A lot of people think my Edge® 3 Power Chair is cool and have never seen anything like it. They are amazed that I can be up high up, elevated at iLevel. They talk about how it’s more comfortable to speak to me when I am elevated at their level. When talking to people about my power wheelchair, they also ask questions and there are some common ones that are asked.
Is it safe to use your wheelchair?
It is very safe to use my power chair when elevated 12 inches. iLevel is equipped with patented Extra Stability Technology®, which enhances safety for transfers, reaching and many other activities of daily living. The iLevel feature is accessed through the controller or single switch, and the power chair must be on a flat, level surface to activate iLevel. Once the seating system actuator is started, the iLevel boots inhibit movement of the front caster wheels and restrict the power chair to 1-1.5 inches of climbing ability. This reinforces stability, so when I’m driving while elevated, my chair can easily handle any small bumps I might encounter.
Can you go through grass?
Yes! I play golf all the time using my power wheelchair. Grass is no problem!
How long do the batteries last?
It really depends on the terrain and the kind of driving I do. For example, if I need to drive up a lot of hills or if I do a lot of stop-and-go driving, that may drain the batteries faster, as opposed to driving on flat surfaces or downhill. Generally, my batteries last 18-24 miles on a charge. if I don’t use the power chair much, I can get the charge to last for two full days. Still, I charge it every single night because I never know what the next day brings in terms of how far I drive it or the type of terrain.
I’m pretty happy with my power wheelchair. And again, a lot of people think the functionality is really cool.
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.
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