Milwaukee is making major improvements to a couple of popular lights. We had the chance to get our hands on them early and compare them to the first generation. Those original models were solid. These make some pretty big improvements to both output and runtime… really big. Up first is the M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light—or the 2366 for those of you who like model numbers.
- 33% more output (4000 lumens)
- Better runtime
- IP54 ingress rating
- 1-meter drop tested
- Same price as the original model ($149 bare)
- No significant drawbacks
RecommendationUpgrades are always welcome and we’re grateful for the additional output and runtime for the Milwaukee 2366 Rover. We like the design upgrades as well. Where Milwaukee takes it from a win to a home run is that they’re offering it at no additional cost.
Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light Design Upgrades
It upgrades the original 2360 in several key places. Starting with the physical design, there’s now a top handle frame that makes it easier to carry around.
It still sports keyholes to make hanging easier and an AC port so you can use an extension cord to power it instead of a battery.
Milwaukee made the pivoting action fluid instead of giving it stops, though it drops from 240° of range to just 120°. Considering you can just turn the light around to catch the other 120°, that doesn’t seem like a real concern.
Not surprisingly, Milwaukee also made some improvements to the durability of the flood light. The exposed AC outlet now has a sealed spring door, and the light itself carries an IP54 ingress rating for dust and water resistance.
It also has a 1-meter drop test rating, which we tested… successfully.
If you’re keeping score at home, it’s even a little more compact—trimming about 1/2-pound of weight.
Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light Output and Runtime
Particularly illuminating are the improvements they made to the actual light output. The Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light now has 33% more light on High—that’s 4,000 lumens—and it still uses Trueview LEDs which gives you accurate color when you need it.
Even with the additional light output, there’s more runtime. The original could run for up to 9 hours on a 5Ah battery. That was pretty good. But the upgraded 2366 now runs for up to 12 hours on the same battery.
Let’s put that in perspective. On Low mode, the 2360 gave us 9 hours at 650 lumens. The updated 2366 runs at 1200 lumens for 12 hours. Not only does it have longer runtime, but it also does it with nearly twice the output!
We saw impressive gains on High as well. Originally, you could get up to 2 hours at 3,000 lumens. Now, the new Rover delivers 3 hours at 4,000 lumens—again with the same 5.0Ah battery.
|650 lumens (9 hrs)
|1200 lumens (12 hrs)
|1500 lumens (4hrs)
|2000 lumens (6 hrs)
|3000 lumens (2 hrs)
|4000 lumens (3 hrs)
Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light Price
If you’ve made it this far and you’re just waiting to see how much more the upgraded Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light is going to cost, you’re in for a treat. It’s $149 as a bare tool—the exact same price as the original!
The Bottom Line
Upgrades are always welcome and we’re grateful for the additional output and runtime for the Milwaukee 2366 Rover. We like the design upgrades as well. Where Milwaukee takes it from a win to a home run is that they’re offering it at no additional cost.
Learn more on Milwaukee’s website.