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.

An office building and blue sky with clouds

We’re very excited about the official launch of our QLD branch coming up on 20th May!

With much more room to hold stock in our new branch and the addition of our wonderful Sales Manager – Tille Swan, we’re able to provide fast and reliable support to our QLD customer base.

There will be lucky door prizes associated with the launch, with the major prize a new 65″ LCD TV!

We’d love to you to come along and meet our team including-

Managing Director – David Cooper
QLD Branch Manager – Alby Longworth
QLD Sales Manager – Tillie Swan
Major Accounts Manager – Brett Stewart
Customer Service Manager – Sarah Cooper

RSVP via tillie@ceilpower.com.au

As Australia’s trusted supplier of forklift battery and charging solutions, the Ceil Power team works closely with clients across multiple industries from our headquarters in Wetherill Park, (NSW) and our branches in Dandenong South (VIC), Coopers Plains(QLD) and Welshpool (WA).

If you would like to speak with one of our team members Ceil Power welcome all enquiries about 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.

A forklift carrying construction materials including clay and bricks at a building site.

Forklifts and material handling equipment are used extensively across a wide range of industries and sectors here in Australia and right across the world. From supermarkets and retail stores to warehouses, factories, dockyards and even construction sites, the humble forklift is an essential item of machinery across a multitude of industries and sectors.

As Australia’s trusted supplier of forklift battery and charging solutions, the Ceil Power team works closely with clients across multiple industries from our headquarters in Wetherill Park, (NSW) and our branches in Dandenong South (VIC), Yeerongpilly (QLD) and Welshpool (WA). Here’s a quick look at some of the industries we work with and the regulatory bodies in each state.

Warehouses

Forklifts are hands-down the most frequently utilised item of material handling equipment in warehouses across the globe. In fact, no other item of equipment comes close. With a wide range of forklifts on the market, including gas and electric forklifts, there’s a variety to suit every type of warehouse application. In some warehouses, forklifts are fitted with attachments so that workers can safely access shelves and pallets at heights.

Dockyards

Dockyards would grind to a halt if it weren’t for the powerful heavy-duty forklifts that move heavy shipping containers. In dockyards and similar logistics environments, forklifts are used to transport containers from ships to storage facilities or directly onto trucks and trains.

As the leading supplier of forklift batteries and chargers in Australia, Ceil Power supports many dockyards across the country with our premium-quality battery and charging solutions for electric forklifts. We also provide trusted forklift battery servicing and repairs.

Factories 

Like warehouses and dockyards, Australian factories are heavily reliant on forklifts, with most using these indispensable machines to move stock and load trucks. Forklifts can be fitted with a range of different wheels to suit the flooring of factories, a consideration that’s especially important in food and chemical production facilities with protective flooring.

Construction Sites

The forklifts that are utilised on building sites tend to be heavy, industrial forklifts with pneumatic tyres (to navigate tough terrain) as opposed to the solid tyres that are used extensively in other industries. In construction applications, forklifts are usually employed to move heavy items, like steel girders, pallets of bricks and other construction materials.

Forklift Regulations

The forklift licensing regulations applied across Australia are similar from state to state, with each state administering its own regulations through its Safe Work body. These are:

  • NSW — SafeWork NSW
  • QLD — Worksafe Queensland
  • VIC — WorkSafe Victoria
  • WA — Commerce WA

While the rules and regulations are similar, there are minor differences that employers and workers need to be aware of, especially with regard to licensing. Moreover, while fines for unlicensed forklift usage differ slightly, in all states the penalties are severe — don’t put yourself and co-workers at risk by operating a forklift without a license.

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.

Forklift driver stacking pallets with cement packs by stacker loader.

Did you know that the penalties for getting caught driving a forklift without a license are extremely severe and can amount to thousands of dollars in fines? The penalties for unlicensed forklift use are harsh for a good reason — forklift training and licensing ensures operators are capable of using the equipment safely.

That’s very important because forklifts carry heavy loads and workers are injured every year, with fatal accidents occurring here in Australia (even with our strong rules and regulations) and around the world. If you get behind the wheel of a forklift without a valid license, you’re putting the welfare and safety of your co-workers at risk of serious injury, and you and your employer at risk of substantial fines. It simply isn’t worth it. Today we look at the importance of forklift licenses, the penalties for unlicensed operation and how to get a forklift license.

The Importance of Forklift Licenses

As discussed above, it’s important to have a valid forklift license because the training and licensing required to get a ticket ensures operators have the skills and knowledge needed to operate a forklift safely. Forklifts move very heavy loads, often in enclosed environments, and accidents occur even when operators are highly-skilled and experienced. Consequently, unlicensed workers mustn’t operate these vehicles.

If you’re caught operating a forklift unlicensed, you could get hit with a penalty of up to $3000 and your employer could cop a fine of up to $100,000. What’s more, if you were involved in an accident and someone was seriously hurt, you and your employer could also be liable for their personal injury and workers compensation claims. It isn’t worth the risk.

How to Get Your Ticket

Forklift driving is considered a high-risk occupation in Australia and there are two licenses that forklift drivers typically hold to work in factories, warehouses and other workplace environments. These are:

  • Forklift Truck (TLILIC 2001A LF licence) — This is the forklift license most operators hold. To get this license, you must train on a suitable forklift with a mast and an elevating carriage with fork arms.
  • Order-Picking Machine (TLILI 2002A LO licence) — This is a more advanced forklift license and it’s a handy one to have as it increases your employment options. To get this ticket, you must train on an order-picking forklift in which the control and load carriage move together.

Holding the required forklift license is important for safety reasons and as many Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) offer one-day forklift licensing, getting your forklift ticket is cost-effective and easy. There’s no excuse for not having one.

The Ceil Power team have extensive experience in the forklift industry, which enables us to provide industry-leading forklift battery and charging solutions to businesses of all sizes across Australia. We provide Australia’s longest forklift battery warranties, have a great reputation for our friendly and expert customer service, and are happy to provide you with specialist advice across our entire range. Contact us online or call us on 1300 877 531.

A low angle view of a staff member driving a forklift in a warehouse.

Forklifts are impressive machines that combine hydraulics and pulleys to exert exceptional lifting power that makes them ideal for an extensive range of applications. While forklifts are essential items of machinery that play a major role in powering warehouses, factories and other workplace environments, few people really understand how they work.

Whether you work in an environment in which forklifts are utilised or you’re thinking of getting a forklift ticket and you’d like to learn how these machines work, this short guide to forklifts provides a brief overview. Here we look at how forklifts work and their main components, including the batteries that power these vitally-important machines.

Forklift Basics

The two main mechanisms that power forklifts are its hydraulic cylinders (hollow tubes with pistons) and roller chain pulleys. To lift a load, the lift handle activates the air pump, forcing air through a tube into the hydraulic cylinders. This process relies on the pressure caused by an increase of gas inside the cylinder, which when applied across the piston, results in upward force.

To move the load up, the operator moves the handle forward which pumps more air into the cylinders, and to move the load down, the handle is pulled back and gas is gently released from the hydraulic cylinder. This ‘push’ action combines with the ‘pull’ action of the roller chain pulleys. When the hydraulic cylinders and internal pistons push the forklift’s masts up, its gears push against the roller chain pulleys, moving the masts further upwards.

Without roller chain pulleys, forklifts simply wouldn’t be capable of reaching such heights and would require significantly taller hydraulic cylinders. The way forklifts operate is simple physics but impressive nonetheless — especially when you take into account the loads that forklifts can move and raise in comparison to their size, all the while maintaining stability.

Stability and Control

Stability and control is managed by the forklift’s large footprint and heavy, robust structure that enables it to lift heavy loads, and two sets of controls — one set for steering via its rear wheels (which provides greater precision and turning control) and the other for lifting and lowering loads. The steering controls are similar to conventional vehicles, while the lifting controls are a set of two levers, one for raising and lowering loads, and the other for tilting loads back and forth.

Forklift Batteries

The two main forklift battery types are lead acid and lithium-ion, though other types are also available, including gel batteries. Lead acid batteries are the most commonly used and are the more cost-effective of the two. Lithium batteries are relatively new in comparison and while significantly more expensive, offer benefits such as minimal maintenance and faster charging times. At Ceil Power, we stock an extensive range of premium-quality lead acid batteries to suit all fleets and forklift applications.

Like to learn more about forklift batteries and chargers? The Ceil Power team is on hand to help you understand which forklift batteries and chargers best suit your forklift fleet needs. Contact the team online or give us a call on 1300 877 531 to speak to a battery and charging solution specialist at your nearest Ceil Power location.

Forklift Personnel Safety

As a practical material handling solution, forklifts are essential items of machinery in many Australian workplaces. However, care must be taken when operating a forklift, when working in areas in which they operate, and when maintaining the forklift. This includes charging the forklift battery. Today we take a quick look at staying safe around forklifts with some simple tips and a focus on forklift battery charging safety.

General Forklift Safety

When correctly maintained and operated in line with workplace health and safety guidelines, forklifts are safe machines to operate and work with. While accidents do happen, including fatal workplace accidents, most are caused by failing to follow OHS guidelines. Here are a few simple tips to reduce the likelihood of an accident.

Qualified operators only

To operate a forklift in Australia an operator must be qualified, which means they’ve completed the TLILIC2001 course. When a non-licensed driver operates a forklift, your business is at risk of serious fines and if an accident occurs there could be serious legal trouble ahead, including personal injury and workers comp claims.

Routine and scheduled checks

Forklift operators should give the machine a routine daily check to identify any faults or damage. Things to check include the tyre pressure, brakes, steering, mast and controls, all of which can be done in a minute or two before picking up a load. If any damage is identified, the forklift should not be operated until it’s repaired.

Safe and conscious operation

Most forklift accidents occur due to negligence and failing to follow OHS guidelines. Your forklift must be operated by a licensed operator, in an environment with clear visibility, at safe speeds, and in line with worksite and OHS rules. This involves keeping safe distances from workers, objects and other vehicles, allowing adequate stopping space, ensuring loads are stable and secure, and keeping people and objects clear of the mast.

Forklift Battery Safety

Following WHS guidelines is just as important when charging a forklift as it is when operating one in the workplace. Battery-powered forklifts are increasingly popular in Australian workplaces and whether a single machine or a fleet is employed, businesses need to create a dedicated space to recharge batteries when required.

Create a dedicated battery charging space

To provide a safe environment businesses need to create a battery charging space, ideally a room separated from other areas. Only licenced staff members should be allowed to access the space and charge the forklift batteries.

Acid-resistant flooring materials

Battery acid is highly corrosive and can cause structural damage if a major spill occurred. While unlikely, flooring in battery charging areas must be acid-resistant.

Natural and artificial ventilation

Hydrogen gas is released while charging forklift batteries which means ventilation is required to provide a safe working environment. Ideally a combination of natural and artificial (exhaust fans, vents, ducts, etc.) ventilation would be implemented.

Access to safety equipment

The correct personal protection equipment should be used when charging forklift batteries and safety equipment, including fire extinguishers, an eyewash station and acid-neutralising agents, should be immediately accessible.

Ceil Power Systems are Australia’s forklift battery experts. Call us on 1300 877 531 or contact us online to discuss your needs with one of our forklift battery and charging specialists. We operate locations in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA.