The device features MyQ compatibility that will enable you to access the doors of your garage using your smartphone at any time you want and from virtually any distance and to program your garage door to close or your MyQ LED lighting to go on/off at designated times with customised schedules.
Installing the device may seem complicated to some despite all the tools and the guide.
The Chamberlain ML1000EVGB is being marketed as a premium electric garage door opener for a good reason: the device has the kind of power and speed you would expect from the model of this calibre and the kind of safety and convenience you receive with the MyQ app is virtually unparalleled.
Sectional single- and double-wide
Up to 20 cm / sec
Width: up to 5.5 m
Surface: up to 12.375 m²
2 remote controls, wireless wall control, myQ™ control available
Auto-force adjustment, soft start and stop technology, LED light, evolution Radio technology, reverse, motion sensor
The powerful motor is delivering 1,000 newtons. With this kind of motor under its proverbial hood, this model will be able to handle some of the largest garage doors with up to 15 m² door surface.
The remote's range is limited.
The Schartec ST104016 is an impressive model that will suit a variety of customers thanks to the fact that it is easy to install and it works perfectly fine in the temperature range from -40C° to +50°C but it will be an absolute find for anyone with an unusually large garage door.
Sectional single- and double-wide
Up to 16 cm / sec
Width: up to 6 m
Surface: up to 15 m²
2 remote controls
Soft start and stop technology, LED light, floating code, reverse, motion sensor
The LED light, when you go with the standby mode, consumes less than 1 watt. Using the reverse function, you'll be able to prevent accidents. Despite its modest 700-newton-metre peak force, the device can easily lift garage doors up to 90 kilogrammes.
The remote has tiny buttons.
People with small garages cannot go wrong with the Chamberlain Comfort. The model's featuring auto-force adjustment, quiet operation (<54 decibels), motion sensors, and opens most doors within seconds, with the opening speed capping at respectable 16 cm/sec.
Sectional single- and double-wide
Up to 16 cm / sec
Width: up to 3.2 m
Surface: up to 8 m²
2 remote controls, wireless wall control, MyQ™ control available
Auto-force adjustment, soft start and stop technology, LED light, reverse, motion sensor
The LED screen with a straightforward interface allows for easy menu navigation. On top of that, you're getting 2 remote controls that will simplify operating the model, letting you manipulate the adjustable electronic key lock from a considerable distance.
Some users found the device to be a bit noisy.
The Easy 800 N Garage Door Opener includes a safety-reverse feature executed in accordance with the EN 12453 norm, ensuring your safety and the service life of your garage door. On top of it, this is one of the cheapest options on the market, making it a great choice for any customer currently tight on money.
Sectional single- and double-wide
Up to 15 cm / sec
Width: up to 5 m
Surface: up to 12 m²
2 remote controls
2 LED lights, floating code, reverse, motion sensor
The installation accessories that are shipped with the unit enable easy and straightforward assembly, with the supplied instructions making it the least challenging task. The accessories have also received anti-corrosion and anti-rust treatment, meaning that even garages with high humidity levels will not shorten the unit's service life.
The opening speed is nothing to write home about.
The KITGARN ZTGD1000 belongs among the most practical and reliable budget garage door openers. Without requiring considerable time, money, and effort investments, this device will make sure the doors are opening and closing clean, safe, and hassle-free.
Sectional single- and double-wide
Up to 12 cm / sec
Width: up to 6 m
Surface: up to 15 m²
2 remote controls
Soft start and stop, LED light, automatic safety switch-off, motion sensor
A Premium Class Model
When it comes to garage door openers, there are very few companies that made a better name for themselves than Chamberlain. Chamberlain Group is a global leader in access solutions and products, which is renowned for designing and engineering residential garage door openers, commercial door operators, and gate entry systems. But even among a plethora of their devices, some manage to stand out from other products of this company. The aforementioned company markets the Chamberlain ML1000EVGB as a premium garage door opener and, upon further inspection, we'd have a hard time arguing against this title.
First of all, even though the device is far from the one you could honestly describe as basic and primitive, it weighs no more than 13 kilograms and features a metre in length, 23 centimetres in width and only 18 cm in depth. While this weight and these dimensions don't necessarily make it the most compact and lightweight option on the market, there are very few premium class garage door openers that could boast similar numbers in this regard. Even though this isn't the kind of device that necessarily lives and dies thanks to its size, it's always nice to have some additional free space.
OPERATE IT THROUGH AN APP
And, since the device in question is a premium garage door opener from Chamberlain, those familiar with the company wouldn't be surprised by the fact that it features MyQ compatibility. If you're not familiar with it, MyQ is a smartphone application that allows the owners of Chamberlain products to easily control not just their garage doors but also outdoor lamps and house lights from the comforts of their smartphone. To start with, the app is incredibly convenient thanks to the fact that it allows you to access the doors of your garage using your smartphone at any time you want and from virtually any kind of distance and to program your garage door to close or your MyQ LED lighting to go on/off at designated times with customized schedules.
But convenience is not the only thing this application provides since you're also getting additional security capabilities thanks to the option to receive real-time alerts on your smartphone every time the garage door opens or closes. And, thanks to the fact that the lighting comes from Light-Emitting Diodes, the model actually features quite an energy-efficient standby consumption of only 0.8 W. And if you're unfamiliar with remote garage door openers, there's no need to worry since the device includes two transmitters (with a 2 button design), a wireless wall control, and a new operator line that allow for an easy and quick installation.
But, if you're still not convinced, we would also like to mention that the model features a maintenance-free belt drive that operates at the speed of 200 mm/sec making it one of the faster and stronger options on the market. The Chamberlain ML1000EVGB is being marketed as a premium garage door opener for a good reason: the device features the kind of power and speed you would expect from the model of this calibre and the kind of safety and convenience you receive with the MyQ app is virtually unparalleled.
Open Any Door
The thing about garages and garage doors, in general, is that even though the majority of houses tend to be at least somewhat unique, most cars feature similar characteristic in terms of the size, so the majority of garages will obviously offer the kind of dimensions that would suit these cars. And, in turn, that obviously means that the majority of garage door openers' manufacturers will try to adhere to these sizes and pack their products with the kind of specifications that could support the required dimensions.
But, naturally, some people tend to have garages that considerably differ in terms of the size from the majority of options on the real estate market. That is where the Schartec ST104016 comes in. If you are a proud owner of a garage with a considerably larger than average door, you will need a garage door opener that will be able to deliver the kind of power it takes to efficiently open and close that door. And with a motor capable of providing the power of 1000 newtons, this device features said power in abundance.
Handle Any Kind of Weather
Like we have previously mentioned, one of the most outstanding things about the Schartec ST104016 is easily its powerful motor. Capable of delivering 1000 Newtons, this is without a doubt one of the most powerful options on the garage door openers market. With this kind of motor under its proverbial hood, this model will be able to handle some of the largest garage doors with up to 15 m² door surface. The aforementioned door can feature up to 100 kg of maximum door weight and up to 2400 mm of acceptable door height, and this garage door opener will be able to handle it with ease. Of course, with this kind of power, it comes as no surprise that the manufacturer equipped this garage door opener with a power supply of 230 Volts. And, although the model comes with an already impressive 3150 mm belt drive boom rail, you can request longer boom rails for door heights greater than 2400 mm. Naturally, the speed with which the device is capable of opening and closing matters too, and with a 433.92 MHz Rolling-Code frequency, this model will be able to do that at an acceptable speed of 160 mm/sec.
Another impressive aspect of this device would definitely have to be the working temperatures that it is capable of supporting. The model works perfectly fine in the temperature range from -40C° to +50°C meaning that you won't have to worry about your garage door freezing on you in the winter or malfunctioning due to severe heat in the summer. The garage door opener includes a designer 4-Channel remote control, a remote control holder and all the mounting materials you'll need, so installing and operating it shouldn't present any major challenges. To sum it up, the Schartec ST104016 is an impressive model that will suit a variety of customers but will be an absolute find for anyone with an unusually large garage door.
Chamberlain is the biggest name in the business, dominating both the premium segment and the mid-range market segment too. What we have here is not the company's flagship product because those cost twice as much as this one. That said, the differences between flagship openers and the Chamberlain Comfort are limited. In fact, where most users are concerned, the issues with this product begin and conclude not even with the opening device but with the remote that you'll use to operate the device. Fitted with tiny buttons, the remote is not easy to use whilst wearing gloves. Besides that, as long as you are not crazy about unnecessary bells and whistles, the Chamberlain Comfort does not disappoint.
First things first, everything starts with the giant push-button, illuminated so that you can identify and press the button even without turning on the lights. From that button, we're moving towards the decent peak tensile force, capping at 700 newton-metres to open doors as heavy as 90 kilogrammes. There are more impressive garage door openers from this perspective but, generally speaking, more force is not necessary because most garage doors do not weigh enough to justify that force. Plus, on the whole, these openers are seldom as quiet as the Chamberlain Comfort and even more seldom are these openers as gentle on the floors. Even so, despite the model's quiet operation, the belt is pretty tenacious, so you will not be replacing it anytime soon.
Not Quite Like Most
Sure, from most angles, the Chamberlain Comfort is not that different from its competition. But you're not paying for the brand name alone here. Most openers are equipped with LED lights but those lights are normally drawing more than the model's 0.8-watt consumption (standby mode). Most openers (within the model's price bracket) do not reach 16 centimetres per second opening speed. Most openers that cost about as much as this one do not have the reverse function, allowing you to reverse the door's motion when there's an obstacle between the closing doors and the floors.
From the dimensions perspective, this device will accommodate doors <3.2 metres high and with the surface not going above 8 square metres, so we're talking about something that was designed to fit small garages, not anything huge. When you take that into account, along with the integrated Wi-Fi module and the model's compatibility with the MyQ app, the Chamberlain Comfort becomes the only sensible choice within its price point.
Easy 800 N
The Right Kind of Easy
It goes without saying that if you decide to call your company "Easy", there's a good chance people are going to expect a certain kind of accessibility and straightforwardness from your products. Of course, nobody is saying that the models you distribute have to be so simple that they're barely able to serve their basic functions, but they do have to boast a certain level of convenience in order to justify the company's name. And it seems like the people behind this company are certainly aware of that since the device in question could definitely be described as easy without being overly basic or simplistic.
The very first thing we would like to mention about the Easy 800 N Garage Door Opener is the soft-start and soft-stop function that will allow you to open and close the door without making too much noise and damaging the door itself. On top of that, you get a sturdy and durable 3-piece boom rail with a strong and secure chain. That, along with the safety-reverse feature executed in accordance with the EN 12453 norm, will ensure your safety and increase (or, at the very least, not decrease) the service life of your garage door.
Simple Menu Navigation
Any garage door opener lives and dies mostly on its motor, which is exactly why the people behind this model equipped it with a powerful and reliable motor that features a pull and push force of 800 Newtons. This kind of power will allow the customers to install it in on garage doors that feature a surface area of up to 12 m² and a weight of up to 100 kilograms. And if you still don't feel like this is one of the more versatile options on the market, it is also capable of dealing with garages that feature a door height of up to 2250 mm. Depending on the type of door you have in your garage, the model features an opening speed somewhere between 13 and 15 centimetres a second. While that kind of speed isn't nearly enough to put this model into the group of some of the faster options on the market, it should be enough if you're not the type of person that is always in a hurry.
Going back to the convenience part of this garage door opener, it comes equipped with 2 handheld transmitters with a slider-cover and features an LED display with a straightforward interface that allows for easy menu navigation. On top of that, you're getting 2 remote controls that will noticeably simplify operating the device by providing you with an opportunity to manipulate an adjustable electronic key lock. The last but not least, the package includes all of the accessories and mounting materials you may need on top of a straightforward instructions manual in English, so the installation process shouldn't take too much time. And if you're still not impressed by this model, let it be known that the 800 N Garage Door Opener is one of the cheapest options on the market, making it a great choice for any customer currently tight on money.
Reaching 1,000 Newtons
The KITGARN ZTGD1000 has been designed and developed with an emphasis put on convenience first and everything else second. Technically speaking, this is not the most capable device, not quite. Not necessarily matching its direct competition, the unit opens doors at 12 centimetres per second tops, whereas most models within its price bracket nowadays usually reach at least 15-16. That being said, its peak force is not trailing behind. Measuring 1,000 newtons, this device easily opens large doors, pushing 6 metres width-wise and around 15 square metres surface-wise.
Before finishing with these numbers though, let's talk aesthetics. This is not garage door openers' most important attribute, no one in their right mind would say that. Still, these sizable units are taking up more space than most things inside the garage, so you do not want something hideous, something that can ruin the place's whole vibe.
With this product, you don't have to worry about that. We're not saying that this is the most attractive unit, not really. But, with its clean lines, smooth curves, and polished accents, the device does not look as cheap as most openers that cost around 100 quid. Its plastic housing feels sturdy and, to some extent, it is, with the sealed construction protecting the components inside from forming rust patches and corroding.
Soft and Smooth
Before you can start admiring its appearance and appreciating functionality, you need to assemble and install the device first. Time- and effort-wise, this will not be the largest investment you'll make that day. No, shipped with the necessary guide rail and installation accessories, this garage door opener is pretty easy to put together. There are quite a few accessories included but, following the instructions that also come with the package, even first-timers should have no issues setting this device up and running.
Plus, once you set everything up, replacing them is not something you'll have to worry about, not in the foreseeable future. Every little bolt, screw, and nail that's provided with this opener has received anti-rust chrome treatment, so even the most humid environments will not damage them. The same can be said about the chain, with its teeth reinforced to make sure the drive lasts decades. To add more, you have the soft and smooth start and stop mechanisms preventing impact damage and motion sensors sending the doors back when met with an obstacle while closing and stopping them while opening.
Summing up, the KITGARN ZTGD1000 will prove practical and reliable in the long run, despite its modest price that suits most pockets.
What Is a Garage Door Opener?
Nowadays, there are scores of different devices, gadgets, and tools designed to make our lives easier and safer. In this review, we'd like to focus on one of the tools specifically designed for owners of vehicles - a garage door opener, a small but extremely handy tool which can help manage the door of a garage easily and quickly from afar. After reading this review, you'll learn the main technical specs that are important to look out for when selecting a garage opener and have a chance to compare different opening systems which are widely popular among car drivers worldwide. Garage door openers aren't only a convenient key to open/close the door, they are also used as part of a garage security system giving car owners a peace of mind regarding security of their vehicles as well as other belongings they store in a garage. With a garage door opener, none but a car owner can get into the garage, and the risks of auto theft are maximally reduced.
One of the other accessories we'd recommend any driver to acquire is a car cover which will allow you to leave your car outdoors in safety regardless of the weather conditions. And if you haven't got a jump starter yet, or you'd like to replace your old one, make sure to take a look at this comparison of 5 most powerful jump starters and get yourself one to keep in a truck.
What Features to Compare
Door Drive Specifications
Basically, there are several types of garage doors: swinging (also called hinged), sliding, and rollover. We would like to mention that most people prefer using sectional rollover garage doors; they are reliable, simple in installation, and rather affordable. Sectional doors are different in size and weight, so when choosing the door opener, start with analyzing the door drive specifications. First of all, check the maximum door weight each appliance can lift - if your sectional door is too heavy, the drive might be useless. Next, find out the power of an electric motor each door opener has: it's measured in horsepower (HP). If your garage door has the size of 7 x 8 feet, the necessary power of the door drive should be around 1/2 HP. If your garage door is bigger - 12 x 14 feet - the electric motor of the drive has to yield the power of at least 3/4 HP. Moreover, pay attention to a drive type (belt, chain, or jackshaft) and mount type (wall or ceiling). There are several types of garage door openers used with sectional doors. Note that wall-mounted jackshaft door openers are the most popular. Attached to the door, their moving force relies on a jackshaft rotation applied by the drive. Such a system is used with big and heavy doors and, therefore, has a rather powerful motor. Another widespread mount type is the one attached to a ceiling. This one is used for smaller garage doors; the drive moves a belt or a chain, moving the door up or down. Some garage door openers have a drive that moves along a chain, making very little noise. This type of drives is mounted on a ceiling too. Of course, no matter what garage door opener you choose, you will need special rails so that a garage door can move along. Individual installation mightn't be easy, so if you are unsure of your own skills, we recommend you to invite a team of professional workers who will cope with the task within a day.
The next step you should make is check the controls. All modern garage openers are remote-controlled, so you can simply push a button and the door will lift up or go down. The best garage openers are programmable: you can set a schedule and the door will be open at the time you need to drive out in the morning. Also, most of these appliances have a timer, which you can set to automatically close the door every time you leave the garage (usually, from 1.5 to 10 minutes). You might be wondering what will happen if you forget a remote, but most garage door openers come with a special wall console (it's installed outside the garage), so you can just enter a password and open (or close) the door. But that's not all - even if a long-term power outage occurs, you can still open or close a sectional garage door manually (though, it happens really once in a blue moon). If your vehicle is HomeLink compatible, you'll have the option to control the door remotely via a special transmitter from your car. The newest and most sophisticated garage door openers support WiFi connectivity by means of MyQ function, hence, you can control them right from your smartphone (via a special app).
Security and Safety
Never forget about security and safety when it comes to your property and car is no exception here. A sectional garage door opener must provide the highest possible level of security. The best appliances use a floating code that changes after each use. This way, burglars can't grab (and then use) the code. Of course, any decent garage opener has a reliable lock that doesn't allow anyone to open it manually from outside. Also, the door opener you choose must be safe for you and members of your family. For example, most door opening systems come with a light that turns on automatically when the door is opened and shuts off when it's closed. Some door opening systems even have light sensors that turn the garage lights on/off when they detect some movements. Imagine the situation when your car engine stalls while the door is already moving down... In this case, a garage door opener with the special safety sensors is what you need. These sensors will detect the hurdle and reverse the door to its initial position.
A garage is one of those things that a lot of people tend to take for granted. But even though most families living in a house (and even some that live in a flat) use it on a daily basis, there's a good chance that the majority of people don't necessarily know the proverbial ins and outs of everything that has to do with garages and garage door openers. Here are some interesting facts that you might not know about them.
Garage Can Serve as an Alternative Entry Point.
Even though it might seem counterintuitive to those people that live in a flat or occupy a household that doesn't have a garage attached next to it, this may not exactly come as a surprise to anyone that has lived in a house with a garage for years. In fact, calling it an alternative entry point may be quite an understatement, to say the least, since more than 70% of homeowners use the garage door as the primary access point for their home as opposed to using the front door – which one might naturally assume is the main access point. While it may seem counterintuitive and even downright ridiculous to some people, the reason behind that is actually quite simple. Since most people generally travel between their work or any other place of visit and their house using a car, it only makes sense that you would enter your home through a garage since you will have to park your car there first anyway.
The First Overhead Garage Door and The First Garage Door Opener.
Although most people probably take the overhead kind of garage door for granted since there's a good chance they grew up in a household with a similar type of door, it is actually a relatively recent invention. Less than a hundred years ago, people had to use regular doors for their garages until G. Johnson invented the very first overhead garage door in 1921 in Hartford City, Indiana. And if that doesn't seem impressive enough to you, the very same guy also invented the first automatic door opener in 1926, albeit it wasn’t until 40 years later that it became a widespread common thing among the majority of households.
The Garages are Getting Bigger.
Back in the early part of the 20th century, given that the majority of households own no more than a single car, the average garage comprised only about 8% of the square footage of a house. However, since automobiles became more and more accessible, with families beginning to own multiple cars, the garages started to grow in size. After 1960, garages started to take up an average 45% of the square footage of a typical house, with nearly 20% of all garages nowadays being built large enough to cover at least 3 cars. And it doesn't seem like this trend is going to decline or even stagnant anytime soon, not that anyone is complaining.
Q: What is the difference between the screw, belt, and chain drive garage door openers?
A: There are quite a few difference between this major types of garage door openers but if we had to sum it up without going into too many details, it would have to be mostly the difference in reliability and performance. Screw drive types tend to be more powerful than their competitors, all while being faster and relatively quiet. If you have a heavy door, you're going to need a device with a maximum amount of power in order to deal with it and that is generally a screw drive garage door opener. Belt drives are more known for being quiet and delivering smooth performance. Thanks mostly to the fact that they don't make too much noise, these models are perfectly suitable for garages adjacent to living areas. Last but not least, there are the chain drive kinds. Given the fact that they tend to be rugged, durable, and reliable, these garage door openers will fit virtually any customer.
Q: I can't seem to open the garage door using neither the remote control nor the wall switch mechanism. What do I do?
A: When the garage door doesn't seem to budge at all even though you keep pressing all the necessary buttons on your remote control or if you keep trying the wall switch mechanism, the most probable cause of it is almost always the fact that the power source has been disrupted in one way or the other. Given that this is one of the most popular issues that owners of automatic garage door openers tend to deal with, the reason for it tends to be quite simple as well - the motor unit has probably been unplugged. In order to figure out if that is indeed the case, you will have to check the outlet where the door opening is plugged in and make sure the cord is plugged in all the way. Although nine times out of 10 that is going to be the cause of this issue and fixing it will present no challenges at all, sometimes that won't do. If that's the case, there's a good chance that the garage door opener's motor has burned out and isn't operating at all. Unfortunately, this kind of situation will require you (or a service person) to replace the aforementioned motor.
Q: The garage door won't close all the way. What should I do to fix it?
A: If the garage door opens correctly but doesn't seem to be able to close completely, there are 3 probable causes of that. First, you should take a look at the close-limit switch. Your garage door has set-limit switches that instruct the motor when to stop running. All you will have to do is change those limits. Second, the safety sensors may need adjustment or realignment. If there's anything blocking the sightline, or if the brackets holding the electronic eyes are out of alignment, the door could simply fail to descend all the way. The last and the least frequent cause of this could be rusted or damaged rollers binding the tracks. The solution to this issue is fairly simple since all you'll have to do is replace the broken rollers or lubricate them with a silicon lubricant.
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