Richpower Industries recently introduced their Maglithion PowerSmith cordless tool system which sells in second-tier big box stores like Bi-Mart, Northern, Fleet Farm, Rural King, and Zellers. The system uses a single universal lithium-ion 12V battery for the entire platform — somewhat like Ryobi’s One+ or Black & Decker’s VPX. Richpower claims their lithium-ion batteries last twice as long as NiCads and hold their charge for a year.
Right now they sell a drill/driver, impact driver, handsaw, portable fan, circular saw, rotary tool, screwdriver, flashlight, and vacuum. They claim to be coming out with a sander, ratchet, inflator, jigsaw, grinder, and nailer next.
Pricing is about $40 for a battery and charger, $25 to $30 for the workhorse tools, and $10 to $17 for vacuums and other accessories. They also offer value-priced combo kits.
Has anybody tried these new cordless tools? Let us know what you think of them in the comments.