Power add on that attaches at the rear of wheelchair frame. Lightweight and can easily be removed to turn wheelchair back into manual chair.
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After several issues with the smartdrive, I changed to the smoov. I think both devices have their pros and cons and are compared a lot as they are two power add-ons with similar features and also attached to the wheelchair in similar ways.
I find the smoov control with a remote on the frame a lot easier to use than the smartdrive’s watch. A huge benefit to me is that the smoov can reduce the speed as well as increase, with the smartdrive you have to stop and start again if you want to go slower. The app initially had some compatibility problems with iOS, but now that this is fixed I have managed to set up the smoov exactly as I want it. There are a lot of speed/acceleration settings that can be customised, which is good as everyone has different needs. The smoov can go upto 10km/h, but personally I find this a little bit fast, even with an off road frontwheel, so I have limited mine to 7.
The smoov does not work great on grass or rough surfaces (not enough grip), but the good thing is that you can turn it off easily and use the chair as manual. Another downside is that the wheel is not free-spinning, and in small tight areas this can be tricky as the chair is hard to push when the wheel is the wrong way round. I therefore always have to take the smoov off my wheelchair when I come home. The range on it is very good though, I easily get 13-15km on a single charge. It is easy to remove and put in a car and keeps the chair lightweight.
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