Milwaukee LED Flashlight 2355-20 – The M12 Fires Up 800 Lumens

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My name is Phil, and I’m a flashaholic. I have well over a dozen flashlights floating around, ranging from little pocket lights that take AAA batteries to big Maglites that feed off of multiple D-cells. They vary in brightness and reliability, and most have trouble withstanding even moderate household use, much less typical job site abuse. We were intrigued when we saw the new Milwaukee LED flashlight at the Milwaukee New Product Symposium (NPS) in June of 2016, and recently they sent us one to evaluate. Read on, and we will enlighten you.

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The new Milwaukee LED Flashlight

The first thing you notice about the Milwaukee LED flashlight is that it looks like it means business. The light is all black, except for an aluminum trim ring at the front. What, you were expecting red? Maybe the next version…The flashlight body, which is wider at the ends, is very comfortable to hold. The shape, along with the knurled finish, also helps keep the light from slipping out of your hand.

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The light is comfortable and easy to grip, with well-placed buttons

Milwaukee LED Flashlight Features:
• TRUEVIEW™ high definition light output
• Milwaukee designed optic maximizes performance
• Spot-flood sliding beam adjustment
• Dual function switch for momentary or lock-on use
• Three output modes (high, low, strobe)
• High mode: 800 Lumens, 5 hour run time
• Low mode: 325 lumens, 7 hour run time
• Strobe mode: 800 lumens, 7 hour run time
• M12 fuel gauge with low battery indication
• Ergonomic grip with knurled texture
• Includes lanyard for secure gripping
• 6000 series aluminum, type II anodized finish
• IP54 ingress protection
• Weight: 1.2 lbs.

The Milwaukee LED Flashlight was designed to stand up to job site abuse, and has a very robust feel to match its robust looks. The light is made of machined 6000 series aircraft grade aluminum alloy, and its IP54 rating means it is very impervious to dust and dirt – and apparently concrete. During a demonstration at the Milwaukee NPS, the Milwaukee rep dropped a chunk of concrete on the flashlight, as captured in this video from our awesome friends at Charles & Hudson. If I tried this with any of my other flashlights, they’d be in the trash shortly thereafter.

Enlightening Facts About The Milwaukee LED Flashlight

The Milwaukee LED Flashlight can be powered by any Milwaukee M12 battery. The 1.5 Ah and 2.0Ah batteries slide right into the body. The light will also accept the XC (Extended Capacity) batteries, like the 4.0 Ah 48-11-2440. It doesn’t look quite as sleek, but it will run a long time (that’s the battery the run times are based on), and it definitely won’t roll off the table!

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The Milwaukee LED flashlight will run off any M12 battery
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The M12 XC battery makes a handy stand – and an anti-roll device

Starting this month (August 2016), run time will get even better. That’s when Milwaukee rolls out its new, higher-capacity M12 batteries. The 3.0 Ah compact battery will provide double the runtime of the current 1.5 Ah unit, and a new 6.0 Ah M12 XC battery will extend the run time of the current 4.0 Ah battery by 50%. The batteries will work in any tool on the M12 platform.

Flashes Of Brilliance

It’s apparent there are no dim bulbs on the Milwaukee design team. They obviously spent a lot of time tending to the details on the Milwaukee LED flashlight. As an example, the power button and mode switches are separate. I have several flashlights where you have to “cycle through” the high/low/strobe modes every time the light is turned on and off, and it’s a pain in the butt. When the light is turned off, it remembers and powers back on in the last used mode. The switches on the Milwaukee light are well placed and responsive, and I like being able to turn off the light without simulating a disco strobe. The light can also be illuminated briefly by just partially depressing the power button.

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User-friendly features include separate buttons for power and mode

Other touches include a “fuel gauge,” which is a row of four LED lights that illuminate for a few seconds when the light is powered on, to show the battery’s remaining charge. A couple of flat spots on the front of the light help keep it from rolling away when it’s laid flat, and a lanyard attached near the rear is helpful for the fumble-fingered (like me). To switch from flood to spot modes, no twisting is required – simply slide the head forward, and back to return to flood mode. It can be done one-handed.

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Other touches include a fuel gauge, flat spots on the head, and sliding spot/flood selection

Light Up The Night

The Milwaukee LED flashlight claims 800 lumens and a range of 375 yards. That’s a lotta light! Our neighbor’s garage is across an alley, roughly 200’ from our back porch. I took the Milwaukee light out after dark and fired it up. I scared the crap out of a couple of kids walking through the alley, and it sure lit up that garage.

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The back yard by day. Not TOO scary…
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Now we can keep an eye on the neighbor’s garage at night

To better test the range, I took it along to our farm. The house sits back about 800’ from the road, so around midnight I took a stroll out to the road and fired away. The picture didn’t come out great, but the Milwaukee LED flashlight illuminated the house nicely. It was great for walking the driveway, too, casting an amazingly bright pool of light to stroll by. We have bears in the area, along with numerous other critters, and if the light didn’t scare them away, at least I’d be able to see what was going to eat me.

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You can sort of see the house by day…
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And now by night!

I See The Light

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against Maglite. We keep a couple in the house, and one in each vehicle. They’re pretty durable, and the LED models get good life out of a set of batteries – the Maglite ML300L claims 71 hours! However, that model, which is the brightest LED flashlight Maglite offers, has 694 lumens, is almost 19” long, takes 6 non-rechargeable D-cell batteries, weighs 50 oz., and costs $130 without batteries.

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The Maglite ML300L: Not as bright as the Milwaukee, but definitely bigger! (Photo courtesy Maglite)

The Milwaukee LED flashlight cranks out 800 lumens, is 9” long, uses a battery that recharges in about than 30 minutes, weighs about 19 oz., and costs $99 without the battery. Unless I’m out to do some head cracking, I’d prefer to tote the Milwaukee.

Is the Milwaukee LED flashlight the cheapest flashlight out there? Nope. Is it one of the best flashlights out there? For my money it is; It’s the best flashlight this flashaholic has ever owned, and I’ve gone through a LOT of flashlights. The combination of its super-bright beam and robust construction, along with the convenience and economy of operating off a standard M12 rechargeable battery, make the Milwaukee LED flashlight a very attractive choice. I’m buying a second one to keep at the farm.

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The leader of the pack: The Milwaukee LED Flashlight

Hesitant to spend that much because you don’t baby your flashlights? The five-year warranty on the flashlight, and limited lifetime on the LED, should seal the deal. (You still may want to refrain from dropping concrete chunks on it, though…). If you’re already on the M12 platform, the Milwaukee LED flashlight is available as a bare tool. It’s also available in a kit, with a charger and 1.5 Ah battery.

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About Phil

Phil’s path to the pinnacle of success as HomeFixated’s Senior Writer was long and twisted. At various stages of his life, he worked as a framing carpenter, attended motorcycle mechanics school, served as an Army MP, did a hot and itchy stint installing insulation in Phoenix, owned and operated a small contracting firm doing residential renovations, and worked as an employee of a major airline (Motto: We’re not happy ‘til YOU’RE not happy). He is currently semi-retired, but continues to take on little projects, such as the total renovation of an old farmhouse. Yes, he is a slow learner. Future projects include a teardown restoration of his 1965 BMW motorcycle, and designing and building a kick-ass playhouse for his grandsons. Phil loves spending time outdoors, hanging out with family and friends, cool tools, and a cold IPA when beer o'clock rolls around.

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7 thoughts on “Milwaukee LED Flashlight 2355-20 – The M12 Fires Up 800 Lumens”

  1. Ouch 100.00, does that come w/ battery and charger, there is a fenix that amazon sells, more lumens rechargeable 18650 included with wall charger and backed by fenix awesome warranty, oh and half the size. I all about some milwaukee but for 100.00 nah too much.

    • The Fenix looks like a nice light, too, but it’s $95, and only gets an hour and 10 minutes of run time on high before needing a recharge. The Milwaukee gets five hours with the smallest battery, and ten hours with the new 3.0 Ah compact battery.

      The Milwaukee light is likely to appeal to buyers already invested in the M12 platform, who will already have a charger and batteries, and the M12 batteries are relatively inexpensive. It’s designed for rugged use (would you drop a ten pound chunk of concrete on the Fenix?), and the warranty on the Milwaukee is pretty stout, too.

    • At the risk of overstating the obvious, I REALLY LIKE this flashlight. You may have trouble finding it locally; Home Depot sells them, but they don’t stock them, you have to order one in. I bought one from Ohio Power Tool; the price is the same, and hey, gotta support our sponsors!

      Wherever you get it, I think you’ll be very happy with it, and it will definitely leave your friends with a serious case of Flashlight Envy…

    • Thanks. I really like this flashlight. It might seem weird to get excited over a flashlight, but I’m the same way over pretty much ANY product that’s well designed, well made, and excels at what it does.


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