Makita 18v Cordless Tools and the Batteries That Power Them - Toolstop University Guide

makita 4ah
Makita launched their first 4Ah 18v lithium-ion battery pack last year, following it up in 2014 with the even larger 5Ah. Interestingly, the company hasn't made such a big deal about this development compared to their competitors.

That hasn't stopped you guys wanting to know the following info:

  • which 18v Makita cordless tools will these batteries be compatible with
  • what's the difference between Makita's "B" lettered tools compared with the new "D" lettered versions.

We've got a video filmed with Makita's Martin where he explains all you need to know. You can watch it on Toolstop TV here, or in the player below.

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We'll break this down further for you by answer the following questions:

Which Makita 18v Cordless Power Tools Will Support 4Ah and 5Ah Batteries?

Toolstop's Lorna took us through this subject on Toolstop TV, and Martin reitterated in the video above. We've also got a blog post which you can read here.


But here's the basics: the batteries are backwards compatible with Makita tools that display:

  • a black panel with a Star
  • a yellow panel with a Star
  • a yellow panel


Obviously all new Makita 18v cordless power tools will be compatible with the 4Ah and 5Ah li-ion batteries, even if they're available as "naked on" (click to understand about naked power tools).

Which leads us onto your next question.

What's the Difference Between "B" and "D" Makita Power Tools?

There's some confusion over this; why buy a "B" lettered Makita power tool if it's just the same as "D" version.

Here's what Makita told us - "this is essentially a sticker change".

What that means, as far as we can tell, is that the tools are exactly the same. The "D" denotes it's definitely compatible with the new higher-capacity batteries. And going forward, all new Makita 18v cordless tools will started with a "D".

Click the image below to understand the point we're making.
Makita tool spec comparison
Notice that both tools feature the same capacities and spec, the only difference is the "sticker", on the left we have the BHP458 and on the right the DHP458.

They're essentially the same tool. However, in this case the DHP458 is shipped with 4Ah batteries and the BHP458 comes, either naked (ie. no battery), or with Makita's 18v 3Ah batteries.

makita 5ah cordless power tool black bottom star

To further illustrate the compatibility of Makita's 4Ah and 5Ah 18v batteries we've put together an infographic, which you can see by clicking the image below.

makita battery infographic

We trust this article makes things a bit clearer for you, but as always we're here to explain things. So, any questions, queries or concerns about Makita 18v cordless power tools, let us know in the comments below.

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Comments

kryture112 on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:34:40 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

he following model will only work only on BL1830/1815 batteries.

List Makita 18 V product that are NOT COMPATIBLE (37 products):-

BDF452HW Drill / Driver
BHP451 Drill / Driver
BDF451 Drill / Driver
BGA452 Angle Grinder
BTP140 Hybrid Impact Hammer Driver Drill
BTD140 Impact Driver
BSS610 Circular Saw
BVR850 Concrete Vibrator
BHR240 Rotary Hammer
BJR181 Reciprocating Saw
BPB180 Portable Band Saw
BVR450 Concrete Vibrator
BTD142 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver
BTW251 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ Impact Wrench
BJV180 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw
BSS501 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5-3/8″ Circular Trim Saw
BCS550 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5-3/8″ Metal Cutting Saw
BHP452 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Drill-Driver
BTD141 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver
BTL061 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Angle Impact Driver
BTW450 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 1/2″ Cordless Impact Wrench
BSS611 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 6-1/2″ Circular Saw
BJR182 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw
BTW253 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Impact Wrench
BJS130 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 18 Gauge Straight Shear
BDA350 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Angle Drill
BFS450 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Drywall Screwdriver
BHR202 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 7/8″ SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer
BFR750 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver
BHP454 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Driver-Drill
BDF453 18V 1/2″ Cordless Driver Drill
BTL063 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Angle Impact Wrench
BCS550Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5-3/8″ Metal Cutting Saw
BGA452Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 4-1/2″ Cut-Off/Angle Grinder
BHR202Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 7/8″ Rotary Hammer
BHR240Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 7/8″ SDS-PLUS Rotary Hammer
BDA350Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Angle Drill
BDF451Z Cordless 1/2″ Driver-Drill
BDF452 Cordless 1/2″ Driver-Drill
BFR750Z Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver
BFS450Z Cordless Drywall Screwdriver
BJR181Z Cordless Recipro Saw
BTW450Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ High Torque Impact Wrench
BVR450Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 4 Ft. Concrete Vibrator
BVR850Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 8 Ft. Concrete Vibrator
BJV180Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw
BPB180Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Portable Band Saw
BSS610Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2″ Circular Saw
BSS611Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2″ Circular Saw
BTD141Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver
BHR241 Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Hammer
BHR241Z Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Hammer
LXDG01 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Die Grinder
LXDG01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Die Grinder
LXNJ01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 16 Gauge Nibbler Tool Only
XDG01Z 8V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Die Grinder
XWT01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion High-Torque Impact Wrench


kryture112 on Sun, 21 Aug 2016 05:34:41 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

List Makita 18 V product that are NOT COMPATIBLE (37 products) and will only accept BL1830:-

BDF452HW Drill / Driver
BHP451 Drill / Driver
BDF451 Drill / Driver
BGA452 Angle Grinder
BTP140 Hybrid Impact Hammer Driver Drill
BTD140 Impact Driver
BSS610 Circular Saw
BVR850 Concrete Vibrator
BHR240 Rotary Hammer
BJR181 Reciprocating Saw
BPB180 Portable Band Saw
BVR450 Concrete Vibrator
BTD142 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver
BTW251 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ Impact Wrench
BJV180 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw
BSS501 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5-3/8″ Circular Trim Saw
BCS550 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5-3/8″ Metal Cutting Saw
BHP452 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Drill-Driver
BTD141 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver
BTL061 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Angle Impact Driver
BTW450 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 1/2″ Cordless Impact Wrench
BSS611 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 6-1/2″ Circular Saw
BJR182 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Reciprocating Saw
BTW253 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Impact Wrench
BJS130 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 18 Gauge Straight Shear
BDA350 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Angle Drill
BFS450 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Drywall Screwdriver
BHR202 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 7/8″ SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer
BFR750 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver
BHP454 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Driver-Drill
BDF453 18V 1/2″ Cordless Driver Drill
BTL063 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Angle Impact Wrench
BCS550Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 5-3/8″ Metal Cutting Saw
BGA452Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 4-1/2″ Cut-Off/Angle Grinder
BHR202Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 7/8″ Rotary Hammer
BHR240Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 7/8″ SDS-PLUS Rotary Hammer
BDA350Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 3/8″ Angle Drill
BDF451Z Cordless 1/2″ Driver-Drill
BDF452 Cordless 1/2″ Driver-Drill
BFR750Z Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver
BFS450Z Cordless Drywall Screwdriver
BJR181Z Cordless Recipro Saw
BTW450Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2″ High Torque Impact Wrench
BVR450Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 4 Ft. Concrete Vibrator
BVR850Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 8 Ft. Concrete Vibrator
BJV180Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Jig Saw
BPB180Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Portable Band Saw
BSS610Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2″ Circular Saw
BSS611Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2″ Circular Saw
BTD141Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver
BHR241 Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Hammer
BHR241Z Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Hammer
LXDG01 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Die Grinder
LXDG01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Die Grinder
LXNJ01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 16 Gauge Nibbler Tool Only
XDG01Z 8V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4″ Die Grinder
XWT01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion High-Torque Impact Wrench


Andy on Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:40:32 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

My 4ah battery works in mine, I use it every day there's no star on my drill.


Toolstop on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:48:32 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Yes, as long as the batteruieas are starred the new impact driver will be fine and I'm sure the new batteries will charge in the old charger too


Wylian Carlos da Costa on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:10:42 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Thank you for replying. My Makita drill has the star underneath. What happened is that my impact driver got stolen and all I want to do is replace that. I just bought a new brushless impact driver (it will take a few days to get to me) . Will my bl1815 18v. 1.5 ah battery work on this new drill? Or have I shot myself on the foot?

Edit: since I got your attention, will the new batteries charge on the charger for the 1.5 ah?


Toolstop on Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:41:22 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

It deopends. If you have old ni-cad or ni-mh they will not work in the latest machines which take li-ion batteries. However if they are old li-ion batteries with stars on them they will be OK. You can learn more here... http://www.toolstop.co.uk/maki...


Wylian Carlos da Costa on Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:32:11 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I would like to know if I can use my old Makita batteries on the new Makita drills.


Jas on Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:08:18 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

EXACTLY!!


Jas on Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:07:24 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

It's hardly bloody rocket science!! They couldn't have explained it any better!!


Roy on Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:13:37 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I have just bought some genuine Makita 5ah batteries and I have a range of tools from older to new. I used one of the new batteries on my blower and didn't realise it wasn't meant to be compatible. It run but after I stopped the motor it wont run again. Have I blown it up using the 5ah (I shouldn't have as its the same voltage) or is it just a massive coincidence as now I am worried I might accidently plug a tool in that's not compatible and damage the motor.


Nek on Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:51:38 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Are you 100% sure? Because somewhere in the net i read that the only difference is that new batteries could work with old tools just only without any power control. I want to byu 1-2 new batteries and i would like to buy 4ah batteries


Toolstop on Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:21:41 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

The chances are that your non-star tools will not work with 4 or 5ah batteries


Nek on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:39:50 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I have a makita drill and impact driver set with black without star, from back to 2008. In which tool category can we put them? Can the work with these new batteries?


Top chippy on Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:45:17 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Who cares b or d not confusing as it's the star your looking for but anyone with half a brain can work it out


ed burnell on Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:53:15 +0100 (Likes: 1 / Dislikes: 0

This is very very confusing! Makita have made a big error with a market leading range! Not happy!


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