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Makita warns against using ‘knock-off’ batteries

Makita delivered a clear message to power tool users and dealers regarding the hazards and risks of non-genuine ‘knock-off’ Makita lithium-ion batteries: Don’t do it.

“Makita has been the innovation leader in 18-volt lithium-ion cordless tool technology since 2005, and each day Makita cordless tools go to work on jobsites and in workshops across the U.S.A. and around the world,” senior vice president of marketing Ken Hefley said in a statement. “Unfortunately, innovation and leadership breed imitation. Therefore, we are communicating to tool users and dealers about the hazards and risks of using non-genuine ‘knock-off’ Makita lithium-ion batteries.”

Makita says by using a “knock-off” battery, users immediately void the company’s warranty. Other possible consequences include the risk of a battery bursting that might result in fires, personal injury or property damage. Additional risks include possible fire damage to the tool, the battery and/or the charger as well as unknown tool performance.

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