Welcome to our review of the Drive Medical Medalist. If you are interested in the Drive Medical Medalist, we have some valuable information below about this product that you should know about. We feel that the EZ Lite Cruiser is the best electric wheelchair because they are light weight, compact, easy to use and very affordable when compared to the Drive Medical Medalist and it's offerings.
The Drive Medical Medalist P22 Standard Power Wheelchair is not much different than many similar power electric wheelchairs on the market today, which is likely why it is named 'Standard'. As with many of the other models in Drive Medical's range, the Medalist P22 Standard has a lot of the same standard features, such as adjustable and removable arm rests, adjustable seat height, a controller than can be mounted on either the left or right side, and many others. Unfortunately, unlike the Intrepid P22, the Medalist P22 does not have a great turning radius, coming in at 31 inches (78.7 centimeters), which makes it difficult to navigate within tight areas. Another drawback to this model, as with many other power electric wheelchairs, is that it is quite heavy, coming in between 180 pounds (81.6 kilograms) and 197 pounds (89.4 kilograms) depending on which size and type of seat you choose. Therefore, it will still require you to purchase and install a lift on your car or SUV in order to take this electric wheelchair long distances. Another thing that caught our attention is that the incline rating of the Drive Medical Medalist P22 Standard Power Wheelchair was undisclosed, so we are assuming it is not very good.
Let's get into the specifics of the parameters of the Drive Medical Medalist. It has a weight of between 180 pounds (81.6 kilograms) and 197 pounds (89.4 kilograms). Of that, 94 pounds (42.6 kilograms) is for the base, 48 pounds (21.8 kilograms) for the batteries, and between 38 pounds (17.2 kilograms) to 55 pounds (24.9 kilograms) for the seat depending on which size you choose. The Drive Medical Medalist has dimensions of 24 inches x 37 inches (61 centimeters x 94 centimeres) but the full height unknown (we couldn't find it in their specs.) This particular unit can not be folded. The seating is available in an 18 inch (45.7 centimeter), 20 inch (50.8 centimeter), and 22 inch (55.9 centimeter) Captain's Seat or an 18 inch (45.7 centimeter) and 20 inch (50.8 centimeter) Pan Seat. Again, we were unable to find the seat length, as it was not disclosed in the specifications we found. Due to its overall dimensions, this model has a turning radius of about 31 inches (78.7 centimeters)
In terms of speed, you will be able to get up to about 4 miles per hour (6.4 kilometers per hour) with the Drive Medical Medalist. The incline rating was undisclosed on multiple websites we researched, so we are assuming it is not intended for inclines greater than 4-6 degrees (average for these types of electric wheelchairs.) In terms of portability, due to it's weight, it will require a car lift. Most people, even with reasonable upper body strength, will not be able to lift it without support of a car lift. Since it can not be folded, it can not be stored in a car/SUV trunk. Will fit in the corner of a room. The Drive Medical Medalist does have a durable frame due to it's heavy weight, which can support passengers weighing up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms). On average, depending on user weight, the terrain and battery condition, it can last for up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) of continuous use on a full battery charge.
Depending on where it is purchased, it may come pre-assembled. Most times some assembly is required and a toolkit may be required. It can 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. Testimonials for the Drive Medical Medalist are mixed. Some of the biggest complaints from customers is the size, weight and cost.
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