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Forklift batteries typically come in two forms: Lithium or Lead-acid with most common being lead-acid. The chemical reaction in lead-acid batteries that generates the power relies on electrolytes to protect the lead plates from sulfuric acid build up otherwise known as battery sulfation.
Lead acid batteries require watering which is the process of restoring the battery's electrolyte level. It is recommended that this process is done with distilled water after every 5 or 10 charges. Be sure that you are using distilled water only or use a watering tool that has a deionizer built in. Regular tap water has additional minerals in the water which can decrease the lift of the batter. As water is consumed in a lead acid battery, the electrolyte level in the battery will drop. If the electrolyte drops below the top of the electrodes, the electrodes will be exposed to oxygen in the atmosphere which will eventually result in a battery dry out and loss of current.
If the battery builds up sulfation, the forklift battery will take longer to charge and lose cranking power over time. If the problem persists unattended, the forklift battery plates can be permanently damaged and the battery will need to be replaced. A forklift battery is typically around 30% of the total cost of the forklift so it is important to properly maintain your forklift battery. Forklift batteries are expected to last around 1,500 charging cycles before they degrade. To maximize it's useful life, a forklift battery should be charged when it is at 20% - 30% capacity. A forklift battery that consistently gets topped off will have a shorter useful life. Signs you may need a replacement forklift battery: Built up sulfation that cannot be removed from the plates. Cannot hold a charge. Displays and lights are dimming. Acid leaking out of the battery. Corroded or damaged forklift battery terminals. If there is any sign of acid leakage, the battery should be properly disposed of immediately and should be handled with the proper non corrosive personal protective equipment. This should not be a repair attempted in house. To maximize the useful life of your forklift battery, be sure to constantly monitor the battery temperature, water levels, charge intervals, and amp levels. Lithium forklift batteries are typically more expensive but they require less maintenance and last longer than their lead-acid counterparts. If your forklift battery needs to be replaced, shop among the various forklift battery suppliers on Gearflow for your new, used, OEM, and aftermarket options.