dealskobalt 18-volt 1/2-in cordless lithium-ion drill…

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Do kobalt tool batteries work with Ryobi tools & vice versa?

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@stevemayfield: Not that I know of. Batteries are usually proprietary. It'd be nice if there was one standard though, then you could swap out whatever you wanted.

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@stevemayfield: Ryobi is a Home Depot exclusive brand, and Kobalt is Lowe's exclusive. So, sadly, no.

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To clarify, Ryobi is a separate Hong Kong company where HD has an exclusive US distribution license while Kobalt is a brand and company owned by Lowes which they've have kept exclusive distribution rights. It's more accurate to think of Kobalt and Lowes like Craftsman and Sears (KCD/Sears Holding if you want to get even more pedantic).

Net-net, no, the batteries aren't interchangeable between Ryobi, Kobalt, DeWalt, etc.

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This appears to use the same battery as the Bosch 18V drills which Lowes sells. I have one and will take a battery in and try it.