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My makita 18v 2.0 battery won't keep a charge

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How old is the battery?
They have a service life and require replacing after they no longer hold a charge. This could be 2 years or 8 years depending on how often it is used and how regularly it is charged etc.

If it is a new battery, then take it back as it could be defective.

Possibly could also be the charger but you could verify that by charging a different battery and seeing if it charges that second battery ok, or not.

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