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Old 09-08-2013, 05:05 AM   #1
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Need a good samaritan Springdale, MD

I'm looking for a kind soul to help a guy in need. Quick mechanical assistance for an injured person.

I delivered a power wheelchair to a young guy for him to use in his home. He has paralysis. He didn't plug the chair in to recharge it and now its totally dead.

What needs to be done now is for the batteries to be disconnected and trickle charged. His family can't figure out how to get to the batteries in the base so they probably need help figuring out the trickle charger, too.

Here's the email instructions I sent him so you can grasp what needs to be done:

"hi shawn it sounds like you might have totally drained it. I think its
> supposed to be plugged in all the time that you arent driving it around
> ive seen that flashing red light when the chair wasn’t used or plugged in
> for a long time. the charger wont charge if the batteries are below a
> certain voltage for some reason.
> is there anybody that can give you some minor mechanical help? the fix is
> pretty easy. I could probably find somebody to help you out if your
> friends and family arent up to it...
> to start, Make sure the chair isnt plugged into the charger
> the batteries live in a compartment under the seat. there is a plastic
> cowl in back that you just lift up and off. there are two 12 volt
> batteries under there, like large motorcycle batteries.
> they are wired in series so the system is 24 volts. the charger is a 24
> volt charger...
> disconnect the wires from the terminals, they are held on with small nuts
> and bolts. this electrically separates the batteries and allows the use
> of a normal 12 volt automotive or motorcycle battery trickle charger.
> you attach the trickle charger to the first battery. after that one is
> charged back up, you move your charger to the second battery. you are
> just charging the batteries up separately. once both are charged, you
> reattach the battery wires.
> now the normal chair charger will keep them topped off if you keep the
> chair plugged in all the time. the charger plugs into any household plug
> and charges through the joystick.
> a trickle charger is 25 bucks at autozone, walmart or sears etc. I have a
> couple and can mail you one if you want...
> if you need to move a dead chair, there are two yellow levers down behind
> the two front wheels that when released, allow the chair to be moved
> around
> sorry you are having trouble. I'd come over and show you if I were a bit
> closer. I can probably find a local volunteer to come over if you want.
> another option if you can get the batteries out is to take them into
> autozone or sears to get charged but you might as well have a trickle
> charger on hand for future use and they are easy to use. it is the same
> procedure you would use on a dead lawnmower battery, so maybe you have a
> neighbor with the skills and charger to help you out
> the batteries are just resting in trays held in place by velcro straps but
> they are pretty heavy, 20 pounds? they arent dirty like lawnmower
> batteries though

Anybody feeling helpful? clean house, nice family, close to 495 and route 50 intersection in MD. he bought a trickle charger already...
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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I have a powered chair that does the same thing. Its easy to fix.........just disconnect one wire plug and hook up the battery tender. After a couple hours the chair charger can be used to finish the job.....

my kids ride the power chair and have mastered doing donuts with it.....don't ask why.

hope someone steps up for ya.
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Old 09-12-2013, 04:02 PM   #3
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Hey dentvet, just saw this today. I'd be willing to head over there to help the guy out, but it will have to be next week as I'm already obligated to be in NC this weekend. If this is acceptable, I'm game. Let me know.
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