Lead-acid forklift batteries are the most popular type of forklift battery for several reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that they’re the least expensive option available, but on top of that they’re also reliable, tough, recyclable, and safe when handled properly.
The typical lifespan of a lead-acid forklift battery is 1,500 charge cycles, which adds up to about five years. After yours has reached the end of its lifespan, you can always sell it to Greenpower Forklift Batteries to be refurbished, but you can make it last as long as possible by following these simple tips.
Your forklift battery needs to be washed with water and battery acid neutralizer to clean off the corrosive buildup that would otherwise damage your terminals and casing, shortening the lifespan of your forklift battery over time. Make sure to observe all OSHA and EPA regulations while washing. Don’t charge it again until it’s completely dry.
You should check the water level on your forklift battery after every five charges, adding clean water on an as-needed basis. Fill the water no more than ¼” above the plates. Be careful not to under-water or over-water and add water only after fully charging.
Battery equalization procedures vary from one manufacturer to another, so make sure to follow the instructions specific to your manufacturer. Equalization needs to be performed after every 5-10 charges and should be a regularly scheduled part of your battery maintenance plan.
If you follow these tips, your forklift battery should last much longer than it otherwise would. When you do need to replace it, you can always sell it to Greenpower Forklift Batteries and buy a new or refurbished forklift battery to replace it. By refurbishing older batteries so they last as long as possible, Greenpower Forklift Batteries is doing our part to help the environment!