The Best Wheelchair 88 Lightweight Electric Wheelchairs

PW 999UL

The PW 999UL is a compact, lightweight electric wheelchair that works well for flat surfaces and traveling. It has a good range, can fit in even small cars, and is one of the most popular models on the market.

Specs

  • Weight: 20.5kg (45 lbs)
  • Max Speed: 6.5 km/hr (4 miles/hr)
  • Maximum Capacity: 100kg (220 lbs)
  • Seat Dimensions (W x L): 45 x 42 cm (17.7 x 16.5”)
  • Turning Radius: 75cm (29.5”)
  • Folded Size (L x H x W): 30 x 71 x 60 cm (11.8” x 28” x 23.6”)
  • Max Distance:
    • 1 battery: ~13km (8 miles)
    • 2 batteries: ~26km (~16 miles)
    • (15% less in cold weather)
  • Charge Time (for 1 battery): 4 hours
  • Slope Capability: 13˚
  • Motor Power: 150W x 2

NOTE: For full specifications see here.

Pros

  1. Lightweight: At 45 lbs, this is one of the most lightweight electric wheelchairs on the market.
  2. Foldable: No breakdown is required since the chair easily folds down on itself.
  3. Portable: It comes with a soft carrying case and can be pulled around like airport luggage.
  4. Second battery: Although it only comes with one battery, a second can be purchased separately.
  5. Extendable footrest: The footrest can be extended 4 inches, and it folds up out of the way for easy front access.
  6. Airplane ready: Some airlines may require the batteries to be taken out and put in carry on, but many allow the wheelchair to be checked at then airplane like a stroller.​

Owners

See how other owners with specific disabilities rated this wheelchair:

  1. Progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) – Excellent!
  2. Hemiplegic – Excellent!

PW 1000XL

For those who are too large or tall for the compact PW-999UL, the PW-1000XL is the perfect fit. With extra leg room, suspension, and a higher maximum capacity, this chair will take you places you never thought possible. Despite its more rugged structure, it is still only 12 lbs heavier than the PW-999UL.

Specs

  • Weight: 26 kg (57 lbs)
  • Max Speed: 8 kph ( 5 mph)
  • Max Capacity: 150 kg (330 lbs)
  • Seat Dimensions: 48.25 x 45.5 cm (19 x 18”)
  • Folded Size (L x H x W)       36 x 67 x 60 cm (14.2 x 26.4 x 23.6”)
  • Turning Radius           80cm (31.5”)
  • Max Distance:
    • 1 battery: ~13 km (8 mi)
    • 2 batteries: ~26 km (16 mi)
    • 3 batteries: ~39km (24 mi)
  • Charge Time (for 1 battery): 4 hours
  • Slope Capability (with anti-tilt support): 13˚
  • Motor Power  250W x 2 units

NOTE: For full specifications see here.

Pros

  1. Lightweight: To make the wheelchair more rugged, some weight had to be added, but it is still surprisingly lightweight.
  2. Powerful: (x2) 250 Watt motors
  3. Upgradeable battery: Choose from either 1, 2, or 3 lithium ion batteries to extend the maximum range.
  4. Foldable: Collapsible, the wheelchair takes less than 10 seconds to break down.
  5. Airplane ready: Some airlines require the batteries to be taken as carry-on, but the wheelchair itself can be checked on any plane.
  6. Suspension: There are 4 suspension springs that make for a smooth ride.​

Owners

See how other owners with specific disabilities rated this wheelchair:

  1. Fibromyalgia – Unusable due to pain
  2. Hypoxia and Weakness – Excellent!

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