The Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro is designed by California-based Porto Mobility, a company that says its aim is to ‘bring smiles to customers' faces and give them back their independence’. It does this by manufacturing tough-as-nails mobility aids that promise a high level of durability and performance. Toughest of all is the Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro, which the company playfully nicknames ‘The Beast’, and one of our picks for the best electric wheelchair for heavier users.
The Ranger Quattro has attracted plenty of positive user reviews, and offers a lot of features and cutting-edge technology, but there’s no denying that the higher price tag may place this wheelchair firmly out of reach for some people. Here we take a look at the Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro’s price, design, features and user reviews to help you figure out if it’s right for you.
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Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro: Price and availability
The Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro RRP is $11,000 for the two-battery model or $11,699 for the three-battery variant, but when you land on the Porto Mobility website, you’ll notice that the brand has reduced the price to $4,999/$5,698. That means you'll pay less than half the original listed price, though we cannot guarantee how long this discount will be available for.
What's more, if you don’t have the funds to cover the entire cost of the Ranger Quattro upfront, Porto Mobility also offers a TimePayment scheme with financing from $54.23 per month. Obviously, $5,000 is not an insignificant amount of money to spend, and you can get much cheaper motorized wheelchairs, such as the ForceMech Voyager R2 (just over $2,100). But getting a top-of-the-range product for a fraction of its usual price is something to consider, if you have the budget and the need for such a wheelchair.
Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro: Design
The Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro isn’t called The Beast for nothing – constructed from high-quality, airplane-grade aluminum alloy, it's the strongest folding power wheelchair in the Ranger family. This, along with the fact that it has a 20.5-inch wide seat, means that it's ideal for heavier people - the maximum weight capacity is 550lbs, and that includes any bags and belongings you’re carrying with you too.
The downside of all this robustness is that the Ranger Quattro weighs a hefty 90lbs on its own, plus an extra 7lbs for each battery. As previously mentioned, you can choose between two-battery and three-battery versions, with the latter costing you more.
Want something lighter? Porto Mobility's Ranger Super Lightweight folding electric wheelchair clocks in at just 46lbs with batteries installed. As you might expect, though, its weight capacity is significantly smaller (265lbs) and its seat is not as wide (16.5 inches). The Ranger Quattro XL's seat is even wider than that of the standard Ranger Quattro, measuring 21.5 inches across, though the maximum load for this variant is 400lbs.
As for how it looks, the Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro has an innocuous black and silver color scheme, offset against a rather muscular frame and striking logo.
Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro: Features
So, what makes the Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro an $11,000 electric wheelchair (before the price was slashed)? Well, apart from that premium build quality, it comes with a range of very attractive features. Thanks to the chair's powerful 50-amp brushless motors, it can cruise along at a top speed of 7mph. That compares favorably with the EZ Lite Cruiser Deluxe Regular DX12's 5mph, and even more so with the 4mph that many power wheelchairs max out at.
A drive range of up to 45 miles can be achieved per single battery charge, while an impressive 25-degree incline rating means it shouldn't splutter to a standstill while attempting hill climbs.
Porto Mobility likens the Ranger Quattro ride experience to traveling in the First Class cabin of an airplane. While we can't vouch for that , this all-terrain mobility vehicle provides an undeniably pleasant journey, whether you're traversing indoor corridors or outdoor trails.
The steering has been engineered to be smooth and the acceleration zippy. There’s also built-in suspension to increase your comfort. The 39-inch turning radius isn't great, but it's to be expected from a wheelchair of this size. You even get an under-seat storage bag for stowing away your essentials.
Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro: User reviews
Existing customers have plenty to say about the Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro, with the majority of user reviews to be found on the brand’s own website, as well as on Amazon, which currently sells the wheelchair. A 5-star review on the Porto Mobility website said: ‘Thanks again for your excellent durable chair. On road, off road the Quattro takes me in comfort, dependability, and utmost style!’
Another commented how, ‘This electric wheelchair is great, it has large wheels that allow it to travel across unpaved surfaces, it seems to climb relatively steep inclines and has more speed than we will ever use.’
The 5 out of 5 star reviews continue on Amazon, with one user saying, ‘Really like the compactness of the unit. It folds down easily and fits in the back of my Honda. It’s comfortable and easy to maneuver.’
A second Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro 5-star review explained how, ‘My wife uses this chair to get around the house as she is not able to walk or stand for any period of time. The chair is very sturdy and the batteries last for many days when she uses it in the house. It is also very compact and I can put it in the trunk of our Toyota Avalon when we travel.’
A less favorable user review brought up some important points: ‘Does not respond nearly as well as my Hoveround MPV. Especially when attempting to move forward/backward and turn at the same time. Not easy for both me and my wife to move into back of my SUV. Very difficult to handle, even folded.’ The customer went on to speculate that the challenges he was experiencing might have been down to a defective joystick, so this is worth keeping in mind.
Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro: What other websites say
In addition to the enthusiastic reviews posted on the brand’s website and on Amazon, other websites have also posted Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro reviews. These include Help and Wellness, which criticizes the wheelchair’s ‘Lack of much cushioning on back rest. You have to budget extra for the cushion.’
Portable Beats, meanwhile, praise the Ranger Quattro: ‘This high-powered electric wheelchair is carefully crafted to ensure that the user’s back remains comfortable regardless of the slope that you operate it in. Count on this wheelchair if you want a solution that can take you up to 40 miles without having to worry about battery charging.’
Should you buy the Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro?
If you're looking for a heavy-duty mobility device, either due to a larger body size or simply because you want something that makes you feel safe while getting around, the Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro is definitely worth a second and third look.
It’s designed to deliver a smooth ride whether you're on- or off-road, and its performance and range are right up there with the best. Of course, you can get much cheaper wheelchairs, but considering the Porto Mobility Ranger Quattro’s RRP is over double the price it is now, it should actually be considered something of a bargain.
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