Some Simple Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Forklift Batteries

Jan 30, 2023
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Extend the life of your forklift battery with these key maintenance tips from Raymond West's battery experts, including proper watering, charging practices, and cleaning.

The forklift battery is a critical component of any forklift, as it powers the vehicle and allows it to perform its work. Proper care and maintenance of your lift truck battery is essential for ensuring its longevity. There are a few key actions that can help extend the life of a forklift battery, and it's important to follow them to ensure a long and useful life. 

Watering Is Key

First, it's important to regularly check the battery's electrolyte levels. The electrolyte is the fluid inside the battery that helps it function. If the electrolyte is low, it can cause the battery to operate inefficiently and can damage the battery over time.

Never allow the electrolyte to drop below the tops of the plates, as exposed plates will sulfate and become inactive. When low, add only enough distilled water to cover the exposed plates before charging. After charging you can fill the battery to the approved level. Automated battery watering systems can help you keep your electrolyte levels perfect day in and day out, and can be a good investment if you’re serious about extending the life of your batteries. 

Charge Your Batteries Properly

Second, it's important to ensure that you use optimal charging practices. Charging the battery regularly, and in accordance with your charging strategy (conventional, opportunity or rapid charging) helps to maintain its optimal performance. It's important to use the proper charger for the battery, as different batteries require different types of chargers. It's also a good idea to keep an eye on the charger itself for any signs of damage or wear and tear.

When conventionally charging, allow a fully saturated charge of 14-16 hours once a week. For opportunity or fast charging, you should do an extended equalizing charge on a weekly basis. 

Watch Out For Corrosion And Grime

Third, it's important to keep your batteries clean and dry. Check for any signs of corrosion or other damage to the battery's terminals or other components. Corrosion can cause the battery to operate inefficiently and can even lead to a complete failure. If there is any visible damage to the battery, it should be sent to a qualified technician for repairs.

Accumulated dirt and grime can also lead to a decrease in the battery's performance. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior of the battery, and use a brush to clean any areas where dirt or grime has built up.

Talk To A Battery Expert

By following these simple steps, you can help to extend the life of your forklift battery and keep it running smoothly. Proper care and maintenance of the battery is essential for keeping it functioning properly, and taking the time to properly maintain the battery can save you a lot of money in the long run.  If you want to lear more about watering systems, chargers or other battery accessories, contact a battery specialist at Raymond West today.