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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT but a bit steep in price, April 20, 2011
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This review is from: Ryobi P103 18-Volt Li-Ion Battery (Tools & Home Improvement)
I have always held a deep seated hatred for NiCad! The new LI-ON batts are a dream come true. Lighter, longer lasting and more powerful. My old cordless tools perform better than they did when brand new with NiCad. I have various tools by Dewalt, Milwaukee, Rigid, Ryobi and they all are better with LITHIUM!!!

I have had these RYBOI batteries for over a year of steady use and have not had any problems.

WARNING -
The old NiCad chargers will NOT properly charge the new LITH batteries. It says so in the product documents and on the box. It was the first question I asked myself before making my purchase. On the bright side, my old Ryobi tools are now like NEW and that saved me a ton of cash and the LITH batteries are a dream!!!!!!!!! So, best to buy a combo package and save yourself money.

PS - Check out INTERSTATE batteries. Interstate is a well known, long time, reputable battery company. They make generic replacements and chargers that cost much less than what retail RYOBI parts will cost and they are actually better! A fair comparison example -

Ryobi battery # P104 (the big fatty LITHIUM made to last forever) costs around $90 at Home Depot and rated at 18V 2.4Ah.
Interstate replacement costs $70 (direct price from website...probably could find better deal if you Google) and is rated at 18V 2.6Ah

My Interstate replacements have been the better purchase. I also have 2 of their chargers - Dewalt and Ryobi and they work very well! I have bought them for all my tools as I needed to replacement and have spares.
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2012 4:17:03 PM PDT
J. Knight says:
Thanks very much for the tip! I'll look into this.
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