Invacare® Storm4 & Storm 4 X

Invacare® Storm4 & Storm 4 X
Yes, you can.®
Invacare® Storm4 & Storm4 X-plore
Power wheelchair
User manual
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How can you get in touch with Invacare®?
If you have any questions or need support, please contact your authorised Invacare® Dealer, who has the
necessary know-how and equipment plus the special knowledge concerning your Invacare® product, and
can offer you all-round satisfactory service. Should you wish to contact Invacare® directly, you can reach us
in Europe at the following addresses and phone numbers.
Invacare Austria GmbH
Herzog Odilostrasse 101
A-5310 Mondsee
Austria
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Fax:
@:
WWW:
+43 6232 5 53 50
+43 6232 5 53 54
[email protected]
www.invacare.at
Invacare n.v.
Autobaan 22
B-8210 Loppem (Brugge)
Belgium
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Fax:
@:
WWW:
+32 (0)50 83 10 10
+32 (0)50 83 10 11
[email protected]
www.invacare.be
Invacare AG
Benkenstraße 260
CH-4108 Witterswil
Switzerland
:
Fax:
@:
WWW:
+41 (0)61487 70 80
+41 (0)61487 70 81
[email protected]
www.invacare.ch
Invacare GmbH
Alemannenstraße 10
88316 Isny
Deutschland
Fax
@:
WWW:
+49 (0)7562 70 00
+49 (0)7562 7 00 66
[email protected]
www.invacare.de
Invacare A/S
Sdr. Ringvej 37
DK-2605 Brøndby
Danmark
(Kundeservice):
Fax (Kundeservice):
@:
WWW:
Invacare® SA
c/ Areny s/n
Polígon Industrial de Celrà
E-17460 Celrà (Girona)
ESPAÑA
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Fax:
@:
WWW:
+45 (0)36 90 00 00
+45 (0)36 90 00 01
[email protected]
www.invacare.dk
+34 (0)972 49 32 00
+34 (0)972 49 32 20
[email protected]
www.invacare.es
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Invacare® Poirier SAS
Route de St Roch
F-37230 Fondettes
France
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Fax:
@:
WWW:
Invacare® Ltd
Pencoed Technology Park
Pencoed
Bridgend CF35 5AQ
United Kingdom
(Customer services):
Fax (Customer services):
@:
WWW:
Invacare Mecc San s.r.l.
Via dei Pini, 62
I - 36016 Thiene (VI)
ITALIA
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Fax:
@:
WWW:
+39 0445 38 00 59
+39 0445 38 00 34
[email protected]
www.invacare.it
Invacare Ireland Ltd.
Unit 5 Seatown Business Campus
Seatown Rd, Swords
County Dublin
Ireland
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Fax:
@:
WWW:
+353 18 10 70 84
+353 18 10 70 85
[email protected]
www.invacare.ie
Invacare® AS
Grensesvingen 9
Postboks 6230
Etterstad
N-0603 Oslo
Norge
(Kundeservice):
Fax (Kundeservice):
@:
@:
WWW:
+47 (0)22 57 95 00
+47 (0)22 57 95 01
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.invacare.no
Invacare® B.V.
Celsiusstraat 46
NL-6716 BZ Ede
Nederland
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Fax:
@:
@:
WWW:
+31 (0)318 69 57 57
+31 (0)318 69 57 58
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.invacare.nl
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Fax:
@:
WWW:
+351 225 10 59 46
+351 225 10 59 47
+351 225 10 57 39
[email protected]
www.invacare.pt
Invacare Lda
Rua Estrada Velha, 949
P-4465-784 Leça do Balio
Portugal
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+33 (0)247 62 64 66
+33 (0)247 42 12 24
[email protected]
www.invacare.fr
+44 (0)1656 77 62 22
+44 (0)1656 77 62 20
[email protected]
www.invacare.co.uk
Återförsäljare:
Invacare® AB
Fagerstagatan 9
S-163 91 Spånga
Sverige
(Kundtjänst):
Fax (Kundtjänst):
@:
@:
WWW:
Tillverkare:
Invacare® Deutschland GmbH
Kleiststraße 49
D-32457 Porta Westfalica
Deutschland
MÖLNDAL
:
Fax:
@:
Eastern
european
countries
European Distributor
Organisation (EDO)
Kleiststraße 49
D-32457 Porta Westfalica
Deutschland
+46 (0)8 761 70 90
+46 (0)8 761 81 08
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.invacare.se
+46 (0)31 86 36 00
+46 (0)31 86 36 06
[email protected]
LANDSKRONA
 :
Fax:
@:
+46 (0)418 2 85 40
+46 (0)418 1 80 89
[email protected]
OSKARSHAMN
 :
Fax:
@:
+46 (0)491 1 01 40
+46 (0)491 1 01 80
[email protected]
Fax
@:
WWW:
+49 (0)5731 75 45 40
+49 (0)5731 75 45 41
[email protected]
www.invacare.de
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Table of Contents
Chapter
1
Introduction
1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4
1.5
1.6
1.7
2
6
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General safety notes ...............................................................................................................23
Safety information with regard to care and maintenance ...................................................26
Safety information on electromagnetic interference ...........................................................27
Safety information on driving and freewheel mode.............................................................28
Safety information regarding changes and modifications to the mobility device............30
Safety information on wheelchairs with a lifter....................................................................32
Safety Information on Wheelchairs with Recaro Seats and AJ Optimist Seats................34
Key features
The position of the labels on the product
Getting in and out of the wheelchair
5.1
13
Important symbols in this manual .........................................................................................14
Important symbols found on the vehicle ..............................................................................16
1.2.1 Explanation of symbols on lifter warning sticker...........................................................19
Type classification and permissible use...............................................................................20
Indications................................................................................................................................20
Usability....................................................................................................................................21
Warranty ...................................................................................................................................22
Life expectancy........................................................................................................................22
Safety notes
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
2.7
3
4
5
Page
35
36
37
Removing the armrests to get in ...........................................................................................37
5.2
5.3
6
Driving
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.5
6.6
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9.2
9.3
47
Disengaging motors................................................................................................................47
Remotes
Adjusting the wheelchair to the user's seating posture
9.1
40
Before driving for the first time..............................................................................................40
Parking and stationary............................................................................................................41
Taking Obstacles.....................................................................................................................42
6.3.1 Maximum obstacle height .............................................................................................42
6.3.2 Safety information when ascending obstacles .............................................................42
6.3.3 The correct way to overcome obstacles .......................................................................43
Driving up and down gradients..............................................................................................43
Using foldable antitipper wheels ...........................................................................................45
Use on public roads ................................................................................................................46
Pushing the mobility device in freewheel mode
7.1
8
9
Information about getting in and out.....................................................................................38
Using the cane holder .............................................................................................................39
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Adjustment possibility for control panel ..............................................................................50
9.1.1 Adjust the control panel for the length of the user's arm (all seat systems) .................50
9.1.2 Adjusting the height of the remote (only for foldable remote holders)..........................51
9.1.3 Swivelling the remote to the side..................................................................................52
Adjustment facilities for standard armrests .........................................................................53
9.2.1 Changing the arm support position...............................................................................53
9.2.2 Setting the height of the armrests.................................................................................54
9.2.3 Adjusting the width of the armrests ..............................................................................55
Adjustment facilities for travelling armrests ........................................................................56
9.3.1 Setting the height of the parallel sliding armrests.........................................................56
9.3.2 Adjusting the angle of the armpad on the parallel sliding armrests..............................57
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9.4
9.5
9.6
9.7
9.8
9.9
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9.3.3 Adjusting the width of the travelling armrests ...............................................................58
9.3.4 Adjusting the mobility of the travelling armrests ...........................................................60
9.3.5 Adjusting the arm support positions for the travelling armrests....................................61
Adjustment options for the Modulite seat unit.....................................................................63
9.4.1 Setting the height of the armrests.................................................................................63
9.4.2 Adjusting the width of the armrests ..............................................................................63
9.4.3 Adjusting the position of the armrest in depth (Modulite seat unit) ..............................65
9.4.4 Adjusting the seat width (Modulite seat unit) ................................................................65
9.4.5 Adjusting the seat depth (Modulite seat unit) ...............................................................66
Adjusting the seat angle .........................................................................................................68
9.5.1 Electric ..........................................................................................................................68
9.5.2 Manual ..........................................................................................................................68
Adjusting the backrest............................................................................................................70
9.6.1 Adjusting the backrest (standard seat) .........................................................................70
9.6.2 Adjusting the back seat angle on the Easy-Adapt seating system...............................71
9.6.2.1
Electric .....................................................................................................................71
9.6.2.2
Manual .....................................................................................................................71
9.6.3 Adjusting the height of the backrest (Modulite seat unit)..............................................72
9.6.4 Adjusting the width of the backrest (Modulite seat unit) ...............................................73
9.6.5 Adjusting the backrest angle (Modulite seat unit).........................................................74
9.6.5.1
Electric .....................................................................................................................74
9.6.5.2
Manual .....................................................................................................................75
9.6.6 Adjusting the adaptable backrest padding....................................................................77
Adjusting the headrest............................................................................................................79
9.7.1 Adjusting the position of the headrest or neckrest .......................................................80
9.7.2 Adjusting the height of the headrest or neckrest ..........................................................81
9.7.3 Adjusting the cheek supports .......................................................................................82
Postural belts ...........................................................................................................................82
9.8.1 Types of postural belts..................................................................................................83
9.8.2 Adjusting the postural belt correctly..............................................................................83
The Lifter ..................................................................................................................................85
9.10
9.11
9.12
9.13
9.14
9.15
9.16
9.9.1 Explanation of symbols on lifter warning sticker...........................................................86
Adjusting the trunk support (Easy-Adapt seating system).................................................87
9.10.1 Adjusting the width........................................................................................................87
9.10.2 Adjusting the height ......................................................................................................88
9.10.3 Adjusting the depth .......................................................................................................89
Adjusting and removing the tray ...........................................................................................90
9.11.1 Laterally adjusting the tray............................................................................................90
9.11.2 Adjusting the depth of the tray / removing the tray.......................................................91
9.11.3 Swinging the tray away to the side ...............................................................................91
Seat support.............................................................................................................................92
9.12.1 Adjusting seat width......................................................................................................92
9.12.1.1 Exploded drawing of seat support ...........................................................................93
9.12.2 Adjusting the seat depth ...............................................................................................95
9.12.2.1 Exploded drawing of seat support ...........................................................................97
9.12.2.2 Adjusting the seat depth without replacing the seat support plate ..........................98
9.12.2.3 Adjusting the seat depth with replacing the seat support plate ...............................99
Backrest unit with ergonomic length compensation (Easy-Adapt) .................................101
9.13.1 Adjusting the width......................................................................................................101
Adjusting the suspension and the shock absorbance......................................................103
9.14.1 Adjusting the suspension (Storm4 X-plore only) .........................................................103
9.14.2 Adjusting the shock absorbance.................................................................................103
Adjusting or removing the luggage carrier.........................................................................106
Using the KLICKfix adapter ..................................................................................................107
10 Adjusting footrests and legrests
10.1
109
Centre-mounted legrests ......................................................................................................109
10.1.1 Electric legrest ............................................................................................................109
10.1.1.1 Lowering the electric legrest completely to assist getting out of the wheelchair...110
10.1.2 Adjustable legrest .......................................................................................................113
10.1.2.1 Adjusting the angle ................................................................................................113
10.1.2.2 Adjusting the length of the legrest .........................................................................114
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10.2
10.1.2.3 Adjusting the calf plate to the calf width of the user ..............................................115
10.1.2.4 Adjusting the angle of the foot plate ......................................................................116
Legrests or footrests attached to the side..........................................................................117
10.2.1 Vari-F footrest .............................................................................................................117
10.2.1.1 Swivelling the footrest outward and/or removing...................................................117
10.2.1.2 Setting the angle....................................................................................................118
10.2.1.3 Setting the end stop of the footrest .......................................................................120
10.2.1.4 Adjusting the length of the footrest........................................................................123
10.2.2 Vari-A legrests ............................................................................................................124
10.2.2.1 Swivelling the legrest outward and/or removing....................................................124
10.2.2.2 Setting the angle....................................................................................................125
10.2.2.3 Setting the end stop of the legrest.........................................................................127
10.2.2.4 Adjusting the length of the legrest .........................................................................131
10.2.2.5 Adjusting the depth of the calf plate ......................................................................132
10.2.2.6 Adjusting the height of the calf pad .......................................................................133
10.2.2.7 Unlocking and swivelling the calf plate backward when alighting .........................134
10.2.2.8 Adjusting the angle adjustable foot plate...............................................................135
10.2.2.9 Adjusting the angle and depth adjustable foot plate .............................................136
10.2.3 ADE legrests...............................................................................................................137
10.2.3.1 Swivelling the legrest outward and/or removing....................................................137
10.2.3.2 Setting the angle....................................................................................................138
10.2.3.3 Adjusting the length of the legrest .........................................................................139
10.2.3.4 Adjusting the depth of the calf plate ......................................................................140
10.2.3.5 Adjusting the height of the calf pad .......................................................................141
10.2.3.6 Unlocking and swivelling the calf plate backward when alighting .........................142
10.2.3.7 Adjusting the angle adjustable foot plate...............................................................143
10.2.3.8 Adjusting the angle and depth adjustable foot plate .............................................144
10.2.4 Angle-adjustable footboard.........................................................................................145
10.2.5 Adjusting the width of side-mounted legrests .............................................................146
11 Electrical system
10
147
11.1
11.2
Electronics protection system .............................................................................................147
Batteries .................................................................................................................................148
11.2.1 Charging the batteries ................................................................................................148
11.2.1.1 General information on charging ...........................................................................148
11.2.1.2 General instructions on charging...........................................................................148
11.2.1.3 How to charge the batteries...................................................................................149
11.2.1.4 How to disconnect the batteries after charging .....................................................150
11.2.2 Storage and Maintenance...........................................................................................151
11.2.3 Instructions on using the batteries..............................................................................151
11.2.4 Transporting batteries.................................................................................................153
11.2.5 Handling batteries.......................................................................................................153
11.2.5.1 General instructions on handling the batteries ......................................................153
11.2.5.2 How to handle damaged batteries correctly ..........................................................153
12 Maintenance
12.1
12.2
12.3
Cleaning the mobility device ................................................................................................155
Inspection checks .................................................................................................................156
12.2.1 Before each use of the mobility device.......................................................................157
12.2.2 Weekly ........................................................................................................................158
12.2.3 Monthly .......................................................................................................................159
Repair Instructions................................................................................................................160
12.3.1 Reparing a flat tyre .....................................................................................................160
12.3.2 Repairing a flat tyre (front) ..........................................................................................161
12.3.3 Repairing tyre punctures (drive wheel).......................................................................164
13 Transport
13.1
13.2
13.3
155
167
Transferring the wheelchair to a vehicle.............................................................................168
Use of the wheelchair as a seat in a vehicle.......................................................................169
13.2.1 How the wheelchair is anchored in a vehicle for use as a vehicle seat .....................172
13.2.2 How the user is secured within the wheelchair...........................................................173
Securing the wheelchair for transport without passengers .............................................177
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13.3.1 Opening the rear cover ...............................................................................................178
13.3.2 Making the batteries accessible .................................................................................179
13.3.3 Removing/Installing the batteries ...............................................................................182
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16
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Refurbishment
Disposal
Technical specifications
Inspections Performed
184
184
185
190
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Introduction
Dear user,
First we would like to thank you for purchasing our product! We hope that you will have a great deal
of pleasure with your new power wheelchair.
This operating manual contains important information and notes about:
•
Safety
•
Operation
•
Care and maintenance
Please take care to read the operating manual thoroughly before starting out on your first
journey.
If you find that the font size in the print version of the user manual is difficult to read, you can
download it as a pdf from the Invacare website. This can then be scaled on screen to a font size
that is more comfortable for you.
This wheelchair has been constructed for a large circle of users with different requirements.
The decision whether the model is suitable for the user may only be taken by medical specialists
with appropriate expertise.
Invacare® or their statutory representatives can accept no liability in cases in which the wheelchair
has not been adapted to suit the users’ handicaps.
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Some maintenance and settings can be performed by the user or his/hers attendants. Certain
adjustments do however require technical training and may only be carried out by your Invacare®
specialist dealer. Damages and errors caused by nonobservance of the user manual or as a result
of incorrect maintenance are excluded from all guarantees.
This manual contains copyrighted information. This manual may not be reproduced or reprinted
either partly or completely without previous written consent from Invacare® or its statutory
representatives. We reserve the right to make any necessary alterations on the grounds of
technical improvements.
1.1
Important symbols in this manual
General risks
This symbol warns you of general hazards!
• Always follow the instructions to avoid injury to the user or damage to the product.
EXPLOSION HAZARD!
This symbol warns you of an explosion hazard, which can be caused by excessive tyre
pressure in a pneumatic tyre.
• Always follow the instructions to avoid injury to the user or damage to the product.
BURN HAZARD!
This symbol warns you of the danger of chemical burns, for example due to the discharge
of battery acids!
• Always follow the instructions to avoid injury to the user or damage to the product.
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BURN Risk!
This symbol warns of the risk of burns, for example, as a result of hot motor surfaces.
• Follow the instructions in order to avoid injury or damage to the product.
RISK OF CRUSHING!
This symbol warns of a risk of crushing caused by being careless with heavy
components.
• Always follow the instructions to avoid injury to the user or damage to the product.
Wear eye protection
This symbol refers to the requirement for wearing eye protection, for example when
working with batteries.
• You must wear safety goggles when this symbol is displayed.
Wear protective gloves
This symbol indicates the requirement to wear protective gloves, for example when
working with batteries.
You must wear protective gloves when this symbol is displayed.
NOTE:
This symbol identifies general information which is intended to simplify working with your product
and which refers to special functions.
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Requirements:
• This symbol identifies a list of various tools, components and items which you will need in
order to carry out certain work. Please do not attempt to carry out the work if you do not have
the listed tools available.
READ WELL BEFORE OPERATION!
This symbol advises you to read information carefully.
1.2
Important symbols found on the vehicle
This product has been supplied from an environmentally aware manufacturer. This
product may contain substances that could be harmful to the environment if
disposed of in places (landfills) that are not appropriate according to legislation.
• The 'crossed out wheelie bin' symbol is placed on this product to encourage you to
recycle wherever possible.
• Please be environmentally responsible and recycle this product through your recycling
facility at its end of life.
This symbol indicates the “Drive” position of the coupling lever. In this position the
motor is engaged and the motor brakes are operational. You can drive the
wheelchair.
• Please note that for driving purposes both motors must always be engaged.
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This symbol indicates the “Push” position of the coupling lever. In this position the
motor is disengaged and the motor brakes are not operational. The wheelchair can
be pushed by an attendant and the wheels turn freely.
• Please note that the control panel must be switched off.
• Please also note the information provided in section "Pushing the mobility device in
freewheel mode" on page 47.
This symbol indicates the position of an anchor point when using a lashing system
during transport.
If the symbol appears on a bright yellow sticker, the anchoring point is suitable for
fixation of the wheelchair in a vehicle for use as a vehicle seat.
This wheelchair may not be used as a vehicle seat!
• This wheelchair does not satisfy the requirements of ISO 7176-19:2001 and may not
under any circumstances be used as a vehicle seat or to transport the user in a vehicle.
• Using a wheelchair that does not fulfill these criteria as a vehicle seat can lead to the
most severe injuries and even death in the event of a traffic accident.
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This wheelchair may be used as a vehicle seat, but only if it is
equipped with a headrest that has been approved by Invacare
for this purpose!
• Please always make sure that the wheelchair is equipped with a
headrest approved by Invacare before using it as a vehicle seat!
This symbol indicates the maximum width to which an armrest may be
adjusted. Pulling the armrest out further can cause it to fall out of it's
fixation. For further information, see chapter "Adjusting the width of the
armrests" on page 55.
If the power wheelchair is fitted with a table, it is
imperative that it is removed and safely stowed
when transporting the wheelchair in a vehicle!
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1.2.1
Explanation of symbols on lifter warning sticker
Do not lean out
Do not drive up
when the lifter is or down slopes
raised!
when the lifter is
raised!
Do not allow any Never drive with
body parts to get two people!
under a raised
seat!
Never drive over
uneven surfaces
when the lifter is
raised!
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1.3
Type classification and permissible use
This vehicle was designed for persons whose ability to walk is impaired, but who are still in terms of
their eyesight and physically and mentally able to operate an electric vehicle. It has been classified
according to EN 12184 as a class B mobility product (for indoor and outdoor areas). It is
therefore compact and agile enough for indoor areas, but also able to overcome many obstacles in
outdoor areas.
You can find precise information about speed, turning radius, driving range, maximum safe slope,
maximum obstacle height and permissible operating conditions in chapter "Technical
specifications" starting from page 185.
Please also pay attention to all safety information in chapter "Safety notes" starting from page 23.
The vehicle was successfully tested according to German and international standards as to its
safety. It satisfies the requirements according to DIN EN 12184 including EN 1021-1/-2. It was also
tested successfully according to EN60529 IPX4 as to its resistance to spray water, and is therefore
well suited for typical middle European weather conditions. When equipped with an appropriate
lighting system, the vehicle is suitable for use on public roads.
1.4
Indications
The use of this mobility product is recommended for the following indications:
The inability or a greatly restricted ability to walk within the scope of the basic requirement to be
able to move within one’s own four walls. The need to leave the dwelling place in order to get some
fresh air during a short walk or to reach those places generally to be found at close distance to the
dwelling and where everyday business is carried out.
Provision of power wheelchairs for interior and exterior areas is advisable if the use of handoperated wheelchairs is no longer possible on account of the disability, yet proper operation of an
electromotive drive unit is still practicable.
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1.5
Usability
Only use a power wheelchair when it is in perfect working order. Otherwise, you might put yourself
and others at risk.
The following list does not claim to be exhaustive. It is only intended to show some of the situations
that could affect the usability of your power wheelchair.
In certain situations, you should immediately stop using your wheelchair. Other situations allow you
to use the wheelchair to get to your dealer.
• You should immediately stop using your power wheelchair if its usability is restricted due to:
- brake failure
• You should immediately contact an authorised Invacare® dealer if the usability of your power
wheelchair is restricted due to:
- the lighting system failing or being defective
- reflectors falling off
- worn thread or insufficient tyre pressure
- damage to the armrests (e.g. torn armrest padding)
- damage to the legrest hangers (e.g. missing or torn heel loops)
- damage to the postural belt
- damage to the joystick (joystick cannot be moved into the neutral position)
- cables that are damaged, kinked, pinched or have come loose from the holder
- the wheelchair drifting when braking
- the wheelchair pulling to one side when moving
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- unusual sounds developing or occurring
Or if you have the feeling that something is wrong with your wheelchair.
1.6
Warranty
The terms and conditions of the warranty are part of the general terms and conditions particular to
the individual countries in which this product is sold.
1.7
Life expectancy
We estimate a life expectancy of five years for this product, provided it is used in strict accordance
with the intended use as set out in this document and all maintenance and service requirements
are met. The estimated life expectancy can be exceeded if the product is carefully used and
properly maintained, and provided technical and scientific advances do not result in technical
limitations. The life expectancy can also be considerably reduced by extreme or incorrect usage.
The fact that we estimate a life expectancy for this product does not constitute an additional
warranty.
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Safety notes
READ WELL BEFORE OPERATION!
2.1
General safety notes
Danger of injury if mobility device is used in any other way than the purpose described in
this manual!
• Only ever use the mobility device in accordance with the instructions in this User's Manual
(see chapter "Type classification and permissible use" on page 20).
• Pay strict attention to the safety information.
Danger of injury if the mobility device is driven when ability to operate a vehicle is
impaired by medication or alcohol!
• Never drive the mobility device under the influence of medication or alcohol. If necessary, the
mobility device must be operated by an attendant who is physically and mentally able.
Danger of damage or injury if mobility device is accidentally set into motion!
• Switch the mobility device off before you get in, get out or handle unwieldy objects.
• When the drive is disengaged, the brake inside the drive is deactivated. For this reason,
pushing the mobility device by an attendant is only recommended on flat surfaces, never on
gradients. Never leave your mobility device on a gradient with its motors disengaged. Always
re-engage the motors immediately after pushing the mobility device (see chapter "Pushing the
mobility device in freewheel mode" on page 47).
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Danger of injury if the mobility device is switched off while driving, for example by
pressing the On/Off Button or disconnecting a cable, due to it coming to an abrupt, sharp
stop!
• If you have to brake in an emergency, simply release the joystick which will bring you to a halt.
(refer to the joystick operating manual for more information).
Danger of injury when transferring mobility device to a vehicle for transport with the
occupant seated in it!
• It is always better to transfer the mobility device to a vehicle without the occupant seated in it.
• If the mobility device needs to be loaded up a ramp together with its driver, ensure that the
ramp does not exceed the maximum safe slope (see chapter "Technical specifications" from
page 185).
• If the mobility device does need to be loaded using a ramp which exceeds the maximum safe
slope (see chapter "Technical specifications" from page 185), then you must use a winch. An
attendant can safely monitor and assist the loading process.
• As an alternative you can use a platform lift. Ensure that the total weight of the mobility device
including the user does not exceed the maximum permissible weight for the platform lift or
winch if you are using.
Danger of injury if maximum permissible load is exceeded!
• Do not exceed the maximum permissible load (see chapter "Technical specifications" from
page 185).
• The mobility device is only designed for use by a single occupant whose maximum weight
does not exceed the maximum permissible load of the device. Never use the mobility device to
transport more than one person.
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Danger of injury due to wrong lifting or dropping of heavy components!
• When maintaining, servicing or lifting any part of your mobility device, take into account the
weight of the individual components especially the batteries. Be sure at all times to adopt the
correct lifting posture and ask for assistance if necessary.
Danger of falling out of the mobility device.
• Do not slide forward on the seat, do not lean forward between your knees, do not lean
backwards out over the top of the backrest, for example to reach an object.
• If a posture belt is installed, it should be correctly adjusted and used each time you use the
mobility device.
• When transferring to a different seat, position the mobility device as close as possible to the
new seat.
Danger of injury by moving parts!
• Make sure that no injury is incurred by moving parts of the mobility device, like wheels or one
of the Lifter Modules (if fitted), especially when children are around.
Risk of injury from hot surfaces!
• Do not leave the wheelchair in direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Metal parts and surfaces
such as the seat and armrests can become very hot.
Danger of fire or breaking down due to electric devices being connected!
• Do not connect any electric devices to your mobility device that are not expressly certified by
Invacare® for this purpose. Have all electrical installations done by your authorised Invacare®
Dealer.
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2.2
Safety information with regard to care and maintenance
Danger of accident and loss of guarantee if maintenance is insufficient!
• For reasons of safety and in order to avoid accidents which result from unnoticed wear, it is
important that this electric mobility product undergoes an inspection once every year under
normal operating conditions (see inspection plan contained in service instructions).
• Under difficult operating conditions such as daily travel on steep slopes, or in the case of use
in medical care cases with frequently changing wheelchair users, it would be expedient to
carry out intermediate checks on the brakes, accessories and running gear.
• If the mobility product is to be operated on public roads, the vehicle driver is responsible for
ensuring that it is in an operationally reliable condition. Inadequate or neglected care and
maintenance of the mobility product will result in a limitation of the manufacturer's liability.
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2.3
Safety information on electromagnetic interference
This electric vehicle was successfully tested in accordance with International standards as to its
compliance with Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) regulations. However, electromagnetic fields,
such as those generated by radio and television transmitters, and cellular phones can influence the
functions of electric vehicles. Also, the electronics used in our vehicles can generate a low level of
electromagnetic interference, which however will remain within the tolerance permitted by law. For
these reasons we ask you to please observe the following precautions:
WARNING: Danger of malfunction due to electromagnetic interference!
• Do not switch on or operate portable transceivers or communication devices (such as radio
transceivers or cellular phones) when the vehicle is switched on.
• Avoid getting near strong radio and television transmitters.
• In case the vehicle should be set in motion unintentionally or the brakes are released, switch
it off immediately.
• Adding electrical accessories and other components or modifying the vehicle in any way can
make it susceptible to electromagnetic interference. Keep in mind that there is no sure way to
determine the effect such modifications will have on the overall immunity of the electronic
system.
• Report all occurrences of unintentional movement of the vehicle, or release of the electric
brakes to the manufacturer.
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2.4
Safety information on driving and freewheel mode
Danger of injury if the wheelchair tips over!
• Inclines and declines can only be travelled up to the maximum safe slope (see chapter
"Technical specifications" from page 185).
• Always return the backrest of your seat or the seat tilt to an upright position before ascending
slopes. We recommend that you position the seat backrest and the seat tilt (if fitted) slightly to
the rear before descending slopes.
• Only ever drive downhill at a maximum of 2/3 of the top speed. Avoid abrupt braking or
accelerating on gradients.
• If at all possible, avoid driving on slippery surfaces (such as snow, gravel, ice etc.) where there
is a danger of you losing control over the vehicle, especially on a gradient. If driving on such a
surface is inevitable, then always drive slowly and with the utmost caution.
• Never attempt to overcome an obstacle when on an uphill or downhill gradient.
• Never attempt to drive up or down a flight of steps with your wheelchair.
• When overcoming obstacles, always observe the maximum obstacle height (see chapter
"Technical specifications" from page 185 and information about overcoming obstacles in
chapter "Taking Obstacles" from page 42).
• Avoid shifting your centre of gravity as well as abrupt joystick movements and changes of
direction when the wheelchair is in motion.
• Never use the wheelchair to transport more than one person.
• Do not exceed the overall maximum permissible load or the maximum load per axle (see
chapter "Technical specifications" on page 185).
• Note that the wheelchair will brake or accelerate if you change the Driving Mode whilst the
wheelchair is in motion.
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Danger of breaking down in adverse weather conditions, i.e. extreme cold, in an isolated
area!
• If you are a user with severely limited mobility, we advise that in the case of adverse weather
conditions DO NOT attempt a journey without an accompanying attendant!
Danger of injury if your foot slides off the footrest and gets caught underneath the
wheelchair when it is in motion!
• Make sure each time before you drive the wheelchair that your feet are squarely and securely
in place on the footplates, and that both legrests are properly locked into place.
Danger of injury if you collide with an obstacle when driving through narrow passages
such as doorways and entrances!
• Drive through narrow passages in the lowest driving mode and with due caution.
If your power wheelchair has been fitted with angle-adjustable legrests, there is a danger
of personal injury and damage to the wheelchair if you drive the wheelchair with the
legrests raised!
• To avoid unwanted displacement of the wheelchair centre of gravity to the front (especially
when travelling downhill) and in order to avoid damage to the wheelchair, angle-adjustable
legrests must always be lowered during normal travelling.
CAUTION: Danger of tipping! Anti tip wheels (stabilisers) are only effective on firm
ground! They sink in on soft ground such as grass, snow or mud if the mobility device
rests itself on them. They lose their effect and the mobility device can tip over.
• Only drive with extreme care on soft ground, especially during uphill and downhill journeys. In
the process pay increased attention to the tip stability of the mobility device.
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2.5
Safety information regarding changes and modifications to the
mobility device
CE marking of the wheelchair
The conformity assessment/ CE marking was carried out in accordance with Directive 93/42
EEC / MPG (Medical Devices Act) and only applies to the complete product.
The CE marking is invalidated if components or accessories are replaced or added that have not
been approved for this product by Invacare.
In this case, the company that adds or replaces the components or accessories is responsible
for the conformity assessment/ CE marking or for registering the wheelchair as a special design
and for the relevant documentation.
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CAUTION: Danger of injuries and damage to mobility aid due to unapproved components
and accessory parts!
Seating systems, additions and accessory parts which have not been approved by
Invacare® for use with this mobility aid can affect the tipping stability and increase
tipping hazards!
• Only ever use seating systems, additions and accessory parts which have been approved by
Invacare® for this mobility aid!
Seating systems which are not approved by Invacare® for use with this power wheelchair
do not, under certain circumstances, comply with the valid standards and could increase
the flammability and the risk of skin irritation.
• Only use seating systems that have been approved by Invacare® for this power wheelchair.
Electrical and electronic components which have not been approved by Invacare® for use
with this mobility aid can cause fire hazards and lead to electromagnetic damage!
• Only ever use electrical and electronic components which have been approved by Invacare®
for this mobility aid!
Batteries which have not been approved by Invacare® for use with this mobility aid can
cause chemical burns!
• Only ever use batteries which have been approved by Invacare® for this mobility aid!
CAUTION: Risk of injuries, and damage to the wheelchair, if unapproved backrests are
used!
A retrofitted backrest which is not approved by Invacare® for use with this power
wheelchair may overload the backrest tube and thus increase the risk of injuries and of
damage to the wheelchair.
• Please contact your Invacare® specialist dealer who will perform risk analyses, calculations,
stability checks etc. to ensure that the backrest can be used safely.
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2.6
Safety information on wheelchairs with a lifter
WARNING! Danger of injury by moving parts!
• Never let objects get caught in the space underneath a raised lifter!
• Make sure that neither you nor anyone else is injured by placing hands, feet other body
extremities under the raised seat!
• Should you not be able to view under the seat, e.g. due to limited manoeuvrability, turn the
wheelchair once on its own axel before you lower the seat. This will allow you to make sure
that nobody is located in the danger zone.
CAUTION!
Danger of injury if the wheelchair tips over!
• Never exceed the maximum permissible load (see chapter "Technical specifications" from
page 185)!
• Avoid dangerous driving situations when the lifter is in a raised position, such as trying to
overcome obstacles like kerbs or driving up or down steep gradients!
• Never lean out of the seat when the lifter is raised!
• Inspect the lifter module at least once a month to make sure the automatic speed reduction
function, which reduces the speed of the wheelchair when the lifter is raised, is working
properly (see chapter "The Lifter" from page 85)! Notify your authorised dealership
immediately if it is not working properly!
Danger of malfunction of the Lifter Module!
• Inspect the lifter module at regular intervals to make sure there are no foreign objects or
visible damage, and to make sure the electric plugs are firmly inserted into their sockets!
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CAUTION! Damage to mobility aid caused by one-sided loading on lifter pillar!
• One-sided loading occurs if the seat is raised and/or tilted. Always return your seat backrest to
the upright position and the seat tilting to the horizontal position before ascending slopes! !
Never subject the lifter pillar to continuous single-sided loading! The raising and tilting function
of the seat only provides additional rest positions.
Important information regarding speed reduction with raised lifter!
If the lifter has been raised above a certain point, the drive electronics considerably reduces the
speed of the mobility aid. If speed reduction has been activated, drive mode can only be used to
carry out minor movements of the mobility aid and not for regular driving! To drive normally,
please lower the lifter until the speed reduction has been deactivated again!
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2.7
Safety Information on Wheelchairs with Recaro Seats and AJ
Optimist Seats
Danger of injury if the wheelchair tips over!
The centre of gravity of a Recaro seat or AJ Optimist seat is higher than that of other
seats. These seats are also heavier than other seating systems. The backrest can be
leaned back 90° and 60° respectively. For these reasons there is an increased risk of
tipping over!
• Never lean the backrest backward more than 30° degrees, and never exceed 15° when driving
the wheelchair!
More than 30°
NEVER!!
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15°-30°
Standstill!
0°-15°
Driving
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Key features
1) Headrest
2) Backrest
3) Armrest
4) Battery case (rear)
5) Drive wheel
6) Drive motor (with
engaging lever)
7) Remote
8) Legrests
9) Castor wheel
10) Suspension, rear (both
not visible in illustration,
adjustable for Storm4 Xplore only)
11) Suspension, centre
(Storm4 X-plore only)
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4
The position of the labels on the product
1) Note: Remove the table before transporting
2) Identification of the lashing eyes at the front
and back
Warning that the wheelchair may not be
used as a vehicle seat
Note on required head support if the
wheelchair may be used as a vehicle seat
3) Warning regarding the use of the lifter
4) Identification of the position of the coupling
lever for driving and push operation (only
the right side is visible in the picture)
5) Identification label sticker on the chassis at
the rear right (also included in the pass
card)
6) Indication of the maximum width to which
the armrest can be set
The symbols on the labels are explained in section "Important symbols found on the vehicle" on
page 16.
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5
Getting in and out of the wheelchair
Important information for getting into and out of the wheelchair from the side!
The armrest must be removed in order to get into or out of the wheelchair from the side.
5.1
Removing the armrests to get in
If you want to get out on the side where the remote is installed, you can disconnect the remote
cable from the remote (depending on your version).
Removing the armrest:
• The remote cable can be disconnected from
the remote depending on the remote version.
• Loosen clamping lever (1)
• Remove the side panel from the receptacle
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5.2
Information about getting in and out
Getting into the wheelchair:
• Position your wheelchair as close as possible to your seat. This might
have to be done by an attendant.
• Switch your wheelchair off.
• Apply the manual wheel lock of your wheelchair (if existing).
• Detach the skirt guard of your wheelchair or swivel it up.
• Now slide into the wheelchair.
Getting out of the wheelchair:
• Drive your wheelchair as close as possible to your seat.
• Switch your wheelchair off.
• Apply the manual wheel lock of your wheelchair (if existing).
• Detach the skirt guard of your wheelchair or swivel it up.
• Now slide onto your new seat.
NOTE:
If you do not have sufficient muscle strength, you should ask other persons for help. Use a
sliding board, if possible.
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5.3
Using the cane holder
If your mobility device is fitted with a cane holder, it can be used for the safe transport of a walking
cane, underarm or forearm crutches. The cane holder consists of a plastic container (bottom) and a
Velcro fastener (top).
WARNING! Risk of injury! A walking cane or crutches that are not secured during
transport (on the user's lap, for example) can cause injury to the user or other persons!
• During transport, walking canes or crutches should always be secured using a cane holder!
• Open the upper Velcro fastener.
• Place the lower end of the walking cane or the crutches in the container at the bottom.
• The walking cane or the crutches can be secured at the upper end using the Velcro fastener.
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6
Driving
NOTE
The maximum load capacity that is stated in the technical data only states that the system is
designed for this mass in total. However, this does not mean that one can sit a person with this
body weight in the wheelchair without restrictions. Attention must be paid to the body
proportions, such as height, weight distribution, abdominal girth, leg and calf girth and seat
depth. These factors have a strong influence on driving features such as tilt stability and traction.
The permissible axle loads in particular must be adhered to (see chapter "Technical
specifications" as from page 185)! It may possibly be necessary to carry out adaptations to the
seat system.
6.1
Before driving for the first time...
Before you take your first trip, you should familiarise yourself well with the operation of the vehicle
and with all operating elements. Take your time to test all functions and driving modes.
NOTE:
If installed, make sure to properly adjust and use the postural belt each time you use the
wheelchair.
Sitting Comfortably = Driving Safely
Before each trip, make sure that:
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•
You are within easy reach of all operating controls.
•
The battery charge is sufficient for the distance intended to be covered.
•
The postural belt (if installed) is in perfect order.
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6.2
The rear mirror (if installed) is adjusted so you can look behind at all times without
having to bend forward or shift your seating position.
Parking and stationary
When parking your vehicle or if your vehicle is stationary for a prolonged period:
• Switch the vehicle's power system off (ON-/OFF key).
• Activate your anti-theft lock, if existing.
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6.3
Taking Obstacles
6.3.1
Maximum obstacle height
You can find information about maximum obstacle heights in the chapter entitled "Technical
specifications" from page 185.
6.3.2
Safety information when ascending obstacles
CAUTION: Danger of Tipping Over!
• Never approach obstacles at an angle but at 90 degrees as shown below.
• Put your backrest into an upright position before climbing an obstacle.
ATTENTION: Risk of falling out of the chair and damage to the power wheelchair such as
broken castors!
• Never approach obstacles that are higher than the maximum climbable obstacle height. For
the maximum climbable obstacle height, see "Technical specifications" on page 185.
• If unsure whether the kerb climb is possible or not, move away from the obstacle and if
possible find another location.
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6.3.3
The correct way to overcome obstacles
Ascending
Right
• Approach the obstacle or the kerb slowly, head-on and at a right angle.
• Depending on the wheel drive type, stop in one of the following positions:
- In the case of centrally driven wheelchairs: 5 - 10 cm before the obstacle.
- For all other drives: approx. 30 - 50 cm in front of the obstacle.
Wrong
• Check the position of the front wheels. They must be in driving direction
and at right angles to the obstacle.
• Approach slowly and keep at a consistent speed until the rear wheels have
also passed over the obstacle.
Descending
The approach to descend an obstacle is the same as to ascend it with the
difference that you need not stop before descending.
• Descend the obstacle very slowly.
6.4
Driving up and down gradients
For information concerning the maximum safe slope, please see chapter "Technical
specifications" starting on page 185.
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WARNING: Danger of tipping over!
• Only ever drive downhill at a maximum of 2/3 of the top speed. Avoid sudden changes of
direction or abrupt braking when driving on slopes.
• Always return the backrest of your seat or the seat tilt (if adjustable seat tilt is available) to an
upright position before ascending slopes. We recommend that you position the seat backrest
or the seat tilt slightly to the rear before descending slopes.
• Always lower the lifter (if fitted) to its lowest position before ascending or descending a slope.
• Never attempt to ascend or descend a slope on slippery surfaces or where there is a danger
of skidding (such as wet pavement, ice etc).
• Avoid trying to get out of the vehicle on an incline or a gradient.
• Always drive straight in the direction the road or path you are on goes, rather than attempting
to zigzag.
• Never attempt to turn around on an incline or a slope.
Braking distance is much longer on a downhill slope than on even terrain!
• Never drive down a slope that exceeds the maximum safe slope (see chapter "Technical
specifications" on page 185).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT REGULATING THE ACTUATOR FUNCTIONS ON
GRADIENTS
Your mobility aid is fitted with an angular sensor which guarantees tipping stability. The sensor
measures the actual angle of the drive unit, and prevents any further decrease in stability by
restricting the functionality of the adjustment actuators. If this safety function is activated, the
backrest and the seat tilting can only be moved forwards, and the lifter can only be lowered.
Please reposition your mobility aid on level ground so that the actuators can function normally
again.
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6.5
Using foldable antitipper wheels
(Storm4)
Where space is restricted, e.g. in an elevator or when being transported in a car, the mobility
device may be too long. Foldable antitipper wheels can be useful here. These can only be operated
by an attendant as they are positioned beyond the reach of the user.
CAUTION: Risk of tipping if the antitipper wheels are not returned to the driving position
before moving off.
• Always return the antitipper wheels to the driving position before moving off (see the figure
below).
• Make sure that the locking pin is fully engaged.
Folding the antitipper wheel down:
Driving position
• Pull out the locking pin (A), to release the antitipper wheel.
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• Fold the antitipper wheel down.
Parking position
The mobility device is now shorter.
Folding the antitipper wheel up:
• Fold the antitipper wheel upwards until the locking pin audibly
engages.
The antitipper wheel is functional again.
6.6
Use on public roads
If you wish to use your wheelchair on public roads and lighting is required by national legislation,
then your wheelchair needs to be equipped with an appropriate lighting system.
Please contact your Invacare ® dealer if you have any questions.
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7
Pushing the mobility device in freewheel mode
The motors of the wheelchair are equipped with automatic brakes, preventing that the wheelchair
starts rolling out of control when the joystick box is switched off. When pushing the wheelchair
manually whilst freewheeling, the magnetic brakes must be disengaged.
NOTE:
Pushing the wheelchair by hand may require more physical force than expected (more than
100 N). The necessary force nevertheless complies with the requirements of ISO 7176-14:2008.
7.1
Disengaging motors
CAUTION! Risk of injury from hot motor surfaces!
• Avoid touching the motor surfaces when engaging or disengaging.
Danger of the vehicle running away!
• When the motors are disengaged (for push operation whilst freewheeling), the
electromagnetic motor brakes are deactivated! When the vehicle is parked, the levers for
engaging and disengaging the motors must without fail be locked firmly into the "DRIVE"
position (electromagnetic motor brakes activated)!
NOTE:
The motors may only be disengaged by an attendant, not by the user!
This ensures that the motors are only disengaged if an attendant is available to secure the
wheelchair and prevent unintended rolling.
Each motor is fitted with an engaging lever which is used to engage or disengage the motor.
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Disengaging the motor:
• Switch off remote.
• Pull the engaging lever (1) upwards. The motor
is disengaged.
Engaging the motor:
• Push the engaging lever down (1). The motor is
engaged. Please note that both motors must
always be engaged before driving!
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Remotes
Your wheelchair may be equipped with one of several different remotes. For information on the
different functions and how to operate a particular remote, please see its corresponding User
Manual (enclosed).
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9
Adjusting the wheelchair to the user's seating posture
CAUTION: Damage to wheelchair and accident hazard! It is possible that collisions can
occur between wheelchair components due to various combinations of adjustment
options and their individual settings!
• The wheelchair is fitted with an individual, multiply adjustable seating system including
adjustable legrests, armrests, a headrest or other options. These adjustment options are
described in the following chapters. They are used to adapt the seat to the physical
requirements and the condition of the user. When adapting the seating system and the seat
functions to the user, ensure that no wheelchair components collide.
Electrical adjustment options
Please refer to the instruction manual for your remote for more information on operating
electrical adjustment options.
Recaro® Seats
For more information on a Recaro® seat, please see the separate User Guide that comes with
the Recaro® seat.
Note
Initial setup should always be done by a healthcare professional. Adjustment by the user is only
recommended after they have been given appropriate guidance by the healthcare professional.
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9.1
Adjustment possibility for control panel
The following information is valid for all seating systems.
CAUTION: Danger of the control panel being pushed backwards during an accidental
collision with an obstacle, such as a doorframe or table, and the joystick being jammed
against the armpad if the position of the control panel is adjusted and all screws are not
completely tightened! This will cause the mobility device to drive forward uncontrollably
and potentially injure the mobility device user and any person standing in the way!
• When adjusting the position of the control panel, always make sure to tighten all screws
securely!
• If this should accidentally happen, immediately switch the mobility device electronics OFF at
the control panel!
9.1.1
Adjust the control panel for the length of the user's arm (all seat systems)
• Loosen wing bolts (1).
• Shift the remote control forwards or backwards to
the desired distance.
• Retighten the bolt.
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9.1.2
Adjusting the height of the remote (only for foldable remote holders)
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 6 mm Allen key
• Unscrew screw (1) with Allen key.
• Adjust remote to required height.
• Retighten the screw.
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9.1.3
Swivelling the remote to the side
If your wheelchair is fitted with a swing-away remote bracket, then the
remote can be moved away to the side, for example to drive up close
to a table.
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9.2
Adjustment facilities for standard armrests
9.2.1
Changing the arm support position
Requirements:
• 1x Allen key 3 mm
The arm support has 12 possible positions.
• To change the position of the arm support,
loosen the screw (1) and remove it.
• The position of the arm support is adjusted by
selecting a combination of screw holes in the
arm support and the drillholes in the fixing
plate.
• Reposition the screws and tighten.
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9.2.2
Setting the height of the armrests
Requirements:
• Allen key 3 mm
• Unscrew screw (1) with Allen key.
• Adjust armrest to required height.
• Retighten the screw.
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9.2.3
Adjusting the width of the armrests
WARNING! Serious injury hazard if one of the armrests falls out of its
bracket because they have been adjusted to a width which exceeds
the permissible value!
• The width adjustment is fitted with small stickers with markings and the word "STOP"! The
armrests must never be pulled out further than the point at which the word "STOP" is
completely legible!
• Always tighten the fixing screws properly once adjustments have been completed!
Requirements:
• Allen key 8 mm
Carrying out adjustments
• Loosen screw (1)
• Adjust armrest to required
position.
• Retighten the screw.
• Repeat this procedure for the
second armrest.
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9.3
Adjustment facilities for travelling armrests
9.3.1
Setting the height of the parallel sliding armrests
The height of the travelling armrest is set using the armrest angle.
• Release the knob to adjust the armrest angle (1).
• Set the angle for the armrest.
• Retighten the knob.
After adjusting the armrest height ,the angle of the armrest needs to be adjusted. See "Adjusting
the angle of the armpad on the parallel sliding armrests" on page57.
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9.3.2
Adjusting the angle of the armpad on the parallel sliding armrests
Requirements:
• Allen key 5 mm
• Release the bolts to adjust the armrest angle (1) with the allen
key.
• Set the angle for the armrest.
• Re-tighten the bolts.
Make sure that the Nordlock washers used are re-inserted.
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9.3.3
Adjusting the width of the travelling armrests
The travelling armrests can be adapted to the backrest in eight widths.
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 4 mm Allen key
• Undo the bolts on both sides of the backrest
cover (1).
The photograph only shows the bolts on the lefthand side.
• Remove the backrest cover (2).
• On the torque support, loosen the locating pin
(3) bolt (2) with the Allen key.
• Reduce the load on the armrest by raising it
slightly and then remove the locating pin.
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• Adjust the armrest width.
The possible positions for the armrest are
predefined by the drill-holes in the torque
support and the armrest axel.
• Insert the locating pin.
• Retighten the screw.
• Repeat the procedure for the other armrest.
• Replace the backrest cover (2).
When doing so, ensure that the recesses in the
sides are located correctly.
• Retighten the bolts on both sides of the backrest
cover (1) again.
The photograph only shows the bolts on the lefthand side.
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9.3.4
Adjusting the mobility of the travelling armrests
The flexibility of the travelling armrest can be adjusted to easier or stiffer.
Requirements:
• Allen key 5 mm
• To make the armrest easier to move, release the
bolt of the adjusting wrench (1) with the Allen key.
• To make the armrest more difficult to move, tighten
the bolt of the adjusting wrench (1) with the Allen
key.
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9.3.5
Adjusting the arm support positions for the travelling armrests
Requirements:
• Allen key 5 mm
• Put the armrest in the vertical position.
• Release the interior bolts (1) with the Allen key.
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• Position the armrest horizontally.
• Re-tighten the bolts.
Make sure that the Nordlock washers used are re-inserted.
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9.4
Adjustment options for the Modulite seat unit
9.4.1
Setting the height of the armrests
• Loosen the wing screw (1).
• Set the armrest to the desired height.
• Re-tighten wing screw.
9.4.2
Adjusting the width of the armrests
WARNING! Serious injury hazard if one of the armrests falls out of its
bracket because they have been adjusted to a width which exceeds
the permissible value!
• The width adjustment is fitted with small stickers with markings and the word "STOP"! The
armrests must never be pulled out further than the point at which the word "STOP" is
completely legible!
• Always tighten the fixing screws properly once adjustments have been completed!
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Note
Depending on the side, the screw is accessible from the front or the rear.
Requirements:
• Allen key 8 mm
Carrying out adjustments
• Loosen screw (1)
• Adjust armrest to required
position.
• Retighten the screw.
• Repeat this procedure for the
second armrest.
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9.4.3
Adjusting the position of the armrest in depth (Modulite seat unit)
Prerequisites:
• 1x 6 mm Allen key
• Loosen the screws (A) and move the armrest
in depth.
• Tighten the screws.
9.4.4
Adjusting the seat width (Modulite seat unit)
The telescopic seat support can be adjusted in four stages. The seat width can thus be adjusted
together with the adjustable seat plate or the adjustable sling seat.
The description of how the width is adjusted in contained in the service instructions for this mobility
device. The service instructions can be ordered from Invacare®. However, they contain instructions
for specially trained service technicians and describe operations that are not intended for the end
user.
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9.4.5
Adjusting the seat depth (Modulite seat unit)
Note
The seat depth has a major influence on the selection of the center of gravity of the seat. This
impacts its dynamic stability. If you make a major change to the seat depth the center of gravity
of the seat must also be adjusted. See "Adjusting the center of gravity of the seat" in the service
instructions for this mobility device. The service instructions can be ordered from Invacare®.
However, they contain instructions for specially trained technicians and describe operations that
are not intended for the end user.
Note
The numbers on the scale on the seat serve as a guide. They do not stipulate any dimensions
such as seat depth in centimeters.
Requirements:
• 1x 6 mm Allen key
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• On both sides, loosen the bottom backrest screw (A).
Do not remove the screws!
• Move the backrest to the required seat depth.
You can adjust the seat depth steplessly. Use scale (B)
on the seat as a guide for this purpose.
Ensure that the same seat depth is set on both sides.
• Re-tighten the screws.
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9.5
Adjusting the seat angle
CAUTION! Adjusting the seat tilt or the backrest angle changes the geometry of the
mobility device and directly influences its dynamic stability!
• For details regarding dynamic stability, negotiating gradients and obstacles and the correct
adjustment of seat tilt or backrest angle, please see chapters "Taking Obstacles" on page 42
and "Driving up and down gradients" on page 43.
9.5.1
Electric
Please consult the user manual for your remote for information about electrical adjustment.
9.5.2
Manual
The seat angle is adjusted using an adjusting mechanism, which consists of 2 perforated strips
which can be pushed against each other. The adjusting mechanism is at the front under the seat
frame.
When adjusting the seat angle, please ensure that both fixing screws are always used to fix the
adjusting mechanism!
Note
Activate the motor brakes (engage motor) before adjusting the seat angle!
Only adjust the seat angle manually if nobody is sitting in the seat!
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 6 mm Allen key
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• Switch the power supply off
(ON/OFF key).
• Unscrew Allen screws (1).
• Adjust the seat angle by raising or
lowering the seat.
• Insert the Allen screws again and
tighten.
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9.6
Adjusting the backrest
CAUTION! Adjusting the seat tilt or the backrest angle changes the geometry of the
mobility device and directly influences its dynamic stability!
• For details regarding dynamic stability, negotiating gradients and obstacles and the correct
adjustment of seat tilt or backrest angle, please see chapters "Taking Obstacles" on page 42
and "Driving up and down gradients" on page 43.
9.6.1
Adjusting the backrest (standard seat)
• Unscrew the handscrews (1) on both sides.
• The backrest can be set by selecting a
combination of one of the two drillholes in the
backrest frames and one of the six drillholes in
the fixing plate.
• Reposition the screws and tighten.
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9.6.2
Adjusting the back seat angle on the Easy-Adapt seating system
9.6.2.1
Electric
Please consult the user manual for your remote for information about electrical adjustment.
9.6.2.2
Manual
• Adjust the angle by turning the
handwheel (1).
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9.6.3
Adjusting the height of the backrest (Modulite seat unit)
The following section describes the procedures for adjusting the height of the backrest plate.
Note
The sling back is only available in fixed heights of 48 and 54 cm.
Prerequisites:
• 1x 5 mm Allen key
• Loosen the backrest plate screws (A) and (B).
Do not remove the screws!
• Move the backrest plate to the required height.
• Re-tighten the screws.
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9.6.4
Adjusting the width of the backrest (Modulite seat unit)
You can adjust the backrest plate width to a certain degree by adjusting the front plate, e.g. in order
to adjust the backrest plate in line with the seat cushion. Fairly large adjustments must be made by
a service technician to the rear plate and are outlined in the service instructions for this mobility
device.
Note
The sling back is only available in two widths of 38-43 cm and 48-53 cm and, under certain
circumstances, must be replaced for a width adjustment. For a replacement description, see the
service instructions for this mobility device. The service instructions can be ordered from
Invacare®. However, they contain instructions for specially trained service technicians and
describe operations that are not intended for the end user.
Please note that if the sling back width is adjusted the backrest cushion must also be replaced.
Prerequisites:
• 1x 5 mm Allen key
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• Loosen and remove the backrest plate screw (A).
• Loosen the backrest plate screws (B).
Do not remove the screws!
• Move the backrest plate halves to the required width.
• Re-insert screw (A).
• Re-tighten the screws.
9.6.5
Adjusting the backrest angle (Modulite seat unit)
CAUTION Every change to the seat angle and every backrest angle change alters the
geometry of the electric wheelchair and affects its dynamic stability
• For more information on stability, overcoming obstacles correctly, driving along inclines and
slopes and the correct position of the backrest and seat angles, see the section "Taking
Obstacles" on page 42 and "Driving up and down gradients" on page 43.
9.6.5.1
Electric
Your remote's user manual contains information on electrical adjustment.
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9.6.5.2
Manual
Width-adjustable backrest
Prerequisites:
• 1x 5 mm Allen key
• Loosen and remove the upper backrest screw (A) on
both sides.
• Set the required backrest angle.
Use scale (B) on the backrest for this purpose.
Ensure that you set the same angle on both sides.
• Re-insert and tighten the screw.
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Simple backrest
Prerequisites:
• 1x 6 mm Allen key
• On both sides, loosen and remove the middle backrest screw (A).
• Set the required backrest angle in 7.5° steps.
Ensure that you set the same angle on both sides.
• Re-insert and tighten the screw.
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9.6.6
Adjusting the adaptable backrest padding
(FDX, Storm 4)
There are two ways of adapting the backrest padding.
• Using a snap buckle which is accessible without having to remove the backrest cushion. Please
see Method 1.
• With adjustment straps which are adjustable using Velcro. Please see Method 2.
Method 1
• Open the Velcro straps on the left-hand side of the backrest
cushion.
• Open the individual snap buckles (1) on the adjustment straps.
• Adjust the strap tension as required and then close the snap
buckle again.
• Close the backrest cushion Velcro fastenings again.
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Method 2
• Remove the backrest cushion (fixed with Velcro straps) by pulling
it up and away so that you can access the adjusting straps.
• Adjust the tension of the individual straps as
required.
• Replace the backrest cushion.
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9.7
Adjusting the headrest
CAUTION: Injury hazard during use of the mobility aid as a
vehicle seat if a headrest is wrongly adjusted or not
installed! This can cause the neck to be hyperextended
during collisions!
• A headrest must be installed! The headrest optionally
supplied for this mobility device by Invacare® is perfectly
suitable for use during transport.
• The headrest must be adjusted to the user's ear height.
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9.7.1
Adjusting the position of the headrest or neckrest
The adjustment of the position is the same for all headrests and neckrests.
Pre-requisites:
• Allen key 5 mm
• Loosen the screws (1, 2) or the clamping
lever (3).
• Adjust the headrest or neckrest to the
required position.
• Retighten screws and clamping lever.
• Loosen the Allen screw (4).
• Slide the headrest left or right to the
required position.
• Retighten the Allen screw.
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9.7.2
Adjusting the height of the headrest or neckrest
The adjustment of the height is the same for all headrests and neckrests.
• Loosen the thumb screw (1).
• Adjust the headrest or neckrest to the required height.
• Retighten thumb screw.
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9.7.3
Adjusting the cheek supports
• Push the cheek supports inward or pull
them out to the required position.
9.8
Postural belts
A postural belt is an option which can either be fixed to the wheelchair ex-works or can be
retrofitted by your specialist dealer. If your wheelchair is fitted with a postural belt, your specialist
dealer will have informed you about fitting and usage.
The postural belt is used to help the wheelchair user keep an optimum sitting position. Correct use
of the belt assists the user in sitting securely, comfortably and well-positioned in the wheelchair,
especially for such users who do not have such a good sense of balance while sitting.
NOTE:
We recommend using the postural belt whenever the wheelchair is used. The belt should be tight
enough to ensure that you are sitting comfortably and that your body is in the correct sitting
position.
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9.8.1
Types of postural belts
Your wheelchair can be fitted with the following postural belt types ex-works. If your wheelchair has
been fitted with a different belt to those listed below, please ensure that you have received the
manufacturer's documentation with regard to correct fitting and use.
Belt with metal buckle, adjustable one side
Belt can only be adjusted on one side which can result in
the buckle not sitting centrally.
Belt with metal buckle, adjustable both sides
Belt can be adjusted on both sides. This means that the
buckle can be centrally positioned.
9.8.2
Adjusting the postural belt correctly
• Ensure that you are sitting correctly, which means that you are sitting right at the back of the
seat, your pelvis is positioned erect and as symmetrically as possible, not to the front, to the
side or at one edge of the seat.
• Position the postural belt so that your hipbones can be easily felt above the belt.
• Adjust the belt length using one of the adjustment aids described above. The belt should be
adjusted so that you can fit a flat hand between the belt and your body.
• The buckle should be positioned as centrally as possible. In doing so, please carry out
adjustments on both sides as much as possible.
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• Please check your belt every week to ensure that it is still in good working condition; to ensure it
has no damage or wear, and that it is fixed properly to the wheelchair. If the belt is only fastened
with a bolted connection, ensure that the connection has not loosened or undone. You can find
more information about maintenance work on belts in the service manual, which is available
from Invacare®.
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9.9
The Lifter
The electric lifter is operated from the remote. Please refer to the remote manual for more
information.
Information regarding operation of the lifter at temperatures of less than 0 °C
Invacare® mobility aids are fitted with safety mechanisms that prevent capacity overload of the
electronic components. At operating temperatures below freezing point this can, in particular,
lead to the lifter actuator being shut down after approx. 1 second operating time.
The lifter can be raised or lowered gradually by repeatedly operating the joystick. In many cases
this generates sufficient heat for the actuator to operate as normal.
Note - speed limiter
The lifter is fitted with sensors which reduce the mobility device speed as soon as the lifter is
raised above a certain point.
This takes place to guarantee the tipping stability of the mobility device and to avoid damage to
the legrests.
If the speed limit is activated, a corresponding blink code is displayed on the remote or a
reduced drive level is set automatically. Please refer to the remote manual for more information.
To reapply normal speed, run the lifter down until the status display stops blinking.
CAUTION Risk of tipping, if the speed limiter sensors fail when the lifter is raised.
• If you find that the speed reduction function is not working when the lifter is raised, do not
drive with the lifter raised and immediately contact an authorized Invacare® dealer.
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9.9.1
Explanation of symbols on lifter warning sticker
Do not lean out
Do not drive up
when the lifter is or down slopes
raised!
when the lifter is
raised!
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Do not allow any Never drive with
body parts to get two people!
under a raised
seat!
Never drive over
uneven surfaces
when the lifter is
raised!
9.10
Adjusting the trunk support (Easy-Adapt seating system)
The trunk supports can be adjusted in width, height and depth.
9.10.1 Adjusting the width
• Loosen the handscrews (1).
• Adjust the trunk support to the required width.
• Retighten the handscrews again.
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9.10.2 Adjusting the height
Requirements:
• Allen key 5 mm
• Undo the height adjustment Allen screws (1).
• Set the trunk support to the required height.
• Retighten the screws.
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9.10.3 Adjusting the depth
Requirements:
• Allen key 5 mm
• Open the zip.
• Undo the screws (1) for the depth adjustment.
• Adjust the trunk support to the required position.
• Retighten the screws.
• Close the zip again.
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9.11
Adjusting and removing the tray
CAUTION: Injury hazard or material
damage if a power wheelchair which is
fitted with a table is transported in a
vehicle!
• If a table is fitted, always remove it before
transporting the wheelchair.
9.11.1 Laterally adjusting the tray
• Loosen the wing-screw (1).
• Adjust the tray towards the left or right.
• Re-tighten wing-screw.
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9.11.2 Adjusting the depth of the tray / removing the tray
• Loosen the wing-screw (1).
• Adjust the table to the desired depth (or remove it entirely).
• Re-tighten the screw.
9.11.3 Swinging the tray away to the side
The tray can be swivelled up and away to the side to allow the user to get in and out of the mobility
device
CAUTION! Risk of injury! When the tray is raised it does not lock in place in this position!
• Do not tilt the tray up and leave it leaning in this position.
• Never attempt to drive with the tray tilted up.
• Always lower the tray in a controlled manner.
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The tray can be swivelled upwards and pushed to the side as
illustrated to enable getting on and off.
9.12
Seat support
(FDX, Storm 4)
9.12.1 Adjusting seat width
Note
Please also refer to the following chapter entitled "Adjusting the seat depth".
The seat width can be adjusted in stages between 380 and 530 mm.
Requirements:
• 4 mm Allen key
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9.12.1.1 Exploded drawing of seat support
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• Remove the seat cushion.
• Remove the cover plates (1).
• Undo the two Allen screws (6) at the rear on the crossmember and remove them.
• Undo the two Allen screws (9) at the front on the seat support plate and remove them.
• Loosen the four Allen screws (7) and (8) which are located at the front and back to the sides of
the seat support plate to release tension so that the plate can be moved more easily. Do not,
however, remove these screws completely.
• Pull or push the seat support plate (2) the required width. A scale (3) has been fitted to the
bottom part of the seat support. Use this scale to read off the seat width in centimetres.
• Repeat these operations on the other side of the seat.
• Now tighten all the screws again.
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9.12.2 Adjusting the seat depth
Note
Please also refer to the previous chapter entitled "Adjusting the seat width".
The seat depthcan be adjusted in stages between 380 and 530 mm.
Requirements:
• 4 mm Allen key
• 8 mm jaw spanner
• oblique pliers
• cable binder
Note
Particular holes in the seat support must be used to the screws depending on the required seat
depth. It may also be necessary to replace the seat support plate.
• Please use the following figures and the table to determine which holes need to be used for the
required seat depth, and therefore whether the seat support plate needs to be replaced or not.
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Seat depth
in cm
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38
Holes used in front seat
frame order no.: 1524550
6&7
Holes used in rear seat frame
Seat support plate required
order no.: 1524555
A&B
SHORT
A&C
order no. 1526437
A&C
41
5&7
43
4&6
43
4&6
A&C
46
3&5
A&C
48
2&4
A&C
48
2&4
A&C
51
1&3
A&C
53
1&2
B&C
MEDIUM
order no. 1526438
LONG
order no. 1526439
9.12.2.1 Exploded drawing of seat support
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• Adjust the seat depth as described in the following chapter:
- If the seat support plate does not need to be replaced, please refer to Chapter 9.12.2.2.
- If the seat support plate does need to be replaced, please refer to Chapter 9.12.2.3.
9.12.2.2 Adjusting the seat depth without replacing the seat support plate
• Remove the armrests.
• Remove the seat cushion.
• Remove the cover plates (1).
• Undo and remove the two Allen screws (8) which are located on the side at the rear of the seat
support plate, and connect these to the crossmembers (4).
• Repeat these operations on the other side of the seat.
• Undo and remove the two Allen screws (5) including washers.
Assembly:
• Pull the seat support to the required length so that the Allen screws (5) can be inserted in the
holes in accordance with the table (see above).
• Insert the Allen screws (5) including washers again and tighten them.
• Fit the two Allen screws (8) which are located at the rear of the seat support, and connect them
with the crossmembers (4). You must be using other holes within the 3 hole pairs for the
screws than you did during dismantling.
• Refit all the parts you have removed.
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9.12.2.3 Adjusting the seat depth with replacing the seat support plate
Disassembly:
• Remove the legrests.
• Remove the armrests.
• Remove the seat cushion.
• Remove any cable ties which hold cables from the remote or lighting which have been fitted.
Remove the cables from any clips which have been glued on.
• Undo the cap nuts on the headlight holders with an 8 mm jaw spanner.
• Place the headlights including their holders safely on the rear section of the battery box cover.
• Remove the cover plates (1).
• Undo the two Allen screws (9) at the front on the seat support plate and remove them.
• Undo the two Allen screws (7) which are located on the side at the front of the seat support
plate, and connect these to the crossmembers (4).
• Undo the two Allen screws (8) which are located on the side at the rear of the seat support
plate, and connect these to the crossmembers (4).
• Remove the seat support plate (2).
• Repeat these operations on the other side of the seat.
• Undo and remove the two Allen screws (5) including washers.
Assembly:
• Pull the seat support to the required length so that the Allen screws (5) can be inserted in the
holes in accordance with the table (see above).
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• Insert the Allen screws (5) including washers again and tighten them.
• If necessary, replace the seat support plate (2) in accordance with the table (see above).
• Put the seat support plate (2) back in position.
• Fit the two Allen screws (7) which are located at the front of the seat support, and connect them
with the crossmembers (4).
• Fit the two Allen screws (8) which are located at the rear of the seat support, and connect them
with the crossmembers (4). It may be necessary to use other holes in the 3 hole pairs for the
screws than you did while dismantling the old plate.
• Fit the two Allen screws (9) at the front of the seat support plate.
• Refit all the parts you have removed.
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9.13
Backrest unit with ergonomic length compensation (Easy-Adapt)
9.13.1 Adjusting the width
Note
Please also refer to the previous chapter entitled "Adjusting the seat width".
The seat can be adjusted in width between 380 and 530 mm as standard.
Requirements:
• 4 mm Allen key
• Remove the backrest cushion.
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• Loosen the three Allen screws (1). Do not, however, remove these screws completely.
• Push the plate (2) as far as required until the required width in cm can be read off the scale (3).
• Tighten the three Allen screws again.
• Repeat these operations on the other backrest plate.
• Attach a backrest cushion of the required width.
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9.14
Adjusting the suspension and the shock absorbance
Taking the user weight into account, the Storm4 X-plore suspension and shock absorbance can be
individually adjusted to a softer setting for more comfort and less shock absorbance or a harder
setting for a harder suspension and more support. These adjustments should only be carried out by
trained specialists. Please contact your authorised Invacare specialist dealer.
9.14.1 Adjusting the suspension (Storm4 X-plore only)
Adjusting the suspension harder
• Rotate the adjustable spring plate (1) as
shown in the illustration in order to adjust the
suspension harder.
Adjusting the suspension softer
• Rotate the adjustable spring plate (1) as
shown in the illustration in order to adjust the
suspension softer.
Softer
Harder
9.14.2 Adjusting the shock absorbance
In the case of the Storm4 X-plore, the shock absorbance can be quickly and simply adjusted using
a lever on the springs:
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• If you set the shock absorbance harder, you get a more direct response to the ground for more
sportive driving with a less swinging chassis.
• The softer you set the shock absorbance, the softer the response to the ground is and the more
comfortable the driving is.
The works setting for the lever is the
middle position (1). From here, the
shock absorbance can be adjusted
harder or softer in four levels each.
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Adjusting the shock absorbance harder
• Rotate the lever to the left to adjust the shock
absorbance harder.
• The fourth level (2) is the hardest shock
absorbance.
Adjusting the shock absorbance softer
• Rotate the lever to the right to adjust the shock
absorbance softer.
• The fourth level (3) is the softest shock
absorbance.
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9.15
Adjusting or removing the luggage carrier
CAUTION! Risk of damage as a result of collisions! Parts of the electric wheelchair may
be damaged if the luggage carrier collides with the seat during seat angle or backrest
adjustment.
• Ensure that the luggage carrier is out of the range of both seat angle and backrest
adjustment.
CAUTION! Risk of breakage due to excessive load! The luggage carrier can break if too
great a load is applied.
• The maximum permitted load on the luggage carrier is 10 kg.
• Open the clamp levers (1) of the luggage carrier bracket.
• Slide the luggage carrier forward or backward or remove it.
• Close the clamp levers of the luggage carrier bracket.
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9.16
Using the KLICKfix adapter
Your wheelchair can be fitted with the mini-adapter from the Rixen + Kaul KLICKfix system. To this
you can attach various accessories such as the cellphone case supplied by Invacare, which you
can use to transport your cellphone, sports glasses etc.
CAUTION! Risk posed by unsecured accessories! Accessories can fall off and get lost if
they are not properly secured.
• Check that the accessory is correctly locked in and seated securely every time you use the
wheelchair.
CAUTION! Risk of breakage due to excessive load! The KLICKfix adapter can break if too
great a load is applied.
• The maximum permitted load on the KLICKfix adapter is 1 kg.
Securing the accessory:
• Push the accessory into the KLICKfix adapter.
The accessory locks in securely.
Removing the accessory:
• Press the red button and remove the accessory.
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The adapter can turn in 90° steps, allowing you to attach an accessory from any of four different
directions. Please refer to the installation instructions which are available from your Invacare®
dealer or directly from Invacare®.
More information on the KLICKfix system is available at http://www.klickfix.com.
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10
Adjusting footrests and legrests
10.1
Centre-mounted legrests
10.1.1 Electric legrest
Please consult the user manual for your remote for information about electrical adjustment.
The electric legrest can be lowered completely to assist getting out of the wheelchair. To do so,
move your seat into the correct position by lowering the lifter or by means of a negative seat angle
(tilted slightly to the front).
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10.1.1.1 Lowering the electric legrest completely to assist getting out of the wheelchair
Warning! Misuse may destroy the legrest.
• Please read and carefully follow the instructions below.
Getting in/out of the wheelchair
• Set the lifter and tilt to a comfortable position.
• Put your feet on the footplate and pull the
lever (1). The footplates will move smoothly
down to the floor.
• Now you can get in/out of the wheelchair.
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Lifting up the footplates
• You are sitting in the wheelchair.
• Put your feet beside the footplates.
• Pull the lever (1). The footplates rise up
automatically.
• Let go the lever (1) and put your feet on the
footplates.
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Warning! Danger of damage to the legrest!
• Always make sure that the footplates are fully raised to the uppermost position before
adjusting the angle of the legrest!
• Disregarding this advice will cause damage to your legrest.
Adjusting the legrest
• Now you can adjust the angle of the legrest.
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10.1.2 Adjustable legrest
10.1.2.1 Adjusting the angle
Prerequisites:
• 1x 10 mm open-ended spanner
• Use the open-ended spanner to loosen the counternut
(1).
• Move the legrest to the desired position by turning the
spindle (2).
• Tighten the counternut.
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10.1.2.2 Adjusting the length of the legrest
Prerequisites:
• 1x 5 mm socket head spanner
• Use the socket head spanner to loosen the fastening
screws (1).
• Slide the foot support to the desired height.
• Tighten the fastening screws.
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10.1.2.3 Adjusting the calf plate to the calf width of the user
The calf plate of the legrest can be adapted to the user’s calf width by bending apart or together.
• Bending the calf plate to the desired width.
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10.1.2.4 Adjusting the angle of the foot plate
Prerequisites:
• 1x 5 mm socket head spanner
• Fold up the foot plates in order to access the adjusting
screws.
• Use the socket head spanner to adjust the adjusting
screws (1).
• Fold the foot plate down again.
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10.2
Legrests or footrests attached to the side
10.2.1 Vari-F footrest
10.2.1.1 Swivelling the footrest outward and/or removing
The small unlocking button is located on the upper section of the footrest. When the footrest is
unlocked, it can be swivelled inward or outward when getting into the wheelchair as well as being
removed completely.
• Press the unlocking button (1) and swivel the footrest
outward.
• Remove the footrest in an upward direction.
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10.2.1.2 Setting the angle
PLEASE NOTE: Danger of injury due to incorrect adjustment of the footrests and legrests.
• Before and during every journey it is imperative to ensure that the legrests contact neither the
castor wheels nor the ground!
Requirements:
• 1x Allen key 6 mm
• metal drift with maximum 4 mm diameter
• hammer
• Loosen the screw (1) using the Allen key.
• If the footrest cannot be moved after loosening the screw,
position a metal pin in the designated borehole (2) and use
a hammer to knock on this lightly. The clamping mechanism
in the interior of the footrest will be released by this. Repeat
the procedure from the other side of the footrest if
necessary.
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• Loosen the screw (1) using the Allen key.
• Set the desired angle.
• Re-tighten the screw.
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10.2.1.3 Setting the end stop of the footrest
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 6 mm Allen key
• 1x 10 mm open-ended spanner
The end position of the footrest is determined by means of a
rubber stop (1).
The rubber stop can be screwed in or out (A) or pushed up or
down (B).
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• Use the Allen key to loosen the screw (1) and swivel the
footrest upward in order to access the rubber stop.
• Use the open-ended spanner to loosen the counternut (1).
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• Move the rubber stop to the desired position
• Re-tighten the counternut
• Move the footrest to the desired position.
• Re-tighten the screw.
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10.2.1.4 Adjusting the length of the footrest
PLEASE NOTE: Danger of injury due to incorrect adjustment of the footrests and legrests.
• Before and during every journey it is imperative to ensure that the legrests contact neither the
castor wheels nor the ground!
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 5 mm Allen key
• Use the spanner to loosen the screw (1).
• Adjust to the desired length.
• Re-tighten the screw.
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10.2.2 Vari-A legrests
10.2.2.1 Swivelling the legrest outward and/or removing
The small unlocking button is located on the upper section of the legrest. When the legrest is
unlocked, it can be swivelled inward or outward when getting into wheelchair as well as being
removed completely.
• Press the unlocking button (1) and swivel the legrest
outward.
• Remove the legrest in an upward direction.
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10.2.2.2 Setting the angle
PLEASE NOTE: Danger of injury due to incorrect adjustment of the footrests and legrests.
• Before and during every journey it is imperative to ensure that the legrests contact neither the
castor wheels nor the ground!
• Loosen the hand screw (1).
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• Loosen the fixing mechanism by tapping lightly against the
handscrew.
• Set the required angle.
• Retighten the handscrew (1) again.
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10.2.2.3 Setting the end stop of the legrest
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 10 mm open-ended spanner
The end position of the legrest is determined by means of a
rubber stop (A).
The rubber stop can be screwed in or out (A) or pushed up or
down (B).
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• Loosen the locking knob (1) counter-clockwise at least one
turn.
• Hit the knob to release the locking mechanism.
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• Swivel the legrest upward in order to access the rubber
stop.
• Use the open-ended spanner to loosen the counternut (1).
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• Move the rubber stop to the desired position
• Re-tighten the counternut
• Move the legrest to the desired position.
• Re-tighten the locking knob.
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10.2.2.4 Adjusting the length of the legrest
PLEASE NOTE: Danger of injury due to incorrect adjustment of the footrests and legrests.
• Before and during every journey it is imperative to ensure that the legrests contact neither the
castor wheels nor the ground!
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 6 mm Allen key
• Use the spanner to loosen the screw (1).
• Adjust to the desired length.
• Re-tighten the screw.
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10.2.2.5 Adjusting the depth of the calf plate
The depth of the calf plate can be adjusted via the holding plate. The holding plate hole
combinations allow 5 different depth settings.
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 10 mm open-ended spanner
• Use the open-ended wrench to loosen the nut (1) and
remove.
• Adjust to the desired depth. Please observe that the round
holes are intended for the calf plate retaining screw and the
oblong holes for the aglet without thread.
• Screw the nut back on and tighten.
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10.2.2.6 Adjusting the height of the calf pad
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 4 mm Allen key
• Use the Allen key to loosen the screws (1).
• Adjust to the desired position.
• Re-tighten the screws.
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10.2.2.7 Unlocking and swivelling the calf plate backward when alighting
• Press the calf plate straight down.
• Unlock the legrest and
swivel outward. The
calf plate swivels
backward on its own.
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• Lift leg over the heel strap and place on the ground.
10.2.2.8 Adjusting the angle adjustable foot plate
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 5 mm Allen key
• Use the Allen key to loosen both set screws on the foot
plate.
• Adjust to the desired angle.
• Re-tighten the screws.
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10.2.2.9 Adjusting the angle and depth adjustable foot plate
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 5 mm Allen key
• Use the Allen key to loosen the set screw on the
foot plate (1).
• Adjust the foot plate to the desired angle or depth.
• Re-tighten the screw.
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10.2.3 ADE legrests
10.2.3.1 Swivelling the legrest outward and/or removing
The small unlocking button is located on the upper section of the legrest. When the legrest is
unlocked, it can be swivelled inward or outward when getting into wheelchair as well as being
removed completely.
• Press the unlocking button (1) and swivel the legrest
outward.
• Remove the legrest in an upward direction.
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10.2.3.2 Setting the angle
PLEASE NOTE: Danger of crushing!
• Do not reach inside the swivelling range of the legrest!
PLEASE NOTE: Danger of injury due to incorrect adjustment of the footrests and legrests.
• Before and during every journey it is imperative to ensure that the legrests contact neither the
castor wheels nor the ground!
The electrically height-adjustable legrests are operated using the remote. Please see the separate
operating manual for your remote for more information.
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10.2.3.3 Adjusting the length of the legrest
PLEASE NOTE: Danger of injury due to incorrect adjustment of the footrests and legrests.
• Before and during every journey it is imperative to ensure that the legrests contact neither the
castor wheels nor the ground!
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 10 mm open-ended spanner
• Use the spanner to loosen the screw (1).
• Adjust to the desired length.
• Re-tighten the screw.
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10.2.3.4 Adjusting the depth of the calf plate
The depth of the calf plate can be adjusted via the holding plate. The holding plate hole
combinations allow 5 different depth settings.
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 10 mm open-ended spanner
• Use the open-ended wrench to loosen the nut (1) and
remove.
• Adjust to the desired depth. Please observe that the round
holes are intended for the calf plate retaining screw and the
oblong holes for the aglet without thread.
• Screw the nut back on and tighten.
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10.2.3.5 Adjusting the height of the calf pad
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 4 mm Allen key
• Use the Allen key to loosen the screws (1).
• Adjust to the desired position.
• Re-tighten the screws.
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10.2.3.6 Unlocking and swivelling the calf plate backward when alighting
• Press the calf plate straight down.
• Unlock the legrest and
swivel outward. The
calf plate swivels
backward on its own.
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• Lift leg over the heel strap and place on the ground.
10.2.3.7 Adjusting the angle adjustable foot plate
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 5 mm Allen key
• Use the Allen key to loosen both set screws on the foot
plate.
• Adjust to the desired angle.
• Re-tighten the screws.
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10.2.3.8 Adjusting the angle and depth adjustable foot plate
Pre-requisites:
• 1x 5 mm Allen key
• Use the Allen key to loosen the set screw on the
foot plate (1).
• Adjust the foot plate to the desired angle or depth.
• Re-tighten the screw.
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10.2.4 Angle-adjustable footboard
Requirements:
• Torx spanner T25
• Allen key 5 mm
• Release the screws (1) with the Torx spanner and
remove.
• Adjust to required width.
• Retighten the bolts.
• Glue the anti-slip rubber mat to the footboard.
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• Loosen the locking screw(1) on both sides with
the mm Allen key.
• Adjust the footboard to the required angle.
• Retighten the bolts.
10.2.5 Adjusting the width of side-mounted legrests
Pre-requisites:
• 13 mm open-ended spanner
The screws that allow width adjustment of side-mounted
legrests are located under the seat (1).
• Loosen the screws using the open-end spanner.
• Adjust the legrest to the desired position.
• Re-tighten the screws.
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Electrical system
11.1
Electronics protection system
The vehicle drive electronics is fitted with an overload protection.
If the drive is severely overloaded over a long period (e.g. during steep climbs) and, above all, at
simultaneous high external temperatures, the electronic system can overheat. In this case, the
vehicle performance is gradually reduced until it comes to a standstill. The status display shows a
corresponding blink code (please refer to the user manual for your remote). If you switch the drive
electronics off and then on again, the error message is deleted and the electronics can be switched
on again. It can however take up to five minutes until the electronics has cooled down enough for
the drives to apply their full performance.
If the drive is blocked due to an insurmountable obstacle, for example a kerb or similar which is too
high, and the driver attempts to run the drive for more than 20 seconds against this obstacle, the
electronic system switches the drives off to avoid damage. The status display shows a
corresponding flash code (please refer to the user manual for your remote). If you switch the drive
electronics off and then on again, the error message is deleted and the electronics can be switched
on again.
NOTE
A defective main fuse may be replaced only after checking the entire electric system. An
Invacare® specialised dealer must perform the replacement. You can find information on the
fuse type in chapter "Technical specifications" starting on page 185.
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11.2
Batteries
Power is supplied by two 12 V batteries. The batteries are maintenance-free and only need regular
charging.
In the following, you find information on how to charge, handle, transport, store, maintain, and use
batteries.
11.2.1 Charging the batteries
11.2.1.1 General information on charging
New batteries should always be fully charged once before their first use. New batteries will be at
their full capacity after having run through approx. 10 - 20 charging cycles (break-in period). This
break-in period is necessary to fully activate the battery for maximum performance and longevity.
Thus, range and running time of your mobility device could initially increase with use.
Gel/AGM lead acid batteries do not have a memory effect as NiCd batteries.
11.2.1.2 General instructions on charging
Follow the instructions listed below to ensure safe use and longevity of the batteries:
• Charge 12 hours prior to initial usage.
• We recommend charging the batteries daily after every discharge even after partly discharge,
as well as each night over night. Depending on the level of discharge, it can take up to 12 hours
until the batteries are fully charged again.
• When the battery indicator reached the red LED range, charge the batteries for 16 hours
minimum, neglecting the charge complete display!
• Try to provide a 24 hour charge once a week to make sure that both batteries are fully charged.
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• Do not cycle your batteries at a low state of charge without regularly recharging them fully.
• Do not charge your batteries under extreme temperatures. High temperatures above 30 °C are
not recommended for charging as well as low temperatures below 10 °C.
• Use only charging devices in Class 2. This class of chargers may be left unattended during
charging. All charging devices which are supplied by Invacare® comply with these
requirements.
• You cannot overcharge the batteries when using the charger supplied with your vehicle, or a
charger that has been approved by Invacare®.
• Protect your charger from sources of heat such as heaters and direct sunlight. If the battery
charger overheats, charging current will be reduced and the charging process delayed.
11.2.1.3 How to charge the batteries
Please see the instruction manuals for your remote and battery charger for the position of the
charging socket and further information about charging the batteries.
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WARNING!
Risk of explosion and destruction of batteries if the wrong battery charger is used!
• Only ever use the battery charger supplied with your vehicle, or a charger that has been
approved by Invacare®.
Risk of electric shock and damage to the battery charger if it gets wet!
• Protect the battery charger from water.
• Always charge in a dry environment.
Risk of short circuit and electric shock if the battery charger has been damaged!
• Do not use the battery charger if it has been dropped or damaged.
Risk of electric shock and damage to the batteries!
• NEVER attempt to recharge the batteries by attaching cables directly to the battery terminals.
Risk of fire and electric shock if a damaged extension cable is used!
• Only ever use an extension cable if it is absolutely necessary. In case you must use one,
make sure it is in good condition.
Risk of injury if using the wheelchair during charging!
• DO NOT attempt to recharge the batteries and operate the wheelchair at the same time.
• DO NOT sit in the wheelchair while charging the batteries.
• Switch off the mobility device.
• Connect the battery charger to the charger socket.
• Connect the battery charger to the power supply.
11.2.1.4 How to disconnect the batteries after charging
• Once charging is complete, first disconnect the battery charger from the power supply, then
disconnect the plug from the remote.
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11.2.2 Storage and Maintenance
Follow the instructions listed below to ensure safe use and longevity of the batteries:
• Always store the batteries fully charged.
• Do not leave the batteries in a low state of charge for an extended length of time. Charge a
discharged battery as soon as possible.
• In case your mobility device is not used for a longer period of time (that is more than two
weeks), the batteries must be charged at least once a month to maintain a full charge and
always be charged before use.
• Avoid hot and cold extremes when storing. We recommend to store batteries at a temperature
of 15 °C.
• Gel and AGM batteries are maintenance-free. Any performance issues should be handled by a
properly trained mobility device technician.
11.2.3 Instructions on using the batteries
CAUTION! Risk of damaging the batteries.
• Avoid ultra-deep discharges and never drain your batteries completely.
• Pay attention to the Battery Charge Indicator! Charge the batteries when the Battery Charge
Indicator shows that battery charge is low.
How fast the batteries discharge depends on many circumstances, such as ambient
temperature, condition of the surface of the road, tyre pressure, weight of the driver, way of
driving and utilisation of lighting.
• Try to charge the batteries always before you reach the red LED range.
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The last 3 LED (two red and one orange) mean a remaining capacity of about 15 %.
• Driving with blinking red LED’s means an extreme stress for the battery and should be avoided
under normal circumstances.
• When only one red LED is blinking, the Battery Safe feature is enabled. From this time, speed
and acceleration is reduced drastically. It will allow you to move the mobility device slowly out of
a dangerous situation before the electronic finally cuts off. This is deep discharging and should
be avoided.
• Be aware that for temperatures below 20 °C, the nominal battery capacity starts to decline. For
example, at -10 °C the capacity is reduced to about 50 % of the nominal battery capacity.
• To avoid damaging the batteries, never allow them to be fully discharged. Do not drive on
heavily discharged batteries if it is not absolutely necessary, as this will strain the batteries
unduly and shorten their life expectancy.
• The earlier you recharge the batteries, the longer they live.
• The depth of discharge affects the cycle life. The harder a battery has to work, the shorter is its
life expectancy.
Examples:
- One deep discharge stresses the same as 6 normal cycles (green /orange display off).
- The battery life is about 300 cycles at 80% discharge (first 7 LED off), or about 3000 cycles at
10% discharge (one LED off).
NOTE:
The number of LED can vary depending on the remote type.
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• Under normal operation, once a month the battery should be discharged until all green and
orange LED are off. This should be done within one day. A 16 hour charge afterwards is
necessary as reconditioning.
11.2.4 Transporting batteries
The batteries supplied with your electric vehicle are not hazardous goods. This classification is
based on the German GGVS Hazardous Goods Road Transport Ordinances, and the IATA/DGR
Hazardous Goods Rail Transport / Air Transport Ordinances. Batteries may be transported without
restrictions, whether by road, rail or by air. Individual transport companies have, however,
guidelines which can possibly restrict or forbid certain transport procedures. Please ask the
transport company regarding each individual case.
11.2.5 Handling batteries
11.2.5.1 General instructions on handling the batteries
• Never mix and match different battery manufactures or technologies, or use batteries that do not
have similar date codes.
• Never mix gel with AGM batteries.
• Always have your batteries installed by a properly trained mobility device technician. They have
the necessary training and tools to do the job safely and correctly.
11.2.5.2 How to handle damaged batteries correctly
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WARNING:
Corrosion and burns from acid leakage if batteries are damaged!
• Remove clothes that have been soiled by acid immediately.
After contact with skin:
• Immediately wash affected area with lots of water.
After contact with eyes:
• Immediately rinse eyes under running water for several minutes; consult a physician.
• Always wear safety goggles and appropriate safety clothing when handling damaged
batteries.
• Place damaged batteries in an acid-resistant receptacle immediately after removing them.
• Only ever transport damaged batteries in an appropriate acid-resistant receptacle.
• Wash all objects that have come into contact with acid with lots of water.
Disposing of dead or damaged batteries correctly
Dead or damaged batteries can be given back to your dealer or directly to Invacare®.
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12
Maintenance
The term „Maintenance“ means any task performed to ensure that a medical device is in good
working order and ready for use as intended. Maintenance encompasses different areas, such as
everyday care and cleaning, inspection checks, repair tasks and refurbishment.
NOTE:
Have your vehicle checked once a year by an authorised Invacare® dealer in order to maintain
it's driving safety and roadworthiness.
12.1
Cleaning the mobility device
When cleaning the mobility device, pay attention to the following points:
• Only use a damp cloth and gentle detergent.
• Do not use any abrasive or scouring agents.
• Do not subject the electronic components to any direct contact with water.
• Do not use any high-pressure cleaning devices.
Disinfection
Spray or wipe disinfection using a tested and recognised product is permitted. A list of the current
permitted disinfectants is available from the Robert Koch Institute at http://www.rki.de.
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12.2
Inspection checks
The following tables list inspections that need to be carried out at the appropriate intervals. If the
mobility device should not pass one of these inspections, please read the appropriate chapter and
follow the instructions contained there, or contact an authorised Invacare® dealer. Please refer to
the service manual for this mobility device for an extensive list of inspections and instructions for
upkeep. You can order a service manual from Invacare®. This does, however, contain instructions
for specially trained service technicians and describes working operations which are not intended
to be carried out by the user.
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12.2.1 Before each use of the mobility device
Component
Inspection
Horn
Lighting unit
•
•
Batteries
•
Foldable antitipper
wheels
•
•
If inspection is not
passed
• Notify dealer
• Notify dealer
Check of correct mode of operation.
Check of correct operating mode for all
lights such as indicators, headlights and rear
lights.
Check of battery charging status. Please
•
refer to the remote manual for information
about battery charging status display.
Check whether the antitipper wheels are in
the driving position.
Check whether the locking pin is fully
engaged.
•
•
Charge the batteries
(see chapter
"Charging the
batteries" on page
148).
Bring the antitipper
wheels into the
driving position (see
Chapter "Using
foldable antitipper
wheels" on page
45).
Make sure that the
locking pin engages.
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12.2.2 Weekly
Component
Armrests /side
panels
•
Tyres (pneumatic)
•
•
Inspection
Check to ensure that the
armrests can be correctly
inserted in the holders and
do not wobble.
Check the correct tyre
condition.
Check the correct tyre
pressure.
•
•
•
•
•
Tyres (punctureproof)
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•
Check the correct tyre
condition.
•
If inspection is not passed
Tighten the screw or camping lever
to fix the armrests (see chapter
"Adjustment possibility for
control panel" on page 50).
Notify dealer
Notify dealer
Inflate the tyres to the correct
pressure(see chapter "Technical
specifications" on page 185).
Repair the inner tube if the tyres are
flat (see chapter "Repair
Instructions" on page 160) or notify
your dealer for repair.
Notify dealer
12.2.3 Monthly
Item
All upholstered parts •
Removable legrests •
•
Castors
Drive wheels
•
•
Electronics and
connectors
•
Inspection check
Check for damage and wear.
Check whether the legrests can be fixed
securely and whether the loosening
mechanism is properly operable (see
chapter "Adjusting footrests and
legrests" on page 109).
Check that all adjustment options function
properly (see chapter "Adjusting footrests
and legrests" on page 109).
Check that castors rotate and swivel freely.
Check that the drive wheels rotate without
wobbling. It is easiest to have someone
stand behind the mobility device and
observe the drive wheels as you drive away
from them to do this.
Check all cables for damage and all
connecting plugs for snug fit.
•
•
Action
Contact your dealer.
Contact your dealer.
•
Contact your dealer.
•
•
Contact your dealer.
Contact your dealer.
•
Contact your dealer.
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12.3
Repair Instructions
Important information about maintenance work tools!
Some maintenance work which is described in this manual and can be carried out by the user
without problems require the correct tools for proper work. If you do not have the correct tool
available we do not recommend that you try to carry out the relevant work. In this case, we
urgently recommend that you contact an authorised specialist workshop.
The following are instructions on maintenance and repairs that can be performed by the user. For
the specifications of spare parts please see "Technical specifications" on page 185, or consult
the Service Manual, available from Invacare® (in this connection please see the addresses and
phone numbers in section "How can you get in touch with Invacare®?" on page 3). In case you
require assistance, please contact your Invacare® Dealer.
12.3.1 Reparing a flat tyre
WARNING: Danger of damage or injury if the vehicle is accidentally set into motion during
repairs!
• Switch the power off (ON/OFF Button)!
• Engage the motors!
• Secure the vehicle against rolling away by placing wedges under the wheels!
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12.3.2 Repairing a flat tyre (front)
Requirements:
• Allen key 5 mm
• Open-end spanner 24 mm
• Repair kit for inner tubes or a new inner tube.
• Talcum powder
Remove the wheel
• Jack the vehicle up and place a block of wood
underneath it to prop it up.
• Remove the plastic cap (1).
• Loosen and remove the nut (2) using the openend spanner.
• Remove the washer (3).
• Take the wheel off of the fork assembly.
NOTE
Re-assembly is done in reverse order. Make sure that the wheel is put back on the same side it
was on, and that it runs in the same direction it did before it was removed.
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Repair the flat tyre
EXPLOSION HAZARD!
The wheel explodes if the air is not left out before dismantling!
• It is imperative that you let the air out of the tyre before dismantling it (press the pin in the
middle of the valve downwards)!
• Remove the valve cap.
• Let the air out of the tyre completely by pressing the pin in
the centre of the valve in.
• Remove the 5 Allen screws (1)
• Take the tyre and the inner tube off of the rim halves.
• Repair the inner tube and re-fit, or replace it with a new
one.
NOTE
In case the old inner tube is to be repaired and used again, and it happens to get wet during
repair, then it is easier to re-fit it if you powder it lightly with talcum powder.
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• Place the rim halves in the tyre from the outside.
• Pump up the tyre a little.
• Re-position the Allen screws in the rim and tighten them firmly. Make sure the inner tube does
not get pinched between the rims halves!
• Check to make sure that the tyre is squarely in place on the rim.
• Pump up the tyre to the recommended tyre pressure.
• Check to make sure that the tyre is still squarely and snugly in place on the rim.
• Screw the valve cap back on.
• Refit the wheel.
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12.3.3 Repairing tyre punctures (drive wheel)
Injury hazard! If the wheel has been insufficiently tightened during assembly, it can
become loosened during driving!
• When reassembling the drive wheels, tighten the Allen screws at a torque of 30 Nm!
• Secure all screws using a suitable blocker (e.g. Loctite 243)!
Requirements:
• Allen key – open-ended spanner 6 mm
• Torque wrench
• Repair kit for tyre repair or a new inner tube
• Talcum powder
• Screw blocker Loctite (e.g. Loctite 243)
Removing the wheel
• Block up the vehicle (place wooden blocks under frame).
• Unscrew the screw (1).
• Remove the wheel from the hub.
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NOTE
Re-assembly is done in reverse order. Ensure that the tyre is replaced on the same side and in
the same travel direction as it was previously mounted.
Repairing the flat tyre
EXPLOSION HAZARD!
The wheel will explode if you do not let the air out of the tyre before removing the wheel!
• Always let the air out of the tyre before removing it (press in the pin in the middle of the
valve)!
• Unscrew valve cap.
• Depressurise tyre completely by pressing in the pin in
the valve .
• Remove the 5 cylinder head screws (back of the
wheel, 2.
• Remove the rim halves from the tyre.
• Remove the inner tube from the tyre.
• Repair inner tube and replace, or insert new.
NOTE
If the old inner tube is to be repaired and re-used, and has become wet during repair, you can
make replacement easier by sprinkling the inner tube with a little talcum powder.
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• Insert the wheel rim halves from outside into the tyre.
• Pump a little air into the inner tube.
• Reinsert the cylinder head screws and tighten to10 Nm. Avoid crushing the inner tube!
• Ensure that the tyre outer is seated correctly.
• Pump the tyre up to the prescribed pressure.
• Ensure that the tyre outer is seated correctly again.
• Screw the valve cap back on.
• Refit the wheel.
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13
Transport
CAUTION: Injury hazard or material
damage if a power wheelchair which is
fitted with a table is transported in a
vehicle!
• If a table is fitted, always remove it before
transporting the wheelchair.
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13.1
Transferring the wheelchair to a vehicle
WARNING: The wheelchair is in danger of tipping over if it is transferred to a vehicle while
the driver is still seated in the wheelchair!
• Transfer the wheelchair without the driver whenever possible!
• If the wheelchair with the driver has to be transferred to a vehicle using a ramp, ensure that
the ramp does not exceed the maximum safe slope (see chapter "Technical specifications"
starting on page 185)!
• If the wheelchair has to be transferred to a vehicle using a ramp that does exceed the
maximum safe slope (see chapter "Technical specifications" starting on page 185), a winch
must then be used! An attendant can then safely monitor and assist the transfer process!
• Alternatively, a platform lift may be used!
• Ensure that the total weight of the power wheelchair including the user does not exceed the
maximum permitted total weight for the ramp or platform lift!
• The wheelchair should always be transferred to a vehicle with the backrest in an upright
position, the seat lifter lowered and the seat tilt in the upright position (see chapter "Driving
up and down gradients" on page 43)!
• Drive or push your wheelchair into the transport vehicle using a suitable ramp.
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13.2
Use of the wheelchair as a seat in a vehicle
Note
The following section does not apply to models or configurations which may not be
used as a vehicle seat. These are identified by the following labels on the lashing
eyes:
WARNING: Danger of death or serious injury to the wheelchair user and potentially any
other nearby occupant of the vehicle, if a wheelchair is secured using a 4-point tie-down
system available from a third party supplier and the unladen weight of the wheelchair
exceeds the maximum weight for which the system is certified!
• The actual weight of this wheelchair can exceed 140 kg! A suitably strong and proven 4-point
tie-down system is available from Unwin Safety Systems! Please contact Unwin for more
information on how to obtain such a system in your country!
Unwin Safety Systems
Phone: + 44 (0)1935 827740
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.unwin-safety.com
• An alternative way to safely use this wheelchair as a vehicle seat may be by using the
Docking Station system if the wheelchair is compatible with that system, available separately!
Please contact Invacare if you require the details.
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Caution: There is a danger of injury if the wheelchair is not properly secured during use
as a vehicle seat!
• If possible, the user should always leave the wheelchair to use a vehicle seat and the safety
belts provided with the vehicle.
• The wheelchair should always be anchored facing in the transport vehicle's intended direction
of travel.
• The wheelchair must always be secured in accordance with the wheelchair and anchoring
system manufacturers’ operating manual.
• Always remove and secure any accessory parts fixed to the wheelchair such as chin controls
or tables.
• If your wheelchair is equipped with an angle adjustable backrest, then it must be placed in an
upright position.
• Fully lower elevated legrests, if fitted.
• Fully lower the seat lifter, if fitted.
WARNING: Danger of injury exists if a power wheelchair that is not equipped with leakproof batteries is transported in a vehicle!
• Only ever use leak-proof batteries!
WARNING: Danger of injury or damage to the wheelchair or to the transporting vehicle, if
the legrests are in a raised position while the wheelchair is used as a vehicle seat!
• Always completely lower height-adjustable legrests, if fitted.
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Please note
In order to use a wheelchair as a motor vehicle seat, it needs to be equipped with attachment
points to enable anchoring in the motor vehicle. These accessories may be included in the
standard scope of wheelchair order and delivery in some countries (UK for example), but may
also be obtained from Invacare® as an option in other countries.
This power wheelchair complies with the requirements of ISO 7176-19:2001 and may be used as a
vehicle seat in connection with an anchoring system that has been checked and approved in
accordance with ISO 10542. The wheelchair has undergone a crash test in which it was anchored
in the transporting vehicle's direction of travel. Other configurations were not tested. The crash test
dummy was secured using pelvic and upper body safety belts. Both types of safety belt should be
used in order to minimise the risk of injuries to head or upper body. It is imperative that the
wheelchair is inspected by an authorised dealer before being used again after being involved in a
crash. Alterations to the wheelchair anchoring points may not be carried out without the
manufacturer's permission.
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13.2.1 How the wheelchair is anchored in a vehicle for use as a vehicle seat
The power wheelchair is fitted with four anchoring points, which are labelled
with the symbol shown on the right. Snap hooks or belt loops can be used for
fixation.
• Secure the wheelchair at the front (1) and at the rear (2) with the anchoring system belts.
• Secure the wheelchair by tensioning the belts in accordance with the manufacturer's anchoring
system operating manual.
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13.2.2 How the user is secured within the wheelchair
CAUTION: There is a danger of injury if the user is not properly secured within the
wheelchair!
• Even if the wheelchair is fitted with a postural belt, this is no substitute for a proper safety belt
which complies with ISO 10542 in the transport vehicle. Always use the safety belt installed in
the transport vehicle.
• Safety belts must be in contact with the user's body. They must not be held at a distance from
the user's body using parts of the wheelchair such as armrests or wheels. Refer to the
illustration on page 175.
• Safety belts must be pulled as tightly as possible without causing the user discomfort. Refer
to the illustration on page 175.
• Safety belts must not be positioned while twisted.
• Ensure that the third seatbelt anchorage point is not fixed directly to the vehicle floor, but to
one of the vehicle uprights.
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CAUTION: Injury hazard during use of the mobility aid as a
vehicle seat if a headrest is wrongly adjusted or not
installed! This can cause the neck to be hyperextended
during collisions!
• A headrest must be installed! The headrest optionally
supplied for this mobility device by Invacare® is perfectly
suitable for use during transport.
• The headrest must be adjusted to the user's ear height.
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Seat belts may not be held at a distance
from the user's body using parts of the
wheelchair such as armrests or wheels.
The pelvic belt should be positioned in the
area between the user's pelvis and thighs
so that it is unobstructed and not too loose.
The ideal angle of the pelvic belt to the
horizontal is between 45° and 75°. The
maximum permissible angle is between
30° and 75°. The angle should never be
less than 30°!
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The safety belt installed in the transporting
vehicle should be applied as shown in the
illustration at right.
1) Centre line of the body
2) Centre of the sternum
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13.3
Securing the wheelchair for transport without passengers
CAUTION: Injury hazard!
• If you are unable to fasten your electric wheelchair securely in a transport vehicle, Invacare®
recommends that you do not transport it!
• Before transporting your wheelchair, make sure the motors are engaged and that the Joystick
Box is switched off.
Invacare® strongly recommends that you additionally disconnect or remove the batteries. See
"Removing/Installing the batteries" on page 182.
• Invacare® strongly recommends securing the wheelchair to the floor of the transporting vehicle.
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13.3.1 Opening the rear cover
(Storm 4, Storm 4 Max)
Removing the rear cover:
• Loosen and remove the two knurled screws (1) on the left and right side of the rear casing.
• Lift the rear cover carefully. The front part of the cover is held at the top by a Velcro strip. This
must also be released.
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Fitting the rear cover:
• Fit the parts in the reverse order.
• Tighten the two knurled screws by hand.
13.3.2 Making the batteries accessible
WARNING!
Fire and burn hazard due to short circuit at battery poles!
• DO NOT short-circuit the battery poles with a tool or metal parts of the wheelchair!
• Make sure that the battery pole caps are attached at all times when you are not working on
the battery poles.
DANGER: Risk of crushing!
The batteries are very heavy. There is a risk of hand injury.
• Be aware that the batteries are very heavy.
• Handle the batteries with care.
Requirements:
• No tools are required.
Note
Be careful when handling small parts such as screws and washers during disassembly. Place the
small parts down in a way that makes it easy to reassemble them in the correct order.
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• Remove the rear cover as described in chapter 13.3.1
• Pull the snap fitting (1) beside the power module backwards.
• Lift the power module with the holder and remove the mounting from the battery cap flap.
• Place the power module and the mounting on top of the battery compartment or actuator
module, if applicable.
• Press both locking mechanisms (3) in and open the battery flap.
• Use the strap (3) to pull the batteries (1) and the battery carrier (2) forward as far as possible
(see below).
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13.3.3 Removing/Installing the batteries
Requirements:
• 11-mm socket spanner
Removing the batteries:
• Make the batteries accessible as described in chapter 13.3.2
• Remove the pole caps (1) from the accessible battery (3).
• Remove the pole screws located under the pole caps using an 11-mm socket spanner.
• Remove the connection cable (4) and the fuse cable (2).
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• Lift the battery from the battery carrier.
• Pull the second battery forward using its strap.
• Disconnect the cables of the second battery as well.
• Lift the second battery from the battery carrier.
Fitting the batteries:
• Fit the batteries in the reverse order.
• Ensure that the connectors and sockets in the battery compartment are fitted correctly. There is
a polarity diagram in the rear cover.
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Refurbishment
The product is suitable for refurbishment. Actions to be carried out:
• Cleaning and disinfection. Please see chapter "Maintenance" on page 155.
• Inspection according to service plan. Please consult service instructions, available from
Invacare®.
• Adaptation to the user. Please see chapter "Adjusting the wheelchair to the user's seating
posture" on page 49.
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Disposal
• The equipment wrapping is potentially recyclable.
• The metal parts are used for scrap metal recycling.
• The plastic parts are used for plastic recycling.
• Electric components and printed circuit boards are disposed of as electronic scrap.
• Exhausted or damaged batteries can be returned to your medical equipment supplier or
Invacare®.
• Disposal must be carried out in accordance with the respective national legal provisions.
• Ask your city or district council for details of the local waste management companies.
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Technical specifications
The technical information provided hereafter applies to a standard configuration or represents
maximum achievable values. These can change if accessories are added. The precise changes to
these values are detailed in the sections for the respective accessories.
Permissible operating and storage conditions
Temperature range for operation according to ISO 7176-9:
Temperature range for storage according to ISO 7176-9:
Electrical system
Motors
Batteries
Main fuse
•
•
•
•
340 W (6 km/h)
340 W (10 km/h)
2 x 12 V/73.5 Ah (C20) leakproof/gel
80 A
Charging device
Output current
Output voltage
Input voltage
Operating temperature (surroundings)
Storage temperature
Drive wheel tyres
Tyre type
• -25° … +50 °C
• -40° … +65 °C
8A±8%
24 V nominal (12 cells)
230 – 240 V
-5° ... +40 °C
-20° ... +50 °C
• 3.00 - 8" pneumatic, punctureprotected or puncture-proof
Trelleborg 8x3.00 pneumatic or
puncture-protected
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Drive wheel tyres
Tyre pressure
Castor wheel tyres
Tyre type
Tyre pressure
The recommended maximum tyre pressure in bar or kpa is marked on the
side wall of the tyre or the rim. If more than one value is listed, the lower
one in the corresponding units applies.
(Tolerance = -0.3 bar,1 bar = 100 kpa)
• 3.00 - 6 pneumatic, puncture-protected or puncture-proof
The recommended maximum tyre pressure in bar or kpa is marked on the
side wall of the tyre or the rim. If more than one value is listed, the lower
one in the corresponding units applies.
(Tolerance = -0.3 bar,1 bar = 100 kpa)
Driving characteristics
Speed
Min. braking distance
Max. safe slope ******:
without lifter
with lifter
Max. climable obstacle
height
Turning diameter
Turning width
Drive range in accordance
with ISO 7176-4:2008 ***
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•
•
•
•
6 km/h
10 km/h
1000 mm (6 km/h)
2100 mm (10 km/h)
• 11.3° (20 %) according to manufacturer’s specifications with 150
kg payload, 4° seat angle, 20° backrest angle
• 8° (15 %) according to manufacturer’s specifications with 150 kg
payload, 4° seat angle, 20° backrest angle
• 100 mm (with kerb climber)
• 60 mm (without kerb climber)
• 1770 mm
• 1100 mm
• 36 km (Storm4)
• 42 km (Storm4 X-plore)
Dimensions
Total height
Drive unit width
Total length (incl. standard legrests)
Total length (without standard legrests)
Seat height *** (with lifter)
Seat height *** (without lifter)
Seat width
Seat depth
Backrest height ***
Backrest angle
Armrest height
Legrest length
Legrest angle
Seat angle, electrical adjustment
Seat angle, manual adjustment
Standard
Easy-Adapt
• 970 mm
• 1050 mm
• 630 - 770 mm
• 1190 mm
• 910 mm
• 400 - 650 mm (Storm4)
• 440 - 690 mm (Storm4 X-plore)
• 450/480 mm
• 380 - 530 mm
• 380 - 530 mm
• 480/540 mm
• 650 mm
• 80°, 90°, 97,5°, 105°, • 85°...125°
112,5°, 120° (man.)
• 250-340/290-380 mm
• 290 - 460 mm
• 0° … 75°
• 0° - 25°
• 0° - 9°
Matrx
• 970 mm
• 500 mm
Dimensions
Total height
RECARO
• 970 mm
Optimist
• ca. 970 mm *******
Modulite
• 1020 mm (single-part
seat frame)
• 1090 - 1190 mm
(telescopic seat
frame, moving the
backrest plate)
Drive unit width
Total length (incl.
standard legrests)
• 630 - 770 mm
• 1190 mm
• ca. 1190 mm *******
• 1190 mm
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Dimensions
Total length (without
standard legrests)
Seat height *** (with
lifter)
Seat height *** (without
lifter)
Seat width (adjustment
range in parentheses)*
• 400 - 650 mm (Storm4)
• 440 - 690 mm (Storm4 X-plore)
• 450/480 mm
Seat depth
Backrest height ***
• 460 - 510 mm
• 770 - 830 mm
Backrest angle
Armrest height
• 90° … 135°
• 250-340/290-380
mm
• 290 - 460 mm
• 0° … 75°
• 0° - 25°
Legrest length
Legrest angle
Seat angle, electrical
adjustment
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RECARO
• 910 mm
• 490 - 530 mm
Optimist
• ca. 910 mm *******
Modulite
• 910 mm
• see manufacturer's • 380 mm (380 - 430
mm)
data *******
• 430 mm (430 - 480
mm)
• 480 mm (480 - 530
mm)
• 530 mm (530 - 580
mm)
• 410 - 510 mm
• 480/540 mm (sling
back)
• 560 - 660 mm
(telescopic seat
frame, moving the
backrest plate)
• 90° … 120°
• 290 - 360 mm
• 290 - 460 mm
• 0° … 75°
Dimensions
Seat angle, manual
adjustment
RECARO
• 0° - 9°
Optimist
Weight
Kerb weight ****
• at least 174kg
Component weights
Batteries
• approx. 24.5 kg per battery
Payload
Max. payload
• 150 kg
Axle loads
Max. front axle load
Max. rear axle load
• 200 kg
• 300 kg
Modulite
* Width adjustable for side panel adjustment
** Note: The drive range of an mobility aid is strongly influenced by external factors, such as the charging state of the batteries, surrounding
temperature, local topography, road surface characteristics, tyre pressure, weight of driver, drive style and use of batteries for lighting, servos
etc.
The specified values are theoretical maximum achievable values measured according to ISO 7176-4:2008.
*** Measured without seat cushion
**** The actual kerb weight depends on the fittings your mobility aid has been supplied with. Every Invacare® mobility aid is weighed when
leaving the works. Please refer to the nameplate for the kerb weight (including batteries) measured.
******
Static stability according to ISO 7176-1 = 9° (15.8 %)
Dynamic stability according to ISO 7176-2 = 6° (10.5 %)
*******
Dependent on the seat dimensions. See the manufacturer's data on www.ajstole.dk
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Inspections Performed
It is confirmed by stamp and signature that all jobs listed in the inspection schedule of the Service
and Repair Instructions have been properly performed. The list of the inspection jobs to be
performed can be found in the Service Manual which is available through Invacare®.
Delivery Inspection
1st Annual Inspection
Stamp of authorised Dealer / Date / Signature
Stamp of authorised Dealer / Date / Signature
Stamp of authorised Dealer / Date / Signature
Stamp of authorised Dealer / Date / Signature
Stamp of authorised Dealer / Date / Signature
Stamp of authorised Dealer / Date / Signature
2nd Annual Inspection
4th Annual Inspection
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3rd Annual Inspection
5th Annual Inspection
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Order No. of this Manual: 1529686.DOC
Release Date: 2013-07-22
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