While batteries in Ring Smart Lights will last for months with normal use, there are several factors that may impact battery life.
1. Weather conditions
Extreme hot and cold temperatures can impact your battery life and performance. Replaceable alkaline batteries that are required for some Ring Smart Lights can be impacted when temperatures drop below 41˚F/5˚C, but performance returns to normal once temperatures warm up. For Solar devices, Ring has placed certain limits on battery functionality in extreme hot and cold temperatures to protect your devices. For example, at the most extreme temperatures, some Ring solar devices will enter Sleep Mode.
The more motion events are triggered by your Ring Smart Lights, the more your battery is used to power the device. If your device is reacting to an excessive number of events each day, you may find that your batteries drain faster than expected.
To prevent excessive activity, you can take the following actions:
- Adjust your Motion Settings to a lower sensitivity.
- Adjust your Light Sensor to a lower sensitivity.
- Disable Motion Detection during specific hours of the day.
- Change Smart Alerts to Standard or Light.
- Adjust the direction of your Ring product.
Things to try
The following tips and tricks will help you use the light and motion sensors on your device to maximize battery life and reduce the number of unwanted motion alerts.
For longest battery life:
- Set Light Sensors to 0 or 1 so that the lights only turn on if it's very dark.
- Reduce the brightness to the lowest setting.
- Set Group Auto Shutoff time to 30 seconds.
- For alkaline (replaceable) battery devices, we strongly recommend using name-brand batteries such as Amazon Basics, Duracell, or Energizer. Always use fresh batteries of the same brand.
- For Solar devices, we suggest you only use the included Ring-branded rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
To reduce motion triggers:
- Only enable motion on the lights that are accurately detecting motion, and let those lead lights activate the whole group. This will extend battery life as well as reduce notifications.
- Avoid pointing lights toward potential heat source or moving object. Heat sources and waving objects such as wind chimes might trigger motion.
To reduce daytime activation:
- Set Light Sensors on devices to a low setting so the lights only turn on in the dark.
- For Linked Device triggers, set a time window that closely mimics darkness outside.
- When creating the link for a device to trigger the lights on Spotlight Cam, Floodlight Cam or another group, consider making the time schedule available later in the night to earlier in the morning