Owner`s Manual - Care Necessities

Owner`s Manual - Care Necessities
Owner’s Manual
How to use this manual
We at Sunrise Medical want you to get the best out of your F55 wheelchair. This
Owner’s Manual will familiarise you with the chair and its features. It contains
hints on everyday usage, and general care in addition to information on the high
quality standards which we adhere to, and details about the guarantee. There are
a wide range of components and adjustments available on the F55 for further
information about these you should contact your wheelchair prescriber/supplier.
Your wheelchair will reach you in excellent condition, having been personally
inspected before leaving our factory. By following the guidelines for
maintenance and cleaning your wheelchair will maintain its first class condition,
and give you complete satisfaction.
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Issue 10
Introduction
Contents
page 2
Guarantee page 3
Features and options
page 4
Safety warnings and user tips
page 5 - 12
Safety information on wheelchairs with a riser
page 13
Preparing your wheelchair for use
page 14 - 16
Emergency freewheel
page 17
Armrests
page 18 - 20
Footrests and Hangers
page 21 - 26
Seating
page 27 - 32
Headrest
page 33
Penny and Giles Pilot + control pod
page 34 - 40
Parallel Swing-Away
page 41
Attendent and Dual control Pilot +
page 42
Centre bar and Tray mounted Pilot +
page 43 - 44
Optional Extras
page 45 - 48
Kerb climber
page 49 - 50
Batteries and charging
page 51 - 59
User tips
page 60 - 61
Maintenance and service history page 62 - 65
Transportation
page 66 - 69
Lap belt instructions
page 70 - 72
Technical data
page 73
Sunrise Medical
page 74
Introduction
The F55 has been designed for use by an individual, on a daily basis. It is suitable
for both indoor and outdoor use. It is only intended for use as a pavement
vehicle, but may also be used when crossing between pavements.
This vehicle has been designed for a single occupant, of limited mobility, up to
the weight of 127 kg who has the cognitive, physical and visual ability to control
the vehicle safely. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of the powerchair,
contact your local Sunrise approved dealer for clarification, prior to commencing
use.
It is very important to read the relevant section of the Owner’s Manual when
making any adjustments. If you have any queries about the use, maintenance
or safety of your wheelchair please contact your local approved Sunrise Medical
service agent. If you do not know of an approved dealer in your area or have any
other questions please write to or telephone:
SUNRISE MEDICAL LIMITED
HIGH STREET, WOLLASTON, STOURBRIDGE
WEST MIDLANDS, DY8 4PS, ENGLAND
Telephone 01384 44 66 88 Fax. 01384 44 66 99
International Telephone +44 (0)1384 44 66 88 Fax.+44 (0)1384 44 66 99
www.sunrisemedical.com
Sunrise Medical is ISO 9001 certified, which ensures quality at all stages of the
development, and production of this wheelchair.
This product is manufactured to comply with the radio
interference requirements of EEC directive 89/336/EEC
Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC
Sunrise is dedicated to providing products of exacting quality which conform fully and reliably to the requirements of their intended use.
Sunrise is accredited to B.S. EN ISO 9001, which is the internationally recognised
standard for quality management systems. This approval ensures we provide
quality in all areas of our business, from development through to final delivery.
SERIAL Number:
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INSPECTED BY:
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Guarantee
7) The above warranty conditions apply to all wheelchair
parts, for models purchased at full retail price.
8) Under normal circumstances, no responsibility will be
accepted where the Wheelchair has required repair or
replacement as a direct result of:a) The Wheelchair or part not having been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s
recommendations, where such exist. Or failing to
use only the specified original equipment parts.
b) The Wheelchair or part having been damaged by
neglect, accident or improper use.
c) The Wheelchair or part having been altered from
the manufacturer’s specifications, or repairs having
been attempted prior to the service agent being
notified.
Please keep a note of your local service agent’s address
and telephone number in the space below. In the event
of a breakdown, contact them and try to give all relevant
details so they can help you quickly.
The Wheelchairs shown and described in this manual
may not be exactly the same in every detail as your own
model. However, all instructions are still entirely relevant,
irrespective of detail differences.
The manufacturer reserves the right to alter without notice
any weights, measurements, or other technical data shown
in this manual. All figures, measurements, and capacities
shown in this manual are approximate, and do not
constitute specifications.
Your guarantee
The guarantee form is included in the Sunrise Pack, please
fill in the relevant details and return to us to register your
entitlement.
THIS IN NO WAY AFFECTS YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS.
Warranty conditions
1) The repair or replacement will be carried out by an
authorised Sunrise Medical dealer/service agent.
2) To apply the warranty conditions should your
Wheelchair require attention under these
arrangements, notify the designated Sunrise Medical
service agent immediately giving full information
about the nature of the difficulty. Should you be
operating the Wheelchair away from the locality of
the designated Sunrise Medical service agent work
under the “Warranty Conditions” will be carried
out by any other service agent designated by the
manufacturer.
3) Should any part of the Wheelchair require repair or
replacement, as a result of a specific manufacturing
or material defect, within twelve months from the
date on which the possession of the Wheelchair was
transferred to the original purchaser, and subject to it
remaining within that ownership, the part or parts will
be repaired or replaced completely free of charge if
returned to the authorised service agent.
Note: This guarantee is not transferable.
4) Any repaired or replaced part will benefit from these
arrangements for the balance of the warranty period
applicable to the Wheelchair.
5) Parts replaced after the original warranty has expired
are covered for a further twelve months.
6) Items of a consumable nature will not generally be
covered during the normal warranty period, unless
such items have clearly suffered undue wear as a
direct result of an original manufacturing defect.
These items include amongst others upholstery, tyres,
inner tubes, and similar parts.
Your local dealer
Your local dealer
Sunrise Medical Limited
High Street, Wollaston, West Midlands DY8 4PS England
Tel 01384 44 66 88 Fax 01384 44 66 99
www.sunrisemedical.com
Please remember to fill in and post the guarantee registration card enclosed with this manual. Sunrise Medical
Limited recommend that you do not undertake maintenance tasks other than those explained in this manual. Your
local approved Sunrise Medical service agent is fully trained by Sunrise Medical to carry out detailed maintenance
as and when required. Use only genuine Sunrise Medical replacement parts.
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Features and options
Armrests
pages 18 - 20
Backrests Adjustments
pages 27 - 31
Headrests page 33
Seating
pages 27 - 32
Control Systems
pages 34 - 44
Batteries and
Charging
page 51 - 59
Footrests
pages 21 - 26
Emergency
Freewheel
page 17
Kerb Climber
pages 49 - 50
Lighting
page 45
The F55 has been designed for use by an individual, on a daily basis. It is suitable for both
indoor and outdoor use. It is only intended for use as a pavement vehicle, but may also
be used when crossing between pavements.
This vehicle has been designed for a single occupant, of limited mobility, up to the
weight of 127 kg who has the cognitive, physical and visual ability to control the vehicle
safely. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of the powerchair, contact your local
Sunrise approved dealer for clarification, prior to commencing use.
Some of the options shown in this manual may not be available in your country.
For further information please consult your Sunrise supplier.
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Safety warnings and user tips
Safety warnings
Safety is a very important with any
vehicle that is power driven, here are
some helpful tips to safeguard your use.
Emergency freewheel
Please remember that you have no
braking facility when the freewheel
lever is moved from the normal drive
position to the freewheel position.
WARNING
The wheelchair must never be left
with the lever in the freewheel
position. For a fuller description of
this facility and its limitations to use
please see later section.
The word “WARNING” refers to a hazard
or unsafe practice that may cause
severe injury or death to you or to
other persons.
WARNING
General
WARNING
Always ensure that your wheelchair is
switched off before attempting to mount
or dismount.
Emergency braking
The simplest and safest way to stop
the wheelchair is to release the
joystick control lever (see Control pod
section). This will bring the chair to
halt in a controlled manner.
Always ensure that you are able to
operate all controls from a comfortable
position. Paying attention to your
posture is essential to ensure your
continued comfort and well being.
Switching the control system off
whilst the chair is in motion will also
bring the chair to a halt. This latter
method is not recommended as the
stopping action is very abrupt.
Always make sure that you can be seen
clearly, especially if you intend using
your wheelchair in poor light.
WARNING
Kerbs
WARNING
Never descend a kerb forwards.
Please read carefully the section on
kerb climbing in this manual before
attempting to mount and dismount any
kerbs in your wheelchair.
Sharp turns
Full speed turns should not be
attempted. If you need to turn sharply
you must reduce your speed with
the joystick or speed setting. This is
particularly important when travelling
across or down a slope. Disregarding
this advice could lead to your wheelchair
tipping over.
Do not attempt to climb or dismount
a series of steps. It is unsafe to do so
and could cause personal injury or
damage the chair. The F55 has only been
designed to climb a single step or kerb.
WARNING
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WARNING
WARNING
Cleaning seating
Batteries
It is important that you clean all upholstery
including headrest, armrests, calfpads and
footplates on a regular basis using the
correct methods as stated in this manual.
This is important should the wheelchair be
used by more than one person to ensure
there is no cross infection.
Your wheelchair is supplied as standard
from Sunrise Medical with maintenancefree batteries. These only require regular
charging.
Do not, under any circumstances,
tamper with the batteries. If in any doubt
contact your local service agent.
WARNING
Do not connect the battery charger
to the mains supply until after you
have connected the charger to the
wheelchair. Before charging, please
read the relevant section in this manual.
Take care with battery acid which is
very dangerous. It can cause burns to
the skin as well as damage to floors,
furniture and your wheelchair. If it comes
into contact with the skin or clothing,
wash immediately with soap and water.
If it comes into contact with the eye,
immediately flood the eye with running
cold water for at least 10 minutes and
seek medical attention immediately.
Acid can be neutralised with baking
soda and water. Take care to keep
batteries upright at all times, especially
when transporting your wheelchair.
Cleaning controls
Should the control of your wheelchair
become soiled or dirty, it can be wiped
with a damp cloth with a dilute disinfectant
until clean. This is important should
the wheelchair be used by more than
one person to ensure there is no cross
infection.
WARNING
Cleaning paintwork
Clean with a damp, soapy cloth. Make
sure that it is completely dry before
using.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or cloths.
WARNING
Surface temperatures
Storing the vehicle in a hot environment
or in direct sunlight can cause surfaces
to become hot.
NOTE: Before using your vehicle
for the very first time, please charge
your batteries for a period of 24 hours.
WARNING
Upholstery
Please ensure ONLY genuine Sunrise
Medical upholstery is fitted to your
product by an authorised Sunrise Dealer
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Safety warnings and user tips
Mobile telephones and two - way
radios
WARNING
Wheelchair range
When operating cordless or mobile
telephones, two way radios, walkietalkies, C.B. Amateur Radio or other
transmitting devices, the following must
be noted:
The range of your wheelchair can be
affected by many factors such as user
weight, terrain, ambient temperature
and battery condition. The stated range
in the sales literature should be seen as
the theoretical maximum and may not
be attained by every user.
Mobile telephones or two-way radios
devices must not be used while
operating the vehicle.
We recommend that every user initially
limit their journey to half the stated
range, until they have confidence in the
actual range their wheelchair can attain.
If your battery indicator is showing
a low charge then do not attempt a
long journey unless you are confident
in reaching your destination and also
returning to your home without the risk
of being left stranded.
Use of mobile phones or two way
radios can cause excessively strong
electromagnetic fields. This may
interfere with the vehicles electronic
systems. If mobile phones or two way
radios are required to be used, the
vehicle must be brought to a halt and
the power turned off before any such
device is switched on or used.
WARNING
Use on a slope
Your wheelchair has been designed
and tested to allow its use on slopes or
gradients of up to 10°. However, if you
have the option of adjusting the angle
of seating with either tilt seat or recline
back, then in certain circumstances your
wheelchair could become unstable.
Before attempting to climb or decline a
slope, we strongly recommend that you
return the seat and back to an upright
position.
WARNING
Powered seat tilt and recline
Danger of injury by moving parts:
Make sure that neither you nor anyone
else is injured by placing hands, feet or
other body extremities under the seat
whilst operating the power options.
WARNING
Wheelchair motors
Failure to do this may cause the
wheelchair to become unstable.
After prolonged use, the motors will
produce heat which is radiated through
the motors outer casing. Do not touch
the motors outer casing for at least 30
minutes after using the wheelchair, to
allow it to cool.
If you are in any doubt about the
capabilities of wheelchair on a slope
then do not attempt to drive up or down
the slope, try to find an alternative route.
WARNING
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WARNING
WARNING
Pneumatic Tyres
Pneumatic Tyres with OKO fluid
Always maintain the correct pressure for
the tyre. These are listed in the maintenance
section of this manual.
Always maintain the correct pressure for
the tyre. These are listed in the maintenance
section of this manual.
Always use the pump that is supplied with
the chair.
Always use the pump that is supplied with
the chair.
Never use a forecourt pump.
Never use a forecourt pump.
Inspect all tyres regularly for signs of
wear.
Inspect all tyres regularly for signs of
wear.
Do not drive over anything that could
cause punctures in the tyres.
Do not drive over anything that could
cause punctures in the tyres.
Ensure that there are no objects in your
path that could possibly become lodged
in your chair mechanism or in the spokes
of the rear wheels. This could cause the
chair to come to a sudden stop.
Ensure that there are no objects in your
path that could possibly become lodged
in your chair mechanism or in the spokes
of the rear wheels. This could cause the
chair to come to a sudden stop.
Riding over drains or grids could cause the
wheelchair castors or wheels to become
lodged, causing the chair to come to a
sudden stop.
Riding over drains or grids could cause the
wheelchair castors or wheels to become
lodged, causing the chair to come to a
sudden stop.
WARNING
The OKO fluid is only meant as a temporary
repair to the tyre. It must be replaced or
repaired as soon as possible.
Solid Tyres
Inspect all tyres regularly for signs of
wear.
The OKO fluid is classified as non hazardous
but may cause irritation to the skin with
prolonged contact.
Ensure that there are no objects in your
path that could possibly become lodged
in your chair mechanism or in the spokes
of the rear wheels. This could cause the
chair to come to a sudden stop.
First Aid measures for OKO fluid
Skin - Wash skin with plenty of water
Eyes - Immediately flood the eye with
plenty of water for at least 5 minutes
holding the eye open.
Ingestion - Drint lots of water - Seek
medical attention immediately.
Riding over drains or grids could cause the
wheelchair castors or wheels to become
lodged, causing the chair to come to a
sudden stop.
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Safety warnings and user tips
Torque Settings
WARNING
• A torque setting is the optimal
tightening for a particular fastener.
Use a torque wrench to secure
screws, nuts and bolts on this chair.
Fasteners
• Many of the screws and bolts on
this chair are special high-strength
fasteners and may have special
coatings.
NOTE: FOR AN TORQUE DATA PLEASE
REFER TO YOUR LOCAL SUNRISE
AUTHORISED SERVICE CENTRE:
• Many nuts are of the Nyloc type.
Nylocs are single use fasteners and
must be replaced when removed.
They have a plastic insert to help
prevent loosening.
WARNING
• Only use screws, bolts and nuts
provided by Sunrise.
Speciality Controls
• Any specialist controls may have a
detrimental effect on stability. We
strongly recommend you apply
caution when negotiating slopes and
inclines.
1. Use of improper fasteners may cause
the chair to fail.
2. Over or under-tightened fasteners
may fail or cause damage to chair
parts.
3. If bolts or screws become loose,
tighten them as soon as you can.
Loose bolts or screws can cause
damage to other chair parts causing
them to fail.
WARNING
User injury could occur when allowing
3rd party individuals to gain access to
the control system.
Washers and Spacers
WARNING
• Note the position of washers and
spacers before disassembly.
Speciality control programming must
only be preformed by an Authorised
Sunrise Dealer.
• To avoid damage to the frame,
replace all washers and spacers when
you reassemble parts.
WARNING
Be aware that latch drive can be
dangerous when using speciality
controls, please review the manual
that comes with your product for
correct use.
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WARNING
WARNING
Environmental
Terrain
Use extra care if you must ride your chair
on a wet or slick surface. If in doubt ask
for help.
Your chair is designed for use on firm,
even surfaces such as concrete, asphalt
and indoor floors and carpeting.
Contact with water or excess moisture
may cause your chair to rust or corrode.
This could cause your chair to fail.
Do not operate your chair in sand,
loose soil or over rough terrain. This
may damage wheels or axles, loosen
fasteners or could make your chair
unstable.
Do not use your chair in a shower, pool
or other body of water. The chair tubing
and other parts are not water tight and
may rust or corrode from the inside.
Be aware of your terrain and look ahead
for any possible hazards.
Avoid excess moisture (e.g. do not leave
your chair in a damp bathroom while
taking a shower).
Riding over drains or grids could cause
the wheelchair castors or wheels to
become lodged, causing the chair to
come to a sudden stop.
Dry your chair as soon as possible if it
gets wet, or if you use water to clean it.
Ensure that there are no objects in your
path that could possibly become lodged
in your chair mechanism or in the spokes
of the rear wheels. This could cause the
chair to come to a sudden stop.
Don’t store your chair in direct sunlight.
WARNING
Do not ride over anything that could
cause a puncture in the pneumatic
wheels or castors
Weight Limit
1. The user plus items carried should
never exceed a total weight of 127kg.
Routine service
2. Never use this chair for weight
training if the total weight (user plus
additional weights) exceeds 127kg.
Like most things in life a little care and
attention goes a long way and your
chair is no exception. The recommended
service interval is one year.
3. Exceeding the weight limit is likely to
damage the seat, frame or fasteners,
and may cause severe injury to you or
others from chair failure.
(See service history on later page).
4. Exceeding the weight limit will void
the warranty.
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Safety warnings and user tips
WARNING
WARNING
Road Use
Ramps
Please show the utmost consideration for
the other traffic on the road.
When using a ramp, please ensure
that is capable of taking the combined
weight of the powerchair and yourself.
If a ramp is being used to load a chair
into a vehicle, please ensure the ramp
is properly secured to the vehicle.
Always approach the ramp head-on and
exercise caution (Fig. A).
Remember that the last thing a car or
lorry driver expects to see is a wheel
chair backing off the kerb into the road.
If in any doubt, do not risk crossing the
road until you are certain that it is safe.
Always cross the road as quickly as
possible; there may be other traffic.
WARNING
WARNING
Never drive on ramps with the seat
tilted, reclined or raised if fitted with a
seat riser. Before attempting to climb
or decline a slope, always return the
chair to an upright position.
Adverse conditions
Please be aware that when driving your
wheelchair in adverse conditions, e.g.
on wet grass, mud, ice, snow, or other
slippery surfaces, you may experience a
reduction in the grip and traction of your
wheelchair. We recommend you take
extra precautions in these conditions,
particularly on hills and slopes, your
wheelchair could become unstable or
skid causing possible injury. Extreme
variances in temperature may trigger the
self protect mechanism in the control
system. If this occurs the control system
will temporarily shut down to prevent
damage to the electronics or the chair.
Fig. A
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Further information
WARNING
For further information on:
Passenger lifts
DB2004(02) Stability of wheelchairs.
Wheelchair lifts are used in vans, buses
and buildings to help you move from one
level to another.
DB2003(03) Safe use of wheelchairs and
vehicle-mounted passenger lifts.
DB2001(03) Safe transportation of
wheelchairs.
Ensure that the user and all carers fully
understand the lift manufacturers
instructions for using the passenger lift.
Go to the MHRA website at:
Never exceed the lift manufacturers
recommended safe working load and load
distribution guidance.
http://www.mhra.gov.uk
Always turn off all power when you are on
the lift. If you fail to do so, you may touch
the joystick by accident and cause your
chair to drive off the platform. Be aware
that a rollstop at the end of the platform
may not prevent this.
Always position the user securely in the
chair to help avoid falls while on the lift.
WARNINGS
Be sure to keep all parts of the chair
away from naked flames and sources of
extreme heat.
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Safety information on wheelchairs with a riser
WARNING
Danger of injury if the wheelchair tips
over
WARNING
Danger of malfunction of the Riser
Module
1. Never exceed the maximum
permissible load (127 kg).
1. Inspect the riser at regular intervals
to make sure there are no foreign
objects or visible damage and to
make sure the electronic plugs are
firmly inserted into their sockets.
2. Avoid dangerous driving situations
when the riser is in a raised position,
such as trying to overcome obstacles
like kerbs or driving up or down
gradients.
3. Never lean out of the seat when the
riser is raised.
4. Inspect the riser module at least once
a month to make sure the automatic
speed reduction, which reduces the
speed of the wheelchair when the
riser is raised, is working properly.
Notify your authorised dealership
immediately if it is not working
properly.
5. Do not drive the wheelchair outdoors
when in the raised position.
WARNING
Danger of injury by moving parts
1. Never let the objects get caught in
the space underneath a raised riser.
2. Make sure that neither you or anyone
else is injured by placing hands, feet
or other body extremities under the
raised seat.
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Preparing your wheelchair for use
Armrests
The armrests on both sides of the
wheelchair can be removed to allow
side transfer. Press the spring loaded
catch mounted on the side of the
armrest frame down tube (Fig.1) and
remove armrest as shown. When seated,
lower the armrest until it locks into the
retaining bracket. For full details see
pages 18 & 19.
WARNING
Keep your fingers and clothing etc
clear of the inside of the retaining
bracket until the armrest is locked in
place.
Fig. 1
Armrest catch
Slide
adjustment
screw
Control pod
The control pod is mounted on a sliding
mechanism, which enables the control
to be moved forward or backwards (Fig.
2). When the most comfortable position
has been selected, secure the slider by
tightening the locking Allen screw, using
an Allen key.
Sliding
arm
WARNING
Ensure the locking screw is fully
tightened prior to use and especially
when transporting your wheelchair.
Fig. 2
The pod can also be swung away at right
angles to the armrest to allow the chair
to move close to tables.
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WARNING
Trapping hazard could occur when
moving swing-away arm, please take
care.
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Preparing your wheelchair for use
Power lead attachment
The power lead must also be plugged
into the socket as shown in Fig. 3.
WARNING
When unplugging the power lead pull
off by gripping the outer plastic cover.
Never pull the cable to disconnect the
plug.
Power
supply
Outer
cover
Fig. 3
Attaching the rear view mirror
1. Firstly set the Pilot Plus remote pod arm
into the desired position.
2. Place the metal clamp over the remote
arm, between the adjust bracket and
the rubber gaiter of the Pilot Plus
swing-away. The holes must be toward
the outside of the chair.
3. Place the mirror through the clamp
holes and then, using the locking
handle, begin to tighten the mirror in
position.
4. The mirror should stand vertically once
in position but can be subsequently
adjusted by slackening off the locking
handle, adjusting the mirror and then
re-tightening - See Fig. 4.
Fig. 4
WARNING
To avoid injury to people around you
please be aware that the mirror protudes
outside the space envelope of the chair
and could cause injury to someone when
driving past.
Always make sure that when using the
mirror that it is clean and unbroken so that
it does not impair your visibility.
The mirror must be used on the 10KPH
model on UK roads.
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Preparing your wheelchair for use
Fitting footrests
Firstly, offer the footrest assembly at
right angles to the frame (Fig. 5), locate
the stem into the frame tube and swing
assembly forward as shown in Fig. 6
to lock in position. To swing away the
footrest, simply depress the retaining
catch and turn the footrest out. This can
now be lifted out if required.
Fig. 5
Retaining catch
Fig. 6
Seat back fitting and removal
Locking knobs
The seat back is fitted by sliding the two
mounting tubes into the two receivers as
shown in Fig. 7.
Once in place the two locking knobs
must be firmly tightened to secure the
backrest. To remove the backrest simply
reverse the fitting procedure.
NOTE
Please note this does not apply to
Recaro Seat option.
Receiver
Fig. 7
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Emergency freewheel
Emergency freewheel
By pulling the drive lever up, the drive
becomes disconnected from the motors.
This may only be used in an emergency,
or if you need to manually push your
wheelchair (Fig. 8).
WARNING
Freewheel is not intended for
permanent use.
REMEMBER:
The chairs automatic braking system
will not work unless the handle on the
right hand side of the chair is pushed
down (Fig. 9).
ALWAYS RE-ENGAGE THE EMERGENCY
FREEWHEEL AFTER USE.
If you need to manually push your
wheelchair, pull the handle up, move
the chair, and then return the handle
to the drive position. Never leave
the chair with the drive lever up, or
attempt to enter or dismount the chair
with the lever in the up position.
Remember that the wheelchair is very
heavy and you may not be able to stop
the wheelchair from rolling away if
you engage the freewheel on sloping
ground.
Fig. 8
Handle in freewheel position
Handle in driveposition
Fig. 9
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Armrests
Removing
To remove the armrest press the
unlocking lever down (Fig. 10) and push
the armrest outwards, as shown in Fig.
11A. At all times please ensure you hold
the armrest to avoid it falling on the
floor.
Armrest
unlocking lever
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Replacing armrests
To replace the armrests, locate the
slots over the location pivot, as shown
in Fig. 11A, and push the armrest to a
vertical position until you feel it lock
automatically into place (Fig. 11B). Prior
to use ensure the armrest is securely
locked in place.
WARNING
Fig. 11A
Keep fingers and clothing etc clear
of the inside of the retaining bracket
until armrest is locked in place.
Fig. 11B
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Armrests
Adjusting the armrest width
To adjust the width, loosen the two bolts
as shown in Fig. 12, move the armrest
assembly to the desired position and
tighten the bolts firmly prior to use.
Adjustment bolts
Fig. 12
Adjusting the armrest height
To adjust the height, loosen the
adjusting Allen screw, move the armrest
to the desired position and tighten the
Allen screw (Fig. 13).
Armrest height adjustment Allen screw
Fig. 13
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Armrests
Cleaning instructions for the Contour
Pad
WARNINGS
Do not try to move the chair by the
armrests.
Clean regularly to prevent build up or
soiling.
Clean with a damp soapy cloth and rinse
well with clean water. Dry the surface
thoroughly.
Disinfectants may be used in dilution as
specified by their manufacturer. Ensure
surfaces are then rinsed with clean water
and dried thoroughly.
Ensure that the armrests are correctly
fitted and locked in place.
Keep your fingers and clothing etc clear
of the inside of the retaining bracket
until the armrest is locked in place.
WARNING
Cleaning instructions for the Comfort
Pad
Keep armrest away from any heat
sources and naked flames.
Clean regularly to prevent build up or
soiling.
Clean with a damp soapy cloth and rinse
well with clean water. Dry the surface
thoroughly.
A soft brush with soapy water may be
used to remove stubborn dirt. Ensure
surfaces are then rinsed and dried.
Some chemical colourings, e.g. ball
point pen, food colourings or clothes
dyes should be removed immediately to
prevent long term staining.
Do not use solvents, bleaches, abrasives,
synthetic detergents, wax polishes or
aerosols.
Disinfectants may be used in dilution as
specified by their manufacturer. Ensure
surfaces are then rinsed with clean water
and dried thoroughly.
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Footrests
Removing
The footrest assembly can be removed
by pulling the release lever backwards,
and swinging the footrest outwards and
upwards (Fig. 14).
Fig. 14
Refitting
Release lever
Vertical
tube
To re-fit the footrest, insert the top into
the vertical tube and swing inwards until
the release lever locks into place
(Fig. 15).
Fig. 15
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Footrests
Adjusting the footrest length
To adjust the footrest length, remove
the screw assembly on the footrest stem
as shown in Fig. 16, adjust the length
to suit. Replace the bolt assembly and
tighten. Ensure the bolt is firmly located
and tightened prior to use.
Screw assembly
Note: The internal footrest stem may
require cutting down in length to
allow the footplate position to be
raised (Fig. 16). This modification must
only be undertaken by an approved
Sunrise Medical service agent.
Fig. 16
Footplates
The footplates may be flipped up to aid
entry and exit from the chair (Fig. 17).
WARNING
Do not use the footplates to stand on,
as the full weight of your body may
cause the chair to tip forwards, and
could damage the footrests.
Footplates in
up position
Fig. 17
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70° Legrest
Fitting
WARNING
Follow the instructions for the fitting and
removal of legrests as stated on page
21 and the adjustment of the footplates
as stated on page 22. See Fig. 18 and 19
below.
With the leg in an elevated position it is
more likely that the user could injure the
leg on obstacles in the environment. Make
sure that you are aware of your terrain
and be cautious when driving the chair
that your leg cannot impact on anything
around you.
Do not drive your chair too close to any
source of open flame. With your leg in an
elevated position you may not know that
the bottom of the footplate is getting
hot.
Inspect the legrest, footplate and heel
loop regularly for signs of damage or
wear. Damage to the legrest could result
in the users leg being dropped and could
cause injury.
Fig. 18
Cleaning Instructions
Footrest - Clean with a damp soapy
cloth.
Paintwork - Clean with a damp soapy
cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners or
cloths.
Make sure that the legrest is completely
dry before using.
Fig. 19
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Angle Adjustable Legrest
Fitting
WARNING
The use of an angle adjustable legrest
can affect the stability of the chair. Be
especially careful when riding up or down
slopes.
Follow the instructions for the fitting and
removal of footrests as stated on page
21 and the adjustment of the footplates
as stated on page 22.
With the leg in an elevated position it is
more likely that the user could injure the
leg on obstacles in the environment. Make
sure that you are aware of your terrain
and be cautious when driving the chair
that your leg cannot impact on anything
around you.
To adjust the angle of the legrest undo
the knuckle screw & move legrest to
desired position, once in the position
re-tighten the screw, see Fig. 20 below.
Do not drive your chair too close to any
source of open flame. With your leg in an
elevated position you may not know that
the bottom of the footplate is getting
hot.
Do not hang items from the legrest, or
allow anyone to stand on the legrest with
it in the elevated or non-elevated position.
This could cause injury to them, to you or
could cause damage to the chair.
Loosen the knuckle joint
and adjust legrest to
desired angle.
Inspect the legrest, footplate and heel
loop regularly for signs of damage or
wear. Damage to the legrest could result
in the users leg being dropped and could
cause injury.
Fig. 20
Cleaning Instructions
Footrest - Clean with a damp, soapy
cloth.
Paintwork - Clean with a damp, soapy
cloth. Do not use abrasive cleaners or
cloths.
Make sure that the legrest is completely
dry before using.
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Manual Articulating Legrest (ALR)
Fitting
WARNING
Follow the instructions for the fitting and
removal of footrests as stated on page
21and the adjustment of the footplates
as stated on page 22. see Fig. 21 and 22
below.
The use of an ALR can affect the stability
of the chair. Be especially careful when
riding up or down slopes.
Depending on the flexibility and
strength of the user, it may not be
possible for them to adjust the height
of the manual ALR by themselves.
This may need to be carried out by
attendant.
To adjust
ALR press
adjustment
lever to release
lock and
move footrest
into desired
position
Fig. 21
With the leg in an elevated position it
is more likely that the user could injure
the leg on obstacles in the environment.
Make sure that you are aware of your
terrain and be cautious when driving
the chair that your leg cannot impact
on anything around you.
Do not drive your chair too close to any
source of open flame. With your leg
in an elevated position you may not
know that the bottom of the footplate
is getting hot.
Fig. 22
Do not hang items from the legrest, or
allow anyone to stand on the legrest
with it in the elevated or non-elevated
position. This could cause injury to
them, to you or could cause damage
to the chair.
De-press the lever to
release leg lock and
adjust accordingly
Cleaning Instructions
Footrest and calfpad - Clean with a damp
soapy cloth.
Paintwork - Clean with a damp, soapy
cloth.
Make sure that the legrest is completely
dry before using.
Inspect the legrest, footplate, calfpad
and heel loop regularly for signs of
damage or wear. Damage to the legrest
could result in the users leg being
dropped and could cause injury.
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Power Articulating Legrest (ALR)
Fitting
WARNING
Follow the instructions for the fitting and
removal of footrests as stated on page
20.
The use of an ALR can affect the stability
of the chair. Be especially careful when
riding up or down slopes.
For the adjustment of the leg angle press
the mode button on the controller until
the chair option is illuminated. Move the
control lever to the left or right until the
footrest option is illuminated. Move the
joystick up or down to adjust the legrest
until in a suitable position.
With the leg in an elevated position it is
more likely that you could injure the leg
on obstacles in the environment. Make
sure that you are aware of your terrain
and be cautious when driving the chair
that your leg cannot impact on anything
around you.
In addition to the footrest fitting
instructions please ensure that the
power lead shown in fig is removed and
refitted along with the ALR - see fig 23
below.
Do not drive your chair too close to any
source of open flame. With your leg in an
elevated position you may not know that
the bottom of the footplate is getting
hot.
Do not hang items from the legrest, or
allow anyone to stand on the legrest with
it in the elevated or non-elevated position.
This could cause injury to them, to you or
could cause damage to the chair.
Make sure that the Power lead to the
ALR’s are free of all mechanisms to ensure
that it does not get trapped and can be
pulled out. If this happens the ALR will
stop operating and you may be trapped
in the chair
Fig. 23
Cleaning Instructions
Inspect the legrest, footplate, calfpad and
heel loop regularly for signs of damage or
wear. Damage to the legrest could result
in the users leg being dropped and could
cause injury.
Footrest and calfpad - Clean with a damp
soapy cloth.
Paintwork - Clean with a damp, soapy
cloth.
Make sure that the legrest is completely
dry before using.
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Seating
Backrest removal and refitting
Although there are a variety of backrests
which can be used on the F55 chair, they
all attach and release in the same way.
Remove the seat cushion, to free the
Velcro® strips on the backrest flap (Fig.
24).
Loosen the two knobs as shown in
(Fig. 24A), and pull the backrest up to
disengage it from its mounting.
To replace reverse the process, ensuring
that the backrest is correctly located,
and that the locking knobs are firmly
tightened.
Fig. 24
Velcro ® strips
Backrest locking knobs
NOTE
Please note this does not apply to the
Recaro Seat option.
Fig. 24A
Seat depth adjustment
The seat depth is adjusted by removing
the 4 screws and nuts, (2 each side) and
sliding the backrest into the appropriate
position. Once in the desired position,
the screws are replaced, remembering to
securely tighten the nuts (Fig. 25). When
the seat riser option is fitted, the seat
depth is adjusted by moving the padded
back forward or backward with the
brackets which slide along the backrest
tubes. The adjustments must be carried
out only by an approved Sunrise Medical
service agent.
Seat depth adjustment screws
Fig. 25
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Seating
Manual seat tilt adjustment
To adjust the seat tilt, remove the nut
and bolt, slide the seat to the desired
position, replace the nut and bolt and
tighten (Fig. 26).
The seat can be tilted through any
angle from 0° to 20° (Fig. 27). When the
seat riser option is fitted, the maximum
adjustable tilt is limited to 10° for safety
reasons.
Adjustment
bolt
Fig. 26
WARNING
Before adjusting the seat tilt angle,
you must understand that this may
adversly affect the stability of the
wheelchair when kerb climbing or on
slopes. It is strongly recommended
that you consult your local Sunrise
Medical dealer prior to making
adjustments.
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Seating
Powered adjustment (optional)
Fig. 28
The following functions of the powered
backrest are operated by the Control
Pod (pages 34 - 30).
Backrest angle
The backrest can be adjusted from 0°
through to 40° (Fig. 28).
If the seat lift option is chosen the
powered backrest angle is limited to a
maximum of 30° for safety reasons. If the
seat lift option is operated, the powered
backrest will come automatically to an
upright position.
Seat tilt angle
The seat can be tilted through any angle
from 0° to 20° (Fig. 29).
Fig. 29
If the seat lift option is chosen the seat
tilt angle is limited to a maximum of 10°
for safety reasons.
WARNING
Power backrest and seat tilt functions
are provided to enable you to vary
your resting position. Before driving
the chair, the seat pan angle must be
returned to within 8° of horizontal, and
the backrest to within 8° of vertical.
Failure to return the seat to the drive
position could lead to the chair
becoming unstable.
Never use power seating functions
when the chair is on a slope.
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Seating
Seat riser adjustment
Manual recline adjustment
The seat can be raised up to approx.
30 cm from its standard lowest
position. If the riser function is fitted in
combination with a powered backrest,
the backrest will always be adjusted
automatically to a straight position as
soon as the seat is raised. For your own
safety we strongly recommend that
you do not use the backrest option in a
raised position.
To Recline the seat locate the
handwheel knob under the front
of the seat. Turn the wheel right or
left until the Seat is adjusted to the
desired position.
WARNING
The maximum load is reduced to
100 kg if this option is fitted.
The maximum tilt adjustment is limited
to 10° if fitted. As soon as the seat is
raised, the maximum speed is reduced
to 25% of its adjusted speed. When
driving the chair in a raised position
do not climb kerbs or drive on slopes
for your own safety. To raise the speed,
return the seat down to its lowest
position. The speed will be set to its
standard adjustment automatically.
WARNING
While the chair is in a raised position
the stability is greatly reduced. We
strongly recommend that the seat is
lowered before negotiating slopes and
inclines
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Seating
Cleaning instructions for standard
seating
WARNING
Never use the chair without a seat
cushion in place. The velcro that is on
the seat plate that holds the cushion to
the chair could cause skin abrasions or
damage to clothing.
Clean regularly to prevent build up or
soiling.
Clean with a damp soapy cloth and rinse
well with clean water. Dry the surface
thoroughly.
Disinfectants may be used in dilution as
specified by their manufacturer. Ensure
surfaces are then rinsed with clean water
and dried thoroughly.
Check the upholstery regularly for signs
of damage or wear. Sagging or damaged
upholstery may cause problems with
posture.
Cleaning instructions for
contoured seating
Clean regularly to prevent build up or
soiling.
Clean with a damp soapy cloth and rinse
well with clean water. Dry the surface
thoroughly.
A soft brush with soapy water may be
used to remove stubborn dirt. Ensure
surfaces are then rinsed and dried.
Some chemical colourings, e.g. ball
point pen, food colourings or clothes
dyes should be removed immediately to
prevent long term staining.
Do not use solvents, bleaches, abrasives,
synthetic detergents, wax polishes or
aerosols.
Disinfectants may be used in dilution as
specified by their manufacturer. Ensure
surfaces are then rinsed with clean water
and dried thoroughly.
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Recaro Seating
Dirt stains (eg. beer, blood, cola, red wine
etc) are best removed with the dry foam
cleaning agents or with a mild-action.
Please follow the respective instructions
for use when treating the covers. The
covers should be allowed to dry for at
least 48 hours after cleaning with foam
cleaning agents.
Fitting
Fitting kit includes recaro seat and
sunrise fitting kit, Fig. 30 and 31 shows
the arrangement of saddle washers,
spacers and screws to be fitted.
Cleaning Instructions
You should remove stains on your seat
as soon as possible. After a long period
of use, you should clean the cover of
your seat with a standard commercially
available dry foam cleaning agent. You
should always clean the whole surface
and not just individual spots in order to
avoid unattractive edges. You should
remove stains on your seat as soon as
possible. The longer you wait the more
difficult it will be to remove them.
Avoid powerful rubbing with aqueous
solutions. This will roughen up cover
fabric.
Grease stains (eg. ballpoint pen, lipstick,
chewing gum etc) use a solvent such as
petroleum ether. Carefully rub the soiled
location on the surface only with a clean
cloth impregnated with solvent.
Important: Use only a very small
quantity of solvent. The upholstery
material must not be saturated, since the
solvent might then attack it and destroy
it.
Fig. 30
Fig.20
Fig. 31
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Headrest
Fitting
Headrest
To fit the headrest, fit the location bracket
to the backrest brace using the screws and
nuts supplied, ensuring that they are fully
tightened (Fig. 32).
Lever
C
Screws
under zipped
cover
Knob
B
The headrest height is changed by
slackening knob ‘A’, and sliding the inner
vertical tube to the desired position and
tighten the knob.
The headrest to seat depth is adjusted by
slackening knob ‘B’, and sliding the inner
tube/headrest to the desired position, and
tighten the knob.
Knob
A
If greater depth adjustment is required,
slacken knob ‘A’ fully, remove the vertical
inner tube from the post and rotate it
through 180°. Finally relocate the inner
tube and tighten the locking knob.
Location
bracket
Vertical
inner tube
To adjust the headrest angle, loosen lever
‘C’, position the headrest as required and
lock with the lever.
Fig. 32
The wings of the headrest are adjusted
with an Allen key. Unzip the cover to
reveal the two Allen screws, slacken the
screws, reposition the wings and tighten
the Allen screws. Finally re-zip the cover.
Cleaning instructions
Clean regularly to prevent build up or
soiling.
Clean with a damp soapy cloth and rinse
well with clean water. Dry the surface
thoroughly.
Disinfectants may be used in dilution as
specified by their manufacturer. Ensure
surfaces are then rinsed with clean water
and dried thoroughly.
WARNING
This headrest must not be used when
transprting the chair in a vehicle
Inspect the headrest regularly to make
sure that the upholstery is not worn and
correctly supports the head.
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The Penny and Giles Pilot + control pod
Power supply
Ensure the power lead is connected
correctly into its socket on the rear of the
control pod (Fig. 33).
The immobiliser plug
When this is activated the chair will
not function, other than the hazard
warning light system. This may be useful
if you wish to leave your wheelchair
unattended (Fig. 33).
To activate the immobiliser
1. Switch the chair on via the On/Off
button (Fig. 34).
2. Insert the immobiliser plug into the
charger/programmer socket located
on the front of the control pod.
3. Remove the plug after 1 - 2 seconds.
4. Your chair should now be
immobilised.
Immobiliser
plug
Fig. 33
On/Off
button
To de-activate the immobiliser
1. Switch the chair on via the On/Off
button (Fig. 34).
2. Insert the immobiliser plug into the
charger/programmer socket located
on the front of the control pod.
3. Remove the plug after 1 - 2 seconds.
4. Your chair should now be ready to
use.
Fig. 34
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Charger /
programmer
socket
The Penny and Giles Pilot + control pod
Adjustable speed setting
Your controller has five speed settings.
To adjust:
1. Press the mode button until the speed
settings indicator is flashing (Fig. 35).
2. Increase or decrease the speed
setting by pushing the joystick to
the left or right respectively, until
the required setting is obtained. To
activate the setting either push the
joystick forwards to drive or press the
mode button until the flashing lights
are no longer flashing.
3. When the third or middle speed
indicator light is selected on a
10 km/h chair, the vehicle is set at
4mph. Please note that this is the
maximum speed permitted for
pavement travel.
Adjustable speed
setting indicator
Fig. 35
Battery level indicator
This has ten colour coded lights, 3 red,
4 orange, and 3 green, and denotes the
state of charge of the batteries (Fig. 36).
Green is high, Orange is low, and Red
is dangerously low. The most accurate
reading is attained when the chair is
stationary and on a level surface. The
lights also help indicate the position of
a fault (should the need arise). When in
fault, the lights will flash quickly. Noting
the number of lights flashing may
help your service agent in simple fault
finding.
Fig. 36
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The Penny and Giles Pilot + control pod
Indicators
Left indicator
button
The right hand button operates the
right side front and rear indicators. The
left button operates the left side front
and rear indicators. To cancel press the
button again (Fig.37).
Fig. 37
The horn button
When pressed the horn buzzer will
sound, it stops when you release the
button (Fig. 38).
Fig. 38
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Right indicator
button
The Penny and Giles Pilot + control pod
Hazard lights
Hazard
lights button
Depressing the button will operate
the front and rear hazard lights. This
is effective either when the chair is
switched On or Off.
The two indicators will flash
intermittently until cancelled by pressing
the button again (Fig. 39).
Fig. 39
Main lights
Depressing this button will operate the
lights (Fig. 40) only when the chair is
switched on. Pressing it again will switch
the lights off.
Fig. 40
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The Penny and Giles Pilot + control pod
Actuator mode function
This will be included on your remote
control pod if you have one or more
electric options fitted to your chair. Refer
to Fig. 41.
Menu select
To chose an electric option press the
mode button until the red lights are
visible on the wheelchair diagram next to
the joystick. Move the joystick to the left
or right to indicate which function can be
used.
Red
indicator
lights
Legrest left Backrest recline
Seat tilt
Legrest right Both legrests
When the desired function has been
chosen you can activate the electric
actuator system.
Fig. 41
If you attempt to operate the electric
functions when driving, the chair will
automatically come to a safe stop. We
recommend you only use the electric
options whilst stationary.
Up/down movement
Once the relevant electric option has
been chosen the required movement is
achieved by moving the joystick forwards
or backwards.
Programme port
This will enable an approved service
agent to reprogramme your chair and
also gain useful information when
tracing any faults (Fig. 42).
Programme port
Fig. 42
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The Penny and Giles Pilot + control pod
Charging socket
See section on charging.
WARNING
If you need to stop in an emergency,
the simplest and safest way is to just
release the joystick. This will bring the
chair to halt in a controlled manner.
Operating the control joystick
When engaging the main On/Off switch,
allow a few seconds prior to moving the
joystick. This allows the system to self
check. If you move the joystick too soon,
the battery level indicator display will
flash, disabling drive to your wheelchair.
Whilst this is not harmful to your
wheelchair, you will need to switch off
and then back on to clear the system.
A second means of bringing the chair
to a halt is to press the On/Off switch.
This method is not recommended as
the chair will stop very abruptly and
will cause unnecessary wear in the
chairs braking system.
To steer, simply move the joystick in the
direction you wish to go. Proceed slowly
at first, i.e. do not push the joystick too
far forward.
Brakes will operate as soon as the
joystick is released and allowed to return
to its centre position. On level ground,
this should bring you to a halt within
one chair’s length (6 km/h model). On
a steep hill, it may travel slightly further
and you will notice the brakes being
automatically applied when the chair is
nearly stationary. Once the brakes have
been applied, switching off will make no
difference to the brakes, although it is
always safer when remaining stationary
for a period of time to switch off.
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Summary
1. To steer, simply move the joystick in
the direction you wish to go (Fig. 43).
2. The further you move the joystick,
the faster you will go.
3. New users should use slower speeds
until they feel confident when driving
the powerchair.
Adjust the speed range as explained
on the previous pages
4. The brakes will automatically stop the
wheelchair from any speed when the
joystick is released.
5. Switching off immediately applies
braking and is not recommended for
normal use.
6. It is important that the chair is
stationary when changing direction
from reverse to forward.
7. Always switch to off before getting
into or out of the chair.
Fig. 43
WARNING
Ensure that you always have comfortable
access to the controls whilst the chair is
moving.
Cleaning instructions
Should the control of your wheelchair
become soiled or dirty, it can be wiped
with a damp cloth with a dilute disinfectant
until clean. This is important should
the wheelchair be used by more than
one person to ensure there is no cross
infection.
It is important that the joystick boot is
replaced if it is torn or brittle, failing to do
so could cause substance damage to the
controller and unexpected movement of
the chair.
Always turn off the power to the controller
when you are not manoeuvring the chair
or when you are transferring in or out of
the chair etc.
Do not replace the joystick knob with any
unauthorised item. It may cause hazardous
operation and loss of control of the chair.
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Parallel Swing-Away
WARNING
Before adjusting the swing-away
arm, switch off the controller to avoid
accidental displacement of the joystick
which would cause unwanted movement
of your wheelchair.
Gently apply pressure to the side of the
controller nearest the user and as close
as possible to the front of the controller.
The controller will move outward and
then backward before reaching its fully
back position.
WARNING
Keep your fingers and clothing, etc.
clear while operating the swing-away
mechanism.
Fig. 44
If required, your wheelchair can be
operated with the swing-away mechanism
in its fully back position, but only for slow
manoeuvering such as positioning the
wheelchair closer to table tops, etc. See
Fig. 44.
WARNING
Do not hang any items on or over the
parallel swing-away remote assembly
as this could damage the swing-away
mechanism.
To revert to the normal driving position,
switch off the power and pull the arm
outwards and then forwards before
returning the arm to its ‘home’ position.
Make sure the controller is fully engaged
in its home position before switching
on and operating the wheelchair in the
normal manner.
When transferring to and from the
wheelchair do not use the remote as a
means of support.
Keep fingers, clothing, etc. clear of the
swing-away mechanism at all times.
Ensure the power is switched off while
adjusting the parallel swing-away arm.
WARNING
Only operate the wheelchair at low
manoeuvring speed when the parallel
swing-away is in use.
Be aware that the width of you chair has
increased if the swing-away arm is out
and you may not get between certain
obstacles.
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Attendant and Dual Control, Pilot+
Note
WARNING
The Attendant control system is the
Standard Control System mounted at the
rear of the chair for use by an attendant
only. Please refer to the Standard Control
System user guide for usage instructions.
See pages 34 - 40.
Ensure that you set the speed of the
attendent control to a speed that you can
comfortably follow.
Ensure that you always have comfortable
access to the controls whilst the chair is
moving and make sure that the controller
is fixed securely to the chair.
You should be aware that the attendant
has the power to overide the control of
the chair on a dual control system.
It is important that the joystick boot is
replaced if it is torn or brittle, failing to do
so could cause substance damage to the
controller and unexpected movement of
the chair.
Cleaning instructions
Should the control of your wheelchair
become soiled or dirty, it can be wiped
with a damp cloth with a dilute disinfectant
until clean. This is important should
the wheelchair be used by more than
one person to ensure there is no cross
infection.
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Always turn off the power to the controller
when leaving the user in the chair.
Do not replace the joystick knob with any
unauthorised item. It may cause hazardous
operation and loss of control of the chair.
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Centre bar mounted Pilot+
Do not replace the joystick knob with any
unauthorised item. It may cause hazardous
operation and loss of control of the chair.
WARNING
Ensure that you always have comfortable
access to the controls whilst the chair is
moving. Make sure that the controller is
fixed securely to the centre bar. See Fig.
45.
Ensure that all extremities and clothing
are free when positioning the centre bar
for use.
It is important that the joystick boot is
replaced if it is torn or brittle, failing to do
so could cause substance damage to the
controller and unexpected movement of
the chair.
Cleaning instructions
Should the control of your wheelchair
become soiled or dirty, it can be wiped
with a damp cloth with a dilute disinfectant
until clean. This is important should
the wheelchair be used by more than
one person to ensure there is no cross
infection.
Always turn off the power to the controller
before moving the controller out of the
way.
Fig. 45
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Centre tray mounted Pilot+
Cleaning instructions
WARNING
The tray must be regularly cleaned using
a soapy damp cloth.
The maximum weight allowed for the tray
is 2.5kg.
Do not to overload the tray, this could
cause the tray to break or could cause the
chair to become unstable.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or cloths as
they could scuff the surface of the tray
Do not use solvents.
Ensure that you always have comfortable
access to the controls whilst the chair
is moving and make sure that there is
nothing on the tray that could interfere
with your control of the chair.
Make sure that the tray is thoroughly
cleaned regularly especially if the chair is
to be used by another user.
Should the control of your wheelchair
become soiled or dirty, it can be wiped
with a damp cloth with a dilute disinfectant
until clean. This is important should
the wheelchair be used by more than
one person to ensure there is no cross
infection.
It is important that the joystick boot is
replaced if it is torn or brittle, failing to do
so could cause substance damage to the
controller and unexpected movement of
the chair.
Always turn off the power to the controller
before moving the tray out of the way.
Fitting
Affix the mounting tube to the
underside of the armrest with the
2 screws provided. Now slide the
extruding bar into the mounting bracket
until it clicks into place. See Fig. 46.
Do not leave lit cigarettes or other heat
sources on the tray as this could cause the
tray to deform and mark.
Ensure that all extremities and clothing are
free when positioning the tray for use.
Do not replace the joystick knob with any
unauthorised item. It may cause hazardous
operation and loss of control of the chair.
Fig. 46
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Lights and indicators (optional extras)
Rear lights and indicators
Where lights are not factory fitted, they
may be fitted as an optional extra by an
approved Sunrise Medical service dealer
(Fig. 47).
Fig. 47
Front lights and indicators
Where lights are not factory fitted, they
may be fitted as an optional extra, by an
approved Sunrise Medical service dealer
(Fig. 48).
WARNING
Ensure that the lights and indicators are
functioning correctly and lens are clean
before going outdoors at night.
Fig. 48
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Crutch holder (optional extras)
Using a crutch holder.
Your crutch holder (see fig 48) should be
fitted by an authorised Sunrise dealer to
the lower section of the push handle. A
Velcro strip should also be fitted to the top
section of the push handle and on at relevent
position on your crutch.
Velcro
strip
Take your crutch and drop it into the cup
fitted to the bottom of the push handle. Line
up the Velcro strip on the push handle and
cruth and push together, firmly fixing the
crutch to the chair. See Fig. 49.
WARNING
Cup
Make sure that the crutch is securely fastened
to the crutch holder.
Make sure that the crutch is not interfering
with the mechanisms of the chair.
Make sure that the crutch does not protrude
from the chair.
Do not attempt to remove the crutch whilst
the chair is in motion.
Always come to a complete stop and
turn off the power to the controls before
attempting to remove the crutch. This will
avoid accidentally operating the chair.
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Fig. 49
Swing away tray (optional extras)
Fitting
WARNING
The maximum weight allowed for the tray
is 2.5kg.
Do not to overload the tray, this could
cause the tray to break or could cause the
chair to become unstable.
Fix the tray table mounting bracket to the
underside of the desired armrest with trhe
2 fixing screws provided.
Slide the extruding bar into the mounting
bracket until it clicks into place and is
secure.
Do not leave lit cigarettes or other heat
sources on the tray as this could cause the
tray to deform and mark.
To position tray infron of user or by side of
chair press down on the latch to release
bar and swing over into place. See Fig. 50
below.
Ensure that all extremities and clothing are
free when positioning the tray for use.
Cleaning instructions
The tray must be regularly cleaned using
a soapy damp cloth.
Do not use abrasive cleaners or cloths as
these could scuff the surface of the tray.
Do not use solvents.
Mounting
Bracket
Release
lever
Fig. 50
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Side Cushions (optional extras)
Fitting
Cleaning instructions
The side cushion comes in a pair and
complete with 2 self adhesive Velcro strips,
used to fix the cushion to the armrest. Fix
the loose Velcro strips to the strips on the
cushion and remove the backing of the
strip. Finally line up the cushion with the
armrest side guards and when in place
push to fix. See Fig. 51 below.
Clean regularly to prevent build up of
soiling.
Clean with a damp soapy cloth and rinse
well with clean water. Dry the surface
thoroughly.
Disinfectants may be used in dilution as
specified by their manufacturer. Ensure
surfaces are then rinsed with clean water
and dried thoroughly.
Fig. 51
WARNING
Ensure that no smoking material drops in
between the cushion and user.
The hook part of the Velcro that is used to
attach the cushion to the chair can cause
abrasions to the user if it is left in contact
with the skin. It can also cause damage to
clothing.
Check the condition of the cushion and
the fabric to make sure there has been
no deterioration that could affect your
posture in the chair.
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Kerb climber
Fitting
Simply locate both ends of the kerb
climber into the ‘U’ shaped brackets, and
clip into place with the two spring clips
(Fig. 52).
‘U’ shaped
brackets
Fig. 52
Mounting the kerb
1. Approach the kerb head on driving
forwards slowly and steadily (Fig. 53).
2. As the kerb climber makes contact
with the kerb, the wheelchair should
be moving very slowly. Small kerbs can
be climbed from a standstill.
3. Apply sufficient power to the motors
to lift the front of the chair up onto
the kerb, and then apply slightly more
power and speed, so that the drive
wheels climb the kerb smoothly and
without hesitation. As far as possible,
keep the joystick in the straight forward
position.
Fig. 53
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Kerb climber
Dismounting the kerb
1. Reverse the chair slowly and carefully
until the rear wheels are on the edge
of the kerb.
2. Reverse as slowly as possible off the
kerb with the rear wheels. You will feel
more secure if you can lean forward, but
if you can’t, don’t worry, the wheelchair
is extremely stable as long as you stay
within its limitation, you will be quite
safe. The front of the chair will naturally
follow down the kerb, as you continue
to drive slowly backwards.
will clear the kerb, your seat angle is
at a maximum of 4° and your back
in an upright position.
10. Do not climb kerbs with the riser
option, while the seat is in a raised
position.
WARNING
1. Please show the utmost consideration
for the other traffic on the road.
Remember that the last thing a car
or lorry driver expects to see is a
wheelchair backing off the kerb into
the road. If in any doubt, do not risk
crossing the road until you are certain
that it is safe.
2. Always cross the road as quickly as
possible, there may be other traffic.
3. Do not attempt to go up or down more
than a 10 cm (4”) high kerb.
4. Do not attempt to use the kerb climber
on a series of steps.
5. Do not attempt high kerbs if on steep
slopes or cambers.
6. Do not attempt any kerbs in the vicinity
of drain covers, uneven or gritty road
surfaces.
7. Do not attempt to dismount a kerb any
higher than 5 cm (2”) in the forwards
direction.
8. Do not mount or dismount kerbs at
an angle other than straight on (90°)
to the edge of the kerb.
9. Prior to climbing ensure your legrests
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Batteries and charging
Batteries
The batteries are contained within a tray
located under the seat, which is retained
by a bar.
Lock
Centre button
Removing
1. To remove the batteries, should they
require changing or maintenance,
unscrew the two locks by rotating anticlockwise approximately 1/4 turn at
a time. Depress the centre button to
allow the locking lever to rotate freely
into a position where the unlocking
process can be repeated once the
centre button has been released.
Retaining bar must be
located at the front of both
retaining brackets
2. Repeat this ‘ratchet’ action until both
locks and the retaining bar can be
removed, and then slide the tray
backwards, using the hand grip area
under the centre of the tray (Fig. 54 and
55). The tray will lock two thirds of the
way out (Fig. 54).
Battery tray in
closed position
Lock
Handgrip area
Fig. 54
WARNING
Batteries weigh up to 55 lb (25 kg).
Lifting batteries may cause back strain.
If you fail to heed these warnings severe
injury may occur.
3. Connect and disconnect battery cables
with caution. Connect the red lead to
the positive terminal and the black lead
to the negative terminal. Do this for
each battery.
Battery locks and retaining bar removed to
permit the battery tray to slide open
4. Tighten all terminal fasteners using two
10mm wrenches to 6.8Nm.
Retaining bar
WARNING
Retaining
bracket
(shown cut
away)
Never make direct contact across both
battery terminals, as an explosion may
occur. A spark may result in an explosion
and/or fire resulting in severe injury or
death.
Lock
Fig. 55
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Removing/Refitting
Battery lift straps
Disconnect both the connecting lead
plugs (Fig. 56), pull up the straps on either
side of the rear battery and lift it out. Pull
the front battery to the rear of the tray and
repeat the process.
Retaining bracket
WARNING
To refit reverse the process, ensuring
that the straps are folded into the
battery tray. You must ensure that the
tray is securely locked into place and
cannot slide back prior to use. Failure
to lock the battery box correctly could
cause your wheelchair to be unstable.
Connection lead plugs
Fig. 56
Safety cut-outs
In the event of a short circuit, there are
safety systems built into your wheelchair
to safeguard your electrical circuits. Fusible
links are connected on to the battery
terminal posts (Fig. 57), should your chair
suffer a short circuit these links will break
the circuit. To replace them contact your
local Sunrise Medical service dealer, who
will also diagnose the fault.
Fusible link
(1 on each battery)
Fig. 57
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Batteries and charging
General information
Maintenance free batteries
Batteries are the power source for almost
all of the modern mobility products
available today. The design of batteries
used in mobility products is significantly
different to the batteries used to start a
car for example. Car batteries are designed
to release a large amount of power over
a short period of time, whilst mobility
batteries (commonly called deep cycle
batteries) release their power evenly, over
a long period of time. Therefore, due to the
lower production volumes and increased
technological requirements, mobility
batteries are typically more expensive.
This type of battery uses a method
of carrying the electrolyte commonly
referred to as ‘gel’, that is held within
the battery case. As the name implies,
no maintenance is required other than
regular charging. You can safely transport
this type of battery without fear of acid
spilling.
Furthermore, they are approved for
transportation on aircraft.
Battery care
Pages 54 - 59 set out a battery care plan
for maintenance free batteries. This has
been agreed between Sunrise Medical
and the battery manufacturers, to enable
you to get the best out of your batteries. If
a different care plan is followed, this may
result in lower than expected performance
from your mobility vehicle.
Commonly two 12 volt batteries are used
together in a mobility product, giving
a total voltage of 24 volts. The size of
the battery, (e.g. its available power) is
expressed in amps per hour e.g. 30 amp/
hr. The higher the number, the bigger the
battery size and weight then potentially,
the greater the distance you can travel.
Sunrise Medical only fit as standard
maintenance free batteries into this type
of wheelchair.
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9. The batter y terminals need to
be checked regularly for signs of
corrosion. If any corrosion is apparent,
then clean the terminals completely
(a wire brush is ideal) and re-grease
the terminal using Vaseline petroleum
jelly, not ordinary grease. Ensure that
the terminal nut and bolt, cable clip
and exposed cable are completely
covered with jelly.
Maintenance free battery care plan
1. Only use an approved Sunrise Medical
charger compatible with the vehicle to
be charged.
2. Charge your batteries every night,
regardless of the amount of use your
mobility device has had during the
day.
3. Do not interrupt the charging cycle.
10. Following all the points above should
result in a healthier battery, greater
range for the vehicle user and a longer
life for your batteries.
4. If your mobility device is not required
for use, it should remain connected
to the charger until required. This will
not damage your batteries, so long as
the mains socket/plug is left switched
on. Turning the mains socket/plug off,
but leaving the mains cable plugged
in will eventually deplete your battery
charge.
Do not expose any part of the battery to
direct heat (i.e. naked flame, gas fire).
When charging always place on a
hard surface in a room with good
ventilation.
5. If you leave your vehicle for an extended
period (more than 5 days) disconnect
the main battery lead.
You should not charge your batteries in
outdoor conditions.
6. Failure to allow for recharge will
damage the batteries and can lead to
shortened distances and premature
failure.
8. As a general rule, maintenance free
batteries take longer to fully charge
than lead acid batteries.
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WARNING
Always use the charger that comes with
your wheelchair. Read and follow all
instructions and warnings.
7. Do not top up the charge of your
batteries during the day. Wait until the
evening for a full overnight charge.
WARNING
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General
Fault finding guide
If having followed the correct steps to
start battery charging the charger does
not operate as described, then check as
follows:
The external charger (Fig. 45) has been
designed to charge two 12 volt Dryfit
Gel type batteries.
Safety features
No charging indicator
The chargers have features which prevent
hazards or accidents occurring as a result
of connecting batteries the wrong way
round, overheating caused by fault
conditions, or attempting to charge wrong
voltage batteries.
The connection between the charger and
the batteries has not been made.
Mains supply
Check that the mains supply is on, that
any fuses are intact and that the charger
is switched on.
The majority of charger sizes are electrically
double insulated and no earth connection
is required. Some larger sizes may be
electrically earthed and this will be clearly
stated on the label.
Deeply discharged batteries
If the battery voltage is below 16 volts the
charger will not commence charging.
The 3 pin UK mains input plug contains
a replaceable fuse. The rating of this fuse
is shown on the charger label. Always
replace with the same type and size of fuse
as specified. Fitting of different fuses can
result in damage to the charger or failure
of the charger to operate properly.
If your charger has been specified for use
in Continental Europe it will contain a
European two pin plug which does not
have a fuse. In this case the fuse is located
in the fascia panel of the charger.
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Procedure for charging using 24V
charger
Control box
The 24V charger has four indicators to
show the charger operation.
1. Connect the charger to the mains supply
by means of the mains plug. The yellow
‘mains on’ light will come on.
2. At the start of charging the orange light
will come on.
3. When 85% to 95% charged the yellow
light will come on.
4. When fully charged the green light will
come on.
5. Always switch off at the mains before
disconnecting the batteries. See Fig. 58.
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Charger socket
Fig. 58
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8. Use of an attachment that is not
recommended or sold by Sunrise
Medical, may result in a risk of fire,
electric shock or injury to persons. To
reduce the risk of damage to electric
plug and cord, pull by the plug rather
than the cord when disconnecting the
charger. Make sure the cord is located
so that it will not be stepped on, tripped
over, or otherwise subjected to damage
or stress. An extension cord should not
be used unless absolutely necessary.
Use of an improper extension cord
could result in a risk of fire and electric
shock. If any extension cord must be
used, make sure the pins on the plug
of the extension cord are the same
number, size and shape as those of
the plug on the charger; and that the
extension cord is properly wired and in
good electrical condition.
WARNING
Safety and caution notes
1. The chargers are designed for indoor
use. Do not use outdoors or expose to
rain, snow, spray or moisture.
2. The charger may be used with other
Gel type batteries, subject to written
confirmation from the Technical
Department of Sunrise Medical.
3. Do not smoke, or create sparks or
flames in the vicinity of the batteries.
4. Avoid standing the charger on carpets
or rugs during use and do not cover the
ventilation slots of the charger or allow
objects to rest on the case.
5. Do not attempt to recharge other types
of batteries such as car batteries, nonrechargeable batteries, AGM sealed
batteries, wet electrolyte batteries or
batteries of the wrong voltage.
6. Repairs should only be carried out by
Sunrise Medical.
7. The charger is designed for mains input
voltages of 220V AC to 240V AC.
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WARNING
Note: When buying replacement
batteries always consult your Sunrise
Medical service agent.
Do not rest a battery on top of the
charger.
Do not stand the charger on a carpet or
other soft surface. Always place it on a
hard surface.
Do not operate the charger if it has
received a sharp blow, been dropped or
otherwise damaged in any way, take it to
a qualified technician.
Do not disassemble charger; only have it
repaired by the manufacturers. Incorrect
re-assembly may result in a risk of electric
shock or fire. To reduce the risk of an electric
shock, unplug the charger from the outlet
before attempting any maintenance or
cleaning.
Turning off the controls will not reduce
the risk.
Never place the charger directly above
the battery being charged; gases from
the battery will corrode and damage the
charger.
Never Smoke or allow a spark or flame
in the vicinity of the battery or charger.
Be extra cautious to reduce the risk of
dropping a metal tool on to the battery.
It could spark or short circuit the battery
or other electrical parts, that may cause
an explosion. Also take off all personal
metal effects and dangling objects when
working on the battery.
Never charge a frozen battery. A fully
charged battery will rarely freeze but the
electrolyte of a discharged battery can
freeze at 16° Fahrenheit (-9° Centigrade),
any battery that is suspected of being
frozen should be thawed completely
before charging.
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Note: Before using your vehicle for
the very first time, please charge the
batteries for a period of 24 hours.
Battery warranty
Battery warranties are subject to periods
set by the manufacturers, however, most
of these warranties are subject to a wear
and tear clause, and if you genuinely wear
out your batteries in 6 months, it will not
be possible to obtain a replacement under
warranty.
WARNING
All batteries, once they have reached
the end of their useful life, are deemed
to be hazardous waste.
For further information on handling and
recycling contact your local recycling
authority.
Always dispose of product through a
recognised agent.
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can affect range.
The range of your vehicle
All this technical information may seem
complicated and a little daunting, but
please remember, that the battery sizes
available on each Sunrise Medical product
should give sufficient range to cope with
the majority of customer’s lifestyles.
Most manufacturers of mobility products
state the range of their vehicles either in
the sales literature or within the Owners
Manual. The range stated sometimes
differs from manufacturer to manufacturer
even though the battery size is the same.
Sunrise Medical measure the range of
their vehicles in a consistent and uniform
manner, but variances still occur due to
motor efficiencies and overall product
load weight.
Myths and legends
Over the years, battery technology has
moved forward but, unfortunately, some
of the advice given on battery care has not.
This has resulted in a number of confused
and at times contradictory instructions on
the ‘best’ way to care for your batteries.
This section will help to dispel some of
these myths and legends.
The range figures are calculated to I.S.O.
Standard 7176. Part 4: Wheelchair Energy
Consumption Theoretical Range.
This test is carried out in controlled
conditions with new, fully charged
batteries, on a level test surface and a
user weight of 75 kg. The range figures
stated should be seen as a theoretical
maximum and could be reduced if any
single, or combination, of the following
circumstances occur:
1. Batteries can be charged immediately
after use. You do not need to allow
them to cool prior to charging.
2. Mobility batteries do not develop
a memory from using a repetitive
charge and discharge cycle. This only
applies to nickel cadmium batteries
commonly found in products such as
camcorders.
1. User weight heavier than 75 kg.
2. Batteries whose age and condition are
less than perfect.
3. The terrain is difficult e.g. very hilly,
sloping, muddy ground, gravel, grass,
snow and ice.
3. Batteries when new do not require any
special attention with regard to their
charge and discharge cycle. Following
the relevant ‘care plan’ is the best advice
we can give.
4. The vehicle climbs kerbs regularly.
5. The ambient temperature is very hot
or very cold.
6. Incorrect tyre pressures in one or more
tyres.
7. The use of powered options (tilt, recline,
riser, lights etc).
8. Lots of start/stop driving.
9. Also thick pile carpets within the home
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User tips
Transfer to and from the chair
Sunrise Medical recommend that you
consult your healthcare professional for
assistance in developing your personal
front or side transfer technique to best suit
your needs, and avoid any personal injury
(Fig. 59 and 60).
Fig. 59
Fig. 60
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User tips
Gradients: ascents
When going uphill, keep the chair moving.
Keep the joystick pushed well forward
and steer by moving it from side to side.
If you have stopped on a hill, then you
should start slowly, and if necessary lean
forward to obviate the tendency for the
front wheels to lift (Fig. 61).
Gradients: descents
On descents, it is important not to let the
wheelchair accelerate beyond its normal
level of ground speed. In fact, it is safer
to proceed slowly down steep descents
and stop immediately if any anxiety arises
regarding directional control. If the chair
picks up speed, centre the control to slow
it or to stop all forward movement, then
restart slowly and do not allow the speed
to increase. The solid state controller has
the benefit of a logic system, that will help
compensate when driving along a camber
or up a hill. This is an added safety feature
on your wheelchair. In addition of course,
you may control the wheelchair speed by
using the speed control (Fig. 62).
Fig. 61
Gradients: Seat riser option
Avoid dangerous driving situations when
the riser is in a raised position, such as
trying to overcome obstacles like kerbs or
driving up or down gradients.
Fig. 62
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Maintenance and service history - Controllers
Weekly Safety checks
Daily Safety checks
Parking brake:
With the control system switched off,
check that the joystick is not bent or
damaged and that it returns to the center
when you push and release it. If there is a
problem do not continue with the safety
checks and contact your service agent.
This test should be carried out on a level
floor with at least one meter clearance
around the chair.
Switch on the control system.
Check that the battery gauge remains on,
or flashes slowly, after one second.
Push the joystick slowly forwards until you
hear the parking brakes operate. The chair
may start to move.
Immediately release the joystick. You must
be able to hear each parking brake operate
within a few seconds.
Repeat the test a further 3 times, pushing
the joystick slowly backwards, left and
right.
Connectors:
Make sure that all connectors are securely
mated.
Cables:
Check the condition of all cables and
connectors for damage.
Joystick gaiter:
Check the thin rubber gaiter or boot
around the base of the joystick shaft for
damage or splitting. Check visually only,
do not handle the gaiter.
Mounting:
Make sure that all components of the
control system are securely mounted. Do
not overtighten any securing screws.
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Maintenance and service history
Cleaning
Electrical connections
The wheelchair should be wiped over
once per week with a slightly damp, not
wet, cloth and any fluff or dust that has
accumulated around the motors should
be blown or dusted away.
When inspecting electrical connections,
pay attention to the battery connections,
the connection of batteries to power loom
and plug in sockets for the joystick, control
box and lights and indicators.
Tyre pressures
Tyre wear
It is important to regularly check the
pneumatic tyres for signs of wear and air
pressure.
The correct pressures are between the
minimum of 122 kiloPascals,
(18 psi,
1.22 bar) and maximum 172 kiloPascals
(25 psi, 1.72 bar) for front wheels, and
the minimum of 102 kiloPascals (15 psi,
1.02 bar) and the maximum 150 kiloPascals
(22 psi,1.5 bar) for rear wheels.
The pressure will need to vary, depending
on the weight of the user. IT IS IMPORTANT
that front wheels are inflated to the same
pressure as a pair, and likewise the rear. The
inflator pump provides the safest method
of inflating your wheelchair tyres and the
pressure can be checked with a standard
motor vehicle pressure gauge.
When inspecting the tyres for signs of
wear, look for significant scuff marks,
cuts and a diminished tyre tread. Tyres
will need to be changed when the tread
cannot be seen over the complete surface
of the tyre.
Upholstery/seating
Tears, dents, wearing or slackening of
upholstery particularly near to metal could
result in poor posture or lower levels of
comfort and pressure relief.
Authorised Sunrise Medical service
agents
The annual full service must be performed
by an approved Sunrise Medical Service
Agent. For a list of approved service agents
in your area please contact Sunrise Medical
on this telephone number:
01384 44 66 88
WARNING
Do not inflate beyond the maximum
tyre pressure.
Storage
When storing your powerchair for long
periods of time (in excess of one week),
first fully charge and then disconnect the
batteries to minimise battery discharge.
P L E A S E N OT E - N E V E R
I N F L AT E T Y R E S U S I N G
GARAGE FORECOURT
AIRLINE, ALWAYS USE THE
PUMP PROVIDED
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Charge batteries
Check battery level indicator
Check joystick is not bent or damaged
Ensure all removable parts are securely fastened
Parking brake test
Ensure all electrical connections are made, and firm
Ensure all cables are sound
Ensure joystick boot is not torn or damaged
Wipe vehicle with a damp cloth
Inspect the riser option once a month to make sure
the automatic speed reduction is working properly.
Notify your authorised dealership immediately if it
is not working properly.
Check tyre pressures
Ensure lights and indicators are operational and clean
Check tyres for wear
Battery terminals inspection. Clean and protect
with petroleum jelly. SAFETY MUST BE OBSERVED!
Check condition of upholstery and seating
Complete inspection, safety check and service
should be made by an authorised Sunrise Medical
supplier
To order spare parts
1.
2.
3.
4.
Model of chair
Serial number of chair
Left hand or right hand control
Part number and description and
quantity of items required
5. State colour when ordering
upholstery or frame parts.
PLEASE QUOTE THE FOLLOWING:
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Service history
This section is designed to assist you in keeping a record of any service and repairs to your wheelchair. Should
you decide to sell or exchange your vehicle in the future, this will prove most helpful to you. Your Service
Agent will also benefit from a documented record and this manual should accompany the wheelchair when
service or repair work is carried out. The Service Agent will complete this section and return the manual to you.
Customer Name
Date chair purchased
Address
Model
Colour Postcode
Serial No.
YEAR
1 2
3
4
Service dates
Controller
On/off switch
Output plug
Operation
Dynamic braking
Programmable
settings
Batteries
Levels
Connections
Discharge test
Wheels/tyres
Wear
Pressure
Bearings
Wheel nuts
Motors
Wiring
Noise
Connections
Brake
Brushes
Chassis
Condition
Steering
YEAR
1 2
3
4
Service dates
Upholstery
Seat
Back
Armrests
Electrics
Condition of loom
Connections
Lights (where
fitted)
Test run
Forwards
Reverse
Emergency
stop
Left turn
Right turn
Up/down slope
Over obstacle
Parking brake
(where fitted)
List items repaired/adjusted
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Issue 10
Transportation
A wheelchair secured in a vehicle will
not provide the equivalent level of safety
and security of a vehicle seating system.
It is always recommended that the user
transfers to the vehicle seating. It is
recognised that this is not always practical
for the user to be transferred and in these
circumstances where the user must be
transported whilst in the wheelchair the
following advice should be followed.
Warning There is a risk of serious
injury or death if this if this advice is
ignored.
(Fig19)
5. The wheelchair should be secured by
a Tie Down Restraint system, conforming
to ISO 10542 or SAE J2249 with nonadjustable front straps and adjustable rear
straps, which typically use Karabiner clips/S
hooks and tongue and buckle fittings.
These restraints generally comprise of 4
individual straps that are attached to each
corner of the wheelchair.
1. Confirm that the vehicle is suitably
equipped to transport a passenger in
a wheelchair, and ensure the method
of access/egress is suitable for your
wheelchair type. The vehicle should have
the floor strength to take the combined
weight of the user, the wheel chair and
accessories.
6. The tie-down restraints should be fitted
to the main frame of the wheelchair as
indicated in the diagram on the following
page, and not to any attachments or
accessories, e.g. not around the spokes of
wheels, brakes or footrests.
2. Sufficient space should be available
around the wheelchair to enable clear
access to attach, tighten and release
the wheelchair and occupant tie down
restraints and safety belts.
3. The occupied wheelchair must be
located in a forward facing position and
secured by the wheelchair tie down and
occupant restraint straps (WTORS tie
downs) meeting the requirements of ISO
10542 or SAE J2249, in accordance with
the WTORS manufacturers’ instructions.
7. The tie–down restraints should be
attached as close as possible at an angle
of 45 degrees and tightened securely
in accordance with the manufacturer’s
instructions.
8. Alterations or substitutions must not be
made to the wheelchair securement points
or to structural and frame or components
without consulting the manufacturer.
Failure to do so will invalidate the ability
of a Sunrise Medical wheelchair to be
transported within a vehicle.
4. The wheelchair’s use in other positions
within a vehicle has not been tested e.g.
transportation in a side facing position
must not be carried out under any
circumstances. (Fig19)
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Transportation
12. The safety of the user during
transportation depends upon the
diligence of the person securing the tiedown restraints and they should have
received appropriate instructions and/or
training in their use.
13. Wherever possible remove and stow
safely away from the wheelchair all
auxiliary equipment, for example:
Crutches
Loose cushions
Tray Tables
14. Articulating/elevating leg rest should
not be used in the elevated position
when the wheelchair and user are
being transported and the wheelchair
is restrained using Wheelchair Transport
and Occupant Restraints.
15. Reclining backrests should be
returned to an upright position.
16. The manual brakes must be firmly
applied.
9. Both pelvic and upper torso restraint
belts must be used to restrain the
occupant to reduce the possibility of
head and chest impacts with the vehicle
components and serious risk of injury to
the user and other vehicle occupants.
(Fig 20) The upper torso restraint belt
should be mounted to the vehicle “B”
pillar – failure to do so will increase the
risk of serious abdominal injuries to the
user.
Upper Torso
restraint belt
Pelvic
restraint
belt
(Fig 20)
10. A head restraint suitable for
transportation (see label on headrest)
must be fitted and suitably positioned at
all times during transportation.
11. Postural supports (lap straps, lap
belts) should not be used or relied on for
occupant restraint in a moving vehicle
unless they are labelled as meeting the
requirements specified in ISO 717619:2001 or SAE J2249.
Occupant Retraints Instruction
1. The pelvic restraint belt must be worn
low across the front of the pelvis so that
the angle of the pelvic belt is within the
preferred zone of 30 to 75 degrees to the
horizontal.
A steeper (greater) angle within the
preferred zone is desirable i.e. closer to,
but never exceeding 75degrees. (Fig 21)
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Transportation
Preferred zone
Correct
placement
of the
headrest
(Fig.21)
4. The attachment points to the chair
are the inner front side frame just above
the castor (Fig26) and the transportation
plates located on the underside of the
rear frame (Fig 28). The front straps are
fitted around the side frames castor
housing as shown in Fig 25 and at the
rear the transportation Caribbean’s are
fitted through the transportation plates
as shown in Fig 27.
2. The upper torso restraint belt must fit
over the shoulder and across the chest as
illustrated Fig 22 and Fig 23.
Restraint belts must be adjusted as tightly
as possible consistent with user comfort.
Restraint belt webbing must not be
twisted when in use.
The upper torso restraint belt must fit over
the shoulder and across the shoulder as
illustrated in Fig 22 and Fig 23.
3. Restraints should be mounted to
the vehicle “B” pillar and should not be
held away from the body by wheelchair
components such as armrest or wheels.
(Fig.22)
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(Fig.23)
5. The tie down symbol (Fig
29) on the wheelchair frame
indicates the position of
the wheelchair restraint
straps. The straps are then
tensioned after the front
straps have been fitted to
secure the wheelchair.
Incorrect
placemant
of the Headrest
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Transportation
Transportability – positioning of
wheelchair tie down restraints on
wheelchair
Position of the front wheelchair tie down
restraint and the tie down label.
Fig 24
Fig 27
The wheelchair secured with front and
rear wheelchair tie down restraints.
Positioning of the restraint straps is
shown in more detail below.
Fig 28
Fig 25
Position of the rear wheelchair tie down
restraint and the tie down label on the
Fig 26
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Lap belt instructions
5.3 Lap belt – Fitting the standard Lap
belt
washer and strap bracket and place the
saddle washer on the bolt, as shown in
Fig 2.
Before using your wheelchair ensure
the seat belt is worn and correctly adjusted
before use.
Pass the bolt through seat frame as
shown in Fig 3 and place the other
saddle washer on the end of the bolt
and against frame. Fit plain washer and
nut.
For the standard F55 Seat option the
lap belt is fitted around the backrest
tube. The belt should then be run across
the outside of the back upholstery in
between the armrest and backrest.
Fig 1
It is important that the belt is routed
around the back of the wheelchair. The
buckle end can be fed between the armrest
and backrest.
Adjust the belt position so that the buckles
are in the centre of the seat.
5.3a Lap belt – Fitting the Aircraft Buckle
lap strap to Recaro Seat
For the Recaro seat use the 50mm
Aircraft buckle lap strap shown in Fig 1.
Fig 2
Place the strap loosely across the seat
with the opening end of the buckle
facing to the right for a left handed
person and to the left for a right-handed
person. Pass the bolt through the plain
Fig 3
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Lap belt instructions
Adjust the lap belt to suit the user’s
needs as follows:
- To increase the belt length
Ensure belt is not lopped at male
buckle
Feed free belt throuh slide adjusters
and male buckle to provide more let
length
When fastened check space between
the lap belt and the user, when correctly
adjusted it should be possible to insert
the flat of the hand between the lap belt
and the user.
- To reduce the belt lenght
Generally the Lap Belt should be fixed
so that the straps sit at an angle of
approximately 45°, and when correctly
adjusted should not allow user to slip
down in the seat.
Feed free belt back throuhh mal buckle
and slide adjusters
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Lap belt instructions
To fasten and release the lap belt follow
the relevant instructions for your lap belt
as detailed below ;
Do not rely on the lap belt only when the
wheelchair and occupant are transported
in a vehicle, use the separate occupant
lap and diagonal restraints provided in
the vehicle.
Advice to Client
The lap belt must be checked on a daily
basis to ensure it is adjusted correctly
and it is free from any obstruction or
adverse wear.
Failure to make sure that the lap belt is
secure and adjusted prior to use could
cause serious injury to the user. E.g. too
loose a strap may allow the user to slip
down in the chair and risk suffocation.
Maintenance
Check lap belt, and securing
components; at regular intervals for any
sign of fraying or damage. Replace if
necessary.
Clean the lap belt with warm soapy
water and allow to dry.
Note
The lap belt should be adjusted to suit
the end user as detailed aboveSunrise
Medical also recommend that the length
and fit of the belt is checked on a regular
basis to reduce the risk of the end user
inadvertently re-adjusting the belt to an
excessive length
To fasten buckle:
Firmly push male buckle into female
buckle
To release belt:
Press exposed side of male buckle and
push towards centre/ push the press
button of the female buckle whilst gently
pulling apart
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If in doubt about the use and operation
of the seat belt then ask your healthcare
professional, wheelchair dealer, carer or
attendant for assistance
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Technical data
Item
Minimum
Overall length with legrest
1100 mm
Overall width
640 mm
Total mass (depending on options fitted)
110 kg
Mass of heaviest part
80 kg
Load
127 kg
Seat riser option adjustment
(Max. speed 25% when seat is in raised
position)
approx. 30 cm
Obstacle climbing (without kerb climber)
(with kerb climber)
52 mm
112 mm
Forward speed
optional)
(10 km/h
6 km/h
Braking distance from maximum speed
Seat plane angle
870 mm
8°
Effective seat depth with standard seat
(with seat riser option via backrest and additional depth adjustment via legrests)
410 mm
(460 mm)
510 mm
(510 mm)
Effective seat width
(with seat riser option)
450 mm
(360 mm)
500 mm
Seat surface height at front edge
425 mm
510 mm
0°
40°
Backrest angle
Backrest height
520 mm
Footrest to seat distance
410 mm
340 mm
Leg to seat surface angle
Maximum
240°
Armrest to seat distance
180 mm
245 mm
Front location of armrest structure
180 mm
200 mm
Turning circle
1300 mm
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Sunrise Medical
Your new wheelchair is manufactured in the West Midlands by Sunrise Medical.
With over 30 years experience, we are one of the longest established mobility
equipment manufacturers in the UK. All our Scooters, Wheelchairs and
Powerchairs undergo rigorous tests to ensure that they meet our requirements
of comfort, safety and durability. Our success is based on the strong traditions of
quality, value for money and genuinely caring for our customers.
We pride ourselves not only on designing and building the most innovative
products but also on our commitment to offer an excellent standard of customer
service both during and after sale.
In addition to your new wheelchair, Sunrise also manufacture oxygen
concentrators, nebulizers and hoists. We have a vast range of aids for daily living
which include bathing and bed accessories through to walking sticks.
Should you require any information on our full range of products please call us
on 01384 44 66 88 or write to us at:
Sunrise Medical Limited
High Street Wollaston Stourbridge
West Midlands DY8 4PS
www.sunrisemedical.com
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Sunrise Medical Limited
High Street, Wollaston, West Midlands Stourbridge DY8 4PS England
Tel 01384 44 66 88 Fax 01384 44 66 99
www.sunrisemedical.com
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