Milwaukee Red Lithium
Remember that whole thing about us going to Milwaukee earlier in the year and the part about, 'there are things we saw that we legally can't talk about until Milwaukee tells us we can?" Well, we just got word that the embargo has been lifted and that we can finally spill the beans about their new Red Lithium battery.
Q. So what does the battery offer?
Q. More what?
More everything. More run time (up to 40% more according to Milwaukee). More speed (20%). More torque (20%). More charges (50%). And more durability in extreme conditions (operable at 0F).
We saw this battery in action and it's no joke. Particularly impressive to us was when they started pulling tools out of the freezer to show off its cold-weather abilities. Living in the northern part of the country, we run into the lithium-ion vs. winter problem a lot, and this new battery was a clear winner in this department.
Red Lithium is ready to go for the M12 and M18 platforms so in the next few months Milwaukee will be releasing 8 new tools which will come with the Red Lithium battery (the ones we saw at the Symposium) and from that point on all of their tools will transition to the upgrade. We recall being told that the new battery will not effect the price point of the tools. Also the battery will be available as a stand-alone so you can upgrade your existing Milwaukee tools.
We really like the theory behind this move. Why bother tinker around with individual tools making them better, when you can just improve the fuel system and thus upgrade your entire line in one sword swipe? Pretty crafty and a definite bonus to your end user.
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Press release with more information on the battery is after the jump...
Milwaukee® Introduces New Generation of Lithium
MILWAUKEE, WI - Milwaukee Electric Tool revolutionized cordless power tools by introducing the world's first Lithium system, and began the industry-wide transition from NiCad to Lithium. As the clear leader in cordless battery development, Milwaukee continues to demonstrate unrelenting commitment to innovation as they introduce the next generation of Lithium technology. REDLITHIUM™ batteries will provide unmatched run-time, performance and durability for the professional tradesman.
Fully compatible with all M12™ and M18™ cordless products currently available, the new REDLITHIUM™ batteries will provide up to 40% more run-time, 20% more power and 50% more recharges than other Lithium products. The new technology will also operate in extreme temperatures as low as 0°F/-18°C and will run 20% cooler with fade free power and no memory effect. In short, users are able to instantly upgrade the performance, run-time and durability of the M12™ and M18™ tools they already own, simply by switching to the REDLITHIUM™ battery packs.
"We are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that re-define end-user productivity, and will continue to raise industry standards for cordless performance and reliability," says Steven Richman, president of Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation. "Milwaukee REDLITHIUM™ batteries provide an exclusive integration of chemistry, cell design, construction and electronics to optimize the user's experience and ultimately make users more productive on the jobsite."
In the Fall of 2010, Milwaukee will introduce eight new cordless products* powered by REDLITHIUM™. Users will then see a full transition to REDLITHIUM™ batteries throughout all Milwaukee cordless products; including 30 unique products and 68 total offerings on theM12™ system, 25 unique products and 60 total offerings on the M18™ system and 15 unique products and 26 total offerings on the M28™ system.
· 40% More Run-Time
· 20% More Speed
· 20% More Torque
· Fade Free Power
· Operates Down to 0°F/-18°C
· Runs 20% Cooler
· Up to 50% More Recharges
· No Memory Effect
*New Cordless Products Launching in 2010 with REDLITHIUM™ Battery Technology:
2432-20 M12™ ProPEX Expander
2330 M12™ Heated Jacket
2411-20 M12™ Hammer Drill Driver
2458-20 M12™ Palm Nailer
2426-20 M12™ Multi-Tool
2632-20 M18™ ProPEX Expander
2682-20 M18™ 5-3/8" Metal Saw
2615-20 M18™ Right Angle Drill
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 2, 2010 5:50 AM