Author Topic: New AutoView Z-Wave Somfy Motors from Bali  (Read 12621 times)

Offline waltzer11

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Re: New AutoView Z-Wave Somfy Motors from Bali
« Reply #60 on: November 12, 2017, 07:01:46 pm »
Back in July before I fished up this Room remodel I took a few videos to show the Bali Autoview Z-wave plus in action.

https://youtu.be/nIJhdKq4Jn4
and
https://youtu.be/5XE23aEScTs

I also have a bunch of pictures here on dropbox.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fsj9pr7axaomk65/AACHhCs29KpNg-sz2F9mP5Cra?dl=0

Battery life has been better then I thought (or not working) still showing 100% with about 1 open and close per day since July.

since you have battery operated, can you clue me in please: (1) i have 9 windows not same sizes but about 31-1/8 W, 65-1/4 H, do i need dual or just single battery wand, (2) is the battery case visible or hidden somewhere behind the headrail. i dont want to deal with replacing batteries periodically but i dont want to use transformer because the power cords will be very unsightly in a room where we entertain guests and relatives. it's an inside mount and hard wiring 9 shades is not an option. thanks

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Re: New AutoView Z-Wave Somfy Motors from Bali
« Reply #61 on: November 13, 2017, 10:50:28 am »
since you have battery operated, can you clue me in please: (1) i have 9 windows not same sizes but about 31-1/8 W, 65-1/4 H, do i need dual or just single battery wand, (2) is the battery case visible or hidden somewhere behind the headrail. i dont want to deal with replacing batteries periodically but i dont want to use transformer because the power cords will be very unsightly in a room where we entertain guests and relatives. it's an inside mount and hard wiring 9 shades is not an option. thanks

The battery wand on mine is hidden between the window frame and blinds on my install, this might vary depending on how your window is setup. I went with one wand on mine, but I can plugin a 2nd anytime in the future if I choose too. From what I know the hight of the window make a bigger impact on battery life then the width due to how long the motor runs to pull the blinds up.

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Re: New AutoView Z-Wave Somfy Motors from Bali
« Reply #62 on: December 14, 2017, 02:41:52 pm »
Has anyone tried using a solar charger setup with battery power on these AutoView blinds?  I have 3 windows high up in an open (24ft ceiling) room.  The blinds are like 4ft wide by 5ft tall.  I'd like to have them be able to completely cycle 2x a day on a schedule. 

I really don't want to have to grab my extension ladder to recharge the batteries every few months.  If I can go may 2-3 years without having to get up there, that would be awesome.  It doesn't seem like I'm hearing much information about using a solar panel to help keep the batteries charged.  Any info would be great!
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Re: New AutoView Z-Wave Somfy Motors from Bali
« Reply #63 on: December 14, 2017, 03:40:37 pm »
Has anyone tried using a solar charger setup with battery power on these AutoView blinds?  I have 3 windows high up in an open (24ft ceiling) room.  The blinds are like 4ft wide by 5ft tall.  I'd like to have them be able to completely cycle 2x a day on a schedule. 

I really don't want to have to grab my extension ladder to recharge the batteries every few months.  If I can go may 2-3 years without having to get up there, that would be awesome.  It doesn't seem like I'm hearing much information about using a solar panel to help keep the batteries charged.  Any info would be great!

I'm sure something can be made, but solar is not a factory option for these. Atleast not when I got mine.

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Re: New AutoView Z-Wave Somfy Motors from Bali
« Reply #64 on: December 14, 2017, 03:52:08 pm »
Is the battery pack something that you charge as a unit or is it expected that you'll remove the batteries to charge them? 
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Re: New AutoView Z-Wave Somfy Motors from Bali
« Reply #65 on: December 15, 2017, 01:46:45 pm »
Is the battery pack something that you charge as a unit or is it expected that you'll remove the batteries to charge them?

The pack take AA's batteries and has a USB connector that plugs into the blinds. So the "Battery Pack" is really just a battery holder that you load with AA's. Like my door lock I use  "Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries". I also think that's the same batteries they came with. Rechargeable cheaper in long run but don't last as long and have less total voltage to start with.