Dassie 200 Powered Wheelchair

Wheelchair Name: 
Dassie 200

Tell us what your wheelchair looks like: 
Black rigid frame with folding/removable footplates, removable arm rests and a folding “racer” style back rest.

How did you get this wheelchair: 
Paid For It Myself & Fundraised

Where did you get this wheelchair: 
Access4Wheelchairs (A4W)

This wheelchair is really comfortable?
Disagree

This wheelchair is easy to take apart?
Strongly Disagree

This wheelchair is easy to transport?
Neutral

This wheelchair is great off road?
Agree

How long does the battery last?
Roughly 6 hours when constantly using off road.

What would you rate this wheelchair: 

★★★

Personal Opinion:

The dassie 200 is built specifically for off road terrain, but is also small enough to be used in most shops etc. I purchased the chair from A4W, however it is produced by Radical Mobility.

The chair I got was discounted as it is an ex demo (A4W no longer stock Radical products), upon purchase it was agreed that they would fit their standard folding back to the chair, they would fit lights, supply a bag, cup holder and change the batteries from Lead Acid to Lithium Ion for me. They were consistently late or didn’t turn up at all with little to no warning.

When the chair finally arrived it had a different folding back, no lights, no cup holder and no bag. The footplates were not even and the main pole had to be sawn down. I was repeatedly fobbed off, when they finally arrived with the lights it was determined they were the wrong type/not compatible and I needed a new joy stick. The new joy stick arrived, the chair was taken away to the joy stick manufacturers warehouse to have this fitted, once it was dropped home it was discovered that the lights supplied were totally inappropriate for the usage. They used LED strips with no weather protection, all joins were done incorrectly and when looking at them my Dad received a small electric shock. Luckily we have a friend who is very handy with all things electrical, so he was able to correct these issues.

To fit new lights we had to remove the seat base to access the control box, when we did this we were able to access the batteries and discovered they had not fitted lithium batteries like promised; in fact the batteries weren’t even new!

I repeatedly tried to get in touch with A4W to correct these issues, but I had no luck until I reported them to trading standards and threatened to take legal action. They finally refunded me the costs quoted for the lights and lithium batteries (nearly £1000).

For a while I’d been having issues with one of my front wheels not touching the ground at times, I took the chair apart earlier this year to repaint it and discovered the frame itself is warped and uneven, we tried to adjust the motors to enable the wheels to sit evenly, but because of the shape of the brackets this was totally impossible. So unfortunately I have to live with this. Occasionally I get stuck going over bumps and my chair can’t cope with cambers on paths, causing my chair to slide side ways.

Overall, I would recommend getting this chair from a genuine supplier who has a good reputation and will provide you with decent aftercare!

Reviewer: Georgina
Disability or Medical Condition: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS-H) & Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)


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