Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light 2360-20
The Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light is all about high portability with incredible output for its size. In fact, Milwaukee claims that it’s 20% brighter than a 500-watt halogen light. But is it just another high-output LED light?
Of course not. Let’s take a look at what you can expect.
- 3000 lumens in a relatively small package
- Roll cage protects light at any angle
- Dual power sources: M18 battery or AC
- 240° pivoting head
- Slight hotspot in the center
This is an excellent option for Pros that want a lot of output in a smaller package. It’s an option for anyone since you can use an extension cord to power it, but Milwaukee M18 users will see the greatest benefit from its cordless use.
The Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light is capable of producing up to 3000 lumens in high with its 12 LED chips. When you don’t need that much light, you can run it at 650 or 1500 lumens. With this size of LED light, getting output in 1500 – 2000-lumen range is what I expect, so it’s quite a bit brighter than most of the competition.
The light is part of Milwaukee’s TrueView series. That should give you a natural light with excellent color accuracy. I find that it strays slightly toward the orange side of the spectrum on the outside edges, though I don’t see any obvious issues with color accuracy.
The throw is roughly 90°, which isn’t super wide for this class of light. However, the tighter throw means you are getting more light on the area you need to work in. And at 3,000 lumens, you can put it a reasonable distance from you to cover a wider area.
One thing you might notice is that there’s a bright area (hot spot) running through the center of the throw. Presumably, that’s where the center row of lights are intersecting the top and bottom rows most directly. If you’re into high-end lights, you might notice it, but it’s not so obvious that it will affect your ability to work effectively.
The runtime will vary depending on what battery and mode you’re using. Using a 5 Ah battery as a benchmark, expect roughly 2 hours on high, 4 hours on medium, and 8 hours on low. Want more? The 12.0 Ah High Output battery fits just fine. Of course, you can also just plug it in if you have power.
Putting it to Use
How helpful any work light depends completely on its ability to give you enough light where and when you need it. If you’re considering it based on its size, the Milwaukee 2360 has plenty of output. When it comes to getting the light where you need it, it’s not quite as versatile as something like the M12 Rover, but you still have options.
Even without a battery, the base has enough weight to keep the light from going anywhere. With a battery, it’s that much more stable. It will click into 17 different positions around a 240° pivot and you can swing the base around to direct it just about anywhere you could want.
Three keyholes on the base let you hang it horizontally or vertically against a wall or beam. That will take care of most of your needs, but it does lack the combination of pivoting and swiveling to cover a diagonal from its hanging position.
As a bare light, you’re looking at $149. Often, you have to consider the price of a battery and charger if you’re not on the battery platform, but the AC plug makes this a legitimate standalone product. You’ll get the more versatility from it by having some M18 batteries on hand, so it’s a more compelling option for current Milwaukee users.
With its style and output level, there’s not a ton of direct competition for Milwaukee. Others that look similar are priced lower but have much lower output as well.
The Bottom Line
While you have a couple of hanging options, the Milwaukee M18 Dual Power Flood Light will do its best work sitting on a flat surface and it has much more output than other option in this size class.
Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light Specifications
- Model: Milwaukee 2360-20
- Lumens: 3,000
- Type: Cordless
- Voltage: 18V
- Warranty: 5 years
- Price: $149