How to Get Out of a Power Recliner When the Power Goes Out

How to Get Out of a Power Recliner When the Power Goes Out

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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A power reclining chair is popular for individuals seeking comfort and convenience. These innovative pieces of furniture provide flexible positioning options at the touch of a button, allowing you to recline or sit up as desired.

But have you ever imagined how frightening it can be when stuck in your electric recliner when the power goes out? It can be frustrating and scary, especially if it happens for the first time. When you cannot lift the footrest or recline the backrest, you could feel confined and unsure of how to get up.

Worry not if you ever imagine yourself in this kind of situation! The solution is simpler than you may think. In this article, we will take you through the tips to help your recliner from getting stuck when the power goes out and how to get out of the chair quickly.

How to Get Out of a Power Recliner When the Power Goes Out?

A power outage should not make getting out of a power recliner difficult. You only need a backup battery pack to escape getting stuck on your recliner when the power goes. In case your recliner comes with one, you are lucky! You need to activate the backup battery to exit your chair safely.

However, if your recliner only comes with a cord, you must install a battery backup to guarantee safety during power outages. Also, if you are unsure how to install the backup battery pack, don’t worry! With our comprehensive guide, we’ve got you covered.

How to Install a Battery Backup Pack

How to install a battery backup pack

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After buying your battery backup pack, the next task is to install it, which means setting up the battery backup pack in your power recliner. Below we have discussed the instructions step by step.

Step 1: Unplug Your Power Recliner From The Wall Socket

The most crucial step is to unplug your power chair from its power source before beginning the procedure to avoid an electrical risk.

Step 2:  Turn the Recliner Over and Locate the Mainframe

Next, after unplugging the recliner from the power socket, you will follow the below procedure to locate the mainframe.

  1. Turn the recliner over until you see the bottom part. When doing so, ensure it is supported by the top of its backseat and armrests.
  2. Inspect the bottom of your power recliner and locate its mainframe
  3. Take a pair of screwdrivers to unscrew all the bolts and open the mainframe. Remember to keep the bolts in a safe place since you still need them to screw the frame back.
  4. Lastly, disconnect the frame of your power recliner.

Step 3:  Locate the Transformer of the Power Recliners

It is not difficult to find the transformer for your recliner. You will find it on the right side in most power recliners, but some recliners have it on the left side. After locating the transformer, unplug it’s wires from the recliner’s motor.

Step 4:  Connect the Motor to the Battery Backup

This is the foremost step that demands proper attention, connecting the motor of your power recliner with the battery backup pack. Once you have unplugged your transformer, connect it to the battery backup pack and pin-type cables. Afterward, place the battery close to your recliner because when you push it back to its reclined position, it should stay hidden beneath your power recliner.

Step 5: Turn Back your Power Recliner to its Upright Position.

This is the last step of the process. Your power recliner is now connected to the battery backup pack. Push your power recliner back to its normal position and enjoy the comfort that comes with it without worrying about what comes next when the power goes.

How to Operate and Charge the Battery Backup Pack

How to operate and charge the battery backup pack

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After installing the battery backup pack, how to use it in case of a power outage follows. The steps below will guide you on how to operate it.

  1. Connect the battery backup plugs to your recliners transformer
  2. Plug in your batter backup pack beside the transformer to a power source, which should not be less than 120 volts
  3. Immediately after plugging your backup battery and transformer into a power source, you will see a red light to show it is charging, and it will turn green to indicate that the battery is fully charged.

After that, connect the fully charged battery and the recliner transformer back to the power recliner following the procedure on the installation we discussed before. Also, the battery backup pack should last you a whole month of usage before re-charging it.

After installing your battery backup pack to your recliner, consider taking these precautions to make it last longer and provide you with good service by protecting it from dust and debris

  1. Place the battery close to the power recliner to help hide it beneath the seat of the power recliner
  2. Keep it out of children’s reach
  3. Keep it away from wet spots to ensure that it is always dry

Choosing the Suitable Battery Backup Pack

Choosing the Suitable Battery Backup Pack

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Picking a battery pack without considering the needs of your power recliner can do you more harm than good. Before buying a battery backup pack, consider the following;

  1. Ensure the models of your recliners is compatible with the battery backup you want to purchase
  2. Consider the quality since this will enhance its durability. Do this by researching which many people widely use one.

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Get Out of a Power Recliner When the Power Goes Out

1. Can you manually recline an electric recliner?

You cannot use electric recliners manually since they depend entirely on power to function and do not have a manual mechanism. This is because the motor of the power recliner handles all the operations. And that’s why a battery backup pack is handy in a power outage.

2. Do electric chairs have battery backup?

Yes, you can use a battery backup as another energy source for your electric chair. But you can also connect your electric chair to a power outlet because electric chairs primarily need energy.

3. Do electric lift chairs have a battery backup?

Yes, most electric lift chairs have battery backups in case power goes out. Also, it’s a feature that is included in the manual.

4. Do electric recliners use a lot of electricity?

This will depend on the model and how often you are using it. But, generally, they consume less electricity than any other household appliance. Always check your recliner’s manual to be sure of its power usage. Recliners use about 58W of electricity for a standard motion and around 14W on standby.

5. Can my battery backup pack support my recliner’s additional feature?

After installing your battery backup, you will enjoy the comfort of your recliner even during a power outage. However, you can use it for limited features since it cannot support the additional features your recliner might have, such as a reading light, massager, and heating system.

Conclusion on How to Get Out of a Power Recliner When the Power Goes Out

Conclusion on How to get out of a power recliner when the power goes out.

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In summary, our article should bring your worry to an end on how to get out of a power recliner when the power goes out. The solution is simple, buy and install a battery backup pack.

You can be lucky enough if your recliner has a battery; however, that should not worry you because you can still buy and install it. Ensure you diligently research the backup battery compatible with your power recliner.

Ultimately, a battery backup pack will enable you to continue enjoying the comfort of your recliner, and suppose you get stuck in your power recliner; it will help you get out of your when the power goes out.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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