Ring Doorbell – Is the battery life good?

Picking the right Ring Doorbell can be time-consuming, there’s quite a few in their range now. It generally considered, at the time of writing this article that the ring doorbell battery life, this post will help you! Ring Video Doorbell Pro is generally the best option, it’s not the most expensive but is crammed with

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Ring Doorbell – Is the battery life good?

Picking the right Ring Doorbell can be time-consuming, there’s quite a few in their range now. It generally considered, at the time of writing this article that the ring doorbell battery life, this post will help you!

Ring Video Doorbell Pro is generally the best option, it’s not the most expensive but is crammed with great technology at a premium (And affordable) price.

One of the main differences between each of these model variants is the Ring doorbell battery, if applicable.

In this post, I’ll tackle the Ring, Ring 2, Ring Door View Cam, Ring Pro and Ring Elite.

2020 Update: This post has been updated with new information and guidance.

Ring Doorbell Battery Review

Ring Doorbell Battery Review

If you go with the battery powered Ring Doorbells, you will need to recharge the battery yourself. The charge time can vary from one device to another, as well as the method on recharging them (The Original Ring can be quite annoying).

The Ring App will try and remind you multiple times about recharging your doorbell, you can also set up emails. If this does deplete, you may need to set the doorbell back up in the app as a new device.

RingRing 2Ring ProRing Door ViewRing Elite
Battery ✔️✔️
Battery Life1 – 12 months6 – 12 months
Charge MethodRemove from wall and plug into micro-USBUnscrew and release the battery. Once recharged, simply replace it.Hardwired OnlyHardwired Only Hardwired Only
Hardwired?✔️✔️✔️✔️✔️
PoE✔️✔️

This is a basic table of the differences. If you’re looking for more differences, keep an eye out for my in-depth Smart Lock / Doorbell breakdown coming soon. Let’s breakdown the Battery Life of each Ring Doorbell!

How long does it take to charge my Ring 2 Doorbell?

This varies from each of the doorbell devices, but this will be between 5-10 hours to fully charge it which will then result in the battery typically lasting for 6 – 12 months.

How long is the average battery life of my Ring 2 Doorbell?

Across the Ring 1, Ring 2, Ring Pro, Ring Elite Doorbell, the average battery life is 6 – 12 months as per Ring’s criteria. This can change based on weather conditions.

How do I know when my ring doorbell is fully charged and ready?

This changes depending on the different models of the Ring Doorbell, this will either be a full blue light around the doorbell ring, some will show a green light on the battery pack itself.

What do I do if my Ring Doorbell battery dies?

If your battery dies, definitely try contacting Ring first as their support is normally pretty good.

If this doesn’t work out to your benefit, check out this Amazon product page for a replacement ring battery. (It’s for the Ring 2nd and 3rd Gen).

It may be worth checking over the motion settings as this will drain the battery quicker.

Battery Life & Details of each Ring Doorbell

Ring (First Gen)

First Generation Ring 1 & Mobile app

This is the original Ring which works as a video doorbell and can be hardwired into any existing doorbell wire (Easy pickings eh!), alternatively, there is an internal battery if you don’t want to hardwire it.

Charging a Ring does require you to uninstall the entire device and plug it into the charger to recharge it (I’ll tackle how to resolve this later). Typically, you’ll find the Battery life is anywhere between 6 – 12 months per charge, depending on the amount of activity your doorbell has.

Recharging

Recharging the Ring Doorbells battery is a bit of a pain, you’ll need to take it down (So no more security! 😭) Follow these steps:

  1. Unscrew the two screws attaching the doorbell to the mounting bracket
  2. Lift the doorbell gently from the bracket (Leave the bracket there)
  3. Plug the Ring Doorbell into your Micro-USB cord which is located at the back (This should be a 2.1amp wall charger)
  4. Leave for 5-10 hours.

Battery Life

According to various users, the battery life changes from 1-2 months to 12 months. However, Ring has said that the cold weather can be a contributing factor to the battery life dropping quicker. Typically when the temperature is below 40°F

Important temperatures
The following are key temperatures to watch out for in regards to your batteries.
3°C: The battery may not hold a charge as effectively, resulting in you having to charge the unit more frequently.
0°C: The battery may not charge at all.  Even hardwired configurations may not charge the battery.
-20.5°C: The battery may stop working completely until temperatures warm up.

Cold Weather and Battery-Powered Ring Devices

A common fix for preserving the battery life is reducing the motion sensitivity / specifying a motion zone. Whilst this does have its negatives such as fewer alerts, it does mean you won’t be recording as much.

This is definitely worth playing with and testing to find the perfect set up for your view.

Ring Battery FAQs

12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 cm.
The Ring Doorbell has a $100 annual fee, if you use just a single Ring Doorbell you can use the Protect Basic Plan which is $3 a month or $30 annually. Ring doesn’t save footage or video clips without a subscription.
Fortunately, if your Ring Doorbell is stolen, you can email directly with a police report to get this replaced at [email protected] You can read the Ring theft Replacement Policy here.
If you’re using an Apple Device, it must be on iOS 9.3 or above. Android devices above version 5.0
Unfortunately Not

Ring 2 (Second Gen)

Ring 2 Battery

Whilst it’s not crucial to move from the Ring 1 to the Ring 2, it does have some benefits.

The main one in this instance is that ability to take only the battery out when recharging it, allowing you to leave the device slotted in without issue.

Typically, you’ll find the Battery life is anywhere between 6 – 12 months per charge, so it’s not really any different from the Ring 1 but this is based on the amount of activity your doorbell has.

Recharging

Recharging the Ring 2 Doorbell battery is so much easier than the first. It has a compartment you can simply drop the battery out of to charge, allowing you to leave the device in place.

  1. Unscrew the single screw attaching the faceplate to the doorbell.
  2. Push and hold the Release Tab whilst sliding the battery out of its compartment
  3. Plug the Battery into your Micro-USB cord which is located at the back (This should be a 2.1amp wall charger)
  4. Leave for 5-10 hours.
  5. Slide battery back in (It’ll click)
  6. Screw plate back on

Battery Life

According to various users, battery life changes from 1-2 months to 12 months. However, Ring has said that the cold weather can be a contributing factor to the battery life dropping quicker. Typically when the temperature is below 40°F

Important temperatures
The following are key temperatures to watch out for in regards to your batteries.
3°C: The battery may not hold a charge as effectively, resulting in you having to charge the unit more frequently.
0°C: The battery may not charge at all.  Even hardwired configurations may not charge the battery.
-20.5°C: The battery may stop working completely until temperatures warm up.

Cold Weather and Battery-Powered Ring Devices

A common fix for preserving the battery life is reducing the motion sensitivity / specifying a motion zone. Whilst this does have its negatives such as fewer alerts, it does mean you won’t be recording as much.

This is definitely worth playing with and testing to find the perfect set up for your view.

Ring Battery FAQs

12.83 x 6.35 x 2.74 cm.
The Ring 2 Doorbell has a $100 annual fee, if you use just a single Ring Doorbell you can use the Protect Basic Plan which is $3 a month or $30 annually. Ring doesn’t save footage or video clips without a subscription.
Fortunately, if your Ring 2 Doorbell is stolen, you can email directly with a police report to get this replaced at [email protected] You can read the Ring theft Replacement Policy here.
If you’re using an Apple Device, it must be on iOS 9.3 or above. Android devices above version 5.0
Unfortunately Not
Yes, the Ring 2 allows hardwire and battery, this means you can keep the battery incase of power failure. It’s fairly easy to swap out as well if you already have a doorbell in place!

Ring Pro

Ring Pro Battery

The Ring Pro is the main device which is batteryless, it’s entirely hardwired. This is great if you’re replacing your current doorbell or simply don’t want a battery recharging.

Hardwiring the Ring Pro isn’t particularly difficult, Ring do provide you with step-by-step instructions but this may seem quite overwhelming to DIY newbies. The basics for this come down to disconnecting your current Doorbell (Make sure it’s turned off at your breaker/fuse box). Connect the cables as instructed to the Ring Pro Power Kit and then place this inside the Ring Pro device itself.

Ring Pro FAQs

12.83 x 6.35 x 2.74 cm.
The Ring 2 Doorbell has a $100 annual fee, if you use just a single Ring Doorbell you can use the Protect Basic Plan which is $3 a month or $30 annually. Ring doesn’t save footage or video clips without a subscription.
Fortunately, if your Ring Pro Doorbell is stolen, you can email directly with a police report to get this replaced at [email protected] You can read the Ring theft Replacement Policy here.
If you’re using an Apple Device, it must be on iOS 9.3 or above. Android devices above version 5.0
Unfortunately Not
As of the moment, no, there is no indication that there will be a battery option in a newer Pro model either given the hardware frame and its purpose.

Ring Door View

Ring Door View Battery

This one is different, it hooks straight into your door rather than being a bell on the side of it. Pretty cool concept to be honest, especially if you want to do a DIY job, just not something I would put much effort into!

It only takes batteries which is great for anyone not looking to hardwire anything, especially with a door in the way.

The battery life is anywhere between 6 – 12 months.

Ring Door View FAQs

External: 47.0 mm x 97.3 mm x 19.8 mm (1.85 in. x 3.83 in. x 0.78 in.)
Internal Device: 57.4 mm x 112 mm x 29.5 mm (2.26 in. x 4.40 in. x 1.16 in.)
Peephole Diameter: 12 mm – 14 mm (1/2 in x 9/16 in.)
As long as you have an active subscription to Ring Protect, you’ll be able to access your footage 30 days after it’s been recorded
Fortunately, if your Ring View Doorbell is stolen, you can email directly with a police report to get this replaced at [email protected] You can read the Ring theft Replacement Policy here.
If you’re using an Apple Device, it must be on iOS 9.3 or above. Android devices above version 5.0
Unfortunately Not
Yes! The Ring Door View is totally battery powered

Ring Elite

Ring Elite Doorbell Battery

This is another device with no battery, instead, you will power this over ethernet (also known as PoE). This will power the device and connect it to the internet with less latency than a wireless connection.

Having no batteries or electrical wires means it is a pretty sleek design without a bundle of ‘hidden’ tied up cables, but this doesn’t mean it’s totally free of any issues. Personally, I find the ethernet cable to be quite chunky to be on display, so this would be something you’d want to put in the wall.

It is the most expensive Ring Doorbell and I don’t think it’s worth it, to be honest as there is no backup power (Battery) should it go down and no local storage.

Ring Elite FAQs

11.94cm x 6.98cm x 5.51cm (4.80 in. x 2.75 in. x 2.17 in.)
As long as you have an active subscription to Ring Protect, you’ll be able to access your footage 30 days after it’s been recorded
Fortunately, if your Ring Elite is stolen, you can email directly with a police report to get this replaced at [email protected] You can read the Ring theft Replacement Policy here.
If you’re using an Apple Device, it must be on iOS 9.3 or above. Android devices above version 5.0
Unfortunately Not
No, the Ring Elite is completely powered by Ethernet (PoE)

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