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Master Geek


# 252839 13-Jul-2019 16:15
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Hey guys, 


I'm just looking at picking up some Xiaomi Blind motors.


Does anyone have any experience with them? I have never had blinds before so this is all new to me.


Does anyone know if they fit NZ blinds?


will I need special adapters/fitting/mounts from a blinds perspective? (power is straight forward)


if there is a Maximum length as I have a 5.4m window?


 


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33049459177.html


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Master Geek


  # 2286810 31-Jul-2019 19:54
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I figured I better update this, I've ordered one for science. They fit in to a 50mm Aluminium tube, and the below parts are the additional ones I need to complete the installation.

 

Ill see what I can get here in NZ but will probably need to get the whole lot from Aliexpress. But at $80 USD for a quality Zigbee motor it seems like a good deal

 

 

 


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Ultimate Geek


  # 2286847 31-Jul-2019 21:16
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What size tube do NZ blinds use?

I’m keen to get some of these if can get it going

 
 
 
 


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  # 2286899 1-Aug-2019 07:14
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Yeah, also following this thread with interest.




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  # 2286905 1-Aug-2019 07:43
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I cant find any info on what Aluminum tube are used in NZ - I know nothing about blinds so thats why i've ordered a sample. I had one guy over to measure yesterday but it turns out they dont do automated ones.

 

My goal is a Zigbee controlled blind system, so if this is a failure I can go with the much more expensive Qmotion system, dont really want to though.

 

So far a great resource has been This video and this blind seller.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sqXNm49oHg

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/1908671?spm=a2g1y.12024536.1000001.11.2cfb2761XtWjk8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Ultimate Geek


  # 2286959 1-Aug-2019 09:20
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I can pull one of my blinds down tonight and check measurements if needed



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Master Geek


  # 2286968 1-Aug-2019 09:32
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Thanks, It seems the ali tubes come in 2 sizes 38mm and 50mm  - at least in China - if thats any help.

 

 


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  # 2286980 1-Aug-2019 09:48
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For roller blinds, I use onlineblinds.co.nz. Really good quality and amazing value. They have an automated roller blind option, though I strongly suspect it won't be Zigbee. However, if you phone and ask for David, he will be able to tell you the exact size and specifications of all their stuff - I've spoken to him a few times and he is super helpful.

 

I'm currently doing an automation project for venetian blinds. Signs look promising so far, will report back once the project is done.


 
 
 
 




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Master Geek


  # 2286984 1-Aug-2019 09:55
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At the risk of over posting, thank you all for your help, I was a bit lost. Ill Flick onlineblinds.co.nz an email.

 

 


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  # 2286991 1-Aug-2019 10:01
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Watching.  Been wanting to automate blinds at home for some time.




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  # 2287356 1-Aug-2019 19:29
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I contacted onlineblinds.co.nz but the weren't interested in making the blinds for them at all, despite roughly having the right tube size for them and I said I could get the adapters for them. 

 

Ill have to try and find some other company, once the motor arrives ill go visit a few locally.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 2287373 1-Aug-2019 20:12
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I checked mine that were purchased last year and they seem to be a 40mm tube



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  # 2287396 1-Aug-2019 21:49
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IO used rodsandblinds.co.nz and got 38mm blackout blinds for my lounge about 18 months ago. I used battery powered remote control blind motors from Aliexpress

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32614830824.html

 

Those ones.. Got a curtain motor and track as well

 

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32528164079.html

 

Got a 15 channel wall controller as well and have it integrated into Homeassistant and Amazon Echo through an RMpro. "Alexa, close the blinds"

 

Works perfect. Batteries in each blind last ages. Consindered the ludicrously overpriced solar panels to keep them charged but ended up building my own tiny panels+charge controller for about $5 per blind.

 

 

Cheers - N

 

ps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cHZnR9XMMo is the youtube link. I wish the embedding on here actually worked consistently.

 

 





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  # 2287442 2-Aug-2019 07:19
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Talkiet:

 

Works perfect. Batteries in each blind last ages. Consindered the ludicrously overpriced solar panels to keep them charged but ended up building my own tiny panels+charge controller for about $5 per blind. 

 

 

 

Now this you need to share more details on! Do you have a parts list / approximate price per blind and rough overview of your build? 

 

Loving the blinds being perfectly in sync, that was oddly satisfying!


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  # 2287559 2-Aug-2019 10:40
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very cool @Talkiet

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  # 2287606 2-Aug-2019 11:32
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premiumtouring:

 

Talkiet:

 

Works perfect. Batteries in each blind last ages. Consindered the ludicrously overpriced solar panels to keep them charged but ended up building my own tiny panels+charge controller for about $5 per blind. 

 

 

 

Now this you need to share more details on! Do you have a parts list / approximate price per blind and rough overview of your build? 

 

Loving the blinds being perfectly in sync, that was oddly satisfying!

 

 

There's nothing to document really.

 

Panel, charge controller, use plug off existing chargers.

 

$0.93 controller - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32947135639.html

 

$3.75 panel - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32757562057.html

 

 

 

Done.

 

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