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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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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.

 

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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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    Don’t Be a Drain on Your Industrial Battery: Schedule Preventative Maintenance

    Crown industrial batteries are known for their superior power and performance. Did you know that your battery relies on you just as much as you rely on it? Without proper maintenance and care of your battery, its lifespan may be significantly reduced. If you want to get maximum benefit from your investment in industrial batteries, it’s essential to schedule preventative maintenance.

    At Industrial Powersource, we’re committed to helping you get the most from your Crown battery. We know that life is busy and it’s easy to lose sight of details. But when it comes to your industrial batteries or commercial batteries, neglecting proper maintenance and care will cost you lost time, money, and productivity. Take a look at some quick and easy ways to ensure your battery receives routine preventative maintenance.

    Create a Preventative Maintenance Schedule

    Prior to purchasing new industrial batteries, it’s important to discuss your specific needs with an experienced professional. How much time and energy are you able to spend to make sure your battery receives maintenance? What kind of maintenance does your battery require? What will your battery be used for? Can you or your business operate if something happened to your batteries? The answers to these questions will factor in to your battery choice.

    Once you’ve decided on a battery, talk to your supplier about creating a preventative maintenance schedule. For batteries, a preventative maintenance schedule may include watering intervals, visual inspections, charging intervals, replacement, or repair of parts, and voltage and specific gravity readings.

    Routinely Inspect Your Battery for Wear

    A preventative maintenance schedule can help keep you on track, but it can’t pinpoint when unexpected problems might occur. If you rely upon industrial batteries for your business, it’s important to visually inspect your batteries for wear. Ideally, you should visually inspect your battery’s condition, cables, caps, water levels, and charge it correctly.

    Choose Trusted Professionals for Maintenance

    In order to experience the true longevity of an industrial battery, you must ensure they receive maintenance from experienced battery professionals. Industrial Powersource offers affordable preventative maintenance plans.  Batteries require specific and careful care or they will cease to function properly. This results in loss of production time which means less profit. IPS’ highly trained and experienced technicians are the best to service, maintain, and take exceptional care of your equipment so that they stay in top performing condition. IPS knows that batteries are the force behind your productivity, and we are committed to helping you succeed. For more information about Platinum Care, contact us today.

    Posted in: Automotive Batteries, Battery Knowledge, Battery Safety, Deep Cycle Batteries, Forklift Batteries, Heavy Duty Batteries, Reconditioned Batteries

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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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    The Care and Keeping of Your Golf Cart Batteries

    Golf cart batteries require unique care and maintenance because, unlike car batteries, they do not recharge while they are being used. In order to lengthen the lifespan of your golf cart batteries, you should make certain to always keep them properly cleaned and to maintain the correct water levels in the battery. For guidance on care and maintenance, as well as instructions on refurbishing and recharging your golf cart batteries, keep reading!

    Cleaning Golf Cart BatteriesDeep Cycle Crown Batteries for Golf Carts

    Cleaning the terminals in your golf cart batteries is very important because it enables the current to efficiently flow from the battery to the motor. This will increase the operational efficiency of the motor. To clean your terminals, begin with the top of the battery, using a brush or a cloth, as well as a water and baking soda solution. Next, use a post and clamp cleaner for the inner part of the cable clamps and the terminals of the battery. Finally, reconnect your battery and coat the terminals with a very thin layer of petroleum jelly.

    Checking the Water Level

    In a golf cart battery, each battery has a cell with water in it. To increase lifespan, these water levels must be checked at least once a week and properly maintained. Within the battery are leaded plates that should always be covered by water. When adding water, wait until the golf cart battery has been fully charged. Only add water that is either distilled or deionized, which means it won’t have a high content of minerals. Never expose the lead plates to the air, and do not fill the water any higher than needed to cover the plates.

    Refurbishing Golf Cart Batteries

    If your golf cart battery appears to be dead, you may be able to clean the sulfur buildup on the lead plates in order to refurbish the battery. First, take a crescent wrench and disconnect the cables of the battery to remove it. Next, take the plastic caps off of the cells in the battery, and fill with water if necessary. Plug in the battery charger overnight.

    If these steps are unsuccessful, dissolve 10 tablespoons of Epsom salt into a quart of warm water. Take half of the water out of your batteries and replace with the mixture. Shake the batteries after replacing the caps, and charge overnight again.

    Refurbishing golf cart batteries is a very difficult skill to master, so unless you have extensive experience with batteries you can always rely on Industrial Powersource to refurbish your battery for you.

    Recharging Dead Golf Cart Batteries

    If you run your batteries until they are dead, your regular charger may not work properly. To charge these batteries, use a charger that is twice the voltage of a single battery. For example, use a 12-volt charger for a 6-volt battery. Place the red end on positive for the first battery, and the black end on negative for the second battery. Charge and unplug before moving on to the next two batteries. Always unplug the charger first – otherwise, you could cause an explosion! Choosing a good battery charger is crucial to the longevity of your battery, so visit Industrial Powersource today to find the right one.

    Click here to view a video with more tips on how to maintain your batteries!

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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.

    Posted in: Industrial Batteries, Reconditioned Batteries

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