So, a new trend around the block, Ring Video Doorbells are becoming the new must-haves for all households, big or small. Every homemaker suddenly is finding himself in the dire need to purchase these Video Doorbells, while I am left questioning the product. In this case, its batteries.

I have a thing for electronics that have excellent battery power. I obsess over the battery left and the amount of time it takes for me to charge that electronic or how much time, how much usage it takes for the device to go from fully charged to “5% battery left, plug in the charger now”.

The main aim of Ring Video Doorbells is to make your neighborhood a safe place to live in, starting from your main door. With these well-ranked Video Doorbells, your peace of mind will be in your hand, whether you are at home or away.

How does it work, you may wonder? It is simple; actually, the Doorbell detects motion when there is someone around your property. You will instantly get notification about the same on your phone, laptop, or tablet, whichever device is linked with your Doorbell.

You can then speak, hear, and see your visitors sitting in any corner of the world. Along with these advanced doorbells, Ring also has a provision where you can activate the video recording and photo capturing for the doorbells and cameras for $3 a month.

It is an extra layer of security for your neighborhood, and you get a promised month trial for free. Another thing that Ring has for its customers is the “Neighbors App.”

This is a way for you to stay connected to all your neighbors via another social platform and keep each other updated about the events (disasters or otherwise) happening near your house. The public safety agencies to are on this platform for the safety of the residents.

The Ring has about six models of Video Doorbells, pretty much covering whatever you might be expecting from your Doorbell.

Ring Video Doorbell

This model of Ring is maybe the primary variant among all others. It comes with 1080p HD Video 2-way Talk, Advanced Motion Settings, Night Vision, Built-in Rechargeable Battery, Standard 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Connectivity, and it works with Alexa.

(Comes in 2 colors, Black and Silver)

This model is the only one that came with the battery installed in it for powering up the device. The battery life of this device varies hugely based on the temperature of the location installed and other constraints like where it was installed, the environment, and lots more.

Another thing was that the battery life on both the doorbells was if a year and six months being its minimum, though, after which the device had to be charged immediately to function again.

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All-new Ring Video Doorbell – 1080p HD video, improved motion detection, easy installation – Venetian Bronze (2020 release)
  • 1080p HD video doorbell with enhanced features that let you see, hear, and speak to anyone from your phone, tablet, or PC.
  • An update from the original Ring Video Doorbell, enjoy improved motion detection, privacy zones and audio privacy, and crisper night vision.
  • Receive mobile notifications when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers your built-in motion sensors.
  • Powered by the built-in rechargeable battery or connects to existing doorbell wires for constant power.
  • Easily setup by connecting your Ring Video Doorbell to wifi through the Ring app and mounting with the included tools.

With continuous tweaking and experimenting with new technology, Ring came up with two other devices that did not require a battery to function. They were hardwired doorbells with a sleek look and were simple for customers to use. These required no second thought about having a weak battery or worries about constantly recharging them. These models were –

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

These are hardwired doorbells with a sleek design and advanced security features. They come with 1080p HD Video 2 Way Talk, Customizable Motion Features (Sets up alarms and triggers based on the sensitivity of the predefined area), Infrared Night Vision with a field view of 160 degrees. And it works with Alexa.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro, with HD Video, Motion Activated Alerts, Easy Installation (existing doorbell wiring required)
  • 1080p HD video doorbell that lets you see, hear and speak to people from your phone, tablet, or select Echo device. Includes privacy features, such as customizable privacy zones and audio privacy, to focus only on what's relevant to you.
  • Get notifications whenever motion is detected by customizing your motion zones.
  • With Live View, you can check in on your home any time through the Ring app.
  • Easily setup your Ring Video Doorbell Pro by connecting to wifi via the Ring app and mounting in your desired location.
  • Connects to existing doorbell wiring for constant power. Requires a transformer (not included): 16-24VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz. No halogen or garden lighting transformers; no DC transformer/power supply.

Adding to this, you will get motion-activated alerts on your devices. Compatible with Mac, Android, Windows 10, and iOS devices. Not even lagging in style, it has four faceplates for you to choose from (Satin Nickel, Pearl, Venetian, and Black). It’s quick and straightforward to install; you need an existing doorbell wiring before installation.

Ring Video Doorbell Elite

This model is famous for its professional vibe and the fact that it is hardwired with Power Over Ethernet. Along with this, it is powered with all the features of Doorbell Pro.

Doorbell Elite too comes with four faceplates- Satin Nickel, Pearl, Venetian, and Black, just like Pro.

Before the Doorbell Pro and Elite, the primary Doorbell could work out of the box and function on battery power. But the advanced versions of this model require hardwiring and not a battery to function.

Ring Video Doorbell Elite
  • Connect your Ring doorbell with Alexa to hear announcements on your compatible Echo device when your doorbell is pressed and see a live view of your camera if you have an Echo device with a screen. Talk to visitors by saying “Alexa, talk to the front door”
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC
  • Sends alerts as soon as motion is detected or when visitors press the Doorbell
  • Connects to ethernet cables for power and internet connection
  • Monitors your home in 1080HD video with infrared night vision

Doorbell Pro is just hardwired, but  Doorbell Elite is hardwired, and PoE (Power over Ethernet) capable, which means you need to plug in the device to your Ethernet (LAN) cable, and the device would power itself in less than 5 minutes without needing to run on extra power cables and batteries.

If you do not have a router that is PoE capable, then hardwiring your Doorbell is your only option. Just connect the device with the Wi-Fi for connectivity and configure it with your smartphone or any other device, and your Doorbell is ready to get to work.

Ring Video Doorbell 3

Known as the next generation upgraded with advanced features like enhanced Wi-Fi connectivity and improved motion detection.

Like all other Ring Doorbells, it has a 1080p HD Video 2 Way Talk, and it works with Alexa. It also has Customizable Advanced Motion Settings, Dual Band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Connectivity, Removable and Rechargeable Battery, and Night Vision.

Comes with a choice of 2 faceplates – Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 – enhanced wifi, improved motion detection, easy installation
  • 1080p HD video doorbell with enhanced features that let you see, hear, and speak to anyone from your phone, tablet, or PC.
  • An upgrade from the original Ring Video Doorbell 2, enjoy improved motion detection, privacy zones and audio privacy, and dual-band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz) wifi connectivity.
  • Receive mobile notifications when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers your built-in motion sensors.
  • Powered by the rechargeable battery pack or connects to doorbell wires for constant power.
  • Easily setup by connecting your Ring Video Doorbell 3 to wifi through the Ring app and mounting with the included tools.

Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

Doorbell 3 Plus is known to be a battery-powered device with highly advanced security features, improved motion detection and on top of it, and added near motion zone – Pre Roll Technology where you’ll get a 4-second video preview of each motion event, and you’ll automatically start recording even before you receive an alert.

Adding to these features, it has all the features of Doorbell 3. Comes with a choice of 2 faceplates – Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus – enhanced wifi, improved motion detection, 4-second video previews, easy installation
  • 1080p HD video doorbell with enhanced features that let you see, hear, and speak to anyone from your phone, tablet, or PC.
  • An upgrade from the original Ring Video Doorbell 2, enjoy improved motion detection, privacy zones and audio privacy, and dual-band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz) wifi connectivity.
  • Exclusive to Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, get 4 extra seconds of black and white video to show you what happened before motion was triggered with Pre-Roll.
  • Receive mobile notifications when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers your built-in motion sensors.
  • Easily setup by connecting your Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus to wifi through the Ring app and mounting with the included tools.

Video Doorbell 3 and Doorbell 3 Plus are powered by a removable and rechargeable quick-release pack of batteries. Press the button on the battery pack to release it from the camera and plug it into a Micro USB cord until fully charged and then slide the battery back in its place.

Or you have an option of hardwiring it to your existing doorbell wiring for continuous charging.

How to Know the Battery Status of your Doorbell?

Ring Doorbell

This can quickly be done with the smartphone app that comes with the doorbells. It is as easy as opening the app and checking the status of the battery being used in it.

The steps to see battery life are as follows:

  • Open the app and go to “My Devices” if you have multiple Ring devices, and choose the product (in this case, the Doorbell).
  • After selecting the Doorbell, at the top right corner of the screen, you will be able to see the battery percentage left.
  • If you want to find out exactly where your battery is standing right now, then on top of the battery image, there is a “cog” icon. Tap on it to get a detailed view of how well your battery is performing and what level it is on.

Ring claims that its batteries last for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of a year. But that is during “normal use,” not taking into consideration the other factors affecting the battery.

According to the reviews online, it is a known fact now that Ring batteries last for about 3-4 months at a stretch.

The factors that drain the battery faster than average are –

Experiencing Many Events

The number of events the Doorbell goes through causes its battery to drain faster. The motion detector, video recording, or the mere functioning of the Doorbell saps all the power. The more the number of events during a day/month, the faster the battery will drain out.

Cold Weather

Ring devices use rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries. The cold weather always hurts these batteries. If you live in areas below 4°C, your Ring device’s battery will be less effective at holding charge.

Your device has a Weak Wi-Fi Connection

Ring Video Doorbells function best when there is a fast and robust Wi-Fi connection. If the device is struggling with connectivity issues, this will cause the battery to drain quickly.

During super-low temperatures, batteries usually tend to die out quickly. For that and usual running out of power, you need to ensure that your device is always up and running with a replacement battery ready to be installed into it. All you need to do is follow the steps below-

  1. Undo the security screws on the device
  2. Remove the Doorbell from the wall by sliding it off
  3. Unscrew the main casing of the device to replace the battery.
  4. There is an aluminum cover after you remove the contents inside the device. Carefully exert some force to remove this cover too.
  5. Once the above steps are followed to the “T,” you can now see a plastic box in which the faulty battery is placed. Pry it open and replace the old battery with the new one.
  6. Put all the screws back into their places and switch the Doorbell on for it to start working.

These steps are for the primary Ring Video Doorbell. These steps of continually replacing the battery being a hectic and tedious task for the customers, so from Doorbell 2 and beyond, Ring mitigated these steps, and the batteries were given an alternative of being hardwired or other much easier steps for replacing/ charging the battery.

You can get these replaceable batteries on Amazon.com or the official site of Ring (shop.ring.com). And if you do not want extra batteries and make do with the current set, you can buy the Solar Chargers that come with these Doorbells for an additional cost.

Author

My name is Mark Wilson and I am the founder and author of HomeDems. This is your one-stop-shop for everything home decor related. As a professional property manager, I have handled hundreds if not thousands of residential and commercial real estate units with great success over a career of 35+ years.

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