The future of mobility scooters is already here. Technological advancements have paved the way for an entirely new generation of scooters, perfectly pairing power and performance with portability.
There was once a time when choosing a mobility scooter meant compromising in one area or the other. High-performance scooters with plenty of power and cutting-edge features have been on the market for some time, but have always been somewhat large and cumbersome. Elsewhere, portable scooters have also been available, but have rarely been particularly feature-packed.
Today, the best of both worlds is being combined into new-generation mobility scooters by the world’s leading manufacturers. Folding mobility scooters are designed to transcend the limitations of what was once possible with a conventional scooter.
In fact, to experience a high-end folding mobility scooter is to completely change the way you look at mobility devices in general. Just a few of the benefits of investing in a folding mobility scooter are as follows:
The single biggest difference between a folding mobility scooter and a traditional scooter is the portability of the former. A folding mobility scooter can be folded down to a compact size, in order to be transported anywhere with ease. They are also comparatively lightweight and are therefore much easier to handle by those with mobility issues.
No longer does switching to a foldable mobility scooter mean having to compromise on performance. The speed and range of a good portable scooter can equal that of any conventional scooter. All with the added bonus of being able to take it with you any way you go, either in your own car or on public transport.
The same can also be said for the comfort of a portable mobility scooter which can rival that of any conventional scooter. From the shortest journeys to the longest day trips, a high-end foldable scooter guarantees an enjoyable experience with no aches, pains or discomfort.
The fact that foldable mobility scooters can be picked up for the same (if not lower) prices as comparable conventional scooters makes the whole thing a no-brainer. You get all the benefits of a conventional scooter combined with lightweight portability, all for the same price.
Key Considerations When Shopping For a Portable Mobility Scooter
Switching to a foldable mobility scooter really can be a game changer. Even so, it is important to be mindful of all the differences between the various models available.
As with standard mobility scooters, not all foldable scooters are the same. Before deciding which model to go with, each of the following should be considered carefully:
- Where you want to go
Two things to consider here – the first of which is the range of the scooter. Some portable models have a range of 10 to 15 miles, while others can easily cover 25 miles from a single charge. In addition, you also need to think about the type of terrain you intend to use your scooter on. Will you be sticking primarily with smooth payments, or taking your scooter on trips into the countryside?
The weight of the scooter should also be taken into account, which can differ significantly from one model to the next. Most portable mobility scooters weigh between 15 kg and 30 kg. Some models weigh in at closer to 12 kg, but may have a more limited range due to their smaller batteries.
- Rider weight capacity
Small and lightweight portable scooters naturally have a lower weight capacity than some of their conventional counterparts. The exact rider weight limit of a portable mobility scooter can be anything from 100 kg to 200 kg. It is therefore essential to check the manufacturer’s specifications, in order to ensure your scooter is fit for purpose
- Dimensions when folded
The portability of the scooter you purchase will be determined by its dimensions when folded flat. As a very general rule of thumb, a typical portable scooter will fold down to the size of around 90 cm in length and 50 cm in width, with a height of approximately 90 cm. Though again, this is something that varies significantly from one device to the next and should therefore be checked before ordering.