As it starts to turn cold here in Texas — and already IS cold in the great white North — our thoughts turn to how to keep shop nights from turning into cold misery. So when TM reader Dana tipped us off to this unusual Milwaukee product, it got our attention. Behold the M12 Cordless Heated Jacket.
According to Milwaukee, it’s pretty much like any standard multi-layered soft shell jacket, with a twist: Plug in one of your M12 li-ion batteries and you power up three resistance heat zones designed to distribute heat to your core areas. It features three heat settings as well as an all-out “warm me up” feature for when you waited a little too long to put the jacket on. The battery fits in a special holder pocket on the back side of the jacket. Expect around six hours of warmth per charge — though you can always just kipe another battery from a co-worker to finish out the job in comfort.
What makes this appeal to me over other resistance heat winter clothing is its normal appearance. It’s a pretty stylish jacket, so you don’t look like a nut wearing it. And hey, you won’t mind the extra weight of the battery because your wallet will be lighter. Expect to pay around $170 for the kit complete with a battery and charger.