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The Spotlight Cam Solar Panel is unique to the Spotlight Cam.Though Ring sells other solar panels, like one that charges the Ring Stick Up Cam, the Spotlight Solar Panel only works with the Spotlight Cam.When purchasing Spotlight Cam, you have two choices. Ring sells the Wired version (plugs into a standard power outlet), Mount version (connects to your existing outdoor electrical box for power), Battery-Powered version (runs on battery), and the Solar version (same as the battery version but includes a solar panel).The Wired and Mount versions also have two additional features including the ability to create motion zones and greater control over the camera’s spotlight. The cameras and the solar panel are available in black or white.If the battery is dead, the solar panel can’t power the camera alone.The battery is a requirement for running Ring Spotlight Solar.If you remove the solar panel, the camera will run strictly on battery.After testing the solar panel for 11 days, I decided to test the camera’s battery.
Day 4 was a beautiful sunny day, and the battery level jumped to 78%. I decided to reach out to Ring for a definitive answer.
The light isn’t bright enough to scare off an intruder, but it does improve the camera’s night vision.
The light uses the camera’s motion sensor which has a 90° arc.
Which brings us to a debate: Does it charge the battery or only the camera?
Before purchasing the camera, I had read that the solar panel would not charge the camera’s battery. I noticed that over time the battery level (which you can check from within the mobile app) kept creeping up. The next it rained, and the percentage climbed from 50 to 52%.