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Milwaukee M12 Radio Charger 2951-20

Milwaukee 12V Line Gets Even Deeper With Portable Radio and Charger

Milwaukee has one of the deepest 12V battery platforms in the industry, and it just got even deeper with its first 12V radio that features battery charging. The Milwaukee M12 Radio Charger takes a versatile approach to job site sound with a full-range speaker setup, multiple hanging options, and the capability to not just charge your M12 batteries, but also your phones and tablets.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Milwaukee 2951-20
  • Full-range speaker with tweeter for clear mids and highs
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Self-centering keyhole and hollow handle for multiple hanging options
  • Impact-resistant exterior
  • IP54 rating
  • 10-hour runtime with M12 CP2.0 battery
  • USB 2.1 port for fast device charging
  • 1-year warranty
  • Price: TBD


Milwaukee M12 Radio and Charger Features

The Milwaukee M12 Radio + Charger won’t compete with a full-sized cordless radio, but should still crank out the tunes on the job site. You get a “full-range” speaker and tweeter—unusual for smaller radios. We’ll have to reserve comments on audio quality until we get it in for testing. Still, we hope for clarity with low distortion. A Bluetooth 4.2 connection lets you stream audio from any smart device with a decent range.

Of course, the sound is only part of the picture (albeit a big part). When you drop an M12 battery into the radio while plugged into the wall, it will charge it while playing your tunes. When you don’t have access to an outlet, use any M12 battery to power your tunes. Milwaukee claims you get up to 10 hours of runtime off a 2.0Ah battery.

The Milwaukee M12 Radio includes a 6-foot AC cable. It also includes a USB 2.1 port. With it, you can use the 2951-20 to quickly charge your phone or tablet on-site from the M12 battery. Essentially, you can use the radio into a highly-functional USB power source.

The Milwaukee M12 Radio and Charger gives you multiple placement options. It features a centered keyhole for hanging the radio from a nail, while a hollow handle makes it easy to wrap it up in Romex and hang it from just about anywhere.

The 12V Milwaukee 2951-20 radio features an impact-resistant exterior and an IP54 rating, protecting internal components from drops, water, and dust.

When Will the M12 Radio Come Out?

June 2020 marks the official release date for the Milwaukee M12 Radio and Charger. It retails for $119 as a tool-only option and comes with a 1-year warranty.

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Milwaukee M12 Radio & Charger Specs

  • Model: Milwaukee 2951-20
  • Power: AC or M12 battery (12VDC)
  • Bluetooth: 4.2
  • Integrated M12 battery charger
  • Radio presets: 10
  • AC cord length: 6 ft.
  • 2.1A USB charger
  • Size: 5.39 x 9.21 x 5.67 in.
  • IP rating: IP54
  • Weight: 3.68 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: $119
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One annoying shortcoming: this radio doesn’t have an aux in port for audio input. Just bluetooth. I wonder if the aux in port is disappearing like the headphone jack on fancy phones. This is annoying since I do still want to use an analog port, just like I do now with my small portable speaker. The absence makes the radio much less attractive. Oh well.


bummer, I bought their last m12 radio just a few months ago. Which likely came out a decade ago, it doesn’t have bluetooth and says it’s “ipod ready”. I other words, about—damn—time—Milwaukee.


If this sounds halfway decent it will be a great addition, easy to connect, easy to pack/carry, another great product!