Custom window treatment manufacturer Hunter Douglas is bringing out a sustainable battery solution for its PowerView automated smart shades that it says is easy to add, remove and recharge: the Rechargeable Battery Wand. The solution brings convenience and long-lasting power to Hunter Douglas automated shading products. Concealed behind the headrail, it also provides an aesthetic solution that won’t mar the beauty of window treatments.

Hunter Douglas’ PowerView Automation brings smart home control to most of the company’s wide range of shading products, with options for either hardwired or battery-powered operation. The new Rechargeable Battery Wand, the company says, can be installed with most shade styles and can also be retrofitted to existing Hunter Douglas automated window treatments. It further helps to reduce waste, conserve resources associated with manufacturing and distributing disposable batteries, and saves money for the homeowner in the long run. The battery charge lasts up to one year, depending on shade use.

When it needs to be recharged, homeowners get a notification via email or from the PowerView App indicating which shades have low batteries. An accompanying Dual Charging Station makes it easy to keep fully charged spare Battery Wands on hand: Simply unsnap the low battery from the magnetic mount behind the shade, snap a fully charged spare into the mount, and place the removed Rechargeable Battery Wand into the Dual Charging Station so it’s ready for the next time.

Hunter Douglas Director of Product Management/Motorization Scott Stephenson told Connected Design that the process of swapping out a depleted battery for a fully charged one was much the same process that cordless drill users engage in to replenish the power on their devices.

Alternatively, the Rechargeable Battery Wand can be charged in place while still mounted to the shade using the optional single charger. Both options fully charge the battery wand in under three hours.

Designed with safety in mind, the Rechargeable Battery Wand is UL listed and features the widest operating temperature range of any rechargeable solution for window coverings on the market. Since temperatures at the window can get extremely hot in direct sunlight, there’s also a safety shutoff feature for the rare chance that the battery reaches an unsafe temperature level.

In addition to the Rechargeable Battery Wand for wireless automated shading solutions, Hunter Douglas has just added to its hardwired shading automation portfolio with PowerView+ for shade styles including Designer Roller Shades, Designer Screen Shades, Pirouette Window Shadings, and Silhouette Window Shadings, and PowerView AC for Designer Screen Shades and Designer Roller Shades. All PowerView systems can be controlled with the PowerView App, Pebble Remote, using voice command, or with professionally installed smart home systems including Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, Siri with Apple HomeKit, Control4, Crestron, Elan, IFTTT, Logitech Harmony Home, Universal Remote Control, RTI, and Savant.