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GREAT but a bit steep in price,
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.
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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