Milwaukee Tool released the M18 & M12 Rapid Charger (48-59-1808). Similar to the M18 & M12 Rapid Charge Station (48-59-1807) that launched in February 2015, the new unit will charge an M18 or M12 battery faster than standard chargers, the company says. The station features REDLINK Intelligence hardware and software. REDLINK monitors the health of the battery packs, protecting against over charge and over discharge. Each pack has a unique charging profile, fully optimizing its’ speed and life. As an added level of communication, the charger indicates an 80% state of charge by a slow, green flashing light. Rather than waiting until the pack is fully charged, this allows the user to pull a battery off of the charger sooner and have the confidence that they can still complete a significant amount of work. The new rapid charger will be included with select M18 FUEL products, and also sold as an optional accessory. When compared to existing units that charge (1) M18 REDLITHIUM XC5.0 Battery in 110 minutes, the new charger has the power to charge the same battery in under an hour. With the introduction of the M18 and M12 Rapid Charger and an unrelenting commitment to grow the M18 and M12 cordless platform, Milwaukee continues to expand its leadership position in LITHIUM-ION cordless.