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Best Alternatives to Google Nest Smart Video Doorbell

by Anas Khan 06 Mar 2023
In the event that you have placed a doorbell that is not of high quality, the security of your house may be compromised, particularly during the colder months. It is a well-known fact that smart video doorbells are prone to malfunctioning when the weather is snowy or when the temperature dips below zero. The wired ones only have a limited range, whilst the wireless ones are more likely to get disconnected when exposed to low temperatures. Here is the comparison of operating temperature of doorbells that different brands currently offer on the market.

Video Doorbells – Comparison of Operating Temperature and Resolution

Manufacturers Operating Temperature Resolution Field of View
Arlo Video Doorbell -4°F to 113°F 1536 x 1536 (2K) 180 degrees
Ring Video Doorbell Wired -5°F to 120°F 1920 × 1080 155 degrees
Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 -5°F to 120°F 1536 x 1536 (2K) 150 degrees
Ring Video Doorbell 4 -5°F to 120°F 1920 x 1080 160 degrees
Eufy Video Doorbell Dual -4°F to °F 122 2560 ×1920 160 degrees
Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Wireless) -4°F to °F 122 2048 × 1080 Head-to-toe view
Eufy Security S330 Video Smart Lock -22°F to °F 158 1080p 160 degrees
Wyze Video Doorbell Pro -4°F to °F 122 2560 x 1440 (2K) 150 degrees
Google Nest Hello -4°F to 104°F 1600 x 1200 160 degrees
Google Nest Doorbell (battery) -4°F to 32°F 1280 x 960 145 degrees

Google Nest Doorbell Cameras

Your home security system may benefit significantly from the addition of Google Nest doorbell cameras. Sadly, they are not resistant to the winter elements, and customers have lately voiced concerns about how well they function in colder climates. If you live in an area where temperatures frequently fall below freezing, the doorbell camera battery will deplete faster, the camera will stop working, and you will be unable to see who is at your door. The Nest doorbell uses a lithium-ion battery as its power source. The battery can operate at temperatures between -4°F (-20°C) and 32°F (0°C). Unfortunately, the battery life is diminished below 10°F (-12°C).

Nest Doorbell – Cold Weather Performance

Users have complained to Google that their Nest Doorbell batteries are depleting faster in the winter, despite being charged by a doorbell wire. Because the doorbell cable charges the Nest Doorbell battery, it will run out of power in cold weather. While Google now specifies a minimum charging temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the camera's battery may still function at temperatures as low as -4 degrees. Google has updated its help website with this information to let users know that very cold conditions may cause their cameras to malfunction. The Google Nest Doorbell may be connected to your door wiring, but it won't directly power the camera; it will only tidally charge the battery. Google warns that wired Nest Doorbells with batteries may have issues in cold weather because they don't get power from the line. Instead, they are powered by batteries that the power line "trickle charges." They are not electric-powered.

Advice from Google

When it's colder than 32°F (0°C), Google advises owners of Nest Doorbells to bring their gadgets inside to charge. Google claims that initially, the gadgets would charge slowly, but as they warmed up, they would charge more quickly. You can find out when the battery can restart charging and how long it will take in the Google Home app. The battery-operated cameras from Nest are not the only ones with this issue. In colder climates, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries suffer. Google assures those of us who live in hotter climates not to worry: the Nest camera batteries can still be charged in temperatures as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily, if you want a smart doorbell that can function in the cold weather other options than the Google Nest are available. For instance, Ring doorbells come with detachable batteries that you can bring inside to charge while a different battery powers the gadget.
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