Have you ever considered adventuring off the beaten path in your electric wheelchair? Choosing a mobility aid fit for this purpose is no easy feat. The landscape in the UK is changing all the time, including new roads and routes, different pavement widths and many more. So, you’ll need an all-purpose powerchair that is fit for any kinds of challenging and unusual terrains.
Here at LITH-TECH, we have a wide variety of wheelchairs suited for different purposes, whether you’re feeling adventurous and want to take your mobility aid to explore the countryside, or you prefer a casual ride to the local park.
But what should you consider when choosing a wheelchair for the outdoors?
FINDING A WHEELCHAIR RIGHT FOR YOUR PURPOSE
If you’re purchasing your first wheelchair, or simply upgrading from a previous model, then there’s some key things to consider.
WHERE WILL YOU BE MAINLY USING YOUR ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR?
Before taking your powerchair out, consider the following:
- The terrain
- The camber of roads and pavements
- Common places you will be visiting, and the level of difficulty in accessing them
WHAT KIND OF WHEELCHAIR USER ARE YOU?
If you’re an independent user, or if you’re capable of traveling without the assistance of a carer, then you may consider choosing a powered wheelchair that can handle all sorts of terrains. You can enjoy greater freedoms from an electric wheelchair that offers the user a reliable performance, especially if the terrain becomes uneven or more challenging.
LITH-TECH’s Smart Chair 1 or the Smart Chair X, for example, are not only capable of travelling worldwide (thanks to its compliance with air travel), but it can navigate tougher environments. The sturdy frame and puncture-proof tyres can manoeuvre bumps, inclines, or other irregularities, making for a comfortable ride.
If you need assistance when you’re using your electric wheelchair, it would be an idea to consider a which chairs are easiest to be pushed in freewheel mode by a family member or carer. Alternatively certain chairs you can add a carer assist pack to, to make the user more freedom to get out even if they are not capable of controlling the chairs themselves. The carer packs work best on larger rear wheeled chairs such as LITH-TECH’s smart chair range.
WHAT WHEELCHAIR IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Now that you’ve considered where you might travel to, and what kinds of terrains you might navigate, it’s time to consider what wheelchair you’d like to use.
A LIGHTWEIGHT OPTION – AN ALL-ROUNDER
LITH-TECH’s Carbon Edition has good ground clearance, making it perfect for different terrain types without it becoming too rugged. Built on a lightweight frame, this wheelchair is adaptable to different users. So, you can use it for all indoor/outdoor use as well as it being great for travelling. If you travel with a carer or family member, the light frame makes it easier to fold and stow away for that person.
With a max hill climb of 14 degrees and lasting 16 miles on a full charge, this chair is perfect for exploring far-flung places without any range anxiety.
Key points to remember:
- Suitable in light rain but keep the joystick covered
- Aeroplane safe on every airline worldwide
- Road legal
- 19.5kg chair weight including batteries, less than a standard barbell!
A SMART OPTION – FOR MULTIPLE OR MORE CHALLENGING TERRAIN TYPES
The LITH-TECH SMART CHAIR X is an industry-leading wheelchair, and one of the finest in the industry when it comes to innovation, charge and design.
With incredible ground clearance, electromagnetic braking for instant-stopping (even on an incline) and big puncture-proof tyres, this powerchair can handle most terrains.
We can customise almost every aspect of the Smart Chair X before it leaves our warehouse, meaning no matter your height, size, or requirements, we cater to the user.
Key points to remember:
- Best and most capable folding wheelchair on the market
- Ideal ground clearance
- Strong and lightweight frame
- Plane safe worldwide
WHY CHOOSE A POWERED WHEELCHAIR FOR THE OUTDOORS?
Powered wheelchairs use battery power to run and make the perfect choice for outdoor exploration. Rather than a carer or friend having to push up steeper inclines, or struggle over the weight of a frame or inconvenient design, a powered wheelchair can do it all, giving you more freedom to do what you want.
LITH-TECH’s range of powered wheelchairs are revolutionising the market, as they’re light, easy to use and empower the user.
If you’re interested to see how LITH-TECH can help you get outside, get in touch today.