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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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Three Reasons Why You Need PLATINUM CARE Today

Many things can go wrong with your batteries and chargers without proper maintenance.  Here are three very important reasons why PLATINUM CARE will help your business succeed:

  1. AVOID COSTLY DOWNTIME – IPS knows that batteries are the force behind your productivity and loss of production time results in less profit.  With our PLATINUM CARE plan, you will never have to worry about down time.
  2. AVOID OSHA & EPA PENALTIES – Running an operation that is OSHA & EPA compliant takes a lot of attention to detail.  Noncompliance can cause a stream of problems and expensive penalty fees. Industrial Powersource can eliminate all concerns related to your batteries and chargers, allowing you to focus on what you do best.
  3. DECREASE LABOR EXPENSES– Hiring and training staff to maintain your batteries and chargers is a large expense. Why pay the additional costs of having an employee when you can get an experienced technician to service, maintain and take exceptional care of your equipment for a fraction of the cost?


This affordable preventative service plan will reduce your maintenance expenses by providing the following benefits:

  • Maintain an Accurate Inventory of Every Battery
  • Water All Batteries as Needed
  • Clean and Neutralize Acid from Batteries
  • Clean and Maintain Battery Rooms
  • Visual Inspection of ALL Components
  • Replacement of Misc Damaged Parts
  • Provide Monthly Detailed Reports via Email
  • Clean and Inspect all Chargers

****We also offer battery room cleanup with our mobile washing station****



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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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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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