Milwaukee sent over a teaser announcement, with early information about new M18 cordless power tool batteries that are coming soon.
As you might already be aware, Milwaukee has come out with new M18 High Output cordless power tool batteries, including an HD12.0Ah battery, and an XC6.0Ah battery. Now, they are expanding that lineup of next-gen high-performance batteries with a new higher capacity compact battery, CP3.0, and an even higher capacity XC battery, XC8.0.
What’s so special about these new batteries?
- Fit all Milwaukee M18 cordless power tools and accessories
- Provides 50% more power and runs 50% cooler (compared to standard CP and XC batteries, respectively)
The CP3.0 battery provides 50% more runtime vs. the CP2.0 battery, and is also said to provide XC power in a compact size.
The CP8.0 battery provides 60% more runtime than the XC5.0 battery.
More information, pricing, and availability, will be released later this month.
Neither of the new batteries should come as a big surprise. With the 15-cell HD12.0Ah battery pack being engineered with larger 4.0Ah cells, a 10-cell XC-sized battery was bound to follow. Other brands have come out with compact 3.0Ah battery packs, and it seemed reasonable for Milwaukee to do the same.
What about a compact 4.0Ah battery? Not yet knowing the retail prices of the CP3.0 and XC8.0 batteries, I would guess that maybe the price of a CP4.0 battery would make it less compelling. The CP3.0 does provide a 50% runtime improvement compared to the Cp2.0 battery. The XC batteries, including XC4.0, are available for longer runtime needs.
How much more would you pay for a compact 4.0Ah battery, compared to the price for an XC 4.0Ah battery? And that’s probably why we don’t see that particular size and capacity battery coming out just yet.
Still, this is very welcome news. Depending on the pricing, I think a lot of users will be happy to buy these new batteries, which will deliver longer runtime in relatively compact sizing.
What else do you think is coming soon?
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