5 Steps to Forklift Battery Maintenance
Forklift battery maintenance isn't necessarily difficult, but it does require a certain degree of oversight. Unfortunately, it may be forgotten about in the midst of the other duties of the day, which can cause the forklift to die prematurely. Follow these steps so that doesn't happen to you!
Check Your Temperatures
Batteries are sensitive to temperature. The circumstances of where you operate the forklift will obviously vary, but if possible, keep the air flowing and the ambient temperature below 113° F. When you need to break these rules, circulation will be crucial in keeping the battery cooled.
Any cell batteries that become wet need to be equalized. If the acid has a chance to concentrate at the bottom of the battery, it will become difficult for the battery to hold a charge. If you equalize properly, you essentially restore the battery to its original condition, allowing the sulfate crystals to be removed from the plates. You may need to do this every 5 – 10 charging cycles, depending on the type of battery you have.
Check to Ensure You're Charging Correctly
Often times, batteries are charged at random, when you should be waiting until it gets under 30% of a charge. When that happens, charge it until it's full, do not continue charging once it's complete - r you may compromise the battery life.
Check Your Fluid
The water in your battery is what makes the battery work efficiently, so every five cycles or so, check to make sure the forklift battery has the right levels. The first few cells you check need to be over the plastic element, and if you can't tell, you should check all of the cells.
Fill Them Up
If your water levels are low, you'll need to fill them up with water that measures between 5 and 7 on the PH scale. Ensure that you don't overfill the battery, you are only looking to cover that plastic element.
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