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Ring Solar Panel Not Charging

Ring Doorbells are among some of the most popular on the market. They also make other surveillance equipment that goes hand-in-hand with the popular doorbell. What can you do when the Ring solar panel is no longer charging?

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1. Clean the Solar Panel – Since you typically have the solar panel in an out-of-the-way area, such as a corner on your porch, it can easily get dirty. If you are cleaning them regularly, dirt and grime could easily build up and cause problems.

If you don’t clean your solar panel the right way, however, you can easily cause additional problems. You don’t want to scratch them so you need to use a nonabrasive cloth or sponge. I find that a microfiber cloth works best because it can clean and at the same time, pull away dirt and debris easily.

It isn’t just cleaning the solar panel that needs to be considered, it’s also how you dry them as well. If you were to just wash them with water and a soft cloth, there would likely be drops left on the surface and this could lead to additional problems.

After you clean your Ring solar panel, you can wipe it down with a soft cloth, such as a dry microfiber towel and that will remove that potential problem.

2. Expose It to Sunlight – As we discussed, Ring Doorbells are typically put in an area where there is limited sunlight. When we have them on our porch, we may even put the solar panel out of the way so it doesn’t become an eyesore.

The problem is, you are relying on indirect sunlight to charge the Ring device. This can be a problem because indirect sunlight is not typically enough to keep it going. That is especially true if you have it in a dark corner.

The best thing you can do is to move the solar panel out into an area where it gets more sunlight. You don’t necessarily have to have it in direct sunlight but it is best if you have as much sunlight as possible hitting it.

How To Fix Ring Solar Panel Not Charging

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We rely on our electronic equipment to work without stopping. This is especially true when we have smaller electronic devices that monitor our safety and surroundings, such as video cameras and video doorbells. What can you do with a solar panel that is no longer charging?

A common reason why a solar panel is no longer charging is because of the wrong solar panel setup. Each of these can be set up in a different way and sometimes, you’re using different brand names with different equipment. By simply setting things up properly or switching a wire, you can get things up and running quickly and easily.

Of course, that is quite a mouthful because there are so many different products on the market it can be difficult to choose the exact way that you will make the switch. That is why we are providing you with some different solutions, including some that are specific to solar panel brand names.

As you look down through these different options, you may find that there is one that works well for you. If you don’t find one in the top reasons why solar panels are not charging, then look for the brand you have in the list below and go from there.

Top 6 Reasons Why Ring Solar Panel Not Charging

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There may be a variety of reasons why a solar panel is no longer charging or why it didn’t charge in the first place. Here are the top six reasons, and what to do about it.

1. Bad Weather Can Slow Down Charging – Obviously, if you have a solar panel, you need to have sunlight in order for the panel to charge. Without the necessary sunlight, you are really at the mercy of the battery or a backup power system that may be available.

When you are in a period of bad weather conditions with low levels of sunlight, there is very little you can do to fix the situation. You can, however, reposition the solar panel so that it is getting the maximum amount of sunlight, even if it is low. This may be enough to keep the battery charged.

You can also turn off some of the unnecessary capabilities of the equipment, such as 24/7 recording. This can also help to save battery power until the weather conditions change.

2. Faulty Battery Causing Low Charging or No Charging – Sometimes, it isn’t the solar panel that is causing the problems but rather, it is the battery you are trying to charge. This is one of the common things that need to be checked any time you are having difficulty with the solar panel.

You can remove the battery and check it with a multimeter. If you find that there is a problem with the battery, it can typically be replaced.

3. Faulty Solar Panel Causing Low Charging or No Charging – Along with a problem with the battery, another common issue is for the solar panel to be experiencing problems. These are relatively breakable items and it doesn’t take much to get one on the fritz.

You can also check the solar panel to make sure it is putting out the proper power with a multimeter. If you find that it is broken, contact the manufacturer to see if it is covered under warranty.

4. Faulty Solar Charge Regulator Causing Charging Problems – The solar charge regulator is essentially a piece of equipment that stops the batteries from getting too much charge. The solar panel itself may take in more energy from the sun at certain times of the day or certain times of the year, and you don’t want to put too much into the battery at one time.

Like many pieces of electronic equipment, the solar charge regulator can be replaced if it is faulty. After turning off the equipment, remove the regulator and test it with a multimeter for continuity.

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Running a solar panel with a faulty solar charge regulator can do more than keep the battery from charging. It may send too much power to the battery, resulting in the battery failing as well.

5. Wrong Setup Causing Charging Problems – There are certain setups that are necessary from one solar panel to another. These may be different, but you essentially need to make sure that things are flowing properly from the solar panel to the equipment that is being charged.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to completely disable and unplug the solar panel and start from scratch. Make sure that you follow all of the instructions, one by one, and don’t skip any steps or jump ahead in the process.

You might also find that some equipment does not work well with generic solar panels and it may be best to use a panel that is also manufactured by the same company if it is available.

6. Thermal Cycling Causing Solar Panel Failure – A problem with thermal cycling can result in a short lifespan for the solar panel. One of the issues that can occur is for the bond of solder to fail. You may also experience solar cell cracking, which would diminish the ability of the solar panel to transfer power.

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Since you have the solar panel exposed to sunlight, it likely experiences extremes of temperature from the day to the nighttime. This can cause a significant negative impact on the solar panel and can keep it from charging or sending a charge.

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