If you are in possession of (or are planning on purchasing) any battery powered material handling equipment such as a forklift or an electric pallet truck, it’s important that you know how to maintain your equipment properly. Proper battery maintenance is the best way to ensure that your equipment runs smoothly and has a long life.

The importance of proper battery maintenance cannot be understated - failure to maintain your battery correctly can cause battery failure. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure the battery is properly maintained and serviced, so it’s important you know how to do so correctly.

Battery Maintenance Guide:

When it comes to battery maintenance, there are a few basic rules you should abide by to ensure that your battery lasts its full potential lifespan.

Keep battery clean

Keep your battery clear of any debris such as dust, sawdust, or metal shavings with regular cleaning. Keeping your battery clean is necessary for preventing erosion and the build up of debris in the terminals and any other nooks and crannies.

Correct charging

When it comes to industrial battery charging, you might be surprised to learn that there is a right way and wrong way to charge.

Undercharging can cause damage, so can over charging. Do not charge your battery more frequently than is recommended. You should also try and keep to a regular schedule when it comes to charging – staggered or irregular charging can reduce the battery’s lifespan.

Type of Battery

Recharging Frequency

Optimal Charging Time

Applicable Models

Lithium battery

Once per 3 months

Half charged
2A charger: 3 hours

PPT/EPT series

Half charged
Fast 5A charger: 1 hour

Maintenance Free Battery

Once per month

Fully charged 8 hours

WPT15-2, PWS10S/15S, WS10S/12S/15S, LS series

Once per 2 months

Fully charged 4 hours

WH-25ES/30ES weighing scale series

Lead Acid battery

Once per month

Fully charged 8 hours

DYC / RPT/ ES/ ESS/ MRS/ CBES/ WRS series

Store battery correctly

It is essential that you store any battery powered material handling equipment somewhere cool and dry. It is also advised that you store batteries out of direct sunlight, or anywhere where there is risk of overheating.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions

Different batteries have different requirements, and it’s essential that your maintenance plan is uniquely tailored to your specific battery. Manufacturers are able to provide detailed instructions on the best care for your battery.

If you have any further questions about battery maintenance, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact SafetyLiftinGear today. One of our professionals will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, and offer their expert guidance on equipment care.

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