forklift battery

There are several possible answers to this question. There are economic answers, on the job answers, and basic common sense answers which are pretty hard to argue with. We’re delving into the solutions around fixing and replacing your forklift batteries. You’ll find that common answers include:

“Too Expensive to Repair”

That’s game over, in most cases. This answer is also best practice; a dodgy, costly battery is likely to be a future problem waiting to happen. Good operators won’t incur excessive expenses, or risks, on an old battery which is probably close to expiry, anyway.

“Battery Is Good!”

This is game over in the other direction, a strong argument for repairing the battery because it performs well. The cost is usually bearable in these cases because the battery delivers value.

“Er, Um, Ah…”

This is a conflicted answer in which operators, supervisors and managers are mindful of cost. They will also be thinking about the time involved in sourcing and installing a new battery if there’s a lot of work to do. This battery will have a good record prior to any issues, which is also a good indicator of a battery worth fixing.

“Are There Any Better Options?”

This particular answer has a few built-in issues. It invariably means upgrading to a new battery might be a good move. Fixing the old battery won’t deliver the upgraded performance of a new generation battery, either, which is another consideration.

Getting Expert Guidance about Battery Repairs

Forklift battery specialists can take one look at a battery and tell you whether it’s worth repairing. They can also solve some problems for you and their answers will deliver value when making your choice.

“Don’t Bother Repairing It”

The battery may need a lot of work, probably due to high levels of usage over a period and the battery may simply be worn out. Please be aware that a battery which is in the “don’t bother” category is a serious risk, too. If it fails, it may be dangerous on the job. It may also mean money spent for nothing, with added downtime while you get a new battery.

“Fixable, but Will Need Extra Work”

It’s a good battery, worth repairing, but do you want to wear the cost? The fact that the service experts think it’s repairable and worth repairing is a positive. You can discuss choices for repair or replacement.

“Not a Problem”

This means the battery only has some minor faults and can be fixed up to performance standard after repairs. In this case, the battery will still have a long working life and be economically viable to fix.

“We Can Give You a Better Battery”

The old battery is out of date, or there are better options with more power and performance for the job. This happens with midrange to heavy lifters, in which the new generation batteries really are superior.

Ask Ceil Power Systems

The other major plus for talking to the experts is that they’ll map out your options very clearly. They’ll identify possible risks with an iffy battery, too – a very useful service which can spot problems even expert operators might not know about.

If you need a battery repair in New South Wales, Queensland or Victoria, Ceil Power Systems is your local specialist. We repair and service all types of forklift batteries. Call us on 1300 877 531or contact us online and talk to our experts.

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.

forklift battery

Choosing a forklift battery is all about choosing a high-performance, reliable battery with the grunt required to deal with the forklift’s role. Forklift batteries have to deliver a lot of power and are in constant use in many workplace environments. The type of forklift battery you choose will be governed by voltage and other basic needs, to some extent. The trick is to get the best battery which meets all the basic criteria while providing excellent performance. Today, we’re offering all of the battery advice you need for your forklift.

Possible Battery Issues

If there’s one thing forklift operators loathe, it’s a situation where the batteries seem to require more work than the job. There’s nothing quite like working on managing your batteries while there’s a lot of work left to do. This situation is more common than most people realise, and it’s a good example of why expert forklift operators are fussy about their batteries.

There’s a reason for these battery problems. The usual range of pre-installed batteries with which forklifts are equipped varies, a lot. You may get manufacturer’s batteries, which may be average, or you may get Brand X batteries, the “lowest common denominator” variety of brands which are usually not up to scratch.

Batteries are quite complex things and the efficiency of the chemical and electrical processes in batteries may also vary considerably. They respond to demand for power differently, too. The real proof of how good your current batteries are will be shown on the job. Obviously, an underpowered or “neurotic” battery is a built-in liability on a worksite. The effect of getting a substandard battery is basically the same; it starts up, works for a while, then needs a recharge or maintenance, etc.

Selecting Your Forklift Battery

The way to select a forklift battery is a simple process:

  1. Check battery specifications. If there’s battery structure information included, you’ll see a range of different configurations and features.
  2. Check amperage! Amperage delivers the real power and the general rule is the more amperage, the better.
  3. Check for services and support. You don’t want to buy a battery and then have to guess how to deal with any problems.

Talk to the supplier about services and features, and get some expert-level background about their batteries.

Check Out Your Suppliers!

The other sure way of finding the right battery is to check out suppliers. This is a real character reference to a good business relationship. An excellent supplier is a valuable find as they are typically battery specialists with a lot of experience and a very good range of services for their clients.

The easy way to spot a really good supplier is that they speak “fork language” fluently. They understand the practical problems and the business issues, and they’re good problem solvers who know how to deliver the solutions you need on the job. Do all the checks and you will have found the right battery and the right source for services and support.

Looking for Forklift Batteries in Australia?

Ceil Power Systems is your one-stop forklift battery specialist in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. We offer a range of advanced forklift batteries, including new and used forklift batteries for sale. Give us a call on 1300 721 013 or contact us online. We’re here to help with any services you require.

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