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Hi, I'm Charles Green, and this is my site. Forklifts are my life and where I spend most of my time during the day. I either am working directly on a forklift of repairing them. And so I figured, if I'm spending so much time on one, why not create a web site about them. And here we are. I hope to provide you with some interesting articles and good photos. And if you are so inclined, please leave a comment or post a question. I love feedback. I'll try to make this an interesting and informative site. Thanks and enjoy.

A Guide to Charging Forklift Batteries

In order to keep a forklift running, it is essential to charge forklift batteries, more so when the piece of equipment is an electric forklift truck. In spite of the high initial cost, using an electric forklift is the best way to keep one’s costs low and be more environment friendly. Charging forklift batteries in the right manner will not only ensure that the machine functions properly but also make sure that the equipment continues to work for a long period of time.

It is essential to ensure that the batteries are charged only when they are required to be charged. Overcharging or unnecessary charging of the batteries will lead them to hold less charge, which means that they will not last very long. Letting the battery drain till the very end before charging is an effective way of making sure that the life of the battery lasts as long as possible.

It is advisable to make certain that the area or place where the battery is charged is clean and dirt – free as dust and grime can affect the functionality of the battery.
One must always keep in mind that charging the batteries of their electric forklift is a great way to guarantee that the lift-truck works properly for the required number of hours. With the average battery life of an electric forklift, the equipment lasts for approximately six hours of constant usage, which should suffice for an eight hour shift. If one neglects or forgets to charge the forklift battery, it could have an adverse effect on the productivity, especially when the business relies on only one forklift truck.

If an individual uses their forklift regularly, they may be required to charge the battery every day. One needs to keep in mind that a forklift battery can only be re-charged for about 1500 times in its lifespan, which means that the device can only be charged so many before it dies. Therefore, one must only charge the battery as and when required and necessary.

One must carry out frequent maintenance checks and battery inspections to ensure smooth functioning of the battery. Performing regular checks and inspections and providing good care for the forklift will ensure that the piece of equipment functions better and lasts very long. Remember, if you take proper care of the forklift battery, it will return the favor.

Electric Forklifts: Advantages and Disadvantages.

Electric forklift trucks are the most appropriate choice for material handling in the warehousing and manufacturing industry along with other indoor use. One of the reasons being that electric trucks produce zero emissions which is a very important aspect to consider when one is going to use the equipment indoors. Furthermore, the other major advantage of an electric forklift is that there is no cost of fuel involved. The cost of fuel is eliminated in electric forklifts and they have the lowest cost per hour of operation than any other forklift type.

In addition to that, the maintenance cost associated with electric forklifts is relatively lower when compared to that of other models. The electric trucks do not have engines, radiators or transmissions and therefore, the owner has to spend a lesser amount of money on service and repairs. Moreover, these machines also tend to last longer for the reason being that they have fewer moving parts
In spite of all the benefits, electric forklifts have their fair share of shortcomings. One of the major disadvantages of en electric truck is the battery downtime. The equipment is powered by batteries that usually provide power only adequate for a standard eight hour shift which gives the owner only about 5 – 6 hours of continuous usage.

Even though there is no fuel cost associated with electric forklifts, this particular advantage is offset by the higher initial cost of purchasing an electric lift-truck. New electric forklifts are 20 to 40 % more expensive than the diesel and propane forklifts. Charging a forklift battery can be very time-consuming and can take up to eight hours along with an additional eight hours required for cooling before it can be made use of. As a result of this, one might need to buy additional batteries, especially if they need the lift trucks for two or three shift operations, thereby, adding to the overall cost.