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New Neighbor

Alarm Devices Battery Life

I've had the Ring alarm system for just over a year and all alarm devices (door contacts, motion sensors, smoke detectors) show fully charged battery...no battery usage at all. Is that even possible or does the battery indicator even work?

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Re: Alarm Devices Battery Life

Great question @mikebtp! The battery used in the Alarm Contact Sensors and Motion Detectors are a CR123A battery. These have a life expectancy of up to 3 years. The nature of the Alarm system is to use the Base Station as the hub for communicating to the rest of your Alarm devices through Zwave, which often requires less battery usage for the sensors. Check out our help center article on Zwave to learn more.

 

In regards to the Keypad, this uses a different rechargeable battery, in which plugging in for power will of course help with charge duration. I hope this helps! Smiley Happy 



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New Neighbor II

Re: Alarm Devices Battery Life

What about the Keypad? That will be a sure sign that something isn't working properly as the battery in mine only lasts a few weeks. 

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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Devices Battery Life

My keypad is always plugged into an outlet so it's never on battery power alone.

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Re: Alarm Devices Battery Life

Great question @mikebtp! The battery used in the Alarm Contact Sensors and Motion Detectors are a CR123A battery. These have a life expectancy of up to 3 years. The nature of the Alarm system is to use the Base Station as the hub for communicating to the rest of your Alarm devices through Zwave, which often requires less battery usage for the sensors. Check out our help center article on Zwave to learn more.

 

In regards to the Keypad, this uses a different rechargeable battery, in which plugging in for power will of course help with charge duration. I hope this helps! Smiley Happy 



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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Devices Battery Life

Great. Thanks for the info.

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New Neighbor

Re: Alarm Devices - Contact Sensor Short Battery Life - Compared to Competitors

What's Ring's contact sensor's expected battery life?  A Ring rep mentioned to me it's only 6-9 months?!!

 

Abode's contact sensor is advertised to have 10 year battery life.  Realistically perhaps 5 years and that's still way way better than Ring's 6-9 months battery life for the contact sensor.

 

And SimpliSafe's current contact sensor using CR-2032 which is advertised to last up to 10 years as well.

 

Ring needs much better electronics on the contact sensor to consume less battery life like the competitors do.

 

 

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Neighbor II

Re: Alarm Devices - Contact Sensor Battery Life

I've had my system for a 9 months. Still say full on all of my contacts and sensors
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Re: Alarm Devices - Contact Sensor Battery Life

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Neighbor II

Re: Alarm Devices - Contact Sensor Battery Life

Ring Alarm Devices Information
"Devices" are the sensors, motion detectors, keypad, or any other piece of equipment that you attach to your Base Station. The following article answers frequently asked questions about Ring Alarm devices.

Is the Base Station necessary?

Yes. The Base Station is necessary for the Ring Alarm to function.

Are the sensors battery operated or wired?

The sensors are battery operated. The CR123A battery included should last up to three years.

Do the motion sensors pick up pet movement or do they only detect people?

At default sensitivity settings, the motion sensor should not pick up pets under 33 pounds.

Correct, up to 3 years