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Makita 18-volt lithium-ion batteries

MAKITA released new 18-volt lithium-ion batteries with on-board LED charge level indicators.

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The new batteries include 2.0-, 4.0- and 5.0-Ah models that will be available as battery-only and included in an increasing number of tool kits, according to the company. The batteries are compatible only with Star Protection tools, indicated by the Star Symbol and/or Yellow Battery Receiver under the tool. Star Protection is communication technology that allows the tool and battery to exchange data in real time and monitor conditions during use to protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue.

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