Drive Medical Sunfire Plus EC Owner`s manual

POWER WHEELCHAIR
Sunfire Plus EC
OWNER’S MANUAL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.
PREFACE AND INTRODUCTION..……………………………………
2.
SAFETY NOTICE………..…………………….................……… …………. 3
 Before driving
 While driving
 Labeling
3.
EMI……………………………………………..……………………………….. 8
4.
PARTS INTRODUCTION……………………………………………..………. 9
5.
OPERATION………………………………………………………………….... 10
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Joystick and controller
How to operate your power wheelchair
How to set to freewheel mode
BATTERY CHARGING AND CARE………………………………………..... 18
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Charging the battery
Battery
Replacing Sunfire Plus EC batteries / charger
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INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE……………………………………..…. 21
 Inspection
 Regular checking record
 Battery, fuse and tire
 Storage
8.
TROUBLE SHOOTING & SPECIFICATION…………….………………
9.
WARRANTY…………………………………………………………………..... 27
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P R E FA C E A N D I N T R O D U C T I O N
Please carefully read this owner’s manual before using the power wheelchair. Improper use of the
power wheelchair could result in, injury.
This owner’s manual includes operating instructions for every aspect of the power wheelchair,
including assembly instructions and how to deal with possible accidents.
◆ The symbols used in this manual are explained below:
Read carefully the notes marked with these symbols:
 Warning
Improper usage could result in serious injury or death
 Attention
Improper usage could lead to injury and/or damage to your power wheelchair.
 Suggestion
Follow these instructions to keep your power wheelchair in a good operating
order.
◆ This manual includes a copy of repair and maintenance record chart and warranty information.
Please keep it in a safe place.
◆ If someone else uses the power wheelchair, please make sure that you provide them with the
instruction manual for his or her consideration.
◆ We reserve the right to make design modifications. As designs change some illustrations and pictures
in the manual may not correspond to the power wheelchair that you have purchased.
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SAFETY
NOTICE
2.1 BEFORE DRIVING
The user should become familiar with the usage and operation of this power wheelchair
before driving.
Therefore, please always keep the following safety notices in mind.
◆ Drive on the pavement, or pedestrian areas only.
◆ Do not drive your power wheelchair after consuming alcohol or when tired.
◆ Please be careful when driving your power wheelchair in low light.
It has not been designed for use at night.
◆ The power wheelchair has been designed to operate on pavement for speeds up to 4mph.
■ Practice operating your power wheelchair
Before using the power wheelchair, familiarize yourself with the operation of your power wheelchair.
◆ Turn the speed dial to value 1 for your initial use.
◆ Be sure someone accompanies you for safety when operating you power wheelchair for the first
time.
◆ Only use a higher speed setting when you are confident that you can easily operate and control
your power wheelchair.
■ The Sunfire Plus EC power Wheelchair is only to be used by one person at a time
Do not carry passengers on your power wheelchair. (including children)
■ Do not use this power wheelchair to carry or haul goods
◆ The maximum weight with occupant is 300 lbs.
2.2 WHILE DRIVING
■ Carry out daily inspections. Refer to the section “titled” “DAILY CHECKING”
■ Do not move your body out of the power wheelchair while moving
◆ Such action may cause you to lose balance and risk injury from falling.
◆ Pay attention that your clothes do not tangle in the wheels.
■ Do not use your power wheelchair under any of these conditions.
◆ On roads with heavy traffic or roads that are snow-covered or icy.
◆ Do not drive at night , Do not drive in rain or show.
◆ Do not drive your power wheelchair in an “S” pattern or make erratic turns.
◆ Do not take the power wheelchair onto escalators.
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UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD THE POWER WHEELCHAIR BE USED
AS A SEAT IN ANOTHER POWERWHEELCHAIR (CARS, BUSES, TRAINS, ETC).
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SAFETY
NOTICE
■ About Mobile Phones and other electrical equipment
◆ Do not use a mobile phone or other wireless communication device while driving.
◆ Always switch off the power wheelchair and remove the ignition key before using a mobile phone.
◆ Do not charge the mobile phone or any other electrical device from the power wheelchair battery.
■ Automatic Power Shut Down
In order to avoid accidental battery run down, your power wheelchair is equipped with an automatic
power shut down. If the power wheelchair is turned on, it will automatically turn off after remaining
undisturbed for a period of thirty minutes. When this situation occurs, simply switch your power
wheelchair off and back on and it will be ready to use once again.
■ Ramps, inclines and drops
◆ Do not drive onto ramps that are steeper than the specified gradient. Refer to the section entitled
“CLIMBING ANGLE” in “8. SPECIFICATION”
◆ Always use a low speed setting when ascending or descending a gradient.
◆ Do not drive on roads with large drops or potholes. Refer to the section entitled “MAX.
GROUND CLEARANCE” in “ 8. SPECIFICATION”.
◆ Operate when driving on roads with inclines.
◆ Do not make sudden turns when driving on gravel roads or ramps.
◆ Always lean forward when climbing a steep gradient.
■ Starting and Driving
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Make sure the seat is installed properly.
Fold down the armrests so that you can rest your arms.
Turn the power switch to “ON”.
Check battery indicator to ensure proper power as necessary, Recharge the batteries.
Set the speed dial to a safe and comfortable speed.
Check the joystick lever to ensure it operates correctly.
7. Make sure the electromagnetic brake works correctly.
8. Engage the 4mph switch if you are driving on the pavement.
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SAFETY
NOTICE
 Warning!
◆ Do not set in the freewheel mode when driving on a gradient.
◆ Always re-engage the anti-freewheel device before use. Fail to do so may result in injury.
◆ Always fasten the seat belt when operating the power wheelchair.
◆ To protect your safety, the power will automatically cut off and electromagnetic brake system will
activate while driving down a steep gradient. This will limit the speed to a safe level. Turn the
power on again to re-start your power wheelchair.
◆ Maximum User Weight Limit
Refer to section titled “MAX. LOAD WEIGHT in “8. SPECIFICATION ”. Overloading past the
weight limit may lead to damage of your power wheelchair or cause it to malfunction and will
endanger your own safety. The warranty does not cover this type of damage.
 Attention
1. Avoid putting all of your weight on the footrest. This may cause the power wheelchair to tip.
Possibly resulting in injury.
2. Do not turn the power switch to OFF while driving as this will lead to an emergency stop and
possible risk of accident and injury.
3. Do not set to the higher speeds while driving indoors.
4. Do not adjust the speed dial while driving; a sudden change in speed may cause danger to you and
others, and may damage your power wheelchair.
5. Do not place magnetic devices near the area of the controller as this could affect the safe operation
of your power wheelchair.
7. While backing up the power wheelchair, be aware of people or objects behind you.
■ Stopping
◆ Release the joystick control lever completely. The power wheelchair will come to a stop.
◆ Turn the power switch to (OFF). Remove the key.
■ Driving on the pavement
 Ensure the speed limit switch is set to the slowest setting when using the power wheelchair.
This will limit the power wheelchair to a maximum speed of 4mph.
◆ The speed switch can be set to the fastest setting for use on the road or on private ground.
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SAFETY
NOTICE
 Attention
When climbing an incline, do not zigzag or drive at an angle up the face of the of the
incline.
Always drive your power wheelchair straight up the incline. This greatly reduces the
possibility of a tip or a fall. Always exercise extreme caution when negotiating an
incline.
Never travel up or down an incline that is or covered by snow or ice.
■ Inclines and uneven terrain
When climbing an incline, try to keep your power wheelchair moving. If you must stop, start up again
slowly and then accelerate cautiously. When driving down an incline, do so slowly and in the forward
direction only. If your power wheelchair starts to move faster than you anticipated or desired it would,
allow the wheelchair to come to a complete stop by releasing the joystick. Push the joystick slightly
forward and continue traveling slowly down the incline.
■ Maximum recommended incline
The Sunfire Plus EC Power Wheelchair has undergone extensive incline testing. Our results show that
the maximum incline your Sunfire Plus EC can safely climb is eight degrees at maximum weight
capacity. Five degrees is the angle of most handicap access ramps. Any attempt to climb a steeper
slope may put your Sunfire Plus EC into an unstable position.
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SAFETY
NOTICE
This section provides the user with basic information that describes the problems with electromagnetic
interference (EMI), known sources of EMI, protective measure to either lessen the possibility or
exposure or to minimize the degree of exposure, and suggested action should unexpected or erratic
movement occur.
 Attention
It is very important that you read this information regarding the possible effects of
electromagnetic interference on your Sunfire Plus EC power wheelchair.
■ ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE (EMI) FROM RADIO WAVE SOURCES
Powered wheelchair’s may be susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI), which is interfering
electromagnetic energy (EM) emitted from sources such as radio stations, TV stations, amateur radio
(HAM) transmitters, two-way radios, and cellular phones. The interference (from radio wave sources)
can cause the power wheelchair to release its brakes, move by itself, or move in unintended directions.
It can also permanently damage the powered wheelchair’s control system. The intensity of the
interfering EM energy can be measured in volts per meter (V/m). Each power wheelchair can resist
EMI up to a certain intensity; this is called its “immunity level”. The higher the immunity level, the
greater the protection. At this time, current technology is capable of achieving at least a 20 V/m
immunity level, which would provide useful protection from the more common sources of radiated
EMI. This power wheelchair model has as shipped as with no further modification an immunity level
of 20 V/m without any accessories.
There are a number of sources of relatively intense electromagnetic fields in the everyday environment.
Some of these sources are obvious and easy to avoid. Others are not apparent and exposure is
unavoidable. However, we believe that by following the warning listed below, your risk to EMI will
be minimized.
The sources of radiated EMI can be broadly classified into three types:
1. Hand-held portable transceivers ( transmitter-receivers with the antenna mounted directly on the
transmitting unit. Examples include: citizens band (CB) radios, “ walkie talkie”, security, fire, and
police transceivers, cellular telephones and other personal communication devices.
 Attention Some cellular telephones and similar transmit signal while they are ON, even when
not being used.
2. Medium-range mobile transceivers, such as those used in police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and
taxis. These usually have the antenna mounted on the outside of the power wheelchair.
3. Long-range transmitters and transceivers, such as commercial broadcast transmitters (radio and
TV broadcast antenna towers) and amateur (HAM) radios.
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EMI
 Attention Other types of hand-held devices, such as cordless phones, laptop computers,
AM/FM radios, TV sets, CD players, cassette and small appliances such as
electric shavers and hair dryers are not , likely to cause EMI problems to your
powered power wheelchair .
■ POWERED POWER WHEELCHAIR ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE (EMI)
Because EM energy rapidly becomes more intense as one moves closer to the transmitting antenna
(source), the EM fields from hand-held radio wave sources (transceivers) are of special concern. It
is possible to unintentionally bring high levels of EM energy very closer to the powered s control
system of power wheelchair while using these devices. This can affect powered power wheelchair
movement and braking. Therefore, the warnings listed below are recommended to prevent possible
interference with the control system of the powered power wheelchair.
■ WARNINGS
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) from sources such as radio and TV stations, amateur radio
(HAM) transmitters, two-way radios, and cellular phones can affect powered power wheelchair and
motorized power wheelchair. Following the warnings listed below should reduce the chance of
unintended brake release or powered power wheelchair movement which could result in serious
injury.
1. Do not operate hand-held transceivers-receivers, such as citizens band (CB) radios, or turn ON
personal communication devices such as cellular phones, while the powered power wheelchair is
turned ON.
2. Be aware of nearby transmitters such as radio or TV stations, and try to avoid coming close to
them.
3. If unintended movement or brake release occurs, turn the powered power wheelchair OFF as
soon as it is safe;
4. Be aware that adding accessories or components, or modifying the powered power wheelchair,
may make it more susceptible to EMI (Note: There is no easy way to evaluate their effect on the
overall immunity of the powered power wheelchair).
5. Report all incidents of unintended movement or brake release to the powered power wheelchair
manufacturer, and note whether there is a source of EMI nearby.
■ IMPORTANT INFORMATION
1. 20 Volts per meter (V/m) is a generally achievable and useful immunity level against EMI
(the higher the level, the greater the protection);
2. This product has an immunity level of 20 V/m without any accessories and connected to it.
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PA R T S I N T R O D U C T I O N
PARTS DESCRIPTION
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
Controller
Armrest
Headrest
Seatback
Seat
Seatback Release Lever
Drive Wheel
Caster Wheel
Footrest
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O P E R AT I O N
JOYSTICK AND CONTROLLER
Your Sunfire Plus EC is operated by a joystick and controller.
The Sunfire Plus EC is currently available with one of two controller options: PG VR 2.
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VR2 Series CONTROL FUNCTIONS
1. ON/OFF Button
2. Battery Gauge
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3. Joystick
4. Maximum Speed / Profile Indicator
5. Speed / Profile Decrease Button
6.Horn Button
7. Speed / Profile Increase Button
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■ HOW TO OPERATE YOUR Sunfire Plus EC
◆ ON/OFF Button
The ON/OFF button applies power to the control system
electronics, which in turn supply power to the power wheelchair’s motor.
Do not use the ON/OFF button to stop the power wheelchair unless there is an emergency.
 Attention
If you use the ON/OFF button to stop the power wheelchair, it may shorten the life of the
drive components
◆ Battery Gauge
The battery gauge shows you that the power wheelchair is switched on. It also indicates the operating
status of the power wheelchair
◆ Joystick
The primary function of the joystick controls the speed and direction of the power wheelchair.
The further you push the joystick from the center position the faster the power wheelchair will more.
When you release the joystick the brakes are automatically applies.
◆ Maximum Speed / Profile Indicator
This gauge shows the maximum speed setting of the power wheelchair.
There are five-speed settings-step 1 is the lowest speed and step 5 is the highest speed.
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 Attention
We recommend that the first few times you operate your Sunfire Plus EC you turn the speed
and respond adjustment knob to the slowest setting until you become familiar with you new
power wheelchair.
◆ Speed / Profile Decrease Button
This button decreases the maximum speed setting or , if the control system is programmed for drive
profile operation, selects a lower drive profile.
◆ Horn Button
Press either button to sound the horn.
◆ Speed / Profile Increase Button
This button increases the maximum speed setting or, if the control system is programmed for drive
profile operation, selects a lower drive profile.
◆ Locking /Unlocking the power wheelchair
‧To lock the power wheelchair.
1. While the control system is switched on, depress and hold the on/off button.
2. After 1 second the control system will beep. Now release the on/off button.
3. Deflect the joystick forwards until the control system beeps.
4. Deflect the joystick in reverse until the control system beeps.
5. Release the joystick, there will be a long beep.
6. The power wheelchair is now locked.
‧To unlock the power wheelchair.
1. Use the on / off button to switch the control system on. The maximum speed / profile indicator
will be rippling up and down.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Deflect the joystick forwards until the control system beeps.
Deflect the joystick in reverse until the control system beeps.
Release the joystick, there will be a long beep.
The power wheelchair is now unlocked.
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O P E R AT I O N
JOYSTICK DEPTH ADJUSTMENT
Your power wheelchair may be equipped with an adjustable joystick. This function enables you to
move the joystick from the armrest to the desired position.
 Suggestion
1. You should recharge the batteries after each time the power wheelchair is used to ensure maximum
range. The batteries should be charged at least once a week, even if the power wheelchair is not used.
2. After charging or replacing a new battery, drive the power wheelchair for 2-3 minutes to make sure
the battery capacity is sufficient.
3. In cold weather, the battery may respond more slowly and the battery range may be reduced.
4. When driving on a gradient, the battery indicator light may move up and down. This is a normal
phenomenon and should not cause concern.
5. Even with proper care and use of the battery it is natural for the battery’s capacity to reduce with
time. Therefore, the battery’s range is about 50% of the range when the batteries were new, it is time
for it to be replaced. Please contact your dealer about replacement batteries. If an old battery is used,
it can lead to a rapid decline in performance.
6. The battery range will be reduced when driving frequently, on a slope or on rough terrain, as this
requires a greater consumption of power.
7. The batteries have a six-month warranty covering manufacturing defect. This warranty does not
cover faults due to incorrect battery recharging.
■ BRAKING
Electro-magnetic brake: Release the speed control lever completely, the electromagnetic brake will
be activated automatically and the power wheelchair will stop.
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 Warning!
When on a gradient, NEVER switch the power wheelchair to the freewheel mode.
The electromagnetic brakes will not be applied and this may result in injury.
HOW TO ADJUST THE SEAT
▇ To adjust the seatback angle
◆ Pull up the seatback release lever.
◆ Move the seatback down or up to the desired position .
◆ Release the seatback release lever.
Seatback Release Lever
▇ To adjust the armrest width
◆ Loosen the knobs
◆ Slide the armrests in or out to the desired width .
◆ Tighten the knobs.
Knob
Jam Nut
▇ To adjust the armrests angle
◆ Lift-up the armrest.
◆ Loose the jam nut.
◆ Adjust the socket screw up or down to the desired arm angle position.
◆ Tighten the jam nut
◆ To determine the same angle for the opposite armrest, count the exposed threads
after the jam nut has been tightened.
◆ If necessary, repeat the steps for the opposite armrest.
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▇ To adjust the armrests height
◆ Press the button.
◆ Move the armrest to the required position.
Knob
▇ To adjust the headrest
◆ To raise headrest , lift it to the desired position.
◆ To lower headrest, push release tab towards the inside of the wheelchair and lower the
headrest to the desired position.
Adjust The Headrest
▇ To remove the seat
1. Turn the power OFF.
2. Make sure the Sunfire Plus EC is not in freewheel mode.
3. Push the seat rotate lever while pulling up on the seat to remove.
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▇ To change the seat height
1. Remove seat (See “To remove the Seat”)
2. Remove the shroud.
3. Disengage and remove the seat height adjustment bolt from the seat post.
4. Remove the height adjustment bolt from each of the three posts.
5. Raise or lower each post to the desired position.
6. Reinstall the seat height adjustment bolt through the seat post.
7. Reinstall the shroud.
8. Reinstall the seat.
HOW TO ADJUST THE FOOTREST
▇ To adjust the footrest angle
You can adjust the angle of the footrest with a hex wrench.
◆ Turn the setscrew clockwise to raise the front of the footrest.
◆ Turn the setscrew clockwise to lower the front of the footrest.
▇ To adjust the footrest height
◆ Remove the quick release pin.
◆ Adjust footboard to one(1) of three (3) mounting positions.
◆ Install the quick release pin. Make sure the detent ball is engaged with the outer edge of the tube.
Luck Nut
Bolt
Setscrew
HOW TO SET TO FREEWHEEL MODE
For your convenience, the Sunfire Plus EC Plus is equipped with a freewheel level. This level allows
you to disengage the drive motors and maneuver the wheelchair manually.
▇ To engage the drive and take power wheelchair out of freewheel
◆ Pull the freewheel lever to ”DRIVE” position (left and right).
◆ Activation of the joystick automatically releases the brake so the powered Sunfire Plus EC
can be driven.
▇ To disengage the drive and place power wheelchair in freewheel
◆ Push the freewheel lever to “NEUTRAL” position (left and right).
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 Warning!
Do not use your Sunfire Plus EC Power Wheelchair while the drive motors are disengaged unless you
are in the presence of an attendant! Do not disengage the drive motors when on an incline as the
power wheelchair may roll down, causing injury!
 Suggestion
If a level is difficult to move in either direction, gently rock the power wheelchair back and front; the
level should then move to the desired position.
CIRCUIT BREAKERS
The Sunfire Plus EC Power Wheelchair has a circuit breaker protruding through the shroud cover at
the right of the power wheelchair.
◆ In the unlikely event of a short circuit or heavy overload, all power to the power wheelchair will
be shut off.
◆ To reset, depress the circuit breaker button. A few minutes wait is required before the circuit
breaker will reset.
◆ If the power wheelchair continues to shut down after resetting have it serviced by a dealer.
Circuit Breaker
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HOW TO ADJUST THE SEAT
Above: Seat shown in the four possible “ENGAGED” positions
Below: Seat shown in the four possible “REMOVABLE” positions
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6 . B AT T E RY C H A R G I N G A N D C A R E
BATTERIES
◆ The Sunfire Plus EC Power Wheelchair uses two long- lasting, 12 volt, deep-cycle batteries. These
batteries are sealed and maintenance free. Since they are sealed, there is no need to check the
electrolyte (fluid) level. Deep-cycle batteries are designed to handle a longer and deeper discharge.
Though they are similar in appearance to automotive batteries, they are not interchangeable.
Automotive batteries are not designed to handle a long, deep discharge and are unsafe for use in
powered power wheelchairs.
◆ These batteries are maintenance free and there is no need to refill with water.
◆ Do not expose the battery to temperatures below 10 C or above 50 C when charging or storing
the power wheelchair. Under the above temperature range can cause the battery either to freeze or
overheat, causing damage and shortening its life.
 Warning!
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds.
Wash hands after handling!
▇ Use proper batteries
◆ Your power wheelchair operates on two 12 volt batteries.
◆ They should be U1 size with minimum of 36ampere hour rating . Only deep cycle sealed case
construction batteries should be used in the power wheelchair.
◆ When you buy a replacement, insist on a deep cycle sealed case. Do not use any other type.
CHARGING THE BATTERIES
The battery charger is essential in providing long battery life. Located underneath the utility tray, it is
designed to optimize your Sunfire Plus EC performance by charging safely, quickly and easily. The
power wheelchair amp meter and charger plug are located on the utility tray for easy viewing. The
Amp meter indicates the rate of charge being administered to fully recharge the batteries. It is also a
good indication of whether or not the charger is working. The Amp meter and the charger are only
functional when the charger power cord is plugged into a wall outlet.
▇ To charge the batteries using the onboard charger
◆ Position the rear of Sunfire Plus EC close to a standard wall outlet.
◆ Be certain the controller power is turned off and the freewheel levers are in the engaged position.
◆ Slide the cover of charger plug.
◆ Extend the charger power cord and plug it into the wall outlet.
◆ The Amp meter indicates how much charge is needed to fully charge the batteries. Wait about a
minute for the charger to warm up. The Amp meter may move as high as 3 amps, then gradually
move back down to 0 amps as the batteries charge.
We recommended you charge the batteries for 8 to 14 hours. As the batteries charge, the Amp
meter needle slowly drops to zero. When the batteries are fully charged, the needle vibrates on or
near the zero mark on the Amp meter scale.
◆ When the batteries are fully charged, unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
◆ Replace the cover of charger plug.
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6 . B AT T E RY C H A R G I N G A N D C A R E
▇ To charge the batteries using the off-board charger
◆ Position the power wheelchair next to a standard wall outlet.
◆ Be certain the controller power is turned off .
◆ Open the charging socket cap on the rear shroud .Then connect the charging cable into
the charging socket.
◆ Plug the charging cable into the wall outlet.
◆ We also recommended that the batteries are not charged for more then 24 hours.
◆ When your Sunfire Plus EC batteries are fully charged, unplug the charging cable from the
wall outlet.
◆ Disconnect the charging cable from the Sunfire Plus EC.
 Warning!
1. Keep away from flammable objects while charging as it may lead to fire or explosion of battery.
2. Do not smoke while charging as the battery may release hydrogen gas. Always charge the battery in
a well-ventilated space.
3. Avoid electric shock! Never connect or disconnect the plug or cord with wet hands while charging.
Do not connect or disconnect the plug or cord when they are wet.
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 Attention - Follow these safety rules below to avoid accidents while charging.
1. Use the manufacturer’s supplied charger only, and recharge the battery to its full capacity
every time. You may damage the battery and power wheelchair if you use a charger which is not
correctly specified.
2. Charge in a well-ventilated space not directly exposed to sunlight. Do not charge in areas
that are humid or exposed to rain, mist or dew.
3. Do not charge in temperatures -15°F or higher than +120°F as the charger may
cause battery damage.
 Suggestion – How to maximize your battery’s efficiency and service life
1. Fully charge any new battery before its initial use.
2. Be sure to charge the battery after each use. Battery power will be reduced if the
battery is used without being fully charged.
3. If the power wheelchair is not used for an extended period, batteries should be
charged at least weekly.
4. The ambient temperature affects charging time, it will be longer in the cold temperatures.
5. After charging, do not leave the charger socket plugged in.
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■ Cleaning the battery
If the batteries are contaminated by water, battery acid, dust or other substances, they will discharge
quickly. The batteries supplied with the power wheelchair are sealed and as such are maintenance free
with no risk of battery leakage. Please follow the steps below to clean the battery.
1. Turn the Sunfire Plus EC power switch to OFF.
2. Remove the seat.
3. Remove the shroud and unplug the terminal of the taillight and signal lights.
4. Use a clean cloth to wipe off the soiled area.
5. Remove the battery.
6. Wipe with a clean cloth. If the terminal is covered with white powder, wipe it clean using warm
water.
■ Batteries replacement
1. Remove the seat. (See “To remove the seat”)
2. Remove the shroud.
3. Disconnect the negative terminal (black) wires first, then the positive terminal (red) wires by
removing the four nuts and bolts from each of the battery terminals.
4. Remove the batteries.
5. Place new battery.
6. Connect the positive terminal (red) wires first, then the negative terminal (black) wires by tightening
the nuts and each battery terminal.
7. Install the shroud and seat.
 Warning !
Be sure the battery wires are connected to the right battery terminal.
 Suggestions
1. Make sure the terminals are installed properly and replace the cover.
2. Battery efficiency will vary with outside conditions- driving range will be reduced in cold
weather If the power wheelchair is not used for a long time, charge the battery
at least once a week.
3. Replace both batteries together.
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INSPECTION
Initial adjustments should be made to suit personal body structure and preference. Be sure to, follow
these checks and maintenance procedures.
NO.
Item
1
General(Mechanical Troubleshooting)
♦power wheelchair rolls straight (no excessive drag or pull to
one side).
Arms
♦Secure but easy to release; adjustment levers engage
properly.
♦Adjustable height arms operate and lock securely.
♦Pivot point free of wear and looseness.
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3
4
5
6
7
8
9
initially
Seat and back upholstery
♦Inspect for rips or sagging.
Seat
♦Seat secured to the power wheelchair frame.
♦Inspect seat release latches
weekly
monthly periodically
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Drive wheel
♦Mounting bolts are secure
♦No excessive side movement or binding when lifted and
spun when disengaged (free-wheeling)
Caster assemblies
♦Bolts are tight.
♦Inspect caster assembly for proper tension by spinning
caster assembly; caster assembly should come to a
gradual stop.
Attention: As with any power wheelchair, the wheels
and tires should be checked periodically for
cracks and wear, and replaced if necessary.
Caster assemblies/ wheel
♦Ensure all fasteners are secure.
Wheels/tires
♦Inspect for flat fasteners are secure.
Attention: As with any power wheelchair, the wheels
and tires should be checked periodically for
cracks and wear, and replaced if necessary.
Cleaning
♦Clean upholstery and armrests.
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7. INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
REGULAR CHECKING RECORD
To make sure your power wheelchair is correctly serviced, take it to your dealer for regular
maintenance checks. The initial inspection should be made after the first month’s use, thereafter
every six months. Your dealer may charge a fee for this.
YEAR
Service Dates
Controller
On/off switch
Joystick
Braking
Recharge point
Batteries
Levels
Connections
Discharge test
Wheels and Tires
Wear
Pressure
Bearings
Wheel nuts
Motors
Wiring
Noise
Connections
Brake
Brushes
Chassis/Footrest
Condition
Footrest
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2
3
4
YEAR
Service Dates
Upholstery
Seat
Back
Armrests
Electrics
Connections
condition
Utility tray
Test run
Forwards
Reverse
Stop
Left turn
Right turn
Slope test
Over obstacles
List Items repaired
1
2
3
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BATTERY, FUSE AND TIRE
■ Battery
Refer to the section titled “ BATTERY CHARGING AND CARE ”
■ Tires
The condition of the tires depends on how you drive and use your power wheelchair.
◆ Inspecting Tire Tread
◆ Please check the tread depth regularly. Replace the tires when the tread depth is less than 0.5 mm.
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7. INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
 Attention
When tread depth is below 0.5mm it can easily lead to power wheelchair slippage, making
braking distances longer. Therefore replace the tyres as early as possible when they are found
to have insufficient tread depth.
 Attention
Before doing any maintenance, turn the power switch to OFF and remove the charger cords.
 Suggestions
1. Do not splash water onto the power wheelchair as this could cause the electronic system to
malfunction.
2. Do not use caustic materials, solvents or aerosols as these may deform or damage the shrouds.
3. Do not use wax.
STORAGE
Make sure the power wheelchair is stored as follows:
- With the charger unplugged
- With the power switch OFF
 Suggestion
Always store the power wheelchair in a location where it is out of direct sunlight, rain or dew. If
storing for an extended period, charge the battery to full power and then disconnect the battery
terminal. For details inquire to your dealer.
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8 . T R O U B L E S H O O T I N G A N D S P E C I F I C AT I O N
TROUBLE SHOOTING
Symptom
Probable cause
Solution
Limited driving distance ♦Batteries not fully charged.
♦Charge batteries overnight or ensure 10 hours
of charge between uses. Make sure setting on
charger is correct.
Batteries not charging.
♦Batteries weak won’t hold charge.
♦Replace batteries
♦Charger not working
♦Replace charger.
♦Battery connections loose.
♦Check all connections. Secure connections.
♦No current at wall outlet.
♦Switch to another wall outlet.
♦Bad connection on charger, charger
♦Replace charger or internal repairs required.
cable, plug or internal wiring
Contact dealer.
problem.
Batteries draw excessive ♦Battery failure.
♦Replace batteries
current when charging.
Charge indicator shows ♦Batteries weak won’t hold charge.
♦Replace battery
low charge
♦Contact dealer
♦Electrical malfunction.
Level immediately after ♦Charger not operating.
♦Replace charger
charging.
Battery indicator flashes ♦Have charger checked.
♦Service or replace charger.
the charge level is
Contact dealer
low-too soon after being ♦Weak batteries.
♦Replace batteries
recharged.
Wheel wheelchair will
♦Motor release levers disengaged.
♦Engage motor release levers.
not drive
♦Battery require charging.
♦Charge batteries. Make sure setting on charger
is correct.
♦Charger plugged in.
♦Unplug charger from wall outlet.
♦Circuit breaker tripped.
♦Reset breaker. If breaker trips again, it may
indicate need for internal repairs.
♦Contact dealer.
Motor “chatter” or runs ♦Electrical malfunction.
♦Contact dealer
irregularly.
Joystick erratic or does ♦Electrical malfunction.
♦Contact dealer
not respond as resired.
♦Contact dealer
♦Controller programmed improperly.
Only one (1) rear wheel ♦Electrical malfunction.
♦Contact dealer
turns.
♦Disengage motor release lever.
♦One (1) motor release lever is
engaged.
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8 . T R O U B L E S H O O T I N G A N D S P E C I F I C AT I O N
Wheelchair does not
♦Poor battery terminal connection.
♦Clean terminals.
♦Electrical malfunction.
♦Contact dealer
respond to commands.
Power indicator off
even after recharging.
SPECIFICTIONS
MODEL
Sunfire Plus EC
ITEM
Dimension (L×W×H )
37.5 “ x 23.5” x 43.5”
Weight, with batteries
Without batteries
211 lbs.
158 lbs.
Battery
12V U1×2
Motor
270W × 2
Charger
DC24V 4A OFF-BOARD
Front wheels
8” × 2.0” Solid (200 × 50 mm)
Drive wheels
10”× 3- 3/8”Solid ( 250 × 85 mm)
Anti-tip wheels
2”(51mm)
Driving system
Direct drive the mid wheel
Brake system
Electromagnetic brakes
Top speed
6.4 km/hr / 4mph
Climbing angle
8°
Cruising range
15-20 Miles / 24~32 km
Turning radius
30.7” / 780 mm
Armrests
Adjustable Width, Angle, Height
Footrest
Adjustable Height, Angle
Maximum weight
136 kg/300 lbs
Controller
PG VR2 50A
Please note that the maximum range is based on an ambient temperature of 48 , a 165 lb driver,
a brand new and fully charged battery, and a constant driving speed of 4mph with 70% battery
power discharged.
NOTE: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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8 . T R O U B L E S H O O T I N G A N D S P E C I F I C AT I O N
 SELF-HELP GUIDE
If a system trip occurs, you can find out what has happened by counting the
number of bars on the battery gauge that are flashing.
Overleaf is a list of self-help actions. Try to use this list before you contact
your service agent. Go to the number in the list that matches the number
Of flashing bars and follow the instructions.
If the problem persists after you made the checks described above contact
your service agent.
1 bar
2 bars
The battery needs charging or there is a bad
Connection to the battery. Check the connections to
The battery. If the connections are good, try charging
The battery.
The left hand motor has a bad connection. Check
the connections to the left hand motor.
3 bars
The left hand motor has a short circuit to a battery
Connection. Contact your service agent.
4 bars
The right hand motor has a bad connection. Check
The connections to the right hand module.
5 bars
The right hand motor has a short circuit to a battery
Connection. Contact your service agent.
6 bars
The wheelchair is being prevented from driving by an
External signal. The exact cause will depend on the
Type of wheelchair you have, one possibility being that the
battery charger is connected.
A joystick fault is indicated. Make sure that the
joystick is in the center position before switching on
The control system.
A control system fault is indicated. Make sure that all
connections are secure.
7 bars
8 bars
9 bars
10 bars
The parking brakes have a bad connection. Check the
Parking brake and motor connections. Make sure the
Control system connections are secure
An excessive voltage has been applied to the control
system. This is usually caused by a poor battery
connection. Check the battery connections.
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9. WARRANTY
Your Drive brand product is warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship as follows:
Chair/Scooter frame: Lifetime
Electronic Controller and drive train components: 1 year
Batteries: 6 months from time of installation
This device was built to exacting standards and carefully inspected prior to shipment. This Lifetime Limited
Warranty is an expression of our confidence in the materials and workmanship of our products and our assurance to
the consumer of years of dependable service.
In the event of a defect covered by this warranty, we will, at our option, repair or replace the device.
This warranty does not cover device failure due to owner misuse or negligence, or normal wear and tear. The
warranty does not extend to wearable components.
If you have a question about your Drive device or this warranty, please contact an authorized Drive dealer.
WARRANTY CONDITIONS:
1.
Any work or replacement part installation must be carried out by an authorized Drive dealer/ service agent.
2.
Should your power chair require attention under this warranty, please contact an authorized Drive dealer.
3.
Any repaired or replaced parts will be covered by this warranty for the balance of the warranty period on the power
chair.
4.
The above warranty conditions apply to an new power chair purchased at the full retail price. If you are unsure
whether your power chair is covered, check with an authorized Drive dealer.
5.
Under normal circumstances, no responsibility will be accepted where the power chair has failed as a direct result
of:
a. The power chair part not having been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s
recommendations.
b. Failure to use the manufacturer’s specified parts.
c. The power chair or part having been damaged due to neglect, accident or improper use.
d. The power chair or part having been altered from the manufacturer’s specifications or repairs having been
attempted before the service agent is notified.
The manufacturer reserves the right to alter without notices any weights, measurements or other technical data
shown in this manual. All figures, measurements and capacities shown in this manual are approximate and do not
constitute specifications.
Drive authorized Service Agent
Name
Address
Tel
Postcode
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9. WARRANTY
Warranty Registration
Please type or print.
Serial # _______________________________________
Owner Name
Date Purchased
____/____/____
____________________________________________________________
Address
_________________________________________________________________
City
____________________________________
State ________
Zip
________
Additional Required Owner Information
Please indicate your understanding of your scooter by completing the following information.
________
I have read and fully understand
_______
Owner’s Manual, especially sections on operating instructions, safety guidelines,
maintenance and battery instructions.
_______
Scooter Warranty
Battery Instructions – only sealed lead acid or gel cell type batteries should be
used. Batteries must also be sealed, deep cycle, and maintenance free or battery
will hinder vehicle performance and void the warranty.
_______
My dealer has instructed me on how to operate my scooter.
Signature
______________________________Dealer Name
___________________________
Telephone
(____) ________________________Dealer Phone
(____)_____________________
Email Address_____________________________________________________________________
Comments:_________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________
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9. WARRANTY
VIN (POWERCHAIR INDIFICATION NUMBER)
To ensure the correct after sales, service and warranty service
support, please write down the power chair identification
number found on the rear right-hand side of the frame.
Model
Sunfire Plus EC
Identification Number
VIN
Motor serial #
…………………………………………
Controller #
…………………………………………
…………………………………………
Warranty Application Form
Name
Date of Birth
Year
Month
Day
Address
Model
VIN
Date of Purchase
Power chair VIN:
Motor Serial No:
Year
Month
Controller #
Day
Purchaser Signature
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99 Seaview Boulevard
Port Washington, NY 11050
516-998-4600
877-224-0946
www.drivemedical.com
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