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Model # Safari Lite 4000
Portable Scooter
User Manual
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Congratulations on your purchase of the Evolution Safari Lite 4000 Portable scooter.
The Safari Lite 4000 is the ultimate combination of style, comfort and portability.
The Safari Lite 4000 includes several innovative and convenient features.
The Safari Lite 4000 goes with you wherever you go and can be assembled or disassembled in just
seconds with wireless quick-connect components.
The Safari Lite 4000 is light and compact, and can be stored in small areas such as the trunk or
back seat of your car. The compact features support easy transportation of your Safari Lite 4000
for today ¯s ative lifestyle.
The Safari Lite 4000 can be used in confined spaces both indoors and out. Direct drive transaxle
and automatic electromagnetic brake give a smooth, safe and efficient ride. We know that the
Safari Lite 4000 portable scooter will provide many years of mobility for you.
Please ensure that you read this manual carefully, it is important for your safety that you
understand the guidelines and instructions given.
1. Tiller control head
2. Detachable seat with fold down
back with removable pads
3. Removable height, width, & angle
flip-up arm rests
4. Detachable large wire mesh basket
5. Detachable battery-pack
6. Tiller adjustment knob
7. Swivel seat lever and seat release
8. Puncture proof tires
9. Anti-tip wheels
10. Head light
11. Battery charging inlet
12. Side reflectors
Figure 1
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DO NOT carry passengers.
DO NOT exceed inclines over 6 degrees (10% grade).
DO NOT turn on steep inclines.
DO NOT turn suddenly at high speeds.
DO NOT get on or off the scooter unless the brake is on and the scooter is switched off.
DO NOT switch off the scooter while the scooter is moving.
DO NOT drive the scooter where you cannot safely or legally walk.
DO NOT drive the scooter on the road, street or highway.
DO NOT attempt to drive over curbs greater than 2 inches in height. Doing so could cause your
scooter to turn over, causing injury or damage to the scooter.
DO NOT drink or use a mobile phone when driving your scooter.
DO NOT exceed the suggested user weight limit. Doing so, could cause personal injury and
invalidate the warranty.
ALWAYS keep your feet on the scooter when moving.
Consult your doctor if there is any doubt about your ability to use a scooter safely.
ALWAYS slow down and proceed carefully when traveling over rough or uneven ground.
For individuals with balance problems practice getting on the scooter with assistance of a
qualified healthcare professional.
DO NOT operate the scooter without anti-tip wheels installed.
DO NOT use an escalator to move a scooter between floors. Serious injury could occur.
DO NOT drive the scooter on an incline that has oil, water or ice film on it.
DO NOT try to lift the scooter by its seat, tiller, or any removable parts. Any of these could cause
injury to the user or damage to the scooter.
DO NOT use parts or accessories that are not authorized by Evolution Technologies Inc.
Before sitting in or exiting the scooter, REMOVE the key from the ignition. This will insure the
POWER is off and the scooter cannot move under its own power.
As a general precaution, always remove the key from the ignition while the scooter is not in use.
This will prevent use by untrained and unauthorized persons.
DO NOT connect any medical device to the scooter battery. This could cause failure of the device,
the scooter and personal injury.
Make sure the tiller is properly adjusted to the user or damage and injury could result.
DO NOT transport in a vehicle WHILE seated on the scooter. Evolution Technologies Inc. will
not be responsible for any injury or damage that might result.
DO NOT use the scooter in the rain or near any other water source where the scooter may get wet.
Direct exposure to rain or dampness could cause damage to the scooter electrical components.
For maximum battery life, make sure to fully charge batteries for up to 12 hours prior to first use.
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Evolution Safari scooters may be susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI), which is a
kind of interfering electromagnetic energy (EM) emitted from sources such as radio stations, TV
stations, amateur radio (HAM) transmitters, two-way radio, and cellular phones. The interference
(from radio wave sources) can cause the scooter to release its brakes, move by itself, or move in
unintended directions. It can also permanently damage the scooter ¯s contr ol s yst e m
The sources of radiated EMI can be broadly classified into three types:
1. Hand-held portable transceivers (transmitters-receivers) with the antenna mounted directly on
the transmitting unit. Examples include: citizens band (CB) radios, ° wal ki -talkie ±, securit y,
fire and police transceivers, cellular telephones, and other personal communication devices.
NOTE! Some cellular telephones and similar devices transmit signals 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 vehicle.
3. Long-range transmitters and transceivers, such as commercial broadcast
transmitters (radio and TV broadcast antenna towers) and amateur (HAM) radios.
NOTE! Other types of hand-held devices, such as cordless phones, laptop computers, AM/FM
radios, TV sets, CD players, and cassette players, and small appliances, such as electric shavers
and hair dryers, so far as we know, are not likely to cause problems to the scooter.
Scooter 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 sources (transceivers) are of special concern.
It is possible to unintentionally bring high levels of EM energy very close to the scooter ¯s contr ol
system while using these devices. This can affect scooter movement and braking. Therefore, the
warnings listed below are recommended to prevent possible interference with the control system
of the scooter.
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1. Do not operate hand-held transceivers (transmitters-receivers), such as citizens band (CB)
radios, or turn ON personal communication devices, such as cellular phones, while the scooter is
turned ON.
2. Be aware of nearby transmitters, such as radio or TV stations, and try to avoid coming close to
3. If unintended movement or brake release occurs, turn the scooter OFF as soon as it is safe.
4. Be aware that adding accessories or components, or modifying the scooter may make it more
susceptible to EMI.
NOTE! There is no easy way to evaluate the overall immunity of the scooter.
5. Report all incidents of unintended movement or braking to your Evolution Technologies Inc.
provider, and note whether there are sources of EMI nearby.
WARNING! Evolution Technologies Inc. is not responsible for damage or injury incurred due
to improper and unsafe use of our scooter.
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Tiller Angle Adjustment (Fig 2)
At the base of the tiller is a round knob.
Turn the knob counterclockwise to loosen
the tiller and select the desired tiller angle.
Turn the knob clockwise to securely lock
the tiller into place.
Tiller Angle
NOTE: For Safety, this lock is designed
to break away if the scooter is driven
when locked.
Figure 2
Folding the Tiller (Fig 3)
Fold down the tiller by loosening the
tiller angle adjustment knob located at
the base of the tiller (fig 2). Tighten knob
to lock tiller in place. You may lock the tiller
assembly into place so that it doesn ¯t s wi n
from side to side by lifting the red tiller lock
lever up (fig 2) and to the right. (Do not
Figure 3
forget to unlock the tiller lever lock when
driving scooter. For safety reasons, this lock
is designed to breakaway if scooter is driven
while locked)
Fold down
Seat Removal (Fig 4)
Fold down the back of the seat. Lift the swivel
seat release handle up to lift the seat up and off
the seat post.
Swivel Seat
Figure 4
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Seat Height Adjustment (Fig 5)
Remove seat as described (fig 4). Remove
battery pack (refer to disassembly section).
Using two 13mm wrenches, remove locking
bolt and nut. Adjust seat post up or down to
desired position. The seat height can be adjusted
to five different positions by inserting the
locking bolt in the desired hole. Replace washer
and nut and tighten. Replace battery pack and seat.
Serial Number (Fig 5)
Serial number is located on the seat post. It is
Figure 5
on a white sticker with a barcode. The serial
number is 13 alphanumerical digits beginning
with the number 1.
Armrest Width Adjustments (Fig 6)
On the underside back of the seat there are two
armrest hand knobs, one on each side. Turn hand
knobs counterclockwise to loosen.
Loosening the armrest hand knob allows the armrest
width to be adjusted or arm rest to be removed.
Once the desired positions of the armrests are set,
tighten the hand knobs by turning clockwise to
lock the armrests into place.
Armrest Adjustments (Fig 6)
The armrests may be pulled up and out of the
way for sideways transfer. Pull armrest up and
Figure 6
The arm rest angle may be adjusted by turning
the adjustment screw either clockwise or
counterclockwise depending on the desired angle.
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Speed Controls
The speed control allows you to set a speed between slow (turtle) and fast (rabbit).
Battery Level Indicator Gauge
Where the needle sits, shows the amount of charge left in your batteries. The amount of charge will
only show at its true level when the scooter is in drive. Always charge the batteries completely
before beginning out on any journey.
Do not allow the gauge needle to go down completely as complete discharge of the
batteries could cause irreversible battery damage.
A yellow button on top of the tiller operates the horn.
Thumb Lever Controls
The left thumb lever controls the reverse and the right thumb lever controls the forward motion. The
amount of pressure applied to each lever will determine the speed the scooter travels at up to the
speed selected. Release the thumb lever and the scooter will automatically come to a stop as the
electromagnetic brake is applied to the motor.
On/Off Key Switch
Insert the key into the key switch located on top of the tiller. Turn the key and the battery gauge
needle will move. There may be a slight delay before the thumb lever control can be operated, while
the main controller checks the circuits.
Electromagnetic Brake
The brake is automatically operated
when the thumb control levers are
pressed or released. There is a slight
Speed Controls
Key Switch
Battery Level
delay when the scooter accelerates and
decelerates; this allows the scooter to
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a smooth stop.
Figure 7
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The drive/freewheel lever (yellow ball handle) is located under the seat at the right rear of unit. This
lever allows you to disengage the drive mechanism and push the scooter while in freewheel mode.
To disengage the drive mechanism (neutral), move the lever forward (the scooter can now be
pushed). To re-engage the drive mechanism (drive), move the lever backward (now the unit may be
Note: The scooter will not operate while the drive/freewheel lever is in the neutral position
(forward). The scooter must be turned off, lever moved backward (drive position) and then turned
on in order to reset the circuits.
WARNING! Always re-engage the free-wheeling device after use. Failure to do so may result in
Anti-tip wheels
The anti-tip wheels are located at the rear of the scooter frame (Fig 8). The scooter should not be
used unless the anti-tipping wheels are in place.
Evolution Technologies Inc. is not responsible for damage or injury incurred due to improper or
misuse of the scooter.
Scooter serial number
The scooter serial number is located on the seat post and consists of a combination of 13 numbers
and letters. Evolution recommends that you write the serial number down on the back of this
manual for future reference. Refer to Fig 5.
Frame Detach
Anti-tip wheels
Figure 8
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First Time Use
Prior to using your Safari Lite 4000 Portable scooter for the first time, you must charge the batteries
fully (refer to Battery Charging Procedures). Charging may take up to 12 hours. Charging the
batteries completely prior to first time use will benefit battery efficiency. Failure to do so may cause
permanent battery damage.
Getting Started
Select a level area with plenty of space.
Mount the scooter by pushing the arm upward out of the way and sliding onto the seat or swivel the
seat around to mount. Use the arm rest for support if necessary.
Adjust the tiller and seat as previously described.
Starting Scooter Movement
Ensure that you are seated in a comfortable position.
Turn the key to the on position.
Your speed setting should be on or near the turtle (slow).
Push your right thumb lever (yellow) and the scooter will move forward slowly. The harder
you push, the faster the scooter goes but will only reach the speed level that has been selected.
Release the lever and the scooter will slowly come to a stop as the magnetic brake automatically
Steering the scooter is light and easy. When starting off ensure that you give a wide clearance
when turning so that the rear wheels clear any obstacle that you are passing. When steering through
limited spaces such as a doorway or when turning around, turn the tiller handles where you want to
go and apply power gently. The scooter will turn very tightly, but will still move with complete
stability as long as the speed is not too high.
Before reversing ensure that the area behind is free from any hazards or obstructions. Adjust your
speed setting to a low setting before you move in reverse. Push your left thumb lever (black),
and steer wide of all corners and obstacles.
Before dismounting ensure that the key is turned to the off position.
Dismount the scooter by pushing the arm upward out of the way and sliding off the seat or swivel
the seat around to dismount. Use the arm rest for support if necessary.
CAUTION: Please ensure that care is exercised when mounting or dismounting the scooter and
that the tiller and foot rest is not used for support.
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The stability of your scooter is governed by several factors such as the seating position, the angle of
the slope and your height and weight. When approaching an incline, do so directly and not at an
angle and where ever possible avoid making turns. When going down a ramp or slope keep the
speed settings to slow. This will ensure there is a safe controlled descent. When the thumb levers are
released the scooter will slowly stop.
Safe Climbing Angle
Always follow the guidelines of the safe climbing angle as shown in figure 9.
Caution - Do not turn off the control key while the unit is in motion
Grass and Gravel
Please follow the guidelines given previously and your scooter will perform admirably over many
surfaces. Avoid long grass, loose gravel and sand.
NOTE: You should not operate your scooter in wet weather or on wet surfaces. This may cause
the motor to short out or cause other irreversible damage.
NOTE: To preserve battery charge, your scooter may go into sleep mode after being idle for a
few minutes. To remove from sleep mode, turn the key off and back on again.
( Single user )
Figure 9
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The Safari Lite 4000 Portable scooter is designed to be quickly and easily disassembled into
sections for transportation and storage. Follow these simple guidelines for disassembly:
Safari Lite 4000 Disassembly (Fig 10 & 11)
1) Remove the front basket: Lift basket
up and off.
2) Fold the seat down and remove: Pull
yellow swivel seat lever up and lift seat
up and off.
3) Remove battery pack: Turn yellow
battery pack locking lever to unlock
position. Lift battery pack up and off using
handle (Note: battery pack is secured by
Figure 10
4) Fold tiller down and lock into place: Loosen tiller adjustment knob, lower tiller, and tighten
adjustment knob. Lock tiller assembly so that it doesn ¯tswing sideways by pulling yellow tiller
lock lever up and to the right.
5) Detach rear section from front section: Detach lever is located in the rear of the scooter next
to the freewheel lever. Slide lever to ° det ac ¡± and s eparate r ear sect i on f r omf r ont sect i .
Figure 11
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The Evolution Safari Lite 4000 Portable scooter is supplied with maintenance-free, sealed lead
acid batteries. For easy handling, the batteries are contained within a battery pack. Battery life and
performance may be affected by temperature, terrain, condition of battery, the weight of the
user, care of batteries, and other conditions. The battery needle gauge is only a guide and is
most effective when the scooter is moving, only then is the true discharge level displayed.
When the scooter stops the battery needle gauge may indicate full.
An active user can use up to 30% of battery capacity or more per day.
Inactive users may only use 50% of battery capacity in a week.
In both these instances the battery should be put on charge over night.
**Keeping the batteries charged at all times will extend the life of the batteries**
Battery Charger
The battery charger is a 3-amp transformer type off board. The Safari Lite 4000 Portable scooter
has a built in charger port on the rear side of the battery pack. This special feature allows the
batteries within the battery pack to be charged without the scooter.
First Time Use
Prior to using your Safari Lite 4000 Portable scooter for the first time, you must charge the batteries
fully (refer to Battery Charging Procedures). Charging may take up to 12 hours. Charging the
batteries completely prior to first time use will benefit battery efficiency. Failure to do so may cause
To charge the batteries connect the 3-pin male plug lead into the 3-pin female battery-charging
socket located on the battery pack. Plug the A/C cord plug into the wall socket. The battery
charger has two indicator lights. The red light, when solid, indicates power on. A flashing red light
indicates a problem in the connection to the batteries. If the red charging light flashes when
plugged into the battery pack, check the reset button and batteries for excessive discharge. The green
light, when flashing, indicates the batteries are charging. When the green light becomes solid, the
charging cycle is complete. Once the batteries are completely charged, unplug the A/C cord from
the wall then unplug the 3-pin lead from the battery pack. Remember to always remove charger
once charging cycle is complete.
WARNING: Only use the original Evolution Technologies Inc. approved charger!
This charger is for indoor use only. DO NOT expose it to rain or water spray.
Do not leave the charger plugged into the charger port if the charger is not charging.
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Since your tires are flat free tires, there is no need to ever worry about tire air pressure.
General Maintenance and Lubrication
Inspection for loose wheel bolts, seat and arm tightening bolts, and other nuts and bolts is
recommended on a regular basis.
Most lubricated components on the Safari Lite 4000 Portable scooter are designed to be
maintenance free and are sealed. Therefore lubrication is not required for these components.
However, the driving axles and seat post should always have a very light coat of multipurpose
Drips may stain or damage carpets, furnishings, etc.
It is recommended that the driving axles (inside the drive wheel assembly) be checked and
cleaned occasionally for hair and debris build-up, which will hinder the performance of the unit.
Check the batteries on a regular basis. For extended battery life, it is highly recommended that
the batteries be fully charged after use. Please refer to battery section of this manual. If the
batteries are weak, severely discharged or old, a variety of problems may occur with the unit
including charging problems, reduced speed, loss of range, and others. Please contact your local
Evolution Technologies Inc. provider for battery replacement.
Circuit Breaker (Reset Button)
Your scooter is fitted with the latest in electronic controls that are programmed to protect the
electrical system from abnormal overloads. Provided for extra protection is a circuit breaker,
located on the side of the battery pack. Should there be a situation where your scooter stops for no
apparent reason, please check that the circuit breaker has not popped.
NOTE: To preserve battery charge, your scooter may go into sleep mode after being idle for a
few minutes. To reset, turn the key off and back on again.
Check List
If your scooter fails to operate, please check the following:
Unit is switched on.
Drive/Freewheel mechanism is in the drive position.
All plugs and connectors are clean and firmly connected. Push reset button.
Battery level shows full charge.
If the free wheel device has been operated with the scooter switched on, then the scooter will not
operate until the ignition key has been switched off and then on again. Please consult
your dealer if your scooter does not run after checking these points.
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Safari Lite 4000
Overall Dimensions: L1 x W x H
Number, Size of Tires
Suggested User Weight (on the Level Road)
Weight of Rear Chassis w/ Drive Train Assy
Total Weight (w/ 21Ah Battery Pack, Basket, Seat)
Weight of Seat w/ Arm Assys
Battery Pack Module Weight
Battery Module Capacity
Output Power of Motor
Maximum Speed2
Maximum Climbing Angle (based on user weight of
100kg/220lb) / Safe Climbing Angle
Range3 (per charge w/ STD 21Ah Battery / 90kg
User Weight) (After the battery and
mechanical moving parts fully break in)
Turning Radius
Handle Bar
Detachable Chassis
Emergency Hand Brake
High / Low Speed
(Inches) mm
(41.3 ± x 2 ¡± x 7¡±) 1050 x 560 x
Kg (lb)
136 (300)
Kg (lb)
Kg (lb)
Kg (lb)
Kg (lb)
_V_Ah x Pcs
Kph (mph)
15 (33)
64 (141)
15 (33)
16 (35)
12V 21Ah x 2
Off Board 3-Amp
6 (3.8)
% ( o)
Fig. 9
Km (miles)
15~18 (9~11)
*Range varies with the weight of
occupant and other factors
Mm (in)
1260 (50)
1. Include the Anti-Tip wheel.
2. Driver weight may exceed weight of the unit; speed must be reduced when turning.
3. The actual driving range varies with the factors shown below:
the weight of occupant
ground surface
battery conditions
type of charger
ambient temperature
the way of driving
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For your own safety, quarterly inspection and service on the product with signature by an authorized
dealer is strongly recommended. There may be a nominal dealer inspection fee for this service not
covered by warranty. Maintenance records (below) should be kept at all times. The manufacturer /
distributor / vendor will be indemnified from any product liability claim if the above maintenance /
service requirement is not met.
NOTE! Regular (Monthly) inspection is strongly recommended by the manufacturer to ensure
ultimate performance of the vehicle.
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Please refer to warranty information included with unit.
Congratulations on your purchase of the Evolution Safari Lite 4000 Portable scooter. It
is not intended to be used by individuals with physical limitations that could prevent the user from
operating this unit safely. Evolution Technologies Inc. disclaims all responsibility for any personal
injury or property damage, which may occur as a result of improper or unsafe use of its products.
Mechanical or electrical defects will be dealt with on a contingency liability basis.
The preceding guidelines are intended to assist you in the safe operation of your powered scooter.
If you should have any questions about the correct operation of your scooter, please contact your
authorized Evolution Technologies Inc. provider.
Model Name: Safari Lite 4000
Serial No.
Provider ¯s St a m
Evolution Technologies Inc.
(800) 556-2558
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