Makita Is Launching a Portable Rechargeable Microwave—Here’s What It Looks Like

Updated: Jun. 01, 2023

Want to heat your lunches on the fly, whether you're near a plug outlet or not? Makita has just released a portable battery-powered microwave.

In a world where battery-powered tools, appliances and vehicles are becoming more mainstream every day, power tool companies are constantly striving for greater cordless innovation. That’s one reason rechargeable tool batteries have gotten much better in recent years.

The trend shows no signs of slowing down, and Japanese tool manufacturer Makita has been leading by example in this regard. Known for making tools for professional builders, Makita’s cordless drills, impact drivers and saws are some of the best around. To this collection, they’ve recently added cordless appliances like a jobsite speaker and coffeemaker, along with their latest innovation—the Makita portable battery-powered microwave.

What Is Makita’s New Microwave All About?

Everyone who’s put in long days of rigorous manual labor knows the importance of a good lunch break. Trouble is, cold food packed from home isn’t as satisfying as a hot meal. With its new portable, battery-powered microwave, Makita aims to solve this problem.

Part of Makita’s XGT cordless tool and appliance lineup, the microwave takes two 40-volt batteries which give it enough juice to heat up to 11 meals or 20 cups of coffee on a single charge. It’s not just for construction workers, either. The microwave supports campers, boaters, van-lifers and homeowners during a power outage.

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Are There Any Special Features to the Microwave?

Besides its robust battery capacity and 11-meal promise (depending on meal size and starting temperature), the microwave fits in seamlessly with Makita’s XGT line. That means the same batteries that power this unit can also work in your Makita XGT hammer drill, impact driver, circular saw, impact wrench, reciprocating saw, and more.

At a hefty 20 pounds, the microwave isn’t exactly light but comes with a topside handle and carrying strap for easier transport. The 0.28 cubic feet capacity isn’t large but fits single-portion meals no problem. Like all good microwaves, it automatically shuts off when the door is opened mid-use, and won’t run if it’s moving a lot or tilted. One more handy feature is a phone charging port on the microwave’s bottom corner.

When and Where Can I Find One?

So far, Makita has only released its new microwave in Japan. The company hasn’t yet shared any scheduled plans for a North American release, but it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled. The microwave isn’t cheap, with a current list price of over 71,000 Japanese Yen ($540 U.S.). Still, if you like the idea of heating your work lunch on the fly or enjoying hot breakfasts on your next wilderness getaway, it might just be worth it.