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Makita's 5Ah li-ion Batteries: What You Need to Know

Makita's 5Ah li-ion Batteries: What You Need to Know

Posted by Toolstop Fraser on 19th Oct 2017

Seeming to lag behind for an eternity, Makita has finally launched a 5Ah lithium-ion battery.

In our exclusive report, with bonus video and images, we’ll tell you all you need to know about them, including:

  • size and weight
  • performance
  • charge time
  • compatibility

We asked Ray from Makita to tell us all you all about what to expect from the 5Ah 18v packs. Watch the video here:

The battery itself is the BL1850, and as you can see, it looks exactly the same as the 3Ah and 4Ah packs that preceded it.

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What Size and Weight Are the Makita 5Ah Batteries?

makita 5ah batteries - what are the size and weight
The good news is that while it holds loads more charge it’s the same weight as the 3Ah and 4Ah batteries, and it retains exactly the same form factor.

That means you’ll get more charge for your cordless Makita tool without adding any weight or bulk.

What Runtime Can I Expect from Makita’s 5Ah li-ion Batteries?

makita 5ah batteries - WHAT'S THE 5AH RUNTIME
Clearly, any battery that holds more charge should give you longer runtime. And that’s the case with these batteries. On a like-for-like basis, the 5Ah will give you 66% more runtime than the 3Ah battery.

Quite simply, for those jobs you do over and over again, you’ll be able to do even more without putting the battery anywhere near your charger.

What’s the Charge Time for the Makita 5Ah?

Makita, while taking longer to release larger capacity li-ion 18v batteries, has succeeded in keeping the charge times to a minimum. Built into the battery, charger and tool is a smart system that monitors the health of the cells in the battery, meaning that it’ll draw charge quickly and efficiently. In real-world terms, the 5Ah packs will charge on the standard Makita XR charger in only 45 minutes, putting it ahead of its competitors who offer similar capacity li-ion batteries.

Great news! This means you’ll be able to fully charge your 5Ah packs over lunch…

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Which Cordless Makita Tools Are the 5Ah Battery Compatible With?

makita 5ah batteries - which tools are they compatible with

We admit, there’s been some confusion over this in the past, however, we’re happy to clear it up for you once and for all.makita 5ah compatability

The 5Ah batteries are compatible with over 70 of Makita’s 18v cordless tools. Flip your power over and look for:

  • a yellow bottom
  • a black starred bottom
  • a yellow starred bottom

If your tools have any of these features it’ll work with the new 5Ah packs. Simple.

Our infographic helps put all of this into clear terms, click on it below to see it full-size!
makita 5ah batteries infographic

Here are some of our favourite Makita 18v LXT tools.

The launch of the 5Ah 18v LXT packs marks a significant shift for Makita, seeming as they were to be stubbornly relying on 3Ah for the longest time. But now they’ve joined the 5Ah party we can’t wait to hear what you think of them, and how they’re positively affecting how you get your work done.

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