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Milwaukee M18 RedLithium Power Tools Battery Conversion Guide

It has been reported that the Milwaukee M18 power tools have built-in over discharge protection. Therefore, you should be able to use any 18V/20V lithium ion battery packs with the Milwaukee M18 power tools with the appropriate adapter.

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Bosch 18V Lithium Ion Battery Pack

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Craftsman V20 Battery Pack

The adapter above is a do-it-yourself adapter, so you will need to provide the circuitry to make it work. There doesn't seem to be any source on whether Craftsman V20 batteries have built-in over discharge protection. But considering that Milwaukee M18 power tools have been reported to have over discharge protection circuitry, it should be safe to use the Craftsman V20 battery packs on the Milwaukee power tools.

Also, you'll need to make the Milwaukee M18 power tool "recognize" the battery with two resistors in the adapter. Be sure to check out the "Milwaukee M18 Power Tools Battery Interface" article link at the top of this page.

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DeWALT 20V MAX Battery Pack

Reading this Reddit post, a Redditor mentioned that, for practical purposes, the DeWALT 20V MAX battery pin-out matches the Milwaukee M18 power tool pin-out. So after making some physical modifications to the battery/tool, s/he was able to mount the DeWALT battery pack on the Milwaukee power tool.

If you rather just purchase a battery adapter, rather than modifying your tool/battery, try the following products instead:

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Makita 18V LXT Battery Pack

It has been reported that the Makita batteries do have built-in over discharge protection. Therefore, it should be safe to use Makita batteries with an adapter on Milwaukee M18 power tools. But you might consider disassembly your Makita battery to ensure that there is an over discharge protection circuit.

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Ridgid 18V Battery Pack

It has been reported that the Ridgid 18V batteries do have built-in over discharge protection. Therefore, it should be safe to use Ridgid 18V batteries with an adapter on Milwaukee M18 RedLithium power tools. But you might consider disassembly your Ridgid 18V battery to ensure that there is an over discharge protection circuit.

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Ryobi ONE+ 18V Battery Pack

The adapter above is a do-it-yourself adapter, so you will need to provide the circuitry to make it work. Luckily, you don't have to provide the over-discharge protection circuitry, because it has been reported (here and here) that the Ryobi ONE+ batteries do have built-in over discharge protection. Therefore, it should be safe to use Ryobi ONE+ batteries with an adapter on Milwaukee M18 power tools. But you might consider disassembly your Ryobi ONE+ battery to ensure that there is an over discharge protection circuit.

Also, you'll need to make the Milwaukee M18 power tool "recognize" the battery with two resistors in the adapter. Be sure to check out the "Milwaukee M18 Power Tools Battery Interface" article link at the top of this page.

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