It’s early in the holiday shopping season, but Home Depot has already started offering discounts on Li-ion battery packs. We think it’s unlikely, but they might offer deeper discounts later on in the holiday season. As a precaution, keep your receipt or web invoice in a safe place.
We’re seeing some lower prices on starter sets and Li-ion battery packs from several different manufacturers – Dewalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Ridgid, and Ryobi.
You have to be a shrewd shopper though, I found at least one instance where there’s a holiday display setup for a 2 pack of batteries — with no discount. You’re still getting a good deal, but not any better than that bundle’s everyday price.
According to Home Depot, all of these discounted prices are good until through 02/01/2016, unless supplies run out sooner.
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First, this Dewalt 20V Max 3Ah battery 2-pack was $129, but Home Depot is now offering it for $99. Amazon has matched the price and is also selling it for $99, as are some other authorized dealers.
If you have a more flexible budget, this 2-pack of Dewalt 20V Max 4.0Ah Li-ion batteries is $120 over at Amazon.
You get 33% more battery capacity (8Ah total vs. 6Ah total) for about 30% more money ($129 vs. $99).
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Second, this Dewalt 20V Max starter kit is now $129, down from $149. Amazon is matching the price, and some other authorized dealers are still charging $149.
It comes with one 20V Max XR battery and Dewalt’s two-port charger (ToolGuyd preview) that is capable of charging two 12V or 20V batteries at the same time. Since it has two independent chargers, you could charge any 2 Dewalt 12V or 20V Max batteries at the same time.
The charger also has two USB ports (1.5A max, not sure if that is per port or total) for charging your devices.
I wonder if part of the reason this kit may be discounted is that the DCB102BP may be supplanted by the DCB102BPBT, a new Dewalt’s Bluetooth battery starter kit.
There’s only one Makita battery option in the holiday promo racks at Home Depot – their 18V LXT battery and charger starter pack. This starter pack features a 4Ah 18V LXT battery and a single port charger.
If you already have a charger, you can buy a (2) pack of 3Ah battery packs for the same price ($119) over at Amazon.
And don’t forget about Makita’s early holiday deal – $25 off $100+ select purchases at Amazon. Neither of these products are eligible for the added discount, but some of their Li-ion batteries are, such as Makita’s new 5Ah battery pack ($102 after discount).
The $25 off $100+ promo will probably follow along to Home Depot in a week or two, and they might or might not have the same eligibility restriction.
On to the Milwaukee battery deals, Home Depot has discounted these pair of 3Ah Milwaukee M18 XC battery packs by $10, to $129. It’s not a huge discount, but a $10 discount is better than nothing.
This Milwaukee M18 starter kit has also dropped in price by $20, down to $129. It comes with an M18 XC 5.0Ah battery pack and their standard multi-voltage charger that has both M12 and M18 charging ports.
You’ll also notice Home Depot wrapped the Milwaukee M12 Red Lithium XC battery 2 pack in a nice display along with all the other discounted merchandise, but didn’t actually lower the price. The displayed price of $99 is the normal retail price.
For what it’s worth, this gambit did work on me for a few minutes, until I did my due diligence and checked the website.
It’s still a good deal compared to the $69 price for one M12 XC battery, and it’s sure to catch some impulse shoppers looking for a “holiday deal,” but there’s no real incentive to buy it now, compared to last month or a few months from now.
Similar to Makita, one one Ridgid battery is being discounted, at least in stores: the Ridgid 5Ah Hyper Li battery. This battery usually runs $119, but for now it’s being lowered to $99.
There are a couple of online-only Ridgid 18V battery deals as well:
If you don’t need the latest and highest capacity battery pack, you can buy a two-pack of Ridgid 18V 4.0Ah battery packs for $99 as well.
While a single 5Ah battery pack offers lots of convenience, this is a better deal if you don’t mind carrying around the extra battery pack. 8Ah total for $99 sounds better than 5Ah, doesn’t it?
There’s also a 2-pack of compact Ridgid 18V 2.0Ah Li-ion battery packs, on sale for $79. Just one of these batteries is typically $69.
We also found a 2-pack of Ryobi compact Lithium batteries for $50. This set of batteries would normally cost you $60. Note that these are not the more expensive compact Lithium+ batteries (read all about the differences here) which will still will set you back $99 for a 2 pack.
But if you want the Lithium+ batteries, and are willing to spend $99 for a 2-pack…
Buy a Ryobi 18V One+ 4.0Ah battery pack, get another free. So that’s 2 for $99.
Why did we list Bosch separately in the table of contents at the top of the post? Because these aren’t really deals. Well, they are good bargains for what you get, but the pricing is pretty typical.
With Bosch’s 12V Max starter kit, you get a charger, (2) 2.0Ah battery packs, and an L-Boxx that can be used to store your first Bosch 12V tool purchases (some larger tools excluded).
All this for $69.
This would work great if you had your eye on Bosch’s 12v Max LED worklight or hand vacuum, which only ship as bare tools.
Bosch’s 18V starter kit is a similarly good deal. For $119 you get a charger, (2) 2.0Ah battery packs, and a deeper L-Boxx-2.
Will you be taking advantage of any of these cordless tool battery deals? Did we miss any deals? Please let us know!