Milwaukee has had several radios and Bluetooth speakers that worked off the M12 battery so what’s the big deal about this one? Well it’s pretty much the perfect jobsite solution, checking all the boxes and coming in for $119 the 2951-20 is going to be a for sure hit when it launches this summer.

It is Actually an M12 Charger

This is the first compact radio we’ve seen that actually chargers the batteries as well when plugged in. This is the standard charge rate not the Rapid Charger but still a great solution for M12 batteries. The power supply means it can also work without a M12 battery when plugged in and has a 2.1Ah USB charger for powering up phones, RedLithium UBS and other devices.

The Radio is a Radio

There have been several compact options that have launched that don’t offer AM/FM radio, only Bluetooth Speaker which is a problem if you want to listen to local music, sports and news. This also means if the phone holder walks away the music gets crackly and dies. This new radio does AM/FM and anything you can play over Bluetooth with the most up to date 4.2 technology for best in class performance.

Jobsite Tough

The 2951-20 is IP54 rated for dust, dirt, rain and all sorts of weather. Also tested for a full 10’ drop and has several ways to hang using the integrated handle. Pack away easily in your Packout boxes with its compact rectangular size 9.2” tall and weighs less than 4 lbs. Plus a full 10 hours of runtime with just a M12 2.0Ah battery so again several days of runtime with the M12 6.0Ah Battery option.

Best in Class Sounds Quality

The Milwaukee M12 2951-20 isn’t measuring itself against Makita and Dewalt for sound quality they are going against the premium options for portable music like the JBL Flip 3, UE Boom2 and Bose Revolve and winning. With Milwaukee’s Total Harmonic Distortion at .28%, Sound Pressure Level 99dB at 15 kHz and Max Watt Output 9.6W this radio is by far the most impressive compact jobsite tool battery solution that’s ever hit the market but should outperform the big names as well. EQ Customization, 10 Presets for radio and all around just a really nice design that looks great.

Milwaukee M12 Master Plan

We’ve been very impressed with the full Milwaukee M12 Cordless Line from very plumbing/electrical trade specific tools to taking on pneumatic tools to heated jackets to dozens of lighting solutions and now an awesome radio like this. Milwaukee M12 shows that compact is still for professionals. For any questions on Milwaukee Tools give the pros at Ohio Power Tool a call 800-242-4424 we are always here to help you find the right tool for the job.