There are more and more portable mobility scooters that are being used today by the differently-abled. They are used in malls, supermarkets, and other places where people use them to travel around.
What Are Portable Mobility Scooters?
They are a type of scooter, also sometimes called travel scooters. Portable mobility scooters are different from the regular scooters in that they are primarily used as a substitute for a wheelchair. Ordinary wheelchairs are operated manually, but portable mobility scooters are powered by electric motors. Because of this, those who have trouble walking, such as the elderly, injured, or differently-abled, can use them to maneuver through places without help from anyone. Some models of these scooters are foldable, while others can be fully disassembled.
There are advantages and disadvantages of using portable mobility scooters. Here are some of the pros and the cons.
Most of these scooters are either foldable or quickly dismantled, making it easy to transport them from one place to another. They are also simple to maneuver when being used, and there’s no need for strong muscles to move them around because of their electric motors. Increased independence is therefore available to the differently abled because of this, as is safety when moving. Just by pushing a button and controlling a steering wheel or handle, the individual can steer the scooter anywhere they want to go, at speeds that are safe.
In the same vein, they are also easy to store! When fully assembled, a portable mobility scooter occupies only a small space. Space requirement becomes even smaller when it is folded. Being small, this scooter is also naturally light, even with the weight of its battery.
The scooters are also eco-friendly! They don’t produce unwanted CO2; they are powered by electric motors instead of gasoline or diesel engines. The batteries of these electric motors are charged when out of power, making it a low-maintenance power option. Even better, it can be charged at a regular household convenience outlet, and it only takes a few hours to fully charge a battery. If high-performance batteries are used, longer cycles of recharges and battery lives can be expected as well.
One of the main downfalls is that the initial cost of a portable mobility scooter is typically high. Luckily, it won’t be a consistently high cost. Additionally, a single charge of the scooter’s battery can transport the user anywhere from 5 miles up to 50 miles, making for a large range in the distance offered. The higher quality batteries usually reach the highest of mileage, and vice versa. Therefore, a scooter with a low-quality battery will usually discharge its battery power sooner too. In terms of safety, a portable mobility scooter can become dangerous to its user if it is operated more than its recommended speed. Portable mobility scooters can also be easily stolen because they are light and small, especially when they are folded. Even when they are fully assembled, they can be easily carried by a person who is able to walk easily.
Financial Options For Owning A Portable Mobility Scooter
There are several ways to pay for a portable mobility scooter.
One option is Medicare; this government agency will pay for 80 percent of the cost of a portable mobility scooter, if the person has Medicare eligibility. Financial assistance can also be available through charitable organizations. There are institutions and groups that can provide financial assistance to those who are in need of portable mobility scooters but can’t afford one. Research your options online to find out what options may be available to you in your area.
What Are The Most Popular Brands?
There are a lot of manufacturers of portability scooters. The following models are considered to be among the top 10 brands sold in the market today. Their prices are also indicated herein.
The Shoprider Sunrunner 4 is a four-wheel scooter that costs about $1,552. It has a 300-pound weight capacity and offers an adjustable tiller (steering handles) and a captain seat that swivels.
The Go-Go Elite Traveler Plus HD is a four-wheel mobility scooter that costs roughly $1,229. It features wraparound handles on the tiller, a 300-pound weight limit, 9-inch wheels for better maneuvering over multiple terrains, and a speed up to 4.5 mph.
The EV Rider Transport folding travel mobility scooter is foldable and weighs just 46 pounds when the seat is removed. It has a strong 4-pole 270-watt motor, and it costs around $1,145.
The Drive Medical Scout 3 Spitfire travel power scooter is a more affordable option, at just $669. It has three wheels and an adjustable tiller, as well as a 9-mile travel range.
We hope this information will help you find a portable mobility scooter that helps you be mobile and increases your quality of life!