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Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Starter Kit with Two 3.0 Ah Battery Packs and Charger $70 YMMV

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I just found this at my local HD for $70 in store among the other M12 stuff - not in the clearance end caps or yellow tagged, but it was white labeled as "was $99 now $70". Add a 10% off coupon and it's $63!

Have no idea if it was a store specific special or what... Good luck

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3.0 Ah? Wow, I thought those small ones were usually 1.5 Ah? Am I missing something?
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They come in 1.5, 2 and 3 Ah
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3.0 Ah? Wow, I thought those small ones were usually 1.5 Ah? Am I missing something?
It's a bit of a ripoff. The compact batteries go up to 3 Ah, yet they sell 1.5 and 2 Ah versions. The larger XC batteries go up to 6 Ah, yet they also sell 3 and 4 Ah versions.

The "new" starter pack has a 1.5 Ah compact battery and a 3 Ah XC battery for $99, so this old certain they are trying to clear out is a much better deal.

The reasonable thing is to not sell 1.5 Ah compact batteries and 3 Ah XC batteries, but they do it so they can overcharge for the larger capacity versions
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It's a bit of a ripoff. The compact batteries go up to 3 Ah, yet they sell 1.5 and 2 Ah versions. The larger XC batteries go up to 6 Ah, yet they also sell 3 and 4 Ah versions.

The "new" starter pack has a 1.5 Ah compact battery and a 3 Ah XC battery for $99, so this old certain they are trying to clear out is a much better deal.

The reasonable thing is to not sell 1.5 Ah compact batteries and 3 Ah XC batteries, but they do it so they can overcharge for the larger capacity versions
So I actually was shopping for the starter pack you mentioned with free multi tool and then saw this pack with the two 3 Ah compact batteries. So I bought both figuring I'll return what I don't want later. Now I'm on the fence about what to keep. You have any thoughts?

My current inventory of M12 tools is: fuel hammer drill, fuel hackzall, 3/8 ratchet, multi tool, work flashlight, and one 4 Ah xc battery. Only other tool I think I'd "need" is the lantern, but I'm willing to wait for a deal.

So 2 batteries would fit nicely, but I'm torn about which set. Can the flashlight stand on its end with a compact battery?
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The one thing about the compact batteries is that you can really stand the tool on it. I think $70 for the close out pack is a good deal and should be kept. 2 compact plus the one 4Ah XC is probably enough. You can consider returning the new starter pack for prorated value.
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The one thing about the compact batteries is that you can really stand the tool on it. I think $70 for the close out pack is a good deal and should be kept. 2 compact plus the one 4Ah XC is probably enough. You can consider returning the new starter pack for prorated value.
Awesome. I was leading the same way after seeing the fuel drill standing on its base with a compact battery installed. Plus I get to keep a YMMV deal 😝. Thanks!
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So I actually was shopping for the starter pack you mentioned with free multi tool and then saw this pack with the two 3 Ah compact batteries. So I bought both figuring I'll return what I don't want later. Now I'm on the fence about what to keep. You have any thoughts?

My current inventory of M12 tools is: fuel hammer drill, fuel hackzall, 3/8 ratchet, multi tool, work flashlight, and one 4 Ah xc battery. Only other tool I think I'd "need" is the lantern, but I'm willing to wait for a deal.

So 2 batteries would fit nicely, but I'm torn about which set. Can the flashlight stand on its end with a compact battery?
One thing to keep in mind, what's the date on the older set? Lithium ion batteries have a shelf life, even if unused. That's one thing to also look out for if you ever buy resell batteries on CL/eBay etc.

That being said, even older clearance models at HD etc probably won't be that old, unless they were lost for a long time in top stock or something. So it probably won't make much of a difference
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One thing to keep in mind, what's the date on the older set? Lithium ion batteries have a shelf life, even if unused. That's one thing to also look out for if you ever buy resell batteries on CL/eBay etc.

That being said, even older clearance models at HD etc probably won't be that old, unless they were lost for a long time in top stock or something. So it probably won't make much of a difference
That's a good idea to check. Thanks
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That's a good idea to check. Thanks
Sorry I had a typo earlier. The compact battery isn't meant to let the tool stand. It might, but it will not be balanced. The lantern should be fine because I think the compact battery is flush with its own base. You should use your 4Ah XC for any tools that need standing.

I bought the closeout kit a few weeks ago when my local HD had it down to $80.The batteries are almost discharged so they've been sitting for a while. They normal come charged halfway, so maybe they've been sitting for a year or so. Should be fine as long as you charge it up, don't leave it on the charger after its done and don't let it go fully empty again.
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Sorry I had a typo earlier. The compact battery isn't meant to let the tool stand. It might, but it will not be balanced. The lantern should be fine because I think the compact battery is flush with its own base. You should use your 4Ah XC for any tools that need standing.

I bought the closeout kit a few weeks ago when my local HD had it down to $80.The batteries are almost discharged so they've been sitting for a while. They normal come charged halfway, so maybe they've been sitting for a year or so. Should be fine as long as you charge it up, don't leave it on the charger after its done and don't let it go fully empty again.
I already charged one so I checked the second one and it was not at 0, but was flashing low battery in my ratchet. So I guess I'm in a similar boat to yours. I'll take your advice and keep the batteries off the fringes.

As for standing up tools, you're good. I figured I'd use the xc battery in my fuel tools and the compacts in the other lower output tools. I read the xc battery is better for fuel anyway because of the higher number of cells in the battery
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They also have a special buy of a 1.5, 3.0, charger and bag with free tool for 99$. Actually a better deal.
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They also have a special buy of a 1.5, 3.0, charger and bag with free tool for 99$. Actually a better deal.
I actually returned my batteries and bag after using the deal you mentioned in favor of this pack of 2 compact batteries. Yes it costs more but I have no use for the bag and this pack has 2 of the largest compact batteries as opposed to one of the smallest batteries in each size. To each their own ✌🏼
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I actually returned my batteries and bag after using the deal you mentioned in favor of this pack of 2 compact batteries. Yes it costs more but I have no use for the bag and this pack has 2 of the largest compact batteries as opposed to one of the smallest batteries in each size. To each their own ✌
agreed.
keep the 3.0s, the 1.5s are too small for almost any task... even my 2.0 that came with the Fuel impact/hammer drill goes dead if i'm working for extended periods with it and i have to switch the the 4.0. also, yeah, if you don't need another bag, it's a waste (believe i'm at 6 bags now from various Ridgid, Milwaukee and DeWalt deals Stick Out Tongue)
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agreed.
keep the 3.0s, the 1.5s are too small for almost any task... even my 2.0 that came with the Fuel impact/hammer drill set goes dead if i'm working for extended periods with it and i have to switch the the 4.0. also, yeah, if you don't need another bag, it's a waste (believe i'm at 6 bags now from various Ridgid, Milwaukee and DeWalt deals Stick Out Tongue)
The idea is not that any small battery will work for extended periods of time and not need charged. The idea is you have multiple and you charge one while using the other, by the time you run out of juice on the 2nd, the first is recharged.

If you need to use tools for extended periods of time regularly, get a corded version.
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