Ring Doorbell Battery Review: Battery Life, Recharging, and More Details (2023)

So many Ring doorbells, so little time – to decide which one is right for your smart home. One of the biggest differences among models is the Ring doorbell battery powering each device (or the lack of one).

Let’s take a look at the various power sources available for Ring, Ring Pro, Ring 2, and Ring Elite and clear up the differences in battery power for each.

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Table of Contents

  • Ring Doorbell Battery Review
    • Ring
      • Battery Life
      • Recharging
      • Ring Battery FAQs
    • Ring 2
      • Battery Life
      • Recharging
      • Ring 2 Battery FAQs
    • Ring Pro
      • Hardwiring
      • Ring Pro Battery FAQs
    • Ring Elite
      • Hardwiring
      • Ring Elite Battery FAQs
    • Finding the Best Option
      • My Pick
      • Other Ring Doorbell Options

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All of the doorbells offer different options for recharging, in addition to varied Ring battery life performance. If you go with Ring or Ring 2 (the battery powered options), then make sure you don’t ignore the multiple reminders in the Ring app and your email reminding you to recharge the doorbell. Otherwise, you’ll have to set up the doorbell in the app again.

RingRing 2Ring ProRing Elite
BatteryNoNo
Battery LifeMixed reviewsPositive reviews overall
Read our experience here
NA - hardwired onlyNA - hardwired only
How to charge itUninstall the entire doorbell from the wall and plug in its micro-USB for charging.Unscrew and release the battery on the bottom. Recharge and replace.NA - hardwired onlyNA - hardwired only
Hardwired
PoENoNoNo

Besides the Ring doorbell battery differences noted above, there are quite a few other changes between the doorbells. It can be a little confusing to sort out all of the differences between the Ring, Ring 2, Ring Pro, and Ring Elite – so we’ve done the digging for you with a helpful comparison table in our articleRing vs Ring Pro vs Ring 2, which you’ll want to read in addition to this article.

Read on for more details on each Ring doorbell battery life.

Ring

Rechargeable, but must remove from the wall for charging

6-12 months battery life (mixed reviews)

The original smart doorbell that launched Ring to video doorbell fame can be hardwired to an existing doorbell wire, or it can operate on a rechargeable internal battery. If you skip the hardwire, then at some point you’ll need to uninstall the entire doorbell and plug it in to juice it back up again. Ring reports that the battery should last anywhere from 6 to 12 months on one charge – depending on how much activity your video doorbell is recording.

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Battery Life

Real-life users report a much wider range on Ring battery life. Some users in cold climates have said they need to charge their doorbell every week or two, and Ring admits that the battery drains more quickly below 40°F. Other users say the battery lasts 1-2 months, while some are seeing the battery last for at least the 6 months claimed by Ring.

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Reducing the level of motion sensitivity and specifying motion zones can help preserve battery life. It will also mean receiving less alerts about activity within the camera’s field-of-view, so you want to be careful how much you turn down the sensitivity. Other tips for saving Ring battery life are only turning on the live view when necessary, and changing Smart Alerts to Standard or Light setting.

Recharging

To recharge the Ring doorbell battery, you’ll need to take it down from its prime position guarding your front door. Unscrew the two security screws attaching the unit to the mounting bracket and the unit should easily lift away from the base. You’ll leave the base there for easy re-installation. Then, use the included micro-USB cord at the back of the doorbell to plug it into a power source for recharging. Ring recommends using a 2.1 amp wall charger, although one isn’t included in the packaging.

The Ring doorbell battery should be fully charged within 5 to 10 hours. This is one of the negatives of the original Ring: that you have to go without a doorbell during recharging. Its poor battery life performance also may convince you to upgrade to Ring 2 or another option.

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Ring Battery FAQs

Is the charger included in the packaging?

Yes, Ring includes a micro-USB cord with the video doorbell, as well as a screwdriver for removing the unit from the base. If you lose or misplace the cord, you can substitute with another micro-USB cord.

How do I know when my Ring is fully charged and ready for duty?

The blue ring around the Ring doorbell button will be fully illuminated when the battery is charged. While charging, the ring will illuminate partially to indicate the charge percentage. The app may not update your battery’s status immediately, but it will once it’s re-installed and detects motion or is pressed.

Ring 2

Rechargeable, with swappable batteries making it easy to always have charged

6-12 months battery life

What if you had a Ring doorbell battery that could be swapped out for a fresh one when the power is running low? That’s what Ring 2 delievers. Instead of removing the entire doorbell and bringing it inside to charge, the Ring 2 has a removable, rechargeable battery separate from the unit.

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Battery Life

Ring says that the battery will last for 6 to 12 months, or approximately 1,000 notifications. Users seem more satisfied with the Ring 2 battery life, and its performance was likely improved over the original Ring doorbell.

We have used Ring 2 on our front porch for almost a year and wrote an in-depth battery life review. Read the review if you’re curious how often we had to recharge the doorbell.

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Many users purchase an extra battery for around $30 to rotate when battery life gets low. This solution makes changing the battery even once a month without a major hassle, since you can always have one battery keeping your doorbell running and another charging. As a bonus, these are the same batteries that work with Ring Spotlight Cams, including both theBattery and Solar cameras.

Recharging

To change the battery, you’ll need to unscrew one security screw so you can lift and remove the faceplate from the Ring 2. Then, pushing the Release tab, you’ll be able to slide out the battery component of the doorbell. The battery itself has a micro-USB port, so you can plug it in to a power source using the included cord. You likely do not need to buy a charger, since any device with a USB port can charge the unit, although you may want to buy a wall charger for quicker charging.

Once it’s charged, slide your Ring 2 back into place until you hear a click. Replace the faceplate and security screw.

Ring 2 Battery FAQs

How do I know when the doorbell battery is fully charged?

A green light on the battery pack will illuminate when it has been fully charged. While it’s still charging, there will be both green and orange lights.

Can I just connect the Ring 2 to a hardwire and avoid relying on the battery?

Yes! Just like the original Ring, Ring 2 works either hardwired or on a battery. If you try it on a battery and don’t like the hassle of keeping the battery charged, you can always switch to hardwired mode, as long as the wiring is available.

Ring Pro

Wired. Designed to replace an existing wired doorbell

No battery option available

The Ring Pro has no battery onboard – it must be connected to a hardwire. This may be a plus if you’re looking for a unit that will draw on your home’s power supply rather than a battery that needs recharging. The drawback is that the doorbell must be installed in the wiring available outside your front door, which may be intimidating for some homeowners to set up.

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Hardwiring

How is the Ring Pro connected to a hardwire during set-up? Ring can provide you with step-by-step instructions, but essentially it involves disconnecting the wiring harness from your existing doorbell (after turning off the circuit at the breaker box). Then connect the wiring harness to the included Pro Power Kit, which enables your Ring doorbell to operate. You’ll connect the Front and Transformer wires to the Pro Power Kit, then place this inside the Ring Pro.

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The instructions from Ring provide clear diagrams, but if you’re concerned about taking on this electrical project, you can always hire an expert.

Ring Pro Battery FAQs

Is there a battery back-up available for the Ring Pro?

Nope – it’s all powered by your home’s electrical system. If the power goes out, so will your video doorbell.

What voltage is required for installing the Ring Pro?

The unit must be connected to a transformer between 16 and 24 volts AC.

Ring Elite

Wired using power over ethernet

No battery option available

This model is another unit that doesn’t have a Ring doorbell battery. Instead, the Ring Elite is hardwired using power over ethernet (commonly referred to as PoE). This connection supplies the video doorbell with both power and wired Internet.

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Hardwiring

Ring Elite is a flush-mount video doorbell that promises stable and secure connectivity, thanks to the use of PoE. To install, you’ll need to plug in the Elite Power Kit into an outlet, then connect to your ethernet source using the included 3-foot cable. Then, using the included 50-foot cable, you’ll need to connect the Power Kit to the Ring Elite – perhaps by running the cable through the wall. In other words: setting up this doorbell is no small task, and you’ll likely want to budget for an electrician.

With no batteries and no electrical wires, this Ring doorbell relies on your home’s Internet connection for power. It is sleek and bypasses the hassle of batteries and hardwires, making it extremely reliable in both its power source and internet connection. But it is also by far the most expensive of all Ring doorbells – and just about any video doorbell on the market. Some of our other picks for smart home doorbells can be found in our doorbell guide.

Ring Elite Battery FAQs

Is there a battery back-up for the Ring Elite if the Internet goes down?

No, the flush-mount design does not include a battery. So if the Internet is out, your video feed and alerts will be unavailable as well.

What type of doorbell system is necessary for installing Ring Elite?

Ring Elite is compatible with AC doorbell systems between 8 and 24 volts. It also requires an ethernet connection for power and Internet.

Finding the Best Option

Choosing the right video doorbell may depend on which Ring doorbell battery you want to rely on, and if you choose a model with a battery at all.

My Pick

My favorite option is the Ring 2 with its rechargeable battery system. Though you will need to purchase the spare battery separately, the battery consumption is much more reliable than the original Ring. Even if the battery doesn’t live up to Ring’s claim of 6 to 12 months, changing it out for a freshly charged one is not as inconvenient as dismounting the entire doorbell and plugging it in for hours of charging. Plus it has a hardwired option if that’s what you are looking for.

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Other Ring Doorbell Options

If you don’t live in an especially cold climate that can drain your batteries, and you also don’t mind going without your video doorbell for a few hours of charging, then you could save your money and buy the original Ring with the battery built-in. Just be prepared for lower than advertised battery life, and dismounting/remounting the unit to the exterior of your home.

Finally, if you’ve decided to skip a Ring doorbell battery altogether and hardwire your unit – then you may want to opt for the Ring Pro since it has a sleeker design and more advanced features without too high of a price. Ring Pro is a good battery-free option, unless you really want to utilize PoE in which case you would want to spring for the more expensive Ring Elite.

If you want a different brand of doorbell altogether, check out our reviews for the Zmodo and RemoBellsmart doorbells, and our comparison of Ring vs August vs SkyBell.

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Which power supply do you think is best for a video doorbell – hardwire, battery, or PoE? Let us know in the comments below.

FAQs

How long does ring doorbell rechargeable battery last? ›

6-12 months battery life (mixed reviews)

Ring reports that the battery should last anywhere from 6 to 12 months on one charge – depending on how much activity your video doorbell is recording.

How often does Ring battery need to be recharged? ›

How often does a Ring Doorbell need to be charged? From a full charge, the official rating of Ring Doorbell batteries is anywhere from six to 12 months (ratings vary based on models) before needing a recharge. Newer models tend to have better ratings, such as 10 to 12 months.

How many years does a Ring battery last? ›

Ring says that the Ring 2 battery should last 6-12 months with average use. What's “average use?” Well Ring defines this as 3-5 events per day.

How long does it take a ring doorbell battery to recharge? ›

Your battery will take around five to 10 hours to fully charge depending on whether the USB cable is plugged into a USB port or into a wall outlet.

How does Ring work without a plan? ›

Without a subscription, you can view real-time video for Ring doorbells and security cameras and answer doorbell notifications as they happen. However, without a Ring Protect plan, you won't get video recordings of those events.

Can you overcharge the Ring battery? ›

No, the device's charging circuit detects when the battery is at 100%. The LED will change color and the device will stop charging. For general safety reasons, we do not recommend leaving your device plugged in perpetually.

Why is my ring doorbell battery draining so fast? ›

If your Ring video doorbell or security camera battery is draining too fast, a poor wifi connection may be the cause. A poor connection can cause your doorbell or camera to frequently disconnect and reconnect to your wifi network, which wastes energy and contributes to battery drainage.

Can you check Ring battery life? ›

Check Your Battery Charge Percentage in the Ring App

Tap Devices. Tap the doorbell or camera you want to check. Tap Device Health. Check the percentage under Battery Level.

Can Ring battery be replaced? ›

When the battery pack in your Ring Video Doorbell 2 runs out of power, you can replace the batteries by pulling off the faceplate on your Doorbell and pressing the quick-release tab. Then you can slide your backup battery pack into your Ring Video Doorbell 2, reconnect the faceplate, and you're good to go.

Do Ring batteries need to be replaced? ›

The Ring Alarm Contact Sensor (1st gen) uses one CR123A battery. How long does the battery last? The battery can last up to three years, depending on use. Note: You do not not need to take down the entire device in order to replace the battery.

Does Ring drain your battery? ›

The more events captured by your Ring devices, the more your battery is used. Using Live View often can also drain your battery faster. If your device is capturing an excessive number of events each day, you may need to recharge your battery sooner.

How many hours does a Ring battery last? ›

The Ring doorbell battery is expected to last 6 to 12 months, based on how frequently your doorbell is used.

What happens when Ring Doorbell battery dies? ›

Ring Doorbell batteries are rechargeable using a micro USB cable. You will want to charge the battery before it completely runs out of power. If the battery dies completely, you may have to add the doorbell in the Ring app again. On the original Ring Doorbell, the lithium battery cannot be removed from the device.

Is there a monthly fee for Ring? ›

Ring's monthly subscription plans are among the most affordable that we've ever seen. Ring Protect Basic costs $3 a month or $30 a year, Plus costs $10 per month or $100 a year, and Pro costs $20 a month or $200 a year.

Does Ring require a monthly fee? ›

No. Your Ring products provide certain features (instant alerts, Live View, Two-Way Talk, and so on) without any subscription. Ring Protect Plans simply offer additional features for those who want them.

How much is a Ring subscription per month? ›

Ring Protect Basic costs $3.99/month or $39.99/year for each doorbell or home camera subscribed (in the US). Ring Protect Plus costs $10/month or $100/year to cover all doorbells and home cameras at your home (in the US).

Should you leave lithium batteries on the charger? ›

Today, we want to answer a common question we get asked, 'Is it ok to leave a lithium ion battery on the charger'? Armed with this knowledge, it becomes clear that if the correct voltage limit is set for the lithium ion battery you are charging, there should be no issue leaving a lithium ion battery on the charger.

Should you leave rechargeable batteries plugged in? ›

Keep battery from overheating. Don't Leave Battery on Charger: Unless your tool instructions specifically say to store the battery on the charger, be sure to remove it after charging is complete. Overcharging can damage a battery and shorten its life, and not all chargers shut off automatically.

How do I extend the battery life of my Ring? ›

Increased Activity
  1. Adjust your motion settings to a lower sensitivity.
  2. Disable certain products during specific hours of the day.
  3. Change Smart Alerts to Standard or Light.
  4. Adjust the direction of your Ring product.

Why is my Ring Doorbell flashing blue? ›

What does it mean when your Ring Doorbell is flashing blue? The constant flashing blue light on your doorbell indicates that it is charging. The circle fills up to show the increasing battery life. The light is solid blue when the battery is fully charged and will turn off when it is not charging.

Why is my Ringbell flashing blue when charging? ›

The blue circle LED flashing is an indicator that the Doorbell is charging. Please allow for a few hours to charge. If the app is not updating the battery level, try triggering an event (motion/ring) as this might help to update the battery status. Let us know how this goes!

Does Ring battery drain faster in cold? ›

Extremely cold weather has unfortunate effects on lithium-ion batteries such as those used in Ring devices. As the temperature drops, these batteries begin to have trouble holding a charge and if it gets cold enough, they'll stop working altogether.

Can Ring Notify me when battery is low? ›

When the battery in one of your battery-operated Ring cameras or doorbells falls below a 30% charge, your Ring app will warn you with a low battery notification.

How do you know if Ring battery is low? ›

Understanding low battery notifications
  1. You'll receive a low battery message similar to the motion notices you currently receive.
  2. You'll see a red “low battery” icon on your device dashboard.
  3. You'll see a red dot that opens into a “battery tip” on your event timeline.

Can I buy a new battery for my Ring Doorbell? ›

Get a second rechargeable battery pack for your Video Doorbell 2, Video Doorbell 3, Video Doorbell 3 Plus, Video Doorbell 4, Spotlight Cam Battery, Spotlight Cam Solar, Stick Up Cam Battery (all generations), Stick Up Cam Solar (all generations), Solar Floodlight or Peephole Cam so you'll always have backup power.

Which Ring Doorbell has replaceable battery? ›

Your Ring Video Doorbell 2 comes with a removable, rechargeable battery. Before you finalize your installation, make sure your battery is fully charged.

How long do outdoor Ring batteries last? ›

6-12 months

Does Ring run out of storage? ›

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The default video storage time is 60 days (in the US). You can manually adjust your storage time from 1 day to 180 days in the Ring App or on Ring.com. Your default storage period may vary by your location.

What uses more battery vibrate or Ring? ›

Besides, if you don't need to get notified by vibration, then turn the 'haptic feedback' off as it actually takes more battery power to vibrate your phone than it does to ring it.

Do you need electricity for the Ring? ›

Power & Voltage Requirements

The Ring Doorbell Wired cannot be powered by a battery and needs a power supply. It requires an existing doorbell system, but you can also use a Ring plug-in adapter or a transformer for supply.

Can you replace the rechargeable battery in a ring doorbell? ›

Your Ring Video Doorbell 2 comes with a removable, rechargeable battery. Before you finalize your installation, make sure your battery is fully charged. The video below will familiarize you with the process for remove and charging up your Ring Video Doorbell 2 battery.

Why is my Ring battery draining so fast? ›

The more events captured by your Ring devices, the more your battery is used. Using Live View often can also drain your battery faster. If your device is capturing an excessive number of events each day, you may need to recharge your battery sooner.

What happens when ring doorbell battery dies? ›

Ring Doorbell batteries are rechargeable using a micro USB cable. You will want to charge the battery before it completely runs out of power. If the battery dies completely, you may have to add the doorbell in the Ring app again. On the original Ring Doorbell, the lithium battery cannot be removed from the device.

Can you use any charger to charge a Ring battery? ›

Your Ring Video Doorbell 2 is charged using a common micro-USB cable (an orange one is included in your Ring box). The micro-USB cable can be plugged into any USB power source such as a computer.

Why is my ring doorbell battery only lasting a week? ›

If your Ring video doorbell or security camera battery is draining too fast, a poor wifi connection may be the cause. A poor connection can cause your doorbell or camera to frequently disconnect and reconnect to your wifi network, which wastes energy and contributes to battery drainage.

How can I make my ring doorbell battery last longer? ›

Increased Activity
  1. Adjust your motion settings to a lower sensitivity.
  2. Disable certain products during specific hours of the day.
  3. Change Smart Alerts to Standard or Light.
  4. Adjust the direction of your Ring product.

Does cold weather affect Ring Doorbell? ›

Extremely cold weather has unfortunate effects on lithium-ion batteries such as those used in Ring devices. As the temperature drops, these batteries begin to have trouble holding a charge and if it gets cold enough, they'll stop working altogether.

Why do I have to keep charging my Ring Doorbell? ›

The charge from the hardwiring supplies a trickle-charge to the battery. As a result, depending on what functions the doorbell is performing, the battery may drain faster than the hardwiring charge can keep up with. Therefore, there's a need to occasionally recharge your battery.

How does Ring work without power? ›

Your Base Station includes a battery backup that allows your system to keep working if the power goes out or your base station is accidentally unplugged. When the base station starts using battery backup, it will work normally for fifteen minutes.

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