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Are Ring Doorbells Battery Powered?

Ring doorbells are either battery-powered or hardwired depending on the model you buy. Battery operated models include the Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation), Ring Video Doorbell 2, Ring Video Doorbell 3, and Ring Video Doorbell 4, along with the Ring Video Doorbell (2020 Release). Battery-operated models are easier to install, and portable. This makes them ideal for renters and homeowners who prefer a non-permanent, easily removable, and versatile solution without the need for complex wiring systems. But they require recharging, in my case that’s about once every 4-6 months. But exactly how long the battery lasts depends on your model Ring, usage, and settings. 

Models like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell Elite are hardwired into the home’s doorbell wiring system. These versions are often more robust, supporting advanced features like enhanced WiFi connectivity, more sophisticated motion detection, and continuous power without needing a recharge. This is appealing if you want a permanent, long-term security solution, but they require a compatible doorbell system or a transformer, as they’re not designed to work with a standard battery.

While battery-operated Ring doorbells provide convenience and ease, especially in spaces where wiring is difficult or not allowed, such as in apartmentshardwired models offer enhanced reliability and advanced functions, making them more suitable for homeowners desiring a comprehensive security setup. 

I work in property management and we install a Ring doorbell at every door. If there’s an existing doorbell wire, we install a hard-wired model, otherwise we install a battery operated model. It’s a hassle to charge the battery, but it’s easier and a lot cheaper than running doorbell wiring in a finished home. 

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How Long Does A Ring Doorbell Battery Last?

The battery life of Ring doorbells varies significantly based on the model you buy and how often you use it. On average, the battery in a Ring Video Doorbell model may last between 6 months to a year with standard use, though this is a rough estimate and actual experiences may differ. In my case, I have to recharge my Ring once every 4-6 months because I receive lots of packages, which turns on the device several times a day. 

Several factors impact how long the doorbell battery lasts on a charge. Frequent motion-triggered alerts and recording, live video viewing, and even cold weather can drain the battery faster. 

If a Ring device is set up in a high-traffic area or experiences extreme weather conditions, the battery may need recharging on a more frequent basis, possibly every 2 to 3 months.

Features such as Night Vision, HDR, or frequent use of two-way communication require more power, thus affecting the battery longevity. 

If the WiFi signal to the device is weak, it could cause the doorbell to use more power, maintaining its connection to the network, thereby draining the battery quicker.

There are a few changes you can make in the settings to prolong battery life. 

Reducing the number of motion alerts by altering the motion sensitivity or setting up a motion schedule can significantly decrease battery consumption. 

Periodically checking the device’s health via the Ring app or a device like Google Home helps keep track of battery status and device performance. I

Make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection to prevent extra battery use for maintaining network connectivity. If the signal is weak by your Ring, consider moving the router or installing a WiFi range extender. 

During colder months, using a weather-resistant cover can help retain battery life.

How To Change A Ring Doorbell Battery

Changing the battery in a Ring doorbell is a straightforward process, but doing it correctly is crucial to maintain the device’s functionality and your home’s security.

Firstly, have the replacement battery fully charged and ready. For certain models, such as the Ring Video Doorbell 2, the device comes with a quick-release battery pack making the process more efficient. You simply press the quick-release tab, and the battery will pop out. Others might require you to remove the device from its mounting bracket to access the battery compartment.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to change your Ring battery:

  1. Start by removing the security screws on the base of the doorbell and gently detach the device from its mounting bracket if necessary.
  2. If your unit has a quick-release battery pack, press the appropriate tab to release the battery. For doorbells where the battery is internal, slide the battery out or remove it based on the compartment’s design.
  3. Replace it with the newly charged battery, reinserting it correctly as per the model’s design.
  4. Reattach the doorbell to the mounting bracket and secure it using the security screws.
  5. Finally, use the Ring app to confirm that the power status reflects the fresh battery, and test the doorbell to check its functionality.

During the battery changing process, your Ring doorbell will temporarily stop working, losing its connection to the app and functionality, such as detecting motion or ringing. However, this downtime is minimal and only lasts during the physical replacement process.

Can Ring Doorbell Be Both Wired And Battery Powered?

Yes, certain models of the Ring doorbell are designed to be versatile, allowing for both hardwired and battery-powered operations. This dual functionality offers users greater flexibility in installation and continuous operation, catering to different power preferences and home setups.

For instance, the Ring Video Doorbell 2, Ring Video Doorbell 3, and Ring Video Doorbell 4 are engineered with removable, rechargeable battery packs. However, they can also be hardwired to your existing doorbell wiring. This dual capability serves multiple purposes. If the device is hardwired, the internal battery serves as a backup power source in case of power outages, ensuring the doorbell remains operational. Conversely, for those using the device in battery mode, having the option to hardwire presents an opportunity for continuous power, eliminating the need for periodic recharging.

When these doorbells are connected to existing wiring, they can use the power to run their operations, although the voltage may not be sufficient to charge the battery fully in some setups. When hardwired, the devices preferentially use the wiring power, reserving battery life. This setup is particularly beneficial because it also allows the doorbell to connect with traditional chimes.

Moreover, integrating a hardwired Ring doorbell with the home’s existing doorbell circuit allows for features like using your home’s internal chime, not available when solely using battery power. This integration creates a more seamless experience, more reminiscent of traditional doorbell systems, but with the advanced features of a smart system.

The hybrid models of Ring doorbells offer an adaptable solution for homeowners. They combine the ease and portability of battery power with the reliability of hardwired installation. This approach ensures that the doorbell functions remain uninterrupted, providing consistent security coverage and convenience for the household.

Can You Convert A Battery Powered Ring Doorbell To Wired Power

Yes, you can convert a battery-powered Ring doorbell to a hardwired setup. Hardwiring your battery-operated Ring doorbell provides the ease of not having to manually recharge the battery, alongside ensuring the doorbell is always on.

Be careful if you try this option, doing it incorrectly could damage the device. If you’re nor familiar with electrical work, hire an electrician to do it.

Here’s how you can generally convert a battery-powered Ring doorbell to a hardwired one. It’s essential to refer to the user manual of your specific model for detailed instructions:

  1. Preparation: Make sure you have a transformer that supplies the correct voltage and power necessary for your Ring doorbell. Ring typically recommends a transformer rating of 8-24 VAC. Some models might require a resistor if there isn’t an existing doorbell system. Turn off power from the breaker box to avoid any electrical hazards.
  2. Existing Doorbell: If you have an existing doorbell, remove it and connect the Ring doorbell to the old wires.
  3. Wiring: Connect the two wires coming out of your wall to the back of your Ring doorbell. There’s no polarity so either wire can connect to either terminal on the back of the Ring.
  4. Mounting: Mount your Ring doorbell on the wall.
  5. Power Up: Restore power from the breaker box. Your Ring doorbell should indicate it’s receiving power, typically with a glowing circle around the doorbell button.
  6. Testing: Test the doorbell to ensure it’s functioning correctly. Monitor it to make sure the battery level is stable or increasing.

While the Ring doorbell is hardwired, it should still retain the battery inside. The hardwiring process will keep the battery charged, essentially providing a backup power source in case of power outages.

If you have any questions about Ring Doorbell, email or leave a comment below.

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John Mazzuca is a custom home designer and builder at Gambrick with over 25 years experience in the construction industry. John has designed, built and/or remodeled hundreds of homes, small buildings, and commercial projects. He writes about business, real estate, home building, and household electronics. His work has been featured in Fox Business, Better Homes & Garden, House Beautiful, and more.

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