How to Know if Ring Solar Panel Is Working (Do This!)

Ring is a popular brand for cam and security cam units. However, there have been many questions about whether the solar panel that charges the cams works.

If you want to know how to tell if your Ring solar panel is working, keep reading as we go through many of the troubleshooting steps to answer that question

Is your Ring solar panel not working? If so, it may be part of its design and an easy fix.

In this blog, we discuss:

  • Why does the solar panel show not connected on the Ring App?
  • Some reasons why your Ring Solar Panel is not charging your device
  • Safety features built into the Ring Device to Protect the Battery
  • Issues that can cause the solar Panel not to charge the battery
  • Comparability issues among Ring Devices and Ring Solar Panels.

Ring Super Solar Panel – Compatible With Ring Spotlight Cam Battery And Stick Up Cam Battery – White

1. Your Ring App Shows “Not Connected”

One reason that the Ring App will show Not Connected is when the battery is dead. Also, suppose shading occurs, meaning that the solar panel is not in the sun for a long enough period for the electrolyte process to stop working (not making electricity).

In that case, it will read as not connected in the Ring App.

To test this:

  • Inspect your solar panel to see if it is in the sun. If not, it is likely not producing solar energy.
  • If the solar panel is in the sun, check each connection to ensure that the connection is good between the panel and the cam.
  • If the solar panel is in the sun and still shows as not connected, wait about 20-minutes and recheck the app. The solar panel may have experienced a shading event early and is just warming.
Mobile Cell Phone On A Solar Panel Being Charged
Mobile Cell Phone On A Solar Panel Being Charged

2. Your Ring Solar Panel Is Not Charging The Device

If the Ring Solar Panel is connected to the device and the panel is in the sun, but the device is not charging, there can be a simple reason.

According to Ring, the device will only begin to charge once its battery level drops below 90 percent. This is because the lithium-ion battery has a much shorter lifecycle when overcharging occurs.

Therefore, the built-in panel regulator will not allow the device to charge until the battery level drops below 90 percent to prevent overcharging.

3. What Is Overcharging?

Overcharging is a term that we use when a battery receives too much electricity. For example, a 6-volt better will hold over 7 volts of electricity. However, it is completely charged when it reaches 6 volts.

If the battery were to continue to charge, the heat from the extra electricity would destroy the battery’s electrolyte chemistry, and the device or battery would become useless.

If the overcharging continues past the point where the electrolytes burn, the heat inside the battery could become so hot that the battery could explode or catch fire. Overcharging is that dangerous.

How Do You Prevent Overcharging?

Usually, a device will have a built-in solar regulator or charge regulator that shuts off the flow of electricity when the voltage in the battery nears its full capacity. 

In the case of the Ring Solar Panel, we know that it has a built-in regulator because the charge from the solar panel will not begin until the battery drops below 90 percent charged.

You can attach one if the device does not have a built-in solar regulator.

Sun Beating Down On A Roof
Sun Beating Down On A Roof

4. What is Wrong if the Solar Panel is in the Sun and the Battery is Below 90 Percent Charged?

Many times with solar electronic devices, the problem is not with the solar panel or that battery. Instead, there is something wrong between the panel and the battery. 

Fortunately, if the solar panel is working and the battery is not charging, you can try a few things.

  • Disconnect the plug that connects the solar panel to the battery and reinstall it.
  • Check the cord that runs from the solar power to the battery for damage. Sometimes the coating becomes cracked, and the wires are damaged. If that is the case, electricity cannot make it to the batter. You will need to replace the cord.

5. What Is Wrong if My Solar Panel Does not Keep My Ring Battery Charged?

Per Ring, the solar panel is never meant to replace charging the battery. Instead, its design features are a way to extend the time between charging.

It takes about five hours for the solar panel to charge a ring battery fully, and that process requires 4-5 hours of direct sunlight. Another problem that you may face is overactivity. 

The more the doorbell rings, the faster the battery drains. The range between full and dead for the Ring Battery is very short. The solar panel supplements energy, not replacing or recharging the battery.

If you find that the battery is going dead, look at the doorbell’s usage. Ring makes three versions of its Ring Solar Panel, and you may need to upgrade to a larger solar panel.

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6.How Many Types of Solar Panels Does Ring Make?

They make two different solar panels for their Doorbell Cam or Spotlight Cam. Those are:

  1. A 2 Watt Solar Panel — Fits doorbell activity less than ten rings per day with 3-4 hours of direct sunlight will produce 5-6.4 kWh per square meter of panel per day. If you have more direct sunlight and the panel makes more than 6.5kWh per day, a 2 Watt Ring Solar Panel can handle around 30 doorbell events per day.
  2. A 5 Watt Super Solar Panel — You will need the 5 watt Super Solar Panel for low-light conditions. It produces twice as much energy as the 2 watt Ring Solar Panel. You will need the 5 watt Super Solar Panel for heavy use with regular sunlight and for excessive use in sunny situations where the panel receives more than 5 hours of direct sunlight.

If the solar panel is not keeping up with doorbell activity, you may need the 5 watt Super Solar Panel.

The problem may be that there is too much usage. The more the device activates, the faster the battery drains.

So if there is too much usage, the solar panel cannot keep up, and the battery drains.

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7. Is The Solar Panel Now Not Keeping Up With Demand?

If the solar panel was working fine and now is not keeping up with battery usage, you may be experiencing a seasonal change. 

  • The brightest times of the year are late spring through summer and early fall. Late fall into winter and early spring are the darkest times of the year.
  • If your area has had a seasonal shift, the problem might be that the solar panel is not receiving enough direct sunlight.
  • The Ring Solar Panel must have direct sunlight. Therefore, the panels will not work in ambient light.

Other common issues that have to do with poor lighting are stormy weather and cloudy days.

If the doorbell or door cam is not working, there might not be enough direct sunlight for the solar panel to function.

That situation is especially true if you have the standard ring solar panel rather than the Super Solar Panel.

Ring Spotlight Cam Solar (White)

8. Is Your Ring Solar Panel Designed For Your Device?

Not all Ring Solar Panels work with all Ring Devices. 

If your solar panel is working but not charging your device, it may be that it is not the right Ring Panel for your device.

The Ring Stickup Cam had a different solar panel from the Doorbell Cam and the Spotlight Cam. Ring does sell an adapter which you can find on their website Ring.

Ring offers several ways to communicate with them if troubleshooting does not fix the problem.

Sources

General Solar Panel FAQ

What Problems Do Solar Panels Solve?

In environmental terms, solar panels can potentially solve a handful of problems, including;
1. Air pollution
2. Water pollution
3. Greenhouse gases
4. Reduction in fossil fuel use

For individuals, solar energy allows you to become completely self-sufficient when it comes to your electricity needs and can save you a lot of money in the long run.

What Are 3 Important Uses Of Solar Panels?

The three most important uses of solar panels are;
1. Solar electricity. This can be used to power almost any appliance in your home, including TVs, computers, and fridges.
2. Lighting. In addition to the use of low-power, LED lightbulbs, solar panels can provide an efficient, low-cost, and environmentally friendly way to provide lighting to homes. 
3. Portable solar. In our modern, always-connected lives, our phones, tablets, and computers are almost always with us, and all run on batteries. Portable PV chargers can help keep our batteries topped up no matter where we are, as long as there is some sun to charge them.

Do solar panels give you free electricity?

Once the cost of the array is paid in full, the energy it produces is free. There are ongoing maintenance costs, too, such as annual panel cleaning, etc. 

How much will my electric bill be with solar panels?

Suppose your solar array includes a solar battery backup system, and it is large enough to fully cover your energy usage per day. In that case, your monthly electric bill will be next to zero dollars, even with a grid-tied system. 

If your solar array does not include a solar battery backup system, then at night, your house or business will use grid electricity. That cost will vary but expect to pay from 1/3-2/3 of your average electric bill, and that cost will fluctuate seasonally. 

Do you save money with solar panels?

The simple answer is, Yes, you save money with solar panels. There is an initial upfront cost, but since solar panels are warrantied for 25 years, you will save money over time. You will also begin to see monthly savings in energy bills, but there are other ways that solar panels pay you back. Those include:
1. Adding value to your home or commercial building 
2. Monthly decreases in energy costs
3. The ability to add more energy appliances without increased monthly costs
4. The potential for tax credits for going solar

Can solar panels power a house 24-7?

Most definitely! Solar panels can certainly power a house 24-7, with the addition of a high-quality inverter and a suitable battery bank, of course. To power, a house under normal usage will require a massive solar array, though, and there will be a very expensive initial financial outlay.

Do I need to tell my energy supplier I have solar panels?

This depends on where you live, but in most cases, it’s not necessary to inform your energy supplier that you have solar panels. That said, you may be producing excess power with your solar system, in which case you may be able to sell that excess power back to energy companies.

In this case, you’ll naturally need to be in contact with them. 

What Are Solar Cells Known as and Why?

Solar cells are also called photovoltaic (PV) cells. They are called so because the term ‘photovoltaic’ literally means light i.e. photo and electricity i.e. voltaic.

These cells generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect. This effect basically causes the generation of free electrons from the semiconducting silicon material of the solar panel when sunlight hits its surface.

What Type of Solar Panels Are Most Efficient and Why?

There are currently three types of solar panels available in the market that are:
1. Monocrystalline
2. Polycrystalline
3. Thin-filmed

Among these, monocrystalline solar panels are known to be the most efficient among all others.

Does heat enter your home through the roof?

Absolutely. Heat enters your home through your roof, and on a hot day your attic can get up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Through conduction, heat from the sun warms your roof which then warms your attic and the rest of your home.

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