FAQ: Are your motors battery operated?
All our motors run on 12 volts DC (safe for kids and adults) and can be backed up by battery operation if the AC system fails. Some of our customers install a large closed cell RV battery in a central location with a trickle charger or solar panel hooked up to it, others conceal a small rechargeable battery up behind the valance, near the motor.
Built-in Battery Powered Motor: No Wires Needed!
We also have a battery operated series where the rechargeable battery is built into the motor housing itself. These units run for many months without needing a recharge, and can even be completely autonomous if you install the optional in-window solar panel that we make specially for these motors.
We currently have 3 sizes available:
The 'Mini' series of battery powered motors which can be used to retrofit many off-the-shelf shade brands (4 lb - 1.8 kg lift):
The 'Standard' series of battery powered motors which can be used for custom installations (16 lb 7.25 kg lift):
The 'Maxi' series of battery powered motors which can be used for custom installations (45 lb 20 kg lift):
Here is a list of all battery motors, starter kits, and accessories:
Our Battery Motors are Future Proofed
All our battery motors use our radio control system with multi-channel remotes (individual or group control of blinds and shades). These are very easy systems to set up and operate. We have also 'future proofed' these systems in that you can later extend your system and use any web-enabled device (phone, tablet, PC) to control your shades and other devices.
For more info, please see this ZWAVE section in our online store or this article series on how to install z-wave with Vera for blind and shade control.
You can use our shades and window openers with any z-wave hub: Wink, SmartThings, Vera, Homeseer, Nest, Syslink, Zipr, Xuan, Razberry Pi, Staples Connect, Fibaro, Xuan, Homelive, etc.
We sincerely hope you enjoy using these advanced motors; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time!