Smartdrive Powered Wheelchair Attachment

Type of Attachment or Accessory: 

Item Name:
Smartdrive Powerassist

Tell us what your attachment looks like: 
It's about 13 lbs (6kg) and attaches to a bracket on the back of a manual wheelchair

How did you get this attachment:
From Wheelchair Services

Where did you get this attachment:

What would you rate this Attachment, Additional Part or Accessory: 


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This item makes me more comfortable?

This item is easy to put on and take off?

This item is easy to transport?

It is easy to carry the item?

This item is great off road?
Strongly Disagree

This item can easily be adapted?
Strongly Disagree

Please explain how you attach/remove the item from your wheelchair or scooter:
There is a bracket that is attached to the centre of the back of your chair you then slide the device over the bracket to attach it.

Do you struggle to be in your wheelchair or scooter without this item?

How long does the battery last?
It has so many issues. It's hard to tell if it will last all day or won't even start on a full charge

Personal Opinion:

In all honesty this thing is a mess. It's better than noting when it works as it does save you some pushing but it has so many flaws the company should have fixed before releasing it. I've been through more wrist bands than I can count on the two years I've had it. It has a mind of its own. Sometimes even on a full battery the device simply won't turn on almost as of the battery is dead even though the device says its full and all the company keeps doing is sending me new wristbands. It also doesn't always stop when you tap which can be very dangerous. I've had it two years now and have never been able to use it on the grass. Maybe if you have a freewheel or something of the sort it would work but without any additional attachments the front wheels get hung up and the device just flips me out of my chair onto the ground and the smart drive rolls up under the chair. Our yard is pretty flat too. It's not totally worthless, when it works it's nice on smooth surfaces like in stores but that's the thing, its not reliable and the company hasn't seemed to be able to come up with solutions for it'd flaws so I think you can totally do better. It definitely doesn't turn your manual chair into a power chair so don't let anyone try to sell you on that. I would get it again if there were no other options but really the only thing it had going for it is its size which is still pretty heavy and awkward to carry.

Reviewer: Jamie

Disability or Medical Condition: Many, including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Paralysis From Waist Down, Muscular Skeletal Issues, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Mastocitosis, Gastroparesis, Multiple Mom Cancerous Tumours.

CLICK HERE to read another review written by Jame on a TiLite Aero T (Manual Wheelchair)

CLICK HERE to read another review written by Jame on the Permobil M300 (Powered Wheelchair)

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