Maintenance of Electric Forklift Batteries
Proper daily and monthly maintenance by a professional extends battery life.
High quality forklift batteries can last a long time if properly taken care of. Daily and monthly maintenance are critical to getting the most out of electric forklift batteries. If batteries aren’t properly taken care of; expect to experience shorter day runs, messier watering and potential dangerous acid spills. Many forklift sales and repair companies offer maintenance packages to keep batteries in top running condition.
Besides watering, maintenance for electric batteries can be performed monthly. A professional can provide a comprehensive and detailed report of your battery during the maintenance routine. Store the detailed written report for reference in case a service visit is needed down the line. Having previous history for the battery will save you time and money during the repair process. Expect to have batteries watered, cleaned and checked for any potential safety hazards or needed repairs. During the detailed inspection a battery expert will inspect and clean all cables and connecting pieces, check the condition of inter-cell connectors, jars and vent caps as well as perform readings on specific gravity and voltage.
During monthly scheduled maintenance battery professionals have the opportunity to catch a battery that may be reaching the end of its life or not performing at the levels expected of electric batteries. Each forklift battery is unique in terms of what type of repair or solution would be best to remedy a faulty battery. At times a simple cell or cable can be replaced or the level of acid within the battery can be adjusted. These are common forklift battery repairs and can be taken care of on scene during a maintenance visit.
Having your business run smoothly is a statement that’s at times easier said than done. Battery professionals are in the industry and understand that time means money. Trucks equipped with high quality batteries that will last and withstand daily use can be a large asset to the business. Maintenance plans are affordable and smart for long term battery life and top notch performance.