Ryobi heated up competition in the low-to-mid-end tool market with their dramatically improved 12V One+ power tool line. But what about all those other jobsite tasks, like measurement, safety, security, and documentation? That’s the whole point of their new Tek4 line — a collection of everything from a multimeter to hearing protection to a digital camera, all powered via a compact 4V li-ion system.
On the measuring side of things you’ll find a multimeter, laser distance measure, self-leveling plumb/cross laser, and an infrared thermometer. The safety category consists of a high-intensity LED flashlight and a set of active noise-suppression headphones. A motion-sensing alarm with remote and digital key lock box comprise security. And a digital camera, portable power source, and jobsite music player wrap it all up with documentation and convenience/lifestyle products.
Some of these we’ve certainly seen before. Milwaukee offers an excellent flashlight and power source in their compact 12V line, plus a number of measurement products. But I haven’t seen compact li-ion integrated security products — or a digital camera for that matter. While it may sound frivolous, there’s a lot to be said for these products drawing from a battery source you’ll already have on-site.
We haven’t had a chance to test any of these products yet, but we look forward to it. The specs don’t look to bad. The IR thermometer, for example, ranges from -4 to 590 degrees F and includes both a real-time readout and an internal memory that sores up to 10 readings. The digicam boasts 8 megapixel resolution plus a “high power flash” that Ryobi claims reaches out to 15′ or more — and it’s TPR-coated with a lens shield to help it survive drops.
Pricing varies dramatically, from around $20 for the flashlight to around $200 for the digicam, though Home Depot offers a starter kit consisting of a cordless screwdriver, powered snips, the portable power device, the LED flashlight, and the noise-suppressing headphones — plus two batteries and a charger — for $100.