Optimize power consumption

Several factors affect the battery life of your Smart Lock

The following factors affect the battery life of your Nuki Smart Lock:

  • Smart Lock 3.0 Pro: Network traffic
    The power consumption of your Smart Lock 3.0 Pro depends on your network and the number of integrated devices.
    The devices in your Wi-Fi are connected to each other via the router. Your Smart Lock therefore also receives data packets from other devices in the same network. The ongoing processing of these data packets by your Smart Lock consequently leads to increased power consumption.
    Especially if many devices are connected to the same network, we recommend configuring a guest network and connecting your Smart Lock to it.

  • Smart Lock 3.0 Pro: Unstable connection
    The stability of the Wi-Fi connection influences not only the remote access. It also impacts battery life. If the Wi-Fi connection is frequently interrupted, the Smart Lock exits the battery-saving sleep mode to reconnect to the network. This requires additional power and reduces battery life.
    Therefore, make sure that your Smart Lock has a good Wi-Fi connection to your router. Reduce the distance between the router and your Smart Lock 3.0 Pro to optimize the Wi-Fi signal strength.

  • Number of lock operations
    The more locking operations the Smart Lock has to perform, the faster the batteries or the Power Pack of the Smart Lock will run out. With an average use of 8-10 lock operations per day, the included alkaline batteries of the Smart Lock 3.0 will last several months until they are completely drained.

    Note: For a longer battery life we recommend the Nuki Power Pack.
    The Nuki Power Pack is a powerful and rechargeable battery pack that is specially designed for your Nuki Smart Lock.

  • Wrong battery type configured/detected
    Your Nuki Smart Lock tries to automatically detect which battery type is used. This optimizes the respective thresholds for the battery warning. You can also set the battery type manually in the Nuki App. To do so, tap on the desired Smart Lock in the Nuki App and open the settings. Then go to "Features & Configuration" > "Battery Type".
    If an incorrect battery type is set or detected, battery life will be shortened and/or false battery messages may occur.

  • Low temperature
    The ambient temperature affects batteries and rechargeable batteries: At low temperatures, they drain much faster. Additionally, severe temperature changes often cause doors to deform. If temperatures drop, doors begin to warp, usually making them stiffer to lock or unlock.

  • Opening the door
    If you have a knob or bar on the outside of your door, and therefore the latch is pulled frequently ("open door"), battery life may be significantly reduced. Pulling the latch involves an increased amount of force. At the same time, the distance that has to be covered to open it is also longer than for an unlocking action. We recommend using the Nuki Power Pack, because the Nuki Power Pack can handle power peaks much better than alkaline batteries.

  • Stiff door
    The Nuki Smart Lock works with a force of 2Nm - this is about the force an adult has turning the key with one hand. So in principle, stiff doors are no problem for the Nuki Smart Lock. However, the stiffness of the door is related to the battery consumption. The stiffer the door, the more current has to be used to power the motor of the Nuki Smart Lock. This reduces the battery life.

    To keep battery consumption as low as possible, always check if the key can be turned easily and without great effort when the door is closed. If more force is required to turn the key when the door is closed, it is best to contact a professional to adjust your door for you.

  • Communication via Bluetooth
    If the status of your Smart Lock is frequently queried via Bluetooth or via integrations, this increases the battery consumption of the Smart Lock. Smart home automatization in particular can be associated with an increased number of status queries and thus have a drastic effect on power consumption. In the course of each status query, the Smart Lock is woken up from the sleep mode, which requires additional power and reduces battery life. In idle mode, the Smart Lock requires significantly less power.

  • Number of door sensor state changes
    Under certain circumstances, the door sensor can also have a negative impact on the battery consumption. This is the case if the door sensor frequently changes between the "open" and "closed" statuses.
    In the course of each status change, the Smart Lock is woken up from sleep mode to display the status correctly and, if necessary, also synchronize it via your Nuki Bridge to the Nuki Web. In sleep mode the Smart Lock consumes much less power. It is therefore worth taking a closer look at the proper functioning of the door sensor in case of increased battery consumption.

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