Makita 6.0 Amp Hour Battery Announced
Makita 6.0 Amp Hour Battery Surges LXT Capacity to 108 Watt Hours
When it comes to cordless tools, the battery you’re using matters. It’s not just the voltage you run, but also the amp hours available that go into calculating the total battery capacity (AKA fuel) you have to run the tool of your choice. As we’ve moved beyond simple drills and impact drivers to angle grinders and miter saws, cordless tools are demanding more to keep the job moving. The new Makita 6.0 amp hour battery is going to deliver that for users of the popular Japanese brand.
When you look to see how much fuel is available in a battery, we have to start looking more closely at the total watt hours. It’s a simple calculation (nominal volts times amp hours) – it’s also conveniently printed on the battery for you. Think of it as the fuel tank. Whether you’re racing a Corvette or taking your Smart Car to the grocery store, the more fuel you have the longer you can go.
The reason we keep encouraging you to look at watt hours as you’re considering how much work can be done on a charge boils down to the increasing number of platforms on the market. You’ve got 12V, 18V and 20V Max (which are the same nominal 18 volts), 36V, 40V Max and 80V Max (thanks to outdoor power equipment), and now even 60V Max and 120V Max. It can be mind-numbing to sort through it all, but how much work a battery can do really does boil down to that total watt hour figure.
A Makita 6.0 amp hour battery will carry 108 watt hours of energy (18V times 6 AH). Of course that doubles to 216 watt hours in the 18V X2 LXT tools since they use two batteries. Compare that to the original 3.0 amp hour battery (54 WH), 4.0 amp hour (72 WH), or more recent 5.0 amp hour battery (90 WH) and you can see the amount of potential tool fuel keeps going up. The great thing about changing the capacity through more amp hours is that you’re not changing the motor – the Makita 6.0 amp hour battery will still work in all your 18V LXT and 18V X2 LXT lithium-ion tools.
Read more about the relationship between volts and amp hours.
Charging time on Makita’s quick charger looks to be about 55 minutes – an excellent charging rate that Makita is well known for. It will also have Makita’s on board LED charge indicators. We don’t have a published price on these yet, but keep your eyes open for the Makita BL1860B as they should be rolling out soon!
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