This light has almost made the favorites list for the last two years but has been knocked out somehow or other. This year, however, it stands as proof that Milwaukee has been kicking ass of late with products that make sense. Our M12 lights have been through all manner of hell and still perform beyond expectation.
It’s a simple formula: Construct an actual flashlight (not a lighting device) and load it up with excellent features — like a very bright LED bulb and a light reflector that looks like it belongs on a Cadillac — to focus and throw the beam into a uniform pattern with no dark spot. Then, pop a 12v Li-Ion battery into place, chuck in a adjustable pitched head and surround the entire thing with tough materials. What you get after all that is a torch fit for the job site or shop.
If you already have the M12 system and haven’t added the LED flashlight to the toolbag, we recommend a quick stop at the local Milwaukee retailer on the way home. If you’re considering investing in a cordless 12v line and a work light is important to you, almost any other light is a step down, including the vaunted Mag series.
While you probably couldn’t wrestle a grizzly to a standstill with the M12 like a you could with a Mag, it does have the distinction of using its 160 Lumens to greater effect and lasting much longer on a single charge.