Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 28
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Heff Treat 'em right and they'll last for years!
I've been using Makita's LXT lithium ion tools and batteries for several years, and I'm convinced there isn't a better option. I love the fact that they've been on the same platform for the better part of a decade, and have been making steady improvements to the batteries from day 1.
Apparently unlike a lot of users and reviewers, I took the time to study information out there regarding the best way to take care of ANY Li-Ion battery, and this extra effort has paid off, in terms of less down-time, lower battery costs (by not having to replace batteries nearly as often), and Makita's fast 30-minute charge-time.
The first thing with any Li-Ion battery is to not run them down to nothing. Doing this is akin to deep-cycling a car battery. Once or twice, no big deal, but doing it often will kill a battery cell, and the battery itself. If you listen to the tool, it will start to slow down when there's about 10% juice left. This is the best time to charge it. When my Makita rep told me this, I didn't really think It'd make a difference. It has truly saved me batteries, I guarantee you.
Second, heat kills batteries--any battery. Even with the fan in the charger heat, whether from the weather or from heavy use, will kill a battery. I would recommend getting a third battery, that way you have one being used on the tool, one cooling down after being used, and a cooled battery charging up on the charger. This little move not only saves the battery over time, since the charger isn't working as hard, it will charge a little bit faster.
Third, when storing batteries, it's best to have them with some moderate level of charge on them: not empty or fully charged. I use mine pretty much year-round, so I don't have a lot of down time with mine.
Fourth, try to take the battery off of the charger once it's done charging. The LXT charger is pretty advanced, but it's still best to get the battery off of the charger to prevent any over-charging. I'm not saying run to the charger once it's done, but don't leave a charged battery on a charger for hours.
There are a lot more on-line tips and suggestions you can find, so I won't put them all on here.
All the tool brands will claim they have the best batteries out there. One thing you have to ask yourself, is if they're so good, why are they coming out with "all-new" batteries every 2-3 years? Makita has been steadily improvign these LXT batteries for almost 8 years, because they were the best to begin with. When they find areas to make them better, they do so! Don't waste your time and money buying the red, yellow, or orange flavor of the week batteries.
August 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dan329 love the runtime in this pack!
takes a charge quick and lasts all day cutting 2x4 with the saw no problem I do charge it at the end of the just because I have read letting it go till it dies will shorten battery life
February 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mac59 cant beat the battery
have replaced my older lithium batterys with the 3.0 lxt and its night and day.do a lot of framing with my Makita driver.and have been able to do over 5 lbs of 4 inch screws with out changing the battery
June 23, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MichaelGa Battery failure too high
Two batteries failed to charge within one year. First one I had replaced under warrantee. Second battery still ran fine (until totally discharged) but got red light of death from two different charges. I fill like the problem is in the control chip, not the batteries them self. Afraid of a fire lawsuit, Makita has programed the chip to shutdown way to easily. Searching the web will yield you volumes of charging failures.
May 18, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Brian Battery dies after ten charges. Do not buy!
Battery was charged about 10 times. Gave good power for the first ten, then out of the blue it gave me that red beeping alarm on the charger. This is due to their internal chip that shuts down the charging for some random reason - not for the number of cycles.
These batteries are expensive and are defective!! Look for another brand. Home Depot should not sell these and Makita should offer a refund or a recall. My battery is now of no use and new ones are $99.
Home Depot sold it to me as a sale item but now I wont buy one again at Home Depot and I wont buy another Makita!
October 6, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by krshome Don't buy the 18v batteries
These batteries have a major flaw! Google them and you will find the chip will brick you battery from working and can not be fixed. I have had problems with two batteries with in the last year and neither the stores or Makita will stand behind the product. I have a small home improvement business and don't have the time or money to keep buying these expensive batteries. I am now trashing all my Makita cordless tools and buying Ridgid tools with a lifetime warranty on the tools and batteries.
October 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by raz711 Solid smart power pack!
These battery packs record a complete charge and recharge history. A Makita service station can check it out for you and provide a complete history. I have four of these. Had to replace one once and the service center had no problem giving me an on-the spot replacement based on the history. Overall they are very trouble free.
I use it for my drill, flashlight, impact drive, weed wacker, blower, reciprocating saw and vacuum!
January 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tezzmr Great Price
I shopped around for this battery and this is by far the best price i have found.
August 6, 2013