What kind of batteries do motorized blinds use?

Best batteries for motorized blinds

Lithium battery

Motorized blinds are powered through a lithium battery pack like AA batteries, but some also have a rechargeable motor that connects to an outlet with a USB cord when it needs charging. Some also have a rechargeable motor that connects to an outlet with a USB cord when charging.

Rechargeable lithium batteries perform better when consistently exposed to the sun when compared to traditional batteries (Acs.org). You can have a battery life of up to one year when using lithium batteries. The remote control lifespan lasts five years when the blinds work twice a day, decreasing with use and with traditional alkaline batteries.

A lithium battery

The life of a battery pack versus a single charge on a rechargeable motor is almost the same. A single charge lasts six months to a year, but the lifespan will vary depending on how big your shade is and how often it works.

DC power 

DC power cords work on motorized shades but only work if you have an outlet near your window or in your window frame. Some shades offer a mini solar panel as a power option. Motorized blinds in hard-to-reach areas are more suitable to opt into those powered by a D.C power supply, to be installed by a professional electrician (Iqsdirectory.com). 

This method comes with the advantage of never having to change internal batteries. The downside lies in becoming non-functional in a power outage, but these window coverings may last a lifetime without replacement if they remain mechanically sound. Many motorized blinds come with a lifetime warranty, excluding the batteries and any damage suffered by client tampering or misuse.

The D.C. power option does not require the user to change the batteries but will require an electrician for installation. The battery option is better for a DIY install but changes the batteries occasionally.

Levolor motorized blinds battery replacement

  1. Slide the open back of the battery compartment.
  2. Lift and remove the old batteries. Use a small screwdriver or fingernail to lift the battery and remove it from the slot.
  3. Insert new batteries, align positive and negative ends, and press them into place.
  4. Align and replace the back cover onto the backside.

Motorized blinds battery replacement

  1. Remove the first battery and then remove the rest of them with the help of a screwdriver. 
  2. Avoid mixing old and new batteries as this may create complications in their operation. 
  3. Push them inside one after the other. Understand beforehand which end of one battery goes with the top of another to avoid stretching the procedure.

Can motorized blinds be used manually?

Yes, depending on their mechanism. Some models are manually operated when there is a power outage, or if the batteries in the remote control have run dry. Others do not have this option available and remain stuck open or closed until the power problem is resolved.

Do motorized blinds need to be plugged in?

Yes, some motorized blinds are powered using a DC power adaptor,  plugged into a power outlet.

Somfy blinds battery replacement

  1. Disarm your system before changing the battery. 
  2. Unscrew the cap, remove the cover and install the batteries horizontally, as shown on the outside of the battery tube.

How long do batteries last in motorized blinds?

They can last about five years until they need replacing. Talk to the manufacturer to make sure you get the best battery options for your needs. The battery life will depend on the weight of the blinds, the size of the window, and how often they work. 

However, they are changed four times a year. The battery life will vary from person to person depending on how often you open and close your blinds and how large your window is. Heavier window treatments use battery power more quickly.

When using motorized blinds, often the batteries have to be changed out. The standard period for users to change their batteries is quarterly, depending on how often you open and close your shades. Rechargeable lithium batteries perform better since traditional batteries can deteriorate in the sun.

With the use of long-lasting rechargeable batteries to operate your motorized shades, do not take out your ladder to change disposable batteries all the time. Maximize your motorized shades with the rechargeable battery wand. 

It is convenient and saves money since the rechargeable battery wand does not require purchasing new batteries every time they die, or recharge.  You can also opt for solar power.

How do motorized blinds get power?

There are numerous, effective options for powering motorized blinds. Each method has its pros and cons and for a perfect power source, pick one that meets your needs. They can be powered by battery, solar, hardwire, and DC power adapter. Pick one which suits your lifestyle and decorating choices. 

Battery Powered

Battery-powered motorized blinds have a tube installed up top that lifts the shade. The battery fits above that and connects to a motor for power. Batteries are the most elegant option, as their placement makes them unnoticeable. They are also the simplest since they are easy to install. The batteries are for windows that are in hard-to-reach windows or wet areas.

Replace AA batteries frequently, unlike lithiums which have a longer life. The only drawback to powering motorized blinds with batteries is replacing them. You can have rechargeable battery options for motorized blinds. There is no need to remove and replace batteries, and you can control your window coverings with remote control.


The hardwiring method allows different kinds of motors to operate using different voltages, and they must be able to reach a wall outlet. That is the most affordable option than batteries in terms of energy costs.

The installation requires an electrician since it is not easy, but it is worth the investment, units are easier to install on your own. Hire an electrician when operating your blinds from a power distribution panel, which centralizes power control and distributes it to multiple blinds throughout your house (Google.com).

Solar Powered

This method is convenient in the way blinds are close to the sunlight. Mount a solar panel system behind the shade facing outwards to catch the sunlight. It connects the motor in the same way as battery-powered and hardwired options.

Not all windows receive an equal amount of sunlight, so solar-powered motorized blinds and window treatments may be more effective in southern or westward-facing rooms that receive a lot of light. Make sure the windows for solar-powered blinds are not covered by roof overhangs or trees.

DC Power Adaptor

Motorized blinds and shades powered by a DC power adaptor are convenient and energy-efficient. Just like the hardwired blinds, the DC power adaptor will plug into an outlet. There is no need to replace it as you would with batteries. 

When it comes to installation, there is no additional wiring required. Hang your blinds, and plug in your power. The disadvantage is that you may find the wires unsightly. Keep close to a power source.

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