An electric mobility scooter is a ride on scooter that can have anywhere up to 6 wheels and the mode of steering is usually by handlebars similar to a bicycle. The speed is normally controlled by twisting a knob on the handlebars and can some can reach speeds of 10mph. The power source for these electric mobility scooters are rechargeable batteries in the region of 12V.
Electric mobility scooters have an advantage over electric wheelchairs in that they are faster and cheaper. They are very useful for carrying shopping bags and most stores allow people to enter while riding a mobility scooter so you can use this from your doorstep and round your entire shopping trip. There are specially designed off road mobility scooters and you will find both road and off road types reviewed on this website along with all the specifications.
What to look for when purchasing an electric mobility scooter:
- Weight capacity – this is important as there are scooters designed for heavier users
- Scooter Length and Width – Will affect how easy it is to manoeuvre and the suitability for both indoors and outdoors, plus whether you can fit it in the car
- Battery Life
- Durability (Number of wheels) – Offroad variants tend to have 4 or more wheels
Other things to look out for:
- Carrying options and storage – Some mobility scooters are designed with baskets on the front or behind so it’s worth to check if you are going to be having to transport shopping or other goods.
More scooter reviews coming soon..