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Oh, and another minor thing - it looks like it has battery charging built in. It has contacts for all 4 battery terminals like the charger does, not just the 2 for +/- like both my other tools, and it seems there are flat contacts built into the "rails" that it attaches to the wall mount with. The wall mount however is just a piece of plastic. I assume there will be a "charging" wall mount accessory available at some point. For now, I have to swap the batteries like in the other tools and charge them separately.
So yeah, I saw this back when I got the stick vacuum, but never bothered to look into it further - charging the batteries externally was fine for the time being. However, now I've rearranged some stuff in the apartment, and the vacuum now lives in the kitchen, while the other tools and the charger are in another room, so I've looked into it again.

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Apparently this is called "Ryobi Evercharge", and they offer the wall charger in North American markets, but not in the EU. This is a bit annoying, especially since it's not the first thing of theirs that I can't get because of this - the P3100 hybrid soldering station is also only available stateside, and even if imported, would be useless here since it apparently only runs on 110V:

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So now I'm thinking what to do about it :) The Evercharge wall mount thing may even be DIY-able, possibly, if it's just a DC PSU with some rails providing power and the vacuum charges itself - need to further research that. Or at least it for sure it importable, since it looks like it takes DC power from the wall plug, and that can definitely be DIY swapped for a local 230V-compatible one.
 

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Only selling things like that in the US is dumb. I found someone selling an Evercharge station on eBay and the stupid wall wart is indeed ~120V only and 60Hz only (you can just about read it on the sticker), but it's 18V output and only 7W so you can just cut the wart off and replace it with a 230V version.

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That particular one might be a good way to get a cheap station to modify. If you're buying an 18V DC power supply, may as well get one for the soldering station and just run that from DC power. Looks like a decent soldering station.
 
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Just for some fun and because it fits so nicely in here: I can't for the life of me remember where I got the info from, but there are rumors about a 2x40V makita battery powered microwave coming in 2022 :|
 

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Just for some fun and because it fits so nicely in here: I can't for the life of me remember where I got the info from, but there are rumors about a 2x40V makita battery powered microwave coming in 2022 :|

What job site doesn't have access to electricity?

I googled "makita microwave" and found an old april fools joke. :D

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What job site doesn't have access to electricity?


All sorts of job sites don't have power at the start. That is part of the reason there are power inverters built into trucks these days.
 

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Well, this wasn't a thing I expected... found a recent review of the abovementioned Ryobi hybrid soldering thing:


Spoiler alert: it actually uses a normal, fully enclosed PSU for AC input inside - and it's rated to 100-240V and not just 110V, meaning I just need a plug adapter to use it here! Off to the eBays to find one.

Also yes, the review is actually somewhat scathing and doesn't exactly recommend the thing. However, I have no issue with the PSU being solved as it is - the Youtube comments actually explain it fairly well, it's likely a certification cost cutting measure, and I don't really see why it would really be a problem. The only real issue with this thing is the shitty PVC wire with only an 80°C temperature rating, but my current soldering station has the same :) so I have no problem with that either.
 

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After a lot of research, watching youtube, reading some other stuff... I got thoroughly annoyed. I hate Bosch for having two different 18V systems, so they're out. I'd love Makita simply for making crazy meme products, but their batteries according to test aren't very good... And also, I'm a bloody hobbyist I don't need professional grade tools for the 3 screws a month that I put into the wall or whatever.
So I decided to just say screw it and dip my toes into the Einhell PXC system. 2x2.5Ah batteries cost me 42€, a 4Ah + charger less than 30€. If the tools aren't 100% craptastic in their handling, I'll be happy. Currently, because amazon had a sale, I am waiting for the hammer drill (2.2J should be fine, honestly) and both a large and small sander. Still waiting for a deal on the battery drill/driver, until then, my old 12V Metabo will do just fine.
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Oh, another reason I forgot to mention for this system: they bloody well provide everything (see below). Insane number of garden tools and stuff - which, if we're being honest, will probably see a lot more use than the other tools, as soon as someone finds it in their heart to sell us a god damn house already! Not yet on the meme-level of makita, but very solid selection. and according to the reviews I've seen, the tools are actually quite good for the price. not on a bosch/makita level and you can feel they're cheaper, but they perform well enough.
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