Ryobi 18V One+ P235 Impact Driver Review

Ryobi P235 Angle 5
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Quick take

The Ryobi 18V One+ P235 is a cheap impact driver that can be beaten by other models in the Ryobi lineup and with other manufacturers. The standout features are the speed and power for the price, far outpacing similarly-priced and some more expensive models. However, the heavy weight, massive footprint, single drive mode, and short battery run time explain our low editorial rating. We suggest reviewing our best budget impact drivers guide for alternatives for most people.

Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushed
Tested torque in-lbs 683.4
IPM 3,400.0
Drive modes 1
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as P235AB, PCL235, PCL235B

Global rankings

21 models tested

TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)15.08
Torque (in-lbs)683.47
Battery run time (min.)28.017
RPM2,948.014
Bare weight (lbs)2.5620
Impacting noise (dBA)100.39

Editorial opinion

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Editorial rating

3.31 / 5 ⭐️’s

Pros

  • Moderately high torque
  • Good driving speed
  • Low price

Cons

  • Brushed motor
  • Single drive mode
  • Weight
  • Massive footprint
  • Short battery run time

Buy

Kits and bare tool options

PCL235K2

Includes (2) One+ 18V 1.5Ah battery

P235AK1

Includes (1) One+ 18V 1.5Ah battery

Series lineup

Model #PlatformDrive ModesTorqueIPMReview
P23518V One+1683.4 in-lbs3,400.0Full review
P23718V One+3495.6 in-lbs3,200.0Full review
P23918V One+1796.2 in-lbs4,350.0Full review
PBLID0218V One+4609.0 in-lbs4,000.0Full review
PSBID0118V One+1568.8 in-lbs3,800.0Full review

Alternatives

Ryobi 18V One+ P237: The P237 is a better option if you want several drive modes for versatility and more precision across driving tasks. But it is incredibly long from tip to tail. Compare side by side

Ryobi 18V One+ PBLID02: The PBLID02 is more expensive but is a better Ryobi option for most people. It has a brushless motor, includes multiple drive modes, is reasonably compact, is lightweight, and offers impressive torque. Compare side by side

Milwaukee M18 2850-20: The 2850-20 has better overall build quality, is faster under load, and pushes out more torque. Both offer only a single drive mode, but the 2850-20 is far shorter from tip to tail. Compare side by side

Lab results

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright w/o battery: Yes
Stands upright w/ battery: Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Handle angle (deg.): 77.0
Head angle (deg.): 90.0

Weight

Ryobi P235 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.56
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.52
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): 4.20
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

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Footprint

Ryobi P235 Footprint1
Ryobi P235 Footprint2

Max height (bare tool, in.): 7.500
Max width (bare tool, in.): 3.000
Collet to back length (in.): 6.750
Base length (bare tool, in.): 5.125
Base width (bare tool, in.): 3.000
Trigger circumference (in.): 6.625
Handle circumference (in.): 5.250

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Motor

Motor: Brushed
Impacts per minute: 3,400.0

Drive modes

Drive modes: 1
Drive mode 1:  High speed 
Drive mode 2:  N/A 
Drive mode 3:  N/A 
Drive mode 4:  N/A 
Variable speed trigger: Yes

Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 15.0
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 3.0
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 11.7
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 2.3

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Torque

Ryobi P235 Torquemeter
Ryobi P235 Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 683.4
Max torque drive mode 2 (in-lbs): N/A
Max torque drive mode 3 (in-lbs): N/A
Max torque drive mode 4 (in-lbs): N/A

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 28.0
Battery tested: 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah (PBP003)
Voltage: 18

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Battery lineup

Ryobi 18V One+ Battery Lineup

Charging time

Ryobi 18V Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Ryobi 18V One+ (PCG002)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 49.0
Charging time 2.5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): 117.0
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 26.9
Fuel gauge: On battery

The 18V charger included with most Ryobi kits (model PCG002) charges batteries moderately slower than other brands.

Our tests took 49.0 and 117.0 minutes to charge a Ryobi 18V One+ 2Ah and 4Ah battery, respectively. Several other brands we’ve tested take approximately 20 minutes per Ah, whereas the Ryobi charger takes at least 24.5 minutes per Ah.

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RPM

Ryobi P235 RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 2,948.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (fwd.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 3 (fwd.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 4 (fwd.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 1 (rev.): 2,843.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): N/A

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 9.375
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.125
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 7.250

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Noise

P235 Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 87.2
Max impacting noise (dBA): 100.3

Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 45.1
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 4.2

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Light

Ryobi P235 Light
Ryobi P235 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: No
Number of lights: 1
Light time delay (sec.):

Collet

Ryobi P235 Collet Closeup

Collet size: 1/4-inch hex
Quick-change collet: Yes
Bit-eject collet: No
Easy-insert collet: No

App integration

App integration: None

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 3
Battery warranty (years): 90 day

What's new?

7/14/23: Preliminary review published

Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton is the founder of DIY Gear Reviews and a recognized expert in the home and DIY space. He has over 200 bylines covering topics such as power tools, hand tools, and woodworking. Nathan is the strategic director for DIY Gear Reviews, deciding everything from the content covered to designing the testing methodologies for lab-tested reviews. He can be emailed at nhamilton@diygearreviews.com.

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