I have been chosen as a Whill ambassador to test out their modernized version of the power chair
@whill. First off I’ll preface by saying I’m a C-7 quad who has been using a manual chair since my injury in 1986. I lead an active outdoor lifestyle and I don’t have any shoulder problems. I plan on using the Whill to take some of the daily load of my shoulders and to better access rough terrains.
I like the modern look of the Whill. This isn’t your 1970’s era power chair. It’s sleek looking and has a lower profile so it doesn’t feel like the chair is swallowing me up.
Surprisingly, it was comfortable the first time I hopped onto it. Most new chairs have an awkward feel at first. Both arms roll back easily which allows for an easy transfer. Also, it comes with a nice cushion that
I may consider stealing at the end of my trial period.
The power controls are on the left arm and the drive joystick is on the right (they can be reversed on request). It took me about a week to get the hang of maneuvering around the house. I always keep it set on the slowest of the 3 speeds while inside. Top speed on the road is 5 mph, which seems plenty fast.
I’m 6’2″ and it fits me well. I think I sent 3 or 4 measurements to Jeff at Whill and they customized my Model M to my body.
So far I’ve only used it to walk my dogs about 1.3 miles per day, and it’ll go for over a week on one charge.
Two features that I like are the tail lights so cars can see me on the road and how fast the chair stops when you lay off the ‘gas’.
It feels like it has plenty of power when it comes to going through grass, over rough terrain and up ramps. I’m looking forward to taking it on the road. My trailer hitch cargo carrier just showed up!
El Campo, TX