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What is the best 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 or prefer to use a joystick to control and steer?
  • Do you need Attendant Controls on the back of the chair?

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 23kg.

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.

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Call us today on 028 92 633 798 to arrange your free, no obligation home demonstration

What are the benefits of a folding electric wheelchair?

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

  • They fold in a matter of seconds and can be placed in the boot of your car or brought with you on holiday or when on the move.
  • Their design is very different from older, more traditional looking electric wheelchairs so they look modern and contemporary.
  • They are very simple to use and are controlled using a joystick which couldn’t be easier to control.
  • A folding electric wheelchair allows you to enjoy more of your normal life when your mobility is limited in any way.

Foldachair folding electric wheelchair

Foldachair™ D09 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 – the folded measurements are 77cm long x 60cm wide x 34cm deep
    • 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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Foldachair™ D11 – Folding electric wheelchair

£1999.00 ex vat

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The FOLDACHAIR™ D11 is a brand new design of ultra lightweight folding electric wheelchair that folds in literally a few seconds in one movement without needing to disassemble.

Finding a lightweight, strong and sturdy model isn’t an easy task, but we have successfully combined these three important features in one reliable electric wheelchair.

The FOLDACHAIR™ D11 features a brand new frame design frame manufactured from a magnesium / aluminium alloy giving a lifting weight of 23 kgs without batteries.

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Key Features

    • New Ultra lightweight Magnesium / aluminium alloy frame
    • Seat width 460 mm / 18″
    • Seat depth 430 mm / 17″
    • Width between armrests 515 mm / 20.1″
    • Seat height 515mm / 20.3″
    • Fits easily into the trunk of most vehicles,folded measurements 37 x 24.8 x 38.2″
    • Unfolded dimensions 24.8 x 13.4 x 30.7″
    • Small and portable for all car, train, and airplane travel
    • Airline friendly 2 x 24 V x 7Ah Lithium batteries
    • Charging time 6-8hours
    • Chargeable on or off board
    • Reliable and precise battery-life indicator
    • Max User weight 150 kg / 23.6 stone
    • Lightweight aluminum-alloy frame, only 26kg including 2 x batteries
    • 23kg with batteries removed
    • Front tyres 8″ PU solid
    • Rear tyres 12″ PU solid
    • 4 MPH max speed
    • Climbing slope 12″
    • Reliable, easy to use 360 degree joystick controller
    • Two quiet brushless motors for ultimate power (250W)
    • Intelligent electromagnetic brake (electronic regenerative disc brake) to ensure passenger safety

Flying with your FOLDACHAIR™ D11

The Civil Aviation Authority restricts the battery capacity of any products containing Lithium Ion batteries to a maxium of 300 WH and they do not make an exception for mobility equipment.

The FOLDACHAIR™ D11 comes as standard with 2 x 24 V x 7Ah batteries which is 336 WH.

If you are flying you should therefore remove all but one of the battery packs before flying to reduce the battery capacity to 168 WH.

Please bear in mind that this will at least half the range of your D11.

You should always check ahead with individual airlines to check their own policies before booking your flight.

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Automatic folding electric wheelchair

Foldachair Auto automatic folding electric wheelchair

£2299.00 ex vat

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The Foldachair Auto is our automatic folding electric wheelchair!

Use the easy key fob to open and close and now no need to bend over!

This folding electric wheelchair is opened and closed using an easy key fob. It opens and closes automatically in literally a few seconds and means you do not have to bend over or strain to open or close it – making it much easier than other folding electric wheelchairs on the market.

It can then be placed into the boot of your car or stored as required.

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It has an 18″ seat width and the maximum user weight is 150kg / 23.5 stone so is suitable for a wide range of people.

The seat position and frame design means you have a comfortable driving position and the easy to use joystick makes it incredibly easy to drive and control.

You can see how it opens and closes in this video below supplied by the manufacturer:

 

 

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Key features

  • Lightweight – 27kg total
  • Automatically opens in seconds at the touch of a button
  • Folds up and is compact for easy storage at home or in the boot of your car
  • Joystick operated
  • Flip up armrests for easy transfers
  • Equipped with anti tippers
  • 18″ seat width

Technical specification

  • Length 96cm
  • Width 59cm
  • Height 92cm
  • Folded dimensions 76cm x 62cm x 40cm
  • Seat width 45cm
  • Seat depth 45cm
  • Seat height 53cm
  • Max user weight 150kg
  • Tyres Front 8″ Solid, Rear 12.5″ PU
  • 24V/20AH Lithium battery
  • Charging time 6-8 hours
  • Max speed 4mph
  • Overall weight 27kg
  • Mile range 15miles

 

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: 18 stone 8llb / 120kg

Product weight without batteries: 19.8kg

Battery weight: 1.35kg each

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Zinger folding electric wheelchair

Joyrider folding electric wheelchair is ideal for both indoors and outdoors

£2399.00 ex vat

The brand new Joy Rider folding electric wheelchair is both compact and lightweight and is operated using a joy stick.

It folds and unfolds in just two seconds – and folds flat just like the Zinger wheelchair.

Pull the cable, turn it on and you are ready to go!

It weighs 23kg and the easy controls allow you to adjust the speed and control your direction. It is highly manoeuvrable and turns on its own axis – meaning it is ideal for use around home or for use in the office.

The joystick means that reversing and turning couldn’t be easier and the electromagnetic brake stops the Joyrider folding electric wheelchair instantly – even on an incline.

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Folding your Joy Rider wheelchair is so easy – just pull the cord and fold or unfold in just two seconds.

It weighs 23kg so can easily be placed into the boot of your car – see the folded dimensions below.

When folded, you can pull the Joyrider wheelchair behind you on it’s rear wheels and the swing away footrests allow you to get in and out of the Joyrider easily.

It features adjustable anti-tippers and is easily charged by plugging the charging cable into the controller.

The Lithium Ion battery is easily removed and you do have the option of purchasing an additional battery which can easily be put in place and increases your range.

The Lithium battery can be charged on or off the chair, so if your Joyrider is in the boot of the car, the battery can be brought inside to be charged.

A full charge takes around four hours and will get you a range of up to 8 miles.

SPECIFICATION
Overall Weight 23kgs (50.7lbs) (Including battery)
Dimensions (LxWxH ) 825 x 638 x 910mm (32″x25″x36″)
Folded (LxWxH ) 1125 x 638 x 314mm (44″x25″x12″)
Seat Height 485mm (19″)
Seat Dimensions (LxWxH ) 330 x 420 MM (13″x16.5″)
Max User Weight 120 KGS  (250 lbs)
Range 8.7A=12 KM (7.5 miles)  /  10.5A=16 KM (10 miles)
Speed 0-6km/h (0-3.7MPH)
Max slope 12°
Turning Radius 740mm (29″)
Motor Brushless DC  24V ,200W x 2
Braking system Electromagnetic brake
Steering system Joy stick
Battery DC24V, 8.7 AH,  210 Watt Hour, Lithium-Ion Battery
Charger 24V2A
Charging Time 4.5 Hour
Front Wheels 8 inch PU solid
Rear wheels 10 inch pneumatic  30~35PSI
Colors Black / Grey / Green
Armrests Standard with PU pad ,fixed
Accessories Developing


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. The battery is under 300 watts which means it is approved for airline travel but we strongly advise you contact your airline prior to travel to verify their policy.

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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This handy guide to the range is useful

Model of folding electric wheelchair Range Seat Airline approved? Manual or Automatic closing Weight Folded size Charging time Rear wheels Max User weight
Foldachair D09 15.5 miles 18″ wide x 17″ deep YES Manual 23kg 77cm long x 60cm wide x 34cm deep 6-8 hours 12″ 180kg / 28.3 stone
Foldachair Auto 15miles 17.7″ x 17.7″ NO Automatic 27kg 76cm x 62cm x 40cm 6-8 hours 12.5″ 150kg / 23.6 stone
Freedomchair A06 9 miles ( 1 battery )
18 miles ( 2 batteries)
17” x 17” YES
Using 1 battery
Manual 21kg 23.2” long x 27.2″ wide x 13.4″ high Approx 5-6 hours 10″ 110kg / 17.3 stone
Freedomchair A08 9 miles ( 1 battery )
18 miles ( 2 batteries)
27 miles ( 3 batteries )
19” wide  x 17.5” deep YES

Using 1 battery

Manual 23.5kg 23.2” long x 27.2″ wide x 12.6″ high Approx 5-6 hours 10″ 160kg / 25.2 stone
Freedomchair A08L 9 miles ( 1 battery )
18 miles ( 2 batteries)
27 miles ( 3 batteries )
19″ wide x 17.5″ deep YES

Using 1 battery

Manual 23.5kg 25.2″ long x 29″ wide x 13″ high Approx 5-6 hours 12″ 160kg / 25.2 stone
Joyrider 7.5 miles ( 1 battery )
10 miles ( 2 batteries )
16.5″ wide x 13″ deep YES

Using 1 battery

Manual 23kg 44″ long x 25″ wide x 12″ high 4.5 hours 10″ 120 KGS
/ 18.9 stone

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Product Specialist in England
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Product Specialist
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