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Makita DC18RC 18V Lithium-Ion Rapid Optimum Charger

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  • Industry leading charge times of 15 min. (Compact Battery) and 30 min. (LXT Battery)
  • During the charging process, the Rapid Optimum Charger monitors actively controls the current, voltage and temperature..
  • Rapid Optimum Charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery while charging
  • Compact design (7-12" Long, only 1.6 lbs.) is ideal for jobsite portability and storage
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The 15 Min/30-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery's built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperat

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Technical Details
Part Number DC18RC
Item Weight2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions11 x 5 x 10 inches
OriginChina
Item model numberDC18RC
Sizefull size
ColorBlack & Blue
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Required?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB00DVO32VQ
Best Sellers Rank #4,807 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 25, 2012
  
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I had a drill with no charger so it worked out great.
Mr. B
This charger does what it is supposed to do, charge 18V Lithium-Ion batteries, and it does it quickly.
Michael P. Utke
I understand this model, the DC18RC is better than the DC18RA.
Francisco L. Hernandez

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jack Huang on January 16, 2014
Size Name: full size Verified Purchase
I bought this as replacement for my older charger DC18RA since it started to show some problem intermittently especially during the cold days in garage. I noticed the price on Amazon for this model is less than one half of its previous model, but there is very little discussion anywhere else including Makida's own website if this model is a correct replacement for DC18RA. I bought it anyway since it is only $37 plus tax. I tested with several of my 15 and 30-minute batteries and it worked perfectly. I don't normally write review comment, but I feel I should this time since there might be other people out there looking for similar confirmation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phil on November 11, 2014
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There is one new feature on this charger. When the battery reaches 80% full, both lights stay on.
In related news, in addition to 1.5 Amp/Hour and 3.0A/h battery packs, Makita has released 4.0A/h and 5.0A/h packs, but only the 4.0's have been seen in the USA at this time. The 5.0's are available only in Japan and Australia.

Let's try to get some real information about maximizing battery lifetimes and preventing failure. It's an extremely complicated subject so I'll try to boil it down. First, some general rules that apply to all common lithium battery chemistries, and then I'll talk specifically about Makita 18V batteries.

The most important thing to remember about any lithium battery is to never store it in a discharged state. Recharge it as soon as it's "dead" and you will avoid many problems.

A lithium battery does not need to be fully charged every time. In fact, you will get more cycles if you do not fully charge it. The battery is happiest when it's between 20 and 80 percent full. When the battery is less than 80 percent it can take more charge voltage input, so thats what the charger does, gives it more. As the battery becomes 80% full, the charger switches to a lower voltage, meaning half of the charge time is the last 20% of power. To maximize battery lifetime you should pull it off the charger before it's completely charged. This new Makita charger has a both-lights-on indication for when the battery has reached 80 percent full, when you see both lights steady on, pull it off the charger. This is an important new feature of this charger, if you use it you will extend the life of your battery packs.

Putting a lithium battery on a charger while it's at any random charge level will not harm it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francisco L. Hernandez on March 4, 2014
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Excellent charger. Charger is very fast and, I like, that it has a fan that keeps the charging battery cool. Really an excellent charger for the price. (For any price). And it Makita brand. I understand this model, the DC18RC is better than the DC18RA. And by the way, the seller gave excellent service
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ec101 on May 23, 2014
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I got this charger as a replacement for the blue one my Makita kit came with. After over 3 years the older charger finally quit working, I work in construction so it took a beating. This new charger works great and I was a little worried it might not work with my LXT ion batteries but I have seen no difference between this one and the old one. I would recommend this as a replacement instead of spending more on the blue one.
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This will charge all sizes of Makita slide in batteries.....and be sure to change to a fully charged batetry as soon as the tool begins to slow down....do not drive those last 2 or 3 screws, etc. or you risk draining the "primary cell" (this is the cell to which the sensor in the charging circuit communicates) leaving the charger to indicate the battery is defective.

Also, fully charge all batteries used at the end of your work day, as Li ion batteries have a far longer useful life when stored "fully charged then when put away at 30-50% charge level." I have found that some of the cheaper 4.0 maH "Identical to Makita" foreign made equivalents are not recognized by the circuits on the Makita chargers (you get what you pay for!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Utke on June 3, 2014
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In my opinion Makita makes some of the best tools out there. This charger does what it is supposed to do, charge 18V Lithium-Ion batteries, and it does it quickly. Recharge time is as stated. Haven't found any cons with this product yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Hartenstein on March 31, 2014
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great product for the price you can actually buy more then 2 for what it would cost you to buy new and stores makes it easy to have multiple chargers for your batteries
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By mjosephl on January 5, 2015
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I have a collection of cordless tools. The only Makita tool I have is the variable speed drill this charger is meant for. Well, at least in this case, you get what you pay for. My other tools take a lot longer to charge, don't have the power of the Makita and don't last as long on a charge. Considering that you can get a whole Ryobi tool set for less than the price of one Makita tool I would say that most do-it-yourself, occasional users would be better off with the Ryobi. But if you need a few targeted tools and will, even if only infrequently, need extra duty then I think the Makita is worth it. As fast as this charger works, you can probably get by with one batter and charger for multiple tools, unless you are using a number of tools during the same task.
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