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Mobility Scooters Buying Guide

Mobility scooters are a convenient and practical solution for those with mobility issues, providing independence and freedom of movement. Back Care Online has a range of options available, from compact folding and travel scooters to heavy-duty, all-terrain, mid-large scooters, it can sometimes be overwhelming to decide which one is the right fit for you.

This buying guide is prepared for you by Back Care Online to help you understand the key factors to consider when purchasing a mobility scooter, such as weight capacity, battery life, portability, and safety features. Whether you're looking for a scooter to use around your neighbourhood or one to take on your travels, this guide will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. The friendly team at Back Care Online are always here to help you make the right decision.

What kinds of mobility scooters do Back Care Online offer?

Folding & Travel Scooters

Folding and Travel Scooters

Folding and travel scooters are lightweight and portable mobility scooters designed for easy transportation and storage. They are typically smaller and more compact than other types of mobility scooters, making them ideal for people who need to transport them frequently, such as when travelling or when taking public transport. Folding and travel scooters often feature easy-to-use folding mechanisms that allow them to be quickly and easily folded up and stored in the boot of a car or on a plane. They are also often designed with lightweight materials, making them easier to lift and carry. Despite their smaller size, folding and travel scooters still provide a range of features and functions, such as adjustable seats and armrests, shock absorbers, and powerful motors, allowing users to enjoy a comfortable and smooth ride while maintaining their mobility and independence. Back Care Online offers a range of Folding & Travel Scooters from top brands such as Solax, Kymco, Quingo, Sweetrich, and SupaScoota. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are happy to provide advice and guidance to help you choose the right Folding & Travel Scooter to meet your specific mobility needs and requirements.

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Mid-Large Mobility Scooters

Mid-Large Mobility Scooters

Mid-large mobility scooters are suitable for individuals who require a more robust mobility solution with greater power, range, and durability. They are typically larger and more powerful than portable mobility scooters, making them ideal for longer distances or outdoor use. With features such as larger wheels, suspension systems, and a range of accessories such as adjustable seats, armrests, and tillers, mid-large scooters provide a comfortable and customizable ride. They offer a balance of style and performance and are a popular choice for individuals who want to maintain their independence while enjoying a more powerful mobility experience. Back Care Online offers a selection of mid-large mobility scooters from top brands such as Kymco, Sweetrich, and Quingo, to help you find the right fit for your specific needs.

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Mid-Large Mobility Scooters
Electric Wheelchairs

Electric Wheelchairs

Electric wheelchairs are motorised mobility devices designed to assist people with limited mobility in moving around independently. Unlike manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs are powered by batteries and are controlled by a joystick or other similar devices. They offer a range of features and functions, such as adjustable seats and footrests, reclining backrests, and programmable control systems, providing greater comfort and customization for the user. Electric wheelchairs can also be used both indoors and outdoors, and often feature larger wheels and suspension systems to provide a smoother ride over rough terrain. They are an excellent choice for people who need a more powerful mobility solution but may not be able to operate a traditional mobility scooter due to physical limitations. Back Care Online offers a range of electric wheelchairs from the E-Traveller range, providing users with a reliable and versatile mobility solution to help them maintain their independence and mobility.

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Electric Wheelchairs

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Which Mobility Scooter is best for me?

What to do when you first get your mobility scooter home?

  • Read the user manual and understand all the controls and features.
  • Charge the battery fully before using it for the first time.
  • Test drive the scooter in a safe and open area.
  • Familiarise yourself with the weight, balance, and stability of the scooter.

How to stay safe on your mobility scooter?

  • Always wear a helmet if you're travelling on roads or pavement.
  • Use hand signals and check your surroundings when making turns.
  • Avoid overloading the scooter and keep within the weight capacity limit.
  • Avoid driving on wet or slippery surfaces.
  • Store the scooter in a dry, secure place when not in use.

Factors to consider when buying a mobility scooter?

Weight Capacity

Weight capacity

When choosing a mobility scooter, it's important to take into account the weight capacity of the scooter as this plays a crucial role in its stability, performance, and safety. Firstly, ensure that the scooter you choose has a weight capacity that can accommodate your weight and any additional weight you may carry, such as a backpack or shopping bags. A scooter with a weight capacity that exceeds your weight may be unstable and difficult to manoeuvre, whereas a scooter with a weight capacity that is too low may struggle to carry you and may not have the power to move you over rough or steep terrain. Overloading a mobility scooter beyond its weight capacity can put stress on its components and increase the risk of accidents or breakdowns, so make sure to check the weight capacity and choose one that meets your needs. If you're unsure, you can speak with a Back Care Online team member for personalised advice and recommendations.

Battery

Battery range and charging time

The battery range of a mobility scooter refers to the maximum distance it can travel on a single charge, and it can vary greatly depending on the scooter model and your driving style. If you plan to use your scooter for longer trips or for daily use, it's important to choose a scooter with a longer battery range. On the other hand, if you only plan to use your scooter for short trips, a shorter battery range may be sufficient.

The charging time of a mobility scooter is also an important factor to consider. Some scooters can take several hours to charge fully, while others may have a quick-charge function that allows you to charge the battery in a shorter amount of time. If you plan to use your scooter frequently, it's important to choose a scooter with a quick-charge function or a battery that can be easily swapped out. You can also discuss with a team member from Back Care Online for personalised advice and recommendations..

Turn Radius

Turning Radius and Manoeuvrability

The turning radius of a mobility scooter refers to the smallest circle it can make when making a turn, and it can vary greatly depending on the scooter model. A smaller turning radius makes it easier to navigate your scooter in tight spaces, such as narrow hallways or crowded shopping aisles. If you plan to use your scooter in crowded or tight spaces, it's important to choose a scooter with a small turning radius.

Manoeuvrability refers to how easily you can steer and control your mobility scooter, and it can also vary greatly depending on the scooter model. A scooter with good manoeuvrability will be easy to steer and control, even in tight spaces or rough terrain. If you plan to use your scooter in a variety of different environments, it's important to choose a scooter with good manoeuvrability. The size of a scooter will also impact its ability to have a small turning radius.

Portability

Portability & Ease of Disassembling

Portability and ease of disassembling your mobility scooter are important factors to consider, as they determine how easily you can transport your scooter and store it when not in use.

Portability refers to how easily you can transport your mobility scooter, and it can vary greatly depending on the scooter model. Some scooters are designed to be lightweight and compact, making them easy to transport in a car or on public transportation. Other scooters may be heavier and more difficult to transport. If you plan to use your scooter in a variety of different environments or travel with it frequently, it's important to choose a scooter that is portable and easy to transport.

Ease of disassembling refers to how easily you can break down your mobility scooter into smaller pieces for storage. Some scooters are designed to be easily disassembled into smaller, lighter components, making them easy to store in a closet or under a bed when not in use. Other scooters may be more difficult to disassemble and may take up more storage space. If you have limited storage space or need to store your scooter frequently, it's important to choose a scooter that is easy to disassemble and store. Back Care Online has many scooter options which can take this need into account. Speak to a team member today to find out more about the Folding and Travel Mobility Scooters that we have available.

Stability & Comfort

Stability and Comfort

Stability refers to the scooter's stability on the ground and how well it can handle rough terrain or uneven surfaces. A stable scooter will help you feel secure and prevent falls or accidents. Consider factors such as the scooter's wheels, suspension, and overall design when evaluating stability.

Comfort is also an important factor to consider when choosing a mobility scooter. You will be spending a lot of time on the scooter, so it is essential to choose one that is comfortable to sit on and use. Look for features such as adjustable seats, padded armrests, and adequate legroom to ensure you are comfortable during use. Additionally, consider the scooter's design, such as its weight distribution and centre of gravity, to prevent strain and discomfort while riding. A Mid-Large Mobility Scooter will provide a more stable drive as it has more weight and larger tyres to move through different terrains. Back Care Online has a number of scooters that are equipped with this. A friendly team member will be able to assist you with any queries you may have about the stability and comfort of the different scooter models we have available.

Price & Features

Price and Additional Features

Price is an important factor to consider, as mobility scooters can range in cost from a few thousand to several thousand dollars. It's important to choose a scooter that fits within your budget, but also to keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Cheaper scooters may not have as many features or be as durable as more expensive models, so it's important to consider the total cost of ownership, including any maintenance or replacement costs, when choosing a scooter.

Additional features are another important factor to consider when choosing a mobility scooter. Some scooters may come with features such as adjustable seats, lights, baskets, or cup holders, which can make your scooter more functional and convenient to use. Other scooters may have more advanced features such as advanced suspension, high-performance motors, or larger/dual batteries for longer range. When shopping for a mobility scooter, make sure to consider the features you need and choose a scooter that meets your needs and budget.

Registered NDIS Providers

Back Care Online are proud to be a registered NDIS provider, supplying a wide range of Mobility Scooters to NDIS Participants Australia-wide. Please visit the link below request an NDIS quote or get in touch with your NDIS enquiry and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.

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Can I go off-road with my mobility scooter?

It depends on the type of mobility scooter you have. Some mobility scooters are designed for indoor use only and are not suitable for rough terrain or off-road conditions. However, there are also all-terrain mobility scooters available that are equipped with larger wheels and better suspension to handle outdoor terrain. Reach out to a team member from Back Care Online for help in choosing the right mobility scooter for you.

Can I travel on public transport or a plane with my mobility scooter?

Most mobility scooters can be disassembled for transport and many airlines allow small scooters on board as checked baggage. It's important to check with the specific airline for their policy and regulations on travelling with a mobility scooter. As for public transport, it depends on the individual state or city's accessibility laws and regulations.

How can Back Care Online help me with purchasing a mobility scooter?

Back Care Online is a trusted business that provides expert knowledge on mobility scooters. We understand that choosing the right mobility scooter can be a complex and challenging process, and we are committed to providing our customers with the information and support they need to make an informed decision.

When shopping for a mobility scooter with Back Care Online, you can expect personalised service from our knowledgeable and experienced staff. We will take the time to understand your needs and recommend the best mobility scooters for your specific requirements. Our product range includes a variety of mobility scooters from leading manufacturers, so you can be sure to find a scooter that meets your needs and budget.

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