Ottobock Skippi

A fun rear wheel drive powerchair for active kids

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The Skippi is a fun rear wheel drive powerchair for active kids who like to get out and about. It is compact and colourful, but still retains large size drive wheels and castors so kids can explore their environment with the push of a joystick.

The Skippi's seating system can grow by up to four inches, has powered seating options and the whole frame is able to disassemble to easily fit in the back of a car so you can pack up and go on holiday with ease.

Form

Rear wheel drive paediatric powerchair

Ability to have manual tilt 'in' space

Ability to have powered seat functions:

  • tilt 'in' space
  • power elevating seat (high low)
  • power recline

Fit

From 260 mm (10") to 380 mm (15") widths

From 300 mm (11.5") to 370 mm (14.5") depths

50 kg user weight limit

Paediatric powerchair users

Function

Robust paediatric powerchair that will perform well both indoors and outdoors with more active users (has relatively high ground clearance)

Seat frame can accommodate width and depth growth

Can fit aftermarket cushions, backrests and seating systems, such as the Kimba or Squiggles

  • Adjustable seat width and depth
  • 30 mm seat cushion with tension adjustable back upholstery
  • Lap belt with buckle
Drive Type Rear wheel
Seat Type Integrated
User Weight Capacity 50 kg
Seat Widths 10" - 15"
Seat Depths 11.8" - 14.5"
Minimum Seat to Floor Height 17"
Power Tilt-in-Space Optional 25°
Power Recline Optional
Power Elevate Optional 8"
Manual Tilt-in-Space No
Manual Recline No
Specialty Controls No
Overall Width 22.5"
Overall Length (excluding footplates) 27.5"
Ground Clearance 2"
Turning Radius 21.5"
Base Weight 68 kg including batteries
Drive Wheels 12"
Castor Wheels Front = 8" solid
Suspension Rigid
Motor Type 2 pole
Electronics enAble 40
Battery Size 31 ah C20
Maximum Speed 6 km/h
Warranty 2 year limited
Base Weight (excluding batteries) 24 kg
Battery Weight 11 kg each

What are the different types of powerchairs?

There are three distinct styles of power chair, all of which are categorised by the location of the wheels driving them. They are:

  • Rear-wheel drive - the driving wheels are located to the rear of the seated position.
  • Mid-wheel drive - the driving wheels are located underneath, or towards the middle of the seated position.
  • Front-wheel drive - the driving wheels are located towards the front of the seated position.

Each style of power chair offers a very different driving sensation, and different advantages/disadvantages to match in relation to the space that it requires to manoeuvre.

Over and above the range of bases with different wheel positions, there is also a wide range of seating options available on power chairs, to cover a wide range of potential needs. These range from simple slung canvas upholstery to complex motorised seating units, allowing independent positioning of one's body while seated in the chair.
As there is not a one-size-fits-all solution, power chairs should be viewed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any further questions regarding a power chair, or would like to look at the power chairs available through Allied Medical click here.

What ability do I need to operate a powerchair?

Thanks to huge developments in the electronics arena, power chairs are now more accessible than ever and the methods of controlling power chairs expand from year to year. The standard method of control is through a joystick, working on a pushing motion, where the joystick is pushed in the desired direction of movement.

If joystick operation is not a feasible means of control, we are able to harness almost any location on the body (even where movement is very minimal). The user will have total access and control of the chair, including any seating functions and access to control of the surrounding environment.

Where can I take a powerchair?

We have people using power chairs everywhere from mountain bike tracks to farmland, supermarket isles to footpaths, and of course everywhere in and around the home!

Power chairs are designed to cover a wide range of terrain, with different models being more appropriate to traverse different surfaces and conditions, depending on your intended use for the chair.

You can assume that any power chair will be able to cover the majority of surfaces found within your home and community; be it carpet, concrete or grass etc. Obviously, more challenging surfaces i.e. mud; require more competent chairs, which are also available.

How frequently can a powerchair be used?

As often as you like! A power chair is designed to be there for your assistance, as little or as much as you need. Charging the batteries (view separate FAQ on this page) is advisable if the chair is left unused for long periods, but beyond that, no damage is done if the chair is not used frequently, nor will daily use be of detriment to the chair.

How long do the batteries last?

Power chairs are supplied with batteries matched to the performance required from the chair, and as such, the batteries will allow the chair to be used for the duration of the day, before needing to be recharged. In terms of the life of the batteries, one should expect upwards of 12 months from a new set of batteries, depending on their usage and the regularity of their recharging.

How do I recharge it?

A power chair is supplied with a specific battery charger designed to plug into a socket, usually located on the power chair remote (joystick/controller). This charger is then plugged into a regular 3-pin 230V wall socket. The amount of time required to charge the chair will vary, but it is recommended that the chair be charged nightly to ensure a full charge each time the use of the chair is required. 

Can I travel in my powerchair in a vehicle?

We, along with the manufacturers of the power chairs that we distribute, do not recommend that anyone remains seating in a power chair while travelling in a motor vehicle. The power chair should be stowed on the boot of a car or in the back of a truck or van with batteries removed and/or properly secured.  In addition, all removable power chair parts, including the armrests, seat, front riggings, controller and shrouds should be removed and/or properly secured during motor vehicle transportation. Vehicle tie down points are added to power chairs to secure an unoccupied power chair during transportation.

We believe that users of wheelchairs and powerchairs should be transferred into appropriate seating in vehicles for transportation and use the restraints made available through the vehicle's manufacturer.

Can I take my powerchair on a plane?

All airlines have their own specific regulations, so we recommend that you contact them directly for their detailed guidelines. However, the following refers to general information that you may need to consider.

As a general rule, airlines will require all types of wheelchairs to be checked luggage. All power chairs must be stowed as check-in luggage, so it's important to minimise the possibility of damage during transit. We suggest you remove the seat cushions and any other parts that could easily become separated from the chair.

Also, it is probably a good idea to travel with some basic maintenance tools for your wheelchair.

It is important to supply your chosen airline with as much information as possible when you make your flight booking. You may need to supply them with some or all of the following information:

  • The type of mobility aid you are travelling with (electric or non-electric).
  • What type of batteries are used: gel cell (dry) or wet (spillable).
  • Whether the mobility aid is collapsible.
  • The dimensions (height, width and length) in adjusted or disassembled state and its total weight.

For best practise, always contact your chosen airline for their specific regulations before getting to the airport. For information from Air New Zealand please click here.

Download our Powerchair Specifications for Flights guide here.

What sort of ongoing maintenance do powerchairs need?

Charging the batteries is the most essential maintenance task required of any power chair. Without this occurring on an ongoing basis, the chair will lack the power to perform at it's optimum. Correct tyre inflation is also an important maintenance task to ensure the chair is operating in the most efficient manner without having increased resistance to battle with. This task can be carried out anywhere with access to compressed air e.g. a petrol station, bike shop etc.

Beyond that, it is important that all bearings and points requiring lubrication are checked and replenished on a frequent basis.

The seating component of a power chair is unlikely to have any parts requiring ongoing maintenance, though if this were the case, it would be expected that advice on these tasks would be provided by the therapist/supplier at the time of delivery of such an item.

Who can carry out maintenance on a powerchair?

There are a number of wheelchair technicians located through New Zealand, some operating independently and some operating as a function of a bike shop or the like. There is coverage available in all of the major centres, but the majority of maintenance tasks on a power chair can easily be performed by a range of people from bike mechanics to auto electricians to mechanics. Click here to find one nearest to you.

What is the life expectancy of a powerchair?

It is expected that a power chair would offer a life in the region of 5 years, where it is being used fairly frequently (for example on a daily basis), but this is greatly dependent on the life that it is subjected to and the maintenance that has been carried out on the power chair over its life. On the flip side, it is not uncommon for a power chair to be continuing active duty well beyond 10 years if it has been well maintained and stored in an appropriate environment.

Can I use my powerchair in the rain/snow?

You can use your power chair in the rain, however intense or prolonged exposure of your power chair to rain (or continued dampness) can potentially cause electronic or mechanical malfunctions, as moisture can cause rust and corrosion to various parts. Damage like this would be considered wear & tear.

As a part of your power chair's maintenance you should have it examined periodically for signs of rust from water exposure or any other form of fluid exposure. Damaged components should be replaced or treat immediately.

If your power chair has come into contact with water you should do the following steps:

  1. Dry your chair with a towel as thoroughly as possible
  2. Try to keep the chair in a warm and dry location for 12+ hours to aid with evaporation of any water in inaccessible areas
  3. Before using the power chair after the 12 hour drying period, test the joystick and brakes on it to ensure they are functioning correctly
  4. If you discover any issues with the power chair get in touch with your local sub-contractor for support