Welcome to our side by side comparison of the Drive Medical Image EC vs. the EZ Lite Cruiser Standard and HD Heavy Duty Models. If you are interested in the Drive Medical Image EC, we have some valuable information below about this product that you should know about. We feel that the EZ Lite Cruiser Standard and HD Heavy Duty Models are the best electric wheelchairs because they are light weight, compact, easy to use and very affordable when compared to the Drive Medical Image EC and it's offerings.
The Drive Medical Image EC is not much different than many similar power electric wheelchairs on the market today. The Drive Medical Image EC boasts that it has features not available with any other power chair, however, we are not sure what those would be. It has many of the standard features normally found on electric wheelchairs, such as an adjustable length controller which can be mounted on either the left or right side, a foot rest that can be flipped up, and a folding back rest, and a few others. The mid wheel drive is supposed to allow for better navigation in smaller spaces, but we found the turning radius to be 27.5 inches (69.9 centimeters) and not much better than most older model electric wheelchairs. While the Drive Medical Image EC can support passengers weighing up to 300 pounds (136.1 kilograms), it is only able to because of it's immense weight at 186 pounds (84.4 kilograms) with battery. Because it is so heavy, you will be required to purchase and install a car lift in order to be able to transport the Drive Medical Image EC long distances.
Let's get into the details of the specifications here. Overall, the weight of the Drive Medical Image EC is 186 pounds (84.4 kilograms) with battery. The base weighs 88.1 pounds (40 kilograms), seat weighs 51 pounds (23.1 kilograms) and battery weighs 53 pounds (24 kilograms). The overall size of the chair is 42 inches x 24 inches (106.7 centimeters x 61 centimeters), while the height is unknown. The seat size is available in 18 inches (45.7 centimeters) wide x 18 inches (45.7 centimeters) long, or 20 inches (50.8 centimeters) wide x 18 inches (45.7 centimeters) long. The turning radius on the Drive Medical Image EC is 27.5 inches (69.9 centimeters). It can reach speeds up to 4 miles per hour (6.4 kilometers per hour) and it can last for up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) of continuous use on a full battery charge, on average, depending on user weight, the terrain and battery condition. With the motors, it can handle inclines up to 6 degrees.
Drive Medical Image EC can not be folded as more of the newer light weight power chairs on the market can be. Since it can not be folded, it can not be stored in a car/SUV trunk. It will fit in some places, such as in the corner of a room. But to transport it, it will require a car lift or a Van. Most people, even with superior upper body strength, will not be able to lift it without support of a car lift. Durable construction due to it's heavy weight that can support passengers weighing up to 300 pounds (136.1 kilograms). It will accomplish most indoor mobility requirements. Some doorways and hallways may be tight to fit through because of its size and turn radius. Handles simple outdoor mobility fairly, such as paved sidewalks & flat surfaces, but may be limited as to the terrains it can roll on.
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