Friday, January 24, 2014

Electric Mobility Scooters - Some Basic Information

Electric mobility scooters are like regular electric scooters in how they work and how they are built. Extra features like those on power wheelchairs make electric mobility scooters a good form of transportation for those who have arm strength and balance in their upper body but need a bit of assistance from time to time.
Electric mobility scooters
These electric scooters will come in handy for the elderly as well as for anyone having a condition that impedes their ability to walk for long distances. Usually these scooters are for occasional use only. They are not designed to replace a wheelchair.
Mobility scooters have only a few basic components. They come with two rear wheels which sit below the seat. The floor of the scooter is a flat area used for the power source as well as for the user's feet. Scooters come with either one or two wheels on the front and are steered with handlebars that are attached to the steering column. The majority of mobility scooters are electric, although gas powered scooters are manufactured.
Electric mobility scooters generally come with one or two batteries. Trying to operate the scooter on a hill or a steep slope may be difficult with only a single battery. You may need the extra power that a second battery will deliver. The batteries are rechargeable and come with a standard charger that you plug into an electrical outlet.
The scooter's steering column located at the front end of the scooter is referred to as the tiller. The tiller is what controls whether you go in a forward or reverse direction. It does this with finger controls, a thumb paddle or even a switch depending on the model of the scooter.
Electric mobility scooters are available in both front and rear wheel drive. If the scooter is intended primarily for indoor use, front wheel drive is probably the right choice because these tend to be smaller than rear wheel models. They are intended for users up to 250 pounds.
Rear wheel drive scooters are designed to be used both inside and outdoors. They can handle weight of up to 350 pounds. Additionally, there are also heavy duty mobility scooters with rear wheel drive. Both types are essentially the same. The difference comes in the amount of weight they are designed to carry. Heavy duty scooters have a weight capacity of up to 500 pounds.

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