Ring Spotlight Cam Battery review
The Ring Spotlight Cam battery is a versatile and wire-free outdoor camera with excellent image quality and adjustable motion zones.
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
4.96 in. x 2.72 in. x 2.99 in.
Field of view
140° horizontal, 78° vertical
-5°F to 120°F
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery pros and cons
- Live video lags
- Requires subscription to view and share recorded video
Why we recommend the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
The Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is an easily installed, hardworking outdoor camera that does a little bit of everything. It has a wide-angle camera lens for a better view, infrared night vision, a motion-activated spotlight, and a remote-activated siren that’s about as loud as a horror movie villain’s chainsaw. It also has two-way audio, so when your kids are playing in the backyard, you can call them in for dinner without going outside.
While you won’t be able to completely customize its motion zones like you can with the wired version, you can still adjust them. And you’ll get instant push notifications on your mobile device when the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery detects movement. The motion sensors are pretty sensitive, but you can adjust the camera’s motion frequency so that it doesn’t notify you repeatedly when a herd of deer amble past your back fence.
In the app, the Ring Spotlight Cam’s Motion Frequency has three settings. You can opt for frequent, standard, or light notifications, which all affect your cam’s battery life differently. The less often you get notifications, the longer your battery will last.
If you want to do anything more with your video than watch it live, you’ll have to subscribe to Ring Protect’s Basic plan. At $3 a month or $30 a year, it’s pretty affordable, and you’ll be able to access your video history for 60 days and save and share any clips.
The camera’s main drawback is its lack of prebuffering. Like most other battery powered cameras, there’s a slight delay between what the camera records and what you can see from live view. And in order to reserve its battery, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery records in only 30-second increments.
Fortunately, installing the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is pretty easy, and you’ll be able to set it up even if you’ve never seen the inside of a hardware store.
Once you’ve charged the camera’s batteries, you’ll set the camera up in the Ring app. From there, find a good spot for the camera—it should be about 9 feet off of the ground to have a clear view of the area. Then, install the mounting bracket, and attach the camera. The whole installation process should take between 20 and 30 minutes.
At $199, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is a good value. It’s less expensive than the Arlo Pro 2, which offers seven days of free cloud storage but requires a hub. But it’s more expensive than the Blink XT2, which is a breeze to install and gives you up to two hours of free storage (not much, but better than nothing).
ASecureLife’s recommendation: The Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is a great value. Consider it if you want a reliable, no-fuss outdoor security camera that will light the way for guests—or scare off potential intruders.
How long does the Ring battery last?
With standard use, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery will last for six to 12 months, or about 1,000 notification events. But there are a couple of ways to extend its battery life.
Ring Solar Panel
The Ring Solar Panel connects to the Spotlight Cam Battery for a continuous charge. All you’ll need is a spot with direct sunlight—a few hours a day should be sufficient—and it will keep your camera charged day in and day out.
Ring Battery Pack
You can purchase an additional rechargeable battery pack so you don’t have to wait for the batteries to charge before putting your camera back to work.
>>Keep it wire-free. Buy the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery.