[Editor’s note: Amazon announced a new version of their popular Ring Stick Up Cam that will replace the version that was reviewed below. The new Stick Up Cam can be preordered from Best Buy.]
Home security cameras like Ring Stick Up Cam give you eyes and ears on everything that happens in your home or yard. I recently did a review of the Ring Stick Up Cam Wired, and I found the video stream to be crisp and clear, the audio easy to use for two-way talk, and the indoor/outdoor placement meant I could put it almost anywhere.
The key phrase here is ‘almost anywhere.’ Although I love Ring Stick Up Cam Wired, I was restricted in placement by how close I was to the power source. Ring Stick Up Cam Wired connects to a standard outlet or uses Power over Ethernet to keep your camera up and running. Thankfully, there’s another Ring option for home security. The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is the same indoor/outdoor Stick Up Cam you love, but this version has a rechargeable battery pack.
I’ve been using the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery for two weeks, and I’ve had it mounted outside my door for the past week while we’ve been going through a serious cold snap. It’s about -15 outside right now, and Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is going strong.
After using both Ring Stick Up Cams, I’m sold on both versions. Here’s my take on the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery.
Appearance and Features of Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Both Ring Stick Up Cams have identical appearances. They are small, unobtrusive, and made of durable plastic. They have a hinge joint that lets you mount them on a wall or a ceiling, and you can also place them on a shelf or hide them somewhere out of sight.
At the base of the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is a small twist off cap. When you remove the cap, you can access the quick release internal battery. There’s no outlet on the outside of the camera to charge the battery. It’s the battery itself that has a small USB slot you plug into for charging.
Charging the Battery of the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Before I used the camera, I charged it for 2 hours, and that was enough to get it to 90%. From a completely dead battery, it could take 5 to 10 hours to charge.
The battery is supposed to last for three to six months on a charge, but it would depend on how you use the camera. If you place it outside in the cold, the battery will drain much quicker than in mild weather. If you have the motion detection set to high sensitivity and are constantly recording clips, your battery will also drain.
What’s in the box with Ring Stick Up Cam?
Included with the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is the camera itself and the quick release rechargeable battery pack and micro-USB for charging. There’s also a Base Cover, Base Pad, stand, and wall mount accessories so you can mount it anywhere. To mount the camera, Ring has included screws and a screwdriver.
I placed it on a shelf in my kitchen at my back door to watch over my new puppy, and then I mounted it outside my screen door. For me, a permanent place for this camera would be high up in a tree to get a complete overview of my driveway.
That’s the beauty of the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery—you don’t have to choose just one placement. Because it has a battery, it’s easy to place anywhere, and you can bring it inside and outside as needed.
Testing out the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is a 1080p camera with 115-degree horizontal and 135-degree diagonal field of view. It can be used both indoors and outdoors and has an IP rating of IPX5. Ring’s documentation states that the camera works in weather ranging from -20 to 48.5 degrees Celsius. I’ve had it outside in -15 weather, and it’s been working great.
1080p Full HD Resolution and Wide Field of View
It’s always nice to plug in a camera with a wide field of view. You can really take in everything going on inside or outside your home. I found the field of view to be one of the best features of the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery.
You’ll want to take into consideration that wide field of view when mounting your camera. I placed it outside by my door on my door frame, and I managed to include my gutter in every clip I captured.
Indoors or outdoors, I found the night vision to be well defined and easy to watch. I didn’t find that outdoor lights interfered with the night vision like it has with other cameras. There was no glare that prevented me from seeing what the camera was aimed at.
Another great feature of the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is the two-way audio. All you have to do is open the Ring App, tap Live View, and you can tap the green phone icon to talk to whoever is in front of your camera. The audio is very clear, and I found it’s just like talking on the phone.
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Siren
There’s a siren built into the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery. It’s accessible via the app, and you can tap it when in Live View. Why would you need a siren? If you spot someone outside of your house and want to give them notice that you can see them, you can tap the siren.
For a small camera, the siren is pretty loud. I tapped it when I wasn’t home to see what my boys would think, and they both jumped.
Built-in Alexa Integration
I love how Ring integrates itself with Alexa, and you can use select Alexa devices like the Amazon Echo Show to view your Stick Up Cam Battery footage.
Within the Ring App there are several different settings you can adjust. You can alter the motion sensitivity or turn it off completely. You can also share your camera with other users, view your event history (if you have a Ring Protect Plan), or check in on your existing battery power.
The Ring App is the central spot for all Ring devices, so if you have a Ring Alarm or several Ring Stick Up Cams, you can see everything in one app.
Ring Protect Plans
When you turn on your Ring Stick Up Cam Battery for the first time, you’ll see a red subscribe bar at the bottom of the app. It counts down a 30 day trial period for your camera, and once that’s up, you can purchase a Ring Protect Plan or just watch your video via a live feed.
Without a Protect Plan you won’t be able to store clips unless you’re watching live and download them to your phone. If you do opt for a Ring Protect Plan, the Basic starts at $3 per month or $30 US per year.
Overall Thoughts on the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
I find home security is easier when you’re free from cords and cables. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery gives you the freedom to place the camera anywhere. I had it by my back door where it’s quite far from my router. The signal stayed strong, and the clips it captured were exactly what I’m looking for when monitoring my home.
Ring devices are always winners in my book, and the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery (new version is now available for preorder from Best Buy) is no exception. You can find this handy cord-free camera at Best Buy right now.