S235 Pioneer 1 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter

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S235 Pioneer 1 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter

The S235 Pioneer 1 is a 3-wheel mobility scooter designed and manufactured by Merits Health, a company with a long experience when it comes to health products. If you are searching for a compact mobility scooter for both indoor and outdoor travel that at the same time is very easy to use, then you are looking at one of the best alternatives.

Merits S235 Pioneer 1 is a basic model with an average performance, but its comfort, capacity, and adjustability make it a perfect selection for users that have trouble walking. It will be a great companion that will help you to reach your wanted destination.

Key Features

Key Specs

• Adjustable seat with armrests
    • 300 lbs weight capacity
      • Adjustable Tiller
        • 4 mph top speed
          • Front basket, rug, and reflectors
            • 15 miles drive range
              • Easy to dismantle
                • 129 pounds total weight

                  The Pioneer 1 also has a 4-wheel version, the S245 Pioneer 2, if you're looking for a better stability.

                  What Makes S235 Pioneer 1 a great mobility scooter

                  Despite the average speed and travel range, the S235 Pioneer 1 model is an attractive choice for many users. What this mobility scooter lacks in performance, it certainly overcompensates with its simplicity to use, as well as the fact that it is highly adjustable. This will provide you with maximum comfort on your ride within your neighborhood or around town.

                  The scooter weighs slightly above 100 lbs but can hold up to 300lbs., which is excellent weight capacity. The scooter’s dimensions and the possibility to effectively adjust it according to your needs, together with the adjustable tiller, can make the S235 Pioneer 1 incredibly comfortable. Let’s see what else this 3-wheel mobility scooter can do.

                  Ideal for indoor and outdoor use

                  If we take into consideration some of the features of this scooter, the outcome would be that this model is great for both indoor and outdoor use. However, when you use it outside be careful and avoid uneven, bumpy terrains.

                  The scooter has a maximum speed of 4 miles per hour, and it can hold up to 15 miles on a single battery charge. The travel range is excellent for when you need to use the scooter outside, for a ride around the park, or to the grocery store nearby.

                  With the tight turning radius of 27", the scooter is best for easy maneuvering through tight spots. Besides, this Merits model is not very large which also makes it perfect for riding along a tiny hallway. The S235 Pioneer 1 has a ground clearance of three and a half inches and is 10 degrees gradient.   

                  Compact design and extreme comfort

                  One of the best things about this mobility scooter is that it was designed with the intention to provide its users with the highest level of comfort. For that purpose, many of the scooter parts are flexible, including the tiller and the seat. This makes the S235 Pioneer 1 an excellent scooter for all body shapes and sizes.


                  The 17-inch wide seat with the adjustable 16 to 20 inches height is excellent for all types of users. When you try to get on or off the scooter, the chair rotates allowing you to securely and quickly do this. Additionally, the backrest of the seat can be angled according to your preferences, making this mobility scooter even more convenient for all users. The seat comes with flexible armrests, which can be adjusted in height, width, and angle.


                  The tiller on the vehicle can also be modified. Through the angle adjustment knob, the tiller can be brought closer to the passenger, or pushed further away. By doing this, you can adjust yourself closer to the scooter’s controls. To do so, you only need to loosen the knob, which can be found on the right side of the tiller. While the knob is loosened, adjust the angle according to your needs and then tighten it again.

                  Comfort aside, there is one more thing this scooter exceeds in. With its weight and the compact design, the S235 Pioneer 1 can easily be transported anywhere you want. Many people favor this option over speed or travel capacity. So, if you appreciate simplicity above all, this tiny 3-wheel scooter can be the ideal choice for you.

                  The scooter can be disassembled into a few lightweight pieces and packed into the trunk of a vehicle. This is excellent if you are traveling somewhere and want to take your scooter with you along the way. It’s important to add that the scooter is also airplane friendly, thanks to the two sealed lead acid batteries.


                  The scooter was designed with an open front basket, large enough to carry your bags and other belongings. What’s very interesting is that the scooter also comes with a rug. Additionally, you can choose other extra accessories, including:

                  • Oxygen tank holder
                  • Cane & crutch holder
                  • Walker holder
                  • Foldable rear basket

                  Batteries and Charging

                  The scooter comes with two 12V 22AH batteries and a 2A charger. The batteries, as mentioned before, can hold up to 15 miles as long as they are correctly and fully charged. To do so, you need to keep an eye on the battery indicator on the control panel.

                  When the S235 Pioneer 1 is delivered to you, there is a big chance that the batteries won’t be at their full capacity, so make sure that you don’t use the scooter for extended travel immediately upon purchase. As soon as the battery drains, put your scooter on a charger and wait until the battery indicator goes green.

                  If you want your batteries to last longer, make sure that you follow Merits instructions, and don’t use the scooter on poor weather, such as rain or snow. Not only this might harm the batteries, but it will also severely damage the scooter’s electronics.

                  S235 Pioneer 1 Features and Specifications

                  • Scooter Dimensions: (L) 44” (H) 34.5" and (W)23"
                  • Max Speed: 4mph
                  • Travel range: Up to 15 miles
                  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs.
                  • Scooter weight (with batteries): 129 lbs.
                  • Adjustable Tiller
                  • Removable seat with an adjustable armrest
                  • Seat width: 17 inches
                  • Seat depth:16 inches
                  • Seat height from the deck: 16 to 20 inches
                  • Turning Radius: 27"
                  • Ground Clearance: 3.5"
                  • Motor: 210W
                  • Electronics: Dynamic Rhino 70A
                  • Battery: two 12V/22AH with a 2A off-board charger
                  • Gradient: 10°
                  • Casters: 8" foam filled tires
                  • Drive Wheels: 8" Foam Filled Front Tire, 9" Foam Filled Rear Tires
                  • Two rear anti-tip wheels
                  • Freewheel Lever
                  • Brakes: intelligent, regenerative, and electromagnetic.
                  • Rug and a front basket

                  S235 Pioneer 1 Warranty

                  • Warranty on frame: 5 years
                  • Warranty on motor and electronics: 18 months



                  If you are in need of a more detailed explanation about the specifications of the S235 Pioneer 1 3-wheel mobility scooter, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. You can do that by giving us a call at 1-800-314-8225 or emailing us at hello@sprylyfe.com.