How Wheelchair88 and Foldawheel started:
The initial intention was just to make a portable power wheelchair for my father after his 3rd stroke incident. (This time the stroke was a lot worse than the previous ones, and I would like to share his amazing recovery story to those who are interested). I desperately wanted to take him out as much as possible, especially since I thought these will be his last few years with me when I saw his condition. I hoped my father could have the sense of freedom while going out with us, and I knew that a power chair was the solution.
However, at the time it seemed like the choices available on the market were either too heavy, bulky, or extremely expensive. And although I may look strong, I had a bad back problem, and my mother was old with weak arms. Finally, I decided to create our own power chair that had to be lightweight and foldable, so I can carry it in and out of the car easily, or check it as luggage if we were to travel by plane.
After testing many prototypes for over a year, I gave him the lightest power wheelchair in the world in 2012, which I named the Foldawheel. He became more outgoing, and to my surprise, many people stopped my father to ask where to buy a unit like his. My father told them “If you leave me your contact details, I will make sure you get one.” Then he told me, “Don’t make me lose face and we must make good products, so others can enjoy their freedom just like me”.
Through the feedback of our initial users including my own father, we kept on improving and modifying the Foldawheel day-by-day. Gradually, we developed more models of power wheelchairs to suit users with different disabilities. Wheelchair88 started to operate in 2013, and since then we have customers all over the world. And Foldawheel becomes the most reliable foldable power wheelchair due to good quality and after sales service. Funny thing is, many “manufacturers” at first said that Foldawheel won’t work as it is so different from models on the market at the time and deemed too small and lightweight. But they started to copy our designs after they realized that customers actually love our wheelchairs!