Makita Announces New 4-Port Lithium-Ion Charger Hothttp://www.tool-rank.com/media/listing/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/7e/d0/a2/Makita-BC18SF-charger-76-1373263887.jpg
If you are tired of having to watch your charger to know when it is time to put in the next battery, Makita has a new charger for you. Over the long holiday weekend Makita announced their new 18V Lithium-ion Rapid Optimum 4-Port charger. The new model DC18SF also happens to be Energy Star rated for efficiency.
Apparently a multi-port charger is something that Contractors were asking for, so Makita saw fit to make it a reality. The new 4-port DC18SF features two controllers that use "Active 3 Controls" to communicate with Makita batteries to monitor current, voltage and temperature to maximize battery life and the charging process. Separate built-in indicator lights allow users to monitor the charging status of each battery.
Now this is where things get confusing. Makita says that is takes 60 minutes to charge two LXT (3.0Ah) batteries and 120 minutes to charge four LXT batteries. So would it not be faster to just use two regular 30 minute Makita chargers? It would probably cost less too. Still, if you just want to throw 4 batteries on the charger at the end of the day and have them ready and waiting in the morning, this is the way to go.