Zinger Chair?

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Zinger Chair?

Post by ArthurJ » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:36 am

I'm tossing around the idea of getting a Zinger Chair. Does anyone have any experience with them?

http://www.zingerchair.com

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ElliotB » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:17 am

An interesting chair, no doubt!

Something to consider, two hands are required to operate/steer and if you don't have great control of your hands/arms, you might end up zig zagging often and precise control may be more difficult than a typical motorized chair.

There are similar motorized chairs with one handed 'joystick' operation that might be easier to operate. And there are more conventional type portable/folding scooters also available than may be easier to control/steer.

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ArthurJ » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:03 am

After reading multiple reviews I've discovered that the Zinger Chair's drive mechanism consists of a knurled shaft that is pushed against the tire treads in order to propel the chair. If the tires get wet or get debris on them, like pine needles, then the drive mechanism loses its ability to propel the chair. This situation is worsened if you need to go up an incline. One could imagine that the chair would be next to useless if there was even a light dusting of snow on the ground. Here's a photo of the drive mechanism with the covers removed. https://i0.wp.com/i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MT ... c/$_86.JPG

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ElliotB » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:50 am

do you get a lot of rain in your area? did you find something else that you prefer?

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ArthurJ » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:15 am

ElliotB wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:50 am
do you get a lot of rain in your area?
Yes, and also a few days of snow each Winter. The driveway is also sloped and full of pine needles.
ElliotB wrote:did you find something else that you prefer?
I'm still shopping, but something like these look intriguing.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073V11B1Q/ or https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074ZNL9SF/
or https://www.foldandgowheelchairs.com/tr ... ir-maroon/

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ElliotB » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:45 pm

All of those look very interesting and superior to the Zinger. Please let us know which one you decide on.

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ArthurJ » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:42 am

It looks like the Zinger Chair is available in the UK as the Joy Rider Chair with more conventional motors and drive mechanism.

https://www.e-goes.co.uk/shop/joyrider-powered-chair/

The following site says that the Zinger was the Joy Rider's predecessor so the US is getting marketed a second rate, obsolete chair that's already been updated.

https://www.yorkshirecareequipment.com/ ... wer-chair/

A brief intro video on the Joy Rider.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsQLHTnGgs0

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ArthurJ » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:37 pm

Now here's an interesting ride!
http://zoomability.com/zoom/

The Zoom, 4 wheel drive, 12.6 mph, 25 mile range on a flat surface.






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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ElliotB » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:28 pm

Do you know the cost of this one? It looks amazing! Maybe NASA needs to take a look at the design for future MARS missions... LOL!


You are still just 'shopping' at this point, correct?

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ArthurJ » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:32 am

ElliotB wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:28 pm
Do you know the cost of this one? It looks amazing!
No, I don't know the cost. Though, their website states that there are charities that are buying them for disabled veterans.
ElliotB wrote:You are still just 'shopping' at this point, correct?
Yes, still shopping. I think that I would have a hard time getting in and out of the Zoom, though it does come with an option for a swivel seat.

Still, something like the Zoom leaves the typical mobility scooter in the dust.

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ArthurJ » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:55 am

Oh, in case anybody is interested, the updated Zinger Chair, known as the Joy Rider Chair in the UK, is now available in the US as the Zoomer Chair.

https://shop.southernmobilityonline.com ... available/

However, this site and others state that it's not a wheelchair, that Medicare & Medicaid don't pay for it and that it really shouldn't be used in the rain. The chair frame and motors are only covered by a 1 year warranty and the battery is only covered by a 6 month warranty.

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ElliotB » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:07 pm

Found the price, only $15,428 usd - such a deal!

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Re: Zinger Chair?

Post by ArthurJ » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:59 am

ElliotB wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:07 pm
Found the price, only $15,428 usd - such a deal!
Zoom warranty: one year, batteries - not covered.

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