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What is the best folding electric wheelchair?

If you need a powerchair but also want convenience and portability then it is worth looking at a folding electric wheelchair.

Thankfully now there are some great bits of kit now available – Folding Powerchairs that fold easily and can be brought with you in the boot of your car, or brought on holiday via plane, coach or train.

You need to have a think about what type of control system is best for your needs;

  • Would you need to use a joystick to control and steer?

  • Can you use traction levers or do you have good control of both arms?

One of the leading folding electric wheelchairs is the Zinger – this popular folding powerchair is a proven product both in the USA and the UK and Ireland.

However it is controlled and steered by using two levers on either side of the seat.

If you have limited power or control in your arms then you would need to think about using a joystick control instead.

We have linked options below so you can have a longer read about what suits you best.

You should also spend some time thinking about who will be folding your electric wheelchair. Their weight is a testament to the high level of engineering and detailed thought that has went into the design – but they are still around 18 – 20kg.

This is not an insignificant weight and it is worthwhile trying to lift this weight in a real world environment to see if you can do this.

We can of course supply you with a car hoist if needed! See these here.

We would recommend that you start by considering of of these folding electric wheelchairs;

The above models are wheelchairs that fold manually. We also supply an automatic folding electric wheelchair that folds with the touch of a button.

Foldachair folding electric wheelchair

Foldachair folding electric wheelchair

£1999.00 ex vat

The Foldachair folding electric wheelchair has 18″ wide seat, 12.5″ rear wheels and 180kg user capacity. 

The large rear wheels make this ideal for outdoor use over gravel and rough terrain and the perfect choice for someone looking a portable electric wheelchair.

It has been designed for transportation in the boot of your car, or taking on holidays on airplane / cruise ships and on trains etc.

The Foldachair folds in just 5 seconds and is lightweight for lifting into the boot of your car. You may also choose to install a hoist or use ramps if required.

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Key Features

    • Fit easily in the boot of your car
    • Ideal for those who love to travel – the Foldachair is ideal for public transport, cruises and airplane travel.
    • Folds in seconds in one simple movement and is lightweight for easy lifting and storing – total weight including battery is 3.6stone. (without battery 2.9 stone)
    • Safely supports user capacity up to 180kg
    • Equipped with removable washable seat cushion and backrest
    • Flip up footrest for compact folding and ease getting on and out of the chair
    • Easy to operate 360 joystick controller
    • Puncture proof solid tyres 12.5″ rear wheels
    • Dual 250W brushless motor
    • Intelligent electromagnetic brake ensures your safety
    • Max speed of 4mph
    • Excellent mile range of up to 15.5miles
    • Equipped with lithium 24V/6Ah battery (chargeable on or off board)

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Automatic folding electric wheelchair

Airwheel H3 automatic folding electric wheelchair

£1999.00 ex vat

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The Airwheel H3 automatic folding electric wheelchair folds in literally a few seconds at the touch of one button!

The ideal choice for some looking a portable folding electric wheelchair perfect for travelling.

Perfect for transportation in the boot of your car, or taking on holidays on cruise ships, trains etc.

The foldachair folds in seconds and is lightweight for lifting into and out of the boot of your car.

 

 

The Airwheel H3 comes with 18″ seat width, 12.5″ rear wheels and has max user capacity of 130kg (20 stone). Suited to outdoor use on gravel and rough terrain.

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Key Features

    • Folds in second with the touch of a button.
    • Intelligent joystick controller – It will automatically brake when your hand doesn’t touch the controller, which is super easy to control.
    • Light and solid – The frame is made of aluminum alloy material, with better load ability and durability.
    • The 24V18Ah battery can travel up to 12 miles with a full charge. (8 hour charging time).
    • Precision & high speed – The rear gear motor with dual drive provides powerful kinetic energy.
    • Switch freely between the two modes – Pull the tie rod to the open position, then the brake of wheelchair will not work, the wheelchair can be pushed by people, when people pull the tie rod to the close position, nobody can push the wheelchair.
    • Comfortable and breathable material  – H3 seat with double honeycomb mesh breathable material, is wear-proof and durable. The longer you sit, the more comfortable you feel.
    • Equipped with understorage bag to carry all your necessities.
    • Omni-directional wheel design – The operation is more flexible with 360°steering.
    • Turning radius – 1.2m
    • Max speed – 4mph
    • Climbing capacity – 8º
    • Travel bag included as standard

Specifications

  • Height:995mm
  • Length:1020mm
  • Width:630mm
  • Weight:30.5kg
  • Front wheel 8in
  • Rear wheel 12.5in

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i-Go Folding Electric Wheelchair

Folding electric wheelchair with joystick

£1799.00 ex vat

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How does it fold?

Very easily is the answer!

1 – Switch off and remove the joystick

2 – Place the joystick in the backrst pocket and remove the cushion

3 – Fold backrest down and then pull both armrests towards the back in an anti clockwise direction

4 – Pull the two black toggles at the back together

5 – Push down on the seat frame until it fully flattens

6 – That is it!

Technical specification:

Drive wheels: Solid and 21.06cm

Castor wheels: 17.08cm

Max speed: 3.7mph

Ground clearance: 4.4cm to anti tips

Turning radius: 90cm

Overall width: 47cm

Batteries: 2 x 6.6Ah Li-ION battery

Electronics: 50Ah Micon

Weight capacity: 15 stone 7llb / 100kg

Product weight without batteries: 19.8kg

Battery weight: 1.35kg each

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Zinger folding electric wheelchair

Zinger folding electric wheelchair is controlled using levers

£1950.00 ex vat

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Zinger wheelchair folded with armrests

To operate you simply pull up to stop or turn and push down to go forward.    You must have good upper body function with use of both hands to operate the Zinger’s innovative steering system.

Many people who work from home love the Zinger as it fits snugly under a table or workstation.

Key Features

  • Innovative Control system – pull up to stop or turn/ push down to go
  • Includes armrests
  • Fun to drive
  • Suitable for users with good upper body strength
  • Now Fitted with Armrests
  • Top speed: 6mph
  • 3 speed settings: fast (0 – 6mph), slow (0 – 3mph) and reverse
  • Great manoeuvrability with 71cm turning radius (28″)
  • Simple and reliable traction drive
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  • Comfortable seating
  • Lightweight, folding aluminium design: folds flat for small car boot
  • Battery powered with a 13km (8 mile) range
  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use
  • Climbs up hill at 10° gradient
  • Anti-tip rear wheels
  • Swing away footrest for easy access
  • Battery can be recharged on the chair or removed easily with an anti-theft key
  • Li-ion rechargeable battery – recharges fully in 3.5 hours
The maxiumum user weight of the Zinger is 120kg or 18.89 stone.
The Zinger weighs 17.5kg including battery.
The battery is easily detachable and weighs around 1kg – this can help when folding your Zinger to place into the boot of your car.
The warranty is for one year but excludes the tyres.
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Freedom folding electric wheelchair

Freedom Folding Electric Wheelchair

From £2098.00 ex vat

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  • Joystick controlled
  • Easy to fold in just a few seconds
  • Easy to control and use both outdoors and indoors
  • Easy to store in an apartment or where space is at a premium
  • Light at just 21kg for the A06 model and 23kg for the A08 model
  • Complete with anti tip bars as standard

The Freedom chair comes with an airline approval certificate and they make a tremendous day chair for excursions or use on a cruise ship.

It comes with an under seat zip bag, and a wrap around travel bag as standard. The materials and cushioning is easily removed for cleaning.

They enjoy excellent build quality with ISO, CE and FDA approval. The armrests fold up to allow for easy side access if required.

The standard model has a range of 8 miles but you can easily extend the range by adding in extra batteries – by doing this you can increase the range to up to 25 miles!

If you are in Northern Ireland you can try one in our showroom in Lisburn.

We deliver this free of charge to anywhere in the UK or Ireland (except Highlands and Islands) and VAT exemption is available where applicable.

More about the models in the range:
 
There are three models available – each capable of various ranges.
MODEL A06

Key features:

  • Folds in a couple of seconds
  • Only 0.13 cubic m folded
  • You can take this on an airplane
  • 2 x 200W brushless motors with electromagnetic braking
  • Can double the range to up to 18 miles with 2 batteries.
  • On-board anti-tip wheels with shock-absorbers
SPECIFICATION:
  • Gross weight: 21kg
  • Maximum weight capacity: 245lbs/110kg
  • Seat dimensions: 17” x 17”/43cm x 43cm
  • Maximum speed: Up to 4 mph/6.5 kph
  • Length: Open: 37.8”/96cm – Folded: 23.2”/58.9cm
  • Width: Open: 23.2”/58.9cm – Folded: 27.2”/69cm
  • Height: Open: 36.8”/93.5cm – Folded: 13.4”/34cm
  • Driving Range:
    With 1 battery: up to 9 miles/15km
    With 2 batteries: up to 18 miles/30km
  • Drive wheels: 10” PU tyre
  • Front wheels: 7” PU tyre
  • Motors: 2 x 200W brushless motors with electromagnetic braking
  • Battery capacity: 24V 9AH per battery
  • Suspension: Spring absorber
  • Gradient: 8 degrees

MODEL A08

Key features:

  • Folds in a couple of seconds
  • Adjustable backrest height
  • 10″ rear wheels
  • 2 x 250W brushless motors with electromagnetic braking
  • Climbing gradient of 10 degrees
  • 4 suspension springs
  • Can triple the range to up to 27 miles with 3 batteries.
  • Quick-release anti-tip wheels for reassuring stability.

SPECIFICATION:

  • Gross weight: 23.5kg
  • Maximum weight capacity: 350lbs/160kg
  • Seat dimensions: 19” x 17.5”/49cm x 44cm
  • Maximum speed: Up to 6 mph/9.5 kph
  • Length: Open: 39.4”/100cm – Folded: 23.2”/58.9cm
  • Width: Open: 23.2”/58.9cm – Folded: 27.2”/69cm
  • Height: Open: 35”/89cm – Folded: 12.6”/32cm
  • Driving Range:
    With 1 battery: up to 9 miles/15km
    With 2 batteries: up to 18 miles/30km
    With 3 batteries: up to 27 miles/45km
  • Drive wheels: 10” PU tyre
  • Front wheels: 7” PU tyre
  • Motors: 2 x 250W brushless motors with electromagnetic braking
  • Battery capacity: 24V 10AH per battery
  • Suspension: Spring absorber x 4
  • Gradient: 10 degrees

MODEL A08L

Key features:

  • Folds in a couple of seconds
  • Adjustable backrest height
  • 12″ rear wheels & 8″ front wheels
  • 2 x 300W brushless motors with electromagnetic braking
  • Climbing gradient of 14 degrees
  • 4 suspension springs
  • Can triple the range to up to 27 miles with 3 batteries.
  • Quick-release anti-tip wheels for reassuring stability.

SPECIFICATION:

  • Gross weight: 23.5kg
  • Maximum weight capacity: 350lbs/160kg
  • Seat dimensions: 19” x 17.5”/49cm x 44cm
  • Maximum speed: Up to 6 mph/9.5 kph
  • Length: Open: 40”/102cm – Folded: 25.2”/64cm
  • Width: Open: 24.4”/62cm – Folded: 29”/74cm
  • Height: Open: 35.4”/90cm – Folded: 13”/33cm
  • Driving Range:
    With 1 battery: up to 9 miles/15km
    With 2 batteries: up to 18 miles/30km
    With 3 batteries: up to 27 miles/45km
  • Drive wheels: 12” PU tyre
  • Front wheels: 8” PU tyre
  • Motors: 2 x 300W brushless motors with electromagnetic braking
  • Battery capacity: 24V 10AH per battery
  • Suspension: Spring absorber x 4
  • Gradient: 14 degrees

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David Vernon-Henshaw

Product Specialist in England
028 92 633 798

In Northern Ireland and ROI

Ann Ferguson

Product Specialist
028 92 67 70 77

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