Ring Doorbells have exploded in popularity in just the last few years, becoming a “must-have” home security accessory.
Super simple to install, effortless to maintain, and really easy to monitor, the Ring Doorbell really does it all!
The only trouble is that these units run off of battery power. And while the folks at Ring say that they can run for months on end without having to have the battery recharged, eventually you are going to have to address the issue of a “dead doorbell”.
If you want to learn how to charge Ring Doorbells so that you don’t have to worry about that problem any longer you’ll want to check out the rest of this quick guide!
Remove the Bottom Plate
The very first step to recharging your Ring Doorbell is removing the bottom plate of the doorbell unit, exposing the faceplate, and allowing you to get to the actual battery itself.
Depending on the Ring model that you have you’ll either find one or two screws at the bottom of the unit itself. The screws are (usually) Phillips head screws and are easy enough to remove with a screwdriver.
Get them out, get the bottom plate off, and keep the screws handy.
Pull the Faceplate Away from the Ring Unit
The next piece of the puzzle is to actually lift the main faceplate itself away from the rest of the doorbell.
This can usually be done with nothing but a bit of finger pressure applied to both sides to release it from its mounting points.
If you have the original Ring Doorbell, though, the whole thing is going to come off of your door when you release the bottom plate (so keep that in mind).
Release the Internal Battery
After the faceplate has been taken off of the doorbell you are going to find a silver tab at the bottom of the unit with the word PUSH engraved on it.
Press that button, allow the battery to be released, and make sure that you catch it so that you can bring the battery inside.
Snap the Battery Into the Ring Charger
This is probably the easiest piece of the puzzle!
All you have to do is get your Ring Doorbell battery into your charging unit (sold with your doorbell) and then allow it to charge for up to 10 hours or even overnight.
You’ll know that the battery has charged the second that the unit starts to show a green light indicator (though the original shows a blue light). Now you’re good to go!
Reverse the Process to Get a Fresh, Charged Battery Into Your Ring Doorbell
The only thing you have left to do here is to simply reverse the process.
Take your Ring Doorbell battery off the charger, snap it back into position, mount the faceplate, and then reattach the bottom plate with the provided screws.
You’ll have a couple more months worth of reliable Ring Doorbell performance ahead of you again.
Tips to Troubleshoot the Process
Don’t Wait for Your Ring to Die Before Charging
One of the biggest mistakes that new Ring owners make all the time is waiting until their doorbell actually dies to recharge the battery.
Don’t let that happen to you!
Instead, you’ll want to pay attention to the low battery indicators that the Ring gives off and get it onto a charger ASAP.
It may even be advantageous to have two batteries for your doorbell. That gives you the ability to hot-swap a dead or dying battery onto a charger and a fresh battery back into your doorbell without any downtime.
Remove the Whole Doorbell If the Cover is Giving You Trouble
If the battery is uncooperative and doesn’t want to release from the mounting plate it may not be a bad idea to simply remove the whole doorbell altogether and bring it inside to be charged.
This isn’t exactly a common occurrence, but sometimes you’re going to have to find creative ways to mount your Ring Doorbell unit – and that almost always means that you’re going to have to be a little creative when it comes time to charge your battery.
When it feels like the battery unit is fighting you and you feel frustration building take a second, pause, and commit to removing the whole unit and charging it as one big block.
As it’s charging you can think about new ways to mount the system to avoid this trouble in the future.
Plug a Charging Cable Into Your Ring Unit
Finally, if you’re Ring Doorbell is really being stubborn (or you are particularly nervous about removing it from its mounted position) you might want to bring the charging cable to the battery itself.
This may mean investing in extra long charging cables, but prices on these cables have dropped dramatically over the last few years. It might be a smart investment that not only saves you a lot of frustration but also saves you a lot of time moving forward, too.
And that’s (almost) everything you need to know about how to charge Ring Doorbell units!
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