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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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After Platinum Care Plan:

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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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    562-239-2928
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     Industrial Powersource
    14501 Marquardt Avenue
    Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

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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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    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?

    SIGN UP FOR THE INDUSTRIAL POWERSOURCE
    PLATINUM CARE PLAN TODAY!
    562-239-2928

    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****


    CALL NOW TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT WITH

    ONE OF OUR HIGHLY TRAINED TECHNICIANS.
    562-239-2928

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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.

    Posted in: Battery Safety, Heavy Duty Batteries, Industrial Batteries, Industrial Chargers

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