FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between a lightweight and an ultra-lightweight wheelchair?
Lightweight wheelchairs have aluminum or steel alloy frames. And ultra-lightweight wheelchairs have aero-grade aluminum or titanium structures. As such, lightweight wheelchairs weigh an average of about 10 pounds more than ultra-light models. The ultra-lightweight wheelchair’s lighter frame allows you to travel further and over more terrains than with lightweight mobility aids. However, you will likely pay more for this advantage because the lighter the wheelchair, the more it costs.
The reason for this price hike is aluminum requires processing to make it lighter. For example, the steel used to make the Sentra Extra Heavy Duty Wheelchair requires very little processing compared to the heavy processing it takes to produce aero-grade aluminum.
What is the weight capacity of an ultra-lightweight wheelchair?
Most ultra-lightweight wheelchairs can support 200 to 250 lbs. However, some models, like the Lynx Ultra Lightweight Wheelchair, have a weight capacity of 275 lbs. This exceptional strength comes from the Lynx's aluminum/nylon blend construction, wider seat option, and anti-tip rear wheels. However, the Lynx doesn't come close to the 350 pound weight limit of the lightweight Cruiser III Wheelchair with a Swing-Away Footrest. But its carbon steel frame allows it to carry a much heavier weight than other under 36 pound wheelchairs.
How much does an ultra-lightweight wheelchair weigh?
Ultra-lightweight wheelchairs can weigh as little as 13 pounds. By comparison, mobility aids like the Tracer IV Heavy Duty Wheelchair or the Excel Extra-Wide Bariatric Wheelchair can weigh up to 60 pounds. The ultra-lightweight wheelchairs' construction and design make it much easier for you to get around without the struggle of moving standard or heavy-duty wheelchairs. Plus, their slight weight makes ultra-lightweight wheelchairs ideal for travel and storage.
Can an electric wheelchair be ultra-lightweight?
An ultra-lightweight electric wheelchair can weigh as little as 35 pounds with a battery. Although it looks more like a transport chair, an ultra-lightweight wheelchair usually has an aluminum frame that is strong and rust-resistant. In addition, it only requires one battery to power its light chassis, while standard power wheelchairs require two batteries. This advantage means you have room to carry a spare battery. Also, you get the same travel distance and maneuverability benefits as motorless ultra-light wheelchairs.
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