When it comes to choosing a power wheelchair, speed is an important factor for many wheelchair users. While consumers may desire to own the fastest wheelchair on the market, faster speed is not necessarily better. Consider your lifestyle and how the electric wheelchair will be used. When you compare indoor use to outdoor use, the need for speed changes. Also, environmental factors contribute to the maximum speed that a power wheelchair can achieve.
First, let’s consider several factors that contribute to speed. The average motorized wheelchair drives up to 4 mph. This means that 4 mph is the maximum speed that may be achieved depending on certain factors. The first factor is the weight of the user. Every power chair has a maximum weight capacity. To achieve optimal speed, the weight of the user should be under that weight capacity. Another factor that contributes to speed is terrain.
An electric wheelchair that is driven across smooth, flat surfaces is more likely to reach and maintain the maximum speed. Batteries are another contributing factor to reaching optimal speed. A power wheelchair should be equipped with the correct type of batteries and these batteries should be fully charged on a regular basis. Lastly, having tires that are set to an appropriate tire pressure also helps your motorized wheelchair achieve optimal speed.
When a wheelchair is mostly used inside the home, we recommend a power chair with a lower speed. A lower speed setting allows for easier navigating through hallways and doorways of the home. A lower speed setting on a motorized wheelchair significantly reduces the chance of accidents or damage occurring. The Go Chair electric wheelchair has a maximum speed up to 3.7 mph and is an excellent choice for use indoors due to its tight turning radius. At the same time, the Go Chair motorized wheelchair offers a speed that is greater or equal to average walking speed, allowing users to keep up with their family and friends. An electric wheelchair with greater speed is designed to fulfill the needs of a more active wheelchair user who spends time outdoors. Power chairs with a faster speed can safely navigate street crossings or parking lots. The Jazzy 614 HD bariatric wheelchair has a top speed up to 4.25 mph, which is faster than average walking speed. This power wheelchair also features advanced suspension, ideal for tackling rougher, outdoor terrain. Together, the speed and suspension of the Jazzy 614 HD bariatric wheelchair creates a powerful combination.