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    #16
    Do you have any pictures of your MX1 modifications?

    Did you figure a way to do a remote button push, so you don't have to hold the button between your legs on the battery etc.

    Originally posted by nonoise View Post
    This price begs do it yourself. I'd consider cutting out the original battery and permanently mounting a good battery on my chair then hooking them up ala plug and go as needed. That's how I did it when I hacked the MX1 circuit board out and used a ligh weight battery.

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      #17
      Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
      Do you have any pictures of your MX1 modifications?

      Did you figure a way to do a remote button push, so you don't have to hold the button between your legs on the battery etc.
      The MX1 was the original. The MX1+ came later with remote switches and other revisions. The MX1 had a lifetime warrantee written in the manual. So I have never modified anything on that registered unit which they upgraded to MX1+. I sent it in about seven times for replacements or repairs before switching to my hack (I have three plus a I made) and then to the Iglide. Anyway the original MX1 had a button and a light under the chair between your legs which you could not see, only kinda feel the button and have to bend over to see the light. It was annoying. So I built for myself a remote switch and mirror to be mounted on the MX1 unit's battery.
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      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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        #18
        thanks for the replies, I think I saw on another thread that someone had replaced their battery themselves so will try and message them.

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          #19
          Hey, no the post I had seen was someone who had changed a battery on the mx1 I think by no-noise. Anyone done this with an mx2 yet?

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            #20
            Originally posted by nonoise View Post
            The MX1 was the original. The MX1+ came later with remote switches and other revisions. The MX1 had a lifetime warrantee written in the manual. So I have never modified anything on that registered unit which they upgraded to MX1+. I sent it in about seven times for replacements or repairs before switching to my hack (I have three plus a I made) and then to the Iglide. Anyway the original MX1 had a button and a light under the chair between your legs which you could not see, only kinda feel the button and have to bend over to see the light. It was annoying. So I built for myself a remote switch and mirror to be mounted on the MX1 unit's battery.
            I like that, simple and effective.
            yeah holding the button down to keep power to the wheel is annoying, plus the MX1 was way sensitive, any bump and it stopped so you have to hold the button down. Then steering you have to keep alternating hands on the button so you can steer. The big advantage of the MX2 not so sensitive, and your hands can stay on the push rims to steer etc.
            The battery on the MX1 just seems to last so much longer, and it's old, the MX2 is brand new !

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              #21
              Where is the place that you got the batteries at? Hard to find that sometimes. Great job. Thank you!

              Originally posted by jnanda View Post
              This doesn?t exactly help, but I have both a SmartDrive and a set of Alber Emotion M15 power assist wheels. They both were purchased used and fortunately the SmartDrive is still under warranty and new, so I am hoping the battery lasts a good while. I got the SmartDrive because the Alber wheels are too heavy even though I like them. Before I got the SmartDrive, the M15 batteries finally wouldn?t charge anymore and the price for those are $859 for one, and we needed two.

              My husband decided to try and rebuild the batteries and we found a place that sold him the individual cells needed (24 for each wheel) at cost, because it was mentioned he was rebuilding for my wheelchair. So it ended up costing us $350 total, and a success. I still use them daily on a second manual chair because we live in a three story house where I have two manual chairs on two different levels and a power chair for the ground floor and getting around outside.

              We?re hoping that we can rebuild the SmartDrive battery when the time comes on the because the replacement cost is a lot of money.
              I?m just sharing this in case the idea of rebuilding batteries is helpful to anyone who might read this. There certainly is a need for a more reasonable option especially when income is basically disability benefits many of us live on. I?m hoping more people that could rebuild these batteries would be out there. We got the idea because I saw the rebuild discussion on a disability forum and a guy that apparently used to do this for people on the older Emotion M12 wheels, but he seemed to have disappeared.
              Love
              Jnanda

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                #22
                Hi. Remember that my husband rebuilt the battery for both of my Alber E-Motion M15 wheels and not the SmartDrive MX2+.
                He probably will attempt a rebuild on the SmartDrive when the time comes because he thinks it ?might? be easier than the Alber rebuild, ?if? he can get the SmartDrive apart and opened in the first place.
                He has a good soldering iron also.,,
                On the batteries he bought after finding out what he needed by taking apart my wheels, he read here and there online, that cheaper batteries are risky especially from China because the specs are not always trustworthy as stated in the listing.
                He ended up buying the Samsung brand. The brand and model number of the original battery wasn?t available that the Alber wheels had..
                He ordered the Samsung batteries from MegaBatteries.com. We don?t have the name of the man that gave us a good price unfortunately. Or which location.
                I hope you have success and please keep all of us posted on the rebuild!
                Love
                Jnanda
                Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Head Injury, Chronic Pain Disorder

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