Makita XLC02R1B 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Review

Last updated on December 3rd, 2018 by Garrick Dee

The Makita XLC02R1B is addresses one of the biggest issues that cordless vacuums have – charging time.

This lightweight vacuum takes around 25 minutes to recharge.

Just to give you the numbers, the Dyson DC59 Motorhead that uses a Nickel Cobalt Manganese battery will take around 3-1/2 hours to recharge, the Black & Decker Platinum BD2000FL takes even longer at 5 hours.

Both these vacuums are among the top sellers in Amazon’s best seller list.

Being a Makita, you can expect rugged performance from this. You can use it inside your workshop as a shop vacuum, inside your home or vehicle.

The XLC02R1B is the latest version but functionality and feature remain similar to the previous versions. It does not have any motorized brush so don’t expect too much from it in terms of cleaning carpet.

This will give up to 15 minutes of run time based on the spec sheet in Makita’s website.

One caveat is that this won’t be able to clean medium or plush carpet because it does not have a motorized brush.

Other than that, it will be able to pick up just about anything that comes in its way as long as it fits the opening.

This is the newer version of the Makita BCL180W that currently is out of stock in Amazon.

How is it different?

According to Makita, it has a new charger and battery and a redesigned floor nozzle that maneuvers better than the old one.

A quick look at the features

  • A full charge will provide up to 15 minutes of continuous run time
  • 2-stage cloth filtration system
  • Weighs just 2.7 pounds
  • Body measures 18-3/4” inches long, if you add the floor and extension wand the total length would be 39-5/16”
  • Uses Makita’s 18V Lithium Ion 2.0 Ah battery (BL1820) that improves run time by 50% (from 10 minutes it goes up to 15 minutes)
  • Charger has a built-in mechanism (Star Protection Computer Controls) that protect the batteries against overcharging, over-discharging and over-heating
  • Charger has a built-in fan to cool down the battery thus lengthening the lifespan
  • Compatible with other Makita batteries that has a star symbol
  • 3 year warranty on the tool and 1 year on the battery

Pros

  • Takes only 25 minutes to recharge
  • Strong suction that is capable of picking up large debris like bolts and nuts and finer ones like saw dust
  • Compatible with other Makita batteries with a star symbol so parts are abundant even if the battery breaks down
  • “Star Protection Computer Controls” prevent the battery from overloading and overheating
  • Great to use on workshop areas because it is robust enough to handle really find dirt
  • You can use this to clean floors as well as upholstery, tables and other areas above the floor

Cons

  • If you include the extension wand it is still less than 40” long so if you’re close to 6 feet tall you may need to bend down to clean the floor
  • No brush tool included in the package but you can purchase one separately for around $15
  • Floor tool has no motorized brush so you con’t use this to clean carpet
  • Short 15 minute run time

What to expect from this fast charging Makita?

One of the great features of this cordless cleaner is the fast charger that will only take 25 minutes to recharge.

It has Makita’s patented “Star Protection Computer Controls” that protects the battery from overcharging and overheating.

So you don’t worry about leaving it on the charger longer than needed.

Along with that it has a built-in fan that cools down the battery at it charges thus extending the lifespan of the battery.

It has a 2-stage cloth filtration system that is surprisingly performs even if clean a lot of fine dust.

While other vacuums will struggle cleaning saw dust, this will not.

Features

Not for tall folks

Overall length of this vacuum is just a shade under 40″ if you include the extension wand.

This short compared to other stick vacuums so if you’re over six feet tall, you will have to bend down to use this on floors.

Attachments and Accessories

This comes with a total of three attachments – (1) floor tool, (2) crevice tool, and (3) extension wand.

You can store the crevice tool on a clip attached on the wand (see photo above).

Charging Time

It will take roughly 25 minutes to fully charge the 18 volt lithium ion battery which is 10 minutes more than the previous model but Makita says that this version has a system called the Star Protection Computer controls that protect against overloading and over-discharging.

Filter Clean up

Cleanup is easy.

First remove the dirt cup by twisting then empty the dirt inside.

Open capsule

There are two parts to clean up here – the pre-filter and the cloth filter itself. To remove the pre-filter, just twist then pull it out. Gently tap it on the garbage bin to remove any dirt.

Filter clean up

Battery Life

According to Makita run time has increased by 50% so from 10 minutes, it has increased to 15 minutes when used continuously.

Like the Dyson cordless vacuum, you’ll need to push the power button for this to run. It isn’t the most comfortable to use but it designed such to maximize run time.

Warranty

Makita give consumers a 3 year warranty on the tool and a 1 year warranty on the battery.

Bare Floor Performance

The verdict is almost unanimous, on bare floor surfaces like tile or hardwood this cordless will perform its best.

The strong suction is enough to pick up various types of debris like dust and even pet hair on this surface.

Underneath the main floor tool is a rubber squeegee that funnels dirt toward the suction chamber.

It also comes with a crevice tools just in case you need to clean larger pieces of debris like bolts or nuts.

If your kids cheerios, the crevice tool will suck them all in.

Carpet Performance

It does not have any motorized brush which limits this to cleaning surface dirt on low pile carpet. If you have a lot of carpet at home then avoid this, you’ll be better off with a Dyson DC59 or a Hoover Air Cordless 3.0 or the Linx Stick.

Pet Hair Removal

The lack of a motorized brush also limits the effectiveness of this on cleaning pet hair. It will do well pick up pet hair on bare floors but on carpet it won’t be able to pick up embedded pet hair  in medium pile to shaggy carpet.

If you want to clean pet hair on upholstery, you can try using the crevice tool but it won’t be efficient as a pet hair tool.

Upholstery Performance

The crevice tool will work just fine in cleaning up loose dirt and larger debris on upholstery (as long as it fits in the opening of the crevice tool). But it lacks a dusting brush that could have helped cleaning vents and keyboards.

Product Specifications

AttachmentsCrevice tool

Extension wand

Floor tool
Brush roll on/offNot equipped with a brush roll
Battery18V Compact Lithium-Ion 2.0Ah Battery (BL1820)
Charger18V Lithium-Ion Rapid Optimum Charger (DC18RC)
Charging time25 minutes
Battery life15 minutes (continuous use)
Net weight (with battery)2.7 pounds
Shipping weight6.1 pounds
Overall Length39-5/16" (with the extension wand and floor tool)
Battery indicatorNo
Filter type2 stage filter:
1 - plastic mesh
1 - cloth

(both are washable)
Dust capacity20.8 oz
Watt hours27
Noise71 dB
Voltage110v
Manufactured inJapan
Warranty3 years on vacuum
1 year on battery and charger

What consumers say?

Even though this is a relatively new product, all of the consumers who’ve used it loved how it performed on bare floor surfaces.

Strong points were its being lightweight and the strong suction. The best part is they didn’t have to wait for hours to fully charge.

While Makita said it will take up to 25 minutes to fully charge. Some consumers reported that it only took them as little as 15 minutes.

One consumer mentioned about removing the rubble squeegee underneath the floor tool which made it easier for him to use it on carpet.

He said that cleaning performance didn’t suffer even if he removed it and that it is possible to install it again because it has a recessed grove.

Other consumers purchased this because they owned other Makita products that used similar batteries.

Some said that it did not work well on carpet because it did not have any motorized brush.

This machine is not designed to work on carpet, only hard floors.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this in Amazon for less than $100. And it’ll come with their free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.

To Wrap Up

This lightweight cordless cleaner would be great on small to medium sized homes with mostly bare floors like hardwood or tile surface.

It has great suction and robust enough to allow it to clean dust and other types of debris small and large.

This would work great on home workshops for DIY enthusiasts because it will not struggle cleaning stuff like saw dust and the likes that other vacuums will struggle with.

It will not work great though on carpet because it does not have any motorized beater bar but other than that it has a few limitations.

Run time is just 15 minute but it will only take 25 minutes to charge so that negates it.

 

1 thought on “Makita XLC02R1B 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Review”

  1. It’s worth noting that Makita now makes a 4.0 AH battery which should extend the runtime of this vacuum to 30 minutes (it would presumably take 50 minutes to recharge such a battery.)

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