Makita has come out with a new cordless lantern radio, with different models to fit all of their different cordless battery systems – XGT, 18V, and 12V Max CXT.
The international version features a lantern, AM/FM radio, flashlight, and USB charging.
One of the interesting features is that you can adjust the color temperature.
The light can be adjusted to 5,000K (bright white/daylight), 3,500K (slightly warm/yellow), or 2,500K (warm, very yellow).
From the product photos, the lantern looks aimed at both work and recreational applications.
There’s a flashlight on top, although that’s not going to be a primary function due to the awkward ergonomics.
It seems that the radio is strictly a radio, with digital AM/FM tuners, but no Bluetooth functionality or other advanced radio functions such as alt inputs that we can see.
The USB charging port can recharge electronic devices, with a 5V output of up to 2.4A.
Makita has numerous other cordless outdoors lifestyle/recreational products:
- Makita 18V cooler
- Makita 18V cordless TV
- Makita 18V coffee maker
- Makita 18V X2 cordless water kettle
- Makita 18V radio with charger
The Makita lantern-radio will be available in 4 models:
- XGT 40V Max (36V) (teal): MR008GZ
- XGT 40V Max (36V) (olive green): MR008GZO
- 18V: MR054
- 12V Max CXT (10.8V): MR053
Price: ¥15,200 – ¥16,500 (~$126 – $136)
It looks like Makita designed this more for outdoors and recreational use than for jobsite, construction, or other professional use, but it’s an interesting concept nonetheless.
I wonder – why an AM/FM radio, but no Bluetooth? Bluetooth has become a standard inclusion in modern jobsite radios and speakers.
The pricing seems fair, and it’s user-friendly for there to be a different model for each of Makita’s cordless power tool systems. It’d be better if there was one model that had multi-system compatibility, but having different models is better than Makita leaving any system – or users – out.
At the time of this posting, Makita has been promoting and selling the new cordless lantern-radio internationally, but there have been no announcements from Makita USA.
Is this something you’d like to see Makita USA bring to North America?
Here’s Makita’s YouTube launch video: