Ryobi launched their new USB Lithium cordless power tools earlier this year, and are already hard at work to expand the lineup.
The new additions to the USB Lithium cordless lineup includes a 3-port battery charger and two LED lighting products – a flashlight and a pivoting-head worklight.
All three new products will be available starting in October 2022, exclusively at Home Depot.
Ryobi USB Lithium 3-Port Battery Charger (FVCH01)
The new multi-port battery charger is said to deliver 80% faster charging compared to charging Ryobi’s USB Lithium batteries using a USB charging cable.
It can charge up to 3 batteries, one at a time, and has LED lights for indicating charge status.
The charger also has an energy saver mode to help conserve energy when it’s not actively charging or maintaining batteries.
Ryobi adds that the charger is a convenient plate to store Ryobi USB Lithium batteries when they’re not being used.
The charger can be placed on a flat surface or wall-mounted to save space.
Ryobi USB Lithium Flashlight (FVL51K)
The new USB Lithium flashlight can deliver up to 600 lumens of brightness, and has 3 lighting modes (high, low, strobe).
It’s water and dust resistant, with an IP54 rating.
The flashlight can deliver more than 18 hours of runtime on low when powered with the included 2Ah battery.
Price: $39.97 (kit)
The kit comes with the flashlight, a 2Ah battery, and USB charging cable. (A wall adapter is not included.)
Ryobi USB Lithium Flip Light (FVL52K)
Ryobi has also added a pivoting Flip Light LED worklight to the USB Lithium lineup.
It can deliver up to 500 lumens of light output and has 3 modes (high, medium, low). Runtime is over 24 hours on low with the included 2Ah battery.
As with the flashlight, this worklight is also water and dust resistant with an IP54 rating.
Ryobi says that the light is built to withstand the toughest conditions.
It has a folding magnetic base that can pivot over 180°.
This light is a great personal lighting solution that can illuminate tight spaces such as an engine bay, under a cabinet, or inside ventilation ducts.
They also say that it features 2-by mounting capability, although it’s unclear how.
Price: $39.97 (kit)
The kit comes with the worklight, a 2Ah battery, and USB charging cable. (A wall adapter is not included.)
All three new Ryobi USB Lithium tools and accessories are smart additions to the lineup. Lighting products were expected, and the 3-port charger seems convenient.
Early adopters might lament that Ryobi went with kit options for the lighting products, but most users could probably benefit from having an extra battery.
In my opinion, the lighting products’ kit configurations make them more appealing to Ryobi USB Lithium newcomers, as it lets anyone get started as long as they have a USB charger/wall adapter to use with the included cord. Who doesn’t have a USB charging brick these days?
I know some users might wish the 3-port charger offered simultaneous charging, rather than sequential, but there’s still the potential for that in the future. Sequential charging is still convenient.
I like that Ryobi says you can use the charger as a battery storage dock.
Ryobi is taking the USB Lithium line in an interesting direction, and I can’t wait to see what else is on their expansion roadmap.