Ring Video Doorbell Hardwired vs. Battery Powered Operation

If I hardwire my Ring Doorbell to my existing doorbell, do I still have to charge the battery?

Yes. If your Ring Video Doorbell or Ring Doorbell 2 is hardwired, the device will receive a trickle charge from the doorbell wiring. 

Battery Power

The rechargeable battery that comes included with your Ring Video Doorbell is designed to power your device without being connected to an external power source. It will need to be recharged on a regular basis.

For more information about battery life and recharging your Ring Video Doorbell, visit the charging guide.

For more information about battery life and charging your Ring Doorbell 2, visit the charging guide.


A hardwired Ring Video Doorbell does not actually use the wired power to run its operations. It relies on the battery for that. The trickle charge the RVD gets from being hardwired is solely used to charge the battery.

  • If your Ring device is not keeping charged while hardwired, then more than likely this is due to other environmental factors such as the outside temperature or too many motion events triggering the device.

Click here for a guide to optimize your motion settings.

Click here to learn more about your Ring Device and the weather.

Join Our Community

Share feature requests, get help, and discuss the latest in security with your fellow users on Ring's first neighbor-to-neighbor community forum.