With a highly developed design powered by a 40 volt lithium-ion battery, the Ryobi jet fan blower performs any clearing job with ease. Its outstanding feature is for sure the provision of gasoline-like power, while still having all the advantages of a battery-operated solution.
The Ryobi blower provides power at more than 150 miles per hour (mph). Therefore, it is ideally suited for wet and tramped leaves as well as other surfaces which are difficult to process.
All in all, Ryobis’ device is one of the strongest 40V battery-operated blowers we have found so far. However, it’s not only about power. The blower has other positive characteristics in many ways. For example, a pretty attractive price and a 5 year limited warranty (please refer to the manufacturers homepage for more information).
In this article, we examine the Ryobi 40V blower by taking into consideration the following four criteria: (1) performance of the cordless blower, (2) ergonomy and usability, (3) battery and charging technology, (4) scope of delivery and price. Thereby, we capture all important device features and characteristics which are worth to be discussed.
Ryobi Jet Fan Blower 40V – Review
- 1. Performance - 9/109/10
- 2. Ergonomics - 8/108/10
- 3. Battery & charging technology - 9/109/10
- 4. Scope of delivery & price - 9/109/10
1. Performance: 9/10
The Ryobi blower is a truly powerful tool which brings it to a maximum air velocity of 155 mph and air volume of 300 cubic feet per meter (cfm). If you need an even stronger performance, you can take the tube off the device. The disassembly of the nozzle supports the bundling of air jet, which increases the generated air pressure. This feature is helpful when processing tramped debris, which can’t be blown away regularly.
The 40V blower features a variable speed trigger. If you need a little air, just pull the trigger a bit. If you need the full blast, pull the trigger all the way. By adapting this functionality intelligently, that means always using just as much power as necessary, you can significantly increase the total battery runtime. Logically, the lithium-ion battery takes less energy at lower speed levels.
2. Ergonomics: 8/10
Incl. a battery pack, the Ryobi blower weights more than 10 pounds. Thus, the solution locates around the midfield compared to other battery blowers. Not easy and not heavy. However the blower has a pretty good weight distribution and is therefore easy and comfortably to handle.
The Ryobi jet fan blower has an ergonomic design. The battery is located at the top of the device, which gives you an excellent balance. A newly designed soft-grip handle, that lies comfortably in the hand, makes leaf blowing even more convenient. As you can see from the product image, the soft-grip is not completely pulled, but only to around 60%. This design feature allows users a greater flexibility. However, we would prefer it, if the grip was fully pulled as it is the case for most other cordless blowers.
The sound pressure level of the Ryobi blower is 73 decibels (db) when operating the device at full power. However, the level decreases when reducing air speed via the variable trigger. Nevertheless, the Ryobi jet fan blower is significantly louder than other 40V leaf blowers, for example the Oregon BL300 or the Dewalt 40V Max XR.
3. Battery- & charging technology: 9/10
The Ryobi 40V blower can either be run with one of two 40V lithium-ion batteries with 1.5- or 2.4 ampere hours (Ah). This corresponds to an energy storage capacity of 54 respectively 86,4 watt hours (Wh) – considering the nominal voltage of 36 volt. Generally speaking, the more Wh a battery has the higher is its maximum runtime. Nevertheless, total runtime does not only depend on the size of the battery pack, but also on how users work with the blower. If you run the blower constantly at full speed, you will only reach runtimes of approx. 15 minutes with the 1.5 Ah battery and 20 minutes with the 2.4 Ah pack.
Both batteries feature a LED charge level indicator, that allows to comfortably read the charging status while working with the cordless blower. And that’s not the only positive aspect about the battery’s exterior design, as the lithium pack also has a rubber lining in order to prevent the battery from any damage.
Ryobi has a lithium-ion charger to refill the battery with energy. Since the charger only has a relatively low charging current, recharging takes relatively long. The charging time for the compact pack (1.5 Ah) is already 60 minutes. A full charge of the high capacity pack (2.4 Ah) takes approx. 1,5 hours.
Compatibility with other 40V devices from Ryobi:
The Japanese tool manufacturer has a huge versatility of 40V battery-powered devices besides the Ryobi blower. All of them work with the 40V battery platform presented above. In contrast to many other manufacturers, Ryobi does not only offer „standard“ tools such as regular cordless hedge or lawn trimmers, but also rather rare devices, for example a battery-powered snow blower.
4. Scope of delivery & price: 9/10
The Ryobi blower as well as it’s accessories can be found in the middle segment in terms of price. On Amazon, you can either buy the complete kit, consisting of the tool, a battery pack and a charger, or you can select the components individually. Prices in the internet usually vary from day to day. Hence it’s definitely worth a look at what is most beneficial at the date of purchase.
|Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower|
|Ryobi 40V Lithium-Ion Battery Charger|
Ryobi Jet Fan Blower 40V – Factsheet
|Max. air speed||155 mph|
|Max. air volume||300 cfm|
|Variable speed trigger||+|
|Weight (tool only)||8.9 lbs|
|Max. noise level||73 db(a)|
|Battery range||Li-Ion 1.5 ah|
Li-Ion 2.6 ah
Li-Ion 3.0 ah
Li-Ion 5.0 ah
|Electricity use||1.5 ah: 60 wh|
2.6 ah: 104 wh
3.0 ah: 120 wh
5.0 ah: 200 wh
|Max. battery runtimes*||1.5 ah: up to 15 minutes|
2.6 ah: up to 25 minutes
3.0 ah: up to 30 minutes
5.0 ah: up to 40 minutes
|Charging times (standard charger)*||n/a|
|Charging times (fast charger)*||1.5 ah: 60 minutes|
2.6 ah: 90 minutes
3.0 ah: 120 minutes
5.0 ah: > 120 minutes
* Battery run times and charging times partially calculated.
Ryobi – Company history
In 1943, Ryobi was founded in Japan (Japanese name: Ryobi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.). Today, Ryobi Limited is a worldwide manufacturer of die castings, builders’ hardware, printing equipment, as well as power tools. It owns companies in Asia, the United States and Europe.
With regards to power tools, Ryobi is one of the world’s largest producers specializing in the development of pro-featured tools at affordable prices. Thus, millions of homeowners, hobbyists, outdoor fans, woodworkers and craftsmen all over the world today use Ryobi tools.