RYOBI Signals End of Ni-Cd Battery Platform for Cordless Tools
It was only a matter of time and it appears Ryobiwill make a significant push to end the life of Ni-Cd batteries. This
week they introduced a new line-up of Lithium-Ion batteries and revamped the pricing significantly. The new offering will still offer one Ni-Cd battery but it will be priced the same as a comparable Li-Ion battery. So there will be little reason at all to buy the Ni-Cd battery when you can get an Li-Ion for the same price with far better performance.
In addition to the new line-up of Li-Ion batteries they are also going to be selling a 4.0 Ah battery pack which keeps them in stride with other manufacturers. The best thing about this line-up is the fact that any 18V Ryobi battery pack (Ni-Cd, Lithium, and Lithium+) will fit any 18V Cordless tool ever built by Ryobi.
New Lithium Batteries Ship This Fall
Starting in October all of the new cordless tools, combo packs, and kits will include the new Lithium+ batteries. They are also going to offer charger/battery packs so that users can switch over existing tools. If you’ve got an old ONE+ tool with a Ni-Cd battery you can go buy the new charger/battery combo kit for $59 and give that old tool a nice boost!