A reader (thank you Cody!) shared a Walmart social media post, where the retailer is advertising off-brand Milwaukee M18 cordless power tool batteries.
I just can’t believe Walmart is selling knockoff Milwaukee batteries; they’re everywhere now.
Looking at Walmart’s product listing for the off-brand batteries, the image has typical “for Milwaukee” wording, but they list “Milwaukee” as the brand.
They also advertise that the battery has a 5 year warranty. But who exactly is offering this warranty? Who do you contact when (not if) there’s an issue?
What is “USA” about this? I don’t know of any company that currently makes cordless power tool batteries in the USA.
Walmart’s ad includes claims such as:
provides optimized performance and overload protection
The For M18 9.0AH Battery Pack delivers up to 5X more run-time, 35% more power, and runs 60% cooler than standard 18V lithium-ion batteries
Products are CE certified, tested by manufacturer to match or exceed
Same high quality as the OEM ones , but much cheaper
2X 6.0AH For Milwaukee New Lithium XC M18 Capacity Battery Extended 48-11-1860
Just underneath these and a couple of other claims, Walmart adds the following, along with a link to their full disclaimer policy:
We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it.
One of the user reviews gives the product a 1-star rating, saying:
These are not made by Milwaukee. They are fake.
This suggests they were confused into thinking the batteries were a genuine Milwaukee Tool product.
I can understand the appeal of less expensive battery packs, but do any 3rd party batteries ever deliver OEM-level quality, durability, performance, runtime, or safety?
There are quality 3rd party battery makers in other industries, but none that I’ve seen in the cordless power tool industry yet.
I’m sticking with genuine batteries.