If I got correct info from a Ridgid online response, bafflingly, NO Li-ion batteries are warranted past the basic 3-year warranty - other than those that happen to come with Ridgid's tool kits. That was my first unpleasant surprise after buying two 1.5a-h packs and a charger. But then, not having been on this forum or otherwise in an inner sanctum, I belatedly discovered I could - and possibly should - have bought the larger 3.0 amp-hr batteries - but I never knew they even existed...(how would I have? no packs are EVER on the shelves at my local Depots...) No worries, I thought - I need another couple of packs anyway, so maybe I will buy a kit to have a backup drill, and I might make good use on an impact as well.
But even with the benefit of closely scrutinizing Ridgid's three currently-available kits online (http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Battery-...s/EN/index.htm), it ain't easy to tell what's in their packs:
a) X3 18V Lithium-Ion 5 Pc. Combo (mentions only "...2 battery packs...")
b) 18V Lithium-Ion Fuego Compact Combo Kit (mentions only "...Compact Lithium-Ion Battery..."
c) 18V Lithium-Ion 4 Pc. Combo (this one states, "...3.0 Amp Hour Lithium-Ion Battery...")
(quoted from Ridgid kit web pages)
So someone please tell me - it looks like kit (a) has the 3.0 amp-hr packs, but I am only judging by the photo. True?
As for (b), I take it "Compact" means the smaller 1.5a-h packs, yes?
But is buying one of these three kits REALLY the only way to get an LSA on either type of Li-ion pack? I mean, maybe I could use a spare drill & an impact, but I sure don't need another recipro or circular saw, and I'm ambivalent even about another battery worklight. And if I have to choose between only kits (a) and (c), well...those are pretty limited choices.
Stepping back, can anyone cite working circumstances when the smaller 1.5a-h pack was intolerably under-capacity, while the 3.0a-h pack performed admirably? This would help me to get a sense of what tasks might be frustrating if I choose the smaller-pack kit.
Finally, is it true that Ridgid has completely dropped NiCd packs from this line?