March 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm #74339Power Wheels
Hi can anyone help, my son James suffers from Duchenne. He is 15 and has just started going into town with his mates (with me and and his Dad lurking not too far away!) James can walk short distances but uses a manual wheelchair for longer distances, so his mates have been pushing him in his chair. He doesn’t need an electric wheelchair right now, but I wonder if anyone has had power wheels added to a manual wheelchair. Thanks – MarymarysmithParticipantPosts: 7Joined: 11/01/2012April 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm #85118Re: Power Wheels
I bought a power pack [made by TGA] for my manual wheelchair several years ago. It attaches between the back wheels and the controller fixes to one of the push handles so it is helpful to the wheelchair pusher when going up hills or over grass or rough ground. This is the link to their website:
This is probably not what you had in mind though – I imagine you want your son to be independent so his mates don’t need to push his wheelchair. This is something I just found on the internet, that might be of interest, though it may not be suitable:
I hope this helps.
sybyllascarlettParticipantPosts: 383Joined: 07/02/2012April 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm #85120Re: Power Wheels
hmmm wonder where my post went about this subject. Anyway I found these guys called Team Hybrid they do the Viper which attaches to the front of almost any rigid frame wheelchair within seconds once the docking system has been fitted.
I’m thinking of getting one of these my self.
Here’s a link to Team Hybrid’s website.
I think this looks cooler than the other stuff on the market.
You can see the videos of the Viper on youtube if you look under Team Hybrid.
Plus Mark who run Team Hybrid is very usefull too.
Hope that helps.
MarcApril 7, 2012 at 5:15 am #85122Re: Power Wheels
By the way I found this on ebay that might be of helpApril 10, 2012 at 10:41 am #85121Re: Power Wheels
I have a pdq power trike and I really like it – but you should be aware that it’s not easy to use if you have weak shoulders – remember it was designed by a paraplegic guy. Also it’s not easy to take it on and off the chair, and it will also make the chair it attaches to a lot heavier because of the bit that needs to go on to attach it. And it’s not strictly legal to use on the road/ pavement – hasn’t been tested in the courts yet.
But, like I said, I love using it to get around festivals, go on walks in the country etc.
There are at least three different ones available – the pdq (the business went bust but you can still get them from Da Vinci), the one made by team hybrid and another one which is made by Da Vinci. I’m thinking to get a new Trail Rider (Da Vinci) as it has reverse which the pdq doesn’t have and it’s a lot lighter so less work for my PA getting it in and out of the car.
Why not call up the reps and get them to bring them for you to try out.
AmeenaAmeenaParticipantPosts: 33Joined: 29/01/2011April 10, 2012 at 10:49 am #85123Re: Power Wheels
By the way – if you are looking at the power wheels, rather than the powered front wheel, there are basically two different systems that can easily attach onto your manual chair. There is power assist, where you give a little push and it turns into a big one – or there is a joystick control version. I’m not very good at the power assist as I can’t push both sides at the same time so I go round in circles!
The two different systems are the Alber and the Yamaha. Alber is the more expensive system I think. Here’s a link:http://www.alber.de/en/products/mobility-wheelchair-emotion.html
E-motion is power assist
E-fix is powered (joystick control)
I’m sure you can get a rep to come and demo at your house. I think Gerald Simmons does the Alber. Not sure who does the Yamaha.
AmeenaAmeenaParticipantPosts: 33Joined: 29/01/2011April 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm #85124Re: Power Wheels
I heard some bad things about the Da Vinci trikes, thats why I’m looking into getting The viper from team hybrid.
The reason I want the Viper is I wont beable to get a scooter in and out of the car. As a scooter is to heavy for me to left it in and out.
Great to see people talking about this thoguh…April 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm #85125Re: Power Wheels
Look for a company called Alber or E-motion. My partner has LGMD and has a standard manual chair with electric wheels fitted. You just attach the joystick to a bracket at the side, and put a battery in a pouch underneath the wheelchair.
It has done him a great service.. He’s been using it since well before we started dating 10 + years ago.AngelicPrincessParticipantPosts: 85Joined: 21/12/2010
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