Capricorn Electric Wheelchair Review

Capricorn Electric Wheelchair Review
  • Performance
  • Comfort
  • Maintenance
  • Ease of Use
4.7

Summary

While heavy, the detachable design of the Capricorn powered wheelchair makes it the ideal choice for travelling. It’s comfortable, easy to get in and out of and doesn’t look too bad either. If you are looking for a comfortable, travel-friendly and frustration-free electric wheelchair, this one will give you the best value for your money.

If you are looking for an electric wheelchair that is easy to travel with, the Capricorn Portable Electric Power Chair is one of the best. It can be taken apart into 3 separate pieces which can easily fit in the trunk of most cars.

It can be used either indoors or outdoors thanks to the large solid wheels and powerful motor. It’s very comfortable and easy to get in and out of.

It looks great overall with modern styling and a metallic finish.

Capricorn Electric Wheelchair review

What I like

  • Comfortable seat
  • Easy access to and from
  • Easy storage or transportation
  • Little effort to operate

What I don’t like

  • No storage pockets
  • No suspension for outdoor use

What are you buying?

1. Portable design

Electric wheelchairs are generally heavy and the Capricorn is no exemption. It weighs 55kgs with the battery pack included. That doesn’t mean you can’t travel with it.

When you need to stow it in the boot, you can dismantle it into 3 smaller and more portable pieces. The heaviest of these pieces is around 19kgs. This is still quite heavy and you shouldn’t attempt to lift it if you have a back problem or if your arms aren’t strong enough.

Once disassembled, the three pieces can fit in most cars. You can also take it on the bus but make sure you contact the bus company first to check whether it’s okay.

As long as there is someone to handle the heavy pieces, assembling and disassembling the wheelchair takes just a few seconds. You don’t need any tools.

2. Comfortable seat

The seat has an adjustable height. So you can choose your most comfortable position depending on how tall you are. The height goes from 32.8 inches to 35.8 inches.

Both the seat and backrest are thickly padded for maximum comfort. You can spend hours on the wheelchair without feeling too uncomfortable.

3. Swivel seat and flip-up armrests for easy access

The Capricorn electric wheelchair has two features that make it easier to transfer in and out of the chair. There is the swivel seat which you can turn or angle for easier transfer. You can also flip up the armrests out of the way.

4. Indoor/outdoor use

The Capricorn powered wheelchair is ideal for indoor and outdoor use.

When used inside the house, the tight turn radius allows easy manoeuvring around furniture and corners. The wheels are non-marring meaning they won’t leave unsightly lines and marks on your carpet or flooring.

Outside the house, the large wheels come in handy when navigating over rough terrain and inclines. You can use it go to the local shop but make sure there are no high kerbs as the wheelchair can get stuck.

Note that this is a Class 2 wheelchair. You can only use it at home and on pavements. Do not take it on the road.

How easy is it to use?

The control joystick is very sensitive. It responds quickly at the slightest push. Even if you have weak arm strength you can still control it with ease. It also ensures your hand doesn’t get fatigued when moving about.

Disassembling and assembling the wheelchair is easy. It should take just a minute. Just make sure you can handle the fairly heavy pieces or there is someone nearby to help you.

What accessories are included?

The Capricorn electric wheelchair comes with an 18amps battery which can be recharged using a standard household socket. The seat has a safety strap lap belt attached to it.

No other accessories are included nor do you need to buy any to use this wheelchair. Other wheelchair accessories such as rain cover, storage bag, leg cover and seat cushions are optional and depend on your needs.

Pros

  • Comfortable seat with thick padding and adjustable height.
  • Easy access to and from the wheelchair thanks to the swivel seat and flip-up armrests.
  • Detachable design for easy storage or transportation.
  • Sensitive joystick that requires little effort to operate.

Cons

  • No storage pockets.
  • No suspension for outdoor use.

Anything else you should know?

While the manufacturer says you can use the wheelchair indoors or outdoors, many users say it’s more of an indoor chair. The wheels can easily get stuck on pavement and there is no suspension to protect you from a bumpy terrain.

If you use it outside, it should be around the yard and garden.

Conclusion

While heavy, the detachable design of the Capricorn powered wheelchair makes it the ideal choice for travelling. It’s comfortable, easy to get in and out of and doesn’t look too bad either.

If you are looking for a comfortable, travel-friendly and frustration-free electric wheelchair, this one will give you the best value for your money.

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