Quantum Q6 Edge 2.0 Powered Wheelchair
Tell us what your wheelchair looks like:
It’s a mid-wheel drive powerchair with 2 large drive wheels and 4 smaller castor wheels, 2 at the front and 2 at the black. It has a black frame with black drive wheel accent colours. It has a medium height back rest that covers 2/3 of my back, push handles, a central footplate, headrest, flip up armrests and a black joystick/controller with various buttons and a small screen.
Where did you get this wheelchair:
Quantum, Manchester Mobility
This wheelchair is really comfortable?
This wheelchair is easy to take apart?
This wheelchair is easy to transport?
This wheelchair is great off road?
How long does the battery last?
Up to 16 miles.
What would you rate this wheelchair:
I spent many months researching different powerchairs before I arranged any demos, but I focused on the 2 big names I knew which were Quickie and Invacare. But, I was introduced to Quantum by a couple of friends online and after looking at the specifications of their chairs online it seemed that on paper, it ticked all my boxes. So, I still tried out the other chairs but I also tried the Quantum Q6 Edge 2.0. The other powerchairs that I tried didn’t even come close to the Quantum one though. It’s a slim powerchair for what it offers, which was one of the most important things for me because my front door is only about 64cm wide, so it needed to be able to get through that with space to spare ideally, it tests my driving skills but it gets through the front door and second living room door with ease.
The next most important thing were the electric functions I required, tilt and recline. Tilt wasn’t so much of a problem as most powerchairs in that price range offered similar degrees of tilt, but when it came to the recline function I needed something that would go flat enough to relieve my chronic back pain as good as laying on a bed would. Out of all the powerchairs I tried the Quantum one offered the biggest degree of recline out of them all and it truly relieved my pain the way I needed it to. When it came to the tilt I was also able to drive the chair at full speed whilst I was quite tilted back so this meant I could manage my pain without needing to stop completely.
The next thing on my list of non-negotiables was that I needed something with a very small turning circle, so I was looking at mid-wheel drive only and with a turning circle of 52cm the Quantum powerchair really ticked that box. It appears to be a large powerchair but I get on the bus and trains with ease, I’m regularly complimented on my parking when I’m on the bus but it’s really the small turning radius that deserves the credit!
Something that I wasn’t looking for originally is a rise/elevate function, which has social and independence benefits. Quantum is well known for it’s iLevel function and when I tried it for the first time it was incredible, I could see myself being able to independently reach high shelves rather than struggling to find a staff member or just giving up and being able to order a drink at a bar myself. This electric function is not offered on NHS powerchairs at all and so isn’t a common thing in the UK but I think everyone should have the opportunity to have this function because it’s given me so much independence and makes things easier, things that I’d just accepted I’d always have trouble doing, or things that I couldn’t do at all.
Something that I hadn’t even thought about when researching different chairs was how easy it would be to adapt, everything from minor changes you can make yourself right up to big adaptations that would need to be made if your health changed or got worse. This is something that Quantum have really thought about though and with just a set of allen keys I’ve been able to make minor changes to my chair at home, by myself. Everything from the angle of the armrests to the length of the footrests to even changing the headrest bracket. All things that for other chairs you might have to ring your representative to do! I know that if my health gets worse I won’t have to get a new powerchair either, as mine can be adapted in so many different ways to support any change in needs.
Comfort is also key and even though I have quite a basic cushion and back rest, I can be in my powerchair all day and comfort is never a problem. My backrest comes in a little around the sides, a very small contour, and this helps to make me feel secure. small adjustment that makes a big difference.
My powerchair also has a few accessories that make my life a lot easier, the backpack clips on the back of my chair, for example, have made a big difference. I used to hang bags off my controller and armrests with my old powerchair, they would stick out so I’d have to pile them all on my lap when getting on and off the bus. Whereas now, I can hang bags on the back of my chair and not worry about them, and they are secure on there too, they can’t just be lifted off. I also have a cup holder and phone holder attachment that securely attach on to the end of my left armrest and whilst these are extras, they are incredibly useful and helpful.
I also recently had a USB charger port added to my powerchair, which sits underneath my left armrest, so now wherever I am I can charge my phone and it doesn’t use up much of my battery at all. This is very handy because my phone is my map, it’s my medication alarm, it’s my contact to family and friends, all of which becomes important if I’m out the house, so I can’t let my phone’s battery run down and now that’s not a problem anymore! It’s the small things like this that really attracted me to Quantum, with other brands I would have had to adapt off the shelf accessories from places like Amazon to work for my chair, whereas with Quantum all the attachments and accessories they sell fit on perfectly without any need to adapt. The phone holder and cup holder are very easy to interchange too. You can also get a vent tray, transfer bars, tablet holder, rear-view mirror, clothing guards and more, all of which are easy to install.
The controller/joystick is incredibly easy to use and the way the buttons are set up mean I can change speed with ease and quickly without needing to stop and use 2 hands. It has a large screen that is easy to navigate, and I really like the separate controls I have for my electric functions, this makes it even easier to tilt, recline or rise. Perhaps the only thing I’d change is how big it is and how much it sticks out, I’ve caught it a few times especially when getting on the bus.
So far I’ve taken my chair over grass, gravel, cobbles and more with ease, the suspension and large wheels really help. On wet grass I sometimes get stuck, but this is a common problem with mid wheel drive chairs but for me personally the manoeuvrability is more important than it’s outdoor capability since I live in a city, I don’t go over any rough terrain. Something else that really drew me to this chair to is its ability to climb small steps and kerbs, I’ve taken it up some pretty big kerbs when the dropped kerbs have been blocked and not once has the chair been unable to meet the challenge.
Because of the size and weight of the chair you do need a WAV with a ramp or lift to get it into a car, but since I don’t drive this wasn’t a problem for me. I do struggle to fit in taxis, unless they are rear access wheelchair accessible taxis, but if needs be I can squeeze in a black cab when it’s the only option.
Overall I would 100% recommend this wheelchair and have done to many people, some of whom have set up demo’s and even gone on to fundraise/buy this powerchair. Quantum is somewhat of an unknown company in the UK it seems and I think that needs to change because what they offer, for a quite a low price in comparison to some brands, is amazing. I refer to my powerchair as being life changing, but even that is an understatement. I’m starting to live, enjoy and experience life again, rather than just surviving and enduring every minute I spent out the house like I did beforehand, struggling to manage my pain and as a result having so much of the world cut off from me.
Now I’m able to take on more volunteer charity work, especially in London. I can enjoy my love of the theatre, seeing enough musicals to more than make up for not being able to go for 2 years! I’m spending more time with my family, especially my young nephew. I can see more of my friends, especially those who live further away. But even simply things like going shopping in town, or to the supermarket are so much easier now. My life is unrecognisable compared to just 7 months ago. I couldn’t imagine going back to how things were before.
Reviewer: Shona Louise
Disability or Medical Condition: Marfan Syndrome
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