Ads
News service and business centre for materials handlingHOME
13570

Your Focus: Maximise your forklift’s battery life



Monday, 23 Sep 2013 ( #635 )
Your Focus
Gary Hodge is National Battery Electric Product & Training Manager of MLA Holdings Pty Ltd

Contribute to Your Focus




Rising fuel prices and environmental concerns have encouraged many forklift owners to make the switch to electric trucks. While new battery-powered forklifts deliver substantial operational savings - especially in the current financial climate - these can be lost by poor battery care.

A typical forklift battery is worth up to 30% of a new truck's value and offers you approximately 6,000 working hours. It is your fuel for the next five years or more, providing you look after it according to the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines.

To help you maximise your forklift’s battery life, here are some battery care tips:

1) Schedule your workload around battery charging times:
This reduces downtime and the risk of accidents caused by drivers rushing to recharge when the battery is running low. Remember batteries should not be put on charge more than once a day.

2) Don't run below 20% battery capacity:
Deep discharging harms the battery and causes your forklift's electrical components to run hot, resulting in significant truck life damage, including possible motor failure and burned components. If that weren't enough, your truck won't be running its best at that level, either. At 80% discharge, your truck's traction and hydraulics will slow down, indicating that your battery is ready for changing. Mitsubishi electric forklifts have safety features that warn when damage could be caused.  If your battery does run flat, it will need a full, uninterrupted eight-hour charge cycle.

3) Fast charge with caution:
Fast charging might reduce downtime by as much as 10%, but it comes at a price. Any battery system can be fast charged, but the heat generated during the process can dramatically reduce the life of lead-acid batteries. Nickel and lithium batteries do suffer from this, but to a much lesser extent. Keep fast charging for emergencies.

4) Keep a close eye on maintenance:
One of the top causes of premature battery failure and loss is sulphation. This occurs naturally - as white sulphuric crystals attach to the lead plate - preventing the battery's ability to accept, hold and deliver a charge. This problem can be caused by overfilling and is most commonly experienced in warm environments. Check your battery for the development of white crystals as part of your daily checks. If you do spot the tell-tale signs of sulphation, request a visit from a service engineer who can advise on corrective measures.

Discuss Forkliftaction.com News stories in the Discussion Forums!
 
x
©Forkliftaction.com
Forkliftaction Media Pty Ltd
PO Box 1439
Milton QLD 4064
Australia
Contact Forkliftaction.com
About Forkliftaction
The Forkliftaction Team
Privacy Policy
Site Map
Help
Business Directory
Discussion Forums
Industry News
Events Calendar
Jobs & Resumes
Photo Galleries
Blog articles
Our Bloggers

Industry Brands
Company Index
Regions & Countries
Machinery-onQ.com

Advertise on Forkliftaction
Editorial Features / Calendar
Featured Businesses
Past News Editions
Industry Associations
Storing your login information automatically.

When you select the 'Remember me' option, your login information will be stored on your computer in the form of a cookie. When you visit Forkliftaction.com again, the stored login information will be retrieved automatically and you will not have to submit your login parameters (email address and password) each time you want to visit our members-only pages.

A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Cookies do not damage your system.

x