7 Best Folding Power Wheelchairs of 2022

 

One of the primary benefits of owning a power wheelchair is that they typically offer a tighter turning radius and are geared towards people who have limited mobility in their hands.  There are traditional models and there are models and there are best folding power wheelchairs.

The variety of electric wheelchairs available can make it quite a challenge for you to pinpoint the most optimal chair for you, and that’s where we come in.  In this article, we're going to shed light on some of the best folding electric wheelchairs on the market today, so stick around.

However, before we get to the article, watch this video below, as it will give you a better perspective of why you should choose a folding electric wheelchair. 

So How Much Does It Cost to Take a Power Wheelchair on an Airplane?

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According to the ADA and FAA, taking your power chair along with you on an airplane is completely free.  However, it’s highly advised to reach out to the airline of your preference before actually heading to the airport with your mobility wheelchair in order to make sure.

Another reason why you want to double-check with your airline is that all airlines tend to have a different procedure when it comes to traveling with electric powered wheelchairs. The typical process will have you go through security and when you reach the boarding gate, you’ll be checking your unit.

One thing we advise you to do before handing your mobility unit off to the airline employee is to take several pictures of the unit from different angles. This is going to help you retrieve your unit in the event of any mixup or in the event of it getting damaged in any way during the flight.

What Are the Different Types of Portable Power Chairs?

Portable power wheelchairs are available in 2 primary types. The first type is basically a folding electric wheelchair that can easily be folded into one piece, whereas the second type is a chair is a transportable power chair that can be broken down into 4 or 5 manageable and lightweight pieces for ease of transport.  However, in this article we are going to be discussing the more popular type, the units that fold into one piece.

What Makes a Power Chair Airline Approved?

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The factor that decides whether a mobility chair is airline-approved or not is the type of battery that it houses for its operation.  Lucky for you, most of the folding wheelchairs featured on our list are approved for airline travel, so you won’t have to worry about a thing.

To further elaborate, the type of batteries that’s in question when it comes to airline approval is lithium batteries.  Lithium batteries need to not exceed the 300AH mark in order to be approved for flight.  All other battery types are airline-approved as long as they’re sealed.

Which Folding Power Chairs Are The Best?

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Like we’ve already mentioned, the variety of motorized wheelchairs is quite impressive, but can be quite overwhelming as well. To make the selection process easier for you, here are the top-rated fold up portable power wheelchairs on the market today.

1. EWheels EW-M45

EWheels EW-M45

 

Weighing at only 59 pounds, the EWheels EW-M45 is one of the lightest folding wheelchairs on the market  This is a unit that can be folded into one piece that measures in at 23x13x31 inches, which is quite compact compared to others. It’s perfect for people who are always on the go.

Folding this chair can be done in a matter of mere seconds.  And considering how petite it is when folded, it can be easily stored in the trunk of your car or in other tight places. The capacity of this wheelchair is quite impressive as well, as it can withstand up to 400 pounds.

It also has a great turning radius of 31 inches, so it works well in tight spaces and going around corners.  It’s worth noting that it’s equipped with 8-inch front wheels and 12-inch rear wheels, providing you with a great deal of traction.

With the aid of the traction provided by the EW-M45’s wheels, you’ll be able to tackle indoor and outdoor terrain, even if it’s uneven terrain, without facing any problems. The top speed is about 3.7 mph, which is the typical speed with most wheelchairs of this type.

However, the strongest selling point is its excellent battery range of 15.5 miles, which is almost double the battery range of other comparable portable wheelchairs. This model boasts a 19-inch wide seat, ensuring ideal comfort. It’s also backed by EWheels’ warranty and dedicated technical support team in case any questions may arise.

To elaborate a little bit more on what the chair’s warranty has to offer, it offers you 3 years on all frame components, including the frame, platform, and seat post. Moreover, you get 1 year on all of its electronic components. And lastly, it offers you 6 months on the batteries. 

2. ComfyGo IQ-8000 Limited Edition

ComfyGo IQ-8000 Limited Edition

The IQ-8000 Limited Edition by ComfyGo is one of the newest products within our product line.  With the battery included, this chair weights just 55 lbs and thats with the battery included.  

It folds up easily in 3 seconds, is approved for airline travel and can fit in most vehicle trunks easily.  

There are also some options to customize the look and style of this chair.  You have 6 different frame colors to choose from, 4 different cushion and backrest options,  2 battery options to choose from, and even 2 seat widths.

The 2 seat sizes are 17.5", which has a 286 lbs weight capacity and also the 20" wide seat, which offers a 310 lbs weight capacity.  With the 12AH lithium ion battery, there is a 10 mile battery range.  With the upgraded 20AH battery, the range increases to 17 miles.

Perhaps one of the unique features that sets this chair apart from others in its class is that is comes with a remote control to operate the unit.  This is great if you are a caretaker and need an attendant controller to operate and control the chair for the wheelchair user.  There a few easy steps to pair the remote with the chair, but once its complete, its very easy.

Oh and did we mention it was airline approved?  This is an awesome choice if you want to maintain your mobility but not miss out on all of life's adventures and see the world.

3. iLiving USA ILG-255

iLiving USA ILG-255 Folding Power Wheelchair

The ILG-255 by iLiving USA is another lightweight foldable electric wheelchair that is approved for cruise or airline travel, and weighs just 58 lbs once the 6 lbs batteries are removed.

iLiving USA designed this unit to have the ability to be folded and unfolded in just seconds.  It even offers a kickstand to use once its folded and in the upright position, so you can store it in your closet allowing it to take up minimal space.

The weight capacity on this chair is 255 lbs, offers a battery range of up to 10 miles per charge, which is more than enough to get through a whole day of riding.  

Perhaps one of the most appealing features about this chair is that the batteries are installed on each side of the chair under the armrests.  This is different than other power chairs as the batteries are typically stored under the seat on the floorboard. 

This feature allows the user to have more room under the seat for storing their belongings and makes it easier to access the batteries.

The warranty on this chair is also worth noting.  It includes 3 years on the frame, 1 year of parts on the electrical components, and 6 months of the batteries as well. 

4. ComfyGo Patriot 12 

ComfyGo Patriot 12

The Patriot 12 by ComfyGo is a long-range folding electric wheelchair that offers a wider seat and the option to customize colors. This electric wheelchair is more heavy duty and has a 21-inch-wide seat; the widest seat in the industry for a folding power wheelchair.

This wheelchair weighs 66 pounds in total with the battery included.  Once you remove the battery, the chair weighs 56 pounds and it folds easily and quickly in about 3 seconds!  The look of this wheelchair is also customizable as you can select the colors of the backrest, cushion, and frame.  

It is equipped with a dual engine and shock absorbers, which provides a smoother ride.  The ComfyGo Patriot 12 has a weight capacity of 330 pounds, a maximum operating range of 18 miles, a turning radius of 35.5 inches, and a top speed of 4 mph.

It's also worth noting that this chair comes with one of the better warranties in the industry and you will receive support for any technical questions or concerns by dealing with ComfyGo's technical support directly.  The warranty includes 6 months on the battery and 1 year on the electronic components. 

Whether you need a chair to quickly get around or simply just want an easy to transport power wheelchair for your everyday needs, this heavy duty unit is the perfect choice.  

5. Vive Health Folding Power Wheelchair

Vive Health Folding Electric Wheelchair

The Vive Health Folding Power is another great folding electric wheelchair option that offers not only a great price, but is a stylish and comfortable wheelchair with shock absorbers and solid tires; so no need to worry about a flat tire.

The seat is 17.5-inches wide, has a seat belt and is padded with dense foam. It also has an adjustable footplate, with height adjustable armrests and seatback.

This folding power wheelchair has a ground clearance of 6-inches, and with its 7.9-inch front and 11.8-inch rear tires you can navigate over most terrains with ease. It folds in just a few seconds and once folded is measured at a compact measurement of 35"x25"x14" inches.

This electric wheelchair offers dual motors, runs on a 10Ah rechargeable battery and weighs only 67.8 pounds.  The Vive Health Folding Power Wheelchair has a weight capacity of 260 pounds, a maximum operating range of 6.2 miles, a turning radius of 47.2 inches, and a top speed of 3.7 mph.

If you are looking for the most affordable foldable power wheelchair on the market, then you have found it! 

6. ComfyGo IQ-7000 Remote Control Folding Electric Wheelchair

The IQ-7000 is a heavy-duty foldable electric wheelchair which is airline approved. Although it is a heavy-duty electric wheelchair, it weighs just 67 pounds.

It folds up in just 3 seconds and can easily fit into the trunk of a car, which makes it convenient when storing or travelling.

This electric wheelchair can be customized to your liking. You can choose from five different frame colors, and various seat cushions colors. You also have the option of choosing between a manual folding or automatic folding chair.

The IQ-7000 folding electric wheelchair has a weight capacity of 350 pounds and a driving range of 13 miles. It has a top speed of 4 mph and a turning radius of 33 inches. These specs are the same for both the manual and the automatic remote-controlled versions.

7. ComfyGo Patriot 10 Folding Electric Wheelchair

The Patriot 10 by ComfyGo is a long-range foldable heavy-duty electric wheelchair. It is airline approved and has a wide 20-inch seat with a weight capacity of 330 pounds.

At 61 pounds with the battery included, this chair is still very light weight. Without the battery it weighs just 55 pounds. This chair is similar in features to the IQ-7000 as it folds up in just 3 seconds and can be stored away safely in the trunk of a car.

It also has the option of various colors on the frame and on the seat cushion. For more power this wheelchair comes with a dual-engine and a brushless motor.

The Patriot 10 Folding Electric Wheelchair has a driving range of 14 miles. It has a top speed of 4 mph and a turning radius of 35.5 inches.

Conclusion

Hopefully, the information shared in this article has provided you with the insight you needed to select the right portable folding electric wheelchair for you.  Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or if you feel another chair should be added to this list. 

We also have a special offer you can benefit from by taking 6% of your order.  Simply enter coupon code EW6 at checkout and it will apply the discount.  This offer won't be around long, so act soon!  See product pages for details and if you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 800-682-9444 and one of our agents will be happy to assist you.  We are open every day from 8AM - 8PM est!

If you are more interested in looking for a mobility scooter that folds, our staff compiled a great list of the Top Folding Mobility Scooters of 2021 and have had some great feedback on that article as well.     

Feel free to write me anytime at kellon@electricwheelchairsusa.com if you have any questions or comments.  At Electric Wheelchairs USA, we truly love helping our customers make the best choice for their needs whether it is a power chair, mobility scooter, or lift chair.


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