This article describes chime sound options for your Video Doorbell. When the doorbell button is pressed, chime can sound from the Blink app, the Video Doorbell, an in-home chime system, the Mini camera, and compatible Alexa devices.
When connected to compatible chime wiring, your in-home chime will sound with doorbell presses. Mechanical or digital chime systems must provide 16 - 24 VAC at 50 - 60Hz, and 40VA maximum to the doorbell. Learn more about wiring your doorbell to chime wiring.
If your Mini camera and Video Doorbell share the same system, the Mini can chime sound for doorbell presses. Normal chime sounds and notifications still happen in the Blink app. Learn more about using your Mini camera as a chime.
Compatible Alexa enabled device
Once you enable the Blink SmartHome Skill in the Alexa app and turn on Doorbell Press Announcements, doorbell presses will play the doorbell sound from your Alexa device. To learn more, visit using Alexa enabled devices with the Blink Video Doorbell.
Frequently asked questions
Can I connect my doorbell to my existing doorbell wiring system?
Yes, the Video Doorbell can be connected to mechanical or digital chime systems that provide 16 - 24 VAC at 50 - 60Hz, and 40VA maximum. When connected to compatible chime wiring, your in-home chime will ring with doorbell presses. Learn more about Wired installation.
Even when wired, the doorbell is always powered by size AA, 1.5-volt, lithium non-rechargeable batteries.
If your existing chime has less than than 16 VAC, the doorbell enters Event Response mode.
Third-party wireless chimes are not compatible with the Video Doorbell.Delete
How do I know if my chime system is mechanical or digital?
- Mechanical chimes have physical moving parts that produce the familiar “ding dong” noise when the doorbell button is pressed.
- Digital chimes have a speaker that plays a sound or melody when the doorbell button is pressed.
Note: Blink products do not support third party Bluetooth or wireless accessories at this time. For indoor chime options for your doorbell, visit how to use your Mini camera as a chime, or learn about using Alexa enabled devices as a chime.Delete
Can I use my Mini camera as a Blink Video Doorbell chime?
Yes. As long as the doorbell and Mini belong to the same system, the Mini can chime sound when the doorbell button is pressed. Your Mini can act as a chime for one or more Video Doorbells, or any combination of Video Doorbells and Mini cameras. Normal chime sounds and notifications still happen in the Blink app. The following table describes Mini camera and Video Doorbell combinations needed for the Mini to chime for your doorbell.
|Using Mini as a Chime
|Sync Module 2 and Video Doorbell
|Add a Mini to the Sync Module system
|Sync Module 2 with a Mini
|Add a Video Doorbell to the Sync Module system
|Video Doorbell only
|Add a Mini to the Video Doorbell's system
|Mini Camera only
|Add a Video Doorbell to the Mini's system
Can I change the doorbell sound my Echo Show plays?
Yes, you can customize the sound your Alexa device makes when someone presses your Video Doorbell. Learn more about using Alexa Doorbell Announcements.Delete
Can I control the doorbell chime volume?
Yes, you can adjust the chime volume during or after setup. To learn more, visit changing your chime volume.Delete
Technical information for Wiring your Video Doorbell
How do I find my doorbell system's voltage?
Mechanical or digital chime systems must provide 16 - 24 VAC at 50 - 60Hz, and 40VA maximum to the doorbell. To check your chime system's voltage, visit How do I find my doorbell's system voltage?Delete
What is a failed power analysis?
Mechanical or digital chime systems must provide 16 - 24 volts AC at 50 - 60Hz, and 40VA maximum to the doorbell. If the power level is outside of range, one of the following warning messages may display when setting up your doorbell. If your chime wiring is not compatible, doorbell presses will not sound your in-home chime.
If you have connected the doorbell to your chime wiring but your doorbell system is not compatible, the Video Doorbell defaults to Event Response mode. Learn more about finding your doorbell system voltage and Event Response mode.
Without a Sync Module
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Wired Installation Setup
The Video Doorbell can be connected to mechanical or digital chime systems that provide 16 - 24 VAC at 50 - 60Hz, and 40VA maximum. When connected to compatible chime wiring, your in-home chime will ring with doorbell presses. Learn more about Wired installation.
Even when wired, the doorbell is always powered by size AA, 1.5-volt, lithium non-rechargeable batteries.Delete
A doorbell chime operates on low voltage through your transformer. The transformer takes the standard electrical voltage, usually around 110-120 volts, and lowers it to approximately 10-24 volts.
The Video Doorbell is compatible with doorbell transformers that output 16-24 VAC (volts alternating current) with a maximum of 40VA (volt-amps). 16 VAC and 10VA is the smallest recommended transformer to power the Video Doorbell.
Many builders install the doorbell transformer near the main electrical panel or inside the doorbell’s chime or bell housing for easy access. Voltage and Volt-Amps (VA) are listed on the transformer. This may appear as "max load" or "max power consumption rating."
Example of a US transformerDelete