If you’re invested in the Ryobi One+ system, there are two pieces of critical underappreciated equipment, the battery and especially the battery charger. If you buy a Ryobi One+ tool that comes with a battery and a charger, odds are pretty good that it’ll come with the standard P118 charger. The question is whether it’s worth the added few bucks to invest in the P117, Ryobi’s standalone charger. There is no right and wrong answer to this, of course, only what best fits the needs of tool owners.
The P117 is advertised as a 30-minute charge device. That’s debatable, as it really only applies to the most basic of Ryobi’s One+ system, the P102 battery. Still, that’s better than the one-hour charging time it takes the P118. Even if it takes longer to power up batteries with more muscle, it’ll still do the job faster on those batteries than will the P118. Faster charge for a charger just simply translates into better performance.
If you buy a tool that comes with a charger, it’ll be the P118. Since it comes as part of the toolset, it isn’t quite free but you’ve already paid for it. If you want to get the extra features of the P117, you’ll have to pay a lot extra. If your charger dies, however, and you need to replace it, the P118 is still less expensive than the P117. It’s just that the price difference is obviously going to narrow quite a lot.
Both battery chargers will tell you when a battery is charging or is just plain bad and unchargeable. The P117 goes a step beyond that and owing to the fact that a lot of work gets done in hot or cold climates will let you know if the battery is too hot or cold to charge at that moment. Considering that lithium-ion batteries have in the past been linked to fires due to improper charging, this is a pretty significant feature.
It’s probably not much surprise to learn that the P118 draws slightly less power from your house current to charge batteries than the P117. Of course, it does. It’s like comparing the amount of water that a garden hose can shoot versus a firehose. This is really only significant if you charge batteries while running a lot of things on the same circuit. Every little bit adds up, and that little extra juice the P117 draws might just be enough for an overload.
A standalone charger that offers more features than the P118 that comes standard in toolsets, the Ryobi also charges batteries much faster. It also has an added safety feature in that it’ll tell you if a battery’s temperature makes it unsafe to charge, and it will cost more to swap out the standard with the upgrade.
The P118 comes standard in every Ryobi toolkit that comes with a battery. It does a serviceable job charging, which if you don’t need a fast charge is more than enough. If it wears out, you’ll have to ask whether you want to spend a little for the old standby or want to invest a little more in speed.
Both of these Ryobi battery chargers perform excellently for what they are, which is a quick, convenient way to recharge your batteries to get you back to work. Because the P118 comes standard with tool sets, the choice is whether to replace it with the added features of the P117 or to wait until it dies, when the difference in price isn’t quite so noticeable. The choice then will be whether to spend a little more for a little more, or whether a basic battery charger is really enough. That’s a choice tool owners will have to make based on their needs and budget.
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