RYOBI introduces the 18V ONE+ Cordless Area Light with USB Charger (Tool Only). The Area Light is a convenient and portable light source for DIY projects in the workshop, at home, or on the jobsite. This 18V battery operated light features a 3-Watt Cree LED and 330 Lumens of light output to power you through your darkest of jobs. Additionally, a USB charging port is located onboard to always charge and keep your mobile device powered. Best of all, it is part of the RYOBI ONE+ System of over 225 Cordless Tools that all work on the same battery platform. Backed by the RYOBI 3-Year Manufacturer's Warranty, the 18V ONE+ Area Light with USB Charger includes an operator's manual. Batteries and chargers are sold separately.
Features 330 Lumens of light output
USB charging port for mobile devices
3-Watt Cree LED provides a long life for the light
Collapsible rotating hook for easy hanging capability
Up to 73 hours of runtime with a (P193) 18V ONE+ 6.0 Ah LITHIUM+ HP High Capacity Battery (not included)
Part of the RYOBI 18V ONE+ System of over 225 Cordless Tools
3-year manufacturer's warranty
Includes: (1) P781 18V ONE+ Cordless Area Light with USB Charger and operator's manual
I love this little lantern. It is a great camping and emergency light. It also has a USB port s...
I love this little lantern. It is a great camping and emergency light. It also has a USB port so you can charge your phone and other USB devices. Two things I would change is the on off switch which is a bit awkward and that the light is a bit harsh and not easy to read by.
4 people found this helpful
Apr 2, 2019
This light is great for camping or when power goes out. Not as useful as the other ryobi lights but does a good job at what it was designed to do.
1 person found this helpful
Nov 1, 2018
Ryobi light, that works with batteries you probably already have, including the NiCD batteries to...
Ryobi light, that works with batteries you probably already have, including the NiCD batteries too! I have NiCD, NiMH and Lithium Batteries and they all work in this light. Did a test with the NiCD 1.5ah battery, with a mix of high and low output and got about 4-5 hours of run time. Might be even more if ya just use the low setting.
One thing to note is the light does not start dimming when using a NiCD battery. It will just shut off. If I put the depleted battery into an older light or tool, the NiCD battery still has power left in it. Just a thing to note. USB port is very nice. It's only 1amp output, but charged my 5000mah (At 3.7v) phone from 50% to 100%. It did this while using a Ryobi 1.3ah lithium battery, and the next morning, I woke up and the light still had power too!
The USB port doesn't have power, until ya turn the light on first, then after ya turn off the light, the USB port stays on for about 2 hours or so, Giving just enough time to charge most phones to 100%, then turn off to conserve energy in the Ryobi battery! Smart design!
Light output is great! I set this light on a high shelf in the bedroom, and it lit the room as if a 40 - 50 watt incandescent was on in the room. Then I turned it to the low output, and it was like a 25watt desk light was on in the bedroom. Enough to see what you're doing, get changed, do some reading (If ya put the light closer to ya) and make trips to another room. Great light for power outages!
I can only imagine how well this light would work for Camping trips! Much more convenient than buying a boat load of expensive D cell batteries to power an old style lantern.
10 people found this helpful
Oct 18, 2018
Awesome! power was out for 5 days one of these lights a room by itself. plus it charges you phone...
Awesome! power was out for 5 days one of these lights a room by itself. plus it charges you phone. ryobi 10 steps ahead of all others. went and bought 2 more after one night. best purchase this week by far
3 people found this helpful
May 22, 2018
I’d like more light output but in all reality it’s does the job it’s asked of very well.
I’d like more light output but in all reality it’s does the job it’s asked of very well.
Mar 19, 2018
Perfect light for working under the car or sitting on a picnic table on a camping trip. very bright on high, mood light in low. 16 hour run time on the small p102 battery. No handle, no problem. Anyone complaining about the lack of a handle should look at my pic. take the case apart, drill two holes and run paracord through. An easy modification like that shouldn't deter you from a great product.
7 people found this helpful
Jan 17, 2018
We live in a rural area with frequent power outages. Added this to my D battery powered led lante...
We live in a rural area with frequent power outages. Added this to my D battery powered led lantern collection this one isvery bright on high still good useful lightoutput on low. I have used multiple nights on the large lithium battery and multiple hours on the smaller lithium batteryalso.
Oct 11, 2016
A nice item to add to your One+ collection
This is a nice light but Ryobi made some changes to the old model that I don't care for that keep me from giving it a full 5 out of 5 stars.
The Ryobi P781 lantern is similar to its predecessor, but has a couple of improvements. The light is upgraded from 1 watt to 3 watts (330 lumens). The new lantern also has a 1 amp USB charging port.
This lantern has the LED located on the top of the lantern, and shines down on to the reflector located in the base. This change in position requires a wire to go to the top of the lantern which means there are pillars going up each side of the lantern causing a shadow.
The lantern has a swivel hook on top of it. The handle has been removed. I prefer the handle. The also changed the on/off button. I prefer the older button which is way easier to use.
The package claims it will run 48 hours on a P108 battery. I didn't have a P108, but I did test it with a P104 (45 wH) and a P103 (24 wH). With the P103 I got 5 hours of light at high setting and 14.5 hours on low. With the P104, I got 9 hours on low, and 27 hours on high. I feel confident it will last 48 hours on low with the P108 battery.
This is a good area light. Probably best for camping or emergency lighting. It doesn't have great lighting for doing tasks.
This Ryobi lantern is a decent option for going camping or for power outages, if you already own 18V batteries and a charger in the One+ family. The USB port is also a nice plus for charging phones in the above situations as well. If you're looking for a work light though, this is not for you - stick with a floodlight for that application.
The single CREE 3W LED outputs 330 lumens on high, with the low setting brightness not specified by Ryobi. They do claim a 48 hour run time using a 4Ah battery, but that's definitely for the low brightness setting, which I'm guessing is around 100 lumens (pretty dim for a 360° lantern). I tested the longevity using a 1.3Ah P102 battery, and got somewhere between 5 and 6 hours on high. There is no on-board battery gauge, so unless you have one of the One+ batteries with the gauge on board, you'll be playing a guessing game of how much juice you've got left.
At about 4 hours into the endurance test I measured the max temperature at 103°F on the housing exterior, so this should be perfectly safe to use inside a tent without worrying about a fire hazard. It gets slightly warm but not significantly so.
The LED is mounted on the top of the unit, with a reflector at the base. The protective clear plastic is frosted to diffuse the light somewhat, but there are still two spots that are much brighter than the rest of the light output. It's bright enough to read by if you're within a few feet of it, but anywhere past that you'll really be straining your eyes. The biggest plus for this light is longer run times over performance.
The USB port has a silicone cover for weatherproofing, and outputs a maximum of 1A at 5V. I was a little disappointed that Ryobi didn't select a 2.1A output, as most larger phones and tablets will charge much slower with the lower current supply, if at all. The only reason I see for the decision was cost savings, which I suppose I can live with if it would have dictated a higher price point.
There are a few design changes from the P780 to this one that have me scratching my head though. The first is changing the carry handle to a hanging hook for the P781. The hook feels flimsy, and isn't easy to carry the lantern by. I'd much rather have the carrying handle incorporated into the new design as well. The second is moving the LED from the base of the lantern up to the top. That required an opaque strip on at least one edge of the clear plastic diffuser to run the wiring inside of, and they followed it up with another one on the other side for symmetry. This causes more unnecessary shadows than the older version.
Overall, this is a decent light if you're already invested in the Ryobi One+ line, with its best applications as a light source for camping or when the power goes out. If they had stuck with the previous design and just swapped out for the brighter LED, I'd probably be wavering between a 4 and 5 star rating. As it is, I'd say it's between a 3 or 4 star product.
This is a really nice LED lantern, especially if you already have Ryobi's 18v one+ batteries that you use with their other tools. The lantern does not come with a battery or a charger. It will accept any of the Ryobi 18v batteries. I used a P102 battery, one of the lower power batteries, for testing how long the lantern would stay lit. I ran the lantern on high and it stayed lit for just slight longer than 5 hours. I believe the P102 battery is about 1.3 Amp hrs. This is about right as Ryobi's web site lists the lantern running 48 hours using a 4 Amp hrs. P108 battery. While their web site didn't say, this was also probably on the low light setting. Another plus for this light is its built-in USB port that can be used to charge up your USB compatible devices, i.e. cell phones.
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