Ring Doorbell Battery Acting Up? Solutions for Every Cause

Researched & Written by Craig

Has the battery on your Ring doorbell stopped holding its charge?

Then don’t worry, as this article will explain some of the reasons why this is happening. It will also walk you through the steps to fix the problem.

 

Ring doorbell on an exterior house wall.

Ring Video Doorbell

Do you think that your Ring doorbell’s battery is depleting too quickly? Then, that could be for one of the following reasons:

  • The local weather is too cold
  • The local weather is too hot
  • Your device is capturing too much activity

If your Ring doorbell is acting up you may not get an accurate recording of who approaches your house in the day. A faulty doorbell is a real problem. But there are things you can do to fix it before packing it in a box and shipping it back to Timbuktu. Take a look at the extended Ring doorbell guide below. It will help you pinpoint and fix the problem with your bell.

Potential Malfunctioning Causes

Now more than ever before, it is really important to see who is waiting at your door before you answer it. Having a Ring doorbell is a great security feature. It helps you to keep an eye on the activity around your home while you’re not about.

But what can you do if your Ring doorbell is not operating the way it used to? Take a look at some of the fixes mentioned below. These will help you to solve some of the most common problems that arise with Ring doorbells. 

The Local Weather Is Too Cold

The Ring doorbell issues with low battery and cold weather.

Battery life and the cold.

Jack Frost is back! It’s time to throw the winter quilt back on the bed and bring out the fluffy slippers!

Do you expect temperatures to drop around freezing for the next few months? Harsh, cold weather can cause your pipes to freeze. It could make your boiler break down. And you may find that your Ring doorbell needs some extra TLC around this time. 

What kind of temperatures does your Ring doorbell particularly dislike? Take a look at the following information to find out:

Temperature The Effect on Your doorbell
36°F to 34°F The Ring battery may begin to deplete its charge faster than usual. 
33°F and below It may be difficult to charge the Ring battery. The battery may deplete almost immediately after it’s charged.
-5°F and below The battery will most likely stop working at temperatures this low. 

So, what can you do to keep your Ring bell working throughout some of the milder winter weather? Take a look at the tips mentioned below:

  1. Charge the battery indoors. Are the batteries in your Ring doorbell depleting quickly? Then bring the device inside to charge it. This will give the device a chance to warm up and for the batteries to charge faster. 
  2. Fully charge your device. This is one way to ensure your battery life lasts longer. Change your device until the battery reads 100% full before taking it back outside. This will allow your device to work for as long as possible.

The Local Weather Is Too Hot

Are you feeling the heat? Then the chances are that your Ring doorbell is feeling it a little too! Ring doorbells tend to do better in extreme heat than they do in extreme cold. But they still prefer a more moderate temperature to work to their best ability. 

Ring doorbells have been manufactured to withstand temperatures of up to 120°F. But if your Ring doorbell is west facing during a heatwave, then you may find that it starts playing up a little bit. What can you do if your Ring doorbell’s performance is below par during the hot weather? Take a look at the following information to find out:

  1. Charge the battery indoors. Are the batteries in your Ring doorbell depleting quickly? Then bring the device inside to charge it. This will give the device a chance to cool down and for the batteries to charge faster. 
  2. Fully charge your device. This is one way to ensure your battery life lasts longer. Change your device until the battery reads 100% full before taking it back outside. This will allow your device to work for as long as possible.
  3. Remove it from direct sunlight. If your bell faces direct sunlight, change its position if possible during the summer.

Your Device Is Capturing Too Much Activity

Do you live in a busy neighborhood? Is your Ring device constantly on the watch for the following:

  • The delivery man/woman arriving with parcels morning, noon, and night
  • The neighbor’s dog constantly escaping across the road
  • Your kids playing on the lawn in front of the house

Ring doorbells are a bit like that nosey neighbor that spends their day peeking at your house behind their curtain. That neighbor that seems to be watching every time someone pulls onto your drive or you get a delivery. Likewise, Ring doorbells just love to keep their eye on any activity. 

But, of course, every time your Ring doorbell senses motion in front of it, it begins to record. This uses up your battery. So, the more your doorbell records, the faster your battery is drained. So what can you do to prevent your doorbell from picking up on too much activity? Take a look at the suggestions below:

  1. Adjust your motion settings on your Ring doorbell. For example, if set to “All Motion” adjust the setting to “Less Motion”.
  2. Set up “Motion Zones” on your Ring doorbell. By setting up “Motion Zones”, you will be able to ignore areas around your house that are not of concern. You can set the doorbell to focus on areas that are of priority such as the front door and the front-facing window.
  3. Change the “Smart Alerts” on your Ring doorbell. For example, if set to “Standard” change them to “Light”.
  4. Change the position of your Ring doorbell. By changing the position of the doorbell, it will detect less motion.

Factors That Affect Ring Doorbell Battery Life

As mentioned above, there are a few factors that affect a Ring doorbell’s battery life. These include:

  • Extreme heat
  • Extreme cold
  • Your device capturing too much activity

But without these factors, you should be able to use your doorbell for months off of a single charge. But you may be wondering what you should do when the batteries run flat on your doorbell. What is the proper way to recharge the batteries? Take a look at the battery charging guide below to find out:

How to Charge Your Ring Doorbell

Are the batteries flat in your Ring doorbell? Then it’s time to get charging! Your Ring doorbell should charge within 5 to 6 hours when plugged into a wall charger. If you don’t have a USB wall charger, you can plug the micro-USB into a computer to charge your bell. It will take between 6 to 12 hours for the bell to charge this way. That may seem like a long time, but remember, that charge should last you a couple of months!

Charging a ring doorbell properly to save battery life.

How to charge your Ring doorbell.

To charge your Ring doorbell do the following:

  1. Plug the micro-USB cable that came with the bell into a USB power source. (If you don’t have the one that came with the bell, you can use any micro-USB cable.)
  2. Remove the doorbell from the mounting bracket. You can do this by removing the two security screws on the bottom of the doorbell. Remove them using the Ring screwdriver that you got when you purchased the unit. 
  3. Slide the doorbell up and off of the mounting bracket. 
  4. Plug the other end of the micro-USB cable into the bell’s charging port. 
  5. Keep the bell plugged in until the circle on the doorbell shines completely blue. 
  6. Unplug the bell and fasten it back to the mounting bracket.

Conclusion

A Ring doorbell is very useful for keeping an eye on the movement around your property. So if your doorbell stops working properly, this can be a real concern. 

I hope this article has helped you to pinpoint some of the reasons why your Ring doorbell is acting up. I’m sure it has provided you with the right tips for you to get it working properly again. 

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Have a great day!

-Craig