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    #61
    They are impressive looking tires is what I know. I was going to guess about 10 inches tall. Ten inches puts it in a higher gear (ratio) so to speak than the SmartDrive at around 7.5 inches tall.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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      #62
      (edited) I just saw this: https://www.carecure.net/forum/showt...ttery-retrofit

      Nevemind.

      @elarson thanks for all the info. I use my ZX1 in a fairly limited way, just to go back and forth to work (about a mile). I (thanks to pat) reprogrammed the controller to have the max forward speed. I have a couple questions if you don't mind.

      - How much do the new Li batteries cost?
      - Do you have to reprogram the controller for the Li batteries
      - Is the top speed the same?

      I have noticed that I don't have the range I used to but it is enough for my needs, so I am wondering if the Li batteries are worth the money/time.

      Thanks for your help.

      Tom

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        #63
        Regarding "How much do the new Li batteries cost?" -
        they are free, if ordered via a special arrangement, with a new ZX-1 from this place by midnight Oct 30.

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          #64
          Nice blatant advertisement....
          Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

          I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

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            #65
            Tom

            If you're only travelling 1 mile per day I wouldn't upgrade to the lithium ion batteries. If Pat has set yours at maximum forward speed I believe you will be very dissatisfied with the Conservative forward speed of the lithium upgrade via Spinergy. I have to travel greater distances than that but when I had the lead acid batteries it was great being able to go really fast, well it felt really fast to me.

            Just my opinion having done the upgrade.

            Cheers
            Steve

            This message was composed using voice recognition, there may be mistakes.

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              #66
              Thanks, that is great information. I love how fast it goes now and wouldn't sacrifice speed for range.

              Originally posted by takenaback View Post
              Tom

              If you're only travelling 1 mile per day I wouldn't upgrade to the lithium ion batteries. If Pat has set yours at maximum forward speed I believe you will be very dissatisfied with the Conservative forward speed of the lithium upgrade via Spinergy. I have to travel greater distances than that but when I had the lead acid batteries it was great being able to go really fast, well it felt really fast to me.

              Just my opinion having done the upgrade.

              Cheers
              Steve

              This message was composed using voice recognition, there may be mistakes.

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                #67
                t8burst
                "... the new Li batteries ... Is the top speed the same?" -

                In this specific context, changing to the new LiFePO4 batteries does not reduce the top speed of the ZX-1. The 3.8 mph Spinergy-programmed maximum speed is a limitation placed upon Spinergy by the USA's FDA. Of course, operating at a speed greater than the factory programmed maximum will reduce the ZX-1's range.

                Note also that Spinergy's LiFePO4-upgrade-related controller re-programming enables the joystick module's LED display to warn of the substantially more abrupt power drop associated with depleting LiFePO4 batteries.

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                  #68
                  What is said in the previous post is accurate but Tom is going faster than 3.2 mph. Just have a look at the forward speed and power percentage post lithium ion upgrade. If Pat has set his forward speed to 100% and power to 100% he is going substantially faster and I can almost guarantee that will kick it into safe mode. I'm not sure many people would be satisfied with 3.2 mph, I certainly wasn't and have adjusted mine accordingly.



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                    #69
                    I have a question. Under "joystick throws" Does the "forward" control acceleration? Not the top speed eventually attained, but how long it takes to get there.
                    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                      #70
                      I reprogrammed the controller, it goes a lot faster than 3.8 MPH. I would guess about 10 MPH, or the speed of someone jogging. A person walking cannot keep up with me. The top speed it came with stock was ridiculous.

                      Originally posted by WC_Sage View Post
                      t8burst
                      "... the new Li batteries ... Is the top speed the same?" -

                      In this specific context, changing to the new LiFePO4 batteries does not reduce the top speed of the ZX-1. The 3.8 mph Spinergy-programmed maximum speed is a limitation placed upon Spinergy by the USA's FDA. Of course, operating at a speed greater than the factory programmed maximum will reduce the ZX-1's range.

                      Note also that Spinergy's LiFePO4-upgrade-related controller re-programming enables the joystick module's LED display to warn of the substantially more abrupt power drop associated with depleting LiFePO4 batteries.

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                        #71
                        Originally posted by nonoise View Post
                        I have a question. Under "joystick throws" Does the "forward" control acceleration? Not the top speed eventually attained, but how long it takes to get there.
                        Under joystick throw forward, reverse, right, left are all set to 100%. I haven't played around with these settings so I'm not really sure what the parameters actually do. Others would surely know though.

                        Cheers
                        Steve

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                          #72
                          About what I wrote:
                          Originally posted by elarson View Post
                          Yippee, we got the new ZX-1 today!!! Overall, it is working perfectly. I still need to do some fine tuning on the anti-tilt placement, but for everything else, it is working brilliantly.
                          I just spent much of yesterday and today trying to sort out one niggly little problem with trying to get the cross member to clear the anti-tip receptacles we have mounted on the camber tube. For some reason, this was not an issue with the earlier ZX-1 we had.

                          Marty at Spinergy was helpful at looking at possible solutions. I did as suggested, checking tire pressure -- 35 psi, check. Because he said there was not much else that could be done, besides a possible actuator adjustment, I decided to focus on how to gain the 1-2 millimeters needed in other ways. By modifying the D's Locks adapters I was able to gain an extra couple of millimeters to move the anti-tip receptacles up a little higher. As you can imagine, it was quite a bit of adjusting, but voil? -- it worked!

                          It really is a puzzle trying to get it all to work with very little room to spare on a chair that has a lot of needed options on the camber tube and is not very wide. I think we squeezed it all in, but only just. I'm working on a write-up about some of these considerations, and will post it here when I am done, just in case others have the same problems.

                          I still have some questions about the anti-tilt adjustment to get the casters 2" off the ground, but that is a low priority (we are at 1" now). Personally, I am thinking we should maybe just ditch the anti-tilt mechanism completely, because it seems much more hassle than it's worth, especially here in flat Holland. I'd like to see my husband give it a good workout before making that decision.

                          I guess this picture says it all about me needing to get a new hobby that is not mobility equipment on a late Friday Halloween night! Happy Halloween to all of you who celebrate it.

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                          Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                            #73
                            Thanks for your settings takenaback.

                            [RANT NOTICE]Is it just me, or don't you think that power mobility equipment should come with the software and cables to make these adjustments ourselves? I've looked into buying the Mobility PC Programmer (PCPb OEM Version), but would have preferred to have just bought it with the equipment so that we could have had partial funding. I don't want to continually call in a dealer that I need to tell them what to try, then they leave, and then we need to call them back to tell them what we want to try again. It's a huge expense and with very little joy. Also, things change over time as someone becomes used to equipment and our dealer is 2+ hours away.

                            I work in IT, and it would be the same as selling a computer with out a control panel. All documentation is already filled with every warning known to man. Why not just include a warning on programming, and let us all get on with it? I know this is not the topic of conversation here, but it is something that really annoys me, and not just with the ZX-1, but with all power equipment that we have had (2 power chairs, ZX-1, Firefly). It should be illegal, in my view, to sell equipment that an owner can not maintain and modify!
                            Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                              #74
                              Originally posted by elarson View Post
                              ...clip... It should be illegal, in my view, to sell equipment that an owner can not maintain and modify!...
                              You poked my hot button. I tried to get two different alarm companies to tell me if they had a backup battery that would fit my box. Neither seemed willing to just let me come and pick up a battery. They wanted to make a service call so I got in the van and went shopping. I found a 6 volt 12ah sla at the hardware store. It should work just fine. As for parts, there is no standardization in the hub motors. Buy one, and what you get is a motor and bunch of colored wires. You'd have trouble hooking this stuff up without web access.
                              I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                                #75
                                Totally agree Nonoise. This is not rocket science, and even the most inept like me can usually figure out what is needed. And yes, on motors, to see the diagrams is just atrocious. Tar and feather them I say!

                                Originally posted by nonoise View Post
                                You poked my hot button. I tried to get two different alarm companies to tell me if they had a backup battery that would fit my box. Neither seemed willing to just let me come and pick up a battery. They wanted to make a service call so I got in the van and went shopping. I found a 6 volt 12ah sla at the hardware store. It should work just fine. As for parts, there is no standardization in the hub motors. Buy one, and what you get is a motor and bunch of colored wires. You'd have trouble hooking this stuff up without web access.
                                Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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