Forklift batteries, industrial batteries or traction batteries, made up of high amp hour 2 volt lead acid cells assembled in series make up the forklift operating voltage, which varies between 12 volt, 24 volt, 36 volt, 48 volt or 72 volt. Most Common are 36 or 48 volt.
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Forklift Battery routine maintenance can help you to avoid battery damage. Check your battery maintenance guide, or find your Magnacharge Battery Corporation’s nearest location where you can consult our trained Battery technician’s or Call our Toll free number. Daily Checks:
- Connect the battery to an approved, automatic charger.
- Open the battery cover and lift truck hood to ventilate. Turn charger off prior to disconnecting the battery to prevent arcs and sparks.
- Check water levels in all cells and fill when needed. Watering should be done while the battery is gassing or at the end of a charge cycle. Fill to a level approximately ¼ below the bottom of the vent well, enough to cover the top of the plate.
- Provide an equalize charge to properly mix the electrolyte and water.
- Take a specific gravity reading on all cells with a hydrometer after charge.
- Inspect cable leads and connector for fraying, loose connectors or burnt and pitted contact areas.
- Wipe down the top of the battery with a neutralizing cleaning agent such as battery neutralizing solution.
Things that should be done when servicing batteries?
- Keep all tools and jewelry away from the battery.
- Inspect for defective cables, loose connections, corroded cable connectors or battery terminals, loose hold-down clamps and deformed or loose terminal posts.
- Tighten cable clamp nuts with the proper size wrench. Avoid excessive twisting forces on terminal clamps.
- Remove corrosion on the terminal posts.
- Use a tapered brush to clean battery terminals and the cable clamps.
- Wash and clean the battery, battery terminals baking soda solution.
- To prevent electric shocks, never touch or come in contact with both terminals at the same time.
- When battery cables are removed, ensure that they are clearly marked positive and negative.