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Ergo Joystick

An innovative power wheelchair joystick handle.


The Stingray provides a large surface area which supports your palm when drivng forward for greater comfort. It also features an intuitive, aesthetically pleasing look. The handle sits at rest with an agressive bckwards lean. It is the perfect handle for those who frequently drive long distances.

Ergo Joystick Stingray


The Aero design is inspired by the air scoops on high end bike helmets. The holes shave weight while allowing the hand to breath.

Ergo Joystick Aero


The original design is the handle that started it all. It has proven itself through extensive, long term testing.

Ergo Joystick Original

Elbow should rest on armrest

Joystick base should be at the same height as armrest
upper arm should be nearly vertical with elbow near midline of your body
joystick should be in line with shoulder, elbow and hand

How to setup your joystick for maximum comfort!

Elbow should rest on armrest
Joystick base should be at the same height as armrest
upper arm should be nearly vertical with elbow near midline of your body
joystick should be in line with shoulder, elbow and hand

Some additional points

The handle will twist around joystick shaft. I find this to be a comfort feature as it allows your wrist to change positions, keeping the wrist lose when driving long distances. It also allows you to turn the handle to give better access to buttons on the controller.

The handle is not designed to be grabbed. Rest your palm on the handle and let your fingers and thumb hang loose.

If the handle falls off frequently, it can be shimmed. I like to use a twist tie wrapped over the top of the shaft.


The ergojoystick has the same safety concerns as "goalpost style" joystick handles. If you do not currently use such a handle take note of the following prior to using the handle

The handle is wider than the knob that came with the chair. It may stick out farther than the edge of the controller. Keep this in mind when driving in tight spaces.

Be careful of any surface that the handle could hit or get caught under. These are usually tall tables. If it gets trapped while the chair is in a driving mode, the chair will move uncontrollably.

Be aware that your shirt or jacket sleeve may hang beneath the handle. If it does, pay attention when taking your hand off the handle. If the cuff tends to catch, it may make the chair move unintentionally.

The handle can easily get caught on clothing or bags of people walking close by. Always turn off your chair when you are not driving especially on busses or where people will be walking near you.

Hand Size

For Palm size, measure across your palm below your knuckles and above your thumb (see sketch). Give us the measurement in tenths of an inch or mm i.e 3.3 inches or 84mm.


Right or left

Shaft Size

Joystick Shaft size: the diameter shaft handle depends on wheelchair manufacturer.

Invacare chairs have .1875 inch (4.8mm) while most others are .25 inch (6.4mm). When measuring the shaft size of your wheelchair controller, be sure to remove the rubber cap or plastic knob that comes from the manufacturer. You will be measuring the metal shaft underneath.

For a quick check, .25 inch is about the diameter of a #2 pencil.


Hot Pink
Coral Red
Royal Blue
Violet Purple

Custom Text

To truely make your handle one of a kind, you can choose any text you want up to 2 lines of 15 charecters.
Text not available on the Aero

SKU: ErgoJoystick

NOTE: 4 weeks to manufacturer + shipping

Ergojoystick reviews!

Amy PA USA review of the new "Soft Tail" style handle!

Finally a joy stick controller that makes sense. I have been complaining about the lack of good options of a joy stick controller for many years. It never made sense to me that joy sticks were designed for people with finger movement when most people who need an electric chair are limited in some way. After using the Ergo Joystick for several weeks, all of my complaints have been resolved. It fits my hand perfectly and allows me to drive my wheelchair effortlessly. The only thing I would change is to make it turquoise! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has quadriplegia or would just like to use the most comfortable controller available.

Rob FL USA review of the new "Soft Tail" style handle!

What is there to say about a joystick handle; either it works for the individual or it doesn't, right? I've been a quadriplegic for over 20 years and have been using the old "goalpost" style handle which has been okay. Sometimes my hand would drift off from the handle, especially in reverse, but it's a "one size fits most" situation.
When I discovered the Ergoystick Soft-Tail joystick handle on the Internet, I was intrigued. It has a futuristic look and is more tailor-made to the size and shape of your hand versus the usual off-the-shelf products made for the disabled. The body of the joystick handle contours to the shape of my hand and has curved edges which make constant contact with the sides my hand. This makes it especially useful when moving the wheelchair in all directions. My hand no longer drifts off from the handle because it is cradled by the shape of it. So, the Ergoystick Soft-Tail joystick handle not only works, but works very well.


I have used the Ergo JoyStick consistently for two weeks. I use my power chair 99% of the time and therefore, a joystick 99% of the time.
As a person with quadriplegia for 21+ years with tendonitis and carpal tunnel, the Ergo JoyStick handle is definitely more comfortable than a traditional joy stick...especially when going forward and backward...the two most used directions. My wrist and hand are a source of chronic pain and burning and the handle provides some relief.
The position of my wrist is more relaxed and natural. I like that the handle is custom fit to me.
I like the handle so much that I am actually in the process of raising my desk to accommodate the height of this new joystick.
Pulling up to a table, desk, my steering wheel while driving...are all dangerous with the handle due to its height. Many times, it has hit the surface of the said items, sendings chair out of control. The only solution to this I think, is if there was a way to lower the wheelchair controller so when the handle is attached and therefore adds height, that it ends up being the height as the original joystick that comes on the controller. Sleeves also catch on it. People bump into it more easily than the traditional joystick. Also, I sometimes hang grocery sacks on my controller and with the size and shape of the handle, I can no longer get a bag on/off without assistance. I also suggest making the device out of something the recipient can heat up and mold to their hand. To explain further, at times I would like for the top of the handle to extend so that my fingers are not curled over the device, but rather are flatter with my fingers straight akin to a splint.
Read Caution section at bottom of setup page for more information on safety concerns

Bonnie ON CA

I have had the Ergo Joystick ( Stingray model) attached to my joystick controller for a few weeks at this juncture, and have had a chance to present my evaluation of this product:
1. The handle attaches easily to the joystick stem, and I was able to attach it without assistance.
2. When in use, the device is quite responsive. I have suffered no fatigue whatsoever when operating my powerchair, making me infinitely more productive in my workplace.
3. The shape of the Ergo Joystick basically conforms to the contours of my hand in a resting position, thus I have more effective control of the movement of my appliance.
4. I have been able to remain in a state of motion in my powerchair for hours for the very first time since the very early days of the onset of my neuromuscular condition.
5. I have had the opportunity to interface with different types of terrain and angles of approach to obstacles within my environment, as well as reversing and turning radius with my chair onto platforms without incident, being in full control of my chairs positioning whether it be from street to sidewalk, indoors, or onto the public transit system (for the first time in many years).

Elaine PA USA

I’ve been using the Stingray model of the ErgoJoystick for approximately 2 weeks now and have been greatly impressed by the increased comfort and reduce fatigue of this joystick. While I have reasonable finger function, I have chronic pain in my right wrist and thumb. Compared to my standard, small ball joystick, using the Stingray ErgoJoystick has given me greater comfort, especially on long distance trips. I’ve also been equally impressed on how easy it is to use while wearing heavy winter gloves, a Pittsburgh winter necessity, since wearing gloves usually makes it fairly hard to control the joystick. It is unusual and difficult to find products that fit my smaller than average hands, making a nice feature of the ErgoJoystick is that it can be custom sized. Overall, I’ve been impressed by the Stingray ErgoJoystick, and will continue to use this product long into the future.

Jean-Marie TN USA

I am in love with this joystick! At first it seemed a little oddly shaped, and is slightly too large on the left side. But the comfort of driving my wheelchair more than makes up for this. The customizing options are also a huge bonus! People stopped me on more than one occasion interested in hearing more about my unique joystick. Some even wanted to know where they could get one.
-The first few days took a little getting used to. It was an adjustment to go from grasping a knob with my fingers, to resting my whole hand. The drive is now smooth and my finger joints don’t lock up from the cold. It’s also much easier to drive up hill, because I am no longer straining to extend my arm forward. My hang simply rests comfortably on the joystick. I could not say anything truly negative about this innovation. I love using it, and will recommend it to anyone else looking to drive his or her wheelchair comfortably!

Laura MI USA review!

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard people with disabilities say, “geez, who designs these things?” in reference to their assistive technology or mobility equipment, I’d be rich. What first intrigued me about the ergojoystick is that it was conceptualized and designed by a person with a disability who uses a powerchair himself. Joe Olsen understands, through personal experience, the kinds of things that are difficult about operating power mobility equipment and the ways in which traditional joysticks may fall short.

The process of customizing the ergojoystick was relatively simple, involving just a few measurements and photos of my driving hand. I chose the Stingray design and was pleasantly surprised with how well the device fit my hand. In fact, many people mistakenly thought it was custom molded.

As a person with Cerebral Palsy, I had no trouble fitting the ergojoystick on the joystick shaft. It actually fit more snuggly than my traditional joystick knob, which was always loosing friction and popping off. I discovered through my trial that I actually position my hand differently throughout the day depending on the driving environment, and the ergojoystick accommodated that by rotating around the shaft.

I immediately felt more comfortable and had less pain using this joystick for longer distances. It provided a more natural resting place for my hand, which in turn seemed to reduce spasticity in my arm, hand, and fingers. This year’s winter season has been the one of the worst on record for Michigan in terms of ice and snowfall, but I felt as much, if not more control on the bumpy, slick surfaces than with my original joystick. On rough terrain or in tight spaces the shape of the stingray allowed me to have more control by grasping the device in a claw position.

As with any piece of new equipment, there was a definite learning curve. For me, this involved adjusting the way in which I drove in reverse and around tight corners, and approached tables/ I also had to develop that muscle memory (as Joe advised me) to avoid bumping the ergojoystick with my hand, arm, or sleeve as it is bigger, taller, and wider, but it never caused any serious problem other than briefly engaging the motors.

I found the customer service behind the ergojoystick to be excellent. Joe provided initial consultation on how to secure, position, and begin driving with the device, and followed up several times to see how things were going and to answer any questions. A user-designed joystick is long overdue. The ergojoystick takes into consideration the needs and comfort or drivers in a way that, to my knowledge has never been done before.


NOTE: Each ErgoJoystick is custome made you you as per your specifications/requirements, therefore, All transactions are final. 

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