Over at Instagram, the fabulous Murray Kruger (@krugerconstruction) posted a short video of a Makita 18V 4-battery backpack.
The prototype backpack is loaded up with (4) Makita 18V Li-ion cordless power tool batteries, and can supply power to their 18V or 18V X2 tools.
On the side you can see a built-in fuel gauge.
Murray says that it’s surprisingly light on the back, and I agree with his assessment that it will open up doors for longer runtimes!
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Prototype 18v power pack from @makitatools • Uses 4 batteries to power either a single or dual battery tool • It’s surprisingly light on the back, this will open up doors for longer runtimes! • What you guys think? . . . @makita.ca #makita #makitatools #prototype #tools #contractor #construction #concrete #worldofconcrete2019
Obviously, a cordless battery backpack power supply like this will have its uses. It won’t be practical, for example, to use it to power an impact driver.
When you’re dealing with multi-battery setups, swapping batteries from tool to tool can get tedious. A battery backpack like this can eliminate some of those frustrations.
Perhaps there will be future Makita technologies that can benefit from the combined power of (4) 18V Li-ion battery packs. A concrete breaker?
Not only does this add a cord to cordless power tools, it tethers them to your body. This will have benefits for some tools, but could be a hindrance for others. Outdoor cordless power tools, such as blowers or chainsaws, can possibly benefit from an off-tool power source configuration. An LED area worklight? Not so much.
I like that Makita is trying out new technologies, and am eager to see how they intend it to be used. What other new tools might they come out with that could tie in to this one?
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