Milwaukee Tool’s newest tape measure (48-22-0428) has a built-in LED light, making it easier to read in dark spaces, and it can also double as a hands-free worklight.
The Milwaukee 25ft Compact Wide tape measure also features a magnetic hook, 2-sided printing, finger-stop control, and an anti-tear coating on the first 6″ of the tape blade for increased durability.
It has a 1-1/16″ blade width and its “reach” is said to be 15′. (Tape measure “reach” is generally the maximum standout length plus 3 feet.)
The light delivers 100 lumens of brightness and with a full charge it can deliver up to 2.5 hours of continuous runtime.
The LED lens is rated to IP54 dust and water resistance, and is also impact resistant – as is the tape measure.
The built-in battery recharges via USB. (I asked and are waiting to hear back whether this is USB-C or a different charging port standard.)
Update: the charging port is micro USB.
It also has a wire-style belt clip and lanyard-read tether attachment point.
The tape comes with a USB charging cord, you’ll need to source your own power adapter.
Street Pricing: $30
ETA: Winter 2022
Milwaukee also has a 10ft tape measure keychain with built-in LED light.
Milwaukee Tool is not the first brand to come out with a full-sized tape measure with LED light and rechargeable battery, but they do describe theirs as offering the “brightest and clearest measuring.”
Komelon launched a 25′ tape measure with built-in LED light, and Lowe’s launched a Kobalt model earlier this year.
At the time of this posting, the Komelon 25′ LED light tape measure is regularly $20 and is discounted slightly for the holidays.