A foldable electric wheelchair that can fit in a small car has revolutionized many peoples’ lives. Now you can be more mobile than ever with these.
We’ll talk about the KD Smart Chair as it is one of the most popular and well reviewed smart wheelchairs on the market and has been featured on the Doctor’s show and by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. To see our full review, go here.
Why It’s Helpful
Standard power wheelchairs are normally very heavy and require expensive lift equipment attached to your vehicle. Also, the vehicle must be large enough to fit the lifting mechanism on it, so small cars are not even an option.
With a smart chair electric wheelchair, however, you can take your mobility device with you practically anywhere. It is easily foldable and can be conveniently places in the truck of a car, even small ones.
It is also easy to lift as it only weighs 50 lbs. But, don’t let it’s light weight fool you. It can support people up to 265 lbs.
That fact that it is foldable makes it easy to transport.
Unfolded, it is about 38″ long x 23″ wide x 33″ tall.
When folded up, it measures about 13″ long x 23″ wide x 29″ tall.
So, as you can see, when you fold it up, the width is about the same and the height decreases by about 4 inches. But, the length of it decreases dramatically from 38″ to 13″. It shrinks to to just over a foot long.
The max speed of the KD Smart Chair, the most popular foldable electric smart wheelchair, is just under 4 miles per hour, so it can go pretty quick if you want it to. The maximum distance is 9.3 miles.
It has an incline rating of 12°. This means that it can handle driving on surfaces that are angled at 12 degrees or less while maintaining all the wheels on the ground. However, the manual does mention that they do not recommend driving on surfaces greater than 10° to be safe.
But, as you can see, 12° is quite a lot. So, as long as you’re not doing anything too crazy, you shouldn’t have to worry about it.
12° looks like this:
It comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery with an output voltage of 24V DC and a battery capacity of 10 Ah (Amp hour) which will last you about 9 miles of driving. This should give at least a several day’s worth of use for most people, which is nice.
It has an electromagnetic braking system with solid 6″-8″ wheels. The front wheels are smaller, measuring 6″ in diameter, and 1.5″ wide. The larger bck wheels are 8″ in diameter and 2″ wide.
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