AMAZON has warned all Ring Doorbell owners about the cold.
With the UK being hit by freezing temperatures and snowfall, you might have trouble with the Ring Doorbell.
It’s all to do with the battery and how cold weather affects it.
You may find that your charge drains very quickly and may not charge at all.
And if Ring Doorbells get extremely cold, they can even turn off entirely.
“Extremely cold weather has unfortunate effects on lithium-ion batteries used in Ring devices,” Amazon explained.
“When the mercury goes down, these batteries have trouble holding a charge, and when it gets cold enough they stop working altogether.
“As a result, the batteries in your Ring device may deplete faster than expected in certain temperatures and may need to be charged more frequently.”
Just like smartphones, Ring doorbells use lithium-ion batteries.
These batteries contain an electrolytic liquid.
When it gets very cold, this liquid can crystallize—like honey in a cold pantry.
In this case, the current cannot flow properly through the battery.
That means you can end up with significantly worse battery life.
In some rare cases, this can mean that your device shuts down completely.
Luckily, once you get somewhere warm, your Ring Doorbell should work as usual.
According to Amazon, there are three temperatures to watch out for:
- 3°C: The battery may not hold a charge as well, resulting in you having to charge the device more often
- 0 degrees: The battery may not charge at all. Even hardwired configurations may not charge the battery
- -20.5°C: The battery may not function fully until temperatures warm up
What to do when the Ring Doorbell gets cold?
Amazon has three tips for anyone using a Ring doorbell in very cold weather.
The first is to bring your device inside.
When your device gets cold and the battery is dead, bring it indoors and charge it via USB.
This means your Ring Doorbell can warm up while the battery charges.
Second, you need to make sure your battery is charged up to 100%.
“Although the battery is still not as effective as it is in warmer temperatures, making sure the battery is 100% charged will keep your device running for as long as possible,” Amazon explained.
And the third is to monitor the load and temperature.
If your temperature hovers around the danger points above, you may be having battery charge issues.
“It’s important to constantly monitor battery life when it gets cold to make sure your device is always working,” warns Amazon.
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