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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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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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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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