Alternate Source For Replacing Ryobi 18Volt Lithium Ion Batteries

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Blog entry by sonnyr posted 04-29-2014 03:48 PM 7003 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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#1 posted 04-30-2014 01:29 AM

Awesome info. My Ryobi one plus batteries are in need of replacing and been looking for a cordless impact. WIN-WIN!

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 03:23 AM

It appears that Northern Tool no longer sells the Klutch Cordless Impact Driver – 18Volt , Lithium-Ion, Hex 1/4in, Item 29845. If anyone finds another source, will you please post it.

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#3 posted 04-30-2014 07:14 PM

Darn, it was a great solution though. Check Ebay and

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 04:22 PM

This worked like a champ for me. My Ryobi Ni-Cd batteries were on their last legs and I was stunned at the high prices for Li-On upgrades. I bought the Klutch driver kit on Ebay and I used a hacksaw blade to cut off the plastic guide ‘keys’ and now I have a nice impact driver (more on that later) plus two Li-On batteries that work in my old Ryobi One+ tools as well, and a new Li-On charger – all for less than the cost of the single larger-capacity Ryobi battery alone.

The Klutch driver came with two batteries – a 20% more power battery and a 100% more power battery, a charger, a nice little canvas carrying case, a screw bit, and a socket adapter. The tool has a LED light that comes on when you press the trigger and seems as well-made as other consumer-grade drivers.

When these batteries finally wear out (hopefully not too soon) I’ll do this again if I can find the Northern (Klutch) batteries else I can always resort to One+ batteries knowing that a quick mod will make them fit this driver as well.

Thanks a lot SonnyR for this tip.

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