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Makita 18v Cordless Batteries – Toolstop University Guide

Makita 18v Cordless Batteries – Toolstop University Guide

Posted by Toolstop Fraser on 27th Nov 2014

makita 4ah
Makita have a range of Cordless Tools and a variety of 18V batteries to power them. They launched their first 4Ah 18v lithium-ion battery pack in 2013, following it up in 2014 with the even larger 5Ah . In 2016 they launched the 6.0Ah BL1860B  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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Toolstop University 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 Toolstop university make 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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