Charging your Ring Video Doorbell battery with hardwiring

If you've hardwired your battery-operated Ring Video doorbell, you may wonder why your Quick Release battery pack may occasionally need to be recharged.

Unlike a purely hardwired Ring doorbell such as the Ring Doorbell Pro, a battery-operated doorbell does not use the electricity generated by the hardwire to power its regular operations. Instead it uses the provided rechargeable battery to do all of its regular operations like ring, detect motion, and generate a Live View. 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.

Note: Battery-operated Ring Video Doorbells can be hardwired to an existing doorbell system or transformer for continuous charging (8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz) or using a Ring Plug-in Adapter (2nd Gen). Incompatible with halogen or garden-lighting transformers. Only official Ring DC supplies should be used to power this device. Use of any other DC supply will cause damage to your device. Please check your local laws and building regulations before performing electrical work; permits and/or professional installation may be required by law in your area.

Is there anything I can do to extend the amount of time between battery recharges?
Yes. Since the amount of power used is dependent on your settings and the functions your doorbell is performing, here are a few tips to maximize battery life:

  • Keep the amount of time you're in Live View to a minimum.
  • Adjust your motion settings to minimize the number of false positives you receive.
  • Go through your Ring app and turn off features you may not use very often.
  • Check your RSSI. If you don't have a very strong wifi connection, your doorbell will draw more power when it communicates with your network.
  • Keep an eye on the weather. Particularly hot or cold days will cause the battery to drain faster than normal.

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