Proper maintenance protects forklift batteries and ensures you get the most use out of your equipment. Taking care of the battery improves its performance and saves your business money. Use these four tips to get the most out of your forklift battery.
Only charge your battery once it is depleted to 20–30 percent of its charge capacity. If you charge before it reaches 30 percent, you will shorten the battery’s lifespan. And using the battery after it has less than 20 percent charge will increase wear on the unit.
Completely charging a lead-acid battery takes about eight hours. After charging, let your battery cool for the manufacturer’s recommended amount of time before use—typically another eight hours.
Add Water As Needed
Maintaining the electrolyte level is key for getting the most out of your forklift battery. Typically, batteries require deionized water, but you should follow your manufacturer’s instructions to be sure. Watering will keep the electrolyte at the right acid-to-water ratio.
Only water the battery at the end of the charge cycle. Watering before or during the charge cycle increases the chance of a boil-over, pushing hazardous sulfuric acid outside the battery.
Store in Safe Conditions
Proper battery storage protects the equipment’s working lifespan. Prevent sulfation by fully charging the battery and adding water before storage. Store in a dry location and ensure air can circulate around the battery. Protect the top of the battery from dust and debris.
Generally, you should store forklift batteries at temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not place batteries near sources of heat, such as radiators.
Recondition the Battery
Finally, forklift batteries have an average lifespan of about five years or 1,500 charge cycles. Workloads and battery maintenance affect how long your battery will operate. Fortunately, once your battery reaches the end of its initial lifecycle, you can have it professionally reconditioned to give it a second life.
At Green Power Forklift Batteries, we use an 18-stage reconditioning process to maximize the functional lifespan of batteries and ensure high performance. Contact us for more information on how refurbished forklift batteries can benefit your business.