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Things You Need To Know When Shopping For An Electric Wheelchair – by Sandra Stammberger

No Comments 30 September 2010

Electric wheelchairs are specially designed for those people who find it difficult to use manual wheelchairs. Electric wheelchairs don’t need any kind of physical power to be used in order to operate it. The invention of electric wheelchairs has been a blessing for many disabled people, because it considers and addresses the requirements of physically challenged people. With electric wheelchairs the disabled user feels competent to perform daily chores without any outside help. This makes a person feel more confident and helps to lead an independent life.

Models

Electric wheelchairs can be found in various different versions. The manufacturers consider the personal needs of different individuals. That is why they have come up with innumerous variations of electric wheelchairs. The different electric wheelchairs come in various sizes and weight options. This means there is an electric wheelchair for every individual of any height or weight. There are some specific electric wheelchairs that have been specially crafted for obese people and there are some that are designed mainly for the use of children. The options are also available in colors and foot pads and seats.

Individual needs

The options for electric chairs depend on individual needs. There are some disabled people who need to elevate the leg rests in the wheelchairs in order to keep good circulation in the legs. However, others may need an oxygen tank holder to carry oxygen tanks. Whereas there are still others with back sores and ulcers that might need special seating. There are also certain wheelchair accessories that can be additionally used with an electric wheelchair to infuse it with more personalized features.

Major brands

If you venture into the market to find out the various options of electric wheelchairs available, then you will find out that there are only a few companies in this business. For example, the popularly known names in the manufacturing of electric wheelchairs are : Pride Mobility Products Corp., Invacare Corporation and Hoveround companies. These three names are treated as major brands in the market.

Benefits

Electric wheelchairs provide the user with a fairly good speed and in some cases the user can also use these wheelchairs for sport activities. However, besides the speed and mobility features, there are certain other qualities that need to be looked for while going for any electric wheelchair. One should make sure that the electric wheelchair has been made by a reputable manufacturer and is being supplied by a licensed supplier. It is advisable to check with others too, so that the vendor doesn’t fool you by giving you a second hand product.

With electric wheelchairs, a disabled person enjoys the freedom of movement for years to come.

Sandra Stammberger owns and operates http://www.wheelchaironline.net Wheelchairs Online

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The New Face Of Camping – by M.D. Smith

No Comments 28 September 2010

Camping has come a long way. For many, camping is not throwing up a tent, grabbing the fishing poles, lanterns, sleeping bags and cooler of food. Camping has become an art and is full of creature comforts.

Campgrounds have also evolved. With modern amenities like HOT and cold running water, small convenience shops, even private golf courses and cable tv hookups, they are more like resort destinations.

A new convenience that is popping up all over the camper world is electric scooters. Electric scooters are being accepted more and more at campgrounds and you can see them everywhere. Some campgrounds have taken it a step further and offer scooter rentals.

Why have electric scooters enjoyed such an increase in popularity? Electric scooters are compact, convenient, and allow you to cover more ground than by walking alone.

Electric scooters are compact and most can fold down for easy storage. Whether you have an RV or an SUV, your electric scooter will fold down and can fit without taking up a lot of space.

Electric scooters afford those that love the outdoors the ability to keep enjoying it. If you have problems walking, standing for long periods of time, or have minimal back problems; electric scooters are your ticket to getting back to nature. With an electric scooter, you can hit the trails again.

If you think about it, you can save money by adding one to your camping supplies. When you want to take those short trips, you don’t have to waste gas by taking the car, truck or RV. Hop on your scooter and save your gas money. With the cost of gas these days and no relief in sight, who knows how much money you will save by taking your electric scooter instead of your RV.

If you have forgot something and need to run to the local mini-mart, just hop on your scooter and you’re there and back in minutes, and you still have the time and energy to enjoy the rest of your day. You’ve started the campfire and just realized you don’t have enough marsh-mellows. No problem, some electric scooters have lights on them, so jump on yours and get to the store and back in a flash. No one has to go without their “SMORES” today.

Kids love electric scooters and what better way to get them to enjoy camping than to let them bring their scooter with them? With a kids electric scooter, you don’t have to worry about them complaining while out on a trail. Exploring can take on a whole new meaning when they have their scooters. Taking the scooter with you on a trail will ease the headache of hearing “I’m Tired” or “How Much Farther?”. They will be more into cruising ahead and will actually take in some sights.

Overall, with camping joining the 20th Century, you can’t go wrong with the addition of an electric scooter to your camping ensemble. Keeping the kids entertained, giving back the freedom to the walking impaired and giving you more time to enjoy the outdoors are just some of the benefits of electric scooters. Take your electric scooter just about anywhere and see nature the way you never have before.

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The History of Battery Electric Vehicles – by Jerome Carter

No Comments 25 September 2010

Battery Electric Vehicles or BEVs, predated the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles. It was between 1832-1839 that Robert Anderson, a Scottish businessman, invented the first electric carriage and Professor Sibrandus Stratingh from the Netherlands designed the first small-scale electric car which was built by his assistant Christopher Becker in 1835.

The storage battery improved, firstly by Gaston Planté, a French physicist who invented the lead acid cell in 1859 and the first rechargeable battery. Then, in 1881, Camille Faure developed a more efficient and reliable battery which became so successful in the early electric cars. This discovery caused battery electric vehicles to flourish, with France and Great Britain being the first nations to support widespread development of electric vehicles.

Prior to 1900, battery electric vehicles held many speed and distance records, the most notable of which, was the breaking of the 100 km/h (60 mph) speed barrier. It was by Camille Jenatzy on April 29, 1899 in a rocket-shaped vehicle named Jamais Contente (Never Happy) which reached a top speed of 105.88 km/h (65.79 mph).

During the early 20th Century, battery electric vehicles outsold gasoline powered vehicles and were successfully sold as town cars to upper-class customers. Because of technological limitations, these cars were limited to a top speed of about 32 km/h (20 mph). The cars were marketed as “suitable vehicles for women drivers”. Electric vehicles did not need hand-cranking to start.

One of the downfalls of the battery electric vehicle was the introduction of the electric starter in 1913. It simplified the task of starting an internal combustion engine which was previously difficult and dangerous to start with the crank handle. Another was the mass-produced and relatively cheap Ford Model-T. Finally, the loss of Edisons direct current electric power transmission system. He was battling with George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla over their desire to introduce alternating current as the principal electricity distribution. Edison’s direct current was the load for electric motors.

Battery electric vehicles were limited to niche applications. Forklift trucks were battery electric vehicles when introduced in 1923. BEV golf carts which were used as neighborhood electric vehicles and were partially “street legal”. By the late 1930s, the electric automobile industry had disappeared until the invention of the point contact transistor in 1947 which started a new era of electric vehicle.

In 1959 the Henney Kilowatt was introduced and was the world’s first modern transistor-regulated electric car and the predecessor to the more recent battery electric vehicles such as General Motors EV1. Only 47 Henney Kilowatts were produced, 24 being sold as 1959 models and 8 as 1960 models. It is not clear what happened to the other 15 built but it could be possible that they were sold as 1961 or 1962 models. None of the 8 1960 models were sold to the public because of the high manufacturing costs, but were sold to the electric cooperatives who funded the project.

It is estimated that there are between four and eight Henney Kilowatt battery electric vehicles still in existence with at least two of the survivors still driven periodically.

Battery electric vehicles have had issues with high battery costs, with limited travel distances, with charging time and the lifespan of the battery, although advancements in battery technology has addressed many of those problems.

At the present time, controversy reigns over battery electric vehicles. Campaigners, (et al) for BEV’s are accusing three major US automobile manufacturers of deliberately sabotaging BEV efforts through several methods, for instance, failing to market, failing to produce appropriate vehicles, by failing to satisfy demand and using lease-only programs with prohibitions against end of lease purchase.

In their defense, the three major manufacturers they have responded that they only make what the public want and the current trend is that the public doesn’t want battery electric vehicles.

Although we have the technology to manufacture and provide BEVs, one of the biggest downfalls for the prolific production of BEVs is the extortionate cost of replacement batteries. In some cases the cost of replacement batteries can be more than the price of the whole vehicle, especially when buying used battery electric vehicles.

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The Benefits Of Electric Vehicles – by Joe Goertz

No Comments 23 September 2010

Electric vehicles have been in existence since way back in 1830, and are becoming popular again with so many people being concerned about pollution and the rising cost of gasoline. Electric vehicles have been used for many years in the form of golf carts and have also been used as fleet vehicles by servicemen such as meter readers. However, due to the continued commitment and research efforts of the major car manufacturers, electric vehicles are becoming available today that are practical for normal street use, just as a gasoline powered vehicle would be.

Electric vehicles are popular because, unlike gasoline-powered vehicles, they produce no tailpipe emissions, which are known to cause heavy air pollution. Another reason for their popularity when compared to gasoline powered vehicles is that they actually use 75% of the power generated by the electricity, while a gasoline powered vehicle only uses 20% of the power produced by the gasoline, leaving the other 80% to pollute the air, clog up car components, etc.

While there is not a huge market for electric vehicles at this point in time, there are a number of companies that produce them for various reasons, with one of the reasons being NEV’s. A NEV is also known as a “neighborhood electric vehicle”. These electric vehicles are used in large, gated communities usually, and are normally built to accommodate one or two people. These small electric vehicles can reach speeds of 35 to 40 miles per hour.

In addition to the NEV’s that are available, there are a few car manufacturers that are producing and selling street compatible electric vehicles. The Dodge TEVan, an electric minivan built by the Chrysler Corporation, is currently being marketed to utility corporations with a price tag of approximately $100,000. Other companies that produce electric vehicle prototypes for demonstration purposes only include Honda, GM and Ford.

How an electric vehicle works is quite easy to understand. Since the electric vehicle runs on electricity, or a charge, the battery attached to the vehicle is plugged in prior to use in order for the battery to fully charge. Depending on how low the battery’s charge is, and also on the charging voltage that is used to charge the battery, charging can take anywhere between three and eight hours. Once charged, the electric vehicle will normally run for between 60 and 200 hours before the battery needs to be recharged.

A limited production electric vehicle can cost up to $40,000, however, many models that are available for everyday use can be purchased for $15,000 to $30,000, depending on the make and model, as well as the options that you desire the electric vehicle to have.
There also exists the possibility to transform a regular gasoline powered vehicle into an electric vehicle; this is done by using a conversion kit, which can be purchased for about $5,000. Electrical vehicles are safe for the environment, economically priced, as well as fun to drive.

More from this author at: vehicles-magazine.com

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The Advantages of Electric Stethoscopes – by Damian Sofsian

No Comments 20 September 2010

One problem with standard acoustic stethoscopes is that they merely transmit sounds but do not amplify them. Doctors in busy, noisy hospitals and paramedics in moving vehicles often have trouble getting accurate readings from these stethoscopes. Electric stethoscopes are a new invention that amplifies internal body sounds allowing doctors to better hear and diagnose any irregularities.

Electric stethoscopes have several features that are useful in a number of medical settings. They can amplify sound, allowing doctors to hear faint sounds even in a loud environment. Electric stethoscopes can also be used to record sounds and play them back at varying speeds.

In loud environments such as busy hospitals and ambulances, the amplification of electric stethoscopes is extremely useful. Some electric stethoscopes can amplify sounds to 100 times their normal volume. Most electric stethoscopes have a microphone in the chestpiece that projects the sound to the earpieces at a louder volume. The amplification feature allows users to hear the internal sounds of a body through several layers of clothing, which is useful in situations in which paramedics must diagnose or treat patients without moving them. Many electric stethoscopes transmit the amplified sounds to high-end headphones that provide better sound quality than standard stethoscope earpieces.

Many electric stethoscopes can record the sounds they amplify. This is useful in case the doctor wants to get a second opinion on the sounds or confirm an earlier diagnosis. The recordings can be played back on sophisticated audio equipment for the best sound quality possible. Many electric stethoscopes can play the sounds back at either full speed or half speed. Often, the slower speed reveals details that may be hard to hear at full speed.

Electric stethoscopes are a recent invention and are not as common as standard acoustic stethoscopes. However, many analysts predict that electric stethoscopes will be used more widely than acoustic models within the next few years.

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