Bath Lifts Types
Manual, Water-Powered and Battery-Powered Bath Lifts
Manual bath lifts require a hand crank to lower and raise the user in and out of the tub. The crank is easy to operate and can be removed while bathing. It will take about 50 turns to be lowered into the tub. There is no battery to recharge or replace. There are not many of these available on the market today.
Water-powered bath lifts require a hose connected to a water supply (tub spout diverter or shower head diverter). The water fills and drains a bladder to lift and lower the bather. There is no battery to recharge, but if there is a leak in the bladder, the bladder may be expensive to replace. There are not many of these available on the market today.
Battery-powered bath lifts are charged away from water source for the sake of safety. There is no need to connect or disconnect hoses and the lift may be easier to use while on vacation for this reason. On average, the bath lift has about 7-12 lifts per charge, but this would depend on the model of bath lift, weight of the user and age of the battery.