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QMotion Claims ‘World’s Narrowest Battery-Operated Roller Shade’

Debuting at CEDIA Expo 2014, new QAdvanced roller shades from QMotion stuff motor and and batteries into shade tube, fit window openings as narrow as 15.5 inches wide.

QMotion QAdvanced narrow battery-operated shades debut at CEDIA Expo 2014.
Julie Jacobson · August 22, 2014

Sure you can cram all sorts of batteries and motors into a giant shade tube for powering motorized roller shades. The trickier feat is to power shades with a smaller tube that fits in narrow window openings.

QMotion has done just that with its new QAdvanced shades that pack a motor and standard alkaline AA batteries in a tube that can fit spaces as narrow as 15.5 inches wide. QMotion says the product is the “world’s narrowest battery-operated roller shade.”

The new narrow shades include the same unique elements of the QAdvanced full-size roller shades, such as a manual override feature that lets users start and stop the movement of a window covering with a simple tug.

While the full-size roller shades are powered by D-cell alkaline batteries, the new narrow models use an internal pack of three standard alkaline AA batteries. Lithium batteries may be used for longer battery life. Since the batteries are located inside the shade tube, users can replace them without having to remove the shade from the brackets.

QMotion offers a wide range of fabrics in various textures and patterns with different levels of light filtering—all the way to blackout materials.

QMotion shades integrate with most of the popular home and building automation systems.

NOTE: Full-sized roller shown; New narrow model uses AA batteries


  • small side gaps 1/2”
  • Easy battery replacement
  • Low voltage wire can accommodate left or right side connection
  • Shade fabric may be detached from tube without lowering the shade from the brackets
  • Sizes from 15.5” to 22” wide by 96” tall (15 5/8 for an inside mount)
  • Uses three AA batteries - ships with alkaline batteries. May use lithium batteries for longer battery life.
  • Battery life expectancy 1 to 1 1/2 years or more.  Battery life 2 years or more with lithium battery
  • Shades ship with batteries already installed

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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