6th September 2017 geri




This piece of equipment has improved my quality of life to no end.

Powerful – Cruises up hills and over thick carpet.
Intuitive – Push to go. Tap brake to stop. Its that simple (0.5 – 5.5 mph)
Simple – Turn on and go all day without charging (12 mile range)
Flexible – Moves with you for wheelies and curbs
Lightweight – so light you won’t even know its there!

In my experience, I agree with the first four points but with a SCI every gram of weight counts and at 12.5lbs you would feel its presence until you get stronger. So don’t be disheartened if you have a fairly new SCI as strength develops with time.

Also, it is very sensitive to rough terrain and slight bumps or stones can impact the system and cause it to stop suddenly. This is a big hazard going up hills because if it stops you need the strength to restart the motor with a strong push while at the same time preventing the chair from rolling back. Perhaps until you are more comfortable with the smartdrive bring someone with you that can help if a problem arises.

It is expensive at 6,150Euro (not proved by the HSE) but it has definitely benefited my recovery and led to a fuller life so if your family and friends can fund raise it is a worthwhile investment.


I am a C6 spinal cord injured lady three years post injury and I am living alone, working and doing day to day tasks with minimal assistance. This site is to offer friendly advice and support to newly injured spinal cord people and their families. From issues of exercise, transferring, personal grooming, clothes etc and showing ways of relearning day to day tasks we took for granted in the past. I will also provide links to products and services that I have found useful to my progress. Spinal cord injuries are so unique to each individual so remember what works for one person may not work for someone else but feel free to comment if you know about something that may have helped you in regaining some of your independence. Currently, I am a Masters in Research NUIG Graduate tutoring Health Science and Physiology students. Research area is Neuroscience. I also hold a first class honours degree in Physiology from NUIG with twelve years experience in quality standard adherence, GMP and GLP and two years experience working in a global healthcare organization. I have a problem solving mind focused on quality with proven team working skills. Please note: I am not a medic and you should always consult your GP or consultant first before trying anything suggested on this website. All SCI's are different and what works for me may not necessarily work for everyone, depending on different health issues.

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