If you live near the ocean and plan to spend the majority of your time in your all-terrain wheelchair floating in the water the Mobi-chair is in its natural element on the beach and may be the best option for you.
The Mobi-chair floats because of its 3 buoyant tires and its large armrests double as floatation devices that keep the chair buoyant and stable in the water. This means the chair won’t tip over in deep water like Emma X3 from Extreme Motus.
Although great in the water the Mobi-chair website still cautions users that their product is a wheelchair, not a boat. Life jackets are required for non-swimmers, and the wheelchair should not be used in areas with strong currents or strong waves.
The chair is easy to transfer into because the armrests change from a horizontal position to a vertical position. Once out of the way the passenger can transfer to the beach wheelchair.
Mobi-chair uses 3 wheels like the Vipamat Hippocampe and Extreme Motus Emma X3, but unlike those wheelchairs Mobi-chair’s front wheel can rotate 360 degrees. This means it can turn with all 3 wheels on the ground and doesn’t need to pop a wheelie. A nice feature for users who may lack the strength to lift the front wheel into the air on the other wheelchairs.
In one video people can be seen pulling the Mobi-chair backwards instead of pushing forward. An interesting technique that must have been an easier way of crossing the sand on their way to the ocean.
The Mobi-chair beach wheelchair can be assembled in just 5 – 10 minutes using quick-release pins and joints. The Mobi-chair is 60 inches long and even with the wheels and armrests removed for storage is still pretty long and fills the back of an SUV. Transporting in the trunk of a car will likely require you to fold down the rear seats.
Water – Mobi-chair is at home in the water with 2 large armrests that keep it buoyant and stable in calm waters. And a seat made from material that will dry quickly once taken out of the water.
Maneuverability – Unlike other wheelchairs in this space Mobi-chair has a front wheel that rotates 360 and can make turns with all 3 wheels on the ground.
Cost – Mobi-chair is less expensive than other wheelchairs in this category.
Brakes – Without brakes this wheelchair would not do well when used for hiking or traveling places with a steep incline.
Weight – Tipping the scales at 66 pounds Mobi-chair is heavier than other wheelchairs in this category.
Storage – Even when folded flat with the wheels removed this beach wheelchair takes up a lot of space. It folds flat but remains long. The large wheels and armrests will take up a lot of space in your trunk.
Who it’s for
Wheelchair users who plan to spend most of their time at the beach or in the water will get the most out of the Mobi-chair.
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"Extreme Motus manufactures all terrain wheelchairs. The Emma X3 is capable of traveling through grass, gravel, rocks, mud, snow, and even floats in the water. Nature is wheelchair accessible. We believe the benefits of spending time outdoors are important for everyone. Our all terrain wheelchair can take you places you never thought possible."