Ryobi 150-Watt ONE+ Power Source Review

Ryobi 150-Watt ONE+ Power Source Review and User Guide

Ryobi 150-Watt ONE+ Power Source Review

We love backup batteries over at the BOBB Compound...probably not surprising to any of you who've been here for more than a few minutes...

I inherited some older Ryobi battery powered tools a few years back, and was looking to add a cordless items to the shed so I checked out what Ryobi was doing and boy-howdy, they've been busy beavers over there. 

Wow! They make all-the-things cordless now. The amount of stuff is staggering

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So I went crazy and bought too much because it was on sale: hedge trimmer, line trimmer, air pump, circular saw, jig saw,  lantern, and a bunch of the 4 AH batteries. 

Then i came across a real beauty, the Ryobi 18V ONE+ 150 Watt Power Source.

It totally took me down the rabbit hole of how to integrate these batteries into our emergency supplies, and I'm glad it did, cause their stuff is awesome. 

Ryobi Power Stations & Inverters

So say you're like me, and your already invested in the Ryobi ecosystem (which by my review of other brands, is probably the best overall) for tools, etc. 

It only takes a little extra dough and 2 or 3 Ryobi products to enhance your off-grid or emergency gear to incorporate all that extra power into your natural disaster survival plans. 

Ryobi has made a few charge/inverter/generators you can use. Some cheap, some not so much.

At time of writing, here are their offerings which include 110v charging options (meaning, plain old electrical plug outlets, for my non-techies.)

First-off you should know that Ryobi offers 2 different battery types: 18 volt and 40 volt.

We prefer the 18 volt, they are less expensive, super reliable, and lighter. 

18-Volt Options (smaller, cheaper option)

40-Volt Options (more power, higher cost)

They are all cool products, and it would be awesome to have them all, but we found the sweet spot for us was the One+ 150 Watt Power Source which uses the 18 volt batteries.

(The ONE+ 800 Watt Automotive Power Inverter is probably in our not too distant future as well, it has multiple charging/power options, only thing its missing is recharging of the 18-volt battery - something you'll have to contend with off-grid - we'll discuss it more further on.)

The Ryobi ONE+ 150-Watt Power Source Review

So why the 150 W Power Source vs the other models Ryobi offers? 

For starters, it was form factor. It sits right on top of the 18 V battery. No cables to deal with. 

The other reason is the size. It's no larger than it needs to be, and can fit easily into my electronics bag when we go camping. 

It's the Mini Me to our Gaol Zero Yeti 150, and lives next to our tent, while the Yeti lives in the kitchen / center camp.

We mostly use it to run our Goal Zero Light-a-Life Mini Camping Lights via USB. With a 4 AH battery we got 5 nights worth of use out of them. It also serves as a backup for phone charging. 

If i have to work when we are off-grid, I'll use it to charge up my laptop as well. It's not a pure sine-wave inverter, it is modified, but the laptop seems to handle it OK. 

(Good explainer on Sine Wave types)

The USB ports are 2.4A at 5VDC and the AC plug is 120V AC at 1.25A and 150 watts which means you can use it for all your small electronic devices. 

What Does It Power?

Small devices work best, but i think you could even power some fridge coolers like the ones Engle Coolers make, since they only pull 1 to 2 amps (I have yet to test that however, when I do I'll report back.)

Anything that is charged up via USB will be no problem. 

If you want to keep tabs on how much power your devices are pulling, grab a Kill A Watt Electrical Usage Monitor. It's a great way to verify manufacturers claims for power usage, or to check the usage on devices you need that info for. 

Knowing how many amps a device can pull can help you figure out how long you can power devices based on the battery you have. 

And if you are using solar / battery power at all, thats really helpful to know.

Using on online battery run time calculator, like this one, tells me that my 9 AH battery will run this fan, which pulls 10.5 watts for around 8.5 hours. 

Recharging Ryobi Batteries with Solar

The One+ 150 Watt Power Source does not unfortunately come with an input for charging. (Hopefully this will change with new models.)

However if you plan on using solar to charge up your Ryobi batteries  you can do so with one of their 12-volt chargers. 

NOTE: You might need add a charge controller to the list below - looking into this now, and I will update this info as soon as I know for certain. 

Here's the setup you'd need to charge your Ryobi batteries with solar:

Depending on the type of connectors your panel has, will determine the type of adapter you'll need. 

If you don't have a panel, our suggestion is to get one of these: 

RICH SOLAR 60 Watt 12 Volt Portable Monocrystalline Solar Panel with Kickstand

It has Anderson Powerpole connectors connected to the back - which make your connection issues super easy with all kinds of devices like Goal Zero Solar Generators. 

You can get an adapter like this one from Powerwerx: Cigarette Lighter Socket with Internal 15A ATC Fuse and Powerpole Ends

Converting Ryobi Batteries to Anderson Powepole

Here's a fun project that's fairly easy to do, you can add Anderson Powerpole connectors to a Ryobi battery for power output. 

(If you are into emergency communications and ham radio at all, you can immediately see the benefits of this idea.)

It's fairly simple to do. You'll need the following: 

You just need to connect all these parts together. Very basic wiring. 

Tools required:

Here is a great article which explains how to assemble the connectors should you need it.

Here is where we got the idea from. He built a 3D case for it too. Nice. 

We have all these parts - just haven't put the project together yet. Once we do we will update this article with a link and more info. 

Where to Get One

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Ryobi 150-Watt Powered Inverter Generator

Typical Price: $70

The RYOBI 18V ONE+ Power Source provides convenient on-the-go power. With a modified sine wave and 150-Watt of continuous output, this inverter is perfect for powering laptops, tablets, cell phones and other small electronics.

The compact and lightweight design is compatible with all existing RYOBI One+ batteries.

  • Fits all RYOBI ONE+ 18V batteries
  • 150-Watt of continuous output
  • 2 USB ports and one 120-Volt outlet
  • Ideal for laptops, tablets, smart phones and other small electronics
  • External LED light
  • 3-year warranty

$70Home Depot$70Amazon

My Favorite Battery

Ryobi 18V ONE+ 9.0AH High Capacity Battery

Typical Price: $159

Ryobi makes a whole host of battery sizes, and for our power tools I typically use the 4 AH batteries, since they are smaller/lighter. But when it comes to backup power, the big boy of the lineup is the 9 AH battery, and it's the one you want.

It's roughly the same size as the 150W Power Station and weighs 3 lbs. 

  • Built-in 4-bar illuminated charge indicator to warn of diminishing charge
  • Stands up to frigid weather conditions
  • Lithium-ion chemical composition resists drainage when idle
  • Recharge on any 18V ONE+ Dual Chemistry Charger
  • Easily snaps into place and detaches with quick-release button

$159Home Depot$159Amazon

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