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post-oneplus.jpgIn a cordless power tool industry that’s struggling to bring new battery systems to market, Ryobi’s taking a slightly different tack: they’re keeping their batteries the same, shooting instead to make it easier and more cost-effective for you to cut the cord on all your power tools.

Ryobi offers all tools in the “One+” series in both a “kit” form (with batteries and a charger) and in a “bare tool” form for use with your existing Ryobi 18V batteries/charger.  The “One+” concept is simple:  you can start out with one existing 18V Ryobi tool — or purchase a tool in “kit” form — then add to your collection inexpensively by purchasing “bare tools” to use with your exisitng accessories.

Combo kits are also available, though Ryobi encourages you to “roll your own” from their complete One+ line, which includes (among others):

  • numerous drill/drivers and hammerdrills
  • a right angle “close quarters” drill
  • a laminate trimmer
  • a 5-1/2″ circular saw (w/laser)
  • a 10″ chain saw
  • a variable-speed orbital jigsaw
  • a variable-speed reciprocating saw 
  • a rotary cutter
  • an 8-1/4″ miter saw
  • a caulk & adhesive gun
  • a finish sander
  • a nailer/stapler
  • a flashlight
  • a handheld wet/dry vac

Pricing on the “bare” tools and batteries is quite reasonable.  For example, a single One+ system battery sells for $24.99, and a 1/2″ variable speed cordless hammer drill sells for $49.97.  Ryobi offers a number of combo kits ranging from the “starter kit plus” (drill, flashlight, circ saw, and sander) up to “the works” (drill, circ saw, recip saw, jig saw, chain saw, wet/dry vac, flashlight, and accessories).

If you’re considering jumping on the One+ bandwagon, Home Depot should be your first stop as they’re now the exclusive Ryobi source.  Your local store should have a variety of One+ tools in stock for you to check out in person.

The One+ Series Cordless Tools [Ryobi]
Ryobi Products [Home Depot]


91 Responses to The Ryobi 18V “One+” System

  1. Frank Hicinbothem says:

    I’ve found that the 18V One+ batteries *suck*. Even brand new ones don’t charge fully, don’t hold a charge, and it’s not uncommon for one of a double-pack to last two or three times longer than the other. And while Home Depot will happily swap out bad batteries during the store warranty period, good luck getting any help from Ryobi America.

    • norm says:

      i hated the original batteries, i was on service for work in Kansas City and we needed a drill so i bought a Ryobi one plus that came with two Lithium batteries and charger, I figured why not i have the other tools at home and the batteries are no good, this way i gcan do my job here in Kansas City and give the Lithiums a chance when i get home…… THATS THE ONLY ISSUE WITH THESE TOOLS, once you get the Lithium batteries they are GREAT tools, i have the weed whip, hedge trim, chainsaw, 2 drills, skill saw, recip saw, flash light, grinder, and yesterday i bought the 1/4 in impact driver, buy a Lithium battery, or a kit that comes with them, you wont be sorry

    • Terry Milburn Jr says:

      Mister, you must have bought the only bad ones they ever made. I have been using Ryobi cordless tools for years and won’t even consider other brands for price and value. Sure Ni-Cad batteries were nothing to brag about, same as the other brands, but the Lithium series are second to none. I have every practicle took they make and love them all. I can trim my suburban home lot on one charge. I used the saws-all to cut down an entire property length of old picket fence. I have built assembled entire decks with the drill motor. I don’t usually bother responding to comments like yours, but your are just plain and simple wrong or received the one in million bad product.
      Hope you find the success with these that I have.

      • V. Rogers says:

        People need to understand batteries. Most batteries need to be fully drained before recharging or it will shorten the life and lasting power of the battery. I have had my Ryobi for 6 years or so and am only on the second battery. I have 3/4 of an acre to wack and could do half on one charge in the am and the other half of the yard in the afternoon. I have a LOT of trimming too.

      • Dan Hodge says:

        I’m mister #2…bought 3 tools, 2 batteries in May 2015. On the outside I’ve put 2 hours on all three tools and already have a battery failure. I think you’ve been the lucky exception.

        • Cindy says:

          Their batteries seem to be hit or miss. The first ones I bought lasted 3 or 4 years and could hold a charge for hours. The last ones I bought, however, didn’t last 1 year and could only hold a charge for about 30 minutes. I don’t think this had anything to do with using the battery completely before recharging it. The last ones I only used once and I always use until it’s spent.

  2. Brian says:

    I own just about all the one plus tools, and use them all the time. these tools have performed well beyond what I expected when I bought them almost two years ago. I am very pleased with these tools and own many other ryobi products. sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

  3. Chuck says:

    I own a large selection of both cordless and corded Ryobi power tools. I love all of them. None have disappointed. Flashlight in the 5pc. set is sort of silly, but everything else if first rate. The electronic speed brake on the drill is especially nice.

    On the downside, I agree with Frank H. above that the 18V batteries are a disappointment. They don’t seem to hold a charge off the charger, so you pretty much need to plan ahead if you want to use one, so you can put it back on the charger.

  4. George says:

    I must agree with other regarding the poor quality of Ryobi’s 18V batteries. My Makita 6095 drill has 3 year old batteries that have been recharged a goodly number of times. It hangs on my workbench and always has some power when I need it. However, the Ryobi 18V tools ALWAYS require a visit with their battery charger prior to use. These batteries just do not hold a charge for more than a few days. The price of the tools is fantastic and the quality is outstanding considering the price. Too bad Ryobi doesn’t get its head out of the sand so they can come up with a better 18V battery that holds a charge as well as the Makita 9.6V batteries do. Ryobi……. are you listening? You should be!!!

  5. George says:

    I must agree with others regarding the poor quality of Ryobi’s 18V batteries. My Makita 6095 drill (9.6V) has 3 year old batteries that have been recharged a goodly number of times. That drill hangs on my workbench and always has some power when I need it. However, the Ryobi 18V tools ALWAYS require a visit with their battery charger prior to use. These batteries just do not hold a charge for more than a few days. The price of the tools is fantastic and the quality is outstanding considering the price. Too bad Ryobi doesn’t get its head out of the sand so they can come up with a better 18V battery that holds a charge as well as the Makita 9.6V batteries do. Ryobi……. are you listening? You should be!!!

  6. Michael says:

    Ryobi 14.4 volt battery power circular saw can not cut thro two (2) pcs. 4 ft x 8 ft of wood veneer paneling 1/4 inch thick . What a waste of time and money!! Battery drains down quickly. Drill is good for 12 screws than goes slow and needs a fresh battery.
    My old Black and Decker battery powered drill outperforms Ryobi

  7. Hank says:

    I have the 18 Volt system and have used the circular saw cutting 2×4’s to length and used it all day and never needed to charge the battery. I have use the drill, recipricating saw and others and I have never experienced the Battery problems as of yet. I really stand by the quality and functionality of the tools. I was skeptical, but I am now a believer.

  8. Rob says:

    I have had a few of these tools until recently they were all stolen

    but my batteries were not to bad though I have still got a couple of tools the sprial saw is a great drywall tool and I have one decent battery left

    and I was very great full of that between my 2 crappy batteries and the one newish on I was able to get my new house drywalled and cut out all my plugs and other fixtures with only a couple of vistis to the charger over a couple of weeks

    I had 2 batteries that I had refurbished with nimh cells myself and it makes a huge difference there are places that will refurb you shot batteries for you

  9. Lee says:

    Hold those compliments until you’ve had them for a couple of years. If you knew you were going to have to replace the batteries every 18 months (I use my tools every week – not just for occasional projects) would you still think it’s a great deal? In 27 months, I’ve been through 8 batteries and only two were replaced under warranty. And Ryobi USA NEVER responds to complaints.

    Like other posters, my Makita and B&D units are still going strong after years of continual use/recharging.

    • V. Rogers says:

      6 years. Got a new battery after 4 years. Take them in the house in the winter. Fully discharge ALWAYS before charging.

  10. Kurt Schwind says:

    Feels weird commenting on such an old post, but the ‘Year Ago’ post kind of bubbled this up to the surface.

    I’ve not had the same battery issues that others seem to. I got a 5 pack (with the silly flashlight) about 3 years ago. I am still on the original 2 batteries. I cut 2x4s without a problem with the circular saw. I’m really bad about charging batteries and it isn’t uncommon for me to run my drills/saws off of a battery that hasn’t seen a charger in a week+.

    I was so pleasantly suprised that I actually just picked up the jigsaw.

    I’ve had lots of friends mock my ryobi tools, but I haven’t hit a job that I can’t handle with them. I’ve dabbled a bit in about everything and they’ve worked just fine. Do I get envious of the new DeWalts or what not? Sure. I know that they are higher quality. I’m just saying that these really fit the bill for a wide range of applications and they do it on the cheap.

    Maybe I’ve just lucked out on the battery issue?

  11. Frank Hicinbothem says:

    I agree it feels weird commenting on the old posts, but I like the “one year ago” thing. It doesn’t seem like that long since I posted the comment above.

    Glad to hear you don’t have battery issues, Kurt. Yes, I think you lucked out. I’d be curious to know how much you actually use them.

    In the last year, I’ve bought at least six more batteries. I’ve got seven good ones out of maybe a dozen total that I keep in constant rotation. The good news is, maybe Ryobi has been paying attention to us… the batteries I’ve bought in 2007 seem to be a lot more robust than the ones I bought a year ago.

    The tools themselves have held up pretty well. I’ve had a blade release lever break on the recip, and I stripped out the gearbox on the hammer drill. In both cases Ryobi replaced them in warranty, no hassles. I dropped a drill off a roof onto concrete and the case cracked but it still works. And I don’t have to worry about anyone stealing it! 🙂

    All in all, I’ve been relatively happy with One+. Yeah, they’re heavy and mostly ugly, but I don’t have to worry about locking them up when I have to step off-site for a minute.

  12. Kurt Schwind says:

    In terms of use, I’d say they get weekly use. I’m not a carpenter or anything, but I do a lot of basic home-repair. I recently built a 12×4′ raised garden bed, a computer cabinet, and some smaller stuff. My drill hasn’t even been on the roof. 🙂

    I originally got this set because I had a lab that was breaking fence slats with his head and getting out of my yard. After hammering several replacement slats up, I opted to get this set and it made fence repair very easy. I got a box of deckmate screws and bought a few dozen fence slats at a big box. My dog would bust a slat and I’d just grab one off the stack, use the circ saw to get it to the right size and then just screw it on (no pilot holes needed). Compared to using my corded circ and a hammer, this set made my life a LOT easier. I’ve since moved and my dog is 3 years older now and a lot more mellow. No more fence repairs for me.

  13. David Culberson says:

    Same here, even though this is old, I thought I’d chime in with my experience. My 18v Ryobi tools get medium-heavy use. I’m an active homeowner and project hound, so they’re used at least every couple of days. The batteries aren’t the best, but the last set I bought lasted 3 years before they were useless. They did lose a bit of “oomph” towards the end, and I intended to replace them for about six months of that period.

    HOWEVER, even if they only last a year or two, they’re a much better price than the Dewalts we use at work! The Ryobi 18v are $40 for two, and the Dewalts are $90 for one. Yes, the Dewalt is a better battery, but you do still get a usable life out of those cheap Ryobi’s. Rebuilding them with NiMH cells, as suggested above, would probably net a really nice battery pack for not too much cash. Careful with overcharging them, though.

  14. David Culberson says:

    Oh, I forgot to add: unlike Chuck’s thoughts on the flashlight (that it’s “silly”), I’ve managed to get a ton of good usage out of that thing. It’s searingly bright, stands on it’s own, has an aim-able head, and rechargeable battery. Awesome tool. I use it frequently. My five-cell maglite has been relegated to back-of-shelf duty. (I don’t even have batteries in my maglite any more!)

  15. John says:

    I have the ryobi set and find the tools adequate and perfect for a homeowner that needs variety of tools at a reasonable cost. I got the multi tool set when I bought my first house and needed a drill and circ saw to do some fix-ups around the house. I had a corded drill and circ saw, but the cordless was convenient for what I needed to do. The batteries have lasted fine the last 3 years. I use the tools about every other weekend to about once a month. Having the tools available is sometimes more important than having the best tool. The reciprocating saw came in handy when doing a demo of a wall in the laundry room. was it the most powerful? Not really, but with 2 batteries and the charger handy, it was good enough to get the job done. If I used my tools to make a living, I’d choose better tools, but for a home handy man, these fit the bill.

  16. Nate says:

    I hope Ryobi or some inventer reads this. What we really need is an adapter that will let you plug one of these tools directly into an outlet. I know we are trying to cordless here but there are many times that I have my miter saw next to an outlet and I dont need to be sucking up my battery life. I have my original set for about 5 years or more. I think I bought one of the first sets Home Depot had. I still have all of the original tools and they all work great. I currenly have two broke chargers and 4 bad batteries. Anybody else having trouble with chargers? Anybody know how to repair them?

  17. Clinton says:

    Mine used to say it had finished charging in only a few minutes but in reality it wasn’t because the plastic standoffs inside the charger break and the screw that holds the heatsink to the board inside the charger backs off and the heatsink doesn’t contact the circuitry anymore so the charger doesn’t work because it thinks it’s too hot (or something). Took mine apart and screwed the heatsink back to the board (with some loc-tite this time) and my charger works fine now compared to before when it would take all-day to trickle charge a battery.

  18. Mike Smith says:

    Hey, I agree with David about the flashlight. Man that thing is awesome! If you have to get flat on your back under a sink to work on the plumbing or something, “silly” flashlight will stand up so you can point it in any direction, plus, the battery is re-chargeable (kind of). I replaced the bulb with a much brighter one and use it all the time.

    Well, I would, except that the batteries are the pits. I am currently overseas and am going to have to ship in new batteries to replace the 4 I got now. Had one decent 1 out the 4, but burnt it up on a hot day running my recip saw. Literally melted! Kind of awesome looking like one of those weird surrealistic art paintings.

    I’ve seen mentions of places that re-condition batteries, ANY SUGGESTIONS (website, addresses, etc…)??

  19. If there’s a thriving R/C (radio control) hobby in your location, stop in at a race shop and see if they can replace the cells in your battery packs. They’ll have high-performance cells that beat the snot out of the stock ones anyway, albeit at a (possibly serious) price premium.

    As for renewing the cells in a failed pack, there’s only so much you can do. Zapping a series pack with a high-amperage charge for a few moments can recover shorted cells and reform certain kinds of electrolyte damage, but it’s neither sure-fire nor particularly safe. Familiarizing yourself with Battery University would be a good step before any such antics.

  20. Kurt Schwind says:

    Has everyone seen this? http://www.ryobitools.com/lithium/

    It looks like Ryobi is going to release a compatible lithium battery for their One+ line. This makes a lot of sense and also increases the power and performance of their entire line. Nicely done, Ryobi.

  21. Zathrus says:

    Kurt, you mean like is mentioned here? http://toolmonger.com/2007/08/17/what-the-hell-is-hypergreenbox/

    That said, thanks for the link — they’ve now put some more info there. I think I’ll wait for a tool sale to buy a LiIon charger/battery combo; I’ve been using my Ryobi tools pretty heavily the last few weeks (for me at least) and I’m quite happy with the NiMH batteries. But having a LiIon battery around for the inevitable “crap, I’m halfway done and my batteries are out of juice” moment.

  22. Kurt says:

    Zathrus, I guess I saw that other link some time ago, but there was no real info attached so I forgot all about it. I probably should have kept up with that comment thread as I see others had already found out that it was lithium for the One+ line.

    I have 2 One+ batteries that I’ve been using for several years without an issue. But if I need to get a replacement, I’ll be going for Lithium.

  23. Hardon Wood says:

    Bought Ryobi 18 volt plus-one, 5 1/2 circular saw, am/fm radio, drill /driver, and flashlight at Home Depot for 59.00 after Thanksgiving sale. That gives me big wood!

  24. Adam Travis says:

    I bought the Lithium combo set and they have been working perfectly. The power stays strong until the battery is just plain dead. No wondering about how much power is left with the battery meter on the battery. Does it get any easier. The batteries run my hammerdrill just as strong at a full charge as they do when the battery is reading low. Awesome! Keep an eye out on eBay for lithium batteries at a better price than home depot. Just make sure to get the lithium charger as well because the regular charger won’t work. Happy Holidays!

  25. Warren Nagel says:

    I don’t understand all of the complaints, I bought a refurbished kit with the miter saw and rolling case five years ago. It came with three of the old style batteries, and one of the three still works, I feel pretty good about that considering how much I have used them. I also have purchased just about every other one+ tool they have and have numerous batteries and chargers and they all work great. I don’t know how they compare to the Dewalts of the world but for the difference in price I can live with a little less power. I can’t wait to get the lithium kit.

  26. Archie says:

    I completely understand the dismay with the batteries. I sub on construction projects and use Ryobi one plus tools—all the time. I work with several contractors that use Ryobi tools and many many more that would not be caught dead with them. When I let some of the guys use the Ryobi tools they are often surprised (I always make sure I have a fresh battery), BUT I don’t think the tools are the issue, it’s the batteries. I have ten (yes 10) batteries and sometimes need all of them to cut and rip wood. When the other posts state they are cutting 2X4s I can only assume they are nipping them or they have found a balsa wood 2X4. If Ryobi got their act together and changed the batteries they would change their professional market. I’m sure they lithiums are great and will bring about change in their market, but the shelf life isn’t that of a quality ni-cad and with the cost of having your ni-cad Ryobi batteries rebuilt at $40-50 a pop, well, it just doesn’t make sense and we are forced to stay in the pain of the stock Ryobi train at $39 for two batteries. Now that the lithiums are out why not have a pro line 2000mAh ni-cad battery, liken to Duracell or Eveready—you know the difference between heavyduty and alkaline.

  27. occasional dyi says:

    I’ve had the 18V Ryobi drill set for a few years for occasional home projects. Bought a backup battery pack/charger to avoid down time while working. At this point however, the packs only seem to hold a charge for a few days. I can charge them and one week later they are completely dead. What a p.o.s.

  28. richardson shop says:

    I bought a Ryobi 18V drill and used it to assemble a large metal shop building. It worked great and batteries lasted a long time. After a few years the original batteries took a dump, so I bought 2 new ones. Like others have said the batteries are a piece of crap every time I go to use it they need charging . I wonder if the original batteries are really better or if they have changed companies that manufacture the batteries or something ?

  29. p man says:

    I have had a One+ combo kit for about a year. Drill works good, impact driver has become my favorite tool, circular saw works ok, recip is good, light doesn’t seem the greatest but is very handy and used all the time, I thought the vacuum was worthless for the shop but the wife loves it for the kitchen. Haven’t had any issues with batteries. Don’t really know what people are expecting for about $20 each, these batteries are not professional quality, the specs make this pretty clear. But for most homeowners they will do just fine. Better quality NiCad ones can be bought or rebuilt from many battery outlets or you can upgrade to Ryobi’s LiION ones. If you need professional tools, buy professional tools, in the end you get what you pay for. These tools are not top-quality, but they have met all of my needs and exceeded expectations. Proper battery care is important no matter what you buy.

  30. Steven says:

    I like the Ryobi tools so much, I sold all my Dewalt 18v tools on Craigslist. $85 for one battery is a lot more than $40 for two. My Dewalt batteries died one after another and I still have my original Ryobi batteries. Tools are not quite up to the quality of the Dewalt but I got sick and tired of buying batteries at $85 bucks a pop.

  31. Ahren says:

    I received an 18v drill with two batteries and a charger as a hand me down, this is even before Ryobi’s patented 18+ came out. I’ve used that thing for everything! I had my timing belt break and I had to pull everything, I used the drill as a die grinder with a brass brush to pull the gasket off of the head, i’ve used it to make numerous speaker boxes with screws every 4-6″ repeatedly without having to change the battery. I love this thing! I’ve used better tools that are torquier and such, but for all around general use this thing has been awesome. I got mine for free but I’d go out and buy another one immediately if this one broke. I’ve had it for four years now and its still going strong!

  32. Ken Williams says:

    The 18v tools are a good value but something happened to the “one plus” batteries. My old 18v batteries still work good but any with the “one plus” on them are poor at holding a charge and basically worthless. Even sitting on a shelf and not used they seem to drain their charge within 24 hours. I think Roybi realized they goofed on their new batteries and that is why they are out with the lithium ones …but at $100, wow, they are not appealing to their cost minded market!

    Good- Tools
    Good – Old batteries prior to one plus
    Bad – any batteries with the “One Plus” name on them

  33. Tom Carroll says:

    I have to agree with Nate’s post about a year ago. I too would like to see a 110v power adapter that would plug into my One+ tools.

    Sometimes I would like to just run it off regular power and not have to use batteries. I think having the option to run on batteries our via 110v power would be a real big boost to the Ryobi product line.

    I can’t see myself going out and buying corded tools that I already have in cordless.

    Any electronic types out there that would be willing to build one in an old batter case and sell it? I’d pay $100 for it rather than buying the lithium battery set.

  34. Jim & Linda Zillich says:

    We built our dream log house three years ago and it’s the “House built by Ryobi”! We had the shell built and we finished the whole inside ourselves. The thing we used the most was the little chop saw that mounted on a “cube” that housed a bunch of the other tools. They don’t carry that item any more, but it was sure indispensible. I wrote Ryobi and told them they could use our house for a commercial but they didn’t take us up on it. By the way, we like the silly flashlight, use it all the time out here where we live in the middle of the woods. We do, however, agree with many of the other commenters on here that the nicad batteries just aren’t holding a charge any more now that they’re getting older and the lithium replacements just cost too much!! Maybe Ryobi should offer some kind of “turn-in” special where you get a good discount on a new one if you bring in an old!

  35. Aaron Gunnink says:

    I bought the lithium ion 4 pack last christmas and soon added a hammer drill, angle grinder, laminate trimmer, and jigsaw. I work as a general contractor so the tools see a lot of different conditions and get used almost every day. The batteries hold a good charge yet and have plenty of power. i know they won’t last as long as my porter cable drill but love the fact that you can use them with all the other tools. Awsome product!!!!

  36. Rebecca says:

    I have about every 18V tool Ryobi makes. Awesome tools if you could keep the batteries running long enough to use them. I bought 8 batteries(at seperate times) to be assured I had several charged when I needed them. All but 1 stopped charging at the same time. I thought it could be the chargers, it wasn’t. I have so much invested in the tools, that I can’t switch and go to a different brand, or I absolutely would, just because of the batteries. Ryobi, how many customers have you lost on your tools because of these battery issues?

  37. tj90 says:

    Heres a DIY solution to the crappy batteries:

    The original 18V batteries in my set were shot so bought the 2 pack one + 18v batteries 1-2 years ago. These batteries are supposed to have 1.7AHr rating new. I dont believe it. This means that the battery is rated to put out 1.7A for 1 hour at 18V. I measured my 1 plus battery recently and it was only putting out ~0.675 AHr after 1.5 years of medium use. Quite a reduction in supposed power! A 18V drill consumes 4.5A so you can calculate that my drills could only last 9 min.

    The best NiCd battery packs are rated around 2.1AHr (Milwalkee, etc) but these batteries are priced similar to the Ryobi Li-Ion at 2.4Ahr. THe ryobi 2.4Ahr LiIon battery is supposed to power the same drill around 30 min.

    Instead of paying $100 per battery for Li Ion, you can rebuild your battery pack with 1.8 or 2.1 Ahr NiCd cells. The instructions are all around – I used batteryspace.com (no affiliation) to buy the batteries and find rebuild instructions. You can rebuild each battery for ~$30-40 and get almost the same performance as the new lithium cells. I know, I know you can get a 2 pack down at HD for $50, but the cells suck in these and youll be in the same boat in a year.

    By rebuilding with NiCds can use the same ryobi chargers and plastic battery housings. Dont be tempted to rebuild with any other cell technology, the stock ryobi chargers are for NiCd cells. In fact, you will need 15 1.2V Sc cells to rebuild each battery.

    Now instead of charging the batteries in 15 min, it takes 1-2 hours for a charge. Thats a testament to how much capacity the new cells have. You can get dewalt, porter, milwalkee performance out of your ryobi tools – for many years. ENjoy!

    remember, ryobi sells batteries for 1/4 to 1/3 the cost of milwalkee etc. There is a reason for this. The more expensive cells have more capacity.

    Oh BTW, you will need to be able to solder to build your own packs. Not too hard, but its not as easy as changing battteries in your cordless phone or toys.

    Also, Ive heard to maximize the life of any NiCd cell, never let your tool completely drain the battery to completely dead. when using a saw or drill, try not to let the tool bind to a complete stop – this is really hard on the batteries. Try to completely charge and discharge to maximize storage capacity. For the Sc batteries in most power tools, try to charge the battery every 3 weeks due to high self discharge rates.

  38. tj90 says:

    I forgot to mention that even the “good” tool NiCds will eventually go bad like the Ryobis. I just think that ryobis start with lower capacity batteries so they seem to die at a faster rate. In reality they all use NiCd technology unless you go with something else like lithium ion.

  39. Aaron Gunnink says:

    Do you know if there are rebuild cells for lithium ion batteries? Thanks for the information though.

  40. tj90 says:

    there are replacement cells for Li_ion. You just cant use the NiCd charger with them. If you have a ryobi Li-ion charger, I guess you could upgrade your old NiCd batteries to Li-Ion. There are also homebrew and aftermarket chargers available.

  41. Robert Johnson says:

    I have all the Ryobi 18v stuff. It works ok, not great. The best 18v tools I have are Speedway. Homiers used to sell them. The batteries are Panasonic and go considerable longer on a charge than Ryobi. Unfortunatly any battery will wear out and Homiers no longer sells them. Anyone know a source?

  42. Brock Wilborn says:

    If you don’t like Ryobi, buy Dewalt. But you will pay for them. I own most all the Ryobi tools and love all of them. For the price, I’m happy with the quality.

  43. HiccupHell says:

    Hey tj90,

    Thanks for the info. Can you do us all a favor and post links to rebuild instructions and the exact cells on batteryspace.com that you’d recommend for the NiCd fix.

    Thanks in advance.

  44. Guy Vottis says:

    I bought the original Ryobi 4 pc at HD when they first came out 10 years ago. The batteires lasted a solid 7 years. A non One+ system. I have purchased 6 One+ batteries of which only one has died. The chuck on the drill died internally at year eight. I purchased a LiOn 18V 4 pc set 2 years ago. I use these tools for everything. I constantly recharge the batteries to the top everytim/everynight before I perform a home project. They have outperformed my brother’s DeWal_ set every time for battery length. The bottom line is…is that these are battery powered tools and not corded tools. The batteries can only take a certain load and then they will decline in perofrmance until you recharge. Your recharge skills and battery cycling are to their survival. Planning the recharge as a step for set up is also key!!!

  45. gtaus says:

    I have had my Ryobi kit for over two years now and have added many tools in the line. I still use my original batteries. For my home projects, they work just fine. I now have 6 batteries and 2 chargers. If I know I will be working on a bigger project, the first thing I do is put a couple of batteries on the chargers and by the time my first batteries go dead, the ones on the chargers are ready. Unless I’m cutting wood with one of the saws, the batteries in the other tools usually last longer than me. And if I need to cut lots of wood, then I’ll take the time to set up my electric table saw, chop saw, or circular saw and run them all day. I don’t expect my battery operated tools to replace my electric tools. Most of my projects around the house are completed with lots of battery level left. I really don’t think these tools are marketed for professionals who use them to make a living.

    I’ll give a tip of the hat to the Home Depot salesperson who asked me how much I would be using my cordless tools and then steered me to the Ryobi One Plus line for my modest needs. He was up front and honest with me about what I could expect in performance and battery life compared to higher cost professional systems such as DeWalt. The Ryobi One Plus system has been a perfect fit for my needs, and it did not bust my bank. After two years, all my tools still work without any failure. I expect to replace my old batteries as they tire and die, and probably with the same cheaper NiCad batteries as I really don’t need longer battery life than I currently get from them. When my batteries need recharging, more often then not, so do I.

  46. Mitch says:

    tj90, yes, thanks for your post. I’ve now picked up some closeout battery packs for other brands for cheap. I’m going to disassemble them and reassemble them in my Ryobi cases.

    gtaus, I believe I fit your mold exactly, not the pro mold in terms of the demands I put on my tools. The Ryobi’s seem fine for that purpose.

  47. oldyankeebarn1390 says:

    Gentlemen, you are all missing THE point of the conversation. Namely, that each brand has its own style of battery that fits ONLY its brand. Would you, today, go out and buy a flashlight that only batteries from XYZ and only XYZ size and shape will fit.

    Battery tools are too common now to have this battery crap still being pushed on us. Think about it, 5 guy show up at a work site with 5 different brands of tools, 5 different brands of batteries, requiring 5 different chargers, and a dedicated space to store and charge batteries.

    I can go anywhere in North America, in any store, and buy a “D” battery of any brand and it will fit and work in any item that requires a “D” battery. Our vehicle batteries are the same, a battery of X” x Y” x Z” by any maker will in any vehicle requiring a X” x Y” x Z” size and it can be bought at any place that sells anything automotive!

    In closing, a correct voltage battery should fit any tool of the correct voltage!!

  48. Emar says:

    I have owned both Ryobi and DeWalt for over 6 years. The first couple of years everything went fine but since then I have had nothing but trouble with the DeWalt batteries (NiCad). They are expensive to replace and every replacement battery I have purchased lasted only a few months before getting weak and useless for anything but the flashlight. On the other hand, 4 of my six Ryobi batteries have lasted the full six years. The two that died lasted over 4 years. I replaced those two with the Lithium Ion 18V and am even happier with those than the NiCads.

  49. Jims says:

    So the Li Ion will work on the older 18V systems?

  50. Zathrus says:

    @Jims: Yes.

  51. Dino Rachiele says:

    I totally agree with the complaints. My one plus batteries have never held a charge for more than a couple of days. I can barely make one long cut, or use the drill for more than a couple of minutes per battery. Ryobi should recall the batteries and replace them with ones that work!

  52. Duane Broadbent says:

    I agree with the other complaints; when I try to use the one plus batteries they are useless. They don’t hold a charge much more than a day. I end up using my 9 volt Makita. I feel Ryobi should replace them and stand behind their product. I wish I never bought Ryobi.

  53. Shawn Webster says:

    I have had Ryobi 18v system for 7 years. I agree with everyone on the Nicd Batteries. I now take them to batteries plus and have them rebuilt. They replace the 1500 mah nicd with 2300 mah nicd. They hold there charge and last a whole lot longer than the original. It only cost around $40 a pack. It seems like everyone that has a Ryobi has trouble with the nicd batteries. For me this made a budget tool a whole lot better.

  54. fixed chargingissue says:

    Use a 12V car charger on boost or jump start mode. This up’s the amperage and really charges a 18V battery well. Solved the problem. It now works like new!
    I wouldnt buy another ryobi product. The Lith batteries suck too!

  55. Phil says:

    Bought a pack of Ryobi One 18 Volt batteries they lasted about 4 months whereas the originals lasted years

  56. Julie says:

    Has anyone ever had a problem with the Charge Plus+ Battery Charger? I haven’t had issues with the batteries…but the Charger (3 years old) won’t charge the batteries. No lights on…but it is getting warm with current applied to it.

  57. Carl Samples says:

    I LOVE THE TOOLS BUT I HAVE SPENT $1200. ON BATTERYS IN THE LAST 5 YEARS. I Have given up and will be selling the $475 suit case full of drills,saws,and saw saw to some other person that wants to support Ryobis master plan of screwing the public over with a battery scam.I will show everone my reciepts.
    Good luck

  58. internet goon says:

    Considering how much long it takes to go to a hardware store and buy replacement batteries and replacement tools for dying Ryobi crap every couple weeks, I’d recommend investing in some hand tools as a time-saving measure.

  59. Jack says:

    I have to be suspect of anyone who says that the batteries are not bad. I don’t know one person who owns Ryobi who hasn’t had to repeatedly replace the batteries. And at $30 a whack, that inepxensive set of tools, gets more and more expensive each year. Foolishly I bought several tools and feel compelled to keep going back for batteries!

  60. John P.S. says:

    I have MOST of the Ryobi 18-volt cordless construction tools, including TWO(2) of those so-called “crazy” flashlights, and ALL of the 18-volt Ryobi yard tools.

    First, I really like that flashlight because it is bright, has an easily aimed head lamp, and uses the same 18-volt batteries; it is also handy for working underneath kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

    Second, ALL 6 of my Ryobi batteries are the full-size P104 LITHIUM type, and they are still going very strong.
    I have both the 6-slot dual-mode charger, the “regular” single-slot dual-mode charger, and so-far have not had any problems with either of them.
    (For the record, one batt. is always in the Ryobi AM/FM portable radio, two are always in the flashlights, and another is always in the portable Ryobi 2-speed fan)

    I am wondering if most, if not all those whom are having “battery problems” are using the Ryobi NiCAD 18v batteries instead of the Lithium 18-volt.
    Technologically there are vast differences between Lithium and NiCAD batteries.

    Third, I have the later model Ryobi 18v AM/FM portable radio (the one with the larger rectangular LCD display)
    It is easily carried around and can be belt-looped if desired, and the large speaker has much reserve volume for noisy outdoor locations.

    Fourth, When shopping for that Ryobi 2-speed portable fan, CAUTION: VIGOROUSLY SHAKE THE BOX FIRST. If you hear any rattling sound at all, this indicates that the fan’s blade somehow got knocked loose in shipping; put it back on the merchant’s shelf and try another one.

    I am retired, and a very active home do-it-yourselfer, and a self-employed neighborhood “handyman”. I work for cash!

  61. HankW says:

    I was all excited to find out I can swithch to Li batteries to power my Ryobi tools but didn’t realize I would need a different charger as well since the old charger is for NiCd and the new one for Lithium. Can anyone confirm this?

    • Sawdust Everywhere says:

      Yeah, old Ni-Cad only chargers won’t do the newer lithium batteries. You’ll need one that says “mixed chemistry” for it to work. Same thing happened when Craftsman upgraded their 19.2 line to lithium batteries. New battery, new charger.

  62. Gary says:

    Have to agree with commenter Jack about the batteries. I have had nothing but trouble with several Ryobi products. For me, most of their products have failed, and their service truly stinks. Here is a story for just one of their products.

    I purchased several Ryobi products between 2010-2011, but one of the most frustrating has been a grass trimmer w/18 volt lithium battery I bought in summer 2011.

    From the first week, I noticed that after charging the battery (light turned steady green on charger) – within just one day of simply sitting in the charger (NOT even being used) – the light would start blinking again as if to indicate the battery needs to be charged. If I tested, sure enough – the batter would not work…

    In calls to Ryobi service they said that the battery would not charge properly if the temperature got to 32° or lower. Since it can get cold in my garage in fall/winter I waited until the weather warmed up again to test. Result – Same thing.

    Bottom line: Ryobi service, for me, is a joke. MUST have receipt, MUST take or have store (Home Depot) send it to an authorized service center. They will determine if the battery is defective (other possibility is the charger, but doubtful that is the problem) and replace it. If this company was more honest and just stated that the 18v lithium batteries can be a problem and just do RMA exchange directly – people would not have to waste so much time (contact customer service several times, test this or that idea, then contact and deal with authorized service centers, etc.). Try doing this with several defective junk Ryobi products and see how much time you have left for more important things in life!

  63. someguy@yahoo.com says:

    Fool me twice, shame on me!
    Do not buy into any battery fix from Ryobi or some tool review monger. Remove the dead batteries from the pack. Straight wire to a cord that runs out and connects to a 12V car battery. Get some use of it. But do not spend another dime of your hard earned money on Ryobi junk!!!! Ryobi and Home Depot know all about the thousands of issues, instead of backing the buyer, they backed the seller, selling you a hope and a promise of lith.-ion fix. They should be giving them to you! They know the original batteries are crap. You buy in anyway hoping to get something out of your investment. But they die quick too! WARN others, dont get sucked in again!

  64. Jared says:

    I have had my Ryobi tools for over two years. They have performed well for what I need them for, basic around the home tasks. The drill and reciprocating saw are both outstanding for the price. When the set was about 6 mos old, I was clearing an old travel trailer frame off some property we own, and was able to cut through the I-beams of the frame with no trouble with the reciprocating saw. Not sure the thickness of the steel, probably at least 1/8 inch, whatever the standard was for travel trailers 20+ yrs ago, but I was able to make several full cuts per battery, under heavy load, totaling probably 20 minutes constant cutting per battery. After that, not enough juice to keep cutting, but still plenty for drilling or other less power intensive use. One battery did die just prior to one year, the other still holds a decent charge, approx half what it did brand new. So my only drawback on the set is the battery quality.

    • DICK BOWERS says:

      The Ryobi tools work great, but the 18 volt batteries just don’t measure up. They don’t hold a charge for more than two days. I don’t use the tools that often, but when I do, I have to recharge the battery every time, even though it was fully charged two days earlier and not used. They just don’t hold a charge. Ryobi tools sell for less than other brand name tools but when you have to keep buying new batteries at $40.00 a rip, where’s the savings?

  65. Steve says:

    I own several Ryobi tools and have mostly been pleased with them as low cost power tools. I never expected them to rival the performance of better brands, but they were the best cheap brand (not sure if they still are, though.)

    Having said that, most everything I own is now selling for twice the price that I paid and that’s too expensive. In fact, I think they’re so expensive that I’m seriously considering switching to either a better brand or one of the cheaper brands that have mostly caught up with Ryobi in the performance department.

  66. Jim says:

    I have a bunch of 18V Ryobi tools but no batteries, so I’ve been searching for replacements and found an AC plug in system at LCDPayless.com called ex-one for $53 + $7 shipping. after seeing all the above issues, I think I’ll get it.

  67. Steven says:

    Almost 25 years of being very “techy”, and this is probably one of the first comments i’ve left to strangers online. I kind of fell onto this site and was really interested at all the different experiences people have had with tools and Ryobi tools in general. As men who like to get stuff done, I’m not sure if there’s anything that makes me happier.

    Considering the first comment was in June 2006, and now it’s coming upon Halloween 2012, everything has changed, but my tools have remained the same. Regardless, I want to share with anyone who might come upon this that i’ve owned and used different brands but i’m a sucker for cases, and i have the Ryobi 18V 6pc set. The set came with 2 batteries. A drill, circular saw, hand vac, reciprocating saw, flash light,….you may have seen it. Huge plastic case. Thank god I don’t have to lug it anywhere. Anyways, it’s not like i use it weekly, it’s random usage, but i do depend on it heavily at times. The battery is marked G0452, which means it was made Dec 2004. So i bought it 2005, which sounds right. almost 8 years ago. Initially it came in handy. I put in 3 hardwood floors in 3 houses. Used it for fences and gates. Moulding and handrails. Just random projects. Then i left the country for 2 years and it sat in storage. I came back last year. pulled it out for more projects. All the talk of terrible batteries has tripped me out because both my batteries feel brand new. I mean, not new per se, but i don’t think about it. I just I just put a lug into masonry yesterday. I do however, always charge them prior to starting a new job and use the battery til it drains completely, but doesn’t everyone? The odd thing is my set uses the NiCad 130224007’s. Tonight i learned this is pre P100’s, the “standard bearers” My batteries are supposed to be pretty weak. 1500maH. I learned tonight the P100’s are 1700maH and that their best battery is now 3000maH?!! Ok, some of this stuff, i never cared about i guess because i never needed to care. I’m not a superfan of Ryobi or any brand really. I like the yellow color they use for Dewalt though. And if i had to the cash at the time to choose any set to own I’d probably just buy the “coolest” set right, Something that could drill through whatever covers Wolverine’s bones. I’d get the most expensive bad ass set of tools ever. But alas, i’m not that guy. And i work in advertising so why would i do that. I will say, after all i’ve read, i’m happy i bought and use Ryobi. I like that the battery, and the set, is still relevant and can still be mixed and matched with their new tools and their new batteries. But mainly I’m stoked that i just put this fully charged 8 year old battery in the flashlight, turned it on, and over 2 hours later, it’s still on. Maybe i’m just lucky. Maybe i know how to take care of my gear. Either way, in my book Ryobi’s done good.

    (P.S. I just read their was a recall on this drill. haha looks like daddy gets a NEW DRILL!)

    • Ryobi will soon be releasing 2 and 4 Ah LiIon batteries too making the system even better. Gives guys like you more reason to hold onto those tools. The battery and charger is very reasonable cost as well. Look for them to hit the shelves this month and next.

  68. gus says:

    I cannot find replacement c cells cheaper than just going into the despot and buying a pair[60 bucks means 2 bucks a cell plus work]
    The batteries do stink. spotty really. Some last and some don’t. THe gang charger i bought for a big project does not do well with dying batteries, need to use the old one. I am going to buy some more old nicd stuff so I have several of the old chargers to run in parallel. The Lion batteries seem just as flaky and for more money

  69. Jeff says:

    Look at this cool trick to reset your battery charger and charge your ‘dead’ batteries:


    Basically you put the battery in the charger, plug the cord in to the AC outlet to see that the yelow and green LED’s are on. Quickly unplug and plug-in the pord several times and this will reset the charger and you will see the red light on indicating that the battery is now charging!

  70. Al says:

    Jeff, thanks for posting the charger trick, I’m here with 14 of the 18v junk batteries. This since 05. Was ready to junk the whole system, but I really like the skill saw. The drill is good, but really heavy. Out of the 14, only 1 will charge without a problem, but it is only about 3 months old. Did the trick, and the red light came on on about the 5th cycle. Will post again if any of them takes a charge.

  71. LaryPill says:

    Here’s how you can bring your old batteries back to life. I tried it on 4 Ryobi ONE+ 18v Ni Cad batteries, and it worked.
    This WILL NOT work on Lithium Ion, they will explode if you try.

    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8hHLyXAyQ

    Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQYdi48N81U

  72. Roy Speers says:

    I bought a Ryobi P745 radio for camping. I bought the cheapest battery $60 Canadian thinking that it would last long because of the mild usage of the radio/mp3 player. It lasts about 3 hours which is less than I would expect. Is this about right, or am I expecting too much?

  73. william jennings says:

    I’m a semi retired contractor and have been using Ryobi tools for over 30 years and never wore them out.I have a
    model TS251U miter saw about 30 years old still as good as the day I bought it,it was used daily for years to cut

    aluminum door frames and other trim for for banks and etc.Ryobi should make good on the plus 1 batteries,they could lose a lot of customers not because of the tool but the batteries,it’s a shame not to buy a great tool because of a battery.I’m sure they have a recourse to take to battery maker and extend it to the customer. It’s just bad

  74. FINELL CLARK says:


    • David Foster says:

      I don’t know about older batteries by Ryobi, but I generally been very disappointed about battery life with NiCad and NiMH batteries. They lose their charge in storage and every brand I’ve owned were troublesome. With Lithium batteries, though, I’ve been very happy. High charge density (a great deal of power in a lighter battery pack), and they hardly discharge at all in storage. My Ryobi 18v lithium packs perform flawlessly and I’ve replaced ALL my other cordless tools with the Ryobis and have no complaints (and have replaced some of my corded tools, too). Others in my family have purchased packs with 6 tools, charger, and batteries and have had similar experiences – all positive!

  75. Jim says:

    Some of these comments that ooh and ahh about the quality of Ryobi are freaking hilarious ! I showed some of them to co-workers and the typical response was either laughter or “it’s Ryobi sponsored comment complete bs included”. Where’s the guy who ran over his tools with his truck, left them in the rain and pulled them from the ashes of a burned down shop and they’re still going strong !?

  76. KoG says:

    I’m a fan of Ryobi one plus.

    It’s easy to see the top brands are much better tools, however they carry a price 3x that of Ryobi counterparts.

    To put it simply, they hands down provide the best value in

    If you’re a contractor & plan to use your cordless tools 40+ hours a week, you’d be better off dropping the loot on a set of Milwakee or Dewalt tools. But if you want good quality at a low price for weekend warrior or handyman use, you can’t go wrong with Ryobi.

    The older batteries are not great as many have pointed out, but the lithium series are top notch & proform as well as any on the market today.

  77. Euan Mason says:

    I’d give the Ryobi one+ series a B-. Some tools are great and others are next to useless. Keep your receipts. I purchased a one+ charger when my old 14.4 v one went phutt, and then upgraded to a one+ 18 v drill (which is great) when the 14.4 v battery began to fade. I’ve since added a line trimmer (that does the job) an LED area light that I like and a vacuum cleaner (that is next to useless). When I plugged my new battery into the old charger the cheaper blew up with a bang, even though the old and new charger were identical. This is a worry, so keep your receipts.

  78. Gregg Eshelman says:

    One thing you need to look for when buying ONE+ batteries is the date of manufacture. Don’t buy batteries that have been sitting on the shelf forever.

    For tools that need more power, don’t use the thin batteries. You need the thicker, higher amp-hour ones, or use one of the NiCd batteries. You’ll get the torque but not as much run time as with the big LiIon.

    Most Lithium-Ion batteries perform poorly in cold weather. The ONE+ batteries with the built in LED charge meter are made with cells designed for cold weather use so they don’t have to warmed up to at least 60F first.

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