If you’ve been following the latest updates in the world of power tools, you must have caught wind of Milwaukee’s pipeline event. One of the highlights that stole the show was the introduction of the new Forge batteries – a technological leap forward that has the potential to redefine your tool game. In case you missed the pipeline event buzz, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the juicy details right here. And if you did watch the event, well, let’s dive deeper into the groundbreaking features of the Milwaukee M18 REDLITHIUM FORGE Battery (48-11-1861) and the M18 Duel Bay Simultaneous Super Charger (48-59-1815).

The M18 Forge Battery Breakdown

The M18 REDLITHIUM FORGE XC6.0 Battery (48-11-1861) is the talk of the town, and for good reason. Milwaukee is making bold claims about this new addition to their battery lineup, and we’re here to dissect what makes it stand out:

Performance and PWR Levels:

While this battery is the REDLITIUM FORGE XC6.0, Milwaukee claims that this battery has the same performance as a High Output 12.0 battery. Allowing this tiny but mighty battery to truly pack a punch!

Milwaukee is now categorizing their battery platforms into power levels. Ranging from PWR1-PWR5. They state as this PWR level increases you can expect increased tool performance. With Milwaukee’s M18 REDLITHIUM XC5.0 (48-11-1850R) classified as a PWR2 battery, then the M18 REDLITHIUM High Output XC6.0 (48-11-1865) classified as a PWR3 battery. Where finally the M18 REDLITHIUM High Output HD12.0 (48-11-1812) and the M18 REDLITHIUM Forge XC6.0 (48-11-1861) classify as a PWR4 battery. It looks like we may see Milwaukee continue to provide these PWR4 batteries and even the new PWR5 batteries coming in the future to help increase our overall tool performance.


With the new Forge Batteries compatibility with any of the M18 tool system, this allows for you to continue to use your existing M18 tools to be able to experience that boost in power on your various tasks and projects.


It’s lightweight and compact design helps provide the perfect contrast between power and portability. Weighing in at just 2.07 pounds and measuring 3.1 inches in height, 5.1 inches in length, and 3.3 inches in width. These batteries are built to last with their oil-resistant construction ensuring they can withstand tough working conditions, enhancing its durability.

Battery Charging:

The Forge battery is not lacking when it comes to recharge times. When paired with a supercharger, you can get it up and running in just 25 minutes. While in contrast the rapid charger takes 62 minutes, and the standard charger clocks in at 115 minutes to fully charge the new Forge Batteries. Making the supercharger the perfect combo to keep you efficient.

Milwaukee’s New Super Charger:

Milwaukee M18 Dual Bay Simultaneous Super Charger (48-59-1815)

The M18 Dual Bay Simultaneous Super Charger delivers up to 6X faster charging to 80%, maximizing productivity by reducing downtime throughout the day. In just 15 minutes, users can charge an M18 REDLITHIUM FORGE XC6.0 Battery to 80%, allowing users to get back to work faster than ever before.

This Super Charger is capable of simultaneously charging up to 2 batteries, while leveraging CHARGE ADAPT Adaptive Charge Distribution to distribute power between bays for maximized productivity. The CHARGE ADAPT LED light will illuminate for the battery that is able to receive the most amount of power, resulting in the user getting one pack back faster than fully simultaneous chargers. With its compatibility will all M18 batteries you can see in the image below how this Super Charger can truly save you time when charging your batteries on or off the jobsite!

The M18 Dual Bay Simultaneous Super Charger is COOL-CYCLE Capable, meaning it features the COOL-CYCLE Active Cooling System, that provides high-speed cooling for less downtime. This cooling feature is capable with all M18 batteries!

Both of the Milwaukee M18 REDLITHIUM FORGE Battery (48-11-1861) and M18 Duel Bay Simultaneous Super Charger (48-59-1815) are available for pre-sale at Ohio Power Tool right now! Click the link right here to shop now! Be sure to check out our video on how this battery performs by clicking here. Don’t hesitate to reach out at cs@ohiopowertool.com or 614-481-2111 with any questions, comments, or concerns, and be sure to follow us on all your favorite social media channels to stay in the know on all the latest announcements, deals, news, and more!