Care and maintenance of traction batteries

Keeping traction batteries for forklifts, stackers, pallet trucks, etc., in good condition is crucial to ensure optimal performance and prolong their lifespan. Here are some suggestions for maintaining them in good condition:

Proper charging:

We recommend fully charging the batteries after they reach 20% of their capacity. If they are used sporadically, we recommend charging them once a month. Avoid overcharging or completely discharging them, as this can reduce their lifespan. We especially advise charging them before holidays and festive days to maintain the batteries at an optimal charge level for better maintenance. Also, disconnect them from the machines when they will not be used for an extended period. For safety, we disconnect all batteries from all machines we have in stock.

Regular inspection:

Conduct periodic visual inspections of the batteries to detect signs of corrosion, electrolyte leaks, or other damages. If you find any issues, take immediate action to resolve them. Feel free to contact us if you need guidance on how to proceed.

Cleaning: 

Keep the batteries clean and dry. Regularly clean the terminals and ensure that connections between elements are also clean.

Water maintenance:

If you have lead-acid batteries, make sure to check and maintain electrolyte levels at the proper level by adding distilled water according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Add distilled water as needed to keep the electrolytes at a safe level. It is advised not to fill the elements with water when the battery is discharged. It's better to fill them when the battery is already charged. If you notice that there is a significant lack of water before charging, only fill the elements until the plates are covered with water but never to the top of the cap to avoid overflow during the charging process. The electrolyte level usually rises during charging. We recommend installing an automatic filling system.

You can consult us, and we will guide you on how to do it

Adequate ventilation:

Ensure that the area where batteries are charged is well-ventilated to prevent the accumulation of hazardous gases such as hydrogen. Gases generated during the charging process are flammable.

Overcharge protection:

Use chargers specifically designed for traction batteries and ensure they are correctly configured to prevent overcharging.

Cable and connection inspection: 

Regularly inspect battery cables and connections to ensure they are clean, tight, and in good condition. Replace any damaged or corroded cables.

Safety:

Train personnel handling the batteries on necessary safety precautions, such as using personal protective equipment and proper handling of electrolytes. 

Preventive maintenance program: 

Implement a preventive maintenance program that includes load testing, inspections, and regular battery maintenance according to the manufacturer's recommendations. It's crucial to ensure that the battery never runs out of water.

By following these tips and maintaining an appropriate maintenance program, you can prolong the lifespan of traction batteries for all machines in your warehouse and maintain optimal performance.

We are available for any advice regarding your batteries.

We also have a wide range of new and used batteries in stock to replace batteries that have reached the end of their life cycle or are damaged.

Consult measurements and prices for batteries in stock

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