This blog will discuss how to recharge lithium ion batteries in your custom window coverings. It is really very simple. The video shows you the details, but basically you just put the two cables together and plug it in.
Now let’s get to the reasons why you might have chosen a rechargeable system over one with battery packs.
The cost of a rechargeable battery pack is not much different from one with external battery packs, but over time that changes. I did a search for AA alkaline batteries and found that they run about $1 per battery. So, you are looking at about $8-12 per year per shading to maintain the power.
I’ve done some homes with around 40 battery operated shades in them, so let’s do the math. 40 shades at $10 per shade works out to about $400 per year in battery costs. That is the cost in dollars, but there is also the labor involved. Replacing a battery wand takes time and it requires that EVERY SINGLE BATTERY is installed correctly. 480 batteries all installed perfectly. Enough said, right?
Sometimes the reason for choosing a rechargeable system is for a technical reason. Most battery packs are mounted behind the shade’s headrail. This means that the inside mounting depth can be affected. This also applies to outside mount shades because to mount the battery pack behind the shade requires that the headrail and shade both be projected further out into a room. On french doors, this can be especially frustrating.
With a rechargeable unit, you have a one time cost and simple charging procedures. To be clear, there is a time and place for battery pack systems. One of the biggest reasons for flexibility has to do with the limitations for rechargeable systems currently on the market. The Somfy Li-Ion system and the Rollease Acmeda product are only available on roller type shades. So, if you are desiring a honeycomb or a shutter or something else, you will need a battery pack at this point. Please note that our date is basically January 2020.
Personally, I expect this technology to improve dramatically over the next few years, but in the meantime, you can see how to recharge the battery system that you have or are now purchasing.
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