The Ryobi 18-Volt Impact Wrench is a light drill with a significant punch that can complete many jobs in a reasonable period of time. While it lacks the kind of power of other larger and more expensive brands and makes, it does offer its targeted users some helpful benefits.
It uses regular lithium ion batteries which do not drain very quickly, plus the size and weight make it extremely portable as the drill and battery are small enough to fit in most any space. This Ryobi impact tool also makes use of LED lights well enough to provide good quality, focused lighting for any job you have in mind.
What you get with this Ryobi cordless is an impact wrench that is amazingly easy to get a feel for, use, and control. It is powered well and even compatible with different power sources.
As a matter of point, the Ryobi company took the cordless power invention of Black and Decker in 1961 and further fortified the design idea, placing a higher priority on the number of compatible battery makes over anything else. This idea was amplified even more as Ryobi introduced their One Plus line of batteries and tools, which offer over seventy different, portable power tools and equipment which can be used interchangeably with their one battery system. Since the whole body of the impact wrench was already an incredible invention, this power tool maker opted to improve the swapping-out feature of the impact wrench to increase its compatibility and usefulness. This was a very practical approach, which is fitting because we view Ryobi cordless tools as having practical uses in general.
- Strong Impact Mechanism for its size at 300 foot-pounds of torque
- Compatible with different batteries – P100, P101, P102, P103, P104, P105, P107, and P108
- LED lighting when trigger is pulled
- Dual Chemistry Chargers
- Uses Volt ONE+
- 2900 Rotations Per Minute (RPM)
- 3200 Impacts Per Minute (IPM)
- No Load Speed
- 3-Speed Settings for a wider range of applications
This is not a toy, even if it feels light to hold. This impact wrench is a 3.45-pound power tool that is easy to wield and very compact. It also seems to have just about the right amount of torque, despite its light design.
It is also great to use in dark places because the manufacturer linked the trigger of the wrench to three LED lights. Every time it is depressed, the tool emits light that shines on the surface being worked on. The triple LEDs provide all-around visibility for the user, rather than most cordless tools’ typical one-LED setup above the trigger. This is a simple but excellent upgrade in our eyes.
Many other cordless impact wrenches are heavier and harder to maneuver than this one, mainly because of the design related to the grip. Ryobi made sure that weight, awkwardness, and fatigue were non-issues with this impact by deviating from the the other manufacturing companies’ designs and making this tool practically as light as a feather.
It is a swift, agile impact wrench that absolutely can be the main workhorse for people on the go. The power and torque it possesses is just off the charts for its class, which is something almost unheard of in small tools of similar application or design.
At up to 2,900 rotations per minute, the Ryobi impact makes work a lot faster and easier alongside its 300 lbs/square foot of torque, which enable it to muscle its way through most any task you set it to knock out.
The weight really does make a difference because you can hold onto the tool much longer than similar impacts, move it easier, adjust it to a more comfortable level, utilize the various speed settings across multiple applications, and finish your workload with almost zero downtime.
Charging this little tool is surprisingly fast because of its dual chemistry-designed chargers (which are included only in a kit). Most users of this battery and charger system say that they are able to fill up the battery levels twice as fast as other chargers.
It absolutely cannot run out of compatible batteries! Currently, there are at least eight rechargeable batteries on Amazon’s pages that can work with the device. The number will likely even increase as manufacturing and technology improves over the years and Ryobi continues to revisit and develop their cordless tools and impact wrenches.
Sitting at 3,200, the IPM could have actually been a bit better – a slight increase or bump can give performance a terrific upgrade.
It’s not too a bad thing because 3,200 is already a significant number that is high enough for most uses, but with the 300 pounds of torque, it would be helpful.
If, however, you are using this for heavier-duty purposes that require more impact, there are other tools that make better progress in the IPM department (check out our other reviews).
The charger is not included in the box. Purchasing it separately can be a nuisance for some, but this can be avoided by snatching up a kit!
Ryobi could have included the charger in the box, but they opted to sell their power tool without the charger. This could be disappointing for those who expect the complete power tool.
This green impact wrench scores four out of five stars because the basic package lacks a charger–you will have to buy it separately. (A kit is available from some online retailers such as Amazon).
Other than Ryobi’s small lapse in judgment, the Ryobi 18-Volt Impact Wrench shines in all aspects of the ideal impact wrench – being lightweight, heavy-hitting, durable, high RPM’s and IPM’s and zero to no hiccups in performance.
This 18-volt impact wrench shines in everything. You do not need to buy another impact wrench if you want a stronger impact wrench. The size of the tool is just enough to accommodate 200 foot-pounds of torque; a great design that makes this green tool stand out from the competition.
Tools with higher torque can be heavier and require longer charging times. Ryobi made sure that their impact wrench is the complete opposite so that charging won’t consume much time from the user.
The Volt ONE+ is excellent in making sure that the time used for charging will not be too much. The charging time it spends on other similar and compatible batteries is almost the same.
This is the tool to buy when you want great balance between IPM, RPM and the battery. If you want something with higher torque, there are other options, although they are heavier and harder to grip because of their size.
This is the lighter option when you want quality construction and a decent price tag that won’t burn through your wallet.
For more information directly from Ryobi, check out their video about the 18v One Plus Cordless Impact Wrench: