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Replacing and Recharging Your Forklift Battery

According to OSHA, industrial forklift batteries should last approximately 2000 discharge/charge cycles or 2000 work shifts (under normal conditions). However, frequently transporting heavier loads will drain forklift batteries more quickly than moving light objects.

Warning signs a forklift battery is dying and should be replaced include:

  • Delayed turning over of the forklift
  • Dimming or flickering headlights
  • Ammeter showing a high RPM discharge
  • Battery case has corrosion buildup
  • Battery emits a rotten egg smell

4 Things to Know About Replacing Forklift Batteries

  1. All batteries need sulfuric acid to work properly. Sulfuric acid is extremely corrosive and can cause all degrees of burns if splashed on skin. When you are replacing forklift batteries, always wear protective gear made to resist sulfuric acid (OSHA approved face shields, chemical aprons and rubber gloves).
  2. Remove jewelry and all nearby metal objects from the area before replacing forklift batteries. Metallic objects can short circuit battery terminals and cause an explosion or arc.
  3. Double check that the forklift is aligned with the hoist before lifting out the battery. You don’t want a hoisted battery swinging even slightly as you remove it. Also, make sure hooks are firmly secured in the battery’s lifting holes.
  4. Inspect vent captions to make sure they are working. Compartment/battery covers need to be open to allow heat to dissipate.

4 Things to Know About Forklift Battery Repair/Recharging

  1. Make sure ampere hour ratings are no more than 10 percent of the forklift battery being charged. The battery’s model number tells you the number of cells, amps per cell and plates. To find the ampere hour rating, subtract one from the plate number and divide that number by two. Then multiply that number by the middle number. That should give you the ampere hour rating.
  2. Never water forklift batteries prior to charging them. Overfilled batteries will spill over while charging, allowing dangerous sulfuric acid to erode floors and possibly cause accidental burns. Also, water forklift batteries only with de-ionized or distilled water. Make sure the plates are covered inside the battery cells.
  3. Keep looking for gas bubbles while recharging forklift batteries. The sight of gas bubbles means the battery is almost fully charged. Resulting from the positive plate producing oxygen and the negative place producing hydrogen, bubbling is necessary for creating consistent acid levels across all plate areas.
  4. Forklift batteries that are too hot or too cold won’t charge correctly. NEVER charge a frozen battery and NEVER charge batteries hotter than 115°F.

Replacing and recharging forklift batteries should only be done by people with the experience and knowledge necessary to perform this action correctly. Staffed by skilled personnel who can replace and recharge all your forklift batteries, Industrial Powersource ensures optimal functioning of your forklift batteries so don’t need to worry about unexpected operational delays or serious accidents. Contact IPS Battery today for more information about our extensive line of services and products.

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4 Reasons to Use Our Battery Rental Service

Industrial Powersource has been offering a battery rental service for many years now, and we find that it offers tremendous value to our clients. Whenever we get a chance, we always like to point out our rental service to clients who are not utilizing it, just so they know that they have the option.

Why would you ever need to rent a battery? When we get this question, we offer answers that deal with short and long-term issues. The flexibility of our rental program is what makes it so popular with our clients, and we would like to see more of our customers take advantage of what the rental program has to offer.

Save Money On Batteries

Our rental program allows you to have the batteries you need at a fraction of the cost of buying them. If your company is not comfortable buying used batteries, then we would recommend renting them to save on costs and still get the power you need.

Choose Your Accessories

When we rent out our industrial batteries, we always allow customers the option of renting chargers, racks and material handling equipment as well. Once again, this is a convenient service that gives you all of the power equipment you need at a fraction of the cost of making a full purchase.

Get Your Batteries Now

If your batteries are not properly maintained, then they will start malfunctioning and giving you problems. One of the more common maintenance issues companies have with their industrial batteries is improper watering habits. An industrial battery without water is a battery waiting to burn out. The last thing you need is to find out that one or more of your batteries are dead, and you have no replacements on hand.

Instead of forcing yourself to invest in brand new batteries that can take time to get up and running, just call our rental service and we will have batteries to your site quickly that you can use immediately. You will reduce costly downtime, and you will buy yourself the time you need to alter the budget to replace the batteries that were damaged.

Save Money On Temporary Projects

You brought in a couple of extra forklifts or scissor lifts to do a special inventory project in your warehouse, but the lifts did not come with batteries. This scenario is more common than you may think, and it can create a difficult situation. Do you put that temporary equipment to the side and slow the pace of your inventory, or do you buy new batteries for machines that you will only have for a week or so?

The solution is our battery rental service. You can rent batteries to run machines for temporary projects, and you can also use our rental service to offset the costs of buying batteries as your operations grow. With our battery rental service, you can add more machines and put off the costs of buying new batteries until your budget allows for it.

The Industrial Powersource battery rental program has been popular with our customers for a long time because it delivers value and quality products. The next time you find yourself needing to replace a burnt out battery or in need of a temporary battery to run new equipment, we recommend you give us a call and use our battery rental service for immediate results.

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What to Wear When Maintaining Your Industrial Battery

Reconstituted heavy-duty batteries are a crucial part of many fields, and doing your own maintenance can extend a battery’s usable life. This can save you time, money, and energy. To perform battery maintenance safely, you must be aware of OSHA guidelines. Additionally, you must take precautions to keep your workers safe in case an industrial battery accident does occur.

OSHA Guidelines Regarding Industrial Batteries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has several specific guidelines regarding reconstituted industrial batteries. The equipment in which these batteries are used, such as electric forklifts, can be dangerous if handled improperly. OSHA requires that workers charge electric forklifts and other equipment fully before using it. Additionally, these heavy lead-acid batteries should be charged in a separate area away from workers. Remember that industrial batteries must be changed frequently; it’s safer not to operate equipment with a draining battery.

Equipping Your Battery Charging Area

Once you’ve set aside a charging area, make sure it complies with OSHA rules. A proper charging area should have adequate warning signs posted in several visible areas. It should also have sufficient fire protection and a telephone for emergencies.

Your charging area needs neutralization materials for the emission or leakage of dangerous battery components. To go along with this, the charging area should be fully ventilated. Otherwise, hydrogen gas can build up and lead to fatal medical emergencies. Adequate ventilation will also protect the area from fires, but the charging station should have at least one CO2, foam, or dry chemical fire extinguisher.

Required Battery Maintenance Gear

An OSHA-compliant charging station is essential, but the best way to protect yourself is wearing the proper gear while handling batteries. Industrial batteries are heavy and made up of corrosive chemicals that can cause severe burns and other injuries.

To protect yourself, you’ll need PPE-approved goggles and a face shield. Always cover your hands with acid-resistant gloves. In particular, verify the gloves’ resistance to sulfuric acid; contact your supplier for information. All of your clothing, including footwear, should be acid-resistant, and you should wear a chemical-resistant apron if you work with batteries frequently. Make sure your footwear is sturdy; opt for work boots or a similar shoe.

Do not wear loose-fitting clothing around batteries or open flames. If a long sleeve or other clothing item catches fire, the flames can spread instantly. Additionally, avoid wearing materials such as rayon, nylon, silk, or lace. These materials provide little to no protection against open flames or acid spills.

In Case of an Accident

Acid spills, burns, and electrical accidents can happen no matter how careful you are. If one does occur, ensure your workplace is ready. OSHA requires an eyewash station with a minimum 15-minute flow in the battery charging area.

If an acid spill occurs, neutralize it immediately using approved acid neutralizing agents. Ensure the acid has stopped fizzing before attempting to clean up the spill. To be perfectly safe, check the spill’s pH first. For large spills, you may need earth or clay dikes. Rinse spill residue from the battery with a water hose, and remove grime from around the connectors. Report the spill to a supervisor who can contact the proper authorities about safe disposal.

IPS provides battery maintenance and safety training as a service to its customers in both the sales and warehouse departments. For more information, contact us today.

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Industrial Powersource (IPS) is the leader in motive power sales and service for your warehouse operations. We are the fastest growing supplier of Crown forklift batteries and chargers on the West Coast. We provide unparalleled service to our customers and offer the best competitive prices in the industry.

 

WHAT WE OFFER:

Products

Industrial Powersource (IPS) is the largest supplier of Crown forklift batteries and chargers in Southern California. We carry:

  • High quality batteries such as H2GO and Maxhaul
  • State of the art PowerHouse IHF Traction Charger
  • Reconditioned batteries and chargers for any budget

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Services

Our expert technicians have over 30 years of skilled expertise, who strive to minimize your downtime and provide efficient and dependable service.

      • Our Service department provides battery and charger test & evaluations, battery refurbishment, and custom-made batteries.
      • Our Field Service technicians are fully equipped with an extensive suite of tools and knowledge to ensure uncompromised productivity and service.

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Platinum Care

Platinum Care Plan

      Our affordable scheduled maintenance program will ensure your lift truck fleet is continuously operational. Services include:

      • Water batteries to correct level to prolong battery life.
      • Clean and inspect all batteries and chargers.
      • Detailed, visual inspection of all battery components.
      • Replace misc. watering parts (caps, injectors, hoses).
      • And more!

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    Visit ipsbattery.com today for more information about our products and services.  We are ready to serve you with high quality care, affordability and access.  Let IPS know how we can be your preferred motive power solution expert.

     

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    14501 Marquardt Avenue
    Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

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    Don’t Just Use Industrial Batteries – Understand How They Work

    Although we as a society use batteries all the time, many of us probably don’t understand exactly how those batteries work. Batteries are so dependable and handy that most people don’t see the need to know what’s going on inside the power source! However, a basic understanding of the inner workings of batteries can be extremely useful. By studying how a battery works, you can use it more safely and easily identify when there’s a problem, whether you’re using industrial batteries or commercial batteries.

    The Basic Components

    There are many different types of batteries, but one of the most common types is lead-acid. Industrial batteries are frequently lead-acid batteries, but some commercial batteries also use this technology. Lead-acid batteries include the following elements:

    • A plastic container. This container has to be highly resilient in order to contain the energy stored within a battery.
    • Plate separators, which are usually made of porous, synthetic material.
    • Lead terminals, which provide a connection point between the battery and the item that it powers.
    • Positive and negative internal plates, generally composed of lead.
    • Battery acid. Also known as electrolyte, battery acid is a solution that contains sulfuric acid and water.

    Putting It All Together

    Once these various components are assembled correctly, the battery can begin to store electricity. A chemical reaction is created which produces voltage when the positive and negative plates are immersed in the battery acid. The energy produced by this reaction is released as electricity whenever the battery is connected to an item that creates a circuit between the positive and negative sections of the battery.

    Staying Safe

    It is important to be aware of safety when interacting with industrial batteries and commercial batteries. Whenever you are doing any kind of serious work with lead-acid batteries, remove all of your jewelry and your watch because they might cause a problem if something goes wrong with the battery.

    Another thing to consider is what to wear when dealing with batteries. If a battery is charging, it can explode and send battery acid everywhere. Use safety goggles to protect your eyes from any explosions. In addition, choose polyester clothing, because battery acid will cause cotton clothing to melt.

    Time for Maintenance

    Especially if you are dealing with industrial batteries, it is important to clean batteries frequently. Clean batteries with a mixture of baking soda and water in order to avoid any problems caused by dirt. Get your battery checked regularly as well if you’re using an industrial battery.

    In order to improve the lifespan of your battery, it is important to follow several maintenance rules for both industrial and commercial batteries. For instance, allowing your battery to sit unused will often reduce the battery’s ability to take and hold a charge. When the weather is warm, it may take as little as 24 hours for a problem to arise. Make sure to monitor the temperature of the room where your battery is stored so that it doesn’t get ruined by extreme temperatures!

    What are your best safety tips related to the use of lead-acid batteries?

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    How Platinum Care Powers Your Business

    Where would you be without the all important batteries and chargers that keep your business powered and on the go? Industrial Powersource knows that worrying about the state of power sources can cause undue stress and problems, especially when it comes to staying OSHA and EPA compliant. That’s where Platinum Care comes into play, eliminating any question that business will continue as usual, no matter what.

    Before and After Platinum Care
    Having a battery go bad on the job can result in costly downtime and customers waiting for service. Productivity is directly related to efficiently and fully completing a job, and profit is connected to production levels. With a preventative care plan like Platinum Care offered by IPS, you can rest assured that batteries and chargers will stay inspected, clean, inventoried, and free of damaged parts through quick replacement. In addition, Platinum Care reduces costs by being more affordable than hiring your own team to take care of batteries. What you spend on an experienced technician, you save in training time, unpredictability of employees, and paychecks.

    The task of making sure that all batteries are compliant with government agencies is a delicate and time-consuming process for a business owner, while failing to keep your equipment in check can result in fees and even business closure. Keeping tabs on the equipment and ensuring you aren’t endangering employees or the environment is a top priority, but it can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the many details involved.

    Platinum Care: OSHA and EPA standards

    • Industrial Powersource will keep up with all standards of OSHA and the EPA so you don’t have to.
    • Detailed computer records are kept of maintenance as well as voltage, and each battery or charger is kept clean, working, and free of dangerous leaks that negatively impact both workers and the environment.
    • The Battery Room is also inspected and kept up to par by the IPS technician, ensuring there is no question of compliance.
    • Some of the most important offerings of the Platinum Care package are the classes and training exercises for you and your employees. It’s one thing to have a technician visit to ensure batteries are well-maintained and safe for use, it’s another to understand when batteries need attention.

    Industrial PowersourceThese classes will prepare you for understanding the delicate care of batteries and chargers, as well as how to spot when there may be issues in compliance. This allows you to receive assistance from Industrial Powersource more quickly to alleviate any problems that may arise, saving time and money in the long run.

    Overall, investing in our batteries, chargers, and Platinum Care package is one of the best moves you can make for your company, employees, and the environment as a whole. Don’t let yourself be caught by surprise by OSHA and the EPA. Take steps to prevent serious problems before they occur.

    Call today to set up and appointment with our skilled technicians and to learn more about the Platinum Care Package from IPS today!

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    Why Choose Industrial Powersource for Your Charger

    Choosing the right charger system for a battery is just as important as the battery itself. Industrial Powersource offers many options for charger systems and has a staff of well-trained sales professionals who can provide the information needed to help in the selection process. Our team of experienced technicians is there to provide professional service to optimize your battery life.

    Two of Industrial Powersource’s most popular options for charging systems are the EcoTec Charger and PowerHouse IHF Charger. Each has unique benefits that can make it the right option.

    EcoTec Charger

    • Versatility. The EcoTec Charger has the ability to charge many different batteries. Each unit is preprogrammed with six different charge curves.
    • Access control. Each charger can be easily programmed to best suit the client’s needs. The charger monitors battery conditions with an auto start/stop control for maximum efficiency, and the unit can be password-protected at two different levels to prevent unauthorized access.
    • Energy saving. This charger system can be programmed to prevent charging during certain times, such as peak usage hours. During each day, up to three periods may be blocked out. It can also be programmed to charge for up to 60 minutes prior to the start of the work week after discharging over the weekend.
    • Communication. Chargers can be networked together to ensure use of the next available battery in the charging cycle. This helps each battery get equal usage and balances charging equally.
    • Wireless limits. Through the wireless communication system, each charger can have its AC power draw limited. This helps prevent the charger from using too much power in places where the main power source might be limited.
    • Monitoring. Batteries charged on the EcoTec system can be equipped with battery monitoring units which allow the system to wirelessly determine battery size, type, voltage, and temperature information and adjust the charging cycle automatically.
    • Equalization. To help extend battery life, the EcoTec system features a setting to automatically perform this step. It can be programmed to complete this on a specific day or after a certain number of charging cycles.

    PowerHouse IHF Charger

    • Efficiency. The PowerHouse system delivers a 92 percent charging rate, which is among the best in the industry.
    • Versatility. Each unit has microprocessor controls with 14 preprogrammed charging cycles and uses a Windows-based software system for easy tracking of charging activity.
    • Monitoring system. Through its computer connection, the system compiles and stores data about each charging cycle, including forced switch overs, excess charging, low-level electrolytes and I/U errors.
    • Long-lasting. Each PowerHouse system is designed to last up to 15 years or 30,000 hours of charging time.
    • Remote control. Each unit can be equipped with a BATCOM radio transmitter to provide notices such as overheating, battery capacity, or low electrolytes.
    • Battery life. PowerHouse systems are designed to provide a ripple-free current to the battery, which results in more efficient energy transfer and helps extend the life of the batteries charged on the system.

    Industrial Powersource builds long-lasting relationships with our clients to ensure they always have the products and services that best fit their needs. Our sales professionals and technicians are well-known for their honesty and dependability within the power industry and always ready to provide top service.

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    Understanding Our 3-Day Test and Evaluation Process

    When customers work with a battery company, they want products that can be relied on and that come in a wide range of options. However, what’s equally important to the product is service. There are hundreds of battery companies out there that may be able to deliver the product, yet fall extremely short on customer experience.

    IPS is not one of those companies. We are as committed to customer satisfaction as to the quality of our products. It’s vital for battery companies to provide experience, speed, and reliability to its customer base, and IPS demonstrates this with our 3-day test and evaluation process.

    Our 3-day test determines whether a battery can be battery repair services or reconditioned batteries. Day 1 is dedicated to charging the battery for 8 hours, followed by cooling it for another 8. On day 2, we D-Sulfate the battery, check specific gravity every 4 hours, acid adjust to 1280, and then cool overnight. We put the battery through a 5 hour load bank test on day 3, taking a voltage reading every hour. A battery that does not have at least 1.7 volts per cell fails the test; a new battery is needed.

    Our technicians are extremely skilled, so our field and shop services are second-to-none. We can have all batteries repaired and charges completed quickly, using our 25+ years of experience. IPS also offers comprehensive rentals while a battery is being repaired, or if renting is more economical than buying.

    Our goal is to provide the highest quality service and products. At IPS, we take the customer seriously and work hard to cater to our client’s needs.

    Posted in: Commercial Batteries, Deep Cycle Batteries, Forklift Batteries, Heavy Duty Batteries, Industrial Batteries, Reconditioned Batteries

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    Why Other Batteries Bow Down to Crown

    You don’t have to be a battery expert to know what you want in a product. Durability, safety, and reliability are just a few of these components, all of which – and more – can be found in Crown batteries. The company’s lead acid batteries can be custom-designed, yet are only available in one category: the best.

    Crown batteries are some of the heaviest and most renowned on the market. Consider these features:

    • flip-top vent caps that minimize water loss
    • optimal charge and cycling abilities
    • equipped with sleeve separators
    • LED monitor warns when water is required
    • Full 5 year warranty, not pro-rated
    • made with high-quality lead oxide from Crown’s own mill
    • protected negative edge to prevent shorts
    • insulated with POSIWRAP PROTECTION
    • requires no special chargers

    It may not come as a surprise to learn that Crown Battery utilizes an optimum quality assurance system. The company is ISO-9001:2008 certified, which allows its engineers to design and manufacture such superior products. Analysis is regularly conducted to evaluate plant efficiency, product end results, and customer satisfaction. These assessments inform Crown’s decision-makers about the facets of the company that are running successfully, as well as those with room to grow. This leaves opportunity only for improvement.

    Crown’s batteries promise high performance and superior return on investment, and the company is true to its word. It is evident that Crown cares deeply about its products, but its dedication to excellence doesn’t end there. The company takes great pride in its ethics and commitment to maintaining a safe working environment. President and CEO Hal Hawk attributes these qualities to frequent safety training and open communication within and between teams on all levels.

    The plant’s modern, high-tech machinery is a meaningful component of a safe workplace as well, since it handles the most dangerous jobs. Manufacturing lines complete welding and heating work, and even circulate acid.

    Awards and Acknowledgements

    In 2012, the Sandusky County Safety Council and the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation declared Crown Batteries exemplary in terms of workplace safety. This is quite a feat, considering the company employs more than 400 people.

    Not only was Crown recognized, but the company was awarded in all four categories. They include the Group Award, for the fewest incidents in its group; the 100% Award, for going years without workplace injury requiring employees to miss 1 or more days of work; the Special Award, for managing at least 500,000 hours and 6 months free of employee injuries resulting in 1 or more days of missed work; and the Achievement Award, for lowering accident numbers by 25% of the previous year’s rates.

    The privately-owned company identifies its primary values as strength and integrity – qualities it has modeled for more than 80 years. These are the exact values that drive its top priorities, which are commitment to customers, the community it serves, and to its partners worldwide.

    Contact Industrial Powersource, a Triple Crown partner and supplier of Crown’s batteries and chargers, to learn more about Crown products.

    Posted in: Automotive Batteries, Battery Knowledge, Commercial Batteries, Deep Cycle Batteries, Forklift Batteries, Heavy Duty Batteries, Industrial Batteries

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    Industrial Battery Monitoring: Making it Easier to Monitor Your Battery Power

    Industrial Powersource has manufactured a new and innovative way to monitor industrial batteries. Industrial Battery Monitoring is a system that uses wireless technology to check battery power levels and keep you updated on the battery life of your industrial equipment. The system is compatible with all battery manufacturers and can monitor the batteries of forklifts and other common industrial machines.

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    The electrolyte sensor continuously checks the electrolyte levels of your batteries and sends the status wirelessly to an Internet Gateway. When the electrolyte levels are low, this means the acid in the electrolyte solution in the battery has reacted with the majority of the metal plates. When this occurs, the battery must be recharged, allowing for the chemical reaction to be reversed so that the electrolytes can react with the plates again at a later time.

    The wireless signal sent by the electrolyte sensor to the wireless router allows for information to be sent across the wireless internet and phone channels. This wireless system can be customized to notify you of your battery’s power levels through email or cell phone. This allows equipment managers or warehouse workers to remotely monitor their machines from anywhere that has access to a wireless network.

    To find out more information or to order an Industrial Battery Monitor system, contact Industrial Powersource at 562-239-2928 or http://watchmybattery.com.

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