With it’s tensioned, retractable, straps, the Lapstacker® is simple and intuitive to both install and use.
You pull the straps over your lap, clip the buckles together (over the item(s) you’re carrying) and roll with confidence!
When not in use, it tucks away – and when in use, it makes your life infinitely easier.
The Lapstacker® weighs approx. 800 grams (1.76 lbs.). OR, put another way, about the weight of a small bunch of bananas.
The LapStacker® has a range of mounting options for different wheelchairs. Please enter your make and model here for step by step instructions and detailed guides to help you determine what options are best for you.
Please note, we are in the process of designing mounting kits to suit powered wheelchairs.
The LapStacker® has finger loops to aid in pulling the straps over your lap. This is particularly useful for those with reduced hand function such as quadriplegics.
Also, the Buckles have a built in magnet that guides the two sides together so all you have to do is get them close and they’ll join like magic!
If for some reason it doesn’t work for your level of function you can send it back for a refund.
The Lapstacker® has a detailed step by step installation guide and comes with the fasteners and allen keys necessary to install it yourself.
Think of it as a mini lego challenge, only useful. We’ve had some people say it was easy, and others say it took them a while to figure it out.
We’re here to help if you need us, but think you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of working it out for yourself.
The LapStacker® can work with many different types of brakes, including scissor style brakes.
Because each wheelchair is setup differently you will need to check to see if it will work with your brakes by beginning the selection process here.
We’re glad you asked!
Here’s some reasons why a Lapstacker® is so much better than a bungee:
1. A bungee is not neatly by your side all the time ready when needed.
2. A bungee creates point loads which can cause damage to fragile items such as paper.
3. A bungee will create uneven tension depending on the height of object.
4. The Lapstacker® has 2m of webbing and can lock in any position.
5. A bungee has a nasty hook that can release and cause damage.
6. A bungee needs to be stowed somewhere.
7. A bungee takes a lot longer to hook on and off than the Lapstacker®.
8. A bungee looks like a bungee – do you want to use it when you’re at a nice dinner or at work?
9. A bungee will wear out quickly as elasticity breaks down.
10. Hooking a bungee for a quadriplegic could be difficult whereas the Lapstacker® has finger loops and a magnetic latch for each of use by someone with limited hand function.
12. The round nature of a bungee means there is less surface area to grip the items and it is prone to slipping.
We invented the Lapstacker® because a bungee is far from ideal.
For a bungee vs Lapstacker® comparison visit https://youtu.be/yASK5EpbmKw
A LapStacker® is made from 5 component sets and each box comes complete with the following:
- 2x Retractors (these contained the tensioned straps)
- 2x Brackets (for holding the Retractors in place)
- 2x Clamps incl. fastener set (for attaching the Brackets to the frame)
- 1x Magnetic Buckle Set (for joining the straps together)
- 2x Keepers ( these hold the Buckles and straps at your side)
If for some reason you choose the wrong options for your wheelchair we will do everything we can to help you choose the right parts.
Please note we have gone to great lengths to provide detailed information to help you make the best choice for your wheelchair.
Please review all the information carefully and if you still have questions please contact us. We want to help you get it right the first time.
If you still end up with the wrong parts, you can send them back to us in accordance to our return policy and we will send you the right parts or refund you.
The short answer is YES. If the other wheelchair and setup is the same then just swap things over.
BUT, if your other wheelchair is different, we recommend you enter your make and model here to see what options are available.
Yes, each Retractor unit has a finger loop sewn into the webbing.
No, the straps are under spring tension and locked automatically. If you want extra tension on the item you are carrying you can pull down to ratchet the straps down tighter, but this isn’t necessary to lock the straps.
The magnets in the Buckles are more than strong enough to guide the two sides together. Then, once the straps are under tension, which happens automatically, the Buckles latch together mechanically.
This very much depends on where your underseat bag is and the way you intend to mount the LapStacker®.
The best thing to do is go through the selection process starting here and review the guides to determine if you have room, or if you can relocate your underseat bag.
Both ACC (New Zealand) and NDIS (Australia) are funding LapStackers® for those covered under these insurance schemes. For more details on ACC funding click here
We suggest contacting your local wheelchair reseller, case manager or occupational therapist to request one. If you are able to submit receipts for reimbursement, then that could also be an option.
We are currently working to understand if insurance in other countries will also pay for a LapStacker®.
The LapStacker® is designed in New Zealand. We looked at many different manufacturing locations and options and decided that China was the best choice.
We chose our manufacturing partners very carefully after flying to China where we visited many factories. You can watch part our trip on YouTube here.
We want to help as many wheelchair users as possible experience the freedom of the LapStacker®. With this in mind, we decided that shipping from a central location in the short term was the best way to reach our customers from all over the world.
We have a logistics partner in China that picks and packs orders and sends them out in all directions. It didn’t make sense to bring them all to New Zealand and ship from here.
It’s worth noting that logistics are difficult and shipping delays are inevitable in this Covid-19 world we currently live in. We appreciate your patience.