Makita 4Ah Batteries - a Power Tool Spy EXCLUSIVE

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Makita is finally joining the 4Ah lithium-ion battery party!

It's been a longtime coming, and some would say Makita are in danger of missing the boat; after-all Metabo are already rolling out cordless power tools with 5.2Ah batteries, and we're hearing rumours of Hitachi boosting their cordless tools with 5Ah packs.
makita 4ah

However, timing and tardiness asides, Makita have joined the party, and we're impressed with what we've seen so far.

We've identified some of the key benefits Makita's 4Ah li-ion batteries are going to bring you, as Lorna explains in our Toolstop TVvideo (click here or watch it in our player below).

35% increase in capacity over Makita's legendary 3Ah batteries.

makita 4ah battery

Lots of extra juice in your fully charged li-ion battery, but no extra weight gain, which is a nice touch.

Incredible Charge Times!

We all know that the larger capacity of the battery, the longer it takes to charge. Typically 4Ah li-ion batteries can take around 60 minutes to fully charge, with some manufacturers claiming that the battery will be 70% charged in 30 minutes or thereabouts.

For example, DeWALT's excellent 4Ah system requires 70 minutes to fully charge.

Makita, in comparison, seem to be keeping with its reputation for fast charging batteries. Remember, the current 3Ah li-ion packs, when dropped in the DC18RC charger, are fully charged in 22 minutes.

The great news is that the same charger will fully feed the new 4Ah batteries in only 36 minutes.
makita 4ah charge times 36 minutes
You may remember this article where we presented the argument that 2 fast charging 3Ah batteries are better than one slow charging 4Ah
. Could the new argument be 2 fast charging 4Ah batteries are better than one 5.2Ah battery? You decide!

Backwards Compatability

makita 4ah
A concern for some has been whether Makita's new 4Ah fast charging li-ion batteries will work in their older Makita cordless tools.

Makita has made it clear that the 4Ah battery packs will be backwards compatable, working in over 100 of their cordless power tools. Check for the star label on your tool, or the yellow panel, per the graphic above.

Let us know what you think about thise news from Makita in the comments section below, and be sure to Share this article with your friends using our Share buttons!


Nek on Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:54:35 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I have it to. And i am very angry of that.

makita mad on Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:44:10 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

My best power tool in the world is the cordless hammer drill, BHR202RFE, i used this on the 18v 3.0ah battery and dug out my cellar and totally refurbed it using this drill and 2 x 3.0ah batteries. amazing piece of kit, but totally gutted its one of the few cordless tools that dont take the new battery, absolutely devastated..........

Matthew Cooper on Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:41:34 +0000 (Likes: 2 / Dislikes: 0

the batteries have issues because they charge so fast, they get to hot and it cooks them over time, Dewalt batteries charge slower, but stay good for years, ive had no issues with the dewalt ones, had Makita ones die..

Mario Greece on Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:20:04 +0000 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

I was happy with my 3 pack of 3ah BL1830, until suddenly, after one year of normal use the charger refused to charge them. 300 euros just thrown away. Some days ago I bought 2 new 4Ah. Now i realize that i have spent 500 euros on Makita batteries, with such money i would have bought a high quality corded tool. Now i regret that i spent so much money on buying 5 cordless 18V Makita tools. My car 's battery costs 60 euros and lasts 5 years, I cant understand why a 4Ah battery costs 100?

Ex makita fan on Thu, 05 Sep 2013 14:10:07 +0100 (Likes: 7 / Dislikes: 0

Did they fix the problem they had with the other batteries? I see on their facebook page they just shine off any comments about the batteries.
We will pay more for new shit batteries that don't last a year?

dan on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 22:49:20 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

The thing is what's the price going to be? Performance verses price?

Julien Baldini on Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:13:07 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Bhein moi je ne serais pas aussi catégorique, sur 5 batteries, elles sont toutes tombée en panne. elles ont toutes été remplacée mais bon c'est pas sérieux.

Après on me dit qu'il n'y a jamais eu de soucis particulier mais je n'en suis pas convaincu.

Par contre il est vrai que j'ai remarqué que le chargeur indiquait la batterie défectueuse après que je l'ai utilisé sur la scie circulaire, la meuleuse ou la scie sabre. Je pense que les batteries sont trop sollicitées sur ce genre d'outil.

Maintenant je suis super content de mes outils mais moins des batteries

Michel on Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:24:34 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Makita est vraiment une marque fantastique , je me réjouis de recevoir les nouvelles batteries Makita 4.0Ah 18 V.
Je pense que les outils électroportatifs de Makita seront encore plus performants !
J'espère que mon revendeur préféré de Makita = Toolstop vont bientôt en avoir dans leurs stock !
Longue vie à Makita et Toolstop !
Michel de Suisse .

postable_mark on Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:56:49 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

Interesting re. your brushless tool. That's one of the key benefits; robustness! Glad it still works.

Dennis M on Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:41:46 +0100 (Likes: 0 / Dislikes: 0

If all this is true it's amazing! Hope they are for sale when I'm buying new batteries and if my machines ever break I'm uppgrading to brushless. Droped my impact driver from 3m on to concrete with no damage what so ever!

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