In reply to my post on the new Milwaukee M18 Rocket LED tower light, Isaiah asked: does it fit the new 12.0Ah batteries?
That’s a good question. The new M18 High Output 12.0Ah battery pack is larger than even their 9.0Ah battery pack.
I thought it would be compatible, since the new tripod LED worklight was designed more or less alongside the 12.0Ah battery, but it was logical to double check with Milwaukee. Here’s what they said:
Yes, it does accept the new 12.0Ah battery!
They also provided me with a list of current M18 LED worklights that do not accept with the 12.0Ah battery. Some lighting products do work with the newest battery, the highest capacity battery in Milwaukee’s M18 platform at the moment, but these are the ones that don’t.
- 2122-20 Utility Bucket Light
- 2130-20 ROCKET Tower Light
- 2135-20 ROCKET LED Tower Light/Charger
- 2145-20 RADIUS LED Compact Site Light
- 2146-20 One-Key RADIUS LED Compact Site Light
- 2361-20 LED Flood Light
What if you have one of these worklights that are not compatible with the 12.0Ah battery? That’s unfortunate, right? Well…
These products are all available for free service upgrade kits which would make them perform with the 12.0 battery. Users just need to go to our eService page and search for the product they want to upgrade and request the 12.0 Service Upgrade. Shipping is totally free and turnaround is normally 7-10 business days. If they’re upgrading the 2122-20 or 2361-20 they can also request an upgrade sent to them for free which can be easily installed by the user.
That’s unexpected, and a pretty sweet deal. I believe I heard about this offer before, but it’s really caught my attention now.
You have to package your product, which might be hard when you’re talking about a 40″ Rocket light, and drop it off at a FedEx shipping facility, but Milwaukee will cover shipping fees both ways.
So, there you have it. The M18 12.0Ah battery will fit M18 lighting products except for those on the list above, and if you have one that’s not compatible and you want to change that, Milwaukee will update your light for free.
Just when I thought I couldn’t like Milwaukee any more, they raise my impression of them even higher.
This post was first published on 8/28/18 and updated on 2/10/21.