Ryobi 18V One+ PSBID01 Impact Driver Review

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Table of Contents

Quick take

The Ryobi 18V One+ PSBID01 is exceptionally lightweight and has a long battery run time. Including a brushless motor improves durability and explains some of the fantastic battery run time performance. However, the PSBID01 loses its luster quickly compared to models that are $10 to $20 more expensive that are faster, have more torque, include several drive modes for versatility, and have better warranties. We recommend considering other impact drivers if any of these features are essential and you’re not already committed to the 18V One+ ecosystem. The PSBID01 is most suitable if you’re looking for one of the most compact models Ryobi offers.

Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushless
Tested torque in-lbs 568.8
IPM 3,800.0
Drive modes 1
Collet 1/4-inch hex
Same as PSBID01B

Global rankings

21 models tested

TestResultRank
Driving speed (sec.)26.618
Torque (in-lbs)568.815
Battery run time (min.)58.02
RPM2,678.018
Bare weight (lbs)1.854
Impacting noise (dBA)101.111

Editorial opinion

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Editorial rating

3.20 / 5 ⭐️’s

Pros

  • Exceptionally lightweight
  • Long battery run time
  • Brushless motor improves durability

Cons

  • Single drive mode limits versatility
  • Driving performance for heavy-duty tasks

Buy

Kits and bare tool options

PSBID01K

Includes (2) 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+ PBLID02: Opt for the PBLID02 if you covet torque and speed under load instead of a compact footprint. The PBLID02 is a bit heavier as well. Compare side by side

Milwaukee M12 Fuel 3453-20: Milwaukee’s flagship Fuel lineup is hard to beat, including the 3453-20, which isn’t significantly more expensive. It beats the PSBID01 in nearly every category we tested, from size and weight to speed and torque. Compare side by side

Dewalt 12V Xtreme DCF801: Jump to Dewalt and the DCF801 for a compact impact driver with multiple drive modes. It also has a much better battery warranty and a better-designed collet. 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.): 80.0
Head angle (deg.): 90.0

The compact shape of the PSBID01 is a welcome departure from Ryobi’s typical design approach, which frequently resulted in overly large impact drivers compared to the competition.

Outside its reasonably compact design, the PSBID01 leans slightly forward for solid reach. The entire grip is covered in a rubber overmold, which helps with shock absorption for a more comfortable driving experience.

An included belt is mountable on either side of the base, and there is also a lanyard hook, but no lanyard is included. Other helpful and common Ryobi impact driver features the PSBID01 didn’t build into the design are a bit holder and a magnetic plate to hold fasteners, though these can be purchased as third-party add-ons.

Weight

Ryobi PSBID01 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 1.85
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 2.81
Weight w/ 2.5Ah battery (lbs):  Not tested
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): 3.49
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

The PSBID01 is exceptionally lightweight in its bare tool form and with a battery, great for extended driving sessions where arm and hand fatigue can set in.

The working weight can differ significantly depending on the battery run in your setup, which is why we tested the weight in different configurations. To keep it lightweight, we recommend combining the PSBID01 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 2Ah battery for a good balance of performance and weight.

If weight is less of a concern, pair the PSBID01 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 4Ah battery for a longer run time and improved driving performance. With this battery setup, the PSBID01 impressively beats the weight of more expensive models with a larger capacity 5Ah battery.

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Footprint

Ryobi PSBID01 Footprint1
Ryobi PSBID01 Footprint2

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

Context is essential when discussing the PSBID01 and the fact that Ryobi brands it as a compact impact driver. It is highly compact and incredibly nimble compared to budget impact drivers and within the Ryobi lineup. The PSBID01 is one of the smallest footprint impact drivers Ryobi offers.

But the compact size can’t compete with higher-priced models from other brands, mostly when comparing the collet-to-back length and the length of the base, both of which are relatively large. This footprint limits the tight spaces the PSBID01 can fit into compared to more expensive models.

The Dewalt 20V Atomic DCF850 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2953-20 are two of the smallest and most agile heavy-duty impact drivers we’ve come across.

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Motor

Motor: Brushless
Impacts per minute: 3,800.0

The PSBID01 includes a brushless motor that improves its longevity and efficiency over cheap brushed impact drivers where durability is a concern. Including a brushless motor partly explains the outstanding battery run time performance we experienced in our lab.

But consider that the advertised 3800.0 impacts per minute is middle of the pack, partly explaining why the PSBID01 underperforms premium competitors in most driving tests.

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

The PSBID01 isn’t a cheap impact driver or an expensive one. But where it sits at its price point, it falls far behind the competition regarding its single drive mode. Most similarly-priced impact drivers offer three or more drive modes to vastly improve driving performance across light to heavy-duty tasks.

The lacking drive modes is a critical letdown to consider if needing an impact driver that finishes screws accurately with a consistent recess. No high-speed drive mode is ideal for such jobs, but the PSBID01 finishes screws better than competing models set to the highest speed mode.

But impact drivers with several speed and specialty driving modes are highly accurate, and most are subtle enough to consistently recess screws into all material densities, even MDF and drywall.

The Makita 18V LXT XDT14Z and Dewalt 20V Max XR DCF845 are similarly-priced alternatives with several helpful drive modes.

Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 26.6
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 5.3
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 19.6
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 3.9

The PSBID01 isn’t the impact driver of choice if you frequently drive decking screws, lag bolts, and other big fasteners, as demonstrated in our driving speed tests. It has sufficient torque to handle any task we threw at it, but the PSBID01 bogs down considerably with longer, bigger fasteners.

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Torque

Ryobi PSBID01 Torquemeter
Ryobi PSBID01 Torque Charts

Max torque drive mode 1 (in-lbs): 568.8
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

The PSBID01 is branded as a compact impact driver, so we know out of the gate that it won’t win any podium spots for torque.That said, the PSBID01 is moderately powerful for its size. Its torque profile sits between light-duty 12V models that are perfect for around the home and woodworking and heavier-duty 18V impact drivers most suitable for driving big screws and fasteners.

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Battery run time

Power type: Cordless
Battery run time (min.): 58.0
Battery tested: 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah (PBP003)
Voltage: 18

The PSBID01 is a battery run time champ, as demonstrated by hitting nearly 1 hour of no-load battery run time in our tests.

We tested battery run time with the 2Ah battery version. With an 18V One+ 4Ah battery, expect the battery run time to continue outperforming competing models running the same Ah setup.

In later updates, we’ll test battery run time under load to see if the results hold.

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Battery lineup

Ryobi 18V One+ Battery Lineup

Ryobi offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 4Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its 18V One+ lineup, and some versions come in a standard or high-performance model. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves driving performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Having at least two batteries in your setup is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend buying a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah and a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 4Ah battery for most 18V One+ impact driver setups on an excellent performance, price, and size balance.

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 PSBID01 RPM Charts

Max RPM drive mode 1 (fwd.): 2,678.0
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.): 2,612.0
Max RPM drive mode 2 (rev.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 3 (rev.): N/A
Max RPM drive mode 4 (rev.): N/A

The PSBID01 turned in below-average RPM results in our tachometer testing. Whether this performance is a pro or con depends on your intended usage.

We find that lower RPM models more easily set screws than higher RPM impact drivers that ramp RPMs quickly and mostly spin out on the work surface.

On the other hand, higher RPM impact drivers finish driving tasks more quickly, as evidenced in our driving speed tests.

With its lower-than-average RPM, the PSBID01 is better suited to medium-duty tasks, which are the most frequent jobs for homeowners.

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Driving clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.000
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.125
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.500

We don’t recommend the PSBID01 if you want an impact driver that is agile enough to fit into tight spaces and clearances. The footprint is too long from tip to back and on the base.

However, as we’ve discussed already, context is vital. The PSBID01 turned in some of the best results of any Ryobi model tested in our interior clearance tests. It is a standout pick for one of the most agile Ryobi impact drivers available.

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Noise

PSBID01 Impact Driver Noise Chart

Max noise no load (dBA): 82.9
Max impacting noise (dBA): 101.1

The PSBID01 is moderately loud with no load but is louder than most models in our test fleet under impact. The latter performance when impacting is more critical since the impacting noise of any similar tool is harmful with prolonged exposure.

The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge 2551-20 and Milwaukee M18 Fuel Surge 2760-20 are other options to consider. Both are hydraulic impact drivers with much quieter impacts.

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Vibration

Max head vibration no load (m/s2): 33.0
Max grip vibration no load (m/s2): 3.0

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Light

Ryobi PSBID01 Light
Ryobi PSBID01 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light on/off: No
Number of lights: 1
Light time delay (sec.): 15.0

The work light on the PSBID01 is relatively bright, though it doesn’t always directly illuminate the work surface at the tip. The work light shines upward from the base, a design that works well when driving 3-inch and shorter screws.

But as the screw length increases, the focus area of the light begins to illuminate slightly above the tip. The illumination won’t be a problem for most driving scenarios, but it’s worth considering if you frequently drive longer fasteners in darker environments.

The work light doesn’t act as a dedicated flashlight, like some Makita impact drivers, and can’t be disabled.

Collet

Ryobi PSBID01 Collet Closeup

Collet size: 1/4-inch hex
Quick-change collet: Yes
Bit-eject collet: Yes
Easy-insert collet: Yes

One-handed bit changes are easy with the PSBID01, thanks to the easy-insert and bit-eject mechanisms built into the collet. The bit-eject mechanism jettisons bits more powerfully than other impact drivers, sometimes resulting in not catching the bits. But after a few rounds of usage, catching the bit is easy and isn’t an issue.

App integration

App integration: None

There is no bluetooth app integration to review impact driver diagnostics or to customize driving profiles. Dewalt’s ToolConnect and Milwaukee’s One Key models offer app integrations that track impact driver usage, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom driving profiles, such as adjusting the RPM for each drive mode.

Warranty

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

Ryobi offers an exceptionally-long three-year warranty on its impact drivers. However, Ryobi’s battery warranties don’t come close to matching the length provided by most other manufacturers. Ryobi has a 90-day battery warranty, whereas other manufacturers commonly offer two to three years of coverage.

What's new?

7/14/23: Preliminary review published
8/16/23: Full 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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