A couple of days ago we reported that Craftsman was coming out with new no-frills Li-ion battery packs and premium XCP Li-ion battery packs for their C3 19.2V cordless power tool system. Well, it looks like they’re not alone – Ryobi’s doing pretty much the same with their 18V One+ cordless platform.
There will be four new lithium-ion battery packs: lower-priced compact and high capacity packs at “Ni-Cd prices,” and premium compact and high capacity “next-generation” battery packs.
Ryobi 18V One+ Lithium-Ion Batteries – 1.5Ah and 4.0Ah
The new compact (P102) and high capacity (P105) lithium-ion battery packs are reasonably priced, at $40 and $70 apiece, confirming Home Depot’s claims of Ni-Cd-like prices. This will provide performance benefits for current 18V One+ users, and Ryobi will presumably come out with new Li-ion kits with which to entice potential customers.
It is said that the compact battery pack will provide up to 20% more runtime while weighing 45% lighter than the equivalent Ni-Cd pack. The high capacity 4.0Ah battery pack provides up to double the runtime while weighing 20% less the high capacity Ni-Cd pack.
One+ Li-Ion Upgrade Kit
There will also be a special upgrade kit that includes a compact battery pack and 18V One+ dual-chemistry Li-ion and Ni-Cd charger. It’s not a bad deal at $60.
We expect to see a selection of new Li-ion drill/driver and combo kits featuring these new inexpensive battery packs, especially with the winter holiday shopping season on the near horizon.
Ryobi 18V One+ Lithium+ Batteries – 1.5Ah and 4.0Ah
These battery packs – P107 compact and P108 high capacity – have all the bells and whistles you could ask.
- Extreme weather performance
- On-board fuel gauge
- Performance Boost
The compact and high capacity battery packs are said to improve the performance of Ryobi 18V One+ tools by up to 15% and 35%, respectively.
Retail prices are $55 for the 1.5Ah compact battery pack, and $99 for the 4.0Ah high capacity battery pack.
Ryobi is marketing the no-frills battery packs as better and the premium Lithium+ packs as best, compared to their Ni-Cd packs, which are just good. Full comparison can be downloaded via Ryobi (PDF).