Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 22
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by joey Pretty cool idea.
This jacket works well. I bought it as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend who is ALWAYS cold, but not any more! Now all the women in her office want one. A little on the pricey side, but that's okay if it holds up. Plus I bought a couple of the M12 cordless tools to go with it. You only go this way once so why not be good to yourself!
December 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom Toasty Warm
The quality on this jacket is top notch. It's warm enough for 40-50°F weather without the heater on, and good for colder temperatures when using the heat. The exterior is water and wind resistant, which helps to keep the wearer warm in all sorts of environments. With the outside temperature at about 45°F and running the jacket on high, I was starting to sweat after driving about ten minutes without the heat in my car on. All I had on underneath was a t-shirt.
The five heating elements warm up fairly quickly, and within about 5 minutes on high, it's at max temperature. I like the controls that let you select low, medium, and high independently for the body zones (back, left/right chest) and the pocket heater zones. So for example, I can turn on heat for the whole jacket on low, and crank up the heat to max for the pockets if my hands are cold. The two selection switches light up after pressing for two seconds, and cycle between red, white, and blue (Doesn't get more American than that!) with additional quick presses. They turn off with another two second press and hold.
I did have a few issues at first getting the heat to stay on. I'm not sure if I was inadvertently pressing the buttons off, but I had to reactivate the heat three times in thirty minutes initially. I was driving, and the seatbelt may have accidentally turned the heat off, but I was pretty sure I had kept the controls clear of the seatbelt. Whatever the cause was, I couldn't reproduce it during another three hours of testing. The first time around, I ran the jacket at full blast high heat with both the pockets and the body heat zones activated. It lasted about 1:15 with a standard 2.0Ah M12 battery. For the second run I activated just the body heat zones, and it lasted exactly two hours. So I'm assuming that the run times Milwaukee lists for high, medium, and low correspond to just the body zones being activated, since the time lined up exactly.
The interiors of the external pockets feature a comfortable soft fleece lining, which really helps warm up hands quickly and is gentle on electronics. The battery pouch is located out of the way on the back left side, and doesn't dig into my back when sitting in my truck. It's also expandable to accommodate a larger M18 battery. The large internal pocket looks to be big enough to hold a tablet as well. One of the best features of the jacket is the inclusion of small buttonholes at the top of the pockets to run a USB charging cable from the battery pouch to the pocket holding electronics to be charged (see picture).
My one complaint is that it doesn't charge my Samsung GS4, since the USB output is limited to 1A at 5V. The GS4 and other newer phones require at least 2A output to charge. I did manage to get it to charge a little though, by using a 2" USB cable. The reason the shorter cable works is because it has a lower resistance, and voltage = current x resistance. So when the voltage is fixed at 5V, if you lower the resistance the current goes up. I couldn't get it to work with anything over the 2" cable though - even the 12" cable I tried wouldn't work. So to charge my phone I'll have to hold it next to the battery pouch, rather than conveniently running the cable up to a pocket.
So check the power requirement specs for the electronics that you plan on charging with the adapter. The good news is that Milwuakee offers another adapter for $30 that's compatible with their heated gear and outputs 2.1A. I still can't figure out why they didn't include that one with this jacket kit. I almost took a star off for this shortcoming, but I decided not to since it's a secondary feature of the product, and it will only affect a few users who have incompatible phones. I also checked specifications on other brands of 12V jackets and battery power adapters, and the only one offering a USB port with a current output of 2A or over was Milwaukee. Blue brand was 1.0A and Yellow brand was 1.5A. The Orange brand had an 18V jacket and USB adapter with 2.1A output, but that's just too heavy in my opinion.
Overall, this is a great addition to the seemingly ever expanding M12 product line. If you're looking for heated gear and already own some M12 tools, you can't go wrong by choosing this jacket. You may just have to upgrade the battery adapter if you've got a phone with high current requirements though.
November 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PJCC Excellent for Medical conditions where your upper back requires heat!
Out of the box, I had One 12V Battery, One 12v Battery Charger, One Jacket, A Battery holder that attached to the Jacket and Directions. The battery charges quickly.
Cold in my upper back in the early morning cripples me. This heated Jacket has a few zones that heat in front. The one that interested me most is the area between the shoulder blades in back.
I live in Florida. Freezing cold does not last long. At the highest setting the jacket is not hot, it worked like a heating pad to enable me to be mobile.
It's a poly washable Jacket that fits true to size and is finished nicely, top stitched inside and out.
The directions about the heat settings could have been more specific and written bigger.
The LCD screen in my camera is broken, I can't change setting, I put together a slide show
describing the best features of the Jacket. OK! Exactly what I wanted for Christmas.
February 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Srsu Wish I had purchased it sooner.........
Happy with my coat. It works about 1/2 day on a battery. I have 2 batteries so works all day. It doesn't get much below 20 degrees here and coat is plenty warm down to that temperature.
January 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tom the Fix it Man Warmest Jacket I've Owned
Great jacket even without the battery heat. Keeps me warm when I first get in my pickup truck on cold mornings. Set it on high when I get to the jobsite. Need to throttle back the heat or turn it off after about 30 minutes. Definitely worth the investment if you have other M12 products.
February 12, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by larry the plumber Does not work
Jacket seemed like a good idea but when I attached battery nothing happens.
November 29, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Pop's "KEEPS OLD MAN COLD AT BAY"
I have used this jacket every work day since I received it. Bought mine just because I wanted it. Now I have bought three more for a few of the guys on our crew with plans on buying them for everyone. I carry an extra battery in my truck just for my jacket. I have only used it a couple of times due to starting a 2am in the morning. On a normal work day out in the field one battery works just fine and I end up turning it off before it runs out of juice. The only down side is that I wish they would put the controls on the inside as I am always asked why my jacket has a light on it. Then I have to field a bunch of questions and everyone ends up asking about it. One more thing don't let your wife get her hands on this jacket as you will be buying one for her also. My wife loves hers too!
February 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Schoobie Awesome New Product
This product shows how Milwaukee is taking it to the competition. The new addition of the USB charging device on the battery unit is great and the fact you can set the hands and chest to different temperatures or operate them independently is a real great feature. My only recommendation is that you list average battery life on each setting (High and Medium were not references) only the 6 hour run time on the low setting. My only concern is that my wife may never want to give it back.
November 8, 2012