Battery powered forklifts are becoming more and more popular for manufacturing and warehouse operations. They offer benefits such as reduced emission, which helps many businesses achieve “green” goals regarding environmental responsibility. And, as technology improves, electric forklifts are providing longer running times as well as shorter recharging periods.

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1.Manufacturer’s recommendations are 8 hour run time, 8 hour charge time, and 8 hour cool down time for each battery.

2.Keep electrolyte levels between minimum and maximum levels as pictured below.

3.Add water as needed, only after charging, and do not overfill batteries.

4.Use the correct charger for the battery. Amp Hour capacity of charger and battery should match each other.

5.Keep vent caps and plastic shrouds in place. Replace lost or damaged vent caps and shrouds to prevent possible battery damage or shock.

6.All battery and truck covers should be kept open during charging.

7.Keep all flames and sparks away from batteries as they produce flammable gases that may ignite. The largest amounts of gasses are produced during the end of the charge cycle.

8.Battery tops should be kept clean, dry and free of foreign objects. Dirt and water conduct electricity and may cause shorts that damage the trucks’ electronics.

9.Check battery and charger cables and plugs for wear, exposed wires or excessive heat. Report and repair any damage before continuing to use the battery or charger.

10.Battery warranties are for cycle life, not calendar years. To maximize battery life, do not “opportunity charge” (charge for short time periods over lunch and breaks), or over discharge batteries.

11.Always wear protective eye and body gear when working around batteries.

12.Immediately neutralize and clean up any electrolyte spills.

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