Q: What is a Powerchair? A: Battery-operated versions of manual wheelchairs, power chairs enable even those with severe mobility restrictions to enjoy complete freedom and independence. Power wheelchairs operate well on a variety of surfaces, both inside and outside the home. The joystick function makes them easier to steer and manoeuvre than manual wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Since they don’t have the obstruction of a mobility scooter, you can pull right up to counters and desks without problems, and complete 360-degree turns with ease. Power wheelchairs are also comfortable, making them ideal for full-time use if necessary.