How To Choose A Milwaukee Heated Jacket

Person wearing Milwaukee jacket on the jobsite

Instead of wearing multiple layers that restrict movement, we have you covered with Milwaukee heated jackets and vests, perfect for dealing with the winter cold. Heated jackets reduce the need for excessive layering and frequent indoor breaks for warmth, suitable for both work and leisure outdoors.

Milwaukee Tool’s heated jackets and other clothing options come in various styles. These jackets and vests provide more heat than standard heated jackets due to a higher voltage in the heating elements. You can adjust the heat level using a power button with color-coded LEDs indicating the setting. Each coat and vest includes a pocket for storing and charging your phone. They are powered by M12 batteries, making them an ideal option for those using M12-volt tools.

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What is a heated jacket?

Black Milwaukee heated jacket design

Unlike any regular jacket, heated jackets offer extra warmth against the cold, hence the name. To do this, heated jackets and similar apparel options use tubes or wires with carbon fiber spaced inside the coat and powered by a battery to produce heat and keep you warm during outside activities.

How does Milwaukee M12 stand out?

As mentioned above, Milwaukee uses carbon fiber heating elements throughout the inside of their heated jackets and vests. These jackets have a specifically designed back pocket to place the battery. If you own any M12 power tools, you’re in luck because these jackets are powered by the same M12 batteries, which will save you some money.

What should you consider?

When choosing a heated jacket, consider these key factors to find the best option for you:

Material: Consider the material of the heated jacket and the number of layers you plan to wear. It’s important to note whether the jacket is safe for washing and drying. Milwaukee Tool’s jackets, for instance, are washer and dryer-safe.

Style & Fit: Ensure the jacket seals heat effectively at the wrists, waist, and neck. Decide if you prefer a hood, the number of pockets needed, and the type of insulation and lining.

Battery & Voltage: Look at the battery life and how long the jacket provides heat. Check if it comes with a battery and charger. Milwaukee Tool’s heated clothing uses M12 batteries, which are 12V. These jackets also have pockets for storing and charging your phone with the M12 battery.

Heating Elements & Zones: Consider adjustable heating features for comfort in cold weather. Milwaukee Tool’s gear uses carbon fiber heating elements in key body areas, with adjustable heat settings controlled by a button.

Price & Function: Finally, consider the price and the jacket’s intended use. Your needs may vary between lighter and more heavy-duty jackets depending on your activities.

Jackets and Hoodies Size Guide:

Milwaukee sizing guide for men
Milwaukee sizing guide for women

Types of Milwaukee Heated Jackets

Milwaukee M12 TOUGHSHELL

Milwaukee blue TOUGHSHELL jacket

The Milwaukee TOUGHSHELL jackets are designed to balance warmth, durability, and comfort. Made with TOUGHSHELL stretch polyester, they are durable and flexible, offering significant stretch. Key features include options for battery placement in front or back pockets, machine washable and dryer safe, a phone charger in the front pocket, and unique built-in hand warmers.

Battery Life

Milwaukee heated jackets can run for up to 12 hours using the M12 Redlithium CP3.0 Battery. They feature three high, medium, and low heat levels indicated by a color-coded LED controller: red for tall, white for medium, and blue for low.

Ideal Uses

These jackets are suitable for outdoor work in winter, hunting, chilly mornings in fall and spring, and winter power sports.

Sizes and Colors

Available in sizes S to 3X, the jackets come in black, gray, red, blue, and camo colors.

Milwaukee M12 Hoodies

Person wearing heated Milwaukee hoodie

Milwaukee heated hoodies are suitable for outdoor winter use. You can wear them under jackets for warmth or alone at a worksite. These hoodies are machine washable and dryer-friendly. They feature reinforced utility pockets, and a cotton-polyester blend in the outer fabric for durability. While they are not waterproof but practical in excellent, dry conditions.

The hoodies work well as a base layer, with heating elements close to your body to keep you warm. In some cases, you might not need an additional jacket.

Battery Life

The hoodies provide around 6 hours of heat with M12 batteries. They have three heat settings to adjust to varying cold temperatures.

Ideal Uses

These hoodies are best for dry, cool weather, layering, casual wear, cold indoor environments, and outdoor winter activities.

Sizes and Colors

All Milwaukee Tool heated hoodies are available in sizes S – 3XL in black, gray, red, and navy blue. 

Milwaukee AXIS Jackets & Vests

Person wearing Milwaukee heated AXIS vest

Milwaukee AXIS heated jackets and vests are designed for versatility and durability, ideal for challenging work environments. They can be worn as an outer shell or as a mid-layer. The outer shell is made from rip-stop polyester, balancing toughness with lightweight and compressibility for easy movement.

The AXIS heated vest, focusing on arm mobility, includes shoulder heating elements, providing the same warmth as the jackets.

Battery Life

Both the AXIS jackets and vests offer about 8 hours of heat. They feature three heat settings for temperature control, similar to other Milwaukee heated apparel.

Ideal Uses

These garments are suitable for job sites as base or outer layers. They’re designed to endure harsh conditions. The vest, in particular, offers enhanced mobility.

Sizes and Colors

Men’s AXIS jackets and vests come in sizes S to 3X. Jackets are available in black and olive green, while vests are only in black. The women’s line, available in sizes S-2X, offers both jackets and vests in black.

Other Milwaukee Heated Gear

Heated Milwaukee Gloves

Milwaukee heated gloves

If you have to work outside during the cold winter months, it’s nice to ensure your hands stay warm. The Milwaukee heated gloves are powered by REDLITHIUM USB batteries, which can be tucked into a small pocket on the back of your complex. They also offer three warmth levels like all other heated Milwaukee gear. Made of gridiron ripstop polyester to survive the job site. Touchscreen-compatible index finger, leather palms, and fingers improve dexterity, extended cuff protects from the elements, and fleece lining provides warmth and comfort, making them perfect for any work activities.

Heated Milwaukee WORKSKIN Base Layer

Milwaukee heated gloves size guide

The Milwaukee WORKSKIN is a long-sleeved shirt with a next-to-skin layer to dry fast and stay warm and mobile. It’s equipped with features like the Quick-heat function that reaches selected temperature 3X more quickly, a one-touch LED controller with 2 heat settings, and up to 3 hours of run-time with REDLITHIUM USB Battery Pack (3.0 battery). It has heating zones: Chest & Upper Back, fleece-lined arms provide total body warmth, Raglan sleeves, and seamless shoulders improve mobility and comfort.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do Heated Jackets Work?

Heated jackets are equipped with carbon fiber liners strategically placed throughout the jacket. These liners provide warmth while allowing for normal movement.

Recharging Time for Heated Jackets

To fully recharge a Milwaukee heated jacket, it takes between 2 to 8 hours.

Battery Life of Heated Jackets

A heated jacket can last up to 12 hours when using an M12 REDLITHIUM CP3.0 Battery. They come with three heat settings—high, medium, and low—controlled by an LED controller.

Safety of Battery-Powered Heated Jackets

Battery-powered heated jackets are designed to be safe for use.


  • Caden Dahl

    February 5, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    With my job, we do a lot of work outside and I’m sure that something like this would help me out a lot. I will see about looking more into this for next year as winter is about over now so it wouldn’t see much use. I’ll just have to check and see if my boss will buy them for us so we don’t have to.

  • Judy

    December 8, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    My husband purchased a heated jacket last winter. It worked for 2 hours..then would not charge.. he returned it and they game him a free new battery, but it wasn’t really free because we already paid for the one that doesn’t work… this battery charged however it won’t heat the jacket.. I believe he payed over 200.00 and we got nothing for it because you can’t return the jacket to the store we purchased it at… so disappointing in the product and the store.

    • Acme Tools

      December 9, 2020 at 8:06 am

      Hello, Thank you for your comment and we are sorry that your experience with a heated jacket did not turn out the way it was expected. If the jacket was purchased from Acme Tools please contact our Customer Support department at 877-345-2263 opt #3 and they should be able to assist you. If it was not purchased from Acme Tools we suggest contacting the manufacturer directly to see if they would be able to assist you. There could be other options available but without knowing who the seller is and what brand of jacket you purchased this is all we can offer at this time.

      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

    • Acme Tools

      November 10, 2022 at 8:35 am

      Hi Chris, Thank you for your question. The Milwaukee heated products work great in the cold. They are designed to take the chill off in extremely cold environments and provide all the warmth you need in other areas of the country with occasional cold temperatures. The majority of the heated gear is water resistant, but Milwaukee does offer a HYDROBREAK layering rainshell that is waterproof. To know if the item you are looking at is water resistant, we suggest looking at the main description of the item or the feature benefit specifications on our website.

      Thank you, Acme Tools

    • Acme Tools

      December 8, 2022 at 7:30 am

      Hello. The Milwaukee Heated Jackets on their own do not provide any protection while welding, but they can be used under your jacket or sleeves to offer extra warmth.
      Thank you,
      Acme Tools

  • Larry Daugherty

    October 6, 2023 at 6:21 pm

    I am 6′ 5″ and I am looking for a battery heated jacket that will fit me. I like to keep my butt as warm as the rest of my
    body. Surely someone looks out for taller men. Can you help me or tell me where to look.


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