Top Tools 2012: Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket

Stay extra warm and charge your mobile device with Milkwaukee's USB-equipped heated jacket.

Why You’ll Love It:  Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket ReviewThe lightweight M12 Heated Jacket provides heavy-duty warmth and comfort for up to six hours. Even techies can get on board, because there’s a powered USB port for charging portable electronics.

The Full Scoop: If you haven’t heard, Milwaukee has a clothing line that takes advantage of lithium-ion M12 batteries’ small form factor. 

Earlier this year Milwaukee expanded its lineup of heated jackets to include additional styles, the much-requested all-black among them. But if black isn’t your favorite color, Milwaukee still offers a classic red and camouflage pattern.

Each jacket features carbon fiber heating elements throughout the chest and upper back, plus a separately controlled heating element within the pockets. 

The battery is conveniently stored in a hidden back pouch and can be expanded to hold an XC battery with twice the runtime. 

Three different heat settings are controlled by a button located on the lapel. At the lowest setting, you can enjoy continuous heat for about six hours! 

The jacket shell is water- and wind-resistant, and Milwaukee layered the inside with a fleece liner. The upgraded battery adapter features a battery fuel gauge and a powered USB port for charging electronics. You can snake the USB cord to the chest pocket or lower left pocket with the sewn-in velcro channels.

The Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket costs $199 and includes one M12 RedLithium battery and 30-minute battery charger.

 

Author Bio: Ethan Hagan is the primary editor at One Project Closer; visit to read additional tool reviews, expert project guides, and more. OPC is unique in that just about every how-to article features the work of an experienced professional contractor.