Ryobi 18V Lithium batteries and the Brushed/Brushless tool revolution

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  • Ryobi 18V Lithium batteries and the Brushed/Brushless tool revolution

    I don't know how many of you have been keeping up with the Ryobi's Lithium Battery changes going on, and although minor, there is a difference. Ryobi has come out with a HP 18V battery and is offering it with specific tools. They have an extra contact that the older lithium batteries don't have, and they do seem to have more power.

    But the point of this is to note that if you are looking for Ryobi deals and they offer Two Lithium batteries for $99 and a free tool - but there is a small catch to it. They come with the older type batteries, not the HP.
    And another deal to watch is if you choose some New Tools, some deals come with the older type batteries and some come with the New HP type batteries.

    AND in some sales, they are offering brushed type tools that look almost exactly like the Brushless tools. In some cases there are significant difference in prices, but with some other tools, the price differences are not that much. The new HP batteries are generally aimed at the new brushless tools, but will work on older tools.

    Confusing, The key is look for 1. BRUSHED or BrushLESS; 2. Regular 18V and HP 18V Batteries; then 3. look for what comes together with bundled sales.

    I have been through that several times in the past 6 months.


    I should note that new the 2 Ah batteries have battery level lights like the 4 Ah batteries. The older 2Ah batteries did not have battery level lights, but are still offered in special deals to sweeten sales.
    Last edited by leehljp; 06-19-2022, 07:23 PM.
    Hank Lee

    Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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    Same for the 40 volt Ryobi tools. I have some 6 ahr. 40 volt packs that are the same size as some 4 ahr. 40 volt packs. Some are bigger.
    Jim Frye
    The Nut in the Cellar.
    ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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    • #3
      Do you happen to know if the charger for the regular 18V One+ charger will work with these HP batteries? I'm trying to reduce our total ship weight here and would consider selling my drill/driver/circular saw and 2 batteries for newer brushless kit. I have a cordless Ryobi weedwacker but would keep that battery.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by atgcpaul View Post
        Do you happen to know if the charger for the regular 18V One+ charger will work with these HP batteries? I'm trying to reduce our total ship weight here and would consider selling my drill/driver/circular saw and 2 batteries for newer brushless kit. I have a cordless Ryobi weedwacker but would keep that battery.
        I believe they will work with either version battery. I have a regular 40 volt charger and a couple of the rapid 40 volt chargers and both types will charge the regular and HP batteries with the same results.
        Jim Frye
        The Nut in the Cellar.
        ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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        • #5
          Yes, they work with the older type. However, if you buy the new HP batteries with a tool as a set, a battery charger will come with them. What one MUST be careful on is to look for the words "HIGH PERFORMANCE" or "HP" designation as it concerns the BATTERY.
          Hank Lee

          Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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          • #6
            Just sold the regular 18V One+ drill/driver/circular saw and two 2Ah batteries and charger for $100.

            I'm keeping the cordless brad nailer, recip saw, light (because I can't find the bulb), and multi-tool.

            Now it's time to go shopping for some new tools.

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            • leehljp
              leehljp commented
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              I found the bulbs for two of the lights on Amazon. Look at the numbers on the bulb and then you can probably find them on amazon. A couple of times when I could not find something on Amazon by the number, I googled the number for bulbs and it came up with a link to Amazon! It worked.

            • atgcpaul
              atgcpaul commented
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              I'm going to find an LED replacement bulb. Reviews are all over the place for those bulbs. I'm in no rush. The stock incandescent bulb that comes with this light is trash. It pops out and then dies if the light is ever dropped--probably what happened to this bulb when I first got it.

              The light that came with my old Makita drill driver kit was so much better (but I sold that off some time ago).

            • Jim Frye
              Jim Frye commented
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              I bought a package of eight bulbs from an Amazon seller (don't recall who) and two of the eight were DOA. I needed two bulbs for the two 18 volt lights, so I still have spares. If the rule holds, I'll never need any again.

          • #7
            If you have no cordless tools right now, Ridgid is running some pretty good sales right now.

            Their similarly specced drill/driver combo (actually better torque and bigger batteries) is the same price as the comparable Ryobi kit--both brushless.

            I have enough Ryobi cordless tools that I don't feel like re-buying so it looks like I will stay with Ryobi.

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