Milwaukee Tool showed off a new RedLithium USB worklight at their recent Pipeline 2022 media event, and while an interesting product in itself, the new light also indicates a change in strategy for the tool brand.
The new RedLithium USB automotive stick light features multiple lighting modes, an articulating head, magnetic mount, charging dock, and hanging hook. (We’ll post more about the new worklight shortly!)
And, it features a built-in USB-C charging port.
Goodbye micro USB!!
This is what product manager Jess Bulow had to say about it:
Moving forward, you’re going to start seeing USB-C integrated charging ports in all of Milwaukee’s RedLithium USB personal lighting products.
This is the first light to include a USB-C port. We know that this is cutting-edge technology, and want to stay up to date with that. We want to streamline the charging process for you, and don’t want you to have to look through all of your cords.
In 2023, you’ll see all of our RedLithium USB personal lighting products change over to that as well.
It’s great that Milwaukee is moving to USB-C for their future RedLithium USB personal lighting products, and hopefully other tool brands will follow.
Milwaukee launched their RedLithium USB platform in 2017, and have expanded it since then, with more lighting products, as well as other tools and gear such as digital levels, laser levels, and heated gloves.
Some of Milwaukee’s RedLithium USB lighting products have been on the market for as long as 5 years now, and so it’s fair to expect a mix of new and updated designs in 2023, all of which will feature USB-C charging.
Many readers have been quite vocal about how much better they prefer USB-C charging ports compared to micro USB, mini USB, USB-A, and other older ports and charging standards.
I definitely welcome the change as well.
Here’s a brief video intro to the new Milwaukee RedLithium USB stick light with charging dock: