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Makita cordless coffee maker runs on power tool batteries

By Shawn Knight ยท 19 replies
Mar 20, 2018
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  1. Coffee shops like Starbucks have made it trivially easy to get your fix on the go but what if you’re out in the middle of nowhere or on a job site with no access to electricity to brew your own? Sure, you could rough it and use a campfire or other primitive methods but who has time for that?

    With Makita’s latest cordless coffee maker, you can brew a fresh cup any time so long as you’ve got a battery handy.

    The Makita CM501DZ is a cordless coffee maker that runs on the same batteries that power the company’s various lines of cordless power tools. It’s not the first cordless coffee maker from Makita – the DCM500Z is also in stock at retailers around the web – but this looks to be the latest, most refined version. There’s a product brochure (PDF) on Makita’s website but it’s mostly written in Japanese.

    While not exactly a necessity, a gadget like this could be more useful than you think and could come in incredibly handy while out on a boat, during a picnic or even during extended power outages.

    According to Asahi, the new model can make up to 5.3 cups of coffee on a single charge using an 18V battery. The unit weighs 1.5 kilograms and will set you back 11,900 yen, or around $112.

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  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,323   +591

    I don't drink coffee but not a bad idea. Can we expect one from DeWalt and Milwaukee I wonder?
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,508   +2,207

    I need a phone that uses these batteries.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  4. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,655   +591

    Developed by tight pants men that think real men are going to use this
  5. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Addict Posts: 216   +95

    I can see this becoming the new fashion amongst the trying-too-hard-personality-in-crisis set.
    No post-ironic Apple-loving hipsters kitchen will be complete without a Makita coffee machine, a DeWalt kettle and a Snap-on Tools cutlery set.
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    I use 20V / 20 amp and 40V / 40 amp lithium ion batteries mostly on power tools and yard equipment. I've gone green since 2012 and still green in 2018. This idea could work but 18V not going to last too long. Today they have 56V / 56 amp lithium ion batteries of course these are huge 40V /40 amp ones are double the size of the 20V / 20 amp. I use those to power portable LED spot lights which and last 11 hours on fully charge 20V amp lithium ion battery. Would be nice if Vita-mix blenders could use these type of batteries too. I don't drink coffee either but frozen mocha I can because it has chocolate mixed with coffee. More like a frozen with whip cream.
  7. Lounds

    Lounds TS Addict Posts: 131   +72

    Real workmen in the UK drink tea more than coffee, might be more popular in the US though for construction workers, plumbers and electricians.
  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,086   +1,504

    I could see that working if the phone looks like an 80's phone XD
  9. CBTex

    CBTex TS Booster Posts: 42   +68

    This would work for tea just as easily. Just swap the coffee pod for a tea bag.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  10. You know you are in the consumer First World when 5.3 cups of coffee cost $112+
  11. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,719   +1,135

    I think the most attractive piece of this is that it heats the water, while you can do coffee with multiple non powered tools, it would be really hard to boil water in a picnic or in a boat unless you can get a fire somehow started (Maybe not in the boat!)
  12. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 640   +240

    Useful for camping. Heating water for tea and hot chocolate as well
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,323   +591

    So consumers would only use it once?
  14. Tomdog22

    Tomdog22 TS Rookie

    You know 20 and 18 volt are the same right?
  15. all you need is something to heat water, I use a French press (no waste but coffee grounds) or if you wish one of those cone filter holders (only waste is the used paper filter). Simple, inexpensive. Cost is $20 or less and reusable.
    This product undoubtedly has some situations where it might be useful, (@Kibaruk mentioned a boat) but with a little thought few people really need something like this or the high-priced home stuff. They sell much cheaper stuff for camping that does the same (fuel canister usually). My 2 cents worth
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  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,323   +591

    But that's not what I was talking about. I was addressing your comment that 5.3 cups of coffee costs $112 which is only true if you use it once.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,873

    Thing about boats is they usually have their own much larger battery. This would only be useful where a home, car, or boat is not option.
  18. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Evangelist Posts: 353   +110

    This looks like another one of those "must have" gadgets that people buy just to look modern, up-to-date, and cool. Most will end up sold cheaply at yard sales and Goodwill, and still rarely used.
    senketsu likes this.
  19. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,719   +1,135

    I believe you are referring to bigger more sophisticated boats, a paddle boat is a boat, a zodiac is a boat, almost anything that floats on water and holds people is considered a boat :p
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,873

    So you think someone not willing to use a boat big enough for a trolling motor, will be willing to lug around a cordless coffee maker? I'm almost willing to bet their priorities are to get a trolling motor before getting this coffee maker.

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