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[Home Depot] Ring door bell v1 clearance at $62.5 YMMV

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[Home Depot] Ring door bell v1 clearance at $62.5 YMMV

Decent price at $62.5
Homedepot barrhaven has Ring door bell at clearance. There were about 20 this morning.
Ring solar panel is the same price.
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FWIW a friend of mine bought some of these for his house and says they're total garbage and not built for Canada due to battery drain. He had to change the batteries every week in the winter.
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brunes wrote: FWIW a friend of mine bought some of these for his house and says they're total garbage and not built for Canada due to battery drain. He had to change the batteries every week in the winter.
That's all I needed to know, now I don't have to go running around the city looking for one
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brunes wrote: FWIW a friend of mine bought some of these for his house and says they're total garbage and not built for Canada due to battery drain. He had to change the batteries every week in the winter.
I thought if they were plugged into a wired system they did't need battery?
That is my intended connection method, so it says that if connected it will keep the battery inside charged.
Forgot though? Can these record to NAS etc, or only be monitored online or on smart device, and if you want recording you have to pay NEST?
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mine is wired. had no issues in the winter... so far
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jackass_ca wrote: I thought if they were plugged into a wired system they did't need battery?
That is my intended connection method, so it says that if connected it will keep the battery inside charged.
Forgot though? Can these record to NAS etc, or only be monitored online or on smart device, and if you want recording you have to pay NEST?
Wired yes to what your doorbell existing doorbell was powered on. I have done this and no issues in ottawa with the batteries going dead as it’s a constant charge occurring. If you want cloud recording you have to pay RING 3usd a month, otherwise you can only view events in real time through their app
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^^What he said.
Not really worth it IMO.
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There are dozens of long threads here on RFD about Ring doorbells, and hundreds of reviews on the web. Why would you base your buying decision on hearsay from one person's memory of what a buddy told him?

For what it's worth, I have a Ring doorbell 1, and I would give it a qualified recommendation, especially if you could get it at this low clearance price.

Pro:
- It works as a video doorbell with internet notification and 2-way video+voice.
- It works as a motion-detect camera recording activity at your front door.
- It integrates with common home automation systems, with motion-detect or ring acting as a trigger.
- It can be powered by existing doorbell wiring.
- It still allows your old doorbell chime to work, and you can add internet-connected Chime units to ring elsewhere.
- Ring has excellent customer service.

Con:
- The only recording option is Ring's cloud service at a subscription price of $40/year. It still works without that, but you lose some of the functionality.
- WiFi reception at the doorbell location outside the house wall is likely to be a problem. Ring support often hands out a free Chime Pro (Chime + dedicated WiFi extender) to help solve the problem.
- If you are operating on battery power alone (no doorbell wired power), then Canadian winter extreme cold may kill the battery charge quickly.
- It is totally dependent on Ring's servers to function. If Ring goes out of business or abandons these models, yours becomes a brick. If they have service overload issues (as they did last Halloween with too many people ringing doorbells simultaneously), then yours may be out of service when you need it.

This HD sale is offering the Ring 1 model. The Ring 1 uses a built-in battery, with the option to use existing 8-24vac doorbell wiring to trickle-charge the battery continuously. The Ring 2 is the same, but offers 2 hot-swap batteries to make charging easier. The Ring Pro uses hardwired power only, but may require you to upgrade your doorbell transformer to provide enough power.

The Ring Pro is smaller and easier to mount in locations where the existing doorbell is on a narrow strip, but it necessarily has a very small speaker which doesn't provide a lot of volume or sound quality.
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brunes wrote: FWIW a friend of mine bought some of these for his house and says they're total garbage and not built for Canada due to battery drain. He had to change the batteries every week in the winter.
I have one and charge it every 3 months, including over the winter. Maybe your friend got a defective one?
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Same, I have this version in Toronto and recommend it! I charge every couple of months.
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VertigoM wrote: I have one and charge it every 3 months, including over the winter. Maybe your friend got a defective one?
You might want to educate yourself on cold. -10 or -15 is not cold and yes it impacts the battery life not as close as say -30-50 when the acid, etc start to freeze.
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Don Freak wrote: mine is wired. had no issues in the winter... so far
I have mine wired. One stopped taking a charge in November. The replacement suddenly dropped from 70% to 0% when we hit -33. I took that in and it recovered but I haven’t remounted. Ring suggest bringing them inside at -20...
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facebook259 wrote: I have mine wired. One stopped taking a charge in November. The replacement suddenly dropped from 70% to 0% when we hit -33. I took that in and it recovered but I haven’t remounted. Ring suggest bringing them inside at -20...
This because around -20 lithium batteries lose I think around 50% of their capacity.
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I have one for over a year. Make sure you have wired power connection as people said, the battery doesn’t last in our brutal winter. Wifi isn’t a problem for me but you can test the location first. However, I agree that you have to pay the subscription annually. Without recording, it’s kind of useless as you are likely not quick enough to answer some delivery men when they leave the parcel at your door.
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I have 2 of these and love them. No problems with the wired one. The non wired one needs to be charged about 4x a year.
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I've considered one of these but for the fact that you have to pay a fee for 'cloud' storage - without that storage IMHO it's not very useful. If they enabled it to save to my own storage I'd probably get the wired one. I did see the battery style at costco...
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Have it....with several ring cameras as well. Best purchase ever....
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parbus wrote: Have it....with several ring cameras as well. Best purchase ever....
Do you have to pay a subscription for each camera?
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kanechart wrote: You might want to educate yourself on cold. -10 or -15 is not cold and yes it impacts the battery life not as close as say -30-50 when the acid, etc start to freeze.
No need to educate me on battery cell chemistry. But thanks. And no where did I claim cold does not impact battery life. You may want to educate yourself on reading comprehension.

I was simply replying to the guy who said his friend has to charge it every week. That should not be true for 90% of the canadian population.

Edit: Just noticed you said "acid" freezes. The Ring uses a Li-Ion battery. Go educate yourself on what that is. There is no "acid" in the battery like a lead-acid battery. Yes, Li-Ion batteries have reduced discharge rates at sub 20C temperatures but it's not because of "acid" freezing. Good try though.
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