Rebuild Your Ryobi ONE+ Battery Pack





Introduction: Rebuild Your Ryobi ONE+ Battery Pack

I've had my Ryobi ONE+ system for over five years now and the batteries are shot. Let's see what it takes to rebuild one.

Step 1: Tools Needed

Wire cutter
Soldering iron

Step 2: Take It Apart

Remove six screws from the bottom. Pull the black and orange sections apart.

Step 3: Identify the Cells

Remove the cluster of batteries and identify the number and type of cells are contained in the pack. In this case, there are 15 Nickel Cadmium C cells.
From here we have some options. Since they're C cells, we can replace them with any popular battery chemistry.
We can use NiCad, NiMh or Lithium Ion.
NiCad or Nickel Cadmium are the least expensive and least powerful at $2.70 for each 2400 mAh cell. This gives us a material cost of $40.50 plus tax and shipping.
NiMh or Nickel Metal hydride is next up in cost and power. At $4.85 for each 5000 mAh cell. Replacement of the cells would be $72.75.
Finally, Lithium ion cells are $10.99 each for 3.6 volt 8500 mAh cells. Granted, you would only need 5 to get to the desired 18 volts, but then they're going to rattle around in the case.

Step 4: Make the Purchase!

With the cost of cells alone exceeding the cost of a replacement battery pack, I think it's time to pack this project up and go buy a battery pack.
Seriously, with brand new Ryobi NiCd packs available for as little as $30 and their new Lithium Ion pack for as little as $40, this is not a worthwhile project.
Don't forget to properly dispose of the old batteries.



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    1 Questions

    What about buying a bunch of packs and using one to fix 2 batteries.


    Not worth it. The new LIon batteries are $59 for a pair and they last half again as long.


    youi absolutely cannot swap out different types of cells like lithiums, SAYING TO DO SO WILL GET SOMEONE KILLED IN A FIRE OR SPRAYED WITH CAUSTIC CHEMEICALS.

    Ok the berating is done.

    there isd a reason there aren't any NiMH battery packs for tools, NiMH doies well at low discharge rates, but they can't keep up with the demands of power tools.

    I've since switched over to the new Lithium packs. They're way better

    I really appreciate this Instructables! After researching several different scenarios to replace my Ryobi P100 One + battery pack, I decided that it would be cheaper to purchase the same battery pack that I found on Amazon for $22.99 with free shipping with Amazon prime.

    No I'm not a paid advertising for Amazon prime, I just know barking when I see it. I'm not sure this was a true Instructables but it sure did walk me through a procedure where I learned that there were probably about nine dead cells in this one cluster of 15. I double checked with a different meter and still came up with the same number of dead cells.

    By the way, before I took it apart I had reversed polarities and used a 12 V car battery to reset the battery and break up the crystals. This work for about two years but finally it would not accept the charge and I realized that something more was wrong. So I'm grateful for this Instructable and will devote my time to other more worthy DIY projects. Thank you again and hi5.


    There are several incorrect statements in this article. The cells in the NiCd pack are NOT C cells, they are sub-C cells. And even though the complete 18v packs are fully interchangeable (as long as you use the dual-chemistry charger), the individual cells are NOT interchangeable. Yes, you could replace all 15 NiCd cells with 15 NiMH cells. But you can't rebuild a NiCd pack into a Li-Ion pack. The battery management board of a Li-Ion pack has one (P105 or P108) or two (P104) extra electrical tabs that protrude through the top of the case and interact with the dual-chemistry charger. Without that, you would build an incendiary device instead of a battery pack.

    No "Rebuild" here - Clickbait & Spam

    How is this "Clickbait & Spam" when there isn't any actual Spam?

    What a waste of time. Shame on you sir!

    What a trolley car....

    I respectfully disagree with those who are disappointed in the review. Step one could have said "go to Home Depot or ebay", but at least this shows disassembly, what they look like inside, then the per cell cost of replacement...which is more than the cost of buying brand new, OEM batteries of same or better capacity, without considering your time and effort, which is considerable when trying to solder/weld to batteries. Other, obsolete battery packs may be worth the time and effort to rebuild. However, due to massive availability and thus reasonable cost, there is zero benefit or incentive to rebuild the Ryobi one plus batteries.