Makita 18v Battery Lithium Ion
The Makita 18v battery- lithium ion – is a straight replacement item for your Makita 18v batteries and can be used to replace an existing battery or can be purchased to provide extra capacity so you can always have another battery on charge and ready to use. If you are doing a lot of work with your Makita Lithium Ion tools then we would strongly recommend that you have more than one battery in your tool chest. However for home users it is perfectly acceptable (and cheaper) to run multiple tools with only one battery – it is also cheaper to buy the tools without batteries (naked tools).
Makita Lithium Ion batteries can be recharged at any point without risking damage to the battery as, unlike other battery technologies, they do not develop “memory” which reduces their effectiveness. They can also be left for extended periods without being charged and this also should not damage the battery or its effectiveness.
The Makita 18v battery typically lasts two to three times as long as standard batteries and therefore delivers great value for money and longevity. As they are lithium ion based they also have very rapid recharge times hence minimising your unproductive time and letting you get on with the job in hand (although as mentioned earlier it can be more productive having two or more batteries so you can absolutely minimise the time you are without a power tool !)
The Makita 18v lithium ion battery will fit a range of Makita tools including their drills, circular saws, impact drivers, reciprocating saws etc
Built to the usual rigorous Makita quality standards the Makita Lithium Ion battery a reliable and long term purchase. It is a common false economy when buying tools to purchase a low price, unbranded tool in the hope of saving a little money. Whilst this may work in the short term if you compare the long term costs of ownership then the top quality, branded tool nearly always wins out. This is due to the fact that branded tools tend to have a longer life and therefore also tend to last significantly longer than the cheaper, unbranded tools.
They are available in both 1.5 amp hour and 3.0 amp hour derivatives so you can purchase the one most applicable for your work style and requirements. The smaller 1.5 amp hour version weighs in at only 1.2 pounds and is compact so it is easy to use for extended periods without causing too much fatigue. They are charged via the Makita Lithium Ion rapid charger which is an intelligent charger that has protection circuitry to make sure the batteries do not get damaged during the charging cycle. The batteries themselves also have a built in micro chip that works in conjunction with the charger to ensure the most effective and safe charging. If you do not already have one of these specific chargers then you will need to purchase one in order to be able to charge the lithium ion batteries.
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