The new Ryobi Lithium 18v batteries are compatible with all their
existing One+ tools. I've looked everywhere to find out whether they
can be recharged in the existing 18v One+ chargers? If so, will we be
able to buy JUST the battery? Currently the only option, without
buying a new tool, is a combo battery and new model charger for $99.
I'd like to get a couple or 3 of these new batteries, but I won't pay
$99 for a battery and a changer I may not need.
Don't know the answer, but Ryobi tech support is terribly non-techincal.
Had a problem and question, similar to yours about batteries and chargers.
Got zero help from TS - guy did not know enough to communicate on the
Once you have the new batteries and the right charger for them,they will
retain their charge during storage far longer than other types,and have a
greater run time than the other battery chemistries.
If you use them daily,that long term storage is not a characteristic you
need,and it's probably not worth spending your money on,but if you use your
cordless tools only occasionally,then it makes sense.
It seems that Ryobi has made new battery tech practical for older Ryobi
tools.Also making those older tools better due to long charge retention
(since most Ryobi buyers seem to be non-professionals that store their
cordless tools more than use them)
If Makita offered such an upgrade for my 6095DW,I would consider it when I
needed new batteries.
Oren, why not check and see what the OP is talking about? Sure, li-ion and
Ni-Cad have a different charge and discharge protocol, but don't you think
it's possible that you can build a charger that does both?
The new Ryobi lithium battery can be used with the new & old tools. The
new charger can be used to charge *both* the new lithium and *old* one+
"With today's silicone chips and such..."
Yes, they will need the new charger. That is why they are not selling
just the batteries right now. Hopefully they came up with a way to
make the new Lithium batteries incompatible with the old charger,
because there could be problems if you use the wrong charger on them.
This new charger will recharge the old batteries, so you can throw
away your old charger if you want.
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