1. WHEN SHOULD YOU TOP OFF THE WATER IN A FORKLIFT BATTERY?
Never top off the water in the battery before the charge. The battery needs the extra space to compensate for fluid expansion when it's charging. Check and make sure the water level in your battery is high enough to cover the lead plates inside the cells and fill to that level if necessary. But if you top off the water before charging, overflow can potentially happen. When a battery overflows, it loses some of the acid inside, and the life of the battery can be significantly shortened.
Topping off the battery after charging will help keep the battery protected as the water level decreases. This will help prevent damage to the battery until the next time the water is checked.
2. HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD BE IN A FORKLIFT BATTERY?
Keep the forklift battery plates below the water-line when charging. This helps to ensure that they don't overheat and dry out. If this happens the battery may become unusable or lose capacity. If the plates are above the water-line, add water to about a quarter inch above the plates and avoid completely topping off the battery.
3. WHEN SHOULD YOU ADD WATER TO A FORKLIFT BATTERY?
Knowing the correct time to add water to a battery is also a key piece of knowledge for regular forklift battery maintenance. Forklift batteries typically need watering about once a week when used every day. Batteries that have been in use for an extended period of time, or are reconditioned, should be checked after every five charges. If properly maintained, new batteries can be checked every ten charges for the first few years of use. To check the water levels, open up the battery and inspect the battery elements. As mentioned in step two, these should be roughly a quarter inch above the element protector. If the level is too low, top off the battery.
4. WHAT KIND OF WATER DO YOU PUT IN A FORKLIFT BATTERY?
One of the most frequent questions we hear regarding batteries is, “What kind of water do you put in a battery?” Water that is free from impurities and measuring between a 5 and 7 on the PH scale is preferred. Forklift battery water should always be clean and pure. Using water containing even small amounts of impurities, such as regular tap water, can lead to battery damage from the chemical and mineral content in the water.
Proper electric forklift battery maintenance is essential in keeping your batteries as efficient and long-lasting as possible. You can also look into forklift battery watering systems, which allow you to reduce labor and maintenance time by allowing you to correctly water batteries in bulk. However you choose to manage your batteries and chargers, following the proper guidelines will help prevent frequent and costly replacements from becoming necessary, and enable you to get the most out of your electric forklift batteries. In addition to the general guidelines mentioned above, always follow the maintenance procedures outlined in your forklift’s Operations and Maintenance Manual as well as those provided by the battery manufacturer.
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