A mobility scooter – sometimes called a power scooter or disability scooter – is simply a motorized device powered by an electrical system with a rechargeable battery. The seat sits over two rear wheels and there is a flat area for your feet. Handlebars are used to steer.
If you have difficulty walking, or can’t walk at all, mobility scooters can be a fantastic way to get around the house, neighborhood, supermarket, zoo, airport – you name it.
Scooter types vary widely. Some are lightweight and compact – great for running errands, but you wouldn’t be comfortable for long. Some are narrow and others are heavy, wide and stable. Some have knobby wheels for rough terrain, but you wouldn’t want to take them into the supermarket. Vastly different features and uses explains why so many people end up with more than one power scooter.
Types of Mobility Scooters
3 Wheel Indoor / Outdoor Scooters – For use inside and/or outside the home, these 3-wheeled scooters have two wheels in back and one in front. Makes for a tight turning radius and lots of leg room.
3 Wheel Travel Scooters – Compact and able to negotiate narrow places and tight spaces, these lightweight 3-wheeled travel scooters are specially designed for fast and easy assembly and dis-assembly. 3-Wheel Travel Scooters are perfect for outings, vacations, shopping or errands. When outdoors, use only only on even, paved surfaces.
3 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooters – Heavy duty scooters are built for larger-framed individuals and have rider weight capacity ranges from 300 lbs up. Powerful vehicles with lots of features, plus the tight turning radius found in 3-wheeled scooters.
4 Wheel Indoor / Outdoor Scooters – The fourth wheel adds stability and provides a smoother ride on uneven surfaces. Some 4-wheeled scooters are better suited for outside the home because of their size and turning radius so be sure to consider where you will be using your electric scooter. If comfort, speed and battery range are high on your list, you’re in the right place.
4 Wheel Travel Scooters – Compact and lightweight these mobility scooters with 4 wheeled stability are perfect for short jaunts or getting around town. Designed for easy assembly, tear-down and portability, they fit right in your trunk.
4 Wheel Heavy Duty Scooters – The largest models of the power scooter, these heavy duty 4-wheelers are comfortable, rugged, stable, feature-rich, fast, dependable and durable. Rider weight capacities range from 350 lbs to 500 lbs. For the king of heavy duty suspension, luxury and durability, see the Wrangler PMV 4-Wheel All Terrain Scooter.