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    Recommendations for Power Assist wheels

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    Age: 61
    Injury: C-6 complete from diving accident in 1976...41 years post
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    Hello All,

    Due to age I want to buy a pair of power assist wheels. Does anybody have a recommendation of the latest and greatest that is currently on the market. These wheels appear to run around $5000 a pair and up, so I want to make an informed decision before buying. Thanks.

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    I've been using the M-15 E-motion power assist wheels for almost 9 years now. I find them to do the job for me.
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    look at alber twion heres a good review from fellow quad
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    Are you also considering a system like the Smart Drive? A lot of people at your injury level that I know love theirs:



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    I am impressed with all of the power assists. To better answer your question we need to know what you want and need to accomplish. You said "power assist wheels". But is this mainly for indoor or outdoor, and how often would you need to transfer everything into a vehicle? Or maybe you have a ramp or lift. And how much off road and off hard surfaces are you thinking? It just helps to know.

    At any rate, E-motions are popular removable hub motors. I've tried them at an Expo and liked them, but not as much as I did the more complete Tailwind chair. It and the ZX-1 however are not what you asked about. Check E-motions weight if you plan to load them in your car.

    Quickie Extenders are similar to E-motions, but they have an external battery pack which I think is bulky.

    The SmartDrive is fantastic, but very different as it is an add-on, has no reverse. However it is fantastically light weight and *very* portable. It is fairly simple to grab and go.

    Incidentally if you are paying out of pocket, there is/was an M15 and a SmartDrive in the "Equipment & Services" section.
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    as a c5-6 quad 30yrs post, I like "power on demand". for this the zx-1 fit the bill. the sd is great but just not the greatest for quads. why? braking and sloped sidewalks really created issues for me with it. imo it is perfect for paras.
    transporting the zx is the biggest issue I hear from ppl, I have a full size van, so not an issue for me. I leave it in the van a lot actually.

    I like to push so I'm not ready for albers yet, but when I need more than just "power on demand" those will be my pick.
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    I've been using the extender system for about 10 years. Good system. One does have to be careful about battery usage. If one is out all day and very active. You will need two batteries. I went from a manual chair to the extender system and then to a full power chair. I still use the extender system as a backup, whenever I have to go to a doctor/hospital and I need to be lifted out of the chair, and if my power chair is in the repair shop.

    I haven't had any problems with it. After 10 years I did have a charger go bad on me. Both batteries and the charger are very expensive.

    I have my extender system on a GP swing away rigid chair.

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    Twions are currently off the market due to regulatory issue with the FDA, but I've heard they will be available again fairly soon. They are a better option for quads now that they are available with Carbolite ergonomic push rims.


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    The E motions are very heavy and if you're gonna leave them on you really need a minivan to roll into. Taking them off to breakdown a chair is not an option. The smart drive is lightweight and in my opinion a real innovation. I have the e motions but very rarely use them. I've yet to get a smart drive but thinking about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI_OTR View Post
    Twions are currently off the market due to regulatory issue with the FDA, but I've heard they will be available again fairly soon. They are a better option for quads now that they are available with Carbolite ergonomic push rims.
    I am not here as often as in the past, but I sure am pleased to see this user back here!!!

    I played the video of the Twions that John posted and this really intrigued me where the e-motions never have, I think mostly due to size/looks.
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