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Power Handbike Options

What we Decided on...

RioMobility Firefly

Full Electric Power

The Firefly™ is a full electric-powered version of our handcycle. It can also be easily detached and stored in any trunk so there is no need for an expensive custom van.

Digital Control Center

All the controls are within easy reach:
5 power levels selected through the display, speedometer and odometer, battery level indicator, reverse switch (red), two brake handles with parking brake capability, and motorcycle-style throttle.

Maintenance-Free Electric Motor

The Firefly™ is powered by a powerful, compact, and quiet brushless electric hub motor. Sealed and maintenance free, it will give years of relible service.

Lightweight Removeable Battery

Our high-capacity lithium battery has an extra-long life and gives you long range is a lightweight, compact package. It slides off easily for storage or charging.

Totally Adjustable

The Firefly is totally adjustable for all wheelchairs and wheelchair users.

Easily Removeable

The Firefly can be easily snaped on and off with our patented attachment system.

Insurance / Medicare

Medicare HCPCS code of E0984


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Firefly handbike attached in a Oracing XTR2 (by Toto):

Overview of Requirements

All of the power only handbikes evolved from manual handbikes, which evolved from bicycles. They were designed for users who have good upper body strength, and are heavy to use with one arm. Some are also using heavy old technology batteries, of which you need to mount extra batteries to get maximum range, which make them even heavier. They are also not so easy to connect/disconnect or lift with one arm.

Although I think Rob would like the look of a power handbike better (more like a bike), I have concerns about their rather complicated controls. Handbikes also need some room to maneuver, which is okay on the street, but not so nice in crowded places like stores, events like concerts, and other places he would use it, i.e, most of Holland.

We are hoping to have both a power add-on and a power handbike, to be used depending on the situation. If you look at some of the prices, you can see why that is prohibitive. We are only expecting partial reimbursement, and need to find the best option to give him powered mobility soon.

Firefly Review

Firefly review coming soon…

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Firefly Photo’s and Video’s

August 2014

Overall, the Rio Mobility Firefly is working great. When dealing with hemiparesis, it is still a challenge to have only one hand to throttle, brake and try to keep the FireFly steering right. It just takes a lot of energy for him to do all three at once. I’m quite sure that with …

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Firefly Operation

Connect Firefly to wheelchair

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Disonnect Firefly from wheelchair

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Firefly Components

Firefly components

These are photo’s of the Rio Mobility Firefly components that we have and a few pictures of configuring it.

Website photo’s

These are website photo’s of the Rio Mobility Firefly of all of the components. Some of them are slightly different to what we have (computer).

Other Website photo’s

These are website photo’s …

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Firefly Adjustments

Adjusting the initial throttle speed

Because he can only use one arm to both steer and throttle for speed, we think that it goes a bit too fast when he initially throttles up. He says it is too abrupt. We think it would be better if we could limit the initial speed so that he …

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Other Power Handbikes

Overview of Other Options

The following are other options that we considered instead of the RioMobility Firefly. For various reasons, none of them fully fit our requirements or budget.

Reha-Technik Speedy-Elektra 3

Purely electric mobility of wheelchair users is full of challenges. Speedy has the answer. The Elektra 3 builds upon the strengths of the …

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