Delta Tiller and other ergonomic features

What ergonomic features are on my mobility scooter?

At Pride Mobility, our engineers design every device with the rider’s comfort, convenience and safety in mind. It’s an actual science. Ergonomics focuses on designing things so people can interact with them effectively and in ways that promote wellbeing.

The five aspects of ergonomics are safety, comfort, ease of use, performance and aesthetics. Those principles can be found in all of our mobility scooters. One of the ways we do this is by providing a customizable experience. You’ll never have to squeeze into a tight space or overextend your arms to operate your scooter. These design features are adaptable to your needs and ensure a comfortable and efficient ride.

Describe the Delta Tiller

Most Pride Mobility and Go-Go Travel scooters are equipped with a delta tiller. Instead of a standard handle, where two bars extend from the console, the delta tiller has a wraparound handle. Each side has a broad, half-oval shaped handle. This provides options for the driver. You can grab the handle closest to you — much like a standard setup — or you can hold the second set of handles and rest your wrists on the front. The scooter can also be steered holding the sides of the handlebar.

The ergonomic design of the delta tiller is perfect for those with limited dexterity or hand strength. The versatility doesn’t end with hand placement. Our delta tillers have two throttle control levers, allowing the rider to choose the most comfortable position for them.

Depending on your ability and preference, you can use your left thumb to push the throttle control on the left to move forward. You could also use your right hand to pull back on the right side throttle. To reverse, you can pull back with your left side throttle control with your left fingers or use the right thumb to push the right side throttle.

Regardless of the throttle control you use, the delta tiller is ultra-responsive. It can be operated with just one hand. The wraparound handle design helps you maintain a neutral posture, one of the signatures of ergonomics. With your arms bent at the elbows and extended to the handles, your arms are in a neutral position. A handlebar that forces you to lift your arms in the air, as if riding a motorcycle, is an unsustainable, awkward position.

The adjustable seat allows you to position your body in the most comfortable, natural position to reach and operate the delta tiller.

Adjustable seat

The ability to customize the seat, armrests and handlebar position are all part of ergonomic design. Those adjustments make the scooter work for you, instead of the other way around.

How to adjust mobility scooter seat

Follow these instructions to adjust the height of your Go-Go Travel scooter.

1. Remove the seat and battery pack from your scooter. Set aside.
2. Use the attached ring to pull and remove the detent pin from the lower seat post. 3. Raise or lower the upper seat post to the desired seat height.
4. While holding the upper seat post at that height, align the adjustment holes of the upper and lower seat posts.
5. Fully insert the detent pin.
6. Return the battery pack and seat to their original locations.

How to adjust mobility scooter armrests

Now that your seat is in the right position, let’s take a look at your armrests. The width of the armrest can be adjusted in or out to fit your needs.

1. Loosen the armrest adjustment knobs.
2. Use the attached ring to pull and remove the detent pins.
3. Slide the armrests in or out to the desired width.
4. Align the adjustment holes on the seat frame and armrest, then reinsert the detent pins.
5. Tighten the armrest adjustment knobs.

Swivel-mount seat makes getting on and off your scooter easier

One of the most ergonomically sound design features on Pride Mobility scooters is the swivel mounted seat. With the pull of one lever, you can move the seat 90 degrees in either direction from the center position. You can get in and out of the seat from the ground and swivel it into driving position.

The swivel feature comes in particularly handy for people who need extra help with flexibility or balance to step off the scooter from the deck.

The swivel also lets you stay on your scooter at the table. Simply position your scooter parallel to your spot, pivot the seat and just like that, you’re sitting straight on at the table.

Follow these instructions to get on your Pride Mobility scooter.

1. Stand at the side of your scooter.
2. Disengage the seat rotation lever and rotate the seat until it is facing you.
3. Make sure that the seat is secured into position.
4. Position yourself in the seat.
5. Disengage the seat rotation lever and rotate the seat until you are facing forward.
6. Confirm that the seat is secured into position.
7. Place feet safely on the floorboard.

Follow these instructions to disembark your Pride Mobility scooter.

1. Disengage the seat rotation lever.
2. Rotate the seat until you are facing toward the side of your scooter.
3. Make certain that the seat is secured into position.
4. Carefully and safely get out of the seat and stand to the side of your scooter.
5. You can leave the seat facing to the side to make boarding your scooter later easier.

What is Feather-Touch Disassembly?

Nothing travels better than our Go-Go Travel mobility models. These sleek scooters navigate with ease, whether you’re inside a store or outside on the sidewalk. When it’s time to transport your scooter, the convenience continues.

The majority of our mobility scooters are equipped with feather-touch one-hand disassembly. You can easily transition from the full scooter to five manageable pieces. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to disassemble and reassemble your Pride Mobility scooter.

Disassemble your Pride Mobility scooter

When you are ready to disassemble your Go-Go Traveller, make sure you have enough space to move around the device. It will break down into five stowable pieces.

These instructions are specifically for the Go-Go Elite Traveller 4-Wheel, but generally apply to all of our scooters.

  1. Fold down the seat by pushing forward on the back. Then lift the seat from the bottom. It will come off the seat post. Set the seat aside.
  2. Remove the front basket by unclipping it from the tiller. Set the tiller basket aside.
  3. Remove the battery pack, which is located under the seat. Simply grab the handle and lift up to disconnect it. The battery unit has velcro on the bottom so there may be some  extra tension during the first few uses. Set the battery aside.
  4. Turn the knob at the base of the tiller to loosen it. Fold the tiller to the deck. Once folded, retighten the knob to secure the tiller.
  5. Between the front wheels and in front of the tiller is a locking mechanism. Press and twist. This will keep the tiller straight during transport. The wheel must be straight to lock it in place.
  6. Locate the handle behind the seat post. Use one hand to lift. This will disconnect the rear wheel assembly from the deck, front wheels and tiller.
  7. Move pieces separately, using their handles. Stow in the trunk or wherever you’re storing your scooter.

Reassemble your Pride Mobility scooter

  1. Line up the rear wheel assembly with the front part of the unit. You will see a bar running between the tires on the smaller, rear wheel assembly. On the rear end of the front section, you’ll see two upside down U-shaped fasteners. Those clips will snap onto the bar with a click. As part of this step, you also lock in the auto-connecting front to rear cable. This will enable power and brakes on the whole scooter.
  2. Loosen the knob on the tiller and adjust to your desired driving height. Tighten the knob, making sure the teeth are aligned or you may get some unwanted movement.
  1. Push the wheel locking mechanism — located in front of the tiller — in and twist. This will allow you to steer your scooter.
  2. Place the battery pack on the base, directly in front of the seat post.
  3. Insert the seat into the seat post. Lift the seat back up.
  4. Slide the basket onto the front tiller mount. It will click into place.

Charging your mobility scooter

For people who mostly use their scooter outside the home, the Go-Go Travel line has a great charging feature. Imagine you’ve spent the day running errands. You finish your shopping, disassemble the scooter and place it in your trunk. You have no plans to use your scooter until tomorrow’s trip in the car.

Since you just put on some miles, the scooter needs to charge. With feather-touch disassembly, you have quick access to the only piece you need: the battery pack. Plug your battery into the off-board charger, while the rest of your scooter stays in the trunk. The next morning, reunite your charged battery with your mobility scooter. Your next adventure starts as soon as your Go-Go Travel scooter is put together.

How much does a mobility scooter weigh

When deciding on a mobility scooter, a lot of factors come into play. Rider weight capacity, distance per charge and scooter size are all dependent on the user’s lifestyle. If you plan to disassemble and transport your scooter regularly, you should consider the device’s weight.

The Go-Go Elite Traveller 3-Wheel weighs 114 1/2 pounds, when fully assembled with the standard U1 batteries. The 4-wheel model weighs 118 1/2 pounds, including the standard batteries.

When broken down into five pieces, the heaviest portion of the Go-Go Elite Traveller is the front section. The heaviest piece of the 3-wheel model weighs 29 1/2 pounds, while the 4-wheel scooter clocks in at 34 pounds. The 17-inch by 17-inch seat weighs 22 1/2 pounds, and the two batteries weigh 19 1/2 pounds each.

By contrast, the Zero Turn 10 4-Wheel’s heaviest piece weighs 75 pounds. It has a wider, 30-pound seat and two batteries that weigh 30 1/4 pounds each.

A Pride Mobility provider can help you determine the best mobility scooter for you. Call 800-800-8586 or find a local dealer here.

What kind of charger does a mobility scooter use?

The battery in your Pride Mobility scooter powers your ride, but what powers your battery? All of our scooters are equipped with rechargeable batteries that come with off-board chargers. Just like a cell phone, your scooter plugs into a wall outlet to charge. The energy is then stored in the battery for later use.

First, we’ll lay out the difference between on-board and off-board chargers. We’ll then explore the differences between several off-board chargers. The variations in the battery and charger impact how far your scooter can go.

Off-board vs. On-board chargers

An off-board charger is totally separate from your scooter. This device is a black block with two cords: one that plugs into a wall outlet and one that plugs into your scooter. The size and shape will vary depending on the model.

The wall outlet supplies alternating current (AC) power. AC power moves in waves from power plants into the electrical grid and to your home. Household items that plug into the wall like a fan, microwave or curling iron run on AC power.

Direct current (DC) power cannot travel far distances so it is usually stored in a battery or fuel cell. DC power delivers consistent voltage, making it preferable for electronics like a laptop computer or a mobility scooter.

Your off-board charger collects the AC power from the grid and converts it to DC power. A charged battery is full of DC power that is ready for use.

On the other hand, an on-board charger does that conversion in the device. On-board chargers allow users to plug their device into the wall. The AC power is stored as DC power without an external charging unit. 

Are all off-board chargers the same?

No. The battery and charger will differ based on your mobility scooter model. Pride Mobility scooters use chargers that range from 2 to 8 amps. Amps measure the energy rate transferred to a device. The higher the amps, the faster the charge.

At 8 amps, the Wrangler has our fastest off-board charger. It also comes with our biggest battery. The Wrangler comes standard with a pair of 75 amp-hour (Ah) batteries. There is an option to upgrade to two 100 Ah batteries.

The bigger the battery, the longer it lasts. Mileage is also impacted by several factors including the weight of the device and its rider. At its 350-pound maximum weight capacity, the Wrangler can travel up to 18.6 miles with the 75 Ah battery or up to 24.2 miles with the 100 Ah battery. If the rider weighs 200 pounds, the Wrangler can travel between 22.6 and 29.4 miles per charge, depending on the battery.

Models like the Victory 10.2 3-Wheel and Zero Turn 10 use a 3.5 amp, off-board charger. The battery sizes are different, which will change performance. The Victory 10.2 comes with two U1 batteries that range from 31 Ah to 36 Ah. This model has a 400-pound weight capacity and an 11-mile range. The Zero Turn has two 40 Ah batteries that can travel 18 miles at its 400-pound limit before needing a charge.

A smaller 2 amp off-board charger is used on models like the Go-Go Sport 4-Wheel. This travel-ready scooter can cruise 14.5 miles on its dual 18 Ah batteries. The weight capacity of the Go-Go Sport 4-Wheel is 325 pounds

The Go-Go Folding Scooter 4-Wheel also comes standard with a 2 amp, off-board charger. With a 250-pound maximum limit and pair of 12 Ah batteries, this travel scooter can go 9.3 miles before recharging.

The Go-Go Folding Scooter also has a 12 Ah lithium-ion battery option, which can get 13 miles on a charge from its 2.5 amp off-board charger.

Lithium-ion technology is advancing quickly and being used in more applications. They hold a stronger current for longer. These batteries are also much smaller and lighter than sealed lead batteries that are standard in all the scooters discussed above. As the Go-Go Folding Scooter shows, a smaller lithium battery provides more juice. Lithium batteries can be charged using on-board and off-board technology. Currently, Pride Mobility lithium-powered scooters use off-board chargers.

If you’d like step-by-step instructions on how to charge your scooter, along with information about how often to charge it, check out this blog.

When and how to get your mobility scooter serviced?

How to make sure your mobility scooter keeps running smoothly

You slide into the seat of your Pride Mobility scooter, ready to take on the day. Your device starts without a hitch, and the wheels glide along the ground. Everything from tiller to tires is working perfectly. Maintain your mobility scooter and it will keep getting you where you need to go.

There are some regular checks you can do to keep your device riding smoothly. We strongly encourage annual service from an authorized Pride Mobility provider. Regular maintenance is especially important if you use your scooter daily.

Routine care for mobility scooters

Get familiar with your mobility scooter. It will help you catch any little issues that could grow into big ones. Keep a routine of these checks and your scooter will perform at its best.

If you’re concerned by anything you see, it may be time to turn to the professionals. An authorized Pride Mobility dealer can make repairs safely and correctly. We’ll share how to contact a provider in a bit.

Daily checks 

Before you get on your power scooter, give it a once-over.

  • With the power turned off, check the throttle. Make sure it is not bent or damaged and that it returns to the neutral position when you release it.
  • Visually inspect the tiller cable. Make sure that it is not frayed, cut or has any wires exposed.
  • Check for flat spots on solid tires. Flat spots could adversely affect stability. 
  • Inspect the armrests for loose hardware, stress points or damage.

Check the brakes

To check your brakes, do the following test on a level surface. Give yourself at least three feet of clearance around your scooter.

  • Turn on the power and turn down the speed level of your scooter.
  • After one second, check the battery condition meter. Make sure that it remains on.
  • Slowly pull the throttle forward until you hear the electric brakes click. Immediately release the throttle. You must be able to hear the electrical brake operating within a few seconds of throttle movement. Repeat this test by pulling the throttle in the opposite direction.

Weekly Checks

On a weekly basis, conduct these visual checks.

  • Inspect the controller and charger connectors for corrosion.
  • If you have pneumatic tires, check for proper tire inflation. If your tire doesn’t hold air, it likely needs to be replaced. A Pride Mobility provider can replace tires or you can replace your own tires — if you’re so inclined — by following the instructions in the owner’s manual.
  • Check battery terminal connections. Make certain that the terminal connections remain tight and are not corroded.
  • Regularly check all wiring connections
  • Check all wiring insulation, including the charger power cord, for wear or damage. 

Monthly Checks

Once a month, we recommend these quick inspections. 

  • Check the anti-tip wheels for extreme wear.
  • Ensure anti-tips do not rub the ground when you operate the scooter.
  • Keep your mobility scooter clean to avoid scratches or damage.

When to get your mobility scooter serviced?

Even with diligent upkeep, you’ll need to make repairs and get service on your scooter. The best way to manage routine problems, like a flat spot on a tire or wonky wire connections is to get them taken care of as quickly as possible. These little things can snowball. Contact your preferred Pride Mobility dealer to schedule a repair.

It’s also important to bring your mobility scooter in for a service checkup with a trained technician once a year.

How to get your mobility scooter serviced?

You may have a relationship with a Pride Mobility dealer already, possibly the provider who sold you your scooter. This is great. Give them a call to schedule routine repairs and yearly maintenance.

You can also find an authorized provider with our dealer locator. Simply type your zip code into the search bar. Toggle to “Mobility Scooters” on the second line and click “Click Here to Find Nearest Dealer.” Then review the list of local dealers with their addresses and phone numbers.

Schedule your service and keep riding.

Scooter batteries

Learn about the batteries in your mobility scooter and where to get a replacement

The batteries in your Pride Mobility scooter literally move you forward. Without them, your scooter is merely a chair with wheels. These batteries don’t get much attention — until now. We’re going to lift the shroud to give the battery its time in the spotlight. We’ll introduce the kinds of batteries that are used in mobility scooters and help you get a replacement, if necessary.

What are Sealed Lead Acid Batteries?

Nearly all Pride Mobility scooters use a sealed lead acid (SLA) battery, save for the few models that use lithium-ion batteries. SLA is a blanket term that is best understood through history.

Lead acid batteries were first developed in 1859 and the technology is still used in three kinds of modern batteries: flooded, absorbent glass mat (AGM) and gel. The technology brings together lead plates and electrolyte (a solution of sulfuric acid and water, also known as battery acid) to make a rechargeable energy source. Thick lead plates are used in deep cycle batteries to create a long, slow discharge perfect for use in a mobility scooter. Thinner lead plates are best for strong, fast surges, like starting a car.

The first advancement in this technology was to seal the battery, stopping electrolyte from leaking or evaporating. This new battery, which became commercially available in the mid-20th century, is called maintenance-free or flooded.

The technology evolved with the discovery of absorbent glass mat. Glass fibers are woven into a mat, soaked with acid and then stacked between the lead plates. This was an improvement to the flooded acid battery because it doesn’t leak, even if the case is cracked. AGM also lets designers install the battery at an angle. Flooded batteries must be mounted flat or the electrolyte won’t properly cover the lead plates.

Gel or gel-cell batteries were commercialized in the 1980s, about a decade after AGM was introduced. As the name suggests, the electrolyte in these batteries is a gel. The gel sticks to the plates, making a solid unit. The premium gel battery is the most structurally sound and resistant to jostling of all lead acid batteries.

With each development, the cost to produce the new batteries went up. Flooded batteries are the cheapest, followed by AGM and then gel. All three are still on the market because some uses don’t need to be mounted at an angle or have extreme vibration resistance.

What battery does my mobility scooter use?

The owner’s manual and spec sheet for your scooter is a sound resource. It includes a lot of useful information about your battery. If you don’t have your manual, you can find it on our resource page. We also have the specs on each product page on the website. For example, check out the Go-Go Elite Traveller 4-Wheel page. Here you’ll learn that the Go-Go Elite uses two 12-volt AGM or gel batteries.

If you’re struggling to determine what scooter you have, you can find the model number on the seat post. On some Pride Mobility devices, you will find the sticker, easily accessible near the bottom of the post. Others require you to open the base and move the battery pack to see the sticker. The model number will help you find the right manual and spec sheet.

Sealed Lead Acid Batteries in Pride Mobility Scooters

Most of our mobility scooters utilize sealed lead acid technology — either AGM or gel. These deep cycle units are perfect for our purposes, as they produce a slow discharge over time.

A battery’s capacity is measured in amp hours (Ah). Typically, deep cycle batteries will have amp hours printed on the case. The amp hours dictate how much amperage is used in an hour.

When researching batteries you may see Battery Council International (BCI) group numbers. This indicates the physical dimensions of the battery case. For most of our scooters, the group number is U1. U1 batteries have the positive terminal on the left side, while U1R batteries have the positive terminal on the right. The most common applications for U1 and U1R batteries are in medical devices like wheelchairs and scooters along with golf carts, ATVs or lawnmowers.

A scooter’s design is as influential on its speed and capacity as the batteries it runs on. While many of our devices use a 12-volt sealed acid battery, there is a difference in performance. Let’s look closer at a few examples.

Go-Go Elite Traveller

The Go-Go Elite Traveller is one of the top models in the travel mobility scooter market. It folds down easily with Pride’s feather-touch disassembly for quick storage in a trunk or airplane.

This power scooter has a 300-pound weight capacity and a top speed of up to 4 mph. It comes standard with two 12 Ah SLA batteries, which provides 8.2 miles per charge. There is an optional upgrade to 18 Ah, which gets 12 miles per charge.

Victory 10.2

The Victory 10.2 has a 400-pound weight capacity and tops out at 5.2 mph.  It also has two battery options: a 22 1/2-pound U1 battery with 31-36 Ah or a 40 Ah battery that weighs 32 1/2-pound. Depending on the battery you choose, your Victory 10.2 will travel between 11 and 13 1/2 miles on a single charge.

Zero Turn 10

The tight-turning and sleek Zero Turn 10 utilizes a 40 Ah battery. The slightly larger battery in the Zero Turn 10 means longer rides. At a 400-pound. capacity, it can get 18 miles per charge. With a 200-pound rider, the Zero Turn 10 can max out at 7.2 mph and travel up to 24 miles on one charge.

Lithium-ion batteries in mobility scooters

Lithium-ion batteries were developed as part of the quest to create stronger, longer-lasting batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are most often associated with portable electronics like cell phones and laptops.

New applications are created regularly. There have even been developments in U1 lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are considerably smaller and lighter than their lead predecessors. A lighter battery is very desirable when building a light scooter.

The iRide is our most travel-friendly scooter. It’s compact, light and simple to stow. With its 250-lb. limit, the iRide has a top speed of 3.7 mph, and can travel 10.3 miles on one charge. The battery on the iRide weighs only 4.3 lbs., a fraction of the SLAs we talked about earlier.

Where to buy a replacement?

While the batteries in your Pride Mobility scooter are rechargeable, eventually, all batteries lose their charge. If you need to replace it, check your manual and refer back to this blog to figure out what you need. Then, contact your preferred dealer — that’s likely where you purchased your scooter or a company that specializes in batteries.

What are LED Scooter Lights?

LED headlights provide brilliant and efficient lighting for your mobility scooter. At Pride Mobility, we include them standard with just about every model in our mobility scooter lineup.

In fact, since we’re talking about efficiency, it’s probably more efficient to list the mobility scooters that don’t have LED lighting. But at the risk of making anyone feel left out, let’s just say if you expect to ride in the dark, at least some of the time, you should have no problem finding one with a brilliant LED lighting package.

LED lights – a brief history

It’s taken a long, long time for LED lights to reach the level of adoption we’re at now. LED lights at first were far too expensive compared with filament bulbs. Even now, incandescent bulbs still hold a stronger position in the market because they’re more affordable up front.

From a consumer perspective, it took some wallet discomfort, tons of LED evangelism and big corporate investment to drive down the cost and get more people to make the switch.

If you ever stopped in the produce section at your local supermarket and noticed the veggies under soft, crisp white light for the first time, your grocer probably updated to LED lights. Maybe you wandered through the frozen foods aisle and watched the runway of freezers switch from dark to light as you went from one end to the other. First of all, your grocer is getting fancy with motion sensors, but she’s also likely using LED lights in those space-age ice cream keepers.

Another example: if your town recently updated streetlights to a cleaner, brighter bulb, there’s a good chance utility crews installed LED lights.

It’s these kinds of shifts, when buyers with big budgets bought lots of bulbs, that helped bring the LED to broader market adoption. Only big industry had the spending power to invest up front in the name of energy savings later. But their investment helped make LED bulbs to cost what they do now.

LEDs in transportation

Believe it or not, the first automobiles started using LEDs almost 30 years ago. Before that, only small consumer electronics like alarm clocks used them. They were too expensive. Even after 1993, they were only in luxury cars. Now it seems like every new car at the dealership uses LEDs in some way, if not LEDs exclusively.

That evolution has paved the way for Pride Mobility to include powerfully bright headlights – and in some cases tail lights, for example in the Raptor – on our mobility scooters.

What is an LED light?

Instead of a filament like in an incandescent bulb, or mercury gas like in a fluorescent one, LED lights use light-emitting diodes (LED). Electricity passes through a tiny semiconductor with a crystal cap that lights up when the current passes through.

Without getting too scientific, it’s a high-tech device that manufacturers are getting really good at producing in bulk, which has helped push down the price and make them more affordable for everything.

LEDs in mobility scooters

At Pride, we like LED lights on our scooters for three main reasons.

1. They’re super bright. Also, the directional nature of LEDs means our mobility scooter headlights can be focused forward and aimed to illuminate the road ahead.

2. They don’t waste energy. Did you ever scald your hand on a hot filament bulb that’s been lit for any more than a few minutes? That’s because incandescent bulbs waste tons of energy. LED lights create more light with less energy and thus less heat. With LED lights, you’re able to achieve more lighting power with less battery drain.

3. They last forever. LED bulbs can have a lifespan of up to 30,000 hours. That means your headlight could potentially last for the whole life of your scooter.

LED lights in creative scooter design

Since you can shape LED lights to create interesting contours, we’re starting to see the auto industry do really creative things with daytime running lights, or the lights that are always on when you start your car.

They use interesting shapes that load up the front and back ends with tons of personality.

Not to be outdone, we’ve started to incorporate creative LED design in some of our most cutting edge mobility scooters.

The Zero Turn 10 4-Wheel, for example, features sharp LED headlights that follow the contour of the shrouds. Likewise, the Zero Turn 8 4-Wheel includes two LED accent lights, which add character under a more powerful LED primary headlight.

What fabric can I get for my electric recliner?

It’s a great big world of premium, comfy upholstery fabrics

If your electric recliner research has brought you this far, there’s a good chance you’re closing in on a final recliner decision.

Especially when choosing adaptive equipment, upholstery can almost feel like an afterthought, perhaps with good reason.

It’s easy – and also important – to make sure your electric recliner checks all the boxes when it comes to function, dimensions and comfort.

First, you’ve got to choose between 2-position, 3-position, infinite position and zero gravity models. Then you’ve got to pick one that fits your particular shape.

But to get the Goldilocks of electric recliners, you’ve got to make sure the upholstery fabric matches your home decor and personal aesthetic.

Describing all of your options in a single article here could get a little complicated, so let’s start at the top and talk about material.

Why doesn’t Pride make leather recliners?

We get the question a lot, actually. So we’re glad you asked. We have an answer ready.

Short answer – because all of our recliners are FDA-approved Class II medical devices, we can’t use leather. But even if we could use leather, we’re not sure we would.

Manmade materials can just about achieve the same look and feel (maybe not the distinct smell) as natural leather with extra benefits. It’s infinitely easier to keep clean. Some man made materials even to resist microbe development. 

The premium label fabrics we use on some of our collections are designed to be cleaned over and over again without losing their appearance or character.

Manufacturers like Crypton and Mitchell regularly supply medical device companies with easily-cleaned materials. They also serve the regular commercial and interior design market. That gives them the distinct advantage of knowing both arenas. They understand the latest trends and advances in upholstery, and they can also meet higher standards of the medical device industry.

Now that you understand why you won’t see any genuine leather in our collections, let’s break down the difference in the primary synthetic fibers used in Pride recliners.


Polyurethane is used in a zillion products, but especially in the furniture business. In fact, our friends at Mitchell say the furniture industry accounts for more than one-fourth of all polyurethane use.

It’s used to make the cushion inside your chair, and also the one in your car. It’s in Pride Mobility’s industry-leading power chairs and mobility scooters, too.

Because it’s more flexible, and can be manufactured to achieve a genuine leather finish look, our faux leather lineups are typically made with 100% polyurethane.

Polyurethane trumps vinyl – another popular material for faux leather – on several fronts, which are mostly aesthetic. It’s softer, more comfortable and looks better, while still being just as easy to clean and maintain.


We’ve come a long way from the leisure suits of the ’70s, which you might be thinking about right now a bit nostalgically. They were cool at the time. Just don’t ask your granddaughter her opinion on them, even if you can pull her away from her Tik Tok feed for long enough.

Polyester upholstery is still made with plastic fibers, but they’re a little more rigid, so you’ll most frequently see them in more woven upholstery fabrics.

The upshot on upholstery fabrics

Both polyester and polyurethane are powerful synthetic materials that last long, don’t fade and resist bacteria and germs. They’re easy to clean and won’t stain easily when subjected to spills or other accidents.

Now let’s talk about what fabrics you’ll find through our electric recliner collections.

There are a ton of options, you’re probably better off checking out Pride’s power lift recliner fabrics guide to see if the chair you need comes in the colors you want.  

Standard fabrics and upgrades

With the exception of a few collections, namely the VivaLift! lineup, just about every electric recliner collection offers a standard fabric style and color (one clarification, the VivaLift! Escape has the option to upgrade to Ultraleather, but more on that in a minute).

Colors aside, here are the finish types and textures you’ll find in our standard selections:

Badlands A tight faux leather finish with a gentle shine. Find this finish exclusively on the VivaLift! Atlas and VivaLift! Atlas Plus infinite position recliners.

Astro A softer, more textured faux leather appearance begs you to climb in for an extended relaxation experience. It’s also another exclusive fabric we use only on the VivaLift! Tranquil power recliner.

Stonewash It’s a plushy, suede-like finish available only on the VivaLift! Urbana.

Saville The tightest weave among the polyester recliner fabrics, Saville has a plush, velvety feel. Find it in the VivaLift! Legacy and VivaLift! Metro lineups. 

Cloud 9 Pride’s most versatile recliner fabric has a heavier weave and more distinguished texture. Find Cloud 9 fabric on the Heritage Collection and the VivaLift! Escape.

Saratoga A plush medium weave for what just might be one of the plushiest recliners on the market, the Oasis true-infinite position recliner.

Now let’s talk about brands

Things start to get more complicated when we discuss optional upholstery upgrades. They’re not available evenly across all models, but worth exploring as you zero in on the power recliner of your dreams.

Ultraleather When it comes to faux leather, Ultrafabrics Inc. leads the pack. And its Ultrealeather product is at the tip of the spear. It’s the closest product we’ve found that looks and feels like real leather.

Crypton This manufacturer is so sure of its Super Fabrics line, they guarantee its moisture barrier for five years. Crypton fabrics handily resist spilled drinks, food and bodily fluids and wipe clean in a snap.

Sta-Kleen Last but not least, the ultimate, cleanable faux leather surface comes from Mitchell. It’s antimicrobial, durable to withstand sustained daily use, but continues to look amazing. It resists fading from sunlight and stains from spills. If you want a chair that can take a beating, but still preserve it’s dignity, look for one of our Sta-Kleen optional upholstery upgrades.

What are Flat-Free Tires?

Why do mobility devices have different kinds of tires?

Pneumatic tires vs. Flat-free tires

Looking at a lineup of Pride Mobility devices, the different sizes, shapes and tire configurations are sure to stand out. Closer inspection reveals that some tires are filled with air while others are solid. Some are filled with foam and others are perforated.

First, we’ll describe the two styles of tires. Then, we’ll explain why different models require different tires and setups.


Regular pneumatic tires are rubber tires filled with air. Pneumatic tires provide better traction and a smoother ride than flat-free tires. Pneumatic tires are comparatively more efficient — allowing the vehicle to maximize speed and mileage. They also slip less and stop faster. Because they are filled with air, these tires require more maintenance than a flat-free tire. Users have to monitor air pressure and, yes, sometimes tend to flats.

Within this category, tires can have a tube like a bicycle tire or be tubeless like a car tire. When a tire with a tube is punctured, the tube can typically be replaced and the rubber tire reused. However, a punctured tubeless pneumatic tire may need to be replaced.


Flat-free tires are airless. They can be solid or filled with material like polyurethane or foam. The majority of Prime Mobility devices use flat-free tires. As the name suggests, these tires won’t go flat. There is no tire gauge or air compressor needed. The lack of maintenance makes solid tires the best choice for daily-use wheelchairs or scooters. While flat-free tires have less cushioning than air-filled tires, the design of our devices often make up for that with sturdy suspension or additional wheels.

Mobility devices and their tires

Now that we’ve got the tire basics, let’s take a closer look at the scooters and power chairs in our fleet. Devices designed to travel on unsteady surfaces and long distances have pneumatic tires. Flat-free tires are ideal for riders who desire less maintenance.

Pneumatic tires

The Pride Mobility scooters that come standard with pneumatic tires are made for adventure.

The Wrangler is our most rugged scooter. It has a 350-pound weight capacity and 7.7 peak horsepower twin motors. This heavy-duty ride sits tall on 14.5-inch tubeless pneumatic tires. Confidently take on uneven terrain and be rewarded with great traction and a smooth ride.

With its large tiller-mounted headlight and seven available colors, the moped-like design of the Raptor 3-Wheel makes a stylish choice. All three tubeless pneumatic tires are 3 inches by 16 inches. The larger than average, air-filled tires mean less bumping and bouncing. The Raptor can cruise up to 31 miles on a single charge and comes with regenerative braking.

Flat-free tires

Our flat-free tires are non-marking, which makes them ideal for travel from the house to the store and back again. These devices have a range of tire configurations and sizes.

The Zero Turn 10 4-Wheel scooter gets you where you want to be. It has a max speed of 7.2 mph and an ultra-tight turning radius of just 43 inches. The superior maneuverability of the Zero Turn 10 comes from Pride’s patent-pending iTurn Technology. The individual rotating tires provide the best control available in the midsize mobility scooter class.

The 4-wheel model has 10.75-inch solid rear tires with 9-inch solid front tires. The Zero Turn 10 moves like a 3-wheel scooter with the stability of four wheels.

Another popular scooter model with flat-free tires is the Victory 10.2, available in 4-wheel and 3-wheel models. The Victory has exclusive, low-profile tires. These solid, non-scuff wheels are 3-inch by 10-inch.

When it comes to Jazzy power wheelchairs, the tire sizes are even more varied. This is because wheelchairs often use casters — small mounted wheels that swivel in all directions — to maximize maneuverability.

The Jazzy Air 2 features an elevating seat that can position the rider at eye-level with others. The captain’s chair sits on a 25.25-inch by 33.21-inch base and travels on six solid wheels. The 10-inch drive wheels are positioned toward the front of the base. The Jazzy Air 2 also has 6-inch casters on the front and back.

The Jazzy Elite ES is designed to absorb the bumps and uneven surfaces of everyday life. Its wide 9-inch solid drive wheels are also situated at the front of the base, rather than centered. At the rear of the base are 6-inch solid casters.

 In front of the drive wheels — alongside the flip-up foot platform — are 3-inch solid anti-tips. Anti-tippers — as they’re also called — increase stability like training wheels. Anti-tips are often on the back of a wheelchair to prevent backward falls. On the Jazzy Elite ES, the anti-tippers are on the front, protecting the rider from too much forward-leaning force.

Another six-wheel model with a unique configuration is the Jazzy 600 ES. It has 14-inch foam-filled drive wheels. In front and behind the center-mounted drive wheels are 6-inch solid OMNI-Casters. OMNI-Casters are nylon, spherical casters that prevent wheel hang-ups.

The Jazzy Passport is the ultimate travel chair, weighing around 60 pounds and folding down to a manageable 31-inch by 23.5-inch by 16-inch package.  The travel-friendly Passport uses a lighter version of the flat-free tire. The 11.25-inch perforated drive wheels are lighter than solid tires, but don’t require the maintenance of pneumatics. They offer more cushioning because of the air pockets. In front of the Jazzy Passport’s drive wheels are 8-inch caster wheels.

Plan Your Accessible Fourth of July Fireworks

Your guide to firework displays that are accessible for mobility devices

All around the country people are raising their American flags, making their cookout shopping lists and scoping out the perfect place to “ooh and aah” at the fireworks. It’s almost the Fourth of July!

Independence Day is a time when we relish in our freedom and what it means to be American. This year is a long weekend for the Fourth of July, so summer activities, fun with family and some relaxation are in order. You can cap off all that by celebrating with fireworks.

For those with medical concerns, the concept of freedom and independence are more personal. We know how hard they work to reimagine the freedom found in mobility, which is why we are so grateful to offer solutions like our power wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It’s exhilarating to see someone claim their independence, using features like elevation and a tight turning radius to navigate life. Mobility devices can also open up the world to new experiences.

The renewed sense of freedom a person gets in a mobility scooter or power wheelchair creates a new idea of Independence Day. What better way to mark Independence Day than with fireworks from your mobility device?


Aside from Old Glory, nothing says Fourth of July like fireworks. From driveway sparklers to elaborate patriotic displays, fireworks are woven into the holiday. This has been the case since 1777 — a year after the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The skies above Boston and Philadelphia were illuminated with red, white and blue fireworks and cannon fire as part of our nation’s first organized Fourth of July events.

Fireworks took on a more prominent role as time went on, according to By 1812, fireworks were much more common, and the use of celebratory gunfire and cannon blasts waned.

Now, firework displays are ubiquitous. Local schools, organizations and municipalities celebrate hometown Americana with annual firework shows. There are still displays in big cities like the ones who started it all, but today’s fireworks shows in Boston and Philadelphia are much grander — in spectacle and price tag — than their predecessors.

Below, we’ll highlight some displays to check out.


Colonel Thomas Crafts’ fireworks and shell display over Boston Common has been replaced by the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. This three-day event culminates with a Boston Pops performance at the famous Hatch Shell and fireworks over the Charles River. If you want a seat on the Charles River Esplanade, you’re in for a long day. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the spots fill quickly.

There are viewing locations set up on the Cambridge side of the Charles as well as designated areas in Boston like the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

There is accessible parking at Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Storrow Drive parking lot. Parking for people with disabilities is allowed on Cambridge Parkway, which is otherwise closed.


Back at the first Independence Day celebration, Philadelphia hosted a lavish event that included dinner, music and a military demonstration. The fireworks display began and ended with 13 rockets, one for each colony.

Today, the City of Brotherly Love goes even bigger with the Wawa Welcome America Festival. The festival starts on June 19 and parties its way through the Fourth of July.  The big day ends with an epic fireworks show over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway is closed to traffic for the festivities. This affords mobility scooter or power wheelchair riders more space to navigate. There are plenty of spots along the parkway to view the show. There are other options around the city, if being in the middle of the action is too much. The Schuylkill Banks has open grassy areas that overlook the Museum of Art. Plus, there are riverfront paths and bridges with stunning views.

Washington D.C.

While Washington D.C. didn’t exist during the first anniversary of independence, it has emerged as a great city to celebrate Independence Day. The National Mall welcomes droves of people for a show that illuminates treasured sites like the Washington Monument.

Like all National Parks, the National Mall and the monuments on the property should be wheelchair-accessible.

Nearby at the west lawn of the Capitol is a stage for “A Capitol Fourth,” a more than 40-year-old tradition. The annual concert and fireworks are broadcast on PBS. If you’d rather watch from home you can toggle between views here to create a custom viewing experience.

What are your favorite Fourth of July fireworks? Tell us in the comments below.

How do I get a spare key for my Pride mobility scooter?

We won’t ask you how you lost your mobility scooter key. We’re just going to focus on making sure you get a new one.

In fact, we’ll probably give you the benefit of the doubt. We’ll assume that you’re being proactive and buying a spare key just in case something happens to the one you certainly haven’t lost yet.

But if we were going to assume that you’ve lost your only key, of course we’ll imagine that you lost it during an exhilarating adventure. Maybe it was one that went something like this:

Maybe you were road tripping down the Pacific Coast Highway, your Go-Go Elite Traveller Plus 4-Wheel neatly disassembled in the trunk and ready to explore the next scenic vista with you. Suddenly a seagull started squawking from the trunk. She must have sneaked aboard at your last stop!

She had been chowing down on some granola in the trunk the whole time, but now she’s ready to get out.

You and your travel partner quickly pull off onto the shoulder. You fling open the trunk and start pulling out gear. Panicked, the gull backs into a corner and squawks louder, you pull out even more luggage and finally the disassembled scooter. With clear path – and no more granola – the pesky bird zooms out of the car.

You’re assuming this is where you and your scooter key got separated. Exhausted and a little rattled, you pile all the gear back into the trunk. Unwittingly, you believe, leaving the key in the gravel, just off a cliffside highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

I guess if there’s any place to get hopelessly lost forever, that’d be it.

I’ve lost my mobility scooter key. What now?

Fortunately, replacing the key to your mobility scooter is a lot easier than replacing a car key. It’s more like a tractor key, with one key working across a collection of scooter makes and models.

They’re also far cheaper than replacing a car key. For current models, there’s no reason you’d need to spend more than $10 for a replacement key.

Your first stop in replacing your scooter key should be Pride’s online shop for keys, There you’ll find the most common scooter keys. Each one lists the models that key will fit.

If you recognize your key and can wait for shipping, you can order online right there. However, if our selections don’t look familiar, or if you think you need a different key, try a Pride Mobility dealer near you. Many of them keep replacement keys in stock and can get you back on your way in no time.

If the reason for replacing your key sounds anything like the seagull-in-the-snacks story above, and you need your scooter right away because you’re traveling, the closest dealer might be your best bet.

Unlock your tires with the freewheel lever

In a pinch, and if you have a travel buddy willing to push, you can unlock your scooter using the freewheel lever, which is included on all Pride Mobility products. The lever disengages the motor from the tires and allows someone to push the scooter manually. It’s not fun, but it comes in handy if you’re stranded without a key.

Just make sure you reengage the freewheel lever when you’re not moving. That way you won’t roll away!

How do I replace a key for an older scooter?

The good news is, at Pride Mobility, we like to grow, not go backward. While we’re always innovating with exciting new mobility devices, it’s unusual when we discontinue a scooter. That said, we know some of our legacy models (shout out to all you Pride Mobility Shuttle riders out there) are still in operation today.

Pride supports discontinued models for seven years after we end production. That should mean, even if your dealer doesn’t have the right key in stock, they can typically get it from us.

For older models, it’s always best to speak directly with a dealer. They understand the mechanics of how the key mechanism works and should be able to recommend a solution.

Watch out for aftermarket offers

A final thought as we wrap up our comprehensive guide on replacing mobility scooter keys – when you lose your keys, your first thought might be to start poking around on eBay.

You’ll immediately find vendors claiming they can replace your missing key. Some of them may be correct. But obviously, we can’t verify every vendor making those claims, and we advise caution on this route. You probably won’t waste a lot of money – they’re usually just a couple bucks – but your time is valuable, too. You shouldn’t have to spin your wheels to get your wheels spinning again.

At the expense of sounding like a broken record, we advise you again to check with your dealer. If they can’t help you with a genuine replacement key, they’re your best resource for finding one that will get your scooter back on the road.