MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver productivity-enhancing solutions to the professional tradesman with the introduction of a charging station that has the ability to charge 6 packs 4X faster than previous offerings. The M18™ & M12™ Rapid Charge Station can charge 3 batteries simultaneously, each individual pack charging up to 40% faster.
“With the rapid expansion of the M18™ and M12™ systems, there is a growing demand to not only charge both platforms, but do so faster and more productively,” said Christian Coulis, Director of Product Management for Milwaukee Tool. “Whether the Rapid Charge Station is used by a single person or large crew, they can have confidence it will turn packs around at an accelerated pace – minimizing downtime and increasing productivity on the jobsite.”
As pack capacities continue to increase and more users migrate from corded to high powered cordless tools, the M18™ & M12™ Rapid Charge Station is built to supply ample power to even the most demanding worksite. With a growing customer base using both M18™ and M12™ tools, the new unit has the capacity to hold up to (3) M18™ batteries and (3) M12™ batteries. This allows multiple users to charge off the one station, freeing up remaining outlets, and will reduce the amount of time spent changing out batteries, increasing productivity on the jobsite.
Featuring REDLINK™ Intelligence hardware and software, the station is equipped with the most advanced electronic system on the market. REDLINK™ monitors the health of the battery packs, protecting against over charge and over discharge. Each pack has a unique charging profile, fully optimizing its’ speed and life. As an added level of communication, the charger indicates an 80% state of charge by a slow, green flashing light. Rather than waiting until the pack is fully charged, this allows the user to pull a battery off of the charger sooner and have the confidence that they can still complete a significant amount of work.
Available in February 2015, the station also features integrated pencil guides for easy wall mounting without the need for measurements. A built-in pass through plug assures the station doesn’t tie up outlets on the jobsite. When compared to previous units that charged (1) M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC Battery in 60 minutes, the new charger has the power to charge (3) M18™ REDLITHIUM™ XC Batteries in 37 minutes or (6) M18 XC batteries in 74 minutes.
With the introduction of the new M18™ and M12™ Rapid Charge Station and an unrelenting commitment to grow the M18™ and M12™ cordless platform, Milwaukee® continues to expand its leadership position in LITHIUM-ION cordless.