The New Milwaukee Forge M18 Fuel and MX Fuel battery platforms were announced late last year, and now that we’ve got our hands on it, we wanna answer the questions on everyone’s mind.
In this video I dive deep into the newly available M18 Fuel 6.0 Forge Battery, the soon-to-be-released 12.0 Forge battery, and both Forge batteries available on the MX Fuel equipment system. I cover how these Milwaukee Forge packs work, what makes them special, and different ways you can incorporate them into your work on the jobsite and at home. We also discuss Milwaukee’s new Supercharger, which they’re claiming is their fastest and most powerful charger to date.
Key Insights on Milwaukee Forge Batteries
- 🔧 Milwaukee is not only using pouch cells for all their newest batteries, some include the first tabless cylindrical cell batteries used in power tools.
- ⚡️ The significantly lower electrical resistance in the connection leads to higher potential current flow and more power output for the tool, even when not as much power is needed.
- 🔥 Pouch cell packs run cooler, allowing them to be pushed harder for longer without the tool stopping to protect itself from high temperatures.
- 🔋 The Milwaukee Forge battery can put out higher power and run cooler, making it a big deal for workload.
- 🔋 The M18 Forge battery is capable of an 80% supercharge of 5 amp hours of capacity in just 15 minutes, with a full charge cycle from 0% to full taking only 25 minutes.
- 🔋 The 8 amp hour battery gets back to a full charge in just 45 minutes, a lightning fast charge time compared to what we’re used to seeing.
- 🔋 The Milwaukee M18 dual-based simultaneous supercharger charges more than two times faster than the previous generation supercharger, with the ability to dial back the wattage to avoid tripping breakers.
Milwaukee has developed a new line of power tool batteries, the M18 Forge, which use a combination of pouch cell and tablet cylindrical cell technology to deliver higher power, faster charging, longer life, and better protection against oils and solvents.
- 00:00 🔋 Milwaukee has developed their own version of power tool batteries, using both pouch cell and tabless cylindrical cell batteries, offering the best of both worlds.
- 00:42 💡 Milwaukee M18 Forge battery uses pouch cells for higher power, compact form factor, lower resistance, and more efficient energy transfer for faster application speeds.
- 01:11 💡 Milwaukee Forge batteries use tablet cylindrical cell technology, allowing for faster charging, lower electrical resistance, and reduced heat buildup compared to traditional cells.
- 01:45 💡 Milwaukee Forge batteries can deliver higher power and run cooler, with the initial launch featuring the pouch cell XC 6.0 capable of providing the same Watts as the 12 amp hour High Output battery.
- 02:11 💡 Milwaukee Forge batteries offer longer life, faster charging, and better protection against oils and solvents, with the M18 battery capable of an 80% supercharge in 15 minutes and a full charge in 25 minutes, while the 6 amp hour battery is priced at $199 and a 12 amp hour battery is expected in the future.
- 03:31 💡 Milwaukee Forge introduces new fast-charging 8 and 12 amp hour batteries at $849 and $149 respectively, along with new chargers.
- 03:52 🔋 Milwaukee’s new M18 supercharger charges two batteries at different levels to achieve an 80% charge in 15 minutes.
- 04:33 🔋 Milwaukee developed cool cycle technology for their MX Fuel and M18 Forge batteries, as well as new superchargers, to prevent overheating during demanding applications and speed up charging.