In most cases, Electric Forklifts arrive in Australia from the manufacturer with no Forklift Battery installed and there are specific reasons for this.

This is especially so for new machines that are going into stock or may require many weeks or even months of supplier preparation before being delivered to the end user customer.

Another valid reason for this localised supply arrangement is the inherent requirement from Forklift Suppliers of a highly reliable and suitable Battery Service, Support and Warranty offering that’s supplied to the end user customer as part of the Electric Forklift product.

A Forklift Battery is designed for many years of extremely heavy battery usage. The supply of a high quality Forklift Battery is a necessity and the absolute key to the product and brand reputation of the Electric Forklift it’s powering! It needs to be reliable and trusted in every capacity.

Many Forklift Batteries (especially the lower tier products that are increasingly being supplied directly to the market as a packaged option) are supplied with a minimal factory-backed Battery Warranty (if any Warranty at all) and extremely limited service and support options here in Australia.

These Forklift Batteries sitting unused are susceptible to sulphation build up and lack of usable capacity due to the long non usage periods that come with overseas manufacturing supply and frequent transport delays. Both of these things can and will negatively impact the cycle life expectancy of the Forklift Battery itself long term.

Ask your Electric Forklift supplier..

  1. Where does your Forklift Battery come from, but more importantly
  2. What is the Factory backed Battery Product Warranty supplied with the Forklift? 

Whether your Battery option is Lead acid or Lithium-based, this question should always be the same 🙌 🙌

If your Lead Acid Forklift Batteries currently aren’t being supplied to you with a…

3 Year Full Replacement Factory Warranty/2 Year Pro Rata Warranty

Total = 5 Year Warranty as Standard

… then call CEIL Power Systems – We are by far Australias largest Independently owned Motive Power supplier for a very good reason, with absolute dedication to service and support offered with every product that we supply to the market.

Remember:

The Forklift Battery is the “heart” of your Electric Forklift – you absolutely need the very best Battery and Charger products to ensure long term and sustained power for your Electric Forklift and a sizeable return on investment.

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Like to learn more about our forklift batteries and chargers? Ceil Power welcomes all enquiries about our heavy-duty forklift batteries and chargers, so don’t hesitate to contact the team online or give us a call on 1300 877 531 today. We’re here to help.

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CEIL are Australia’s largest Independent supplier of Electric Forklift Batteries and Chargers, and are now offering their industry leading Maxwell + Spark Lithium-Ion battery range to the Australian Forklift market. CEO David Cooper explains why Lithium-Ion battery technology is quickly becoming the far superior choice of battery for specialised high usage electric forklift applications over all other Forklift variants (Gas, Petrol, Diesel etc) which in the past, were the only feasible option to be used in applications where multiple Forklift shift usages were required on a daily basis – this is no longer the case. David also provides us with a background for what CEIL are doing as they continue to grow and expand in the Australian Motive Power Industry.

“Lithium batteries allow a much higher usage performance and battery life expectancy compared to traditional lead acid battery power options for electric forklifts.” The ability to recharge the Lithium forklift battery at any time of the day and reach 100% state of charge from empty in as little as one hour is helping to boost popularity for Electric Forklifts. David adds:

“This has made a bigger opening in the market for Electric Forklifts to now become the Forklift of choice for nearly any required Industrial Forklift application, regardless of the requirement. “The return on investment for an Electric Forklift from a cost to usage perspective is much better than any other Forklift variant, with the added benefit of being much more environmentally friendly in the process, depending on the type of Battery option used,” says David. The impressive performance specs and benefits to the usage of Lithium batteries are notable.

“Lithium batteries are 100% maintenance free (no watering required), have significantly more battery cycle life expectancy than any other battery chemistry and can completely eliminate shift battery requirements at any given site for near autonomous usage.” Lithium-Ion Forklift Batteries are a definite power source to be reckoned with for specialised Motive Power Applications, where the user needs more daily operational run time out of their Batteries, with the absolute flexibility of minimal operational downtime.

“CEIL have worked hard for many years now on working towards providing the most effective and serviceable option of Lithium Battery product to our National client base here in Australia. After stringent localised testing we’re proud of our recent partnership with Maxwell + Spark in delivering the  CEIL M+S Lithium Forklift Battery products into Australia,” says David. “Maxwell + Spark are already a preferred Lithium Forklift Battery supplier to a number of high quality OEM Forklift Manufacturers overseas, hence quality assurance is guaranteed.”

Like any new technology in the Australian market that is not manufactured here locally, CEIL have encountered teething issues over the past few years from a number of brands of Lithium-Ion Batteries. It is evident from this that there are industry variances in quality, serviceability and life expectancy of various Lithium brands and products. “What has been clear throughout this process, is that the technology has continued to improve year upon year, with global Electric Forklift Manufacturers actively aiming to cater for Lithium Battery options as a manufacturing standard for their respective products now and into the future. Many OEM Forklift suppliers here in Australia already doing so.”

“Product quality and reliability are the non-negotiable standard that our customers have come to love and expect in all CEIL supplied products here in Australia. It was an absolute requirement for CEIL to find a Lithium Battery partner that specifically allowed for the localised Service and Support of the Lithium Batteries that CEIL have now supplied here locally in Australia.”

“Our M+S Li-ion Forklift Batteries are based on a modular design where only high quality Li-Po4 Battery cells are used, to ensure maximum life expectancy and greater supplied Warranties on our Batteries for our respective clients. This has also enabled CEIL the localised ability to repair and service each lithium battery and charger asset here in Australia, ensuring a complete and total ‘service and support’ package is supplied for all products.”

An exciting part of this relative service and support delivered by CEIL, is the unique online Telemetry system integrated into every M+S CEIL Lithium Battery supplied through CEIL. This system allows external access to all relative battery information at any given time from the factory all the way through to the end user of the battery. “We can effectively monitor any and all actions of the Battery remotely at all times,” David adds.

It is important to note, that like any technology, there are associated pros and cons between the use of Lithium Forklift Batteries compared to the traditional Lead Acid Batteries that CEIL already supply in large quantities from our Exide Industries manufacturing plants. David explains: “The potential cost to benefit of using Lithium Batteries for many standard Forklift usage schedules is not what would be considered feasible for many applications. Hence there will forever be an ongoing requirement for Lead Acid Batteries for the majority of Electric Forklift power requirements, given the cost of Lithium Batteries is substantially higher than a Lead Acid Battery equivalent. In saying this, it is also important to note that this cost to benefit gap is continuing to shrink, as pricing comes down and greater control mechanisms for the manufacturing of product and technological advancements continue.”Most Forklift Manufacturers are working towards the ability of their supplied Electric Forklifts to be operational for both Lead Acid or Lithium Battery options.

David adds “It is relatively easy to retrofit Lithium Batteries into any existing Lead Acid Battery powered Forklift of any type or brand. There are just a few extra measures needed when retrofitting the Batteries to display the relative state of charge and discharged battery communication requirements.”

“CEIL are involved in an Industry which is continuing to grow and expand on the back of the technological advancements in both Battery Charging technology and Electric Forklift design and usability. Now with the ability to supply the M+S Lithium Batteries for an ever expanding niche market in Lithium Battery supply for Electric Forklifts, there couldn’t be a more exciting time for CEIL, or the Electric Forklift industry in general,” says David.

David then continues: “With the continued National growth of our company and new CEIL branches opening in the coming months in Brisbane and Perth, CEIL have all Motive Power requirements completely covered with our entire Battery range and specialised Fast Charger and Opportunity Charge capable Forklift Battery Chargers on hand for our Lead Acid Battery offerings. “CEIL now have over 25 full time staff Australia wide to provide customers with complete product supply and support options as we supply more and more Forklift Batteries and Chargers to the Australian Market.

“CEIL supply what is essentially referred to as the ‘Heart’ of many of Australia’s leading brands of Electric Forklift here in Australia in our Batteries,” says David. “CEIL battery products have effectively been vetted over many years, often being viewed as the most suitable battery power option to showcase the Electric Forklift products for our clients and OEM manufacturers.” “It is an honour to have the partnerships that we already have with many OEM and Independent Forklift suppliers, with new relationships constantly being created. To be viewed as an Industry Leading Supplier on the back of what we provide to our clients is humbling, but this is indicative of our approach with the Service and Support mechanisms that we have in place for all of the products that we supply. This is where the real point of difference to our competitors is found – Trust and Quality are assured when you deal with CEIL.

” Discover the LOWEST lifetime cost of any Electric Forklift Battery on the Australian market today! Call the team at CEIL Power on 1300 877 531 to find out more.

Forklift servicing by an experienced mechanic.

Forklift maintenance is an essential aspect of keeping your material handling machinery in top working condition and providing your employees with a safe working environment.

Not servicing your forklift fleet puts your business at risk in many ways, including increasing the likelihood of costly business downtime and reducing the value of your investment in quality machinery. For these reasons and more, create a servicing schedule and stick to it.

As Australia’s forklift battery and charger specialists with an extensive range of battery and charging solutions for electric forklifts and material handling equipment, the Ceil Power team understands the importance of regular forklift servicing, including forklift battery servicing — did you know the batteries that power your forklift fleet need a service too?

Forklift Servicing

Like any vehicle and item of machinery, forklifts need regular servicing and timely repairs. The forklifts in your fleet are put under incredible strain due to the heavy loads they move and regular maintenance is essential to keep them running smoothly. A scheduled forklift service typically involves:

  • Battery check and service
  • Oil, fluid and lubricant changes
  • Brake, steering and handling check
  • Forks and overhead guards inspection
  • Tyre checks (pressure, tread, damage/wear and tear check)
  • Hydraulic cylinder and roller chain pulley check and servicing

Scheduled forklift servicing also ensures that the manufacturer’s servicing schedule is met and that the required parts, components and systems are inspected and serviced at the specified time. This is similar to a logbook service for a car and the benefits are similar, including maintaining the vehicle’s value and protecting the manufacturer’s warranty.

Along with scheduled servicing, ensure your workers are carrying out routine checks daily. A quick visual inspection ensures your forklifts are safe to operate, identifies issues early on, and enables you to keep on top of maintenance and repair needs.

Forklift Battery Servicing

Like the other forklift components, the battery is subject to wear and tear and can sustain damage due to incorrect or insufficient maintenance. Fortunately, all forklift batteries can be serviced and repaired to extend their life and continue to deliver a reliable performance.

Along with scheduled servicing (every 3-6 months), timely repairs keep forklift batteries in optimal working condition. Some of the signs to look out for include a build-up of corrosion, acid level and link issues, and positive and negative lead and thimble damage.

Operating a forklift with a damaged battery can damage the forklift and also result in the need to replace the battery. Identifying issues with batteries early on makes it more likely that it can be repaired and restored to its optimal working condition. Regular battery spot checks are an easy way to keep on top of battery maintenance.

Ceil Power leads Australian forklift battery and charger suppliers with our market-leading battery and charger solutions, and our team’s extensive forklift industry experience. When you need new batteries or a charger to power your business, battery servicing or repairs, we can help. To speak with a forklift battery and charger expert, contact us online or call 1300 877 531 today.

An employee plugs in the battery for the electric forklift.

When looking for a new forklift battery and charger to power it, you’ll find you have the option of new and used batteries and battery chargers. Both options offer benefits, but which one is the better option and why?

New batteries come with longer warranties but you can get a used forklift battery for a lower price. When comparing your options you’ll need to consider points like these and many more. Let’s look at the pros and cons of new and used forklift batteries and chargers.

Used Batteries Are a Reliable Option

If you source used batteries through a trusted supplier you’ll find they can be a reliable choice and a good investment. This also applies to chargers. Due to environmental regulations, forklift batteries are designed to be regenerated and used again. This reduces landfill and it also provides businesses with cost-effective forklift batteries. However, you need to ensure the used forklift battery is fully reconditioned, fully compliant, and backed by a reliable warranty.

New forklift batteries are pricier but deliver great benefits, including peace of mind that it will continue to reliably power your forklifts for many years. If you’re going to invest in new forklift batteries, look for an extensive warranty, like the industry-leading warranty we offer at Ceil Power — we offer Australia’s longest forklift battery warranty.

Are Used Chargers Safe to Use?

Unlike forklift batteries, forklift battery chargers aren’t required to be rejuvenated. While a used forklift battery charge could be safe for your workers to use, it could also have underlying issues that aren’t immediately evident. To put it simply, buying a used charger is like buying any used item of equipment. However, due to the risk of burns and injuries, it’s imperative that any used charger you buy is pre-inspected by a qualified professional.

Essentially, used forklift batteries can be regenerated but forklift battery chargers can’t. That’s an important point to bear in mind when sourcing a battery and charging solution for your workplace and you have the option of new and used battery and charging products.

Which Is the Better Choice?

As purchasing price, the condition of used items and the quality of new items are the most important points of difference between new and used forklift battery charging solutions, the decision for many business owners is how the ‘price-to-quality’ ratio looks.

If they can get a quality used battery for a lower price and it’s in good condition, it may be a great investment. However, new forklift batteries offer a wide range of benefits, including a longer and stronger warranty. Similar considerations apply to battery chargers, but there are more critical safety factors that need to be weighed up. Whether you choose to invest in new or used battery and charging solutions, always get advice and support from a leading supplier like Ceil Power Systems.

Contact the team online or call 1300 877 531 to speak with a specialist about our forklift battery and charging solutions, including both new and used electric forklift batteries.

This issue is a bit trickier than it looks. There is a range of possible issues, and possible added costs, in deciding what to do. Today, we’re making a comparison between repairing and replacing forklift batteries so you can work out what’s right for you.

Forklift Battery Repairs

Forklift battery repairs may involve a range of problems. Older batteries may have multiple issues whereas large batteries often incur more complicated and expensive problems. Obviously, cost is a factor in deciding whether to repair or replace. Even with good prices, you may have to blink a few times if the repairs are likely to cost you a lot of money. Is it worth it?

In many cases, the cost of repairs will be worth the money. A good battery can be repaired back to excellent condition, good as new. That’s not quite the end of the story about forklift battery repairs, though.

Older forklifts typically have older batteries. It’s not at all unusual for an old forklift to find parts and components difficult to source, including their batteries. Forklift battery specialists can source batteries of all kinds, so you might be able to replace the faulty battery. If you can’t repair it, you might have to replace the forklift, not the battery. That’s the sort of unexpected cost most businesses could do without.

Forklift Battery Replacements

Forklift battery replacement is as straightforward as it sounds – you simply replace the battery. That’s not necessarily the end of the possible problems, though. What if the replacement battery is fine but there are still power issues with the forklift? What if there are transmission issues which were caused by system faults, not the battery?

Forklift battery power systems can be big problems, too. The old battery may have had issues but it may not have been the sole cause of power problems. The power systems may be more of a problem than the original battery issues.

You can see why it’s a good idea to consider both repair and replacement options – you really do have to cover all the angles. The old battery, if fixable, is the right battery for that forklift. The cost of replacement is avoided and your repaired battery will be fine.

The best practice approach to these issues is to get some expert guidance on your choices. Your forklift battery specialists will instantly find any power issues and be able to suggest a solution to get your forklift back in order. Downtime costs money, too, so this is the way to get things moving to a solution ASAP.

Need Some Help with Forklift Battery Problems?

Ceil Power Systems are experts in forklift battery repairs and replacement. We can help you to find the right solution and help with any problems you’re having with your power. Call us on 1300 877 531 or contact us online and talk to one of our friendly specialists about your forklift battery needs.

forklift battery maintenance

Forklift batteries are the motive power behind all forklift operations. If they have problems, so does your business. “Downtime” is a dirty word in the forklift business, and it’s also a very costly problem. We’re looking into the benefits of staying on top of your battery maintenance.

Forklift Maintenance Basics

The simple fact is that forklift batteries must be maintained well. Forklift batteries conduct a lot of power and work continuously for long periods of time. The level of wear and tear can be enormous. Corrosion, general system operations and the usual knocking around that forklifts take don’t help to keep the battery in good condition.

Routine maintenance is critical because the checking and managing of battery electrolyte levels must be done thoroughly. This work, however, isn’t enough to deal with potential problems in the battery – there might be component issues or hidden faults with the battery that could lead to failure down the track.

The essential point here is that your batteries will definitely need proper checking and maintenance over time. Just compare the costs of forklift battery repairs and battery replacement then project those costs over a year or two. Maintenance comes out as the much cheaper option, particularly for forklift fleets.

Getting Regular Forklift Battery Maintenance

Best practice for forklift batteries is much the same as all important pieces of equipment – don’t guess. Make sure the equipment is in good working order, and find problems before they cost you a fortune.

The best way to ensure you’re getting the maintenance and support you need is to schedule maintenance on a regular basis. You can pick and choose your times for maintenance to fit in with your operational needs.

Sourcing Forklift Battery Maintenance Services

Not surprisingly, the best forklift battery maintenance services are provided by forklift battery specialist companies. When you’re dealing with modern forklift batteries, you need specialists who are up to date with the latest technology.

If you’re a forklift business, it’s also good to connect with these specialist companies for useful technical help and support when you need it. Battery experts can deal with the most complex issues and offer an instant fix for a lot of problems to get your forklift back to work.

Your maintenance experts will also be able to deliver a fast response when you need one. You can avoid downtime costs with this type of service, and it’s always nice to know you can fix a problem with a phone call whenever you need.

Talk to Ceil Power Systems for Any Maintenance Work

Ceil Power Systems is your forklift battery specialist for any kind of forklift battery repair, maintenance and all the services your batteries need.  Whenever you want fast, expert help with your forklift batteries, just call 1300 877 531 or contact us online. We’ll set up a maintenance service for you, offer you a good price and be right there to deliver any help when you need it.

Forklift battery check

If you are experiencing issues with a big forklift battery, there are some serious risks involved in trying to fix it yourself. However competent you are, these big batteries come with potentially risky problems. We’re going to give you a few pointers to help you manage big battery problems.

The Problems

It’s just as well that modern forklift batteries are so reliable because if people had to handle them and work with them on a regular basis, it’d be a full-time job in itself. Big batteries are supersized and when they have problems, they tend to be supersized problems.

Battery maintenance is one thing. Most operators can do maintenance very well themselves. That being said, fixing big batteries is a very different ball game. Managing big batteries isn’t like managing smaller batteries on any degree of difficulty. The problems may include:

Handling

If you have to move a big battery for any reason, these very heavy batteries, like any big load, may have their own ideas about where they want to go. If a large forklift battery hits anyone or anything, there’s no escaping the damage. Trying to move a big battery through a busy workplace is also adds more risk during handling.

Heavy Batteries

Forklift operators are used to handling heavy loads, but batteries pack a lot of weight into a small space. Manual handling of these weights is a recipe for trouble and maybe a few months off work if you’re a little unlucky. This is why battery workshops are so well-equipped with handling gear.

Battery Chemistry

Batteries contain a cocktail of chemicals, including powerful acids. These acids are one of the reasons that all safety manuals recommend wearing the highest level of protection when working on batteries. Standard practice when dealing with battery acid is to use a neutralising agent to manage these acids if they get out for any reason. You can imagine what would happen without have a neutralising agent.

Risk of Damage to the Battery

Due to the handling issues, battery damage is a real possibility. There’s also the possibility of doing irreparable damage to an already faulty battery. Instead of fixing it, you may accidentally destroy the battery. Not exactly cost-effective, is it?

Unintentional Mistakes

You can’t fix a forklift battery by making the problems worse, either. These modern batteries are complex, precision instruments and you need a lot of knowledge to service them. If something goes wrong, you need someone who knows what has happened and how to deal with it. An innocent mistake can do a lot of expensive damage.

Looking for Expert Services for Your Batteries?

Ceil Power Systems provides a full range of repair and maintenance services for forklift batteries. If you have a big battery that’s causing problems and you’d like some assistance, call 1300 877 531 or contact us online. Talk to our experts, and we’ll be happy to provide any services you need.

Forklift battery check

Forklift batteries are designed to manage incredible workloads, and good batteries are great assets for any forklift business. That being said, when forklift batteries have problems, you need to identify them and fix them ASAP. If not, you could wind up with a major cost on your hands plus the added downtime expenses.

Forklift Battery Problems

Commonly occurring problems include:

Erratic Power

The forklift operates but shuts off, stalls or doesn’t power. This is a major issue. Don’t wait for another second, pick up a phone and get service immediately because these issues shouldn’t happen at all. The problem is almost definitely the battery and you’ve got a potentially dangerous machine to deal with. Take the forklift out of service until properly checked and repaired.

Short Battery Life

A truly infuriating problem, this is another issue your battery simply shouldn’t have. Forklift batteries are designed to deliver good working times. A battery which barely starts up before it shuts down is hardly performing up to specifications. There is nothing to do here besides picking up the phone and getting a service call booked. (A faulty charger may be the issue but you can’t take chances with this problem. Get everything checked to cover all angles.

Lift Problems

If your forklift is straining to lift a load, the fork isn’t getting enough power. It may hesitate, lift to a point, partially lift or stop; you’ll know that the power system and/or the battery are the problems here. The forklift must be taken out of service. It can’t be trusted to do the job, which is as good a reason as you could ever possibly want for getting service.

Combination Problems

There is any number of technical reasons for these problems, from battery points to mysterious electrolyte problems. The problems will happen, of course, when you’re extremely busy and don’t have two seconds free for the next six months. Don’t bother worrying; call for a service from a reliable specialist firm that knows you need everything done yesterday.

Nobody has ever called running a forklift business easy. There’s even a theory that there’s no such thing as pattern baldness in the forklift business because it’s caused entirely by operators and business owners tearing their hair out. Best practice for forklift businesses is to have the instant fix services available at all times to deal with the problems.

Need Some Help with Your Forklift Batteries?

Ceil Power Systems are forklift battery specialists. We know the problems. We already know you need your service ASAP or preferably sooner.  For any help you need with your forklift batteries, call us on 1300 877 531 or contact us online. We’ll deliver all the services you need.

Forklift Team

Battery rejuvenation is a type of reconditioning, to put it very simply. Battery rejuvenation can be an excellent, very cost-effective option for forklift businesses for a range of reasons. The main reason for getting a battery rejuvenated, rather than replaced, is that the battery performs well and delivers the power your forklift needs. This is often the case with big, heavy lift batteries.

How Are Forklift Batteries Rejuvenated?

Forklift batteries are big, powerful and complex equipment. They need to be tough to deliver the performance you need. There are many parameters for battery performance and, when getting rejuvenated, these parameters are the metrics that matter to ensure a good rejuvenation job.

Every aspect of battery performance, every component and element, is checked in the rejuvenation process. A battery really is the “sum of its parts”, and to rejuvenate a battery to specifications, there’s no guesswork involved. It’s a precision operation. Rejuvenation is a no-nonsense process, carried out by experts. Noticeable faults are identified while possible faults, like encroaching corrosion, are also found and fixed. Acid mixes, electrolytes and seals are all examined. Your battery really will be good as new.

Why Can’t Some Batteries Be Rejuvenated?

A battery which can’t be rejuvenated has too many issues, by definition. The problems are serious and major work may be required – battery replacement would be a better option in terms of cost, time to fix and risks.

The risk factor is a major issue in rejuvenation. A battery that can’t be rejuvenated is a potentially serious problem. By rights, the battery shouldn’t even be in the forklift because faulty forklift batteries can be very dangerous. They may fail during operation. That could mean a heavy, high-value load in mid-air, with attendant risks to operators and staff. It might also mean a catastrophic failure, losing the load.

In either scenario, it will definitely mean a pretty thankless, time-consuming job of managing the stuck or damaged load and getting a new battery. That’s not where any forklift business wants to be.

Other problems may include too much wear and tear, systemic failures, dangerous corrosion and, in rare but potentially risky scenarios, battery chemistry issues. We’ll spare you the gruesome details but the bottom line is that some problems simply don’t permit rejuvenation. These batteries are too far gone and too unsafe to work with.

How to Get Your Forklift Battery Rejuvenated

You’ll need forklift battery specialists to do your rejuvenation job. They’ll give you a very clear picture of time, costs and any possible issues you may want to consider, like a replacement battery, if necessary.

Need Expert Battery Rejuvenation?

For battery rejuvenation in New South Wales, Queensland or Victoria, Ceil Power Systems is your do-everything team of experts. We can rejuvenate all types and sizes of batteries, from basic pallet jack batteries to monster batteries. For all the services you need, call us on 1300 877 531 or contact us online. Expect great service at a good price with any battery issues.