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    I did NOT read all of this. I DID read your last statement here..."the things add up..." I COMPLETEY agree. I have continually told my family, I am just happy I can do. No I cannot do it as quickly as someone not disabled, but I can do it. It may take you 5 minutes to do something, and same takes me 5 days. At least I can still do it. I have really not been able to sell that thought. Whenever I am helped, I feel I must move at the speed of light so whoever helping not get disgusted for how long it takes. Moving at speed of light, tends to introduce more accidents.

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    nonoise Thank you for figuring out about the plug. I looked at it and saw a lot of holes/slots. Are you saying that the meter probe tip is able to get in there? I have lots of meters though my favorite one died last year. I'm actually not sure I want to know what's going on with the battery. I have so much to worry about I don't know if I want another thing. I am just blindly trusting the SmartDrive to work and when one day it doesn't I plan deal with it then. The equipment I need because of disability adds up in so many ways including things to worry about. Before I used a chair I would just put on a pair of shoes and go out. Now it's like preparing for an RV trip. I am grateful for wheelchairs, I was amazed at how much easier things were once I started using one and I fought hard against using that first one. I know people stare at us and access most places is bad and wheelchairs cost a lot etcetera but, with a good chair I can pretty much do anything. Without it I am a bump on a log.

    So hurrah for wheelchairs and for Mark Richter for making me my SmartDrive which often enough drives me crazy because I can't figure out what it wants from me so that it will go.

    I am curious about where you are saying the pos neg and neutral are. Maybe I will poke in there and see what the meter shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    This is serious if your battery only lasts a week. Unplugged it should last nearly a year.
    Since I require the regular assistance of my smart drive, I have no idea how long the battery would last if the unit was not being used.
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    I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Lin View Post
    Since I require the regular assistance of my smart drive, I have no idea how long the battery would last if the unit was not being used.
    I was responding to your comment about your battery drain as a result of being left plugged in, attached to the drive wheel or not:

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Lin View Post
    It definitely drains mine. I used to always disconnect it at home and my battery lasted a really long time. Lately I leave it connected and I keep getting my chair beeping at me that the battery is about dead.
    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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    Yes, and when speaking of how long my battery lasts (few days if I don't unplug it when not in use, week if I do) that's including the smart drive being regularly used. So I would know nothing about the battery supposed to be able to last a year between charges. You're obviously not trying to claim you should be able to use the smart drive for a year never charging it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Lin View Post
    Yes, and when speaking of how long my battery lasts (few days if I don't unplug it when not in use, week if I do) that's including the smart drive being regularly used. So I would know nothing about the battery supposed to be able to last a year between charges. You're obviously not trying to claim you should be able to use the smart drive for a year never charging it.
    My spare SD battery sat for six months unused and still had a charge of 26.7 volts. It took a little over a half an hour to charge it up, but only got to 28.8 for full, so it's a little damaged. After a day or so of resting it is now at 27.5 volts.
    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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