Milwaukee Tool has come out with a new M18 cordless power tool battery that’s specially designed to be resistant to chemicals commonly involved in automotive maintenance and manufacturing environments.
The new M18 XC 5.0Ah Resistant battery, 48-11-1850R, is designed with increased protection against exposure to common automotive solvents, greases, and oils.
The battery was designed for transportation maintenance and manufacturing trades.
Milwaukee says that the new battery features a resistant battery housing, fuel gauge, and side labels (the shield graphic) to differentiate it from their standard M18 battery offerings.
ETA: June 2022
This is fairly straightforward. Most cordless power tool batteries are designed for general construction environments, and not automotive maintenance, repair, or manufacturing facilities where they could come into frequent contact with oils, greases, or solvents.
So, here’s a new M18 XC 5Ah battery with better protection against automotive chemicals.
Here’s what I’m wondering:
Existing Milwaukee M18 cordless power tools, such as their impact wrenches, are already being used in environments where they’re exposed to frequent automotive chemical contact.
Was this battery designed with existing tools in mind, or existing tools and potential new transportation maintenance and repair space?
That is, is this battery a standalone development, or part of a larger launch we have yet to be made aware of?
Will resistant M12 batteries come next?