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.

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Onsite maintenance of forklift batteries by operators is a very important process. To operate properly, the power systems of the forklift must be getting all of the power they need. That means your batteries must be in good condition.

These “routine” tasks are critical. If there are power problems, your forklift can become a real liability. The forklift may stall, fail to lift, or seize up in the middle of a job. That can mean danger to operators, risks to loads, and a very irritating range of fixes to deal with something that should never really have happened at all. Today, we’re looking into useful accessories to maintain your forklift battery.

Types of Forklift Battery Accessories

The accessories used for forklift maintenance include two must-haves:

Single Point Watering Kits

These are invaluable for managing the electrolyte levels in forklift batteries. They operate systematically, managing levels for each battery in your forklift. They’re a good, “no mistakes” way of managing battery levels very efficiently. They also make sure that every battery is properly maintained.

Watering Guns

Modern watering guns are pressurised, flow-regulated and connected to the mains supply. The latest watering guns monitor electrolyte levels and signal when supply is low. These watering guns even tell you not to overfill, saving a lot of time and effort. It ensures built-in quality control on maintenance, a good value outcome for big batteries which need to be in top condition.

Where Do You Source Forklift Battery Accessories?

The best place to source your accessories is a specialist forklift battery service. With all due respect to other battery suppliers, forklift batteries are not the same thing. Modern forklifts use huge amounts of power and their batteries are often far more complex.

Your forklift battery specialists will know your machine type, know what sort of accessories it needs for service and be able to help with any battery issues. Most importantly, they can help with practical solutions for battery maintenance at all levels.

One of the big issues with onsite battery maintenance is that operators can only do so much. Sometimes, the maintenance issues aren’t routine; they’re real risks.  If your operators have encountered battery problems or “repeat offenders” in your batteries, the experts can deliver the solutions along with your new accessories. Your accessories, in fact, may be the solutions you need, but it’s best to check out any issues before you get serious trouble from your batteries.

Talk to Ceil Power Systems about Forklift Battery Accessories

Ceil Power Systems have the very latest forklift battery accessories on the market, designed for modern forklifts and power systems of all kinds. If you’d like to talk to our forklift battery specialists about your maintenance needs, just call us on 1300 877 531 or contact us online. We speak “fork language” fluently, and we’ll be happy to assist.

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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.

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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 877 531 or 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.

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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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