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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 and generalise. 

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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Hello,

I'm a C5 Tetraplegic wheelchair user, and I would like to comment on my LEVO C3 powerchair:

GOOD POINTS:

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...

BAD POINTS:

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.

MANUFACTURER:

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.

DEALER:

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.

Kind regards,
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 ground.

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 group 24 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 centres

Specs: 
(my comments)

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 range always)

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 system ideally)

55 Ah batteries,
(Probably Group 34 batteries. All Day "top end" Powerchairs really need bigger group 24 sized 70 to 80 Ah batteries)

levo c3 powerchair

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