The Blink Video Doorbell is among the modern smart doorbell solutions and easily integrates with your existing doorbell wiring or functions as a battery-powered alternative. It operates seamlessly over a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection and is offered in both black and white color options. Equipped with a high-definition 1080P video camera, this intelligent doorbell captures detailed Full HD footage at a resolution of 1920 X 1080P. Its advanced features include two-way audio capabilities, enabling real-time communication, and the convenience of receiving notifications for doorbell rings or motion detection events, all facilitated by the doorbell's HD camera.
Design & Main Features
The Blink Video Doorbell comes equipped with a 1080p resolution and features like night vision and a wide-angle field of view. It offers a 135-degree horizontal viewing angle, providing comprehensive coverage of the front area. However, its vertical angle is more limited at 80 degrees, which might restrict capturing full-length images of visitors. This vertical aspect ratio contrasts with the increasingly common 1:1 aspect ratio in other doorbells, offering broader coverage.
The doorbell's resolution performs remarkably well in fully sunny or fully shaded areas. Even when placed around 30 feet away, the camera manages to capture distinguishable details on a standard vision chart, outperforming some doorbells with superior technical specifications in this regard.
The Blink Video Doorbell incorporates infrared night vision technology to ensure visibility in low-light or dark conditions. This feature enables the camera to capture clear and detailed black-and-white video footage, allowing you to monitor your doorstep even at night. By using infrared (IR) LEDs, the camera can illuminate the area with infrared light that is not visible to the human eye but is detected by the camera sensor. This helps the camera "see" in the dark, providing a clear view of visitors, potential intruders, or any other activity around your front door during nighttime hours.
Like other Blink cameras, the Blink Video Doorbell features motion detection technology, which allows it to monitor and alert you to any movement or activity around your front door. When the camera detects motion within its field of view, it triggers an alert or notification to your connected device, such as a smartphone or tablet. This alert prompts you to access the live video feed or view recorded clips to see what caused the motion detection.
Motion detection settings can be customized via the Blink app to suit your preferences. You can adjust sensitivity levels to avoid false alarms triggered by small movements like leaves blowing in the wind. You can also define specific areas within the camera's view for motion detection, so you can focus on the most relevant areas.
Motion detection is a crucial feature for a smart security camera, as it allows you to stay informed about any activity near your front door, whether it's a delivery person, a visitor, or potential intruders. It enhances your ability to monitor and protect your property, providing an extra layer of security and peace of mind.
The Blink Video Doorbell offers personalized notifications, allowing you to tailor alerts based on specific triggers or conditions, ensuring you're informed about the events that matter most. This customization includes:
Motion detection zones: Define specific areas within the camera's view for precise motion detection, reducing false alarms and focusing on vital zones.
Sensitivity settings: Adjust motion sensitivity to suit your preferences, accommodating both subtle and noticeable movements around your front door.
Activity types: Set distinct alerts for different activities, such as people, animals, or vehicles, ensuring notifications align with your needs.
Notification preferences: Choose between push notifications on your smartphone, email alerts, or both, and establish schedules for timely notifications, minimizing disturbances during specific hours.
Alert sounds: Customize alert sounds for various event types, enabling quick identification without needing to check your device.
The Blink Video Doorbell's two-way audio functionality allows you to communicate with whoever is at your doorstep from wherever you are through a connected smartphone or device. Additionally, it enhances security by enabling you to interact with visitors even when you're not physically present, effectively deterring potential intruders and providing peace of mind. By utilizing the microphone and speaker system, you can respond to motion alerts or doorbell button presses, engage in dialogues, provide instructions, and verify identities.
Blink offers different storage options for their cameras, including local storage. Blink provides users with the flexibility to store recorded video clips either locally or in the cloud. For local storage, you can insert a USB flash drive into the Sync Module, which is a hub that connects to your Blink devices. The Sync Module can then save video clips from your cameras directly to the USB drive. This local storage option can be especially useful if you want to retain control over your video footage and keep it within your home network.
As for cloud storage, you'll need a Blink subscription plan to enjoy unlimited cloud video recording, 60-day unlimited cloud storage, and live view recording. The Blink Basic Plan starts at $3/month for one device and $10/month for unlimited Blink devices.
Smart Home Integrations
The Blink Video Doorbell works well with Amazon Alexa devices. If you have an Amazon Echo smart speaker or display, you can use your voice to see the doorbell's live video on an Echo Show smart display or start recording. Echo Dots and other Echo speakers can also be used as doorbell chimes inside your home. But if you don't have Alexa gadgets, you'll only get doorbell ring notifications or motion alerts on your smartphone.
However, the Blink Video Doorbell doesn't connect with other home security systems like ADT, Vivint, Abode, or SimpliSafe. It won't work with professionally installed security setups. If you're looking for a doorbell that works with these systems, you might need to check out other options using The GearBrain, a tool that helps you find compatible smart devices. On the bright side, if you're into setting up a DIY smart home security system with Amazon Alexa as the center, the Blink Video Doorbell is a wallet-friendly choice. You can also expand your security with Blink's indoor and outdoor cameras and sensors, all controlled through Alexa.
How to Install Your Blink Doorbell
Step 1: Check wireless connection
Before starting, ensure you have a strong wireless connection at the location where you plan to install the Blink video doorbell. A solid internet connection is crucial for optimal performance.
Step 2: Download the Blink app
Download the Blink app from the App Store, Google Play, or Fire OS. The app is compatible with Android (5.0 and above), iOS (10.0 and above), and Fire OS devices. Create an account within the app.
Step 3: Follow setup instructions
Launch the Blink app and follow the setup instructions provided. The app will guide you through the installation process with clear and easy-to-understand steps. You can also refer to "how-to videos" within the app for additional guidance.
Step 4: Check existing doorbell wiring (optional)
If you're replacing an existing doorbell, check your doorbell wiring. The Blink Video Doorbell can work with your current doorbell wires. Ensure your wiring provides 16-24 volts AC, 50-60 Hz with a maximum of 40 volts/amps. Verify the power levels before proceeding.
Step 5: Install batteries
Whether using doorbell wiring or battery power, install the included AA lithium batteries into the Blink video doorbell according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Step 6: Mount the back plate
Use the supplied paper template to accurately position and mount the back plate of the Blink video doorbell. The template helps you determine the correct spacing for the mounting holes.
Step 7: Consider optional mounts (if necessary)
If you require a specific viewing angle or have limited space, consider using optional wedge or corner mounts provided by Blink. The paper template is compatible with these mounts as well.
Step 8: Secure the Blink Video Doorbell
Attach and secure the Blink Video Doorbell onto the mounted back plate. Ensure it is firmly in place and properly aligned.
Step 9: Test and adjust
Complete the installation by testing the functionality of the Blink video doorbell. Verify that the doorbell rings, motion detection works, and the video feed is displayed on your device.
Step 10: Troubleshooting and fine-tuning
If necessary, troubleshoot any issues you encounter and make adjustments for better performance. You can refer to the app's troubleshooting section or seek assistance from Blink's support resources.
What Are the Best Accessories for a Blink Video Doorbell?
You can find top-rated Blink accessories for your doorbell at Wasserstein. Here are some of our favorites:
The Blink Video Doorbell is powered by two AA lithium batteries that can last for up to two years with regular use and default settings. While convenient, battery-powered devices are prone to running out of power when you least expect it. To avoid any downtime caused by battery swaps, you can use the Wasserstein Solar Charger and Mount to ensure your doorbell is powered 24/7.
Wireless Doorbell Chime
Adding a wireless doorbell chime extends the range of your Blink Video Doorbell's notification. It enables you to hear the doorbell ring from various parts of your home, enhancing your ability to respond promptly to visitors. The Wasserstein Wireless Doorbell Chime is equipped with 7 tones and 4 LED color options to give you greater customization with your doorbell.
Anti-Theft Mounting Kit
An anti-theft mounting kit provides an extra layer of security for your Blink Video Doorbell. It helps prevent unauthorized removal or tampering of the device, ensuring it remains securely in place. The Wasserstein Anti-Theft Mount offers a no-drill installation perfect for those who are renting or those who don't want the hassle of drilling holes. It easily clamps onto your door and can be positioned in two ways depending on which side your door is on. (Note: door thickness must be between 0.9 to 2.3 in and there must be a 1/8 in gap between the door and door frame).
Another option for a non-stop power supply is a Blink solar panel. With a versatile 360-degree mount and a 13.1-ft cable, the Wasserstein Solar Panel can be conveniently positioned for maximum sunlight exposure. It is made with weather-resistant materials to ensure your doorbell is powered year-round.