Wireless Video Doorbell Batteries - The Definitive Guide
Wireless video doorbells are becoming ever more popular as homeowners attempt to keep their homes as safe as possible.
The rise in the popularity of wireless video doorbells has been driven not just by a need for enhanced security, but also by their reduction in price - these days you can pick up a decent wireless video doorbell for under £30.
You’ll find even the cheapest wireless video doorbells are packed full of features such as extra-long range, human detection, IP55 weatherproofing and enhanced chime output.
Regardless of the functionality you require, you’ll still find yourself having to replace the battery, just like any other rechargeable device.
Most wireless video doorbells require two 18650 button-top batteries. As the experts in 18650 batteries, we’re able to give you the very best advice on the correct ways to select and look after your wireless video doorbell batteries.
There are lots of 18650 batteries, which one is best for my wireless video doorbell?To answer this we need to address some basics.
Firstly, you may see the term mAh across our product ranges - this stands for milliampere-hour. The bigger the mAh rating - the longer your battery will last.
- Amp (ampere) is a unit used to measure electrical current.
- Hour stipulates the length of time that the battery can supply power at the current.
For example, a 2.6Ah (2600mAh) battery can supply 2.6 amps for an hour.
So, to answer the question; this really depends upon your wireless video doorbell device, how frequently you’ll be using the device and how long you need the battery to last. Check out our blog on ‘the best 18650 batteries’ where we go into more depth about the specs of our best-selling 18650 batteries here at Fogstar.
How long can I expect my 18650 batteries to last?You can expect your 18650 lithium-ion batteries to last between 200 and 500 discharge cycles. When an 18650 battery is charged and subsequently drained this is classed as one full cycle. Many of our customers look to replace their batteries around 6 months to keep their device performance optimal.
How long your batteries last in your wireless video doorbell will depend upon a few different factors including the charge rate of the battery and how well you look after them.
It is also worth noting that those who unknowingly purchase fake batteries will see a real difference in performance in comparison with that of a legitimate one. Take a look at our previous blog ‘how to identify a fake battery’ to find out more, however, if you’re purchasing your batteries from Fogstar this isn’t something you need to worry about.
How can I recharge my 18650 wireless video doorbell batteries?You may notice your wireless video doorbell comes with a USB cable for charging the entire device, however, some wireless video doorbell kits may have limited charge rate meaning it will take much longer for your batteries to charge.
We recommended using a dedicated 18650 battery charger to ensure you get the very best out of your batteries and ensure you minimise charging time. This is the precise reason we include a battery charger in our video doorbell battery kits.
When it comes to selecting a charger, there are a lot of elements to take into consideration. If you only use 18650 batteries in your wireless video doorbell, the MC2 battery charger that comes as part of our video doorbell battery kits is ideal regardless of which battery option you choose.
If you use 18650 batteries in other electronics, we offer a wide range of chargers here at Fogstar that could better suit your needs - take a look at this blog to find out ‘how to choose the best battery charger for you’.
How do I keep my Wireless video doorbell batteries safe?If you’ve shopped with Fogstar before you’ll know how important battery safety is to us. We cannot stress how important it is to look after your 18650 batteries in order to protect yourself, others and your precious electronics from potential harm.
All batteries ordered at Fogstar come with a case as standard - this is to prevent serious damage being caused to the batteries. A simple knock or a drop on the floor could fundamentally damage them, when unprotected they have the potential to short-circuit, vent and explode.
Keeping your battery wrap in good condition is also essential to ensure your batteries are as safe as they can be. If you do notice a nick or any damage to the battery wrap, the safe option is to re-wrap it. We offer a wide range of wraps here at Fogstar. They are cheap and can be replaced within minutes.
Lithium-ion batteries are also incredibly sensitive to temperature. It’s important they are not exposed to direct sunlight, and be sure to keep them away from flammable objects and materials.
Similarly to charging other electronic devices, do not leave your batteries charging overnight or when you leave the house. Whilst charger failures are rare, they’re not unheard of. Recharge your batteries when you’re in the room and able to keep an eye on them. Furthermore, when they are completely charged, remove them immediately. Overcharging your batteries carries the same risk.
How do I recycle my video doorbell batteries?As a business who sells a large number of batteries, we are environmentally conscious and acknowledge the impact batteries can have on the environment - particularly if they are not disposed of properly.
When you are ready to replace your wireless doorbell batteries, it is important you dispose of your batteries correctly. Never throw them in the bin - always recycle your batteries using the authorised battery collection bins; you can typically find these at major retail outlets.
In order to protect yourselves, the environment and to comply fully with the WEEE directive, we suggest you read and fully understand our WEEE Recycle & Compliance page. All of our batteries adhere to WEEE protocol (products or packaging). You'll find all of our batteries marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. This symbol serves as a reminder for both individuals and businesses to separate their WEEE and dispose of it responsibly.
So, there we have it. Hopefully this blog has given you a good insight into selecting the right 18650 batteries for your wireless video doorbell device.
Take a look at our wireless video doorbell kits. They come with a choice of 18650 batteries, a two-bay 18650 battery charger, wall socket, USB cable and a battery storage case. You'll have everything you need to power your wireless doorbell and keep your batteries safe.
If you need any advice or are still unsure which batteries you need for your video doorbell, our team of experts are more than happy to help.