Gebrauchsanweisung scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Operating Instructions for the scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Instructions d'utilisation du scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Instrucciones de manejo del scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Istruzioni per l'uso del scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Instruktionsbok scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 D US/GB F ES I S Service Center 35.0001.4.99.02 Ulrich Alber GmbH Vor dem Weißen Stein 21 72461 Albstadt-Tailfingen Telefon (07432) 2006-0 Telefax (07432) 2006-299 www.ulrich-alber.de An Werktagen von 08.00 - 12.00 Uhr und 13.00 - 18.00 Uhr erreichbar unter Telefon 0800 9096 250 Deutschland Das scalamobil S30 ist klassifiziert als Gerät Typ B. 2 13 4 5 3 12 26 1 22 8 23 6 9 14 27 20 19 21 15 25 16 7 24 11 10 17b 18 17a Ihre -Vertretung / Your representative / Votre représentation / / Su representación / Din representant / Vostra rappresentanza Table of Contents 1 Introduction 1.1 Standard delivery schedule 1.2 Technical data 4 6 2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Control Components On/Off button Direction of travel switch Horizontal axle Driving switch Battery Control compartment 7 8 9 10 11 13 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Initial Operation Safety of the wheelchair occupant Safety instructions Performance check before operation Mounting to the wheelchair Height adjustment Removal from the wheelchair Removing the handlebars Mounting the handlebars Carrying handle 15 16 17 19 21 22 24 25 25 4 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Operation General instructions Upstairs Downstairs Single step switch Special feature soft step Operation on winding stairs Operating feature for scalacombi 26 27 29 31 32 32 35 5 5.1 5.2 5.3 Care and Maintenance Information on the battery Care Maintenance 36 37 38 6 Quick help in case of faults 39 7 Warranty and liability 7.1 Warranty 41 8 Disposal/recycling 42 9 Index 43 1 Congratulations, with the acquisition of the 2 , you chose a powerful, dependable and multifunctional stairclimbing device of superior technology. With the help of the highly flexible scalamobil you will experience an entirely new dimension of mobility. In this respect you will have great pleasure with the scalamobil, and, appropriately operated, it will soon prove indispensable to you. Please read the user’s manual carefully to get to know the scalamobil and its variety of functions. Some steps of operation may look complicated at first, but you will see that after a free of charge training session by your representative the operation will turn out to be effortless and easy. Your -representative is going to walk you through each step of operation and will answer all further questions that may arise. In addition, the representatives will be happy to help you with any problems you might have. The -team wishes you a lot of fun with the . Please note the following safety instructions! In the interest of your safety, the scalamobil may only be used by people who: · have been trained to use the scalamobil appropriately, · are capable of climbing stairs backwards, · are capable of lifting at least 20 % of their own weight · are in good physical shape and psychologically stable. The efficiency of the scalamobil may be affected by electromagnetic fields, generated for example, by mobile telephones. The scalamobil, therefore, should be switched off if mobile telephones are being used in the close vicinity of the wheelchair. If the wheelchair with additional scalamobil is subsequently equipped with an e·fix or viamobil it must be noted that the driving properties of the scalamobil may be altered radically due to the potentially changed center of mass when climbing stairs. The scalamobil can also affect other equipment such as theft-proof cabinets in departmental stores. The training session on how to operate the scalamobil properly is part of the delivery package and free of charge. It is done at your convenience by your -representative. Do not use the scalamobil before you participated in the training session. 3 1.1 Delivery Package 4 · standard scalamobil S30 IQ Optional Accessories: · · X6-scalaport -charger BC 2401A · Operating instructions · X3-scala-chair · upper bolt · headrest · lower bolt · anti tippers It is standard that the upper bolt  and the lower bolt  are attached to the scalamobil and already adjusted to the wheelchair by . · safety belt · spare batteries the Your wheelchair must be equipped with special fixtures to attach the scalamobil. If this is not the case, please contact your dealer or one of -representatives. Essential Parts (Please open out the overview diagram in the front cover) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17a 17b 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Gripping loop Driving switch On/Off button Display element Lock for the horizontal axle Helix cable plus plug Plug Adjustment knobs for the height of the handlebars Fastening screws for the handlebars Electronic unit Connecting socket for the charger Single step switch Rotation regulator Housing Upper bolts Lower bolts Outer wheels Inner wheels Brakes Locking pin Upper holding device Lower holding device Direction of travel switch Charger plug Battery housing locking mechanism Control compartment cover Driving program selection switch Carrying handle 5 1.2 Technical Data scalamobil S30 Height of the power unit: Height of the power unit: 6 Width of the power unit: Total height, stowed handlebars: Total width: Weight with batteries: Weight without batteries: Weight without handlebars: Maximum weight of passenger: Voltage: Climbing speed: Capacity with a fully charged battery: Minimum step depth: Maximum step height: Technical data – battery 445 mm (with the clamping device) 360 mm (without the clamping device) 375 mm Type of battery: Battery capacity: Battery dimensions: Maximum current: Sealed lead gel battery 3,3 Ah 134 x 67 x 61 mm 15 A Technical data – charger 1140 mm 480 mm 24,5 kg 21,8 kg 19,3 kg 120 kg 24 V adjustable, 6-18 steps/minute up to 300 steps 110 mm 200 mm Designation/type: Input voltage: Nominal output voltage: Charging current: Charging process: Use: BC 2401A 100-240 V 24 V 1A IU0U Only in conjunction with the above mentioned battery All of the scalamobil’s electrical components are protected against dampness, humidity, and water splashes. Due to continuous development, we reserve the right for design changes. The scalamobil complies with the EC regulation for medical products 93/42/EEC and 89/366/EEC electromagnetic compatibility. 2 Control Components Note the following indications: Arrow forwards, steady green light: ”Descending staircase” mode is activated. (To change over to “Ascending staircase” mode move the direction of travel switch  on the left handle cover; see chapter 2.2) 2.1 On/Off button 22 4 3 Arrow backwards, steady green light: ”Ascending staircase” mode is activated. (To change over to “Descending staircase” mode move the direction of travel switch  on the left handle cover; see chapter 2.2) Arrow forwards or backwards, flashing slowly green: Little residual capacity left in the batteries. It is recommended that no staircase ascent be attempted. The batteries must be re-charged at once! The scalamobil is switched on or off by pressing the On/Off button . When switching on the display element  simultaneously shows the last direction of travel selected on the direction of travel switch  and the state of charge of the battery. In order to protect the batteries, the scalamobil is automatically switched off if it has not been in use for 5 minutes. At the same time the light symbols in the display element  go out. The On/Off button  must be pressed again to re-start the scalamobil. Arrow forwards, flashing rapidly green, and square shows steady red light: The battery capacity is almost completely exhausted. The scalamobil can only travel downwards (emergency state). The driving switch  must be switched to the direction “Descending staircase”. Only steady red light shows in the square: The battery capacity is completely exhausted. The scalamobil is unable to move. 7 2.2 Direction of travel switch With the direction of travel switch  you choose the direction in which you want to go on the staircase. Pushing the direction of travel switch  forwards activates “Descending staircase”. At the same time the selected direction of travel is shown on the display element  by a green arrow (forwards). 22 8 4 Pushing the direction of travel switch  backwards activates “Ascending staircase”. At the same time the selected direction of travel is shown on the display element  by a green arrow (backwards). 22 4 Always keep an eye on the level of charge of the batteries in the display element  and re-charge them in good time. If after charging the batteries it is still not possible to operate the unit then please contact your representative. 2.3 Lock For the Horizontal Axle  The lock for the horizontal axle is essential for climbing extremely spiral staircases with the scalamobil. The handlebars can be shifted from their regular position either completely to the right or to the left. Handle in the middle (normal position). · pull the adjustment knob  upward to unlock the safety mechanism. 9 · push the grips in the desired position; the adjustment knob locks automatically. 5 Before operation, please make sure that the lock has fastened. Pull the adjustment button up; safety mechanism is disengaged. Push handle into the desired position (locking device automatically reengages). 2.4 Driving Switch  After switching on and selecting the desired direction of travel (see chapter 2.1 and 2.2) the scalamobil is set in motion with the driving switch  . · Through constant pressure on the driving switch  the scalamobil moves in the selected direction. · Releasing the driving switch  causes the scalamobil to stop instantly. 10 · When single-step switch is activated (see chapter 2.6.1), the scalamobil travels one complete climbing cycle over a single step and then stops. · The driving switch  then has to be released and pressed again to travel up the next step. · When single-step switch is not activated a continuous operation takes place until the driving switch  is released. 2.5 Battery 2.5.1 Charging the battery 11 23 Your scalamobil is equipped with a set of high-performance batteries, that permit up to 300 steps to be traveled. After each use of the scalamobil the batteries should be re-charged, however, to avoid an unintentional standstill on the staircase due to empty batteries. 11 · First insert the plug from the charger  into the socket  of the battery pack. · Then connect the charger to a mains socket in the wall. · During the charging cycle the LED display on the charger shows a steady red light. · Once the charging procedure is complete the red LED on the charger flashes. During the charging cycle the scalamobil is automatically switched off. After charging the batteries pull the plug  out of the charger socket . Please make sure that the batteries are recharged every time after the scalamobil has been used. If the scalamobil is not in use, then the batteries should always be connected to the charger. The mains charger automatically switches to charge maintenance once the batteries are fully charged. It is therefore not possible to overload or damage the batteries. Please also observe the instructions contained in the operating manual that comes with the charger. 2.5.2 Removing the battery Normally the battery integrated into the scalamobil housing does not need to be removed. 24 If, however, you wish to re-charge the battery during a trip in the car, for example, then you can take it out entirely. 12 · Press the locking mechanism  on the battery housing downwards. · Pull the battery out of the scalamobil housing. · When the battery is re-inserted into the scalamobil housing, the locking mechanism  engages automatically. 24 Additional batteries can be obtained from as accessories. 2.6 Control compartment 2.6.1 Single Step Switch  In the control compartment underneath the battery are the button for activating the single-step switch , the rotation regulator  and a driving program selection switch . In order to access the control elements you just need to swing the cover  downwards. To activate the single step mode you press the single step switch. Read more about this function in chapter 4.4. Inward position: single step switch turned on 13 13 Outward position: single step switch turned off 12 26 25 2.6.2 Rotation Regulator  With the rotation regulator you can adjust the climbing speed to your liking. The lowest speed is 6 steps per minute at position 1 of the switch; the highest speed comes to 16 steps per minute at position 6. Under no circumstances must you turn the rotary switch to the right of the single-step switch . This was adjusted by the specialist dealer to exactly suit your staircase. Improper adjustment to this switch may result in functional problems with your scalamobil. New users should avoid the highest speed when they first learn how to operate the scalamobil until they are used to handle the device safely. 2.6.3 Driving program selection switch  When it is delivered to you, the scalamobil is individually set to meet your requirements by an representative. Amongst other things, parameters such as the height of the steps on the staircase that you use is permanently stored as “Home staircase mode”. 14 If you travel up or down a staircase other than the one stored in the device, then you can temporarily deactivate the programmed setting by pressing the driving program selection switch . The scalamobil will then operate using the factory setting or “Other staircase mode”. If you then wish to revert to the preset staircase, place the driving program selection switch  back to the “Home staircase mode” setting. For further details on these modes of operation, please representative. contact your Switch pressed in: Home staircase mode activated Switch not pressed in: Other staircase mode activated 3 Initial Operation 3.1 Safety of the wheelchair occupant The first priority while climbing stairs is always the safety and comfort of the occupant. Therefore, please follow the safety instructions listed in chapter 3.2 and the recommendations made in the training session carefully. In addition, the following situations may arise occasionally: · In case the occupant feels ill while climbing stairs, stop climbing and take care of the occupant. · In case the occupant has back problems, reduce the climbing speed. The scalamobil’s wheels touch down more softly and the entire climbing process becomes more agreeable to the occupant’s needs. · During the climbing process some occupants may feel a tension in the neck. In such cases it is advisable to attach an additional headrest to the scalamobil. · In principle every climbing process has to be completed. However, if the situation arises and you must interrupt the climbing process, lay the scalamobil with the attached wheelchair backwards on the stairs. Due to the safety brakes, it is impossible that the scalamobil rolls over the edge of the step. · During the staircase mounting procedure the wheelchair occupant should be in a quiet and relaxed state of mind. If he should for some reason (e.g. due to his state of health) exercise violent movements, then travel on the staircase should be interrupted at once. Rest the scalamobil with the attached wheelchair on the steps and calm down the occupant before proceeding with the travel. 15 3.2 Safety Instructions 16 · Only persons who participated in a training session may operate the scalamobil. Make sure that no extraneous particles (e.g. pebbles) get into the power unit or the brakes. · The scalamobil may only be used with specially adjusted wheelchairs and/or accessories. If the wheelchair with additional scalamobil is subsequently equipped with an e·fix or viamobil it must be noted that the driving properties of the scalamobil may be altered radically due to the potentially changed center of mass when climbing stairs. · Never use the scalamobil inside on wet, slippery, waxed surfaces or on loose rugs or carpets. · Never use the scalamobil outside on wet, slick or icy grounds. · Use the scalamobil exclusively on staircases with a step depth of a minimum of 11 cm and a maximum step height of 20 cm. · Please wear dry, non-skidding, closed footwear when climbing stairs with the scalamobil. · Never release the handlebars while operating the scalamobil on stairs. · Never touch the turning wheels when you climb stairs or clean the device. You may never use the scalamobil in the vicinity of inflammable gases. 3.3 Performance Check Before Operation Due to operating safety, you should check the scalamobil’s brakes before each use, (the check is done without the wheelchair). Further, you should only use the scalamobil with fully charged batteries. · Please check whether the adjustment knobs  to adjust the height of the handlebars are tightly fastened. · Switch the unit on as described in chapter 2.1 and place the direction of travel switch  in the position “Up” (arrow symbol ). · Put the scalamobil on the outer set of wheels by pressing the driving switch , (the single step mode is not activated). · Push the scalamobil to the edge of the stairs. The safety brakes at the outer wheels must lock now; the scalamobil is not supposed to go over the edge of the stairs. · Pull the scalamobil back from the stairs’ edge. 17 · Place the direction of travel switch  in the position “Down” (arrow symbol ) 18 · Place the scalamobil on the inner pair of wheels by pressing the driving switch  during deactivated singlestep switching. · Push the scalamobil to the edge of the stairs’ again. The safety brakes at the inner wheels must lock now; the scalamobil is not supposed to go over the edge of the stairs. If all four brakes work correctly, you may attach the scalamobil to the wheelchair as described in chapter 3.4. In case not all four brakes lock, do not use the scalamobil. Please contact your representative immediately. 3.4 Mounting to the Wheelchair In order to mount the scalamobil to your wheelchair, it has to be equipped with a special -holding device. If this device has not been attached to your wheelchair yet, your dealer, or the -representative delivering the scalamobil will do so. 20 19 21 19 · Remove the locking pins  from the upper bracket . · Make sure that the wheels of your wheelchair are locked with their brakes so that the wheelchair does not move. · Set the rotation regulator  at the lowest climbing speed (position 1). · Align all four wheels of the scalamobil by pressing the driving switch . · Move the lower bolts  into the lower hooks of the holding device ; make sure that the scalamobil is in the middle of the wheelchair. · Place the direction of travel switch  in the “Upwards“ position (see chapter 2.1) and press the driving switch  so long until the upper mount  catches in the mounting forks of the bracket . 20 19 · lock the upper holding device  with the locking pin . Unlock the locking pin by pushing in its center with your thumb, then drive the locking pin all the way into the holding device. 20 In order to begin climbing stairs, you need to unlock the brakes of your wheelchair’s back wheels and remove the wheels. See chapter 4 on how to climb stairs. If you want to continue driving with your wheelchair on level ground, once more align the wheels of the scalamobil in a parallel position by pushing the driving switch . Then unlock the brakes of the wheelchair. The scalamobil is attached to the wheelchair and ready to use, but it does not hinder the wheelchair’s regular operation. Use only the original -locking pins, tested for their safety, to secure the upper holding device. The locking pins are part of the delivery package. If you lose them, never replace the locking pins by nails, screws or the like. Do not touch the wheels of the scalamobil ever when the latter is in operation. 3.5 Height Adjustment of the Handlebars In order to use the scalamobil comfortably, the height of the handlebars can be adjusted. · Turn the adjustment knobs  approximately one rotation counter clockwise. 21 · Put the handles into the desired position. · Retighten the adjustment knobs . The adjustment range above ground lies between 1.15 m and 1.55 m. Ideally the grips should be at breast-height of the person operating the scalamobil. Only use the scalamobil with the locking grips tightly fastened. 8 3.6 Removal from the Wheelchair To remove the scalamobil from the wheelchair you first need to attach its big wheels again. · Turn the rotation regulator  to the lowest climbing speed (position 1). 22 · Place the direction of travel switch  in the position “Downwards” (see chapter 2.1) and press the driving switch  so long until the outer wheels of the scalamobil lift the wheelchair. · Insert the wheelchair’s wheels into their fittings. · Lock the wheelchair’s wheels with its brakes so that the wheelchair cannot be moved. · Remove the -locking pins  from the forks of the upper holding device  by pressing your thumb on the center of the pin while simultaneously taking it out with your middle and index finger. · Place all 4 scalamobil wheels in a parallel position by pressing the driving switch  (The unit lowers itself, the wheelchair comes to rest on its wheels). · Remove the scalamobil from underneath the wheelchair. · Re-insert the locking pins  into the mounting fork of the upper bracket . Please make sure that the wheelchair’s wheels are securely locked into their fittings. 23 3.7 Removal of the Handlebars If necessary, for instance when transporting the scalamobil in your car, the handlebars can be completely removed. · Push the grips together (see chapter 3.5), so that they take up a minimum of space. 24 · Unplug the plug  on top of the housing. · Loosen the fastening screws  located on the side; turn them until they nearly come loose. · Lift out the entire handlebars. 9 7 3.8 Mounting the Handlebars 3.9 Carrying handle · Push the handlebars into their fixtures. · Screw on the fastening screws , and make sure that they are tight. 27 · Put the plug  into its socket on top of the housing. 25 · Adjust the height of the handlebars so that the person operating the scalamobil can easily handle the device (see chapter 3.5 height adjustment of the handlebars). 9 7 After you have removed the handle as described in the last chapter, you can fold out the carrying handle  that is integrated into the housing, in order to be able to transport the scalamobil. If the carrying handle  is no longer in use, then fold it back into the housing. When transporting the scalamobil in the car it is recommended to remove the battery (see chapter 2.5.2). 4 Operation 4.1 General instructions 26 When it is delivered to you, the scalamobil is individually set by the representative to meet your requirements, particularly to the staircase on which you will be using it. Please make sure that you allow your representative to explain all the possible scalamobil settings to you when you are being instructed in the operation of the device. If required, you may also change the driving speed (see chapter 2.6.2) of the scalamobil, and activate and deactivate the driving program (see chapter 2.6.3) and the single-step switch (see chapter 4.4). The direction of movement of the scalamobil can only be changed when it is at a standstill, i.e. not whilst it is in motion on the stairs, using the direction of movement switch . However, if the direction of movement is changed during travel, then the change does not take effect until the driving swich  has been released and pressed again. There is a sensor integrated into the scalamobil which, only during the ascent of a staircase, constantly compares the inclination of the device to the preset ideal position. If the deviation is too great (only in “home staircase mode”) the scalamobil climbs to the next step and stops there. Further travel is then only allowed if you reset the correct angle of inclination (by going to the next step up, for example). Depending on the programming undertaken by the representative, further movement may then occur either by keeping the driving switch  depressed or by releasing and re-pressing the driving switch . During the training on the scalamobil, carried out by your specialist dealer or representative, you will get more information regarding the ideal angle of inclination for climbing stairs. 4.2 Upstairs (single step switch is not activated) Before each climbing process there must be a performance check (see chapter 3.3). · Move up two steps above the level of the wheelchair. · Pull the scalamobil against the lowest step. In order to climb stairs, you need to remove the back wheels of your wheelchair. First you attach the scalamobil to your wheelchair as described in chapter 3.4. Then you do as follows: · Push the direction of travel switch  back (also see chapter 2.1). · If you have not done so already, turn on the scalamobil by pressing the On/Off button . · Align all four wheels of the scalamobil by pressing the driving switch . · Adjust the handlebars to breast height of the person operating the scalamobil (see chapter 3.5). · Tilt the scalamobil plus wheelchair backwards and towards you. · You have reached an ideal position when you feel hardly any pressure forward or backward accordingly. · Drive the scalamobil backward to the stairway. · Push the driving switch ; the scalamobil begins climbing. (As soon as you release the driving switch , the climbing process is interrupted immediately; the wheels stand still). The inner pair of wheels touches down on the first step. At the same time the scalamobil with the attached wheelchair is lifted. As soon as all four wheels are in a parallel position once more, the first step has been climbed – the climbing cycle has been completed. When climbing regular stairs with standard depth, you may push the driving switch  continuously (recommended for skilled users only) and climb step after step without interruption. When climbing stairs with an extremely high depth, interrupt the climbing process until you have pulled both pairs of wheels in parallel position to the next step’s edge. 27 Once you have reached the top of the stairs, pull the scalamobil plus wheelchair as far back that the wheelchair’s front wheels are securely on the floor. In no instance are they to jut out of the step’s edge! The wheels of the scalamobil are now in parallel position. In this combination, scalamobil plus wheelchair, you may cross short distances within your house. However, for further distances or for use outside, we recommend that you attach the wheelchair’s big wheels (see chapter 3.6). 28 When the scalamobil is attached to the wheelchair, the center of gravity of the whole mechanism shifts backward. Thus, before the patient gets out of the wheelchair either remove the scalamobil or by pushing the driving switch  advance the outer wheels [17a] until they touch the floor to function as an additional support. During the climbing process always pull the scalamobil towards you. Also the scalamobil plus wheelchair needs to remain in the same tilted, balanced position all the time. Never release the grips of the scalamobil! While you use the scalamobil on stairs you need to make sure that the wheelchair driver sits upright and leans on the wheelchair’s back. He further needs to put his feet on the foot rests. 4.3 Downstairs (the single step switch is not activated) Before each climbing process there must be a performance check (see chapter 3.3) · Advance slowly to the edge of the stairs until the automatic brakes grip blocking any further advancement. When you climb downstairs, you also need to remove the wheels of your wheelchair (see chapter 3.4). Then do as follows: · Push the driving switch ; the scalamobil begins to descend the stairs. (If you release the driving switch , the climbing mechanism is interrupted immediately; the wheels come to a standstill). · Push the direction of travel switch  forwards (also see chapter 2.1) · If you have not done so already, turn on the scalamobil by pressing the On/Off button . · Align all four wheels of the scalamobil by pushing the driving switch . · Adjust the handlebars to breast height of the person operating the scalamobil. (also see chapter 3.5). · Tilt the scalamobil with the attached wheelchair toward you and balance it out. · You have reached an ideal position when you hardly feel any pressure forward or backward accordingly. While the inner pair of wheels remains on the upper step, the outer pair of wheels descends to the following step. Simultaneously the scalamobil plus attached wheelchair moves down. As soon as all four wheels are in a parallel position again, you climbed down one step, the climbing cycle has been finished. When descending regular stairs with standard depth, you may push the driving switch  continuously climbing down step after step without interruption (recommended for skilled users only). When descending stairs with an extremely high depth, you should interrupt the descending process until you have pushed the pairs of wheels (in parallel position) forward to the edge of the following step. 29 30 While descending stairs always push the scalamobil slightly forward, away from you, until the brakes grip on the edge of the following step. Also the scalamobil needs to remain tilted approximately in the same angle. Finally, never release the grips of the scalamobil! When you reached the end of the stairs, push the scalamobil with the attached wheelchair away from the stairs. The scalamobil’s wheels are still in parallel position. In this combination, scalamobil plus wheelchair, you may cross short distances in your house or apartment. However, for further distances or for use outside, we recommend to remount the wheelchair’s big wheels (see chapter 3.6). When the scalamobil is attached to the wheelchair, the whole mechanism’s center of gravity shifts backwards. Thus, before the occupant gets out of the wheelchair, either remove the scalamobil or by pushing the driving switch , advance the scalamobil’s outer pair of wheels [17a] until they touch the floor and function as an additional support. 4.4 Climbing Stairs in Single Step Mode In chapters 4.2 and 4.3 you have been introduced in detail to the individual steps to climb stairs safely. By pushing the driving switch  continuously the scalamobil’s wheels begin moving; releasing the switch results in the immediate standstill of the wheels. A continuous use is also possible simply by keeping the driving switch  pressed. When you activate the single step switch , the climbing process is slightly different: · Pushing the driving switch  permanently also results in the rotation of the scalamobil’s wheels; however, after one full rotation they automatically come to the correct parallel position, even if you still press the driving switch . · To continue climbing or descending you need to release the driving switch  and push it continuously once more to initiate the scalamobil’s next climbing cycle. When you need to climb spiral stairs, the single step mode is particularly useful. As stated in chapter 4.6, there it is indispensable to advance the scalamobil’s outer wheels to the edge of the following step. When you activate the single step switch, you automatically prevent an erroneous initiation of the climbing cycle before the scalamobil’s wheels are all the way at the edge. Therefore, the climbing and descending becomes even safer for both the person operating the scalamobil and the person being transported. For persons unskilled in operating the scalamobil, we recommend to activate the single step switch also for climbing regular stairs. If you continuously push the driving switch , the wheels complete one rotation. As soon as you release the driving switch  the wheels come to a standstill, also when the single step is activated. 31 32 4.5 Special Soft Step Function 4.6 Operation on Winding Stairs The Soft Step feature is integrated into the scalamobil control program and activated in the factory settings. If desired, your representative can deactivate the function. In principle the operation of the scalamobil climbing or descending winding stairs follows the analogous steps described in chapter 4.2 and 4.3. Also the same safety instructions apply. However, we would like to call your attention to the following particular characteristics, since the inside wheels cross a shorter distance than the outside wheels. When Soft Step is activated, and depending on the selected driving speed, the rotation speed of the scalamobil motor decreases just before the wheels come to rest on a step. Once this has been surmounted, the motor increases its speed of rotation again until just before the next step is reached. This movement procedure produces a softer landing of the scalamobil wheels on the steps of the staircase, resulting in the wheelchair occupant noticing a much gentler course of movement. 4.6.1 Upstairs · If you have not done so already, turn on the scalamobil by pressing the On/Off button . · Advance the scalamobil’s four wheels so that they touch the edge of the step. · Place the direction of travel switch  in the “Up” position (arrow symbol ) and press the driving switch . The scalamobil descends one step. · Release the driving switch  when all four wheels of the scalamobil are in a parallel position; the climbing process is interrupted. · Advance to the next step by pulling the outer wheels backward until they touch the edge of the following step. 33 4.6.2 Downstairs · If you have not done so already, turn on the scalamobil by pressing the On/Off button . · Advance the scalamobil to the edge of the step so that all four wheels touch the latter. 34 · Place the direction of travel switch  in the “Down” position (arrow symbol ) and press the driving switch . The scalamobil descends one step. · Release the driving switch  when all four wheels of the scalamobil are in a parallel position; the climbing process is interrupted. · Advance the scalamobil to the next step by pushing the outer wheels forward until they touch the edge of the following step. · Begin the next climbing cycle as soon as the brakes grip on the step’s edge. Recommendation: since the climbing process must be interrupted on each step, we recommend to activate the single step switch (see chapter 4.4). If necessary you may shift the handlebars horizontally to gain more space on your left or right side, be it the wall or the handrail (see chapter 2.3). 4.7 Diverging operating feature for scalacombi The following information relates exclusively to the scalacombi S31 with integrated seating unit, not to the scalamobil S30 13 12 The scalacombi possesses almost identical technical features to the scalamobil S30, but differs from it in the one staircase climbing function. The driving program selection switch (see chapter 2.6) situated in the control compartment does not exist on the scalacombi. Consequently the “Home and Other staircase” functions (see chapter 2.6.3) are missing. All the other functions described in this operating manual are entirely at your disposal or may be activated by your representative. 35 Control compartment scalacombi  Activation of the single-step switch For functional description see chapter 2.6.1  Rotation regulator For functional description see chapter 2.6.2 Please also observe the information enclosed separately for attaching the seating unit. 5 Care and Maintenance 36 The batteries regain their full capacity not before charging and discharging them three to four times. 5.1 Information Concerning the Batteries · Incorrect handling of the battery may result in the leakage of electrolytic liquid. The batteries of your scalamobil are maintenance-free and rechargeable. Their durability depends largely on the charging/discharging cycle. For instance, lead batteries are good for more than 1000 partial discharges and for more than 200 discharges of the whole capacity, if a total discharge is avoided. The scalamobil’s built-in electronics constantly check the state of the battery thus preventing a total discharge. · This may cause injuries to the skin or damage clothing. · Avoid a total discharge of the battery. Recharge your battery after each partial discharge, i.e. after each time you use the scalamobil. · Lead batteries are subject to a so-called self-discharge. Therefore, you should connect the battery of the scalamobil, charger. The whenever possible, to the automatic charger immediately turns to retaining the charge when the battery is fully charged, i.e. it is, therefore, impossible to overcharge the batteries. · If you store batteries for a longer period of time without charging them, they lose some of their capacity. However, after charging and discharging them several times, they regain their full capacity. · Should skin or eyes come into contact with the electrolytic liquid, rinse immediately with clear water and consult a doctor. · Do not expose the battery to fire or burn. This may cause the battery to explode. · Do not short circuit the battery. A short circuit causes extremely high currents which may damage the battery or the device. · After expiry of the service life, return the battery to your representative who will dispose of it correctly. The scalamobil’s batteries can be charged and discharged in any position. They are considered as safe as dry cells and approved for air travel by DOT and IATA. 5.2 Care 5.2.1 Charging the Battery Your scalamobil uses up energy each time you employ it. If the battery is fully charged, you can climb approximately 300 steps. However, you should never totally discharge your battery because it may be damaged by it. We, therefore, recommend to recharge the battery after each time you use the scalamobil. To charge the battery only use the -charger included in the delivery package. The charger automatically switches itself off as soon as the battery is fully charged. Thus, it is impossible to overcharge it. 37 38 5.2.2 Cleaning 5.3 Maintenance The outside of the scalamobil’s 4 big wheels where the brakes are located must be cleaned regularly with alcohol to ensure the efficient functioning of the brakes. If your scalamobil is in use daily, you need to clean said parts weekly, otherwise once a month is sufficient. The powered wheels and the brakes are checked during the biannual safety check, and if necessary substituted by new parts. All other components can be cleaned with regular, mild household cleaners. Your scalamobil is a low-maintenance device. However, in the interest of your safety, have the scalamobil thoroughly checked every two years, even if there aren’t any outward signs of damage or malfunction. For any maintenance work please see your representative. 6 Quick help in case of faults What to do if... Remedy the brakes do not grip properly during the performance check? clean the wheels and brake drums with alcohol the brakes still do not grip properly after you cleaned them with alcohol stop using the scalamobil your -representative the batteries cannot be recharged this malfunction can only be repaired at Ulrich Alber GmbH your -representative the scalamobil cannot be turned on remove the charger your -representative the scalamobil still cannot be turned on, even though the charger has been removed The scalamobil comes to a standstill during staircase climbing Change the angle of inclination of the scalamobil (it may be necessary to release and re-press the driving switch ). If the scalamobil still does not move press the On/Off button  once or twice. Contact... 39 40 What to do if... Remedy Contact... The scalamobil comes to a standstill during staircase climbing and correcting the angle of inclination does not help Lay the scalamobil to the back. The automatic safety brakes will prevent it rolling off the edge of the step. A second person who can assist you in lifting the scalamobil step by step either up or down The LED display in the direction of travel display element  is faulty? The scalamobil can still be used for a short time; it must be repaired as soon as possible. your -representative Direction of travel switch , driving switch  or On/Off button  jam? Under no circumstances must you continue to use the scalamobil. your -representative The red LED indicator flashes in the display element ? Complete the current staircase maneuver as soon as possible and re-charge or exchange the battery. The red LED indicator shows a steady light in the display element ? Charge or exchange the battery. 7 Warranty and Liability 7.1 Warranty The warranty period for the scalamobil is 24 months (12 months for the batteries) from the date that it is handed over to the purchaser. Excluded from the warranty are · Parts subject to wear. · Maintenance work necessary as a result of normal daily use. · Defects caused by natural wear and tear, improper use, in particular non-observance of operating instructions, accidents, negligent damage, fire or water damage, acts of god and other causes beyond the control of . · Device inspection when no defects are found. · Devices whose serial number has been changed, disfigured or removed. For more details please see the General Standard Terms and Conditions of Ulrich Alber GmbH. 41 8 Disposal The scalamobil and its optional accessories are products with a long working life. At the end of their useful life they may be returned to your representative who will ensure that they are properly disposed of in an environmentfriendly manner. 42 Used batteries may also be returned to at the end of representative. their useful life via your 9 Index A Attaching the handlebars B Batteries Brakes 25 6, 12, 36, 37 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 29, 30, 33, 34, 38 F Fastening screws for the height adjustment Functional problems G Gripping loop C Care 36, 38, 41 Charging the battery 7, 8, 11, 36, 37 Cleaning 38 Connecting socket for the charger 11 Control components 7, 8, 13 H Height adjustment Horizontal axle D Delivery package Display element Disposal Downstairs Driving switch L Liability Lock for the horizontal axle Locking pins for the handlebars Lower bolts E Electronic unit 4, 20 7, 8 42 7, 8, 29, 34 10 13 I Initial operation M Maintenance Malfunction Mounting to the wheelchair 17, 21 13, 38 9, 21, 24, 25, 27 17, 21, 25 9 15, 17 41 9 19, 20, 22, 23 4, 19, 20 36, 37 39 19 43 O On/Off button Operation Optional Accessories 44 7, 26, 27, 29, 33, 34 26, 27, 29, 31, 32, 35 4 P Performance check Plug R Removal of the handlebars Removal from the wheelchair Rotation regulator 17, 27, 29 24, 25 24 22 13, 19, 22, 35 S Safety instructions 16 Single step switch 10, 13, 17, 27, 29, 31 Socket for the charger 11 Spiral stairs 31, 32, 34 Socket on top of the housing 25 T Technical data Transport 6 12, 24, 25, 36 U Up/Down Upper bolts Upstairs User’s manual W Warranty 7, 8, 27, 4, 19, 7, 8, 27, 2, 4, 29 20 33 41 41 Gebrauchsanweisung scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Operating Instructions for the scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Instructions d'utilisation du scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Instrucciones de manejo del scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Istruzioni per l'uso del scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 Instruktionsbok scalamobil S30/scalacombi S31 D US/GB F ES I S Service Center 35.0001.4.99.02 Ulrich Alber GmbH Vor dem Weißen Stein 21 72461 Albstadt-Tailfingen Telefon (07432) 2006-0 Telefax (07432) 2006-299 www.ulrich-alber.de An Werktagen von 08.00 - 12.00 Uhr und 13.00 - 18.00 Uhr erreichbar unter Telefon 0800 9096 250 Deutschland Das scalamobil S30 ist klassifiziert als Gerät Typ B.