The Forcemech Voyager R2 is a sharp-looking, lightweight, travel-friendly chair offered by a great company you may not have heard of. Recommended For: Anyone weighing up to 265 pounds—as long as you like the color yellow.
* Note Regarding Brand Reliability: This metric is a measure of the strength and longevity of the brand, which, by extension, is a measure of the level of support you can expect.
Do you suffer from some type of mobility issue that limits your options and makes it difficult for you to enjoy life as much as you used to? Do you like to travel, and are you looking for a mobility aid that can accommodate that? Most importantly, do you have fond memories of playing with Tonka toys as a kid?
Okay, we were only half kidding about the last question being the most important one, but it does matter because the very first thing you’ll notice about all of Forcemech’s products is the fact that they’re bright yellow in color and trimmed in black, and they really do look a bit like life-sized Tonka toys.
If you were a fan of Tonka growing up, you’d probably love that and the vaguely industrial look of this machine. If not, you’ll be underwhelmed and unimpressed.
Assuming you like it, though, and you’re intrigued to know more, in the sections that follow in this Forcemech Voyager R2 review, we’ll do a deep dive into everything this amazing chair can do, so you’ll have all the information you need to decide for yourself if the Voyager R2 is the chair you’ve been looking for, or if your search must continue.
If that sounds good to you, read on, and let’s take a closer look!
An Overview of the Forcemech Voyager R2 Folding Power Wheelchair
The Voyager Forcemech looks bigger than it actually is. Part of that is the industrial design aesthetic, and part of it is the bold color scheme. But when you first lay eyes on it, it looks and feels gigantic.
Some people just don’t like yellow, and if you’re one of them, then it won’t matter how good the chair is—it almost certainly won’t be enough to win you over. If you like the look of the chair, however, the numbers behind the design will only serve to reinforce your initial opinion. Let’s take a closer look at those numbers to get the ball rolling in this section.
Here’s a quick overview:
By and large, these are good numbers, but there is one potential point of weakness to draw your attention to.
First and foremost, check out the overall footprint, folded and unfolded. As we mentioned, it looks a lot bigger than it actually is. You’ll have no trouble at all navigating your Voyager R2 wheelchair down hallways and through doorways, even if you live in a smaller home or apartment.
Combine that with the fact that the Voyager weighs less than fifty pounds, and you’ve got an exceptionally travel-friendly chair, which is nice, especially if you used to enjoy hitting the road and you haven’t been able to do that since the onset of your mobility issue.
The seat-to-ground height looks a little high at first glance, especially given the seat dimensions, but the seat-to-ground is a bit deceptive because of the ground clearance.
Deducting 3.5 inches from the seat-to-ground gives you 16.5”, which is (more or less) how far the seat is from the footplate.
Those numbers are a much better pairing with the chair’s weight limit, but that’s the number we were a bit underwhelmed by.
Many, if not most, of the mobility aids on the market today are capable of supporting up to 300 pounds of user weight. This one fails to meet that mark. Granted, it’s still useful to the majority of the market at that weight limit, but if you’re a bigger, taller user, then the odds are good that this one will be a complete non-starter.
If that is the case, though, we recommend gravitating to the Forcemech Navigator, which can support nearly 400 pounds of user weight.
The slope handling is significantly above the average of 6 degrees, making this an excellent option for people who live in hilly areas, and the range is superb. You won’t have to be constantly on your guard and aware of where the nearest power outlet is at sixteen miles.
Even better, although 3.5” isn’t a huge ground clearance, it’s high enough to make this a really versatile chair and capable of handling a wide range of terrains.
Unfortunately, although it looks the part, the ground clearance isn’t high enough to make it a true adventure chair, but you should be fine using it around your property or at a campground if you’re an RV traveler.
Adjustability and Comfort
This is a fairly strong component of our Forcemech Voyager R2 review. Although the height of the seat is fixed, the armrests also flip up, making transfers into and out of the chair a simple proposition.
In addition to that, the angle of the footrest can be adjusted upward, giving you a fair amount of flexibility in terms of customizing your ride for optimal comfort.
The Voyager fares better than average on the comfort front, padded with moderate amounts of conventional block foam and a mesh-like upholstery covering it.
The advantage of using this approach is that the mesh-like fabric is breathable, whereas most of Forcemech’s rivals use vinyl, which is cheaper and relatively low maintenance but is also not at all breathable.
The longer you spend on a vinyl seat, the hotter and more uncomfortable you’re apt to get. You won’t have this problem with the Voyager, although there’s not enough padding present to make this a good chair for lounging in.
Even so, padding is relatively inexpensive and easy to come by, so ultimately, you can make the Voyager as comfy as you want it to be.
Extras and Options
This is another surprisingly strong segment of our Forcemech Voyager R2 review, which may seem strange, given that Forcemech doesn’t even sell accessories from their company website.
They do offer a universal headrest, though, that works with all of the products they sell. If you want one, you’ll need to contact the company directly to get it.
More than that, though, the chair comes with a seatbelt as a default option, which is a high-value addition.
In fact, we dearly wish that all companies made seatbelts a standard feature as it would make their products safer, but unfortunately, the market as a whole doesn’t agree with our assessment.
In addition to that, you’ll find a small storage pouch on the back of the seat and a larger storage pouch under the seat. Storage is always a good thing, and the fact that the Voyager offers two different storage options built in is fantastic.
The color could also be seen as a nice extra in that the company touts it as a safety feature, given how highly visible you’ll be, day or night.
On top of that, all of Forcemech’s products offer a more comfortable ride than other chairs you may have tested because they all come with shock absorbers. So even if you’re traveling over cobblestones, which would normally threaten to shake you right out of the seat, you’ll enjoy a smooth, comfortable ride.
The bottom line is that although they’re not terribly numerous, Forcemech offers some fantastic extras, and most of them come built into the base model. That’s awesome.
Portability and Ease of Use
Other Forcemech Voyager R2 reviews you read on the web give the chair consistently high marks in this category, and they’re certainly right to do so. Despite its hulking initial appearance and industrial aesthetic, the chair has a delightfully small footprint and is lighter than you might think—at just under fifty pounds.
The chair can be folded in a matter of seconds, and its rear wheels can be used to simply roll the Voyager behind you, which makes getting it onto a bus, plane, or RV a snap. And it’s light enough that if you’ve got decent upper body strength, you won’t need any help storing it in your trunk or the back of your truck, SUV, or van.
Speaking of storing the Voyager in your trunk, we again point to its modest footprint, especially when folded. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding room for it in the available trunk space of most mid-sized sedans. If you have a larger vehicle, storage is naturally even easier.
The batteries are airline-friendly, and the Voyager is light enough that most airlines will allow it, although it’s important to remember that every airline sets its own policy here. So if you’re planning to fly with it, you’ll want to contact the airline you plan to use and tell them what you’ve got. That way, you won’t have any surprises when you show up at the airline ticket counter.
Pros & Cons of Voyager Power Wheelchair
There’s really nothing bad about the Forcemech Voyager. The only two potential flies in the ointment are the bright color and industrial aesthetic, which may be off-putting to some, and the modest weight limit, which may make this model a non-starter for bigger and taller people.
While nothing can be done about the color because Forcemech doesn’t offer other color options, as mentioned, the company does make a different model (The Navigator) that can support up to 400 pounds of user weight. So if the weight limit is a dealbreaker for you, but you otherwise love it, there’s a simple fix for that.
Forcemech Voyager R2 Review Conclusion
The Voyager power wheelchair is a superbly designed mobility aid offered by a fantastic company you may not have heard of.
Forcemech has a stellar reputation when it comes to post-sales service and support, so if you happen to have a problem with your chair, you’ll be well taken care of, which is not something you can reliably say about some other companies in the industry.
On top of that, the Voyager offers a modest number of high-value extras as standard features and one optional extra (the height-adjustable headrest) you can add if you wish.
We love it, and we think you will too. This one is definitely recommended.
Comparable Products to Consider
If, for one reason or another, this model isn’t right for you, here are a couple of other options you can consider:
This is the chair you want if you love the Voyager but are heavier than this model will support. It offers a virtually identical set of features, though it’s not quite as travel-friendly.
Recommended For: Anyone. If you don’t need the XL version, the company makes two smaller variants and you may find that the Porto Mobility Ranger D09S is a better fit for you. Whichever variant is the best fit, this one belongs on your shortlist of options to consider.
This company is even less well-known than Forcemech. Although they don’t have quite as good a reputation for post-sales service and support, the Ranger is an incredibly capable, travel-friendly chair that’s even more adept at handling outdoor terrains.
References & Resources:
- Forcemech, Official Brand Website.
- 7 Air Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users, The Points Guy.
- Smart Powered Wheelchair Platform Design and Control For People With Severe Disabilities, Scientific & Academic Publishing.
- Six Adventure Trips for Wheelchair Users, United Spinal Association.
- New Horizons: Tips For Traveling With a Wheelchair, mobility management.