Wheelchair maintenance / tech tips

  • Wheelchair maintenance / tech tips

    Posted by kenigor on March 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Wheelchair users have some hard moments when they need maintenance to change batteries, tires or fix their vehicle.

    How about creating a repository/list of shops in Japan/Tokyo we can visit for maintenance?

     

    Josh Grisdale replied 2 years, 6 months ago 4 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Accessible Japan

    Moderator
    March 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Unfortunately, much of the wheelchair industry is focused on going through the city office and not easy to just drop by.  Also, they mostly only have Japanese websites!

    Here are some in Tokyo:

    It might be best to contact your wheelchair manufacturor and ask who their distributor is.

    @wilgo any other suggestions?  @bookman you had your wheelchair breakdown.  Where did you go?

  • kenigor

    Member
    March 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Great post, thank you!

    I also recommend people to contact first the wheelchair manufacturer but on many occasions, an emergency repair is necessary or it can be done only on origin country.

    I know Saito Kobo, it’s great! They solved all the problems I had with my Brazilian wheelchair and also ended buying one with them. I recommend.

    I will check more about others. Thanks!

  • Accessible Japan

    Moderator
    March 1, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Good to hear Saito Kobo is good to work with!  What type of wheelchair was your chair from Brazil?

  • kenigor

    Member
    March 1, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I was using a Freedom Compact: http://www.freedom.ind.br/produto/saude/cadeiras-de-rodas-motorizadas/freedom-compact/

    It’s manufactured in Brazil, if I’m right it’s the biggest in Latin America. I like this model cause allow me to handle higher steps. I could even manage trains by myself without requiring a slope. Bad points: Not so powerful on hilly places, air tires (comfortable, but require constant maintenance) and seem to fail easily with water/rain.

    I’m using a simple Permobil now.

  • Accessible Japan

    Moderator
    March 1, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Interesting, I had never heard of it.  I hope they expand as the more competition there is, the better it is for us users!

  • Mark

    Member
    March 1, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    @AccessibleJapan

    I actually selected my current powerchair (Permobil Corpus F3) with the expectation that I would be traveling to Tokyo sometime in the near future. Permobil has a dealership/repair shop in Morishita, so it’s fairly convenient for those living in Tokyo.

  • kenigor

    Member
    March 23, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    @bookman
    I got a Permobil K300 almost 2 years ago and now it’s the moment I need to change batteries.
    unfortunately, I can find only abroad. Probably the batteries are different, but can I ask where do you buy your batteries?

    Batteries for K300: https://www.amazon.co.uk/MK-Mobility-Scooter-Powerchair-Battery/dp/B01HQD0DZU/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=MK+M34SLDG&qid=1584942447&sr=8-1&swrs=7D6E61CB8CA672EE6266A8890863A6BE

    Thank you in advance.

  • Josh Grisdale

    Moderator
    March 30, 2020 at 10:54 am

    @kenigor

    You might want to get in touch with Permobil Japan: https://permobilkk.jp/

    If they cannot help, try https://www.kowa-lifezation.co.jp/. They don’t handle Permobil, but have a wide range of products that might be good enough…

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