Rapid Charger on Kits ?

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So I've come to love EGO products, and after purchasing the powerload trimmer and powerhead edger, I am looking for a leaf blower (currently thinking about 530 & 580)

I have noticed the kits with the 5.0 come with a regular charger as opposed to kit with 7.5 which comes with the rapid charger.

Just wondering why Ego doesn't upgrade the 5.0 kits with the faster charger as well since based on Home Depot pricing, it's only a $30 price difference.
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Some 5.0 kits do come with the rapid charger, like the snow blower.  Not sure about all of the kits or how they make that decision.
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Yeah, it seems to be more dependent on the tool in question. Mowers and snow blowers get the rapid chargers.
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It's because people complain about everything one way or another. Plus sticker price is all that people will look at in the store to determine if they buy Ryobi garbage or quality ego stuff. They don't care about fast chargers. They care about that stuff later when they get more tools.
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The battery prices are not insane. Do the math on cell cost. I can find one cell for about 5.00 each. So 28 of them is 140.00 add other battery part cost, product liability insurance ect. And 230 for a 5 ah battery is pretty stinking reasonable. Keep in mind the size of the batteries. The technology and the profits they must have. We are lucky they aren't more expensive.

However they could have used garbage cells in their batteries and then we would be complaining about our batteries over heating and dying fast.

Look at the prices of Makita and Milwaukee outdoor power equipment and DeWalt. Give me a break. This is free comprared to those tools.
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Meanwhile, I almost never use my rapid charger because I think a slower charge is better for the long-term life of the batteries.
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I was doing the same for a long time and even mounted standard chargers in my charging cabinet along with rapid chargers for that very reason.

Now I find I'm using the rapid chargers more often.  When charging before cutting I often don't have as much time during spring and fall to get the lawn work done between when I get home and when the sun goes down.  This summer will be the test... when I have the time will I slow or rapid charge?  Time will tell.

There's actually no real excuse for me to rapid charge, other than me being a bit lazy.  Though I must say, since the 5Ah battery I'm using in the mower takes a little longer to charge than the 4Ah I was using (~40 min instead of 30 min) I'm a little less concerned about the battery's health.

If I was using a 7.5Ah battery I'd probably just rapid charge it all the time as it takes an hour to charge even on the rapid charger.  Since I don't have a 7.5Ah battery I guess I don't have to worry about it!  :-)

I still use the standard charger exclusively with my 2Ah and 2.5Ah batteries.  They charge quick even on the standard charger.
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Yeah, when I know I'm going to mow I put the battery on the standard charger the night before or when I leave for work. I only use the rapid charger if I know I'm going to need it for the powerhead when I'm done mowing.