Genie IntelliG 1000 3/4 HP Chain or Belt Drive Garage Door Opener

“Today’s DC powered garage door openers have a number of advantages over AC powered
openers, and the IntelliG 1000 is a very good example.”

Genie IntelliG 1000
IntelliG 1000
3/4 HP DC Garage Door Opener

The Genie IntelliG 1000 is a 3/4 HP DC powered chain drive or belt drive garage door opener. Chain OR Belt Drive? Yes. The Genie Company recently updated its professionally installed line and the IntelliG 1000 as well the slightly more powerful Genie IntelliG 1200 can both be fitted with either a chain drive or belt drive rail.

The new Genie Pro line uses 140 Volt DC powered motors and include an updated and robust set of safety and security features. Among professionally installed, quiet garage door openers, the IntelliG models are worth a look.

The IntelliG 1000’s powerful 3/4 HP motor is more than adequate for most heavy solid wooden garage doors and carriage house doors.

NOTE: If you want the same features in a slightly more powerful model (a little more than 3/4 HP), consider the Genie IntelliG 1200. What is the difference between the IntelliG 1200 and the IntelliG 1000? There are actually 3 notable differences:

  • The IntelliG 1200 features the “Power Plus” DC motor with power exceeding that of a 3/4 HP AC motor while the IntelliG 1000’s power is about equal to a 3/4 HP AC motor.
  • The IntelliG 1200 opens faster at about 9 inches per second rather than about 7 for the IntelliG 1000.
  • The IntelliG 1200 has a motion sensor built into the power head (the motor part that mounts to the ceiling) that turns the light on when you enter the garage.

The latest DC powered Genie garage door openers have a number of advantages over AC powered models, including:

Soft Start and Stop – DC powered motors can slow down when the garage door is nearly open or nearly closed, which makes for an “easy landing” for the garage door. This “soft start and stop” action not only makes for a quiet garage door opener, it also reduces wear and tear on the door.

GenieSense™ Constant Monitoring – Genie’s new “GenieSense™” diagnostic system is another feature of DC motors that constantly monitors movement of the garage door when it is opening and closing. This not only helps reduce wear and tear, it also improves safety.

If the garage door encounters an object or person (or animal) in its path, the DC-powered motor will stop and reverse. When coupled with the Safe-T-Beam® infrared garage door sensors standard on this and most other garage door opener models, garage door safety is greatly improved.

More Efficient – DC motors do their job with less energy. While the savings may not turn your household budget into a cashflow machine, it is nice to know you are using less electricity (unless you own the utility company).

Genie IntelliG 1000 – Other Notable Features

What else is worth mentioning on the IntelliG 1000? A dual frequency system, Genie’s SmartSet™ programming, the latest multi-function wall control and a 200 Watt (max.) time delayed lighting system to name four.

Dual Frequency System – Also known as “Auto Seek,” this frequency hopping feature causes the opener to choose either the 315 or 390 MHz transmission frequency, depending on which one offers the least interference.

SmartSet™ – This easy-to-use programming feature allows for simple adjustments to speed, force and limits (when the garage door stops at the top and bottom of its cycle). No screw driver needed. Just use the clearly marked buttons to make simple adjustments.

Multi-Function Wall Control – The IntelliG 1000 wall control goes far beyond the old doorbell-style button. There is an open/close button, of course, but there is also a separate button to turn the light on an off and another button to engage the Sure-Lock™ feature.

Sure-Lock™ literally locks down the opener and will not allow it to be controlled by garage door remotes or the wall control. This is a nice feature to have when you go on vacation or leave for an extended period of time.

High Output Lights – The IntelliG 1000 features a 2 bulb 200 Watt lighting system that automatically shuts off after 4 minutes. This is more than adequate light if you just park your cars in the garage. However, if you plan to work on your cars in the garage, do crafting or other hobby projects, etc., consider extra or specialized garage lighting. In my opinion, you can never have enough light.

Genie IntelliG 1000 Safety and Security

Standard safety and security features on the IntelliG 1000 are similar to other Genie garage door openers. However, some are improved over older models. For example, Safe-T-Beam® infrared garage door sensors and a manual door release are standard on all Genie models.

What is not found on older, non-DC powered Genie models is GenieSense™ technology. Exclusive to DC powered openers, GenieSense™ continuously monitors door movement and will stop and reverse the garage door if it encounters a person or object (or your pet).Infrared garage door sensors emit an infrared light across the bottom of the garage door opening. If the light beam is interrupted, the garage door opener will either not work at all (it won’t start the closing cycle), or it will stop, reverse direction and open to the fully open position.

Security is also improved with Genie’s new Intellicode® 2 standards, which improve signal encryption. This “rolling code” technology is found on most garage door openers and it changes the transmission code after every use to keep the code and your stuff safe.

Genie IntelliG 1000 Garage Door Remotes

The IntelliG 1000 comes with the newest Genie 3-button garage door remotes that are backward compatible with Intellicode® 1 remotes. This is important if you have an older Intellicode equipped Genie garage door opener operating one of your other garage doors.

The IntelliG 1000 is also compatible with the HomeLink® and Car2U® home automation systems if your car is equipped.

Genie IntelliG 1000 Consumer Reports

Because they are just coming to the market, there has not been a lot of consumer feedback. The IntelliG 1000 as well as the slightly more powerful Genie IntelliG 1200 are both models to watch from a reputable company like Genie.

NOTE: For the technically minded, DC power is not measured in horsepower. It is measured in Newtons and the IntelliG 1000 has about the same power as a 3/4 HP AC motor. The very similar IntelliG 1200’s Power Plus motor is a little more powerful than a 3/4 HP AC motor.

Genie IntelliG 1000 Garage Door Opener features:

Horsepower: 3/4 HP DC Lifting Force
Type of Drive: Chain or Belt
Light Source: 200 watt lighting system (Two 100-Watt bulbs, max.)
Security Features:

  • Intellicode® 2 Access Security system (rolling code remotes)

Safety Features:

  • Safe-T-Beam® infrared garage door sensors to stop and reverse the garage door when light beam is interrupted
  • GenieSense™ Constant Monitoring to reverse the door if an object or person is encountered
  • Manual Emergency Release for the garage door


  • Lifetime on the Motor and Gear Box
  • 15 Years on Belt Drive systems (remember, this model is also available with a chain drive)
  • 5 Years on Chain Drive systems (if you choose this option)
  • 5 Years on Parts
  • 1 Year on Accessories
  • Consult the product warranty for details
  • Genie IntelliG 1000 Owner’s Manual

Special Features:

  • Chain Drive or Belt Drive option
  • Powerful 3/4 HP DC motor
  • 3-Button Intellicode® 2 garage door remotes
  • Dual Frequency Auto Seek system
  • Multi-Function wall console
  • SmartSet® Push-Button Programming
  • 200 Watt (max.) lighting system with 4 minute delay
  • Compatible with HomeLink® and Lear Car2U® systems


  • Additional Garage Door Remotes
  • Rail extension kit for taller garage doors

Genie IntelliG 1000 Owner’s Manual

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