Using batteries for forklift operation offers a significant financial benefit, but improperly caring for the batteries can greatly reduce monetary gain. To maximize the effectiveness of forklift batteries, it is crucial to develop a regular maintenance routine. With proper care, they can last for many years – approximately 24,000 working hours – and save you lots of money.
Proper Maintenance for Forklift Batteries
After obtaining a battery for a forklift, take the following steps to ensure that your battery is well-cared for:
- Clean regularly. Cleaning forklift batteries is an important step towards lengthening their lifespan. Use water and battery acid neutralizer to clean the battery as well as any spills that may occur.
- Schedule times to work and times to recharge. Avoid running out of battery during a project by carefully scheduling times for the battery to recharge.
- Check water levels. Since water is a vital part of the battery’s functionality, make sure to refill the battery’s water supply regularly. It will require more water every 5 to 10 charges. Be careful not to overfill, and always water check levels after charging.
- Inspect forsulphation daily. When white sulphuric crystals appear on the battery’s lead plates, it is less able to hold a charge effectively. Visually inspect forklift batteries daily to make sure sulphation has not begun.
- Check for exposed plugs and wires. Before use, perform a visual inspection of all plugs and wires to ensure they are not exposed or damaged.
Avoid These Mistakes
Even if you are careful to follow all the guidelines for proper forklift battery maintenance, some mistakes can still be costly. The following problems may lead to dangerous accidents that could severely damage the battery or harm employees.
- Don’t remove the battery before turning off the charger. Take the time to turn off the charger to avoid damaging the battery.
- Don’t use a battery that is less than 20% charged. When a battery is not sufficiently charged, it runs hot, which can harm both the battery and the engine that it is powering.
- Don’t let it die. Once forklift batteries die, they often require as long as three days to recharge. Even worse, allowing a battery to die while operating a forklift can wreak havoc on its electronics.
By heeding these suggestions, you can greatly extend the life of your forklift batteries. A longer battery lifespan means you save even more money!
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