Ring video doorbell ( 2 GEN )

Good evening I have been given a ring video doorbell (2nd gen) this is the doorbell that has to be removed for charging, the bell it’s self is working ok but i have to remove it quite often to change the battery, ( 5 / 6 days ) I am looking for advice To hardwire my doorbell,

i would like to know which is the best transformer for the job and the basic wiring instructions

thank you very much for any help you can give me.

Hello @Trebor ,

When you say, “To hardwire my doorbell” I think you meant you just want to connect a transformer to your Ring Video Doorbell 2nd Generation, just for it to ‘trickle-recharge’ the doorbell’s internal battery, so you won’t have to physically remove the doorbell for recharging, correct? I don’t think you meant you wanted to add a transformer that not only recharges your doorbell and also makes a house indoor-mounted Bell-Chime go “Ding Dong” inside your house? But you can do it either way (with or without a house-chime).

In either case, your Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) will need a transformer with the following rating/capability:

  • 8 to 24 V olts A lternating C urrent (VAC) with 40 Volt-Amps (watts) maximum and 50 to 60 Hz.
  • You cannot use D irect C urrent (DC), nor halogen, nor garden-lighting transformers. All these are not compatible with your Ring Doorbell.

As long as the transformer you chose meets these criteria, it should work fine.

  • Here is a link on wiring instruction, connecting transformer to your Ring Doorbell (without a house bell-chime):


Since this is how to wire the transformer without the interior house bell chime, a " 50 watt 25 Ohm wirewound Resistor" is required to substitute for the electrical-load that would be present if the electrical current went through the house bell chime. A resistor is REQUIRED in place of a mechanical or electronic doorbell chime kit for this alternate configuration to work successfully. Note: If you hook up a Ring Video Doorbell directly to an AC transformer without either a resistor or an internal chime, there is a serious fire risk.

Although I don’t rate which is ‘best’ transformer, here are some choices (if you are in the USA, otherwise you would have to pick a transformer appropriate for you country’s house outlet power with compatible plugs). I also picked transformers that include the resistor you need:

  • Plug-In (color:Black with Resistor):


  • Plug-In (color: White with Resistor):


  • Mounted Transformer (with Resistor):


If you pick another transformer that does not come with the 50 watt 25 Ohm Wirewound Resistor, you can purchase them separately:

  • Plug-In Transformer without Resistor:


  • Another Plug-In Transformer without Resistor:


  • 50 watt, 25 Ohm Wirewound Resistor:


Now if I misunderstood what you meant, and you do indeed want to have a transformer power both your Ring Doorbell and with a house bell-chime, then just wire the house bell-chime where the Resistor was, but do not use the resistor. There is no need for the resistor, because now you have the resistance-load provided by the bell-chime. In other words, just substitute a house bell-chime for the resistorduring wiring.

If you have any more technical questions or have difficulties, you can also telephone Ring Support for help:


Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19, their available hours have been changed also:


I hope this information is helpful for you. :slight_smile:

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Hi thank you very much for replying to my question i am sorry if I didn’t make myself clear,

I am just looking for a plug in adapter to trickle charge my ring video doorbell 2nd gen.

i have tried 3 so far which said they were compatible with the 2nd gen but they work for a little while then stop. Any assistance you can give would be very much appreciated if you have any idea and could enclose a link or photo of the right item that would be great.

many many thanks.

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Hi @Trebor. If you have the Video Doorbell - 2020 Release, you can take a look at our Plug-In Adapter here. This will allow you to plug the Doorbell into a standard power outlet for 24/7 power. Please note this Plug-In Adapter is only compatible with the Doorbells listed, which includes the Video Doorbell - 2020 Release, Video Doorbell 3, Video Doorbell 3 Plus, and Video Doorbell Pro. I hope that helps! :slight_smile:

Hi i am really stuck at the moment I have tried 2 different charges so far and I am really hoping that I could get a answer i am going to include some photos hopefully they may help. at the moment I seem to be taking the bell down every other day maybe it’s the cold weather that’s not helping, looking forward to a answer to my problem many thanks.

@Trebor. If you’re in the UK, you can find the appropriate Plug-In Adapter for your Doorbell on our website here. If that’s not working properly for you, please reach out to our support team directly so they can take a closer look at this. You can give our support team a call at one of the numbers available here. We’re taking additional steps to protect our team and help reduce the spread of COVID-19, so this has resulted in longer than normal wait times. If you are outside of the US, please read our response to COVID-19 here to see how to contact support. :slight_smile:

Hi thank you very much for your help, after I have looked around the internet for a answer to my problem i decided to try customer service, wish I had done this straight away, they delt with my problem very efficiently, after looking at my device and seeing how often I am having to charge the device they said there must be a issue with it and they would replace the device free of charge, This i am very happy with, thank you very much Ring.

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