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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 08-03-2010 11:59 PM 2803 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2010 11:59 PM

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I have a set of Ryobi tools that take the 18v One Plus batteries. According to the lights on the charger, I have two batteries that are defective (red and yellow light on together). I know that I can get them rebuilt or rebuild them myself. I had one apart a couple of months ago and it is very simple to replace the cells. Does anyone know where I can get the cells to rebuild it myself? Thanks!

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 02:01 AM

I would like to recommend an alternative option. The best part of the One+ system is that the new lithium ion batteries work with the old tools. I went to an outlet mall that had ryobi reconditioned tools and purchased a drill for $100 that came with the new charger and a big and small battery. It would have cost me $150 to buy just the batteries and charger at HD. Those 2 batteries are equal to 3 or 4 of my old ones. Even if you just want the batteries I would suggest seeing if your local outlet mall has one of these tool stores where you can buy them reasonbly priced. Ryobi even gives you the same factory warranty. JMHO. I have bought numerous reconditioned tools and have had very good luck with them.

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#2 posted 08-05-2010 02:08 AM

Bydaocean, I have a drill and other stuff that came as a kit. The main problem is I don’t have an outlet store nearby. I’ll do a search and see if there is one around this area, mainly east Tennessee and north Georgia. Thanks for the suggestion.

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#4 posted 08-05-2010 04:33 AM

Knothead, I don’t want to sound like a know it all jerk, but I recomend ditching the batteries and the drill. There is a reason the batts are only 25 apiece. I had a set of ryobi, and they let me down badly. Homeowners tools only. I’m sure some on here will come out to defend them, I’m also sure more will come out to tell their own horror stories. Don’t throw good money after bad. JMHO

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 06:20 AM

My dad got me a set of the Ryobi cordless 18v tools about 5 years ago. I have used the heck out of the drill and Reciprocating saw and both the tools have taken a lot of abuse and have held up really well. The circular saw is good for small cuts but drains the battery fast. I even use the flash light a lot more then I ever thought I would. I have gone through 3 batteries in the 5 years. For the amount they were used I am not upset. I am going to look into upgrading to the new battery. As for being junk tools, ehhh sure they are not top of the line but I use the drill just about every day and to me it works great. In my experience Ryobi is very hit or miss. I have had some Ryobi tools that were just junk and I have had great luck with others.

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#6 posted 08-05-2010 06:58 AM

Knothead, you van at least make one good one from the two bad packs.

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#7 posted 08-05-2010 11:08 AM


There is a tool outlet that sells Ryobi stuff as well as other brands at the Tanger Outlet Center in Commerce, GA. Located on I85 at the Highway 441 exit.

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#8 posted 08-05-2010 12:48 PM

Did you by chance run them down all the way before the charger said they were bad? I “killed” some batteries before by trying to get through that last couple inches of cut with my cordless circular saw. The charger said it was bad but I was able to bring it back and make it charge.
I just took a 9V battery with some wires and hooked it up to the battery terminals for a few minutes. That gave it enough charge for the charger to recognize it as a battery.
Worth a shot before you spend some money at least.

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#9 posted 08-06-2010 12:38 AM

Commerce, GA is too far. It would be cheaper to buy all new tools for what i would spend in gas.
The set came with a drill, circular saw, sander, and light. So far, no problems except for batteries donking out.
kshipp, I’ve run them down all the way before but haven’t had any trouble charging them. I’ll try the 9v thingy.
nailbanger2, I’ve used them alot. More than I anticipated. I put the drill on high torque and low speed and they drive screws great! Much better than my C’man corded drill.
Ger21, I checked the MTO link. They are high. I think I can get a new set of batteries at HD for about the same price. Thanks.

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#10 posted 08-06-2010 04:17 AM

The cells in most NiCad tool battery packs are called “sub c” you can find them marketed to the electric remote controlled modelers, you can get some really good cells if you shop around. Radio Shack would be another source. Might even find some RC battery packs at Walmart that you could take apart for the cells.

I occasionally work with a fellow who makes his living with Ryobi tools and he says the Lith-Ions are a whole world of improvement better than the NiCads

-- β€œThe test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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