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Hi this is my first post. I’m looking to get a power chair but there just seems to be so much choice ! I’m looking for one that is fairly light, has fairly good suspension, turns easily in tight spaces, would carry my crutches + a bag + would accommodate a 6ft 12 - 13 stone man. I’m thinking of putting it with a hoist in my car + although I can’t take it apart myself I would like one that could do that or fold if I needed. Anyway does one chair do that ?! Or am I being too optimistic ? Also it would help if it wasnt too expensive. I would appreciate any ideas. Thanks

You are better off coming to somewhere like Naidex or MS LIFE, there are plenty of stands showing various. You need to make a list of the various stuff it has got to do.

If you can’t take it apart yourself, who will be doing that?

Have you a WAV already? Looked into hoists? MOST powerchairs have lead batteries which make them heavy and don’t come apart. I have an add on motor, but does require some assembling

http://www.benoitsystemes.com/minotor2.html

A lightweight scooter might suit you - the ATTO is pretty foldable https://movinglife.com/

RICA are a body that offer unbiased reviews http://www.rica.org.uk/content/scooters-and-powered-wheelchairs

Thanks for your response Reddivine + for the links + information. I have been to Naidex in the past when buying a wheelchair + I agree it is good for seeing a range of products. I would normally be travelling alone + will be getting a suitable vehicle next year when I change my Motability car. My dealer is Vauxhall so I think I will get a Mokka which should accommodate a hoist + power chair. I do still need to sort this out with my dealer + adaptions company tho. I want a power chair that can be folded or taken apart when I’m travelling with friends or family who won’t have a hoIst. Personally I can’t lift partt of a power chair or scooter into my own car so would need help with that. I may have a problem assembling at home. Your add on motor sounds good Tho. Anyway thanks for your help.

I don’t have a car any more but I have a folding power chair so I’m not restricted to wheelchair accessible taxis. It’s transformed my mobility. I rely on friends and cab drivers to fold and store it but at 25kg, it’s at the lighter end.

The company is owned by a brash Lancastrian called Shaun. His after sales service is superb.

Best wishes, Steve

Hi Steve. Thanks for your response and the link. The power chairs look good on the website + the lighter weight is attractive. Shaun sounds like a good bloke ! Thanks for your help. Best wishes.

Hello Steve. Thanks for the link. Can I ask why model you have?

I’ve been given a reconditioned power chair which is great for outdoors. It’s a sturdy beast though and we’re lucky enough to have bought a vehicle with a drop down ramp. I can shuffle and manage to get into the passenger seat. Hubby then steers the chair up there ramp into the vehicle.

I have a Helium manual chair for holidays and air travel. I don’t drive any more but I’d love my independence and be able to go in a friend’s car or a taxi.

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Poppy, I’m not sure of the model. I chose the more expensive one because it was so easy to fold.

It seems a lot to pay out but it has given me wings so to speak. Tomorrow I fly to Cyprus.

Steve

No worries Steve.

What part of Cyprus are you staying at? My sister in law lives in limasol. Iv been there twice and did the tourist bit. I loved it there. Have a wonderful time. :slight_smile:

Poppy, I’m going to Northern Cyprus where my friend is a head of an international school.

It’ll be a week of relaxation in a moderate climate.

Big day tomorrow,.

Steve x

That’s wonderful Steve. Physical relaxation and intellectual stimulation, and the company of friends. You’ll have a great time. Share your thoughts when you get back. I hope you find the airport assistance as wonderful as I do. I’ve been on many trips abroad and once I accept that I can’t do it on my own and let them do what they do, I have a great time. Happy travels x

I need 2 Powerchairs

I have the Quickie Salsa mini2 for use at home, which is great - I do use it outdoors too - but I am tired of cleaning the tyres when I bring it indoors - so I might get a second power chair in the new year. (I live in a rural area so muddy lanes)

The Ottobock 600 has lights and reflectors, so good for out and about in the dark winter nights. It’s expensive though, so I will go for a used one.

Here it is:

Fay

PS.

The Quickie Salsa mini2 is supplied by NHS Wheelchair Services on loan for 5 years - maintained by them.

The Ottobock 600 will be bought privately by me - I have saved £500 but I will need at least £1500 - £2,000 for a good used model.