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    Tailwind Power Assist Wheelchairs AVAILABLE in 2015 (see update at end.)

    I just received an email response to my inquiry about test riding the Tailwind and was told,"I am also sorry to let you know that we will no longer be selling Tailwinds at this point in time. We hope to start it up in the future but for now we are no longer able to do that."

    I'm not sure exactly why that is but have seen a few posts regarding Next Mobility possibly being sold.

    All I know is that the Tailwind looks like a great option......I had also inquired about the Iglide a few years back and was told the same. My timing is off!!!!

    Any other power assist options? I've checked out the Magic Wheels and Emotion.

    Peace
    Last edited by Jim; 6 Jan 2015, 12:06 PM.

    #2
    Quickie Xtender. But it will only work on Quickie wheelchairs.

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      #3
      I had emotions on my 1st chair and they were total CRAP.
      granted that was back in 2005 and I've heard the newer version is better.
      perhaps someday i'll find out as that chair has been getting denied by medi-medi since 2006 on getting repairs.
      friends of mine that have emotions agree that when they work they are great but when not they suck as they add 45 lbs to your chair as the batteries are in the wheel hubs.

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        #4
        Originally posted by peegy p View Post
        Quickie Xtender. But it will only work on Quickie wheelchairs.
        not quite. the quickie xtender is actually the yamaha jw2, rebadged by quickie for sale in north america. in europe (also elsewhere in world) you can buy it as yamaha, the otto bock esupport, or a few other badges, and it works on most chairs. the fitting mechanism is quite simple - someone who only wanted the wheels could buy them online from another country and fit them to their own chair.

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          #5
          Roni, I have been watching the developments regarding the Tailwind. The company was sold, but there is a legal dispute between J&J, who licensed the technology to the original Tailwind owner. The info I heard is that J&J says the license was not transferable, and want paid again by the new company. In sum, the world's best power assist chair is in legal limbo. I tried one and it is an improvement over the iGlide, which I have. My iGlide is 7 years old and past it life expectancy, ready to die any moment. There is a great power assist attachable developed by a CC member, but he has not been able to get it into production.
          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

          See my personal webpage @
          http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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            #6
            Hi.
            I realize I am a year late on this topic, but wanted to give my 2cents.
            I have been in an IGlide since my accident in 2003. It has been my one and only chair. While it is a very heavy chair and prohibits most of the users from breaking it down it has been an awesome chair. It has allowed me full access of my yard. Without it I would not have been able to hike up a steep hill over 6 miles to view a beautiful waterfall. J&J was an awesome company to deal with. I was able to purchase new batteries from J&J (until 3/31/11) for $250 while Next Mobility was charging $750 for the exact same battery!! I wish J&J would reconsider their decision to sell out.

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              #7
              Or you can do what I do am doing. I bought a used iGlide and took the electronics off. Then I ordered a new Aero Z 2. I am going to adapt the iGlide electronics onto my Aero Z 2. That old iGlide was a tank. I am calling it my TiGlide. Photos soon.
              Life's perceived journey in this PMR is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy **** what a VR ride!"
              Pete C6/'97

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                Originally posted by yojama95 View Post
                Hi.
                I realize I am a year late on this topic, but wanted to give my 2cents.
                I have been in an IGlide since my accident in 2003. It has been my one and only chair. While it is a very heavy chair and prohibits most of the users from breaking it down it has been an awesome chair. It has allowed me full access of my yard. Without it I would not have been able to hike up a steep hill over 6 miles to view a beautiful waterfall. J&J was an awesome company to deal with. I was able to purchase new batteries from J&J (until 3/31/11) for $250 while Next Mobility was charging $750 for the exact same battery!! I wish J&J would reconsider their decision to sell out.

                The problem is that J&J was losing money because of the limited number of units. Slow sales were to some extent a result of poor marketing, but mostly because insurances, Medicare, and Medicaid were reluctant to cover them. The same problems quickly bankrupted Nextmobility.
                You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                See my personal webpage @
                http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by BRASWELLF5 View Post
                  Or you can do what I do am doing. I bought a used iGlide and took the electronics off. Then I ordered a new Aero Z 2. I am going to adapt the iGlide electronics onto my Aero Z 2. That old iGlide was a tank. I am calling it my TiGlide. Photos soon.
                  Hope your luck is better than mine. When my iGlide died last spring, I rehabed it with new electronics and wheels that I got for a pittance as Independence Technology emptied out their warehouse. The electronics lasted less than a year.
                  You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                  http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                  See my personal webpage @
                  http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                    #10
                    I have a Tailwind with 2-batteries that are basically new but they have lost there charge.Next mobility wont do anything for me. I have the Tailwind jump cable for them..but I need another battery with a charge to hook it up to so I can get enough juice to them so I can charge them. Any ideas??

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                      Hope your luck is better than mine. When my iGlide died last spring, I rehabed it with new electronics and wheels that I got for a pittance as Independence Technology emptied out their warehouse. The electronics lasted less than a year.
                      Actually it is just going to be used as a prototype to the "Impact" chair in development. I am going to put it all together then tear it all apart soon after that. Long story short, I am developing a wheelchair that will blow the tailwind out of the park. It is a MAJOR undertaking and will take time to fully come to light. I am almost to the point now where I will need a mechanical engineer to help out. I wish I could show the drawings but I am secretive. I am really excited about it as it is so needed by many. What I will say is that to the untrained eye it will look like a regular manual chair.
                      Life's perceived journey in this PMR is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy **** what a VR ride!"
                      Pete C6/'97

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by BRASWELLF5 View Post
                        Actually it is just going to be used as a prototype to the "Impact" chair in development. I am going to put it all together then tear it all apart soon after that. Long story short, I am developing a wheelchair that will blow the tailwind out of the park. It is a MAJOR undertaking and will take time to fully come to light. I am almost to the point now where I will need a mechanical engineer to help out. I wish I could show the drawings but I am secretive. I am really excited about it as it is so needed by many. What I will say is that to the untrained eye it will look like a regular manual chair.
                        I can only wish you the best. The iGlide/Delta technology is great. I hope your version will be set up to accommodate both pushrim and joystick control. Having the joystick option will multiply sales potential.
                        You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                        http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                        See my personal webpage @
                        http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                          I can only wish you the best. The iGlide/Delta technology is great. I hope your version will be set up to accommodate both pushrim and joystick control. Having the joystick option will multiply sales potential.

                          Yes, it has 3 functions. Manual, power assist, and full power chair (joystick) modes. But, it is not like a joystick that has ever been produced. Building the actual chair is not the problem, it is the electronics and building the motors that is the tough part. The original iGlide has about 5 years left on the patent for their microprocessor gyro setup. Boy they did not want to give that info out. May try to work around that, depending on the timeframe.
                          Life's perceived journey in this PMR is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy **** what a VR ride!"
                          Pete C6/'97

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by BRASWELLF5 View Post
                            Yes, it has 3 functions. Manual, power assist, and full power chair (joystick) modes. But, it is not like a joystick that has ever been produced. Building the actual chair is not the problem, it is the electronics and building the motors that is the tough part. The original iGlide has about 5 years left on the patent for their microprocessor gyro setup. Boy they did not want to give that info out. May try to work around that, depending on the timeframe.
                            That is what seems strange. One would think they would sell/license the technology for whatever they can get knowing the patent clock is running down. This way, they are getting nothing and the technology is not being used. Each year now, the value of the patent drops dramatically. In a way, it is being cruel to the many people who could benefit from it. It does not seem to make sense from either the profit or humanitarian standpoints.

                            It would not surprise me if one of the major players has reverse engineered the technology and has production plans in the works. If I were running Sunrise Med or Invacare, I would be readying production.
                            You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
                            http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

                            See my personal webpage @
                            http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                              #15
                              Exactly, I tried to do just that. The exact feature that is patented is the part that engages more power for going up hills and when it slows you down going down hills. I do have a way around that for down hills but it would require a different braking system than I wanted to use.
                              I do not know if any of those big players have any plans but I am 100% positive their design will not look as sleek as mine. I am shooting for 3 patients on mine.
                              Life's perceived journey in this PMR is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy **** what a VR ride!"
                              Pete C6/'97

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