For those of you looking for a high-capacity battery for the Ridgid 18V system, the wait is over. The Ridgid 12.0Ah EXP battery is now available at Home Depot. Before you run out and grab a couple, take a closer look—it’s more than just an upgrade in runtime.
Ridgid 12.0Ah EXP Battery – The Big Deal
Under the hood, Ridgid built this pack using 21700 lithium-ion cells. These high-density cylindrical cells are capable of producing far greater power than standard 18650s—up to three times more power. Between that and the laser welded connections between the cells, it’s the most powerful battery Ridgid has ever produced.
To ensure all that power doesn’t run amok, there are advanced electronics in place to communicate with the tool you’re using, and the pack’s ThermaGuard design includes upgraded heat sinks that help the battery run cooler in high demand applications.
This is significant for a couple of reasons. First, you’ll get three times more capacity than a 4.0Ah battery, and an additional 50% more than the 8.0Ah pack. Since this battery is capable of producing more power, you’ll also complete high-demand tasks more quickly. The combination of higher capacity and more efficient task completion means you’ll actually get even more work done per charge than the simple math suggests.
Here are a few more highlights:
- Reinforced housing improves pack durability
- Integrated LED battery gauge
- Weighs 3.4 pounds
- Compatible with all Ridgid 18V tools and chargers
If you’re using power-hungry tools such as Ridgid’s cordless angle grinder, leaf blower, rear-handle circular saw, or track saw, the 8.0Ah battery might not have as much runtime as you’d like. The Ridgid 12.0Ah EXP battery solves that.
But what’s more intriguing might be the possibilities that this battery opens up for the 18V line. Could we see a high-performance cordless miter saw? Maybe a cordless table saw? A self-propelled lawn mower? Time will tell the full story. In the meantime, we’ve got a wish list of items, so we’ll see which ones Ridgid fulfills.
Ridgid 12.0Ah EXP Battery Price
For the battery by itself, the retail price is $249. The battery is eligible for Ridgid’s Lifetime Service Agreement, so be sure to register within 90 days of purchase to take advantage.