Forklift battery basics: what you need to know

A battery is a critical component of an electric forklift. By taking good care of your forklift’s batteries, you can ensure its smooth operation. In fact, you can double the life expectancy of a forklift battery with proper maintenance and upkeep.  Here are some tips to help you make the most of your forklift battery.

Undercharging and Overcharging

Overcharging or undercharging your batteries can significantly reduce their lifespan. Many times, overcharging occurs because the chargers are connected to often or for too long a period of time. Ideally, your battery shouldn’t be recharged until there’s only 15%-20% of battery charge remaining.


Charge It Fully

Forklift batteries have a limited number of charges in their life. Plugging it into the charger in short bursts is counterproductive, as a half charge will take a much of a toll on the battery as a full charge.


Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Batteries operate best in average temperatures. Extreme heat or extreme cold can severely affect the performance of your forklift. Extreme heat is especially detrimental to  your battery’s lifespan.


Keep It Clean

A primary cause of battery failure is oxidation. Once a layer of rust has formed on the battery terminals, your battery may be toast. To avoid this, clean your batteries at least once a month with warm water or a cleaning solution and otherwise keep it dry. 


Water Your Batteries

 Many types of batteries require watering. They need a thin layer of clean or distilled water or the units can suffer irreversible damage. Electrolyte levels increase during charging and the water prevents overflows that may produce overheating or acid erosion.


Keep it Running

If a battery is ideal for long periods, its lifespan can be cut short. These devices are designed to be active, so keep them going on a regular basis.


Be Careful

There are certain precautions that should be taken in caring for your batteries:

  • Wear protective gear-batteries contain sulfuric acid that can cause severe eye and skin damage.
  • Handle carefully-forklift batteries are dense and heavy. If you attempt to move the battery, use specially designed equipment to avoid damage to the battery or injury to your personnel.
  • Proper ventilation-never charge your battery without proper ventilation. Charging your battery can produce dangerously noxious fumes

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the premier dealer in Florida with a broad range of forklifts as well as other material handling equipment. We represent all of the leading forklift manufacturers and can work with you to select a new or used forklift for your operation. We also offer short term and long term forklift rentals. We serve Jacksonville, Sarasota, and many other locations in Florida, and our service go beyond sales and rentals. We can also supply you with forklift parts and service to minimize your downtime.

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