I saw this Makita tool, and figured it had to be some sort of small vacuum unit. I was wrong. Can you guess what it is, from these first four images?
Okay, here's the answer.
The $200 Makita LXT Hot Water Kettle will boil 27 ounces of water in nine minutes. It runs on 36V, by taking two (not included) 18V LXT batteries.
I imagine this was designed for the tea-drinking UK market, but perhaps tradespeople in cold-weather states or Canada would appreciate it as well.
Fire Safety could be the main reason for this battery-powered kettle. In the UK we historically have not had much need of banning naked flames in parks because it has rarely been dry enough for wildfires - though this summer has been different, and even worse across the Chanel on mainland Europe. Makita have placed one of their lawnmowers in the background of this kettle's marketing images, suggesting its use in gardens rather than building sites.
It looks heavier than a butane propane gas stove and kettle, especially with batteries. Which then leaves you two depleted batteries. If you have mains power to charge the batteries, you may as well just use an inexpensive plug-in kettle at a tenth of the cost of this thing (not including the pricey batteries).
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