to find dealers anywhere between 15 miles to 250 miles from the location you inputted.

What is Covered by the Pride Warranty?

Pride Mobility covers some scooter parts. You can easily find the pride warranty information on our website.

  • First, find your product on our website.
  • Every product page has its own menu. Locate the TESTING STANDARDS & WARRANTY tab.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click the hyperlink that says Download Warranty Insert.  This brings up a PDF version of your pride warranty.

It is important to know that when dealers sell the scooters to customers, they may offer their own warranty. To learn which parts and services are covered by their specific warranty, please contact them for more information.

Accessible Date Night Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning your accessible date night. A few things to keep in mind while you are making plans: take into consideration what you enjoy doing and what your date enjoys doing. Proper planning and punctuality are key for a successful date. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

Visit an Exhibit

One great date night or day idea is visiting an exhibit, museum or even an aquarium. Typically, these places have large areas to check out and the displays can often make great conversation starters. A great idea is to look at floor plans and maps so you can even have a general route in mind before your date. Check out where you can grab a bite to eat or coffee nearby too if things continue to go well! To ensure accessibility of the location, check the website or call ahead.

Laugh Together

Not only is laughing fun but it also burns calories, which is why going to a comedy club is a great idea for a date! This is a great place to break the ice if you just started seeing each other. Being able to laugh makes you both feel more comfortable and you’ll have something to talk about throughout the night too! 

Make Dinner

If you are more comfortable with or have known your date for some time, making dinner might be another appropriate idea. It can be so fun and rewarding to work together as a team to create something delicious you can both enjoy. Search for some recipes beforehand and decide on a full course menu that you both love.

Explore a Botanical Garden

Take your date to a botanical garden and explore all the gorgeous exhibits. This type of date is especially helpful if you are trying to maintain social distancing. You can wander the grounds of a beautiful garden and take lots of Instagram-worthy pictures that you can both keep for some amazing memories. Often, there are some great gift shops to explore as well on the grounds. 

Answer Some Tough Questions

Are you in the mood for some friendly competition? Trivia nights can be really fun and educational. Go out for some food, drinks, and work together to answer as many questions as you can. This can be the perfect date night idea as you can be entertained by the questions, and impress your date with your level of knowledge!

Get Creative

If you are the creative type, sometimes painting or drawing with your significant other can be a fun date night. In many cities, some shops offer guided paint nights for you to enjoy. Typically, you pay per person and all the materials are included. This can be a fun way to show off your creative flair, and you’ll have a keepsake for years to come.

A Night Out on The Town

Sometimes a night out is just what you need for the perfect date. The casino might be a good choice if you both enjoy nightlife and entertainment. Usually there are some great places to eat and at times there might even be some live music to enjoy together. 

No matter what you do on your date, you are sure to have a good time with some great company. Feel free to share some of your favorite ideas with us, we’d love to hear them!

Where Can I Donate My Wheelchair?

There are many reasons why people get rid of their power wheelchairs and scooters. In some cases, it’s because they got a new wheelchair or mobility scooter and no longer need the old one. In other cases, it’s because the person using the motorized wheelchair or electric scooter passed away. If you or a loved one has gently used power wheelchairs and scooters, you can pay it forward by donating it to an individual or organization.

Donating to an Individual

Not everyone that needs a mobility device can afford one. There are multiple resources for funding power wheelchairs and scooters, but sometimes these resources don’t work out for the individual who looks into them. If you don’t know someone specific who is in need of a motorized wheelchair or scooter, you can find someone by doing a quick online search. Many times, people choose to raise funds online through a website like GoFundMe. You can do a search for individuals looking for power wheelchairs and scooters and contact the person organizing the fundraiser directly.

If you feel more comfortable donating your wheelchair to someone you know personally, or you want more assurance that the donation is going to someone in need, there are other options.

Donating to an Organization

Many organizations are happy to receive gently used power wheelchairs and scooters. You can choose your charity based on what cause is near and dear to you. There are veteran organizations, non-profits, senior centers, community organizations and religious groups. You can find a charity dedicated to specific diseases and conditions, such as the United Spinal Association, the ALS Association, United Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy Association and more. Once you find an organization that resonates with you and you feel you can trust, they will graciously accept the donation and pass it onto an individual who can benefit from it. For more information about where you can donate your wheelchair, check out our article! If you decide that you want to try to sell your electric wheelchair instead of donating it, we have an article all about this subject. Click to learn more about where to sell your electric wheelchair

What is a Pandemic?

Every year, there are people around the world who designate a word for that year. Sometimes they choose the word based on something they want to improve or a habit they want to cultivate, such as “focus.” Others choose their word based on something they are hoping to find or gain, such as “fortune.” Although everyone’s word varies based on their personal experience, I think that many of us can agree with Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com’s choice for 2020 Word of the Year: “Pandemic.”

A pandemic is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area (such as multiple countries or continents) and typically affects a significant proportion of the population: a pandemic outbreak of a disease.”

Many people around the world were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in some way, whether directly or indirectly. Loss became an uninvited guest in the lives of people around the globe, whether loss of a loved one, a job, an event they were planning or even health.

Life in a Wheelchair During a Pandemic

While there are many stories shared of how individuals all over the world had to adapt to the sudden changes made, there aren’t as many stories told from the perspective of people with disabilities. Brand Ambassador Yvette Pegues shares how the pandemic affected her and her family throughout 2020. Learn more about life in a wheelchair during COVID-19.

Safe Activities to Do During a Pandemic

Restrictions were put in place because of the pandemic, forcing people to get creative. For most, this meant staying at home or practicing social distancing when going out. Like the word pandemic, the term “social distancing” has greatly risen in popularity.

Social distancing is the practice of limiting your exposure to other individuals through maintaining a safe distance. In addition to practicing good hygiene habits, studies have shown that staying a minimum of six feet away from another person helps to reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19.

Finding fun activities to do while quarantined at home or while social distancing can be hard to do. If you aren’t sure what to do for fun while staying safe, you can start with our article What to Do While Social Distancing.

Shopping in a Power Wheelchair During a Pandemic

Many grocery stores and retailers offer curbside pickup or delivery. There are times, however, when shopping in stores is unavoidable. Out of the many ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected daily life, shopping was one area. To limit exposure to the virus, it’s best to have a plan in mind with shopping.  Read our tips for shopping during COVID-19 in a power wheelchair.

Exercising with Limited Mobility This Winter

The holidays are a special time filled with fun, laughter, togetherness and of course… lots of food. It’s no surprise that one of the top New Year’s resolutions that people make is wanting to lose weight. Inconveniently though, New Year’s Day is in January. People give up their resolutions for several reasons. Sometimes things come up in life. Other times, they make excuses that ultimately stem from a lack of motivation. For example, being forced to find creative ways to exercise in winter can really kill the good intentions that they may have had to get in shape. While you will have to take the steps to exercise consistently to reach your goal, we can provide you with some ideas to show you that you can indeed exercise in your wheelchair in the winter.

Before you begin any kind of wheelchair exercise regime, speak with a medical professional, whether your physical therapist, primary care physician or other health care provider to obtain medical clearance. They will be able to recommend what activities are best suited for your workout routine based on your disability or medical condition.

Wheelchair Exercises at Home

There are exercises that you can do in your wheelchair at home. You can find many resources for free online, such as tutorials through YouTube and other video sharing websites, articles dedicated to talking about exercise for wheelchair users and even entire blogs dedicated to staying fit with a disability. Wheelchair exercises can include dancing, yoga and even strength training. With a quick search online, you can begin exercising in your wheelchair today.

If you are exercising on your own, make sure you stretch beforehand to warm your body up for the exercise that you’re about to do. It will help you avoid possible injuries. If you feel discomfort at any time during the workout, stop exercising immediately, as it can result in an injury.

Wheelchair Exercises in Fitness Groups

Joining a fitness group or exercise class gives you the benefit of exercising indoors, while also having community to back you up and even hold you accountable. Although it may be more difficult to find fitness classes specifically for wheelchair users, many exercises can be modified so that wheelchair users can exercise alongside able-bodied individuals. Unlike working out on your own at home, you won’t have to worry about stretching before your workout, because fitness instructors typically incorporate stretching as a part of their class.

Reach out to your local gym(s) and see if they can offer adapted versions of their classes for wheelchair users. Water aerobics classes can be a great option for wheelchair users with limited mobility, as they support the body and reduce the risk of muscle or joint discomfort.

Wheelchair Exercises Outdoors

If you are not bothered by cold weather, there are several activities that you can do outdoors, including participating in adaptive winter sports. Much like taking a fitness class, many of these sports can be done with other people, giving you the benefits of exercise and being in a community. For example, join a sled hockey team or try skiing. Even though skiing is an individual sport, once someone learns the proper techniques for safely skiing, they can ski right alongside able-bodied skiers.

Still, some sports do allow you to workout individually, such as adaptive snowboarding, if you prefer. If you are interested in learning more about adaptive sports, their rules and how you can get involved, we recommend checking out our articles on sled hockey, adaptive skiing and adaptive snowboarding.

A Year in Review of Pride Mobility: 2020

The year of 2020 started out promising. Like most people at the beginning of every year, we had exciting plans. As the year started, we worked toward making each of these hopes and ideas reality. The year 2020 was turned on its head, however, in March, once the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. Even so, we have continued serving our valued customers through creating new technology to help them live their best. We want to highlight some of these accomplishments from the past year.

Pride Mobility Products Website Redesign

2020 kicked off with the launch of our newly redesigned website. Not only were the navigation and graphics updated to match our new branding, but we also added an accessibility menu. The accessible-friendly menu gives visitors the option to increase the text size, cursor size, highlight links and more on our site. Another modern feature is a color selector on product pages, which shows what the product looks like in that color.

Our goal in giving our website this fresh, new look is another way to stay true to our commitment to provide the best customer experience in the industry. Packed with useful information, catalog-style photography and an easy navigation, we give consumers a one-of-a-kind experience where they can feel confident in choosing the right mobility product.

Pride Mobility Making the Best of It

Life as we knew it seemed to stop once the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country. Individuals and companies across the nation had to adapt and abide to new guidelines set in place to stop the spread of the virus. There was a period of adjustment as we navigated the changes to our operations while trying to keep our employees and those around them safe. Some of these changes included, sick employees staying home, many employees working remotely, practicing social distancing, proper handwashing and increased the intensity of cleaning.

Pride Mobility Subsidiary Opens in Germany

In May of 2020, we expanded our international presence to Hövelhof, Germany. Pride Mobility’s success in the German market for over 20 years has called for a new stand-alone subsidiary. The Pride Germany facility features 16,000 square feet of space. Inside the facility, you can find a large warehouse, showroom, training room, four offices, a repair shop and a technical service area.

Pride Mobility Launches New iRIDE™ Scooter

We are always looking to provide our consumers with the latest in technology and style. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched two new products this year. One of those products was the iRIDE™ scooter. This scooter combines an aluminum frame, lithium batteries and brushless motors to create an ultra-lightweight and modern design for easy travel. Other features include a digital LCD display, a manual hand brake, a supplemental foot brake, a twist grip throttle, an easy-to-grip tiller adjustment knob, an on/off switch and five color options.

Pride Mobility Launches Go Chair® MED Power Wheelchair

During the fall of 2020, we launched a new power wheelchair to meet the needs of consumers who live busy, active lifestyles outside the home, but were looking for an electric wheelchair that is coded through insurance. The Go Chair® MED is like the Go Chair® but has some additional enhancements.

The Go Chair MED power wheelchair is feature-rich with a compact design and a tight turning radius. Its feather-touch disassembly allows users to easily disassemble the chair in just a few steps, making it a great option for a portability. Finally, the Go Chair MED has two different seating options, allowing consumers to get the seat size that is right for them.

Black Go Chair by Pride Mobility facing the right against a white background.

As we close the chapter on 2020, we are excited to start a new year and offer you even more innovative, useful and exciting products. Stay tuned!

A Reflection of 2020

Things I’ve Learned in 2020

The phrase “unprecedented times” comes to mind and is used exhaustively when attempting to describe the last 10 months of 2020, and for good reason! The world has suffered life-changing health, historical, racial, political and social pain. As it relates to the coronavirus, most agree that the world has never experienced a medical/mental health crisis of such epic proportions…or have we?

The world changed before our very eyes. We went from movie theaters to Netflix, grocery shopping to meal delivery, boardroom meetings to zoom calls, doctors’ offices to telemedicine and everything in between. What I learned was that nothing stays the same or needs our approval to change. During this time, what I learned about people, patience, and my purpose was pivotal to planning 2021.

What I Learned About People

What I learned about people is that the power of the human spirit is unmatched, but so is its wrath. Depending on your lens, the pandemic served as a catalyst for both confusion and conversation. After hundreds of thousands of reported deaths, and with respect to those who celebrated the holidays with an empty seat at the table, there are still conversations around whether or not this life-threatening condition truly exists. The argument around wearing verses not wearing masks has been a point of contention to many as well as a measurement of relative commitment to varied viewpoints.

Yvette Pegues with her family on a holiday greeting that states: "May every joy be yours this Christmas and throughout the year."

On the other hand, this pandemic taught us how to incubate with family, innovate with technology and interact with essential/front-line workers like never before. From looking out for each other to reinventing ourselves, this crisis forced us to do the same things differently and sometime even better. It truly did create new attitudes and opportunities to intersect and integrate our lens through our lived experiences.

What I Learned About Patience

What I learned about the expression “patience is a virtue” is that it’s also a journey. It was never my greatest gift, until I became a parent. This lived experience has created in me the empathy, compassion and intuition to know when to wait for the world to heal me, family and others.

Intentional inclusion was a key benefit as a parent, student, advocate and citizen. It steadied me to listen to those we love and live without interruption (intentionally). I learned to bend to the needs of others by meeting them where they are and being intentionally inclusive. I learned to recognize invisible illnesses that cause emotional, mental, spiritual and professional loss that deserved equal attention. How someone can be in so much pain and not bleed reshaped my thinking. I came to understand where we fail and have fault. I learned that growth and comfort never coexist.

What I Learned About Purpose

What I learned about purpose is that my personal purpose is directly aligned with my faith. I was reminded that my identity is not my obstacle but my superpower. As such, my struggles and prayers in 2020 help to shape me for my purpose of service. Especially our personal experience of COVID, quarantine and self-isolation.

Christmas 2020 forced us to celebrate it for its true purpose, the New Year as a new next and humanity as our most important asset. It taught me to encourage my children and others to question our own fundamental values and beliefs to more clearly see the purposefulness of others. As we closed out 2020 on the spinning rock called earth, making time to stop, regroup and listen to build new strategies and move forward in 2020 is guaranteed to grow security, stability and success to 2021. Looking forward to regrouping, restarting and rebooting what’s to come.

-Yvette Pegues

Mobility Scooter Winter Storage Tips

Fear of traveling with your mobility device is real and valid. Sometimes they aren’t handled with care and get broken during a flight. Sometimes accidents happen, leaving wheelchair and mobility scooter users stranded without a way to get around. For this reason and others, snowbirds who use a mobility scooter don’t always want to bring it along with them.

One option they choose is renting a mobility scooter when they travel. Another is choosing to buy an electric scooter when they get to their second home. If you are planning to travel south for the winter and you aren’t traveling with your motorized scooter, follow these storage tips to ensure that your scooter is in good condition when you return.

Tip 1. Getting Your Mobility Scooter Ready for Storage

There’s more to storing your mobility scooter than sticking it in your garage. Preparation is key for storing your electric scooter and maintaining its integrity. The first step in storing your scooter is making sure that the batteries are fully charged. 

Tip 2. Where to Store Your Electric Scooter

The ideal environment for your electric scooter’s batteries is a climate above 32 degrees. This helps prevent the scooter batteries from freezing. You should also ensure that they are disconnected from the device to help slow down the rate of discharge.

Tip 3. Motorized Scooter Maintenance

How often you need to charge the batteries of your mobility scooter is determined by how often you use it. We recommend charging the batteries 8-14 hours twice a week for a maintenance charge if you don’t use your product frequently. If you are away for a long period of time, we recommend asking someone you trust to charge the batteries once every 2-3 weeks. We do not recommend charging the batteries for longer than 14 hours. This designated person can refer to the manual supplied with the battery charger for charging instructions.

Tip 4. Getting Your Mobility Scooter Ready for Use

Make sure that the batteries are charged before using your mobility scooter again. If the batteries were stored in an environment below 32 degrees for an extended period, they need to be brought into a warmer environment for a day before charging to prevent any damage.

If you rather travel with your electric scooter, we have some tips for traveling safely with your motorized scooter.

An Attitude of Gratitutde

The month of November represents a pleasant change in weather, vibrant blossoms and brightly colored leaves, especially where we live in the southeastern part of the country. In addition, we look forward to partaking in the activities like outdoor festivals, apple picking, hayrides, corn fields and pumpkin patches.

Meanwhile, many are already dreading the task of untangling Christmas lights and are anxiously curious about what ‘Black Friday’ will look like this year. We are very intentional focused on the special moments that precede the frenzy of the holidays: Thanksgiving Day.  Even though the Christmas songs, lights, trees and decorations are all around us, we have embraced the mindset of giving thanks, gathering with family, putting and passing on the “attitude of gratitude” in a tangible way.

Grateful for Family

Thanksgiving will look different this year. As a global precautionary measure, cities, states and the entire country is advised against gathering for the holidays. This has been especially difficult for the big, happy family I married into. We love Jesus and being around each other. For so many years, the heart of Thanksgiving has been centered around the very thing we have been asked to avoid: family! To show love to our family members by not gathering this year feels like hearts are being broken in many pieces. It’s also a time to get creative.

Everyone from Martha Steward to Pinterest have suggestions on ways to have a fun quarantine, no-contact Thanksgiving celebration. But the one we’ll give the most attention to comes from the CDC. They offer activities and steps to protect yourself and others from getting or spreading COVID-19.

Grateful for Health and Wellness

Even with our children attending school part-time, we have been spared. With so many of my comorbidities, it’s been very important that our family is protected to keep everyone around us safe.

Fortunately, less than a dozen direct family members have contracted the coronavirus since it was officially announced in March 2020. Unfortunately, we’ve nevertheless suffered the loss of many of its members. Dozens in our outer, non-family member circle have both contracted and died from complications of the virus.

The morbidity of our new reality has really forced us to focus on all those we come in contact with differently. Even beyond the contact tracing happening at school and work, we are the best defense against the spread of the virus as well as what it can do to mental, spiritual, relational and professional health.

Grateful for Veterans and Essential Workers

This time last year, we honored our veterans out loud, in the streets, at their tombs and with a parade. In the midst of a health and human crisis, closures and cancellations, we couldn’t pay tribute to our veterans amid the strain of a pandemic. Some recognition events were moved to social media, memorial motorcades became socially-distanced and virtual events. Nevertheless, my gratitude for their service and sacrifice remains.

The pandemic highlights the long, overdue dependence on essential workers. They selflessly put themselves at risk, making sacrifices for the safety of others. First responders, healthcare professionals, public health workers, police officers, firefighters, military personnel, teacher/educators, grocery store workers, mail carriers, truck drivers and so many more risk their lives and serve the communities around them. As we look for ways to feed and fund our frontline heroes, we found a few ways to keep them encouraged.