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In 2005 Makita created the industry’s first 18-Volt Lithium-Ion cordless tool line-up. Today, Makita offers 65+ tools powered by one fast-charging 18-Volt Lithium-Ion battery, giving contractors and build-it-yourselfers an expanding cordless tool line-up that delivers more work and less downtime with less weight and better engineering. At the heart of Makita’s 18-Volt LXT line-up is the ENERGY STAR qualified Rapid Optimum Charger, model DC18RC. The DC18RC offers several advantages for cordless tool users. The exclusive Forced Air Cooling Fan cools the battery by forcing air through the battery's built-in air vents during the charging process. The Optimum Charging System features Makita’s exclusive Active 3 Controls, which monitor the battery's current, voltage and temperature during the charging process to maximize battery life. In addition, the charger’s Central Processing Unit (CPU) analyzes data from the battery's built-in memory chip. The DC18RC is ENERGY STAR qualified for its efficient charging process. The result is a faster battery charging cycle which means less downtime: the DC18RA will charge an 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion battery (model BL1830) in only 30 minutes, and an 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion battery (model BL1815) in only 15 minutes. Note that the DC18RC will also charge Makita Ni-MH and Ni-Cd batteries. The Makita battery adapter (model 193949-2) is required to charge Makita Ni-MH and Ni-Cd 7.2-Volt – 18-Volt pod- & stick-style removable batteries.