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Levo C3 "Standing" Powerchair Review
I personally have never owned or examined a Levo C3 Powerchair
so can only use my considerable knowledge about Powerchairs generally to sum up
First a less than glowing users review,
then my comments and analysis below that.
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And first of all to add a users review below:
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I'm a C5 Tetraplegic wheelchair user, and I would like to comment on my LEVO C3
When fully operational and not just in repair, it's great for standing and
shifting positions. Also great for negotiating uneven terrain and curbs, i.e.
the murderous London pavements. A great chair - when it works...
In the 9 months I've had it, there have been numerous issues regarding the
gearbox. When it was first delivered, it made the most unwholesome squeaky
noise when in motion - like rubber grinding on rubber. Apparently, the dealer
Gerald Simmonds did not notice this.
My Levo C3 has already had three major defects - two of them potentially
dangerous: Once it just stopped dead due to engine failure, another time it shot
up into standing position by itself; had the knee-lock not been in place, I
would have ended up on the floor.
One of the actuators had packed up. Since delivery, this chair has been in
repair (and away from me) for a staggering 9 weeks! I now find it very hard to
trust this 12K piece of equipment when I'm out and about.
I also find some of the moving parts - like the extensible arm upon which the
controls sit - badly designed. I suffered several cuts from the sharp edges,
and the screws have to be tightened all too often (if this isn't done, the thing
will just fall apart after a few days). The fixture of the side-cushions is
also a showpiece of thoughtless design: My carers have a difficult time
adjusting them - let alone detaching them.
The Swiss manufacturer LEVO AG disappoints thoroughly - not a case of legendary
Swiss accuracy and quality here; my chair was configured and put together badly
and with faulty parts. Their website
www.levo.ch is lamentable and offers no opportunity to send feedback.
The dealer I bought it from, Gerald Simmonds, usually provides good customer
service - which I excessively use due to my Levo's shortcomings. In how far the
technical team there are involved in my chair's failures, I don't know, but I
still wonder how the atrocious squeaky noise could have been 'overheard'...
Maybe I'm exceptionally unlucky with my chair, but I would definitely not
recommend it - on the contrary. There must be many much more reliable
alternatives on the market.
Philippe Amstutz (email and phone number supplied.)
My OWN Comments!
This chair is interesting. It is really a front drive
wheelchair. It sits on its two main drive wheels and the two rear casters. With
two "extra" driven wheels at the front. These do not normally ever touch the
They are there and powered only to serve as aids to climbing a
curb and as "anti tip" wheels so you don't tip over forwards when slowing down
while descending a slope!
That alone is a little odd. But they cannot be touching the
floor since then they would tear up carpets etc when you turned. They are drive
wheels - not casters, they don't turn left/right. A very strange solution.
And since this is really a front wheel drive chair
masquerading as a mid drive it has all the front drive tendencies that I
personally hate. It wants to spin round and go backwards naturally the faster
you go. Like having casters on the rear end of your car...
Good job they don't offer an 8mph variant! You would get
that fishtail thing going on. And it has two casters swinging around
behind you to hit everything indoors.
It offers all kinds of seat movements and standing though if
that's your priority. That would be THE reason to buy this chair.
Personally I prefer a more powerful rear drive all day full
range Powerchair over a compromised design for the sake of some seating tricks!
But what suits me doesn't suit everyone else obviously.
Should be good indoors with its tight measurements, (as good
as my own powerchair) as
long as you don't expect as good an outdoor performance as a true
battery powered, 100 amp + control system, powerchair.
Not sure about the ride either on its typically small x
section tyres. Our streets are
not smooth shopping
Seat width (SW) 32/36/40/44/48/52
Total width (W) 630mm or 25 inches. (That's good)
Total length (L) 105
(That's good too)
Total height (incl. V-Trak 41 cm) (H) 100
Seat height (w/o seat cushion) 46
Seat plate depth 35 – 63
Arm rest height 15 – 36
Turning circle 110
Speed 6/8/10 km/h (Very slow, slow & about right)
Range (with 55Ah Batteries) 25 km
(Too small batteries. And regardless of claims the slower chairs have greater
Manageable gradient 15° (33%)
Curb climbing ability 10cm
Max. chair weight 185 kg
Max. user weight 140 kg
Transport volume max. 96 x 63 x 69
VR2 control system of PG-Drives Technology. (Low amps, 6mph Powerchairs need 100 amp control
55 Ah batteries,
(Probably Group 34 batteries. All Day "top end" Powerchairs really need bigger
group 24 sized 70 to 80 Ah batteries)
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