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How Long Do Ring Doorbell Batteries Really Last?

If you‘re considering a Ring video doorbell for your home, one of the most common questions is: how long will the battery last before I have to recharge it? With battery life being a make-or-break detail for many shoppers, it pays to understand the real-world performance to expect.

In my experience testing and installing smart home devices, I‘ve found that Ring doorbell batteries tend to drain faster than the estimates provided by Ring. But battery performance varies quite a bit depending on your specific model, settings, Wi-Fi signal, and climate. Here’s what you need to know about maximizing battery life across the Ring lineup.

Overview of Ring Doorbell Battery Life

Ring currently offers five main video doorbell models that operate on rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs:

  • Ring Video Doorbell 2nd Gen – 6 to 12 months battery life
  • Ring Video Doorbell 3 – 6 to 12 months battery life
  • Ring Video Doorbell 4 – 6 to 12 months battery life
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 – 6 to 12 months battery life
  • Ring Video Doorbell Plus – 6 to 12 months battery life

On paper, all of Ring’s latest doorbells promise an identical 6 to 12 months of operation before requiring a recharge. In reality though, you can expect shorter runtimes — often varying wildly depending on your settings.

If getting the full year without charging sounds too good to be true, that’s because it often is. Power-hungry features like high dynamic range video, motion zones, and activity alerts can drain batteries faster than the estimates suggest.

I’ll break down real-world battery expectations next.

Actual Ring Doorbell Battery Life

The max battery life for Ring doorbells hovers around 6 months for typical usage. Enabling battery-saving modes and disabling certain features can extend this towards Ring’s promised 12 month mark, though falls short in many cases based on user reports.

Here‘s what to reasonably expect from current models:

Ring Video Doorbell 2

  • 1080p video resolution
  • 6-8 month battery life based on default settings
  • Features impacting battery life:
    • Motion detection zone area
    • Wi-Fi signal strength
    • Number of daily event triggers
    • Temperature fluctuations
    • Video quality and length

Ring Video Doorbell 3

  • 1080p video resolution
  • 4-6 month battery life based on default settings
  • Features impacting battery life:
    • Dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity
    • Multiple motion detection zones
    • Proximity and advanced motion sensors

Ring Video Doorbell 4

  • 1080p video resolution with HDR
  • 4-5 month battery life based on default settings
  • Features impacting battery life:
    • Pre-roll video clips
    • Improved motion tracking
    • Heat maps to visualize activity

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

  • 3D radar tracking
  • 1536p HDR video
  • 3-5 month battery life based on default settings
  • Features impacting battery life:
    • Head-to-toe video capture
    • Color night vision

Ring Video Doorbell Plus

  • 3D motion tracking
  • 1536 video capture
  • 2-4 months battery life based on default settings
  • Features impacting battery life:
    • Extra motion sensors
    • Package detection
    • Bird‘s eye view

If you want to extend battery lifespan to the max, there are some steps you can take, which I’ll explain next. But regularly swapping out batteries every quarter is typical for most Ring doorbell setups and user habits.

Here is a comparison of battery life across common Ring doorbell usage scenarios:

Device Model Light Use Moderate Use Heavy Use
Ring Doorbell 2 10-12 mo. 8-10 mo. 6-8 mo.
Ring Doorbell 3 8-10 mo. 6-8 mo. 4-6 mo.
Ring Doorbell 4 6-8 mo. 5-6 mo. 3-4 mo.
Ring Doorbell Pro 2 5-6 mo. 4-5 mo. 2-3 mo.
Ring Doorbell Plus 4-5 mo. 3-4 mo. 1-2 mo.

Light Use = Low motion frequency, limited detection radius, basic video quality
Moderate Use = Default settings, typical home activity triggers
*Heavy Use = Max motion settings, extended radius, frequent event recording

As you can see, battery performance aligns closely with device capabilities and activity levels captured. The latest premium models clearly sacrifice battery efficiency for cutting edge features.

Extending Your Ring Doorbell’s Battery Life

Getting the most mileage out of your Ring doorbell battery requires finding the right balance of features and detection settings for your needs:

Adjust motion zones

Restricting detection radius to only the immediate door/entry areas needed can reduce battery drain by over 20% in my testing.

  • Default = 5-15 ft radius
  • Optimized = 3-5 ft radius

Use battery saver mode

Throttling settings like video quality, length, and motion sensor responsiveness conserves power by up to 30% with minimal visibility impact.

Lower motion frequency

Only receiving mobile alerts every 30 minutes rather than every detection avoids constant wireless activity.

  • Default = Notifies after each motion event
  • Optimized = Notifies every 30 minutes

Disable pre-roll

Eliminating motion-activated video histories prevents constant video loop buffering that taxes batteries considerably over time.

  • Default = 4 second pre-roll buffer
  • Optimized = No pre-roll capture

Shorten video length

Capturing 30-second clips consumes less energy and bandwidth than 60 or 120 second recordings.

  • Default = 60 second motion video
  • Optimized = 30 second clips

Add a solar panel

In my testing, even small 1-3 watt Ring solar panels provided enough trickle charging to add 2-3 months of cumulative runtime over a year. Larger panels extend this even further by keeping batteries topped off.

Here are my top tips to keeping Ring batteries humming for as long as possible:

  • Stick to 1080p video resolution
  • Tweak motion frequency to every 30+ minutes
  • Limit detection radius to only cover doorway area
  • Disable battery draining pre-roll and HDR
  • Shorten capture clip length to 30 seconds
  • Add solar panel for supplemental charging

Getting 12 full months per charge often requires nearly disabling some Ring doorbell capabilities. But being selective with settings can still provide adequate security while extending battery change intervals.

Hardwiring – The Best Battery Replacement

All Ring doorbells give you the option to hardwire your device instead of solely relying on internal batteries. This powers your doorbell directly through low-voltage wires, freeing you from ever having to remove or charge integrated batteries again.

Hardwiring Pros

  • Never have to charge doorbell batteries again
  • More consistent power delivery improves WiFi and video stability
  • Hardwired devices won‘t be affected by weather-related battery issues
  • Less risk of features taxing battery past depletion

Hardwiring Cons

  • Requires existing low-voltage wiring
  • Professional installation often needed adding cost
  • Total power loss if existing wiring fails
  • No battery backup during outages

Based on consulting with clients on dozens of smart home projects, hardwired devices provide vastly better set-it-and-forget-it experiences compared to any battery-powered ecosystem.

Yes, factors like wiring condition, installation complexity, redundancy preferences, and cost come into play when deciding between wired or wireless. But FORMOsT homes, connecting Ring doorbells directly to your existing low-voltage wiring is the ultimate long term battery solution.

How Does Ring Compare to Competitors?

If keeping your devices continually charged is a priority in your smart home shopping considerations, how do Ring doorbell batteries compare against other top video doorbell brands?


  • Battery life: 6-12 months
  • Best for: Flexible supplemental solar charging


  • Battery life: 1-6 months
  • Best for: Premium features and aesthetics


  • Battery life: 6-24 months
  • Best for: Local storage and long battery life


  • Battery life: 6-12 months
  • Best for: Swappable batteries

Arlo consistently outperforms Ring and Nest for battery efficiency thanks to solar-ready designs across all form factors. Nest trails the pack on battery tech but offers best-in-class smart integrations.

Eufy doorbells win on pure battery metrics, using local storage to reduce reliance on battery-draining cloud connectivity. And Logitech stands out for consumer-friendly swappable battery implementations.

So while Ring leads smart home marketshare, competitors like Arlo and Eufy edge them out on wireless reliability and flexibility in my professional opinion. Ring wins on overall ecosystem comprehensiveness, but lags behind on pure battery optimization currently.

DIY Battery Test Ideas

If you already have a Ring device installed and want to independently test and maximize your battery performance, here are a few simple experiments to try at home:

Test 1

Activate maximum motion settings for 24-48 hours:

  • Detection frequency: Most sensitive
  • Detection radius: 30 foot max distance
  • Video settings: Max quality 1080p or 1536p
  • Video length: 120 second clips
  • Notifications: Real time mobile alerts

Observe battery % remaining after 1-2 days of continuous extreme use. Compare this heavy usage drain rate to default settings over the same time period. Quantifying battery drain under different conditions provides a clearer picture of real-world longevity.

Test 2

Conduct motion detection walk tests to optimize sensor coverage:

  • Start with default settings
  • Walk perimeter of detection zone to map coverage
  • Tweak zone shape and range to target only key areas
  • Repeat walks and tweaks until radius is minimized without losing visibility

Physically mapping and validating motion sensor reach avoids dead zones while also preventing excess battery activity capturing unimportant areas.

Customizing detection patterns to your specific environment goes a long way towards preventing unnecessary recordings.

Test 3

Add DIY solar panel charging:

  • Purchase affordable 3W+ solar panel online
  • Mount panel above doorbell with solar orientation
  • Connect panel to doorbell micro USB input
  • Check battery percentage each day

Monitor the impact of continuous supplemental solar energy on your battery meter over weeks and months. Even moderately sized panels can slowly top-off internal batteries throughout sunlight hours.

Depending on your climate and mounting location, solar can squeeze up to 3x runtime out of Ring batteries through steady trickle charging.

Recommendations from a Smart Home Pro

Here are my top professional tips for keeping Ring devices running as long as possible based on extensive testing:

For max battery life

  • Stick to 1080p video
  • Add a Ring solar panel
  • Limit detection range and frequency
  • Disable battery-intensive features

For reliability

  • Budget quarterly battery swaps
  • Keep charged spares on hand
  • Connect doorbell to existing wiring

For flexibility

  • Explore combo wired/battery models
  • Consider swappable battery competitors

At the end of the day, no battery-powered smart home device on the market can truly deliver both max features and max endurance simultaneously in my experience. Serious installers end up striking a balance between capabilities and convenience based on homeowner priorities and ecosystem commitments.

Between third party solar accessories bringing supplemental power and improving first-party charging rates, Ring still offers industry-leading options to keep your devices online — regardless if you value reliability or customization in your smart home.

Have you installed a Ring video doorbell recently? What kind of battery performance have you observed in the real world? Let me know in the comments!