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Mobility Scooter Control? Answered

I am looking to power a kart with a mobility scooter motor and transaxel. The motor controls start at about £135, but you can get just the pot for about £30. I'm only going forward, so do I need the entire controller, or will just the pot do the job?

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pip.cartwright.3

2 years ago

Thanks everybody. Very useful replies, which will definately move me forward (so to speak!)

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GunGeek369

2 years ago

I just saw this. Depending upon the mobility scooter controls it can get tricky. If it is a wheel chair with a canbus control it can get a little tricky. I messed with controlling some wheel chairs with arduino a while back. I dont have an instructable on it per say but I did put some instructions on my website. There are several parts.

http://gungeek.com/Geeky-Activities/Micro-Controllers/14-Jet-2-Wheelchair-with-DL5-2i-Hackin-Part-1.html

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liquidhandwash

2 years ago

I would get a speed controller from ebay, they are cheap and will do what you want and you only need to hook up four wires.

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pip.cartwright.3liquidhandwash

Answer 2 years ago

Goodd tip, thanks. I need to shop around a bit perhaps, because the controllers I have seen are all well over £130!

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Downunder35m

2 years ago

The pot is the input signal.
The controller converts that signal into power for the motor, so you really do need both.

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iceng

2 years ago

Probably not... What voltage and current does the motor name plate say.

A small motor might run off the pots you see here.

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