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Maintain Industrial Battery Health With Good Charging Practices

mp54Charging a battery properly is crucial to ensuring it will continue to function well for the duration of its life. On the other hand, poor charging practices can lead to battery degradation or even early death. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of good charging techniques.

 

Why Good Charging Techniques?

Did you know that the life of your industrial battery depends fully on how effective your charging technique is? A high quality industrial battery charger will make sure that your lead acid battery can be charged with the specificity and precise timing that it needs in order to remain active as long as possible, and to perform at its best. Additionally, using a proper charger is almost certain to help your charging process to be as safe as possible. Smart charging practices, using a high quality charger, will essentially eliminate error in the operation of these mechanisms.

Additionally, have you heard of sulfating? Sulfation is the biggest cause of early failures in industrial batteries. But by charging your battery properly and effectively, you can essentially eliminate the formation of small sulfate crystals, which ultimately reduce your battery’s capacity. With good charging techniques, you can avoid most of the conditions that will reduce the life of your lead acid industrial battery – and preserve your investment in your equipment.

Effective Charger Use: Quality is Everything

A high quality industrial battery charger can be used with many different kinds of industrial batteries. Believe it or not, a well designed charger is extremely simple to use, especially because many good chargers actually eliminate user error due to their automatic start functions. They can also determine battery voltage prior to actually beginning the charge, and can charge automatically without needing to be reset after an interruption to their power supply.

The best chargers will not only extend the life of your battery, but will also refrain from exposing the crucial lead components to battery acid. Of course, all electronic equipment requires proper maintenance. Good maintenance means that you should make sure that you always inspect your battery and your charger fully before use, and also ensure that you replace any parts that have been damaged. Additionally, you should make sure that any users of the battery and the charger are well trained in their operation.

As always, all of these services and more are available at Industrial Powersource. Contact us today for more information.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Golf Cart Batteries

Golf cart batteries require unique care and maintenance because, unlike car batteries, they do not recharge while they are being used. In order to lengthen the lifespan of your golf cart batteries, you should make certain to always keep them properly cleaned and to maintain the correct water levels in the battery. For guidance on care and maintenance, as well as instructions on refurbishing and recharging your golf cart batteries, keep reading!

Cleaning Golf Cart BatteriesDeep Cycle Crown Batteries for Golf Carts

Cleaning the terminals in your golf cart batteries is very important because it enables the current to efficiently flow from the battery to the motor. This will increase the operational efficiency of the motor. To clean your terminals, begin with the top of the battery, using a brush or a cloth, as well as a water and baking soda solution. Next, use a post and clamp cleaner for the inner part of the cable clamps and the terminals of the battery. Finally, reconnect your battery and coat the terminals with a very thin layer of petroleum jelly.

Checking the Water Level

In a golf cart battery, each battery has a cell with water in it. To increase lifespan, these water levels must be checked at least once a week and properly maintained. Within the battery are leaded plates that should always be covered by water. When adding water, wait until the golf cart battery has been fully charged. Only add water that is either distilled or deionized, which means it won’t have a high content of minerals. Never expose the lead plates to the air, and do not fill the water any higher than needed to cover the plates.

Refurbishing Golf Cart Batteries

If your golf cart battery appears to be dead, you may be able to clean the sulfur buildup on the lead plates in order to refurbish the battery. First, take a crescent wrench and disconnect the cables of the battery to remove it. Next, take the plastic caps off of the cells in the battery, and fill with water if necessary. Plug in the battery charger overnight.

If these steps are unsuccessful, dissolve 10 tablespoons of Epsom salt into a quart of warm water. Take half of the water out of your batteries and replace with the mixture. Shake the batteries after replacing the caps, and charge overnight again.

Refurbishing golf cart batteries is a very difficult skill to master, so unless you have extensive experience with batteries you can always rely on Industrial Powersource to refurbish your battery for you.

Recharging Dead Golf Cart Batteries

If you run your batteries until they are dead, your regular charger may not work properly. To charge these batteries, use a charger that is twice the voltage of a single battery. For example, use a 12-volt charger for a 6-volt battery. Place the red end on positive for the first battery, and the black end on negative for the second battery. Charge and unplug before moving on to the next two batteries. Always unplug the charger first – otherwise, you could cause an explosion! Choosing a good battery charger is crucial to the longevity of your battery, so visit Industrial Powersource today to find the right one.

Click here to view a video with more tips on how to maintain your batteries!

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Choosing the Right Forklift Battery

If you run a business that requires the use of forklifts, you know that there are many different options out there for forklift batteries. This article will discuss forklift battery options available through Industrial Powersource, a distributor of Crown Batteries. It will also provide guidance about factors to consider when choosing a forklift battery.

H2GO Less Maintenance BatteriesIndustrial Forklift Batteries

Crown Battery’s H2GO Less Maintenance batteries allow you to obtain a forklift battery that requires minimal maintenance. While regular forklift batteries necessitate water changes every 1-3 weeks, these less maintenance batteries only need their water changed every 9-12 weeks, depending on the application that you are using them for, and how frequently they are used.

These forklift batteries come with a 5-year warranty and can be purchased in all 85 and 125 amp sizes. They provide you with the same amount of power as our standard batteries, and they do not need a special type of charger. The batteries have a vent cap that is a recombinant flip top, which lessens the amount of water that emanates out of them. They also contain an LED monitor to show you when water is needed, and you have the option of an automatic system for watering.

Sealed Industrial Batteries

For forklifts, sealed industrial batteries from Crown Battery are another excellent option. These batteries are completely sealed and require zero maintenance. They are also clean and have a universal fit for chargers. These batteries are manufactured for heavy-duty construction, and they are proven to perform well in all forklift applications. Our sealed industrial batteries come in 6, 8, and 12 volts. They also come in four different terminal options: standard, type B2, inserted, and type J.

Factors to Consider

When choosing a forklift battery, there are many factors that you should consider. First, think about weight – the battery’s weight will add to that of the forklift, and you must ensure that it still meets its capacity rating. You will also need to check the dimensions of your forklift’s battery compartment and compare that to the battery you are considering.

Other important factors include the recharging system, and the required maintenance for the battery. You may decide that you need a fast-charging system and a low maintenance battery, and you may also opt for an automatic watering system or a warning light for low water levels. Finally, you should be sure to match the voltage of the battery to the electrical system of your forklift.

Choosing a Battery Charger

One very important, and yet often overlooked piece of equipment is your battery charger. It’s important to choose the battery charger that is ideally suited to your battery. Investing in a high quality battery charger can save you money because they will last longer and provide maximum performance. To ensure that you are getting the correct model, and to receive better service if you have an issue with either component, it is helpful to purchase the battery and charger from the same company. To choose the forklift battery and battery charger for your business, visit our website or call today at 562-239-2928.

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How to Dispose of Deep Cycle Batteries Safely

Deep cycle batteries are a type of lead-acid battery that are often used in industrial equipment. If not properly disposed of, deep cycle batteries pose a threat to our health and the environment because they contain dangerous chemicals: highly corrosive sulfuric acid and lead. Lead has been linked to central nervous system damage in humans and animals. Sulfuric acid can both generate hydrogen gas, which is highly flammable, and it can cause severe burns. Most states have regulations in place requiring that deep cycle batteries be recycled. To find out how to recycle deep cycle batteries in your area, check your state’s regulations on battery disposal.

How Not to Dispose

While regulations vary by state, there are three ways that you should never attempt to dispose of deep cell batteries:

  • Do not place deep cycle batteries in the garbage to be collected
  • Do not bring deep cycle batteries to a landfill
  • Do not incinerate deep cycle batteries.

Disposing of deep cycle batteries in any of these three ways can be very harmful to the health of you and others due to the release of dangerous chemicals that these batteries contain.

Recycling Deep Cycle Batteries

Deep cycle batteries should always be recycled. Fortunately, more than 98% of all battery lead is recycled in the United States. In fact, lead-acid batteries are the most highly recycled consumer product, rising above aluminum cans, newspapers, glass bottles, and tires. The recycling system for deep cell batteries is extremely efficient because the recycling can continue indefinitely. Typical new lead-acid batteries contain 60-80% recycled lead and plastic because these components of the battery can continue being recycled over and over again.

In many states, you can easily recycle deep cell batteries by simply bringing them back to a lead-acid battery retailer or wholesaler. Where these regulations apply, retail sellers and wholesalers must accept lead-acid batteries of the same type and quantity that they have sold. Check your state’s laws on battery recycling before attempting to dispose of deep cell batteries.

Battery Council International Guide

The Battery Council International Guide has proposed regulations that have served as a model for many state recycling laws for lead-acid batteries. You can use these regulations for more information on the best way to dispose of deep cell batteries in your workplace.

  • Do not ever place a used deep-cell battery in mixed municipal solid waste, a landfill, or a municipal solid waste incinerator.
  • Deliver them to a retailer, wholesaler, secondary lead smelter, or an authorized collection or recycling facility.
  • Violators may be subject to a fine or even a prison term.
  • Retailers should accept used deep cell batteries of the same type that they have sold and in a quantity at least equal to the number of batteries purchased.
  • Retailers share information by posting written notices stating that it is illegal to discard a used deep cell battery, that customers should recycle used batteries, and that state law requires the retailer to accept used batteries for recycling in exchange for new batteries that have been purchased.

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Basic Principles of Battery Safety for Heavy Duty Batteries

High-power industrial lead-acid batteries can pose significant safety risks when they are not handled properly during use or maintenance. For proper battery safety, it’s important to know what health and safety risks heavy duty batteries can pose, as well as how to use heavy duty batteries in a safe manner.

Charging Heavy Duty Batteries

When heavy duty batteries are charged, they can generate concentrations of hydrogen gas that have the potential to explode, and may also pose a risk of electric shock. For this reason, it’s imperative to ensure that any area in which heavy duty batteries are being charged is well-ventilated and monitored for hydrogen gas buildup. Additionally, make sure that there is no open flame or other intense heat source around charging batteries, and do not allow any employee or guest to smoke in areas where heavy duty batteries are plugged in for charging. Handle all batteries carefully, especially electrical components and any place where you could come into contact with battery fluid, to avoid burns. Be careful never to over-charge heavy duty batteries, as this can result in the generation of harmful gasses, leaks, and even explosions.

Maintaining Heavy Duty Batteries

When servicing and maintaining heavy duty batteries, especially those that have been damaged, it’s important to understand which parts of the battery are safe to touch and which should be avoided. Otherwise, you may burn yourself or, if working with lead-based heavy duty batteries, accidentally ingest materials that are unsafe. When maintaining heavy duty batteries, follow all of the manufacturers instructions to ensure both present safety and long-term function of the battery. Never touch both terminals of the battery at the same time. When re-filling fluids in heavy duty batteries, be careful not to overfill them, and make sure not to touch your eyes, mouth, or nose while servicing heavy duty batteries. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling any battery.  Finally, remember that batteries can be extremely heavy, so use proper lifting techniques to avoid straining your back or any other muscles while transporting heavy duty batteries.

Storing Heavy Duty Batteries

Corrosion may cause heavy duty batteries to leak, exposing workers to lead and other chemicals – particularly sulfuric acid – that can cause burns, lead poisoning, and other harmful reactions. Make sure that batteries are stored in a cool, dry area to prevent exposure to elements that may cause corrosion. Store batteries in trays that can contain a spill if one should occur. After a battery has been stored for an extended period of time, make sure to examine it for any damage, decay, or leakage before placing it back in use.

Disposing of Heavy Duty Batteries

Finally, take care when disposing of heavy duty batteries, as damaged or otherwise unusable batteries can pose a safety risk not only to those who work in a facility but also to those who may be collecting the battery for disposal. Ensure that your disposal techniques adhere to all local laws and specifications for safety and environmental consideration, and never place heavy duty batteries in regular trash.

 

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The Benefits of Purchasing Reconditioned Industrial Batteries

While most consumers’ first thought when approaching a battery purchase is to go right for a new product, there are many benefits to investing in a used or reconditioned battery. Let’s take a look at some of the numerous advantages to buying industrial batteries second hand.

Reconditioned Industrial Batteries Are Cheaper

The price difference between new and used industrial batteries is often the driving reason behind choosing a second hand battery. Industrial batteries, purchased new, can be expensive, and you may not have it in your immediate budget to invest in a new battery. It is important to note that you will want to purchase a high-quality used battery from a reconditioner that you trust. The money you save by purchasing used or reconditioned industrial batteries can often be used in alternative applications than replacing your power source.

Used Industrial Batteries Are Better for the Environment

Industrial batteries contain a significant amount of chemicals and heavy metals that can do a lot of damage to the environment if they are not properly disposed of. While many industrial battery recycling programs do exist, it’s important to remember that “recycle” is part of the longer phrase, “reduce, reuse, recycle.” By purchasing reconditioned industrial batteries, you can contribute to efforts that seek to reduce waste entirely by making use of salvageable materials, rather than simply recycling items that are perceived to have outlived their use.

Reconditioned Industrial Batteries Are Good Temporary Solutions

If you only need a new battery temporarily, used industrial batteries are a perfect solution. Depending on the particular battery and method of reconditioning, used industrial batteries may only get an additional one to two years of life after they’ve been reconditioned. That said, used industrial batteries can still be incredibly useful in shorter-term applications, or if you don’t have the budget to purchase a new battery.

Used Industrial Batteries Can Match Present Batteries

For applications in which multiple batteries are connected, you will want to replace a damaged or dead battery with something that matches the rest of the series in terms of size, manufacturer, and type. Equally important is the approximate age and usage of the battery. In such applications, a new battery may be too new, and would potentially disrupt your system. Used industrial batteries, however, can be chosen to perfectly match your existing set, and would actually be a better choice than purchasing a new battery.

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Industrial Battery Good Charging Practices

Crown Industrial BatteryCharging an industrial battery properly is key to ensuring that it functions at a high level throughout its life, while bad charging habits can lead to early battery death or degradation. To get the most out of your industrial battery and prevent damage from bad charging, make sure to utilize the following good charging techniques.

Choose the Right Charger

Industrial battery chargers are not one size fits all. Different chargers put out different levels of voltage, which can damage batteries that are not designed to receive that much power. On the other hand, a charger that is not powerful enough will take a considerable amount of time to charge a depleted battery. Make sure you choose the right battery charger for your needs.

Store Batteries Charged

When an industrial battery is left in storage fully discharged, extensive sulfation (buildup of sulfates within the battery) can occur, which may make your battery resistant to charging in the future. Ensure that any batteries you wish to store long term are fully charged before you pack them away.

Keep Batteries Clean

Buildup of grime, corrosion, and other materials on industrial battery terminals can prevent a solid connection from being made between the battery and the charger. To make sure that your battery charges properly and receives a steady input of power, keep all terminal ends as clean as possible.

Allow Battery to Cool

While a battery undergoes a charge cycle, its temperature rises. To prevent grid corrosion and eventual battery failure, allow your industrial battery to cool down in between charging and discharging.

Maintain Liquid Levels

When battery plates are exposed, they begin to experience sulfation, which is one of the main causes of battery degradation and failure. Check the electrolyte level in your industrial battery often, and top off the liquid level with water after a charge cycle if the plates are exposed (be careful, however, not to overfill, as the electrolyte expands during charging).

Pay Attention to Ambient Temperature

Charging a battery at temperatures over 120 degrees F or 49 degrees C can result in overheating, melting, and other damage. On the other end of the spectrum, never charge a frozen battery, and be aware that batteries freeze faster when they are discharged than when they are fully charged.

Charge Batteries Fully

Allow every new charge cycle to complete before discharging your industrial or commercial battery. Otherwise, insufficient expansion of the electrolyte can result in sulfation. Additionally, incomplete charge cycles mean that your battery is not working at its full capacity.

Use a Smart Charger

Manual battery charging can result in overcharging, especially as a battery ages and undergoes a reduction in charge capacity. In addition, manual charging does not take ambient and battery temperature (which affects voltage levels) into account, thereby resulting in a voltage level that is too high for warm batteries or too low for cool batteries.

 

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