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Milwaukee M18 ROCKET LED Tower Light & Charger Review – 2135-20

Construction LED Light

img_20161102_141805616We have had some time to work with the new Trueview M18 LED Rocket Light and Charger that Milwaukee Tool has designed as a lighting solution that adapts, performs, and survives.  First thing that “all in one products” must do is set up easily. The 2135-20 passes the test as it can be setup in seconds.  The light can extend 7’ high but it collapses down to 41” for easy transportation and storage. The light head is adjustable from 4-7’ and shine light in almost any direction but straight down.  The head has three lights that are independently adjusted for task or area lighting.  Possibly the best part of this construction based light is that it can be used as a light and a M18 charger at the same time when run off corded power.  That is a HUGE advantage to construction workers.

PRICINGMilwaukee M18 ROCKET LED Tower Light & Charger – 2135-20

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This unit provides 3,000 lumens in high mode, 1,700 in medium and 900 in low.  Runtime will be determined by the mode and the battery of choice, but an 8 hour runtime can be achieve with the light on low with the use of a 5.0Ah M18  battery.

2135-20 Features

  • 5 Second Setup, 7 Foot Extension.
  • 3,000 Lumens of Multidirectional Light
  • Impact Resistant, Reinforced Legs
  • Built in M18 Charger
  • Covered AC Plug-in
  • 3 Independently Pivoting Light Heads
  • Protective Guard to Secure head and lens during transport and storage
  • Compact footprint, Low Center of gravity
  • Low Battery indicator

Trueview

img_20161102_141828399_hdrWith almost all LED lights, we recommend that you never look directly at them.  This one is no exception because on high the flood light is putting out 3,000 lumens.  Our shop is 2,992 square feet and this light was able to put out enough light on one side of the shop for me to walk around with enough light to see exactly what we was doing.  That is simply amazing!  This light could easily be the single source of light for people working in a basement or crawlspace.  With the ability to use this as a task or area light, you can choose to light up a work area, a specific task area, or both.

Milwaukee Tool has tagged this as a Trueview light.  Trueview is a term for Milwaukee Tools to describe what they call “best in class” light quality with a true representation of colors and details.  So for an electrician, it would mean that the light would not distort or change the color of wires.  Pink would be distinguishable from red just as if it was daylight.  This ability to have a light that is comfortable to use and allow users to be able to discern colors is important on the jobsite, but also nice for other uses as it does not stain your eyes.

To get a bit more technical on Trueview we have to look at a color rendering index.  This is a measuring index that describes the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of various objects in comparison with an ideal or natural light source.  The highest score is 100, and would only be given to a source identical to standardized daylight.  Most LED lights will fall in the upper fifties and lower sixties, but Milwaukee’s Trueview products reach the mid-eighties.

Overall

img_20161102_141900387While there are varying abilities of each work light, for general use, we believe this to be the best all in one work light that Milwaukee Tool has produced to date.  Because this light is also capable of being a charger, it stands out from other lights as it has a dual role on the jobsite.  The build quality of the light is excellent.  The three modes offer a wide variety of lighting and battery life.  The fact that this unit comes with a stand makes it “stand out” from other lights on the market.

Overall, Milwaukee hit all the main items needed in a spectacular work light with this unit.  From unlit jobsites to outdoor adventures, we will have this light at our side.

Specifications

High Mode 3,000 Lumens | 2+ hrs
Low Mode 900 Lumens | 8 hrs
Voltage 18V
Length 9″
Weight 18 lbs
Height 41.5″
Width 9.5″
Tool Warranty 5 Years

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