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New Ridgid 18V Rapid Charger

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Ridgid has a new 18V rapid charger, model AC86098, which they say is up to 3X faster compared to their standard charger.

The new Ridgid 18V battery charger can charge a 6Ah battery in an hour.

Ridgid also launched new 6-port and simultaneous 2-port chargers last year.

Ridgid 18V Rapid Battery Charger AC86098

The charger has an energy-saving mode that Ridgid says “lowers energy consumption to maintain battery charge and maximize battery life.” This seems to be a feature for DIY users that leave their batteries on a charger for an extended period of time.

Ridgid 18V Rapid Battery Charger AC86098 Charging Times

Here are some sample charging times:

  • 2Ah: 30 minutes
  • 4Ah: 40 minutes
  • 6Ah: 60 minutes
  • 8Ah: 85 minutes
Ridgid 18V Rapid Battery Charger AC86098 with Pass-Thru Plug

The charger has a pass-through plug, so that you can still plug something else into the same outlet – like a USB charging adapter or similar.

This isn’t really an innovation as Ridgid describes, as I’ve seen this on some other chargers years ago, but it can be a convenience at the cost of a bulkier plug.

It also has key holes for wall-mounting the charger.

Price: $79

At the time of this posting, Home Depot has a promo on the simultaneous 2-port charger, where you buy the charger for $119 and get a free 2-pack of 2Ah batteries. The deal has an end date of July 24, 2023, unless supplies sell out sooner.