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Using an Electric Wheelchair: A Beginner’s Guide

Heather Wong

An electric wheelchair is a mobility device designed to help people with limited mobility move around with ease and independence. Whether you are using it for the first time or you have been using one for a while, this guide will help you learn how to use an electric wheelchair effectively and safely.

  1. Understanding the Controls:

    The first step in using an electric wheelchair is to familiarize yourself with the controls such as the joystick controller, brakes and where the motor engage/ disengage switch is, if available. The joystick is usually located on the armrest and is used to control the direction of the wheelchair. Some models may also have additional buttons that control other functions such as speed or turning radius.

  2. Charging the Battery:

    Before using your electric wheelchair, make sure that the battery is fully charged. You can check the battery level using the indicator light on the control panel. If the battery is low, you can charge it using a charger that is provided with the wheelchair. It is recommended to charge the battery after every use to ensure that it is ready for the next use.

  3. Adjusting the Seat:

    Before you start using your electric wheelchair, make sure that the seat is adjusted to your height and comfort level. Most electric wheelchairs come with adjustable seats and backrests that can be adjusted to your preferred position.

  4. Folding the Wheelchair:

    Most electric wheelchairs can be easily folded for storage and transportation. To fold the wheelchair, locate the folding mechanism and follow the manufacturer's instructions for folding. Make sure the wheelchair is securely locked in the folded position before moving it.

  5. Transferring onto the Wheelchair:

    If you have limited mobility, you may need assistance to transfer onto the electric wheelchair. You can use a transfer board, lift, or ask someone to help you. When transferring, make sure to use proper lifting techniques to avoid injury.

  6. Driving the Wheelchair:

    To start driving the electric wheelchair, simply press the joystick forward to move forward, and pull it back to move backward. To turn the wheelchair, simply move the joystick in the desired direction. The speed of the electric wheelchair can be adjusted using the speed control button on the control panel.

  7. Stopping the Wheelchair:

    To stop the electric wheelchair, simply release the joystick or press the brake button. The brake will automatically engage when you release the joystick, but it is always recommended to use the brake button to ensure the wheelchair is securely stopped.

In conclusion, using an electric wheelchair can greatly improve your mobility and independence and with practice, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits that it has to offer. It is important to read the instructions manual of the specific electric wheelchair before driving and to consult the vendor or your physical therapist for a test drive.

At Arete First, we offer a wide range of health and fitness products for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.

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Choosing the Right Power Bank: A Guide

Heather Wong

At Arete First®, we offer a range of power banks under the EXCELLION™ brand to meet different needs. In this article, we'll provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to choose the right power bank when shopping online.

Power banks

EXCELLION™ Power Banks

  1. Capacity
    A power bank's capacity is measured in milliampere-hours (mAh). It determines how much charge a power bank can hold and how many times it can charge your device. For example, an iPhone 14 has power capacity of 3,279 mAh, you'll need a power bank with a capacity of at least 3,279 mAh to fully charge your phone once, or about 9 times on EXCELLION™ 30000mAh power banks.

  2. Output
    The output of a power bank refers to the amount of power it can deliver to your device at once. The output is measured in milliamperes (mA) or amps (A). Look for a power bank with an output that matches the charging requirements of your device.

  3. Number of Ports
    The number of ports determines the number of devices you can charge at once. If you only need to charge one device, a single-port power bank is sufficient. However, if you need to charge multiple devices, consider a multi-port power bank.

  4. Size and Weight
    Consider the size and weight of the power bank if you plan on carrying it with you. Choose a compact and lightweight option if you want something that's easy to carry, such as EXCELLION™ 20000mAh power banks.

  5. Charging Speed
    The charging speed of a power bank refers to how quickly it can charge your device. Some power banks offer fast charging capabilities, while others take longer. If you need to charge your device quickly, look for a power bank with fast charging capabilities.

  6. Price
    The price of a power bank can vary greatly, depending on its capacity, features, and brand. Determine your budget and look for a power bank that offers the features you need at a price you can afford.

  7. Brand and Warranty
    Consider the brand and warranty when choosing a power bank. All EXCELLION™ power banks come with 6 months warranty.

Conclusion

Choosing the right power bank can be a challenge, but by considering the factors outlined above, you can find the perfect option for your needs. With the right power bank, you'll never have to worry about your devices running out of power when you're on the go.

At Arete First, we offer a wide range of health and fitness products for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.

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Tips on Lithium-Ion Battery Maintenance for Electric Wheelchairs

Heather Wong

If you rely on an electric wheelchair for mobility, it's essential to properly maintain the lithium-ion battery that powers it. A well-maintained battery will not only last longer, but it will also perform better.

Here are some tips to help you maintain your electric wheelchair's lithium-ion battery:

  1. Store the battery in a cool, dry place when not in use.
    Avoid extreme temperatures, which can cause the battery to degrade faster. Also, ensure that the battery is stored in a level position, to prevent any damage to the internal components.

  2. Charge the battery regularly.
    Make sure to charge the battery regularly, even if you haven't used your electric wheelchair for a few weeks. This will help prevent the battery from completely discharging, which can cause long-term damage.

  3. Use the right charger.
    Ensure that you're using the correct charger for your lithium-ion battery. Using a charger that's not specifically designed for your battery can cause damage, reducing the battery's performance and lifespan. All AreteHealth electric wheelchairs comes with a matching charger for the battery.

  4. Avoid overcharging.
    Never overcharge your lithium-ion battery. Overcharging can cause permanent damage, reducing the battery's performance and lifespan. For example, our chargers have a green indicator light to signal it is fully charged and you should stop charging.

  5. Clean the battery regularly.
    Regularly clean the battery and the connections, to ensure that they're free from debris and corrosion. Cleaning the battery and connections will help to prevent any electrical problems that could reduce the battery's performance. There is no need to clean AreteHealth electric wheelchair batteries or its connections which are inside a plastic casing which protects it from the elements.

Conclusion

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your lithium-ion battery for your electric wheelchair is well-maintained and performs at its best. Proper maintenance will not only increase the lifespan of the battery, but it will also provide you with reliable and consistent mobility. If you need a battery replacement or are unsure about how to properly maintain your AreteHealth electric wheelchair battery, feel free to consult us or a professional service provider.

At Arete First, we offer a range of electric wheelchairs for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for a test drive or any other enquiries.

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Protect Your Personal Information with RFID Blocking Wallets

Heather Wong

At Arete First®, we offer a range of RFID blocking wallets under the EXCELLIONTM brand to protect your credit cards, passports, and other RFID-enabled items from theft.

What is RFID?

Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is a convenient tool that has been integrated into many everyday items, including passports, credit cards, and even driver's licenses. However, as technology advances, so do the methods used by thieves to steal personal information and money through RFID scanning. That's why RFID blocking wallets are becoming increasingly popular among people who want to keep their personal information safe.

What is RFID Blocking Technology?

RFID blocking technology is a material or design feature in a product that prevents unauthorized RFID scanning. RFID blocking wallets typically use aluminum to create a Faraday cage that blocks radio signals from reaching the RFID tags. This helps prevent thieves from stealing personal information through RFID scanning.

Why do You Need an RFID Blocking Wallet?

RFID theft, also known as "skimming," is a growing concern for people who carry RFID-enabled items such as IDs, credit cards and EZ-link cards. Criminals can use handheld RFID scanners to steal personal information and rack up charges on your credit cards without physically touching them. By using an RFID blocking wallet, you can protect your personal information from RFID theft.

What to Look for in an RFID Blocking Wallet?

When choosing an RFID blocking wallet, consider the following factors:

  1. Material:

    Choose a wallet made with RFID blocking materials, such as aluminium or a combination of aluminium and other materials.

  2. Design:

    The design of the wallet should provide ample protection for all RFID-enabled items. A wallet with multiple layers of RFID blocking materials is a good choice.

  3. Size and Capacity:

    Consider the size and capacity of the wallet based on your needs. We offer RFID blocking wallets in a range of sizes and capacities, from credit card-sized options to larger wallets that can hold cash, coins, and other items.

  4. Price:

    Our range of RFID blocking wallets is available at a variety of price points, so you can choose a wallet that fits your budget and provides the protection you need.

At Arete First®, we are committed to helping you keep your personal information safe and secure. Our range of RFID blocking wallets provides ample protection against RFID theft, so you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your personal information is protected. Browse our selection today and find the perfect RFID blocking wallet for your needs.

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Choosing the Right Cane or Crutch: A Guide

Heather Wong

Canes and Crutches support the body’s weight and help transmit the load from the legs to the upper body. It is useful for people who have problems balancing and who are at risk of falling. Finding the right type of cane or crutch can be a crucial step in regaining mobility and independence.

Canes

  1. Standard Canes:

    These classic canes are a simple and affordable solution for those who require only minimal support. Made from lightweight materials like aluminum or titanium, they provide stability for those with minor balance issues, or those recovering from a knee or foot injury.

  2. Offset Canes:

    Offset canes are designed with a unique handle placement that allows for improved weight distribution. They are particularly useful for individuals with arthritis, or for those who experience pain or discomfort in their hands or wrist when using a standard cane.

  3. Folding Canes:

    For those who require a cane on-the-go, folding canes are a convenient solution. Lightweight and compact, they can be easily stored in a purse, bag, or car trunk.

  4. Quad Canes:

    Quad canes, also known as four-point canes, provide a wider base of support than standard canes. With four legs spreading out from the handle, they are more stable and secure, making them a great option for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or those who are recovering from surgery.

Crutches

Crutches provide greater support than canes for individuals with more serious mobility issues. There are several types of crutches available, including:

  1. Axillary (underarm) crutches:

    These are the most commonly used type of crutch and are held in place under the armpits. AreteHealth's Underarm Shoulder Crutches are of this type.

  2. Elbow (forearm) crutches:

    These crutches are held in place by a cuff around the forearm and are typically more comfortable to use. AreteHealth’s Forearm Crutches are of this type.

  3. Platform Crutches:

    Platform crutches are a hybrid between crutches and a walker, providing greater stability and support. They have a platform under the arm, which helps distribute weight more evenly and reduces pressure on the hands and wrists. Platform crutches are not commonly used, except by people with a weak hand grip due to conditions such as arthritis or cerebral palsy.

When selecting a cane or crutch, it is important to consider your mobility level, comfort, and individual needs. A physical therapist or doctor can help guide you in choosing the best option for you. With the right mobility aid, you can regain your independence and enjoy the activities you love.

At Arete First, we offer a wide range of health and fitness products for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.

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Watch Winders – What Types and Features to Consider?

Heather Wong

A watch winder is a device designed to keep automatic watches running when not being worn. By simulating the motion of wrist movement, a watch winder ensures that your timepiece maintains its accuracy and is ready to wear when you are. In this article, we'll explore the different types and features of watch winders and what to consider when choosing one.

Types of Watch Winders

Single Watch Winders
Single watch winders are designed to hold and wind one watch at a time. They are compact and ideal for those who own a few watches and want to keep them in good condition.

Multi-Watch Winders
Multi-watch winders are designed to hold and wind multiple watches at once. They are ideal for watch collectors or those who own several watches and want to keep them all in good condition.

Features to Consider

Rotation Programs: Watch winders come with different rotation programs, including continuous winding, bi-directional winding, and interval winding. Consider the rotation program that best suits the needs of your watch.

Noise Level: Some watch winders can be noisy, so consider the noise level if you plan to use it in a bedroom or quiet area. Arete First watch winders have high quality motor with less than 10dB, it is suitable even in your bedroom.

Power Source: Arete First has watch winders that can be powered by AC power, battery, or both. Consider the power source that is most convenient for your needs.

Design and Finish: Watch winders come in a range of designs and finishes. Arete First has a wide range including wood, PU, and carbon fiber. Consider the design and finish that best matches your personal style and the overall decor of your room.

Conclusion

A watch winder is a useful device that keeps your automatic watch running and ready to wear. With the right watch winder, you can keep your timepiece in excellent condition and always be ready to wear it.
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Types of Watch Strap Materials

Heather Wong

Watch straps come in a variety of materials, each offering a unique combination of function, style, and fashion. Whether you're looking for a durable and practical strap for your sports watch, or a stylish and fashionable strap for a dress watch, understanding the different materials can help you make an informed decision. In this article, we'll explore some of the most common materials used in watch straps.

Leather
Leather is a classic and versatile material that is often used in watch straps. It offers a comfortable feel, a natural look, and is suitable for both casual and formal wear. There are various types of leather used in watch straps, including genuine leather, synthetic leather, and nubuck.

Metal
Metal watch straps are ideal for those who prefer a more modern and stylish look. They are typically made from stainless steel, titanium, or gold, and come in a range of finishes, including brushed, polished, and matte. Metal watch straps are durable and often used in sports watches and fashion watches.

Nylon
Nylon is a synthetic material that is lightweight and durable. It is often used in watch straps for its versatility and ease of use. Nylon watch straps are available in a variety of colors and patterns and are ideal for those looking for a casual, sporty look.

Polyurethane
Polyurethane, or PU, is a synthetic material that is lightweight, flexible, and durable. It is often used in watch straps because of its versatility and affordability. Polyurethane watch straps are available in a range of colors and finishes and are ideal for those looking for a comfortable, sporty, or casual look.

Conclusion

When choosing a watch strap, consider the function, style, and fashion that best suit your needs. Leather watch straps offer a classic look, while metal watch straps are ideal for those looking for a modern and stylish look. Polyurethane watch straps are great for sports and outdoor activities, while nylon watch straps offer a casual and sporty look. No matter which material you choose, make sure it fits your lifestyle and enhances the overall look of your watch.

At Arete First, we are one of the leading sellers of watch straps in Singapore, offering a wide range of designs and materials. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.

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Choosing the Right Electric Wheelchair: A Guide for People with Disabilities

Heather Wong

Electric wheelchairs, also known as power wheelchairs, are designed to provide people with disabilities greater independence and mobility. They are powered by batteries and can be operated by the user using a joystick or other control device.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Electric Wheelchair:

  1. Size and weight capacity: Make sure that the wheelchair is the right size for the user and can support their weight.

  2. Comfort: Look for a wheelchair that has comfortable seating and back support, as well as adjustable features such as seat height and angle, footrests, and armrests.

  3. Maneuverability: Consider the environment where the wheelchair will be used and choose a wheelchair that is easy to maneuver in tight spaces or over uneven terrain.

  4. Control device: Find a type of control device that is suitable for the user, which can be a joystick, wireless remote, Bluetooth app on your handphone, etc. Look out for the changeability of the side of a joystick remote if the user requires it to be on either left or right side. Arete First Electric Wheelchairs comes with the 3 types of control options and interchangeable sides for the joystick controller.

  5. Durability: Look for a wheelchair that is made with high-quality materials and has a sturdy frame that can withstand regular use.

  6. Portability: If the wheelchair will need to be transported frequently, consider a lightweight or foldable wheelchair for ease of transport.

  7. Power source: Power wheelchairs can come with different power source options, such as lead-acid battery or lithium-ion battery; which differs greatly in weight and cost. The capacity of the battery can also vary, affecting the distance the power wheelchair can travel on a single charge.

  8. Safety: Most electric wheelchairs come with safety features such as brakes, anti-tip wheels, anti-roll back motors and seat belts to ensure the user's safety.

  9. Additional features: Some wheelchairs come with additional features such as cup holders, trays, and even bags, that can make the user's experience more convenient.

For example our AreteHealth Cruiser Electric Wheelchair (Model 107):

PRODUCT SPECIFICATION
Seat Width
18 " / 45 cm
Max Weight Limit
100 kg
Comfort
Padded seat & back, movable armrest & footrest
Size
1100 x 630 x 960 mm
Control Device
Joystick, wireless remote, Bluetooth app on your mobilephone
Durability
High
Frame Material
Aluminium
Portability
Weight of Product
26 kg
Foldable
Yes
Power Source
Lithium-ION Battery
Battery Capacity
12 Ah
Distance on Full Charge
25 km
Safety Features
Anti-tip wheels, anti-roll back motors, seat belts
Additional Features
Add-on basket, cane holder

In conclusion, choosing the right electric wheelchair is a crucial step for people with disabilities to ensure they have the mobility assistance they need. With this guide, you can choose a wheelchair that will provide you with the freedom and independence you need to live your life to the fullest.

At Arete First, we offer a wide range of health and fitness products for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.

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Grip Strengthening Devices

Heather Wong

Grip strength is an important aspect of physical fitness and is essential for many activities, such as sports, playing music instruments, and everyday tasks. Unfortunately, grip strength can decline as we age, or due to injuries or medical conditions.

There are many grip strengthening devices available that can help improve grip strength and overall hand function. We'll take a look at some of the most popular grip strengthening devices and how they can help improve grip strength.

Hand Grips
Hand grippers are small devices that you squeeze with your hand to build strength. They are simple to use and come in a range of resistance levels, making them suitable for people of all fitness levels. Hand grippers are a great way to build strength in the hands, forearms, and fingers, and can be used anywhere, making them a convenient option for people who are always on the go.

Grip Balls
Grip balls are soft, squishy balls that you squeeze to build grip strength. They come in different sizes and resistance levels, and can be used in a variety of ways to target different areas of the hand and forearm. Grip balls are a fun and effective way to improve grip strength, and can be used by people of all fitness levels.

Finger Strengtheners
Finger strengtheners are small devices that you use to exercise individual fingers. They come in different resistance levels, and can be used to target specific areas of the hand and fingers. Finger strengtheners are a great option for people who have specific grip or finger strength needs, such as musicians or athletes.

Conclusion

Grip strength is an important aspect of physical fitness, and there are many grip strengthening devices available that can help improve grip strength and overall hand function. So if you're looking to improve your grip strength, be sure to check out some of the devices in store!

At Arete First, we offer a wide range of health and fitness products for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.

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Air Mattress: A Solution to Prevent Bed Sores

Heather Wong

A good night's sleep is essential to our physical and mental well-being, but for those who spend a significant amount of time in bed, it is even more important. Bed sores, also known as pressure ulcers, are a common concern for people who spend a lot of time in bed, especially those with disabilities or medical conditions that limit their mobility. Fortunately, air mattresses are an effective solution to prevent bed sores, offering both comfort and support for people who need to spend long hours in bed.

What are Bed Sores and How Do They Develop?

Bed sores are skin injuries that develop due to prolonged pressure on a particular area of the skin. This pressure restricts blood flow to the skin, causing the skin to break down and form an open wound. The areas most susceptible to bed sores are bony parts of the body, such as the tailbone, hips, heels, and ankles, which have less padding and less circulation. Bed sores can be painful and can lead to more serious infections if left untreated.

Why Use Air Mattresses to Prevent Bed Sores?

Air mattresses are designed to distribute weight evenly, reducing the pressure on any one area of the skin. They use air cells that can be inflated or deflated to adjust the firmness and support of the mattress. This allows the mattress to conform to the shape of your body, reducing pressure on your skin and preventing bed sores from developing.

In addition, air mattresses are made with materials that are easy to clean and maintain, making them a hygienic choice for people who need to spend a lot of time in bed. For example our Arete Health Air Mattress which has a waterproof plastic surface that can be wiped for cleaning.

Choosing the Right Air Mattress for You

When choosing an air mattress, there are a few factors you should consider to ensure you get the best one for your needs:

  1. Size: Choose an air mattress that is the right size for your bed, taking into account the size of your room and the amount of space you have available.

  2. Adjustability: Look for an air mattress with adjustable firmness, so you can adjust the support and comfort to suit your needs. Arete Health Air Mattress can be adjusted to a firmness that suits you.

  3. Durability: Make sure you choose an air mattress that is made with high-quality materials, so it will last for a long time.

  4. Portability: If you need to transport your air mattress, look for one that is easy to deflate and pack up.

In conclusion, air mattresses are an excellent solution to prevent bed sores, offering comfort, support, and ease of maintenance. Whether you are recovering from an injury, have a medical condition that limits your mobility, or simply want to ensure a good night's sleep, an air mattress is a great investment in your health and well-being.

At Arete First, we offer a wide range of health and fitness products for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.