Pride Mobility | Go-Chair | Owner`s manual | Pride Mobility Go-Chair Owner`s manual

Go-Chair
32 Wedgwood Road • Bicester, Oxon OX26 4UL
SAFETY
GUIDELINES
WARNING! An authorised Pride Dealer or a qualified technician must perform the initial setup of
this power chair and must perform all of the procedures in this manual.
The symbols below are used throughout this owner's manual and on the Go-Chair to identify warnings and important
information. It is very important for you to read them and understand them completely.
WARNING! Indicates a potentially hazardous condition/situation. Failure to follow designated
procedures can cause either personal injury, component damage or malfunction. On the product,
this icon is represented as a black symbol on a yellow triangle with a black border.
MANDATORY! These actions should be performed as specified. Failure to perform mandatory
actions can cause personal injury and/or equipment damage. On the product, this icon is
represented as a white symbol on a blue dot with a white border.
PROHIBITED! These actions are prohibited. These actions should not be performed at any time
or in any circumstances. Performing a prohibited action can cause personal injury and/or
equipment damage. On the product, this icon is represented as a black symbol with a red circle
and red slash.
Quick Reference Information
Authorised Pride Dealer:_____________________________________________________________________
Address:________________________________________________________________________________
Phone Number:___________________________________________________________________________
Purchase Date:____________________________________________________________________________
NOTE: This owner’s manual is compiled from the latest specifications and product information available
at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes as they become necessary. Any changes to
our products may cause slight variations between the illustrations and explanations in this manual and the
product you have purchased. The latest/current version of this manual is available on our website.
Copyright © 2011
Pride Mobility Products Ltd.
INFMANU2903/Rev E/October 2011
CONTENTS
I.
INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................................................... 4
II.
SAFETY .................................................................................................................................................... 5
III. YOUR GO-CHAIR................................................................................................................................. 17
IV.
ASSEMBLY/DISASSEMBLY ........................................................................................................... 20
V.
COMFORT ADJUSTMENTS........................................................................................................... 23
VI. BATTERIES AND CHARGING ....................................................................................................... 26
VII. CARE AND MAINTENANCE ........................................................................................................... 31
VIII. WARRANTY........................................................................................................................................... 36
APPENDIX I - SPECIFICATIONS .......................................................................................................... 37
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INTRODUCTION
SAFETY
WELCOME to Pride Mobility Products Corporation (Pride). The travel chair you have purchased combines state-ofthe-art components with safety, comfort and styling in mind. We are confident that these design features will provide you
with the conveniences you expect during your daily activities. Once you understand how to safely operate and care for
your travel chair, it should give you years of trouble free operation and service.
Read and follow all instructions, warnings and notes in this manual before attempting to operate your travel chair for the
first time. You must also read all instructions, warnings and notes contained in any supplemental instructional booklets for
the controller that accompanied your travel chair before initial operation. Your safety depends upon you, as well as your
provider, caretaker or healthcare professional in using good judgement.
If there is any information in this manual which you do not understand, or if you require additional assistance for setup
or operation, please contact your authorised Pride Dealer. Failure to follow the instructions in this manual and
those located on your travel chair can lead to personal injury and/or damage to the travel chair, including
voiding the warranty.
PURCHASER’S AGREEMENT
By accepting delivery of this product, you promise that you will not change, alter or modify this product or remove or
render inoperable or unsafe any guards, shields or other safety features of this product; fail, refuse or neglect to install any
retrofit kits from time to time provided by Pride to enhance or preserve the safe use of this product.
SHIPPING AND DELIVERY
Before using your travel chair, make sure your delivery is complete as some components may be individually packaged. If
you do not receive a complete delivery, please contact your authorised Pride Dealer immediately. Where damage has
occurred during transport, either to the packaging or content, please contact the delivery company responsible.
INFORMATION EXCHANGE
We want to hear your questions, comments and suggestions about this manual. We would also like to hear about the safety
and reliability of your new travel chair, and about the service you received from your authorised Pride Dealer.
Please notify us of any change of address, so we can keep you apprised of important information about safety, new
products and new options that can increase your ability to use and enjoy your travel chair. Please feel free to contact us at
the address below:
Pride Mobility Products Ltd.
32 Wedgwood Road
Bicester, Oxon OX26 4UL
NOTE: If you ever lose or misplace your product registration card or your copy of this manual, contact us and
we will be glad to send you a new one immediately.
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PRODUCT SAFETY SYMBOLS
The symbols below are used on the travel chair to identify warnings, mandatory actions and prohibited actions. It is very
important for you to read and understand them completely.
Read and follow the information in the owner’s manual.
Do not allow unsupervised children to play near the travel chair while the batteries are
charging.
Maximum seating weight.
Keep your hands away from the tyres when driving. Be aware that loose fitting clothing
can become caught in drive tyres.
Use correct tie-down points for controller harness to prevent the harness from getting
caught in the drive tyres, pinched in the seat frame or damaged when passing through
doorways.
Do not use a cell phone, walkie/talkie, laptop or other radio transmitter while operating.
Avoid exposure to rain, snow, ice, salt or standing water whenever possible. Maintain and
store in a clean and dry condition.
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Do not lift the mobility product while seated in it.
Do not lift the mobility product while seated in it.
Do not connect an extension lead to the AC/DC converter or the battery charger.
Removal of grounding prong can create electrical hazard. If necessary, properly install
an approved 3-pronged adapter to an electrical outlet having 2-pronged plug access.
Do not remove anti-tip wheels.
Wear safety goggles.
Corrosive chemicals contained in battery.
EMI-RFI - This product has been tested and passed at an immunity level of 20 V/m.
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Explosive conditions exist!
Use only AGM or Gel-Cell batteries to reduce the risk of leakage or explosive conditions.
Keep tools and other metal objects away from battery terminals.
Do not use batteries with different amp-hour (Ah) capacities. Do not mix old and new
batteries. Always replace both batteries at the same time.
Battery charger for indoor use only.
Disposal and Recycling - Contact your authorised Pride Dealer for information on proper
disposal and recycling of your Pride product and its packaging.
Contains Lead.
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Locked and in drive mode.
Place unit on level ground and stand to one side when changing from drive mode to
freewheel mode or freewheel mode to drive mode.
Unlocked and in freewheel mode.
Do not place your travel chair in freewheel mode while on a decline.
Do not place your travel chair in freewheel mode while on an incline.
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GENERAL GUIDELINES
MANDATORY! Do not operate your new Go-Chair for the first time without completely reading and
understanding this owner’s manual.
Your Go-Chair is a state-of-the-art life-enhancement device designed to increase mobility. Pride provides an extensive
variety of products to best fit the individual needs of the Go-Chair user. Please be aware that the final selection and
purchasing decision regarding the type of travel chair to be used is the responsibility of the Go-Chair user, who is capable
of making such a decision, and his/her healthcare professional (i.e., medical doctor, physical therapist, etc.).
The contents of this manual are based on the expectation that a mobility device expert has properly fitted the Go-Chair to
the user and has assisted the prescribing healthcare professional and/or the authorised Pride Dealer in the instruction
process for the use of the product.
There are certain situations, including some medical conditions, where the Go-Chair user will need to practice operating
the Go-Chair in the presence of a trained attendant. A trained attendant can be defined as a family member or care
professional specially trained in assisting a Go-Chair user in various daily living activities.
As you begin using your Go-Chair during daily activities, you will probably encounter situations in which you will need
some practice. Simply take your time and you will soon be in full and confident control as you manoeuvre through doorways, on and off of lifts, up and down ramps and over moderate terrain.
Below are some precautions, tips and other safety considerations that will help you become accustomed to operating your
Go-Chair safely.
Modifications
Pride has designed and engineered your Go-Chair to provide maximum mobility and utility. A wide range of accessories is
available from your authorised Pride Dealer to further customise your Go-Chair to better suit your needs and/or preferences. However, under no circumstances should you modify, add, remove or disable any feature, part or function of your
Go-Chair.
WARNING! Do not modify your Go-Chair in any way not authorised by Pride. Do not use accessories
if they have not been tested or approved for Pride products.
Pre-Ride Safety Check
Get to know the feel of your Go-Chair and its capabilities. Pride recommends that you perform a safety check before each
use to make sure your Go-Chair operates smoothly and safely.
Perform the following inspections prior to using your Go-Chair:
! Check for proper tyre inflation. Maintain but do not exceed the psi/bar/kPa air pressure rating indicated on each
tyre if equipped with pneumatic tyres.
! Check all electrical connections. Make sure they are tight and not corroded.
! Check all controller connections to the power base. Make sure they are secured properly.
! Check the brakes. See VII. “Care and Maintenance.”
! Check battery charge. See VI. “Batteries and Charging.”
NOTE: If you discover a problem, contact your authorised Pride Dealer for assistance.
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Weight Limitations
Your Go-Chair is rated for a maximum weight capacity. Please refer to the specifications table for this limit.
MANDATORY! Stay within the specified weight capacity of your Go-Chair. Exceeding the weight
capacity voids your warranty. Pride will not be held responsible for injuries and/or property damage
resulting from failure to observe weight limitations.
WARNING! Do not carry passengers on your Go-Chair. Carrying passengers on your Go-Chair may
affect the centre of gravity, resulting in a tip or a fall.
Tyre Inflation
If your Go-Chair is equipped with pneumatic tyres, you should check or have the air pressure checked regularly. Proper
inflation pressures will prolong the life of your tyres and help ensure the smooth operation of your Go-Chair.
WARNING! It is important that the psi/bar/kPa air pressure rating indicated on each tyre be maintained
in pneumatic tyres at all times. Do not underinflate or overinflate your tyres. Low pressure may
result in loss of control, and overinflated tyres may burst. Failure to maintain the psi/bar/kPa air
pressure rating indicated on the pneumatic tyres at all times may result in tyre and/or wheel failure.
WARNING! Inflate your Go-Chair drive tyres from a regulated air source with an available pressure gauge.
Inflating your tyres from an unregulated air source could overinflate them, resulting in a burst tyre.
NOTE: If the tyres on your travel chair list the psi rating only, use the following conversion formulas to find
the bar or kPa rating: bar = psi x 0.06895; kPa = psi x 6.89476.
Incline Information
More and more buildings have ramps with specified degrees of inclination, designed for easy and safe access. Some ramps
may have turning switchbacks (180-degree turns) that require you to have good cornering skills on your Go-Chair.
! Proceed with extreme caution as you approach the downgrade of a ramp or other incline.
! Take wide swings with your Go-Chair’s front wheels around any tight corners. If you do that, the Go-Chair’s rear
wheels will follow a wide arc, not cut the corner short and not bump into or get hung up on any railing corners.
! When driving down a ramp, keep the Go-Chair’s speed adjustment set to the slowest speed setting to ensure a safely
controlled descent.
! Avoid sudden stops and starts.
When climbing an incline, try to keep your Go-Chair moving. If you must stop, start up again slowly and then accelerate
cautiously. When driving down an incline, set your Go-Chair to the slowest speed setting and drive in the forward direction
only. If your Go-Chair starts to move down the incline faster than you anticipated or desired, allow it to come to a complete
stop by releasing the joystick, then push the joystick forward slightly to ensure a safely controlled descent.
WARNING! When on any sort of an incline or decline, never place the Go-Chair in
freewheel mode while seated on it or standing next to it.
WARNING! When climbing an incline, do not zigzag or drive at an angle up the face of
the incline. Drive your Go-Chair straight up the incline. This greatly reduces the possibility
of a tip or a fall. Always exercise extreme caution when negotiating an incline.
WARNING! You should not travel up or down a potentially hazardous incline (i.e., areas
covered with snow, ice, cut grass or wet leaves).
WARNING! Traveling down inclines rearward may have an adverse effect on the stability
of the Go-Chair. Although the Go-Chair is in compliance with all ISO rearward static
and dynamic stability testing, Pride strongly recommends that inclines be negotiated
in the forward-facing position to reduce the possibility of a tip or fall. In the case of
wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV), the suitability of the vehicle-mounted ramp
should be determined before using your wheelchair with your WAV.
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WARNING! If your Go-Chair is equipped with a reclining seatback, do not attempt to negotiate
inclines with the seat in a reclined position. Do not attempt to negotiate obstacles with the seat
in a reclined position unless an attendant is present to help stabilise the chair. Failure to heed
may result in the Go-Chair tipping over.
WARNING! Even though your Go-Chair is capable of climbing slopes greater than those illustrated
in figure 1, do not, under any circumstances, exceed the incline guidelines or any other
specifications presented in this manual. Doing so could cause instability in your Go-Chair.
Pride recommends that the maximum slope of an incline you attempt to safely ascend or descend on your Go-Chair does
not exceed 8.7% (5°). See figure 1.
WARNING! Any attempt to climb or descend a slope steeper than 8.7% (5°) may put your Go-Chair
in an unstable position and cause it to tip.
Figure 1. Maximum Safe Angle (Ascending and Descending)
Freewheel Mode
Your Go-Chair is equipped with two manual freewheel levers to allow for manual manoeuvreability by a trained attendant.
For more information about how to place your Go-Chair into and out of freewheel mode, see III. “Your Go-Chair.”
WARNING! Do not use your Go-Chair in freewheel mode without an attendant present.
WARNING! Do not attempt to personally place your Go-Chair in freewheel mode while
seated on it. Ask an attendant for assistance if necessary.
WARNING! Do not place your Go-Chair in freewheel mode while on an incline or decline.
This could cause the chair to roll uncontrollably on its own.
Braking Information
Your Go-Chair is equipped with two powerful brake systems:
! Regenerative — uses electricity to rapidly slow the vehicle when the joystick returns to the centre/stop position.
! Disc Park Brake — activates mechanically after regenerative braking slows the vehicle to near stop, or when power is
removed from the system for any reason.
Cornering Information
While your Go-Chair is equipped with two front castor wheels and two rear anti-tip wheels, excessively high cornering speeds
can still create the possibility of tipping. Factors which affect the possibility of tipping include, but are not limited to: cornering
speed, steering angle (how sharply you are turning), uneven road surfaces, inclined road surfaces, riding from an area of low
traction to an area of high traction (such as passing from a grassy area to a paved area – especially at high speed while turning)
and abrupt directional changes. High cornering speeds are not recommended. If you feel that you may tip over in a corner,
reduce your speed and steering angle (i.e., lessen the sharpness of the turn) to prevent your Go-Chair from tipping.
WARNING! When cornering sharply, reduce your speed and maintain a stable centre of gravity.
This greatly reduces the possibility of a tip or fall.
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Public Streets and Roadways
WARNING! You should not operate your Go-Chair on public streets and roadways. Be aware that it
may be difficult for traffic to see you when you are seated on your Go-Chair. Obey all local pedestrian
traffic rules. Wait until your path is clear of traffic, and then proceed with extreme caution.
Outdoor Driving Surfaces
Your Go-Chair is designed to provide optimum stability under normal driving conditions—dry, level surfaces composed of
concrete, blacktop or tarmac. However, Pride recognises that there will be times when you will encounter other surface
types. For this reason, your Go-Chair is designed to perform admirably on packed soil, grass and gravel. Feel free to use
your Go-Chair safely on lawns and in park areas.
! Reduce your Go-Chair’s speed when driving on uneven terrain and/or soft surfaces.
! Avoid tall grass that can entangle the running gear.
! Avoid loosely packed gravel and sand.
! If you feel unsure about a driving surface, avoid that surface.
Inclement Weather Precautions
Exposure of your Go-Chair to inclement weather conditions should be avoided whenever possible. If suddenly caught up
in rain, snow, severe cold or heat while operating your Go-Chair, proceed to shelter at the earliest opportunity. Thoroughly
dry your Go-Chair before storing, charging or operating your Go-Chair .
PROHIBITED! Operating in rain, snow, salt, mist/spray conditions and on icy/slippery surfaces can
have an adverse effect on the electrical system. Maintain and store your Go-Chair in a dry and
clean condition.
WARNING! Prolonged exposure to hot or cold conditions may affect the temperature of upholstered
and non-upholstered items on the travel chair, possibly resulting in skin irritation. Exercise caution
when using your travel chair in extremely cold conditions or when exposing your travel chair to
direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time.
Stationary Obstacles (Steps, Kerbs, etc.)
Proceed with extreme caution when driving near raised surfaces, unprotected ledges and/or drop-offs (kerbs, porches,
stairs, etc.). Be sure your Go-Chair is traveling perpendicular to any kerb you may be required to navigate. See figure 2.
WARNING! Do not attempt to have your Go-Chair climb or descend an obstacle that is higher than
5 cm (2 in.) unless you have the assistance of an attendant.
WARNING! If your travel chair is equipped with a kerb climber, do not attempt to climb any kerb in
excess on 5 cm (2 in.) in height. Do not approach kerbs at an angle; instead approach any kerb
you intend to ascend or descend in the forward position.
WARNING! Do not attempt to have your Go-Chair proceed rearward down any step, kerb or other
obstacle. This may cause the travel chair to tip.
Figure 2. Correct Kerb Approach
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Stairs and Escalators
Go-Chairs are not designed to travel up or down stairs or escalators. Always use a lift.
WARNING! Never use your Go-Chair to negotiate steps or escalators.
Doors
! Determine if the door opens toward or away from you.
! Drive your Go-Chair gently and slowly forward to push the door open. Or drive your Go-Chair gently and slowly
rearward to pull the door open.
Lifts
Modern lifts have a door edge safety mechanism that, when pushed, reopens the lift door(s).
! If you are in the doorway of a lift when the door(s) begin to close, push on the rubber door edge or allow the rubber
door edge to contact the Go-Chair and the door will reopen.
! Use care that handbags, packages or travel chair accessories do not become caught in lift doors.
Lift/Elevation Products
If you will be traveling with your Go-Chair, you may find it necessary to use a lift/elevation product to aid in transportation.
Pride recommends that you closely review the instructions, specifications and safety information set forth by the manufacturer of the lift/elevation product before using that product.
WARNING! Never sit on your Go-Chair when it is being used in connection with any
type of lift/elevation product. Your Go-Chair was not designed with such use in mind
and any damage or injury incurred from such use is not the responsibility of Pride.
Motor Vehicle Transport
Pride recommends that you do not remain seated in your Go-Chair while traveling in a motor vehicle. The travel chair
should be stowed in the boot of a car or in the back of a truck or van with batteries removed and properly secured.
WARNING! Do not sit on your Go-Chair while it is in a moving vehicle.
WARNING! Always be sure your Go-Chair and its batteries are properly secured when it is being
transported. Batteries should be secured in an upright position and protective caps should be
installed on the battery terminals. Batteries should not be transported with any flammable or
combustible items.
Positioning Belts
Your authorised Pride Dealer, therapist(s) and other healthcare professionals are responsible for determining your requirement for a positioning belt in order to operate your Go-Chair safely. Typically, the positioning belt is not designed for use
as a restraining device in a motor vehicle.
Positioning belts should be installed as detailed in this manual. See V. “Comfort Adjustments.” Once installed, the belt
should be placed across the pelvis as determined by the user’s healthcare dealer. Anchor points of the positioning belts
should be located so that a projected side-view angle of the pelvis is between 30°–75° of horizontal depending on the
user’s weight, posture and seat cushion thickness.
WARNING! If you require a positioning belt to safely operate your Go-Chair, make sure it is fastened
securely in order to reduce the possibility of a fall from the Go-Chair.
WARNING! The positioning belt is not designed for use as a seat belt in a motor vehicle.
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Batteries
In addition to following the warnings below, be sure to comply with all other battery handling information. For more
information about your travel chair’s batteries, see VI. “Batteries and Charging.”
MANDATORY! Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds. Wear goggles and gloves when handling batteries and wash hands after
handling.
WARNING! Go-Chair batteries are heavy. See specifications table. If you are unable to
lift that much weight, be sure to get help. Use proper lifting techniques and avoid
lifting beyond your capacity.
WARNING! Always protect the batteries from freezing and never charge a frozen battery.
Charging a frozen battery may result in damage to the battery.
WARNING! Connect your battery harnesses in the proper manner. RED (+) cables must
be connected to positive (+) battery terminals/posts. BLACK (-) cables must be
connected to negative (-) battery terminals/posts. Protective caps should be installed
over all battery terminals. REPLACE cables immediately if damaged.
Removable Parts
WARNING! Do not attempt to lift or move a Go-Chair by any of its removable parts, including the
armrests, seat, front riggings, controller and shrouds.
Preventing Unintended Movement
WARNING! If you anticipate being seated in a stationary position for an extended period of
time, turn off the power. This will prevent unexpected motion from inadvertent joystick contact.
This will also eliminate the possibility of unintended chair movement from electromagnetic
(EM) sources.
Reaching and Bending
Never reach, lean or bend while driving your Go-Chair. If it is absolutely necessary to reach, lean or bend while seated on
your Go-Chair, it is important to maintain a stable centre of gravity and keep the Go-Chair from tipping. Pride recommends
that the Go-Chair user determine his/her personal limitations and practice bending and reaching in the presence of a
qualified healthcare professional.
WARNING! Do not bend, lean or reach for objects if you have to pick them up from the
floor by reaching down between your knees or if you have to reach over the back of
the seat. Movements such as these may change your centre of gravity and the weight
distribution of the Go-Chair. This may cause your Go-Chair to tip.
WARNING! Keep your hands away from the tyres when driving. Be aware that loose
fitting clothing can become caught in drive tyres.
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Transfers
Transferring onto and off of your Go-Chair requires a good sense of
balance. Always have an attendant or healthcare professional present
while learning to properly transfer yourself.
To eliminate the possibility of injury, Pride recommends that you or
a trained attendant perform the following tasks before attempting a
transfer:
! Turn off the power to the controller.
! Ensure your Go-Chair is not in freewheel mode. See III. “Your
Go-Chair.”
! Turn the castor wheels toward the transfer destination to improve Go-Chair stability during transfer.
! Make sure both armrests are flipped up or removed from your
Go-Chair.
! Flip up the foot platform or move the leg rests aside; this will
help to keep your feet from getting caught on the front rigging
during the transfer.
! Reduce the distance between your Go-Chair and the object
Figure 4. Ideal Transfer Position
you are transferring onto.
WARNING! Before transferring, position yourself as far back as possible in the Go-Chair seat to
prevent the Go-Chair from tipping forward during transfer.
WARNING! Avoid putting all of your weight on the Go-Chair armrests and do not use the armrests
for weight bearing purposes, such as transfers. Such use may cause the Go-Chair to tip, resulting
in a fall from the Go-Chair and personal injury.
WARNING! Avoid putting all of your weight on the front riggings. Such use may cause the GoChair to tip.
User Positioning
Pride recommends that all users be seated in an upright position with their pelvis positioned as far rearward as possible
in the power chair seat. All users need to discuss pelvic positioning with their authorised Pride Dealer, therapist(s) or
healthcare professional to determine appropriate pelvic position when seated on the power chair based on the user’s
individual medical needs.
Prescription Drugs/Physical Limitations
Users must exercise care and common sense when operating a Go-Chair. This includes awareness of safety issues when
taking prescribed or over-the-counter drugs or when the user has specific physical limitations.
WARNING! Consult your physician if you are taking prescribed or over-the-counter medication or
if you have certain physical limitations. Some medications and limitations may impair your ability
to operate your Go-Chair in a safe manner.
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Alcohol/Smoking
The Go-Chair user must exercise care and common sense when operating his/her Go-Chair. This includes awareness of
safety issues while under the influence of alcohol or while smoking.
WARNING! Do not operate your Go-Chair while you are under the influence of alcohol, as this may
impair your ability to operate your Go-Chair in a safe manner.
WARNING! Pride strongly recommends that you do not smoke cigarettes while seated in your GoChair, although the travel chair has passed the necessary testing requirements for cigarette
smoking. You must adhere to the following safety guidelines if you decide to smoke cigarettes
while seated in your Go-Chair.
! Do not leave lit cigarettes unattended.
! Keep ashtrays a safe distance from the seat cushions.
! Always make sure cigarettes are completely extinguished before disposal.
Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference (EMI/RFI)
WARNING! Laboratory tests have shown that electromagnetic and radio frequency waves can
have an adverse affect on the performance of electrically-powered mobility vehicles.
Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency Interference can come from sources such as cellular phones, mobile two-way
radios (such as walkie-talkies), radio stations, TV stations, amateur radio (HAM) transmitters, wireless computer links,
microwave signals, paging transmitters and medium-range mobile transceivers used by emergency vehicles. In some cases,
these waves can cause unintended movement or damage to the control system. Every electrically-powered mobility vehicle
has an immunity (or resistance) to EMI. The higher the immunity level, the greater the protection against EMI. This product
has been tested and has passed at an immunity level of 20 V/m.
WARNING! Be aware that cell phones, two-way radios, laptops and other types of radio transmitters
may cause unintended movement of your electrically-powered mobility vehicle due to EMI.
Exercise caution when using any of these items while operating your mobility vehicle and avoid
coming into close proximity of radio and TV stations.
WARNING! The addition of accessories or components to the electrically-powered mobility vehicle
can increase the susceptibility of the vehicle to EMI. Do not modify your Go-Chair in any way not
authorised by Pride.
WARNING! The electrically-powered mobility vehicle itself can disturb the performance of other
electrical devices located nearby, such as alarm systems.
NOTE: For further information on EMI/RFI, go to the Resource Center on www.pridemobility.com. If
unintended motion or brake release occurs, turn your Go-Chair off as soon as it is safe to do so. Call your
authorised Pride Dealer to report the incident.
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GO-CHAIR
THE GO-CHAIR
The Go-Chair has two main assemblies: the seat assembly and the power base assembly. See figure 5. Typically, the seat
assembly includes the armrests, seatback and seat base. The power base assembly includes the two motors, two drive
wheels, two castor wheels, two anti-tip wheels, two batteries and a foot platform. See figures 5 and 6.
ARMRESTS
SEATBACK
JOYSTICK
SEAT ASSEMBLY
CONTROLLER
SEAT BASE
POWER BASE
ASSEMBLY
DRIVE WHEEL
MANUAL FREEWHEEL LEVERS
FOOT PLATFORM
CASTOR WHEEL
Figure 5. The Go-Chair
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XLR OFF-BOARD CHARGER HARNESS CONNECTOR
SEAT PEDESTAL
CONTROLLER CONNECTOR
BATTERY BOX
MANUAL FREEWHEEL LEVERS
CIRCUIT BREAKER
BATTERY BOX CHARGER PORT
REAR SECTION
FRONT SECTION
Figure 6. The Go-Chair Power Base
Electrical Components
The electrical components are located on the power base. The main circuit breaker is located on the front of the battery
box. The controller connector is located on the back of the power base. See figure 6.
Controller Connector: This is where the controller connects to the power base. Each controller uses a different type of
cable. Regardless of which type of controller is used, the cable must be secured to the assembly and not allowed to drag
on the floor.
Battery Box Charger Port: This enables you to charge the batteries either on the unit or when the battery box is removed
from the power base. See VI. “Batteries and Charging.”
Main Circuit Breaker: The main circuit breaker is a safety feature built into your Go-Chair. When the batteries and the
motors are heavily strained (e.g., from excessive loads), the main circuit breaker trips to prevent damage to the motors and
the electronics. If the circuit trips, allow your Go-Chair to “rest” for approximately one minute. Next, push in the circuit
breaker button, turn on the controller and continue normal operation. If the main circuit breaker continues to trip repeatedly,
contact an authorised Pride Dealer.
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III.
YOUR
GO-CHAIR
Manual Freewheel Levers
For your convenience, your Go-Chair has a manual freewheel lever on each motor. Manual freewheel levers enable you to
disable the drive system in order to manoeuvre the chair manually. This is called freewheel mode.
WARNING! Do not use the travel chair while the drive motors are disengaged! Do not
disengage the drive motors when the travel chair is on an incline or decline, as the
unit could roll on its own! Only engage the freewheel mode when on a level surface.
WARNING! It is important to remember that when your Go-Chair is in freewheel mode,
the braking system is disengaged.
NOTE: The batteries will not charge in freewheel mode unless the battery box is removed from the power base.
NOTE: You must turn off the power before disabling the drive systems, otherwise you may get an error code on
the controller. To clear this code, turn off the controller and place the Go-Chair in drive mode. Then turn on
the controller. The error message should be cleared. If not, contact an authorised Pride Dealer.
To engage or disengage the drive system:
1. Locate the levers on the rear section of the power base. See figure 7.
2. Push the two levers forward to engage the drive motors (drive mode).
3. Pull the two levers rearward to disengage the drive motors (freewheel mode).
If a lever is difficult to move in either direction, rock your travel chair back and forth slightly. The lever should then move to
the desired position.
WARNING! Do not use the freewheel lever handles as tie-down points to secure this product
Anti-Tip Wheels
The anti-tip wheels are an integral and important safety feature of your Go-Chair. They are bolted to the frame at the rear
of the chair. See figure 7.
PROHIBITED! Do not remove the anti-tip wheels or modify your travel chair in any way that is not
authorised by Pride.
DRIVE MODE
DRIVE MODE
FREEWHEEL MODE
FREEWHEEL MODE
MANUAL FREEWHEEL LEVERS
ANTI-TIP WHEELS
Figure 7. Back of Power Base
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I V.
ASSEMBLY/DISASSEMBLY
INITIAL ASSEMBLY
Your Go-Chair may require some assembly either before initial use or after transportation. It may also require disassembly to
make some comfort adjustments. Figure 8 details those parts of the Go-Chair that are designed to be disassembled and
assembled by an end user or by a qualified carer before using the product or making comfort adjustments. There are two hex
keys provided for use with controller installation and adjustment and foot platform adjustment.
NOTE: Any nylon insert lock nut removed during the disassembly or adjustment of the travel chair must be
replaced with a new nut. Nylon insert lock nuts should not be reused as it may cause damage to the nylon
insert, resulting in a less secure fit. Replacement nylon insert lock nuts are available at local hardware stores
or through your authorised Pride Dealer.
ARMREST WIDTH ADJUSTMENT
SEAT INSTALLATION
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
CONTROLLER POSITION
SEAT HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT
FOOT PLATFORM DEPTH ADJUSTMENT
Figure 8. Go-Chair Assembly View
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I V.
ASSEMBLY/DISASSEMBLY
Seat Installation
It may be necessary to install the seat either prior to initial operation or after transporting your Go-Chair. The seat is attached
to the power base by a height-adjustable seat pedestal.
WARNING! Do not pick up the seat frame
by the armrests. They are free to pivot,
and you may lose control of the seat if
they do so.
To install the seat:
1. Adjust the seat height if necessary. See V. “Comfort Adjustments.”
2. Set the seat onto the seat pedestal. See figure 9.
3. Install the controller into the armrest, and tighten the setscrew under the armrest.
4. Plug the controller connector into the power base. See
figure 6.
MANDATORY! Prevent controller harness
damage! Avoid routing the controller
harness on the outside of the armrest pad.
Route the harness under the armrest or
toward the inside of the armrest pad. Use
correct tie-down points for the controller
harness to prevent the harness from getting
caught in the drive tyres, pinched in the seat
frame or damaged when passing through
doorways.
Figure 9. Seat Installation
Disassembly
The Go-Chair disassembles into four components: the seat, the
battery box, the rear section of the power base and the front
section of the power base. See figure 10.
To disassemble the Go-Chair:
1. Turn off the power to the controller.
2. Place the Go-Chair in drive mode. See III. “Your Go-Chair.”
3. Disconnect the controller from the power base.
4. Remove the seat.
5. Grasp the battery box handle and lift up to disengage the
box from the power base, then tilt the box forward slightly
and pull it away from the power base.
6. Push in the toggle latch release button while pulling forward
on the toggle latch. See figure 11.
7. Rotate the toggle latch buckle over the top of the toggle
latch until it snaps into its retainer. See figure 12.
8. Lift the front section up and off of the rear section.
Figure 10. Go-Chair Components
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ASSEMBLY/DISASSEMBLY
TOGGLE LATCH
RELEASE BUTTON
Figure 11. Toggle Latch Closed
Figure 12. Toggle Latch Open
CURVED LOCKING
BRACKET
PEG
Figure 13. Rear Section Positioning
Figure 14. Align Frame Sections
Assembly
1. Tilt the Go-Chair rear section rearward onto the anti-tip wheels.
See figure 13.
2. While holding the front section parallel to the floor, align the curved
locking brackets on the front section with the corresponding pegs on
the rear section. See figure 14.
3. Grasp the foot platform and lift the front section to a vertical
position on the rear section. See figure 15.
4. Secure the toggle latch to the locked position. See figure 11.
WARNING! Ensure that the toggle latch buckle is
securely fastened to the retainer before operating
the Go-Chair.
5. Grasp the foot platform and lower the assembled frame sections to
the floor.
6. With the battery box tilted forward slightly, place it on the power base,
then push the back of the battery box down until it is firmly in place.
7. Install the seat and plug the controller connector into the power
base. See figure 6.
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Figure 15. Lift Front Section
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V.
COMFORT
ADJUSTMENTS
COMFORT ADJUSTMENTS
After becoming familiar with your travel chair’s operation, you may find the need to make some adjustments to increase
your comfort, such as seat height, armrest width, foot platform depth and controller position. Use the steps below to make
comfort adjustments.
WARNING! If your Go-Chair was configured by an authorised Pride Dealer, please consult the healthcare
professional before changing the seat position or making any other adjustment. Some adjustments
may degrade your Go-Chair’s performance and safety by changing its centre of gravity.
WARNING! Some Go-Chair components are heavy. Please refer to “Appendix I - Specifications”
for specific component weights before you disassemble the Go-Chair.
WARNING! Remove the occupant from the Go-Chair before making any adjustments.
Seat Height Adjustment
You can adjust the seat to two different heights. Seat height
adjustment requires the removal of the battery box.
To change the seat height:
1. Turn off the power to the controller.
2. Disconnect the controller connector from the power base.
3. Remove the seat.
4. Remove the battery box.
5. Loosen the quick release fastener. See figure 16.
6. Remove the clevis pin from the seat pedestal.
7. Reposition the seat pedestal to the desired height.
8. Reinstall the seat pedestal clevis pin.
9. Tighten the quick release fastener. See figure 17.
10. Reinstall the battery box.
11. Reinstall the seat.
12. Reconnect the controller connector.
CLEVIS PIN
Figure 16. Seat Height Adjustment
Quick Release Fasteners
The quick release fastener removes excess play in the seat
pedestal. See figure 16. The quick release fastener consists
of a bolt, a lever and a nut. See figure 17. The lever has a
cam on the end that allows it to clamp into place. The quick
release fastener has two states: clamped and unclamped.
When the lever is open, the quick release fastener is
unclamped. When the lever is closed, the quick release fastener is clamped.
To clamp the quick release fastener:
1. Make sure the lever is in the open position.
2. Turn the nut clockwise until it is snug.
3. Rotate the lever until it is in the fully closed position.
SEAT PEDESTAL
QUICK RELEASE
FASTENER
CAM
BOLT
LEVER (OPEN)
UNCLAMPED
NUT
LEVER (FULLY CLOSED)
CLAMPED
Figure 17. Quick Release Fastener Operation
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COMFORT
ADJUSTMENTS
NOTE: If the lever will not rotate to the fully closed
position, then turn the nut anticlockwise one-quarter
or one-half turn.
Armrest Width Adjustment
You can change each armrest’s width independently of the other.
ARMREST KNOB
(LOCATED ON
SEAT FRAME)
DETENT
PIN
NOTE: Changing the armrest width may increase the
overall width of your Go-Chair.
To change the armrest width:
1. Locate the two armrest knobs on each side of the armrest receiver bracket. See figure 18.
2. Loosen the knobs.
3. Remove the detent pins.
4. Slide the armrests in or out to the desired width.
5. Reinstall the pins and tighten the knobs.
Figure 18. Armrest Width Adjustment
Foot Platform Depth Adjustment
To adjust the foot platform depth:
1. Remove the hardware from the footplatform bracket.
See figure 19.
2. Move the foot platform in or out to the desired depth.
3. Reinstall the hardware into the foot platform bracket
and tighten.
Controller Position
You can position the controller for either left-hand or righthand use.
WARNING! Do not place the controller
cable so that it can be pinched in the
seat frame or the power base frame.
Figure 19. Foot Platform Depth
To change the controller position:
1. Turn off the power to the controller.
2. Unplug the controller connector from the power base.
3. Cut all wire ties securing the controller cable to the
armrest.
4. Flip up the armrest and loosen the setscrew. See figure 20.
5. Slide the controller out of the armrest.
6. Loosen the setscrew in the other armrest.
7. Place the controller in the other armrest.
8. Tighten the setscrew in each armrest.
9. Use a wire tie to secure the controller cable to the armrest.
10. Plug the controller connector into the power base.
SETSCREW
Figure 20. Controller Position
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V.
COMFORT
ADJUSTMENTS
Positioning Belt
Your power chair may be equipped with a positioning belt
that can be adjusted for operator comfort. See figure 21.
The positioning belt is designed to support the operator so
that he/she does not slide down or forward in the seat. The
positioning belt is not designed for use as a restraining
device.
To install the positioning belt:
1. Remove the rearmost screw that holds the seat hinge to
the seat base on both the left and right seat hinges.
2. Insert the screw through the supplied washer, through
the positioning belt and into the seat base for each side
of the power chair seat.
3. Tighten both screws.
To adjust the positioning belt for operator comfort:
1. Once seated, insert the metal tab on one side of the belt
into the plastic housing on the opposite side until you
hear a click. See figure 21.
2. Pull the excess strap attached to the metal tab until it is
secure, but not so tight as to cause discomfort.
Figure 21. Positioning Belt
To release the positioning belt:
1. Press the push button mechanism on the plastic
housing.
MANDATORY! Make sure the positioning
belt is properly secured to the power
chair and is adjusted for operator
comfort before each use.
MANDATORY! Inspect the positioning
belt for loose or damaged parts before
each use of the power chair. If you
discover a problem, contact your
authorised Pride Dealer for maintenance
and repair.
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VI.
BATTERIES
AND
CHARGING
BATTERIES AND CHARGING
The Go-Chair 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 also are unsafe for use in travel chairs.
MANDATORY! Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead
compounds. Wear goggles and gloves when handling batteries and wash hands after
handling.
WARNING! Contact your authorised Pride Dealer if you have any questions regarding
the batteries in your travel chair.
WARNING! Always use two batteries of the exact same type, chemistry and amp-hour
(Ah) capacity. Refer to the specifications table in this manual and in the manual supplied
with the battery charger for recommended type and capacities.
Charging the Batteries
The battery charger is essential in providing long life for your Go-Chair batteries. It is designed to optimise your travel
chair’s performance by charging the batteries safely, quickly and easily.
PROHIBITED! Removal of grounding prong can create electrical hazard. If necessary, properly
install an approved 3-pronged adapter to an electrical outlet having 2-pronged plug access.
PROHIBITED! Never use an extension lead to plug in your battery charger. Plug the charger directly
into a properly wired standard electrical outlet.
PROHIBITED! Do not allow unsupervised children to play near the Go-Chair while the batteries
are charging. Pride recommends that you do not charge the batteries while the travel chair is
occupied.
MANDATORY! Read the battery charging instructions in this manual and in the manual supplied
with the battery charger before charging the batteries.
WARNING! Explosive gases may be generated while charging the batteries. Keep the Go-Chair
and battery charger away from sources of ignition such as flames or sparks and provide adequate
ventilation when charging the batteries.
WARNING! You must recharge your Go-Chair’s batteries with the supplied off-board charger. Do
not use an automotive-type battery charger.
WARNING! Inspect the battery charger, wiring and connectors for damage before each use. Contact
your authorised Pride Dealer if damage is found.
WARNING! Do not attempt to open the battery charger case. If the battery charger does not
appear to be working correctly, contact your authorised Pride Dealer.
WARNING! If the battery charger is equipped with cooling slots, then do not attempt to insert
objects through these slots.
WARNING! If your battery charger has not been tested and approved for outdoor use, then do not
expose it to adverse or extreme weather conditions. If the battery charger is exposed to adverse
or extreme weather conditions, then it must be allowed to adjust to the difference in environmental
conditions before use indoors. Refer to the manual supplied with the battery charger for more
information.
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VI.
BATTERIES
AND
CHARGING
To charge the batteries using the off-board charger:
1. Position the front of your travel chair next to a standard electrical
outlet. See figure 22.
2. Be certain the controller power is turned off.
3. Plug the off-board charger into the battery box charger port.
NOTE: The off-board charger connector can be inserted
through a slot found on the back of the basket and located directly in front of the battery box.
4. Plug the off-board charger into the electrical outlet.
NOTE: If it is a Pride off-board charger, then there are two
LEDs in it. Refer to the supplied charger manual for information on LED indications. If it is not a Pride off-board charger,
then follow the instructions supplied by the manufacturer.
Figure 22. Battery Charging
5. When the batteries are fully charged, disconnect the off-board
charger from the electrical outlet and then from the battery box.
NOTE: The Go-Chair batteries can be charged when the battery box is removed from the power base.
To charge the batteries with the battery box removed from the
power base:
1. Remove the battery box from the power base. See IV. “Assembly/Disassembly.”
2. Position the battery box next to a standard electrical outlet. See
figure 23.
3. Plug the off-board charger into the battery box charger port.
4. Plug the off-board charger into the electrical outlet.
5. When the batteries are fully charged, unplug the off-board charger
from the electrical outlet and then from the battery box.
6. Reinstall the battery box to the power base.
To charge the batteries using the off-board charger/programming socket found on the controller:
1. Position the front of your travel chair next to a standard electrical
outlet.
2. Be certain the controller power is turned off and the freewheel
levers are in the engaged position. See III. “Your Power Chair.”
3. Plug the off-board charger into the off-board charger/programming socket located on the controller. See figure 24.
4. Plug the off-board charger into the electrical outlet.
5. When the batteries are fully charged, unplug the off-board charger
from the electrical outlet and then from the controller.
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Removed)
Figure 24. Battery Charging through the
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BATTERIES
AND
CHARGING
Battery Break-in
To break in new batteries for maximum efficiency:
1. Fully recharge any new battery prior to its initial use. This brings the battery up to about 90% of its peak performance level.
2. Operate your Go-Chair throughout the house and grounds. Move slowly at first, and do not travel too far until you
become accustomed to the controls and break in the batteries.
3. Give the batteries another full charge of 8 to 14 hours and operate your Go-Chair again. The batteries will now
perform at over 90% of their potential.
4. After four or five charging cycles, the batteries will top off at 100% charge and last for an extended period.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does the charger work?
The battery charger takes the standard electrical outlet voltage of 120 VAC (alternating current) and converts it to 24 VDC
(direct current). The batteries use direct current to run your Go-Chair. When the battery voltage is low, the charger works
harder to charge the battery. As the battery voltage approaches full charge, the charger does not work as hard to complete
the charging cycle. When the battery is fully charged, the amperage from the charger is nearly at zero. This is how the
charger maintains a charge but does not overcharge the battery.
Can I use a different battery charger?
You should use the charger supplied with the Go-Chair. It is the safest, most efficient tool to charge the batteries. We do not
recommend using other types of chargers (e.g., an automotive battery charger).
NOTE: Your travel chair’s charger will not operate after the batteries have been discharged to nearly zero
voltage. If this happens, call an authorised Pride Dealer for assistance.
How often must I charge the batteries?
Many factors come into play when deciding how often to charge the batteries. You may use your Go-Chair all day on a
daily basis or you may not use it for weeks at a time.
! Daily Use
If you use your Go-Chair on a daily basis, charge the batteries as soon as you are finished using your Go-Chair. Your
Go-Chair will be ready each morning to give you a full day’s service. It is recommended that you charge the batteries
8 to 14 hours after daily use.
! Infrequent Use
If you use your Go-Chair infrequently (once a week or less), you should charge the batteries at least once per week
for 12 to 14 hours.
NOTE: Keep your batteries fully charged and avoid deeply discharging your batteries. Do not charge the
batteries for more than 24 hours at a charging cycle.
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VI.
BATTERIES
AND
CHARGING
How can I get maximum range or distance per charge?
Rarely do you have an ideal driving situation such as smooth, flat, hard terrain with no wind, hills or curves. More often you
are presented with hills, pavement cracks, uneven and loosely packed surfaces, curves and wind. All of these factors will
affect the distance or running time per battery charge. Below are a few suggestions for obtaining the maximum range per
charge:
! Always charge the batteries fully prior to your trip.
! Plan your trip in advance to avoid inclines if possible.
! Limit baggage weight to essential items.
! Try to maintain an even speed and avoid stop-and-go driving.
What type of batteries should I use?
We recommend deep-cycle batteries that are sealed and maintenance free. Both AGM and Gel-Cell are deep-cycle
batteries that are similar in performance. Refer to the Specifications Table for more information regarding the batteries used
with your Go-Chair.
WARNING! Corrosive chemicals contained in batteries. Use only AGM or Gel-Cell
batteries to reduce the risk of leakage or explosive conditions.
Why do my new batteries seem weak?
Deep-cycle batteries employ a much different chemical technology than that used in car batteries, nickel-cadmium (nicads)
or in other common battery types. Deep-cycle batteries are specifically designed to provide power, drain down their
charge and then accept a relatively quick recharge. AGM and Gel-Cell batteries should be charged as often as possible.
They do not have a “memory” like nickel-cadmium batteries.
We work closely with our battery manufacturer to provide a battery that best suits your Go-Chair’s specific demands.
Fresh batteries arrive regularly at Pride and are promptly shipped with a full charge. During shipping, the batteries encounter temperature extremes that may influence initial performance. Heat robs the charge from the battery, and cold slows the
power available and extends the time needed to recharge the battery (just as with a car battery).
It might take a few days for the temperature of the battery to stabilise and adjust to its new ambient temperature. More
importantly, it will take a few “charging cycles” (a partial drain— then a full recharge) to establish the critical chemical
balance that is essential to the battery’s peak performance and long life. It will be well worth it to take the time to break in
your battery properly.
NOTE: The useful life of a battery is quite often a reflection of the care it receives.
How can I ensure maximum battery life?
A fully charged deep-cycle battery will provide reliable performance and extended battery life. Keep your Go-Chair’s
batteries fully charged whenever possible. Batteries that are regularly and deeply discharged, infrequently charged or
stored without a full charge may be permanently damaged, causing unreliable Go-Chair operation and limited battery life.
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BATTERIES
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CHARGING
How should I store my Go-Chair and its batteries?
If you do not use your Go-Chair regularly, we recommend maintaining battery vitality by charging the batteries at least once
per week.
If you do not plan on using your Go-Chair for an extended period, fully charge the batteries prior to storage. Disconnect
the battery harnesses and store the Go-Chair in a warm, dry environment. Avoid temperature extremes, such as freezing
and excessively hot conditions, and never attempt to charge a frozen battery. A cold or frozen battery should be warmed
for several days prior to recharging.
What about public transportation?
AGM and Gel-Cell batteries are designed for application in travel chairs and other mobility vehicles allowing safe transportation on aircraft, buses and trains, as there is no danger of spillage or leakage. We suggest you contact the carrier’s ticket
counter in advance to determine that carrier’s specific requirements.
What about shipping?
If you wish to use a freight company to ship your Go-Chair to your final destination, repack your Go-Chair in the original
shipping container and ship the batteries in separate boxes.
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VII.
CARE
AND
MAINTENANCE
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Your Go-Chair is a sophisticated travel mobility vehicle. Like any motorised vehicle, it requires routine maintenance checks.
You can perform some of these checks, but others require assistance from an authorised Pride Dealer. Preventive maintenance is very important. If you follow the maintenance checks in this section as scheduled, you can help ensure that your
Go-Chair gives you years of trouble-free operation. If you have any doubt as to your Go-Chair’s care or operation,
contact an authorised Pride Dealer.
WARNING! Do not service the Go-Chair when the seat is occupied.
Your Go-Chair, like most electrical equipment, is susceptible to damage from the elements. Avoid damp areas of any kind.
WARNING! Direct or prolonged exposure to water or dampness could cause the GoChair to malfunction electronically and mechanically. Water can cause electrical
components to corrode and the chair’s frame to rust. Travel chairs should be examined
periodically for signs of corrosion caused by water exposure, bodily fluid exposure or
incontinence. Damaged components should be replaced or treated immediately.
Should your Go-Chair come in contact with water:
1. Dry your Go-Chair as thoroughly as possible with a towel.
2. Allow your Go-Chair to sit in a warm, dry place for 12 hours to allow unseen water to evaporate.
3. Check the joystick operation and the brakes before using your Go-Chair again.
4. If any inconsistencies are found, take your Go-Chair to an authorised Pride Dealer. Travel chairs that are frequently
exposed to sources of water, such as incontinence, should be inspected often for corrosion and electronic components
may need to be replaced frequently.
Temperature
! Some of the parts of your Go-Chair are susceptible to extreme changes in temperature. Always keep your Go-Chair
between the temperatures of -8°C (18°F) and 50°C (122°F).
! In extremely cold temperatures the batteries may freeze. The specific temperature at which they freeze depends on a
number of factors, such as battery charge, usage and composition of the batteries (e.g., AGM or Gel-Cell).
! Temperatures above 50°C (122°F) may cause your Go-Chair to operate at a reduced speed. This reduced speed is
a safety feature built into the controller that helps prevent damage to the motor and other electrical components.
General Guidelines
! Avoid knocking or bumping the controller, especially the joystick.
! Avoid prolonged exposure of your Go-Chair to extreme conditions, such as heat, cold or moisture.
! Keep the controller clean.
! Check all connectors to ensure that they are all tight and secured properly.
! Make sure the drive tyres are inflated to the psi/bar/kPa air pressure rating indicated on each tyre if equipped with
pneumatic tyres.
WARNING! Make sure pneumatic tyres are inflated to the psi/bar/kPa air pressure rating indicated
in each tyre. Do not underinflate or overinflate your tyres. Low pressure may result in loss of
control, and overinflated tyres may burst. Overinflating tyres can cause them to explode.
WARNING! Do not use a high pressure hose to inflate your tyres.
! Use a rubber conditioner on the tyre sidewalls to help preserve them.
WARNING! Never use a rubber conditioner on the tread area of the tyres; doing so may make the
tyres slippery and cause your travel chair to skid.
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! All wheel bearings are prelubricated and sealed. They require no subsequent lubrication.
! The body shroud has been sprayed with a clear sealant coating. You can apply a light coat of car wax to help it retain
its high-gloss appearance.
! Check all electrical connections. Make sure they are tight and are not corroded. Batteries must sit flat within the battery
tray, with the battery terminals facing inward, toward each other. Refer to the battery wiring label for the correct wiring layout.
WARNING! Even though the Go-Chair has passed the necessary testing requirements
for ingress of liquids, you should keep electrical connections away from sources of
dampness, including direct exposure to water or bodily fluids and incontinence. Check
electrical components frequently for signs of corrosion and replace as necessary.
Daily Checks
! With the controller turned off, check the joystick. Make sure it is not bent or damaged and that it returns to the neutral
position when you release it. Check the rubber boot around the base of the joystick for damage. Visually inspect the
boot. Do not handle or try to repair it. See an authorised Pride Dealer if there is a problem.
! Visually inspect the controller cable. Make sure that it is not frayed, cut or has any wires exposed. See an authorised
Pride Dealer if there is a problem.
! Check for flat spots on solid tyres. Flat spots could adversely affect stability.
! Inspect the armrests for loose hardware, stress points or damage. See your authorised Pride Dealer if there is a problem.
Weekly Checks
! Disconnect and inspect the controller from the power base. Look for corrosion. Contact an authorised Pride Dealer if
necessary.
! Ensure that all parts of the controller system are securely fastened to your Go-Chair. Do not overtighten any screws.
! Calibrate the joystick if a noticeable difference in performance is detected or if the joystick does not operate properly.
To calibrate the joystick, power off the unit, place the joystick in the neutral position and power the unit back on. If a
problem still exists with your joystick’s performance, contact an authorised Pride Dealer.
! Check the brakes. This test should be carried out on a level surface with at least 1 metre (3 feet) of clearance around
your Go-Chair.
To check the brakes:
1. Turn on the controller and turn down the speed level of your Go-Chair.
2. After one second, check the battery condition meter. Make sure that it remains on.
3. Slowly push the joystick forward until you hear the electric brakes click. Immediately release the joystick. You must be
able to hear each electrical brake operating within a few seconds of joystick movement. Repeat this test three times,
pushing the joystick rearwards, then left and then right.
Monthly Checks
! Check for drive tyre wear. See an authorised Pride Dealer for repair.
! Check the castor wheels for wear. Replace them as necessary.
! Check the castor forks for damage or fluttering which indicates that they may need to be adjusted or have the bearings
replaced. See an authorised Pride Dealer for repair.
! Keep your Go-Chair clean and free of foreign material, such as mud, dirt, hair, food, drink, etc.
Yearly Checks
Take your Go-Chair to an authorised Pride Dealer for yearly maintenance, especially if you use your chair on a daily basis.
This helps ensure that your Go-Chair is functioning properly and helps prevent future complications.
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Storage
Your Go-Chair should be stored in a dry place, free from temperature extremes. When storing, disconnect the batteries
from the Go-Chair. See VI. “Batteries and Charging.”
WARNING! If you fail to store the unit properly, the frame can rust and the electronics can be damaged.
Batteries that are regularly and deeply discharged, infrequently charged, stored in extreme temperatures or stored without
a full charge may be permanently damaged, causing unreliable performance and limited service life. It is recommended that
you charge the batteries periodically throughout periods of prolonged storage to ensure proper performance.
You may wish to place several boards under the frame of your Go-Chair to raise it off of the ground during periods of
prolonged storage. This takes the weight off the tyres and reduces the possibility of flat spots developing on the areas of the
tyres contacting the ground.
Disposal of Your Go-Chair
Your Go-Chair must be disposed of according to applicable local and national statutory regulations. Contact your local
waste disposal agency or authorised Pride Dealer for information on proper disposal of travel chair packaging, metal frame
components, plastic components, electronics and batteries.
Cleaning and Disinfection
! Use a damp cloth and mild, non-abrasive cleanser to clean the plastic and metal parts of your Go-Chair. Avoid using
products that may scratch the surface of your chair.
! If necessary, clean your product with an approved disinfectant. Make sure the disinfectant is safe for use on your
product before application.
WARNING! Follow all safety instructions for the proper use of the disinfectant and/or cleaning
agent before applying it to your product. Failure to comply may result in skin irritation or premature
deterioration of upholstery and/or travel chair finishes.
WARNING! Never hose off your travel chair or place it in direct contact with water. Your travel chair
has a painted, ABS plastic body shroud that allows it to be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.
WARNING! Never use any chemicals to clean a vinyl seat, as they may cause the seat to become
slippery or dry out and crack. Use soapy water and dry the seat thoroughly.
Wheel Replacement
If your chair is equipped with a solid tyre insert, then you must replace the whole wheel assembly. Replacement wheel assemblies
are readily available through an authorised Pride Dealer.
WARNING! The wheels on your travel chair
should only be serviced or replaced by an
authorised Pride Dealer or a qualified technician.
DRIVE WHEEL NUT
WARNING! Be sure that the power to the
controller is turned off and the travel chair is
not in freewheel mode before performing this
procedure.
WARNING! When changing a tyre, remove only
the centre lug nut and washer, then remove the
wheel. If any further disassembly is required,
deflate the tyre completely or it may explode.
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AXLE SLOT
DRIVE WHEEL WASHER
Figure 25. Go-Chair Drive Wheel
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To replace the wheel:
1. Turn off the power to the controller.
2. Set the Go-Chair up on blocks.
3. Remove the drive wheel nut and washer from the axle. See figure 25.
4. Pull the wheel off the axle.
5. Slide the new wheel back onto the shaft. Make sure that the key is in the axle slot.
6. Reinstall the drive wheel nut and washer onto the axle and tighten.
7. Remove the Go-Chair from the blocks.
Battery Replacement
A battery wiring diagram is printed on a decal located on the front battery tray. See the Specifications Table for correct battery specifications.
M A N DAT O R Y ! B a t t e r y p o s t s ,
terminals and related accessories
contain lead and lead compounds.
Wear goggles and gloves when
handling batteries and wash hands
after handling.
WARNING! The batteries in your
travel chair should only be serviced
or replaced by an authorised Pride
Dealer or a qualified technician.
WARNING! Do not replace the
batteries when seat is occupied.
WARNING! Travel chair batteries are
heavy. See specifications table. If
you are unable to lift that much
weight, be sure to get help. Use
proper lifting techniques and avoid
lifting beyond your capacity.
WARNING! Do not mix old and new
batteries. Always replace both
batteries at the same time.
To replace the batteries:
1. Remove the battery box from the Go-Chair.
Figure 26. Go-Chair Battery Box
2. Turn the pack upside down.
3. Remove all screws that hold the battery box halves together. See figure 26.
4. Flip the battery box back over so the handle is up and remove the lid.
5. Remove the red (+) positive and black (-) negative battery leads from each battery.
6. Remove the batteries.
7. Put the new batteries back into the battery box (battery terminals up).
8. Reconnect the two (2) battery leads to the battery terminals. Make sure the red lead is connected to the (+) positive
terminal and the black lead is connected to the (-) negative terminal.
9. Replace the lid and carefully flip the battery box over so the handle is down.
10. Replace and tighten all the screws that hold the battery box together.
11. Reinstall the battery box back onto the Go-Chair.
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When to See An Authorised Pride Dealer for Service
The following symptoms could indicate a serious problem with your Go-Chair. If necessary, contact an authorised Pride
Dealer. When calling, have the model number, serial number, nature of the problem and the error code if available.
! Motor noise
! Frayed harnesses
! Cracked or broken connectors
! Uneven wear on any of the tyres
! Jerky motion
! Pulling to one side
! Bent or broken wheel assemblies
! Does not power up
! Powers up, but does not move
Corrective Maintenance
If the battery condition meter does not light up when you turn on the power:
! Check the harness connections. Make sure they are tight.
! Check the circuit breaker. Reset it if necessary.
! Check the battery connections.
If the above conditions prove normal, you can load test the batteries with a battery load tester. These testers are available
at automotive parts stores. Disconnect both batteries before load testing and follow the directions that come with the load
tester. If either one of the batteries fails the load test, replace both of them. If your Go-Chair still does not power up,
contact an authorised Pride Dealer.
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VIII.
WARRANTY
LIFETIME WARRANTY
Structural frame components, including: platform, fork, seat post and frame welds.
TWO-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
Drivetrain, including: motor and brake.
EIGHTEEN-MONTHS LIMITED WARRANTY
Controllers: Any attempt to open or dismantle these parts will lead to this warranty being void.
ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
All electrical parts, including battery chargers, are covered for one year under warranty. Any attempt to open or dismantle
these parts will lead to this warranty being void.
BATTERIES
Batteries are covered by a twelve-month warranty from the original manufacturer.
NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY
The following parts are classed as wear items, which may, under normal wear and tear, require replacing. These items are
not therefore covered under warranty: tyres, positioning belts, bulbs, upholstery, plastic shrouds, motor brushes, fuses and
batteries. Warranty will also be refused if damage is deemed to have been caused through misuse or accident for which
Pride Mobility Products Ltd. cannot be deemed responsible.
NOTE: Pride Mobility Products Ltd. provides parts only under warranty. Your authorised Pride Dealer is
responsible for labour and service. Please contact your authorised Pride Dealer for information about these
services and for any applicable charges.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Suspension:
Limited
Drive Wheels:
20.32 cm (8 in.), solid
Front Castor Wheels:
12.7 cm (5 in.), solid
Rear Anti-tip Wheels:
5.08 cm (2 in.), solid
Maximum Speed:¹
Up to 5.65 km/h (3.5 mph)
Range per charge:
Up to 9.65 km (6 miles)
(Theoretical value based on Test Standards)1,2
Range per charge:
Up to 12.87 km (8 miles)
1,3
(Value based on Straight-line Test Simulation)
Brakes:
“Intelligent Braking” electronic regenerative, disc park brake
Ground Clearance:4
See figure 27.
Turning Radius:4
See figure 27.
4
Length: See figure 27.
Overall Size:
Width: See figure 27.
Drivetrain:
Two motor, rear -wheel drive
Batteries:³
Two 12-volt, 12 Ah, deep-cycle
5
Battery Charger:
2-amp, off-board
Weight Capacity:
113 kg (17 stone 12 lbs./250 lbs.)
Component Weights:
Front Base: 10.21 kg (22.5 lbs.)
Rear Base: 16.65 kg (34.5 lbs.)
Seat: 11.34 kg (25 lbs.)
Batteries: 9 kg (20 lbs.) total weight of battery pack
1
2
3
4
5
Varies with user weight, terrain type, battery amp-hour (Ah), battery charge, battery condition and tyre condition. This
specification can be subject to a variance of (+ or -) 10%.
Tested in accordance with ASNI/RESNA, WC Vol 2, Section 4 & ISO 7176-4 standards. Results derived from theoretical
calculation based on battery specifications and drive system performance. Test conducted at maximum weight capacity.
Tested by Pride Mobility Products under simulated conditions; continuous straight-line driving until total battery depletion.
Test conducted at maximum weight capacity.
Due to manufacturing tolerances and continual product improvement, this specification can be subject to a variance of (+ or - ) 3 %.
AGM or Gel-Cell type required. See IV. “Batteries and Charging.”
NOTE: All specifications subject to change without notice.
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LENGTH
82.55 cm (32.50”) with foot platform
68.90 cm (27.125”)
TURNING RADIUS
WIDTH
48.26 cm (19”)
68.26 cm
(26.875”)
3.49 cm (1.375”)
GROUND CLEARANCE
Figure 27. Go-Chair Dimensions and Ground Clearance
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Quality Control - Go-Chair
Inclusion of all Parts
Joystick Serial Number
Controller Serial Number
Left Motor Serial Number
Right Motor Serial Number
Fit and Finish
Performance
Pride keeps a more detailed report on file at the factory.
Date Inspected
Inspector
*INFMANU2903*
Product Serial #
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