Powerchairs usually look more like traditional wheelchairs, and some models even look just like a traditional wheelchair with batteries and a motor attached to each wheel. The power chair is driven using one hand by a joystick control on the arm of the powerchair.

People who use power chairs tend to spend more time in their chairs than people who spend on their scooters.This is because powerchairs are usually more adaptable than disabled scooters and some models can have specialist seats and controllers fitted to suit the individual requirements of the user.

For example, the power chair can be controlled by hand, by a chin control, or even using a sip and puff pipe operated with the mouth. The footrests can be specific to the user’s needs and can include swing away or articulating footrests. Powerchairs are also more likely to be used inside although some powerchairs are equally capable indoors and outdoors.