Recharging an electric forklift in a warehouse room.

The batteries that power your forklift fleet can be charged (on average) around 1,500 times which for most businesses delivers about five years of service. To get the most out of your batteries, implementing effective battery charging procedures that ensure each battery is properly and safely charged each time is essential. This means charging using proper charging cycles and not whenever is convenient. You also need to invest in a quality charger, one that provides compatible charging voltage and is designed for your batteries.

CEIL Forklift Chargers are renowned here in Australia and worldwide for their quality, efficiency and value-for-money. Today we’ll go through the CEIL Charger range to give you an idea of which models best suit the requirements of your fleet and business operations.

Gold Series Taper Charger

A cost-effective charging solution with full electronic protection and robust construction, our Gold Series Taper Charger delivers outstanding power, reliability and ease-of-use for all forklift applications. Providing both Single and Three-phase AC input, this charger combines the reliability business owners expect of taper charging systems with the intuitiveness of the latest microprocessor technology. We offer nominal battery voltages from 24V to 95 VDC, with other voltages available on request. Backed by a 3-Year Manufacturers Warranty.

Diamond Series High Frequency Charger

Available in Single and Three-phase AC input to meet your forklift fleet requirements, the wall-mounted CEIL Diamond Series high frequency charger features a compact, lightweight design and is compatible with all lead acid, gel and AGM forklift batteries. Backed by our dependable 18-Month Warranty, this is a highly-efficient charger ideal for most workplaces.

The Platinum Series MFH Charger

Our most advanced forklift charger, the exceptionally high-efficiency CEIL Platinum Series MFH Charger leads the smart charger market with its unparalleled combination of precise charging control, Unity Power Factor (PFC) and programming flexibility. Featuring a robust and reliable design, it delivers AC input from 200 to 600 VAC and DC output from 12 to 120 VDC. Backed by our 5-Year Manufacturers Warranty.

CEIL Fast Charger

Our state-of-the-art smart charger, the CEIL Fast Charger ensures maximum precise charge control and is available in both indoor and outdoor-rated enclosures. This smart charger is designed to extend battery times during shifts, reducing the need for second-shift battery operations. A feature that sets the CEIL Fast Charger apart from others is its coupling with the BMOD-T Battery monitoring device which wirelessly connects the charger to the battery. Suitable for all battery types, including Lithium technologies and lead acid batteries. Ideal for fast-charging applications. Backed by our dependable  5-Year Manufacturers Warranty.

Why CEIL Chargers?

CEIL Chargers are manufactured by BASSI and MORI in Italy and imported into Australia. Our team members have real-world experience with forklifts across a range of industries and are well-positioned to assist with our customers’ requirements. We understand the differences in electric forklift applications and have the knowledge and solutions to cater for all.

Like to find out more about the CEIL Chargers that can revolutionise the way you power your forklift fleet? The Ceil Power team can guide you through our extensive range of forklift battery chargers and help you determine which is the best model for your needs. Contact us online or call us on 1300 877 531 to speak with a CEIL Charger specialist near you.

The forklift is one of the most versatile, hardworking vehicles in any industry.  Modern forklifts are workhorses with a lot of power, agility and excellent handling capabilities for loads and superior performance on the job.

There’s another side to this story – The modern forklifts are so good because they have excellent, highly efficient, high capacity power systems. They can deliver their fantastic lifting performance thanks to their big batteries.

Defining Good Forklift Batteries

A good forklift battery needs to meet certain expectations, such as:

  • being super tough and durable, made for years of hard work
  • incorporating modern systems, with chargers and maintenance accessories
  • meeting excellent charging capabilities, including monitored power curves, protective features, and more
  • having new power options, like traction batteries, power conversion and Multi-Frequency Chargers (MFCs) for “custom” charging needs

These new generation forklift batteries are real thoroughbreds; you’ll get excellent value and performance from them. That’s why you need to do your homework about choosing a new battery for your forklift.

Considerations include:

Adequate Power to Meet the Specifications of the Vehicle

To avoid getting lost in technicalities, the story here is that forklifts need power in accordance with their specifications. The battery has to be able to deliver the power profile for the forklift to work at peak efficiency.

Up-To-Date Batteries and Chargers

It’s impossible to overemphasise the importance of up-to-date equipment, including battery maintenance accessories. The old style batteries and chargers are effectively obsolete. You need the new user interfaces, programming capabilities and all the other innovative features – the new chargers are actually safer to use for operators and batteries.

Get Expert Guidance on Forklift Battery Selection

Before spending a cent on a new forklift battery, talk to your local forklift battery experts. This is the easy way to avoid any possible mistakes or problems with selecting chargers and battery maintenance accessories, too.

If you’re upgrading to a brand new forklift or new forklift fleet, expert advice will pay off well. Your experts will be able to help with battery selection to ensure that your new forklift is working at its best. They can also assist with the new technologies and new options for battery maintenance and performance management.

You’ll be saving money on battery operations and maintenance from day one. Better still, you’ll have expert technical guidance to help your people through the transition to your fabulous new forklifts. It’s a worthwhile precaution to get all the help and support set up while you do your acquisitions.

Like Some Technical Help with Forklift Batteries?

Ceil Power Systems can help you with forklift battery selection, operation, charging, maintenance, and all repairs and maintenance issues. Call us on 1300 877 531 or contact us online for fast responses when you need them as well as all the technical help, guidance and support you need for business operations.

Red and black electric forklift

Forklift operators are NEVER lazy about maintaining and looking after their machines. They do all their checks and respond quickly to any possible safety or operational issues. They keep track of any possible problems with their forklifts, and if they find problems, they get them fixed, fast.

If operators make any mistakes with forklift batteries, you can be sure that they’re honest mistakes. Highly trained and qualified forklift operators care about their work and their machines; if things go wrong, it won’t be their idea.

However, mistakes are inevitable. With modern forklift batteries and chargers, there’s a real learning curve in operational skills so we’re exploring the potential reasons for human error in forklift battery faults.

The Four Common Mistakes

The four mistakes can be basic or very complex, including:

1. Charging

Proper charging of modern forklift batteries is essential. These very powerful batteries need to be charged according to specifications. Operators need to monitor charging and deal with things like water and electrolyte solution levels.

If you’re thinking that list of things to concentrate on while charging means that there are more possibilities for mistakes, you’re quite right. One of the reasons modern battery chargers come with so many protective features is precisely because of these added risks.

2. The State of Repair and Battery Maintenance

Less excusable is the common issue of battery maintenance. Not maintaining your battery is like asking for an excuse to throw your hard-earned money out the window.

If maintenance hasn’t been done in the last year, your battery is likely to have developed at least a few minor issues. If those issues are allowed to get worse, you’ve got extra costs to deal with, perhaps major costs.

3. Lack of Training

Not exactly normal practice in the no-nonsense world of forklift operations, but lack of basic skills happens often enough. If an inexperienced or partially-trained person is working on a battery, you can expect problems. Even the most experienced of workers will inevitably make some mistakes.

Mistakes may include improper maintenance, charging issues and even serious safety problems with managing top-ups for electrolytes and watering. The quick fix is to make sure operators are supervised at all times during battery work. Fixing the problems that arise may require specialist services.

4. Older Batteries

Older batteries need extra care because they have a range of possible issues that vary in how commonly they occur. Problems may include stiff cables, for example, indicating old cabling which may be unsafe or underperforming. Corrosion is likely in this case. The smell of hydrogen sulphide tells you a battery has failed, but it should also tell you that you need help to deal with the situation.

The bottom line: The way to avoid mistakes is to call in the experts for regular maintenance. If there are big problems, your operators can’t fix them in-house, anyway. Your workers can learn how to avoid mistakes from the experts, an invaluable resource for your business.

Looking for Forklift Battery Experts?

Ceil Power Systems is your instant solution for forklift battery problems in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. Call 1300 877 531 or contact us online and we’ll help you with any problems. You can schedule regular maintenance services with us, too, to keep your batteries in great shape.

Forklift Battery Chargers

Charging a modern forklift battery is precision work as these batteries need to be charged to their specifications in order to deliver the performance you need. You need a good charger to deliver the precision services you need. There are many types of battery chargers, and the new generation are far superior to old-style chargers, in ways that we are excited to explain here.

Types of Forklift Battery Chargers

The types of forklift battery chargers include:

  • Standard HF and transformer chargers – The new chargers in these ranges have easy-to-use interfaces, are programmable and deliver different power curves according to your needs.
  • Specialised chargers – These chargers include the revolutionary traction batteries, power conversion and new HF chargers with precision charging controls.
  • Multi-Frequency Chargers (MFCs) – The MFCs are the latest in forklift battery chargers, offering exceptional efficiencies. They incorporate power vs. speed configurations to manage charging times, built-in safety features, reduced water consumption features and a shopping list of other innovations.

Which Type of Forklift Battery Charger Do You Need?

The right charger will depend on the battery type to a large extent. Big batteries, for example, typically need a highly efficient charging regime. An MFC charger would be ideal for this type of battery, allowing both precision charging and improved efficiencies.

A smaller battery, however, may or may not need too many extra features; however, if you’ve got a brand new forklift, you’re strongly advised to get the best charger possible. These new forklifts are powerful beasts, and they need their power supply to be at its best.

The best way to find the right battery charger is to talk to the experts. You can speak directly to people who understand the issues with charging, and they can provide you with all the practical advice you need.

Having Issues with Your Charging?

Another major positive of talking to forklift battery specialists is getting useful information about battery issues. Do you have a battery that doesn’t seem to be fully charging? Does the battery need too much charging? Are you getting power issues in the forklift operations and you’re not sure if it is a fault of the battery? Is the power cutting in and out?

Problems like these won’t fix themselves. You’ll find that your forklift battery specialists will have an instant solution or an instant idea about what’s causing the problems. It’s a very efficient way of managing core assets like forklift batteries, which are the heart and soul of any forklift business.

Ask Us about Forklift Battery Chargers

If you’re looking for the latest forklift battery chargers on the market, Ceil Power Systems has the perfect solution for you. We have new battery chargers with all the new features. Call 1300 877 531 or contact us online and have a chat to our experts about your needs and any charging or power issues. We’ll be happy to help.

Forklift Battery Chargers

Not all battery chargers are equal. Some of the older types aren’t quite in the dinosaur category, but they’re getting closer every day as advanced chargers arrive on the market.

Let’s define a good battery charger.

  • Quick enough for practical work purposes: You’re not spending all day in suspense waiting for your forklift to be fully charged. A good charger gets the job done in an acceptable timeframe.
  • A charger without problems: Some chargers are perhaps a bit too fancy. They look nice, but do you really want a charger that seems to be all “features” and nothing special functionally, particularly for a higher price? You need an efficient charger which is easy to use and doesn’t require undue complexities to operate.
  • A high grunt, high-performance charger: Modern forklifts are designed for constant performance. That means they use power very efficiently, and proper charging is essential. The new generation of modern batteries are designed to deliver power efficiently, so a good charger must be able to deliver the power they need.

You’d think these very straightforward requirements would be standard for modern chargers. The fact, however, is that some chargers simply can’t deliver. The older chargers have the excuse that they weren’t really designed for modern forklifts, but some chargers don’t have that excuse. They’re simply not good enough.

Choosing the Right Battery Charger

Let’s start with the basics:

  1. Voltage – Your charger should be able to deliver a range of standard AC voltages.
  2. Amperage – A critical consideration, your charger ought to have a good size range of DC output amperage, say from 40A to 320A, which is a realistic bandwidth for just about any type of forklift battery.
  3. Protection features – The first thing you learn about forklift operation is to never be casual about anything. Protecting the battery, the charger and the operator is definitely one thing you need to get right. Good batteries have a full spectrum of protection features for all possible issues.
  4. Clear charger specifications – A good battery charger will come with a few pages of good, useful information. Buying a charger isn’t supposed to be a raffle. Specifications shouldn’t be crossword puzzles, either. The specs should be very thorough, covering all the information you need.

Consider these points as a basic checklist. Talk to the supplier about chargers, compare options and take the opportunity to really assess your choices with some expert knowledge.

One tip, and it’s very important, is to talk to forklift battery specialists about your charger needs. The experts can help you with a heavy lifter that needs a great charger. They understand that your machine is a precision instrument that performs high-value work, and charging is a must-get-right operation.

That’s the quality of service you need. These experts can also help you with things like charger servicing. You’ll get a good charger with all the technical support and help you need from the right suppliers.

H2: Talk to Ceil Power Systems about Chargers

Ceil Power Systems is your all-purpose forklift battery experts in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. We have a great range of battery chargers that have been designed for modern forklifts. Call us on 1300 877 531 or contact us online and discuss your needs with our specialists. We’re happy to assist.