Rumor has it that Dewalt and Milwaukee are both racing to launch new quick-change battery packs under their respective 20V Max and M18 cordless power tool brands.
Our anonymous retail source provided the following statement:
Despite cordless power tool batteries having greatly increased in charge capacity, users are demanding even longer runtime, and they want it from the battery packs they already own. Buying new battery packs can be expensive, and walking back to a tool bag to swap batteries takes time and effort. We will soon be selling two perfect solutions for greater runtime.
We’re told that Dewalt’s solution will be called 20V Max Strength Deuterium ToughTape and feature “Flip and Click 2-in-1 Hot-Swap” technology. The starter kit will come with 10 feet of ToughTape, for wrapping around the sides of two batteries to connect them together.
Dewalt’s new “Flip and Click” ToughTape is not compatible with FlexVolt batteries, but will be compatible with 20V Max and new Dewalt Atomic Compact Series cordless power tools and batteries.
Milwaukee’s solution will be called M18 RedStickium, and the starter pack will come with 3″ x 4″ strips of super-duty double-sided tape.
Citing Milwaukee’s M18 “Everything Fits” philosophy, a RedStickium retrofit kit will also be available, including a pry bar for separating stuck-together batteries, and 6-foot strap. The retrofit kit is needed for certain M18 tools, and the included strap ensures that you can still keep that second battery close to your tool and ready to go.
We asked about whether Dewalt and Milwaukee battery packs can be attached together using Dewalt ToughTape or Milwaukee RedStickium products, and whether 3M VHB tape or Duck Max Strength duct tape could be used, but have not yet heard back.
Searching for more details, here’s the social media recap:
“If you’re a PRO, you NEED this.”
“The top cordless tool brand hit another home run with their new Retail Innovation Award-winning tape.”
“Thumbs up. You gotta buy this.”
We also found a video comparison between Dewalt ToughTape and Milwaukee RedStickium tapes.
ETA: April First
You had me until M18 RedStickium!
Ho ho ho
Damn April 1st
what about the M18 Panini Press?
So the real question is how do you charge the dead battery if taped to the good battery? Or am I missing something?
I actually have a Milwaukee toaster oven. Should patent it
Dang, after I already used the HF plastic weld tool to permanently join 3 M18 12.0s together. Of course I returned the HF tool for a refund afterwards also.
This is so politically topical!
Those sneaky Chinese.
I know. I know. K i d d i n g.
Sorry, I intended it as “Red Sticky um” and not Red Stick ium.
Or just showing off your true color?
This has to be real… Amazon pop up for some tape proves it!
I heard that redstickum tubing is coming, that can simultaneously channel deuterium and tritium into the battery for D-T collisions via a Pons-Fleischmann reaction. I think that might boost the M18 battery capacity to 14MAh – more than enough for the most demanding mining operations.
It took me too long to understand it was April first. You got me, A+, would read again.
great youtube vid!!!
Because I use both platforms, this will no doubt be a real time saver for me 🙂
Damnit? you got me. I should have known. Then product didn’t make sense anyway
Wonder if they will have it for 12v!
Maybe redstickum-lite for the M12
Not even close to fooling me….. sticky tape lol
I look forward to a cordless Dewalt George Forman grill
Be careful what you wish for.
I couldn’t imagine what knucklehead would purchase such a thing, but then I watched the video and now I’m convinced! Can’t wait to get my hands on redstickium!
Thats gonna be ridiculous. I have a few 3.0xc and 5.0xc batteries. They r heavy enough on their own with a tool. Lets put two togwther and make it that much bigger/heavier. If u cant walk to a bag and charger to swap batteries your to lazy to be considered a pro….. Damn u april fools
I thought through leaked sources that they were going to use Saskatchewan seal skin bindings
F***ing April fools day. I’m to tired for this crap. I’ve been trolled like 5 times since I got home from work today. Stupid Rick Ashley video
You watched what video???? The crap 1980s video
No word on country of origin… I can all but guarantee that instead of producing this in the USA, they’re going to let me down. Yep, calling it now: they’re just going to run around and hurt me.
Now why would I want to stick two battery together as if it does not weight enough let’s double the weight of the tool sound heavy to me
I knew it was fake…clicked the link knowingly….Happily got Rick Rolled!