I have been searching for a lower cost way to replace the 18Volt Ni-Cad batteries originally used on my Ryobi tools. I purchased the Ryobi 18-Volt One Plus Lithium-Ion Upgrade Kit for $59.97, but that only gave me one 24Wh battery with charger. I recently received an email advertisement from Northern Tools and it had a sale on their Klutch Cordless Impact Driver – 18Volt , Lithium-Ion, Hex 1/4in, Item 29845 $69 with free shipping, total + tax = $74.36. Taking a chance, I ordered it to see if it’s batteries would fit my Ryobi tools.
I compared the batteries and found that they were almost exactly the same except for the “tab” on the “D” shaft that inserts into the tool. I filed off the “tab” on the Klutch and Ryobi batteries and now all are interchangeable.
The Klutch Impact Driver came with a 24Wh and a 48Kw battery, along with charger and carrying kit.
I don’t know if there are any other/better “interchangeable” brands out there, but compared with the prices for other Ryobi batteries at the Big Orange Box, this seemed like a good deal to me.
Thanks for viewing, hope this is helpful.
(Photo 1 – Battery Comparison)
(Photo 2 – “Tab” Comparison)
(Photo 3 – “Tabs” removed)
(Photo 4 – Tools are ready for use)
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