Proper maintenance of your forklift batteries is an important part of keeping your operations running smoothly. When a forklift battery is down, that usually means one of your forklifts is down and you are losing productivity. By following a few simple steps, you can get the most from your forklift batteries for years to come.
Follow these tips to keep your lead acid battery in top shape:
- Keep the battery clean, dry, and free from corrosion.
- Keep vent caps tightly in place.
- Maintain the correct water level (about 1/2 inch below the battery cap opening) using clean, approved water, check your manual for specs.
- Add water only after the charge cycle.
- Keep electrolyte level above separator protectors.
- Set up a weekly or bi-monthly watering schedule to ensure proper water levels.
- Make sure the charger is turned off prior to disconnecting the battery.
- Discharge to no lower than 80 percent depth of discharge.
- Cool before charging or operating if battery is above 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Only use approved chargers of correct voltage and current output.
- Keep truck compartment and battery cover open during charging.
- Inspect your battery for any defects or malfunctions, and have them repaired as needed.
- Have your batteries washed and serviced semi-annually to help control acid and corrosion.
- Keep flames and metal away from battery top.
- When in doubt, call your service representative for assistance.
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