Slot a Makita battery into a charger and you are greeted by flashing lights, and maybe a catchy jingle depending on your charger. But what do these lights mean? Let’s have a look!

What Do The Lights on a Makita Battery Charger Mean?

So you’ve just got a Makita charger or maybe your borrowing someone else’s tools. You plug the battery into the charger and are greeted with lots of flashing, or solid lights, all meaning different things. But what do they mean, well I got my charger out and showed the different lights.

Flashing Green Light

This is how the charger looks when plugged in but with no battery in it. The green light will flash continuously, this just means the charger is plugged in but there is no battery inserted in it.

A (dusty) Makita battery charger
A (dusty) Makita battery charger

Solid Red Light

A solid red light means a battery is being charged. It also tells you that the battery is currently below 80% charged.

Solid Red Means Charging - Battery is Below 80% Charged#
Solid Red Means Charging – Battery is Below 80% Charged

Solid Red & Green Lights

If both the red and green lights are solid then this means the battery is charging. It also means the battery is above 80% charged but it is not fully charged.

Solid Red and green Means Battery is Charging and is Above 80% Charged
Solid Red and green Means Battery is Charging and is Above 80% Charged

Solid Green light

A solid green light means the battery is fully charged.

Solid Green Light Means Battery is 100% Charged
Solid Green Light Means Battery is 100% Charged

Warning Lights

Beyond the charging lights, there are other warning lights.

A flashing red light means the battery is overheating and should be removed.

Both lights flashing at the same time means there is a problem with the battery and it will not charge.

Warning Lights
Warning Lights

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