Ryobi has had a 6-port charger out for a while now, and a lot of users have found it to be quite handy. It’s a great way to set all of your Ryobi 18V One+ battery packs to recharge after a long project.
But… it’s also quite big.
Ben had been working on a long-term review of the charger, to see if it’s more useful or more burdensome. As you can see, you can pretty much only hang it on the wall, otherwise it takes up too much benchtop space.
The new P135 has a much more compact design. I saw it in person at a Home Depot Spring Preview showing in NYC, and while obviously larger than a single port charger, it looked to be a very manageable size.
It’s not MUCH smaller, but it is more conveniently configured.
The first charger looked as if Ryobi slapped 6 charging bays together. This new P135 SuperCharger looks like they took a lot more time to work out a more optimal design.
I think it’s great. Isn’t it better to have a 6-port charger, even a large one, than none at all? This is what I tell myself whenever I find out that something I bought was upgraded with desirable new features or specs.
The new Ryobi 18V One+ SuperCharger can charge up to 6 battery packs, one at a time. Sorry, this isn’t a simultaneous charger, it’s a *recharge all your batteries at the end of the day* type.
It also has a 2A USB port for charging your electronic devices. This seems like a handy feature that makes the most out of the charger’s desktop footprint.
Speaking of its footprint, the new SuperCharger can be mounted on a wall, sit flat on a bench, or stand up vertically. You have options, and options are good.
It’s got a 6-foot power cord and weighs 5.05 lbs.
The IntelliPort technology helps to maximize battery life, and there is also an Energy Saver Mode that conserves energy when not charging or maintaining batteries, protecting the battery cells and maximizing battery life. If I’m understanding this correctly, it means you can leave your batteries in the charger without harming them.
The SuperCharger can recharge your Ryobi 18V One+ Li-ion batteries, and also your NiCd batteries, if you still have any around.
There’s an LED indicator light to show when batteries are charged and maintained, and also a temperature indicator LED that lest you know when a battery is too hot or cold to charge.
Batteries lock in for transport.
ETA: April/May 2016
For all you Ryobi One+ tool users – would you consider this a must-have accessory?