Question about Invacare Pronto M51 Power Wheelchair
When I first got the chair, it would go all day but it started losing charge earlier so I change batteries but still not lasting as long as before.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: last month I replaced the
This is usually a sign of a dead cell in the battery pack but since this is a sealed unit and most likely a NikAd unit you won't be able to repair that. On the other hand, if there is a loose connection inside the motor or the motor is going out and pulling more power than normal you will get this condition. You have a couple of options. Option 1 is to open the motor up and clean it out of the build up and re lubricate it properly. Dust build up and gunk, for lack of a better term, could be hindering the motors operation. Option 2 would be to replace the motor itself. I have never opened one of these but I have seen them and there is nothing easy about it but it would be cheaper to open it and repair and clean the inside than to replace it totally. If that fails then you are left with replacing the motor. This all assumes the battery you installed was a new battery and not refurbished and doesn't have a bad or weak cell in it causing the problem. The battery is always the first place you look when you have this problem. Your power available gauge is operated by testing the available Volts unfortunately the Motor requires Amperage. You can have volts available but if there is a bad cell there won't be sufficient Amperage.
Posted on Oct 31, 2010
anne no It means you need new batteries. If Medicare paid for your chair then they will pay for 80% of the repair costs. Contact Repair Express @ 1-877-581-3733 or Roadrunner Mobility @ 1-80467-2668 and they will send a tech out to check it for you and bill Medicare Hope this helps
Posted on Feb 22, 2011
Does your chair turn off automatically in about 10 minutes. Sometimes customers make the request to the tech to set the chair to never turn off because it is an inconvenience to have to turn it back on. As you have experienced, its a much greater inconvenience to have a dead battery. There are also longer settings up to 1 hr. The batteries may be fine, you are just running them down because the chair is on when not in use. If this is the case, you need to contact a tech who has a programmer that can change this setting. I had one customer that had a similar issue as yours but also had performance issues. Riding on a flat surface the chair would do fine, but when he would start to go up an incline, the battery level would start to drop as the motor would torque. I found that he had a bare wire rubbing against the frame and it would not affect the performance until it required more power from the batteries. Look at all the wiring if you are able and see if it is intact. The worst case may be that you have a bad wire that has a break in it and will do the same thing as the bare wire scenario. One more thing you can look at is the battery connections. If they are loose, you will see alot of problems. Bad charge, low performance, wont climb inclines. Everything has to be tight and in good condition to get the best performance. Check all connectors. I have seen melted connectors do the same thing. If you have any melted components, get the unit serviced. You don't want a fire under your seat.
Posted on Jan 29, 2015
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