Improve the Battery Life of Your Forklift:
Another part of a forklift inspection checklist includes the proper care and maintenance of your forklift battery. This will increase the battery’s life by over 40%, decrease expenses, improve your battery safety and maintain forklift performance. According to Industry Tap, the battery on an electric forklift can account for up to 30% of the cost of the vehicle. The lifespan of a battery can be prolonged by taking the appropriate steps to assure they are functioning properly.
Do not let your forklift battery go below 20%: It is recommended that you recharge the battery when it discharges 80% (in most batteries, it is when the discharge meter reaches the red zone) of its charge. Do not let it go below this.
Do not charge your forklift battery during breaks:
Many lift operators have gotten into the habit of giving their battery a quick charge during their lunch break or other break times. The lifespan of the battery is determined by how many charge cycles it has undergone. Over time, the habit of short charging times will decrease the battery’s efficiency and eventually the battery will not charge at all.
Check your forklift battery’s water level:
Water plays an important role in maintaining a healthy forklift battery. Check the water level regularly and add distilled water whenever you see that the water level has come down. During a cycle, the water gets heated up and splits into its components – hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen gets discharged at the negative plate while oxygen is discharged at the positive plate. With time, the water level will come down. When the water level becomes too low, the plates are exposed to air. The active material on the plates will become dry and brittle, causing permanent damage. So check your forklift battery water level often, and make checking it a part of your ongoing lift check.