Getting to Know Your Wheelchair
As with cars, no two power wheelchairs are exactly the same. And yet, they all rely on the same basic components. Just as cars have wheels, driveline, and braking components, so too do power wheelchairs and scooters share a similar structure. Understanding what these components are can help you maintain your wheelchair. The basic components of power wheelchairs and scooters are:
- Controller – This electronic control unit transmits your inputs into motion. Though you may not be able to maintain your controller (unless you happen to possess an electrical or computer engineering degree), it's still beneficial to know what it is and what it does.
- Motor – The electric motor is what converts electrical power into mechanical power. Of the components on your wheelchair, the motor and batteries are the largest and most important.
- Batteries – Instead of gasoline, your power wheelchair runs on electricity, which is provided by the batteries. Replacing the batteries based on a set schedule, and being sure to keep them properly charged, can help ensure you don't run out of "juice" when you're least expecting it.
- Tires and Wheels – Keeping your tires properly inflated will help ensure smooth running at all times.
Not all of the components on your power wheelchair or scooter can be maintained by you. However, many of them can be, and your owner's manual will dictate the recommended service schedule for your chair. We encourage you to follow it
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