Automatic Folding vs. Manual Folding Portable Lightweight Travel Mobility Scooters

Automatic Folding vs. Manual Folding Mobility Scooters

Folding travel mobility scooters are an extremely popular niche of scooters for people who life an active lifestyle and also like to travel. These portable scooters are often lightweight and usually fold into compact sizes for storage and transport. In this article we will discuss both automatic and manual folding mobility scooters and provide a few options of both.

Automatic Folding Mobility Scooters

Automatic folding mobility scooters are designed with ease of use in mind. They use a battery-powered system to complete the folding process. The automatic fold functionality is ideal for people with dexterity issues who simply cannot perform the manual folding steps. By owning an auto-fold mobility scooter you will be able to collapse and open your scooter with either a key fob or a button on the tiller. While automatic folding mobility scooter may be more expensive due to its advanced features, many prefer it for its convenience and overall ease of use. If you need a folding scooter that weighs around 50lbs. perhaps an automatic device would fit your needs. 

 EV Rider AF+ Automatic Folding Mobility Scooter in Red with Remote

EV Rider Transport AF+ Automatic Folding Scooter

Manual Folding Mobility Scooters

This is the type of folding scooter you fold up by yourself. Much like a regular chair or stroller. Manual folding scooters often times weigh less because they don't need the extra parts to perform the automatic folding functionality. Since these manually fold they tend to be slightly cheaper than the automatic folding model. If you okay can physically fold the scooter on your own and are looking to save a few dollars, you may want to consider the manual folding route.

EV Rider Transport Move Manual Folding Mobility Scooter Folded

EV Rider Transport Move Manual Folding Mobility Scooter 

Folding Mobility Scooter Benefits

Easy to Transport

These scooter types will fold up so you can bring them with you. They will fit in your car, bus, train, cruise ship, and airplane. Essentially you can easily take your folding portable scooter wherever you go including on your next trip.

Save Space

After you fold up your automatic or manual folding scooter it will take up very little space. This is perfect if you have little storage at home or a smaller vehicle. 

Regain Your Freedom

It’s like reclaiming your independence daily. You can cruise on your folding electric scooter without needing anyone help. Always check the weight of the device your ordering to be sure you can lift it.

They Fit in a Regular Vehicle

You won't have to invest in a vehicle lift to transport your new folding electric scooter.

Budget Friendly

Folding scooters are usually cheaper than large mobility scooter. 

Things to Consider Before Buying

Where You Plan to Use It

It is important to consider where exactly you plan to use your new folding scooter. If you love the outdoors you may need to research the tires, ground clearance, and if it has suspension. Always consider safety features such as a horn, lighting, and braking system.

If you plan to mostly use it indoors the folding scooter should be compact. This allows for the scooter to fit in small spaces within your home for proper storage. The turning radius is ultra important to investigate if you plan to mainly use your new device inside.

Drive Range

Before purchasing a mobility scooter always look into the battery rang on a full charge. If you plan to use the folding scooter for longer rides you need to select something with a longer drive range. The last thing you want is for your mobility scooter's battery to run out of charge while cruising outdoors.


Folding mobility scooters are usually portable and can be opened and closed with a few simple steps. Be sure the folding mobility scooters aren't complicated for your liking. Remember to take the measurements of the scooter while it's folded to ensure your folding scooter will fit in your vehicle and storage space in your home.

Adjustable Tiller

When researching folding mobility scooters you check if certain models have a adjustable tiller. Adjustable tillers allow you to bring the tiller (steering column) in closer to your body or out if you have longer arms. This allows the user to customize their riding experience and overall comfort during their usage. It will also help your posture while riding.


Most folding scooters are very durable and can last for many years. Despite this you need to always research the manufacturer's warranty terms. After reading your warranty you will have a general idea of what to expect if your folding scooter has any issues.


What is the Weight of a Folding Mobility Scooter?

The total weight of a folding mobility scooter ranges depends on the battery, materials, and its fold functionality. Folding mobility scooter usually weigh around 50 lbs.

What is the Cost of a Folding Mobility Scooter?

Folding mobility scooters range from $1,100.00 to $3,800.00.

Are Folding Electric Scooters Travel Friendly?

Overall yes. Nearly every folding portable scooter we offer are airline and cruise ship approved. It is important to always check with each individual airline and you should always ask ahead of time to prevent possible delays. Airlines and cruise ships are concerned with the scooter and battery size. Reference the FAA regulations for more information.

What are the Best Folding Mobility Scooters?

The best folding mobility scooter is the scooter that perfectly fits your own lifestyle and budget. Consider the recommendations above to select the best folding mobility scooter suitable for your current situation.

What Folding Mobility Scooters Should be Avoided?

You should always avoid folding mobility scooters that could be challenging to fold and unfold. You need to select a folding portable scooter with a longer battery life and is FAA-approved.

How do you Properly Measure for a Folding Mobility Scooter?

To figure out what measurements you need you will need to locate the seat width, seat depth, and seat height. You will need to measure the user from hip to hip to estimate what seat width will work. Always add a buffer of 1-2" on the scooter seat width for you or rider’s comfort.

Every folding portable mobility scooter has a maximum weight capacity. If you are close to the max capacity it is important to select a unit with a higher overall capacity especially if you plan to bring a fair amount of stuff with you. If you go over the weight limit it will affect the speed, travel range, and cause more wear and tear.


Selecting the perfect folding travel mobility scooter will improve your mobility and lifestyle. Consider the ease of transport, riding experience, battery life, and folding mechanism before making your purchase. When you invest in a folding portable mobility scooter, you will receive a reliable scooter that will assist in regaining your mobility freedom.

Don't let mobility setbacks keep you from enjoying your life. Regain your freedom with the airline approved Mojo portable mobility scooter. We hope this quick overview showed you just how wonderful this machine is for someone who lives an active lifestyle. If you have any questions please contact one of our mobility experts to discuss all of your questions. Don't forget to ask them about your special pricing as well.

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