Travelling with a scooter can feel impossible. Most scooters are large, bulky, and do not have batteries that are airline approved. This is why so many companies have begun creating airline approve mobility scooters. They see that scooter users rely on their mobility equipment, and want to give them every opportunity to see the world just like anyone else. As there are a number of airline approved mobility scooters on the market, we have decided to break them down and rank them in order. We have considered price, comfort, and features when ranking these airline approved mobility scooters. But, you may be asking yourself, “What makes scooters airline approved?”.
What Makes Scooters Airline Approved?
Airline approved scooters all share one common trait. And that is their lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries allow the scooter to safely be taken onto a plane without the concert of combustion, as other batteries have. This type of battery can often be found in cell phones, laptops, and other devices. They are also incredibly lightweight, often weighing under 10 pounds. While other types of scooter batteries can weigh upwards of 50 pounds per battery and are often the heaviest part of a scooter. Airline approved scooters are also very compact in size, so they don’t offer a lot of features. But, they can be either folded or disassembled so they can fit in tight spaces, perfect for travelling. Now that you know what makes scooters airline approved, here are the best airline approved mobility scooters on the market.
The EasyFold Scooter is our best-selling airline approved mobility scooter, and it’s easy to see why. This scooter comes with a remote control, which allows you to fold and unfold it with the click of a button. The EasyFold scooter can accommodate up to 275 pounds. It features an adjustable tiller height and angle, anti-tip wheels for added safety, and a lightweight design. In addition, when the scooter is folded it can be put into a “suitcase” mode, meaning you can pull it behind you just like a suitcase. It has a total weight of 66 pounds including the batteries. This scooter is $3,795.00 CAD.
2. ZooMe Flex
The ZooMe Flex mobility scooter comes in two different versions, the ZooMe AUTO-Flex, and the ZooMe MANUAL-Flex. As you can see by the names, the ZooMe Auto can automatically fold with a remote just like the EasyFold Scooter. On the other hand, the ZooMe Manual has to be folded by hand. The Auto version has a 300 pound weight capacity and 65 pound total weight, while the Manual has a 275 weight capacity and a total weight of 58.6 pounds. The scooters are priced at $4,295.00 and $2,925 CAD respectively.
The Auto may be the best option for those who suffer from joint pain or sensitivity, as it can be folded with the press of a button. But, the Manual may have fewer problems down the road due to it having fewer mechanics, so fewer potential parts to break.
The Go-Go Endurance Li by Pride Mobility ranks in at number 3 on this list. This is due to its comfort features, larger size, and the highest weight capacity on this list at 325 pounds. This sleek airline approved mobility scooter is equipt with feather-touch disassembly, meaning it can be broken down into five pieces. When broken down, the heaviest piece weighs just 40.75 pounds. This can be helpful if you are unable to lift heavy objects, but you can put the pieces back together. The Pride Go-Go Endurance Li also comes with an impressive Comfort-Trac Suspension, so it can make driving more comfortable. The price ranges from $2,424.00 to $2,545.00 depending on the type of battery you choose.
The Go-Go Folding Scooter by Pride Mobility is another manual folding scooter. It has a 250 pound weight capacity and a 56 pound total weight. If you like the idea of a folding scooter for your daily tasks, like fitting into your car, then it does come with a non-airline approved SLA battery option for $3,425.00. If you want to take this unit on a plane, then it must have lithium-ion batteries for $3,750.00. The Go-Go Folding Scooter has features like anti-tip wheels, a headlight, and an adjustable tiller.
The Buzz Around CarryOn travel scooter by Golden is a very barebones type of mobility scooter. It is very compact when folded, making it perfect to store away. In fact, it is just 12” tall when folded. It can also be disassembled into two separate pieces if that’s what you prefer. Because this scooter is so barebones, it is not very practical for everyday use, but it can be a good option to take on vacation. This scooter offers a 300 pound weight capacity and a total weight of 59.5 pounds. It is currently priced at $2,995.00.
The Go-Go iCruise by Pride Mobility comes in at 6th place on our list of the best airline approved mobility scooters. This scooter is extremely compact, weighing just 46.5 pounds. It also has a weight capacity of 250 pounds. However, this scooter may not be suited for all users. Because it is a 3 wheel scooter, it is less stable than the 4 wheel scooters on this list. And, due to its minimal design, it may be uncomfortable for long periods of time and is not recommended for everyday use. This scooter comes in five colours, lime, mango, arctic ice, blackberry, and raspberry. The Go-Go iCruise is currently on sale for $1,775.00 CAD.
There are a number of great airline approved mobility scooters on the market. To make this list we have considered their price, comfort, and features in hopes to help you make an informed decision. If you have any questions about the airline approved mobility scooters mentioned on this list, do not hesitate to reach out.