Before I bought my Ring Video Doorbell, I was worried about the battery life and how long it would last. Hopefully, the battery life wouldn’t be extremely short and result in me having to change the battery or charge it too often.
The Ring battery can last up from 6 months to 1 year. However, all of these batteries can be recharged when the power runs out.
You also have the option of connecting solar panels to your Ring doorbell. Find more on that here! But how do you check on the battery level and actually charge the battery? And are there Ring models where you don’t need to charge the battery?
Ring Doorbell Models and Their Battery Lives
The average lifetime of a single Ring Doorbell battery can be anywhere from 6 months up to an entire year before it needs to be recharged or replaced. The battery life will vary between the different models that are available from Ring.
These are the Ring models that have the battery life of 6 months to a year:
Both models were the first models to be produced by Ring.
The newer models of Ring Doorbell devices have the ability to not run on battery power at all. They are hard wired and do not require a battery.
With the most advanced features yet including customizable motion detection zones, the Ring Doorbell Elite and Pro models do not run on battery power at all.
In fact, they will only require an internet connection or hardwiring to existing doorbell wires, so you will not need to worry about charging or replacing batteries if you choose to purchase one of these models. The Ring Elite uses PoE which stands for Power Over Ethernet. Essentially, the internet plug (Ethernet plug) is providing power and internet at the same time.
The Ring Pro and Ring Elite are great for homeowners because they will already have an existing doorbell wire and/or hardwired internet connection. This means they can make changes to their home without worry of a landlord.
In the opposite effect, the Ring Pro and the Ring Elite are terrible for apartment renters because of their limitations on what they can do to their apartment.
In this aspect, to Renters – I would recommend the Ring Video Doorbell 1 or Ring Video Doorbell 2. Or, if you can wait, the new Ring Door Cam (Which replaces the existing Peephole/Door Viewer).
If you’d like to see our most recommended video doorbells, check out our post where we do a full dive into the Pro’s and Con’s of every relevant video doorbell.
How To Check Ring Doorbell Battery Levels
The battery levels of your Ring Doorbell device can be monitored directly from the mobile app. This can be done by following these steps.
- Selecting the specific doorbell from the “My Devices” menu
- Once the device is selected, the battery levels will be shown near the top right-hand corner of the screen.
The battery status is depicted by an image that shows a battery with the corresponding levels filled in. To get an exact percentage of how much battery remains in the doorbell, you can select the gear image right above the battery in the top right.
Recharging a Ring Doorbell Battery
If it is time to recharge the battery, it will need to be unscrewed and temporarily taken away from the mounting bracket. The charging process will include a computer, so the doorbell device must be brought inside the house.
There is a small micro USB port that is located on the back of the Ring Doorbell that will be used to recharge the battery. When the device was purchased and installed, there should have been a small orange-colored cable that fits the port on the back.
The larger end of this cable will then be attached to the corresponding USB port on your computer or a wall outlet with an adapter.
Depending on how low the battery levels are, it might take the battery several hours to become fully charged again. For batteries that are close to completely dying, this process could take up to 10-12 full hours in order to regain complete battery percentage.
The battery is fully charged when the blue ring light around the doorbell is illuminated all the way around. However, the battery levels can still be double checked through the Ring app to be sure before reconnecting it to the front door.
Replacing a Ring Doorbell Battery
In the event that something happens to the battery or it completely dies out for some reason, you are able to replace it just as easily as it can be recharged. To do this, you will still need to begin by
- Undo any screws and/or security screw (used to prevent theft and tugging of Ring device)
- Remove the Ring Doorbell from the exterior wall by sliding it
- Bring it inside of the house where you can properly switch out the battery
- Since the battery is located in the back of the device, you will need to remove all of the screws using a screwdriver in order to retrieve it. There will be a total of 8 screws in the back of the first generation Ring Doorbell.
- Next, you will need to pull off the aluminum cover with enough force to release it, but not too much to where you can break it. This will reveal some additional screws attached to the device that will require an even smaller screwdriver to remove.
Once you are able to get through these layers of the doorbell, you will be able to use a plastic pry tool to open the plastic insert and remove the battery. From here, you will just simply replace the old battery with a new one and re-attach everything that has been removed.
Whether you have replaced the entire battery on your Ring Doorbell or just simply recharged it for a few hours, it will need to be screwed back on to the exterior wall of the home. This will be done in the exact same way that the device was initially installed, but the mounting bracket will already be secured in place.
When you are ready to reattach the doorbell, you will just simply push the device back into the bracket until it pops into place and tightens the screws into the wall one last time.
Once all of these steps have been completed, you will be able to use your Ring Doorbell like normal and monitor its battery power levels from the Ring app until the next charging session or battery replacement is required.
All of the above steps can be followed for the first generation model of the Ring Doorbell, but any other more recent model after that will not require any of these procedures since they do not hold physical batteries at all.
Alternatives to Charging Your Ring Doorbell Battery
While it is true that the developers of Ring made the process of recharging or replacing a Ring Doorbell battery relatively convenient for the user, it can also become tiring after owning the device for several months to years. Just because the process is simple doesn’t mean it should be done or that it even has to be.
Fortunately, Ring offers an alternative to constantly dismounting your device to charge the battery, leaving your front porch unattended for several hours. This product, called the Ring Rechargable Battery Pack, can be purchased on the Ring website for under $30 along with your doorbell device.
The Quick Release Battery Pack is a rechargeable battery pack that is compatible with the Ring Doorbell 2 and basically serves as a backup source of power in case your existing battery happens to die prematurely.
Only compatible with:
Not only does the extra battery pack supply the device with battery power for up to six months, but it is easily insertable using a special quick-release tab for the most convenient use. Similarly to the traditional Ring Doorbell battery, the Quick Release Battery Pack is connected to a micro-USB cable to be recharged.
When the Quick Release Battery Pack remains fully charged, the event of your Ring Doorbell Battery running out of power will no longer be such a hassle. With the use of two separate batteries at once, your Ring Doorbell will continue to protect your home around the clock without any interruptions.
To summarize, the benefits are:
- Backup battery source in case your main battery dies
- Easily insertable using a special quick-release tab
In conclusion, there are many solutions for the common problem among Ring Doorbell users that occurs when the battery life finally runs out. After reading the information in this article, you should be able to assess the battery levels of your Ring Doorbell and proceed accordingly to come up with the best solution.
Does the Quick Release Battery Pack only work for the Ring Video Doorbell 2? The Quick Release Battery Pack is only compatible with the Ring Video Doorbell 2 model as far as doorbell devices go, but it can also work with other Ring products. These products include the Stick Up Cam, Spotlight Cam, and Spotlight Cam Solar.
How Do Ring Doorbells Work Without Batteries? The newer models of the Ring Doorbells that do not require battery power are directly connected to an existing doorbell’s wires, whether it is a mechanical doorbell or an electric one with a voltage of 8-24 volts. This is possible because the doorbell wiring will charge the battery of the Ring device on its own, indefinitely.
Where should the Ring Doorbell be installed on the wall for the best footage? A Ring Doorbell should be mounted onto the exterior wall next to the front door at the chest level of a person who is of average height. If the doorbell is secured too high or too low onto the wall, the view of the camera could become obstructed or miss certain movements, and the video footage could leave out important details as well.