What Kind of Lightweight Power Chair Do You Recommend?Jul 13, 2019
I understand your concerns. A lot of the power chairs you see both online and in public are more often than not very large, very heavy, and very hard to maintain. The good news is that’s changing. Instead of just making new power chairs, companies like Spinergy are making power assist motors designed to convert a standard manual chair frame into a power chair. Now, this thing is still heavy. According to the specs it’s 75lbs (34kg) and has about a five mile range. You can find chairs that are lighter but they function less as a true wheelchair and more like a motorized lawn chair. And even then, they’re still 40lbs (18kg).
If you can handle some light pushing and want something that’ll take the edge off of long distances, you might look into something like a power assist chair (35lbs/15kg) or a SmartDrive (13.5lbs/6.12kg).
And now for the bad news. A lot of the tech I’ve mentioned is fairly new, so it’s likely to not be covered by most insurance plans (in the US). I recommend talking to your doctor and seeing if there’s any way they can work around the insurance limitations to get you what you need.