How Long Does Ring Camera Battery Last?

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

The battery life of a Ring camera can vary significantly based on the model, usage patterns, and environmental conditions.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

  1. Ring Video Doorbell Models:
    • Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen): Approximately 6-12 months.
    • Ring Video Doorbell 2: About 6 months.
    • Ring Video Doorbell 3 and 3 Plus: Roughly 6 months.
    • Ring Video Doorbell 4: Around 6 months.
  2. Ring Stick Up Cam Models:
    • Stick Up Cam Battery/Solar (2nd and 3rd Gen): Typically 6-12 months, depending on usage.
    • Stick Up Cam Plug-In: This model is powered by a standard electrical outlet and does not rely on a battery.
  3. Ring Spotlight Cam Models:
    • Spotlight Cam Battery: Usually lasts about 6 months.
    • Spotlight Cam Solar: Battery life is extended with solar charging, but it depends on the amount of sunlight.
  4. Ring Floodlight Cam:
    • This model is hardwired and does not use a battery.

It’s important to note that these are approximate values, and actual battery life may vary based on individual usage and environmental factors.

Factors that affect to drain battery power from ring camera

These are the main factors that will affect the overall battery life.

The ideal and active period

A security camera, in this case, ring camera has two operating functions. That is active and ideal stages. I have set these two functions to depend on ring camera working process.

They say the camera will activate automatically when something or someone, trigger the camera motion sensor.

Typically, these systems designed to maintain a low power profile when it is at an ideal stage. That means at the stage no one trigger the camera.

ring spotlight cam battery

Once someone triggers the camera, things start to change. At this stage, the camera’s all hardware functions will start to work at its maximum rate, and it will cause to draw more current. Hence reduce battery life.

So, your ring camera battery will depend on the activity rate at your home. This parameter is different for each person. This is a common reason for different people to have a different experience with their battery life.

Available number of hardware functions/devices

The number of function or hardware is another point to consider. When a device increases its hardware or functions, that could drain more power.

The ring spotlight camera has an inbuilt siren and light system which could not be seen with the ring stick up camera system.

This means spotlight cam battery may not last like a stick up camera battery. However, if you use the two-way audio option in stick up cam model, then it will cause additional battery usage too.

Age of the battery

With time, any battery will degrade. Therefore, the period of available power will be reduced. Ring company says they provide 1 year limited warranty at the time of this article writing.

So we can assume at least these batteries should work a year without any notable battery power limitation.

According to the scientific data, any kind of general li-ion battery will limit its power around 2 or 3 years.

The charge and discharge cycles may range around 200 – 300 for a battery lifetime.

WI-FI coverage

Weak wi-fi signal is another factor that affects your ring camera battery life. When the signal is weaker, the system will automatically increase it’s power to search proper coverage.

When this routing tends to happen frequently, it will surely reduce the battery life.

Most of the time, this can happen with spotlight cam battery setup. Since it is mounted outside of the house.

So, it’s better to check the signal strength of each device.

If you are able to found a weak spot, the best solution is to add a repeater to increase wi-fi coverage. All-new Ring Chime Pro is a wi-fi coverage extender for all ring devices produced by the same company. It is compatible with all ring cameras and ring doorbells.

ring cam battery signal coverage

Outer temperature

Ring, specify their heat operating condition as -20.5°C to 48.5°C for batteries. The battery will work without any problem in this region.

 However, li-ion battery has a tendency to rapidly reduce their power at a relatively higher temperature. It will directly affect the effective lifetime of the battery.

Comparing to the high temperature situations, the cool weather is good for the battery. But, if the battery temp goes around 0 Celsius or below, then again it will affect the power amount of the battery.

Is there any way to improve battery life of ring cam?

Yes. The easiest one is buying an extra battery pack. Ring camera employs a system to support two batteries at once.

Other than this, you can mount your spotlight cam battery in places where direct sunlight does not incident to the surface. This will reduce the heat amount around the ring cam.

The mounting solar charging system is another good approach. Ring provides a nice solar charging device for all spotlight cam batteries.

This small solar panel from Ring can directly mount into your spotlight cam battery. This one will surely increase the battery life.

If you have fair sunlight, then you may never need to separately charge your battery pack (in winter, this could be hard since minimum sunlight).