Companies around the world are transitioning to alternative energy solutions such as lithium-ion batteries for forklifts.
Capable of rapid charging speeds and requiring minimal maintenance, lithium-ion batteries can take your operation to new heights.
Forklift battery solutions
There are several energy solutions available when choosing an electric forklift. In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have become an increasingly popular power source. Lithium-ion batteries deliver maximum power all the time, regardless of how much charge is left, unlike lead- acid batteries where less charge affects speed and lifting capacity. We have assembled thousands of lithium-ion batteries, providing businesses with a high-quality and safe way to power their material handling equipment.
Lithium-Ion Battery PROS
– In material handling, with lithium-ion batteries, you won’t have to worry about getting the job done. Lithium-ion batteries require less time to charge than their lead-acid counterparts, which also have to rest before they can be used again. Since lithium-ion batteries maintain a higher, more stable voltage over the course of a shift, you will also experience higher forklift performance which can translate to increased throughput.
Opportunity Charge Without Damage – Lithium-ion batteries can be topped up during 15-30 minute breaks throughout the day (known as opportunity charging). While it’s possible to opportunity charge a lead-acid battery, it shortens battery life.
Lithium-ion batteries can fully charge in as little as one hour. That’s eight times faster than a lead-acid battery, and li-ion batteries don’t require cool downtime. In fact, it’s not uncommon for one lithium-ion battery to power three shifts. They store three times more energy and are 30 percent more energy efficient.
Reduced Risk – Because the battery cells are sealed shut, lithium-ion batteries don’t require maintenance and don’t require constant watering, equalize charging, or cleaning. This means there’s no risk of acid spills. Frequently having to maintain your lead acid battery can be time consuming and costly.
Reduced Maintenance Labor
– Lithium-ion batteries come equipped with cells that are sealed so you don’t have to wash or add water to keep the batteries operational, which reduces maintenance costs. Depending on your operation, it is possible that you don’t have to remove or swap batteries as you proceed through your workday because the battery can remain inside the forklift longer, eliminating the cost of additional storage and labor which is required for lead-acid batteries.
Buy Fewer Batteries – Lithium-ion batteries last four times longer than standard forklift batteries.
Top 5 Ways A Lithium-ion Battery Makes Your Forklift Safer
1. They Don’t Require Watering
Because of the way lithium-ion batteries are designed, they do not require watering. Lithium-ion batteries are sealed shut, which require little maintenance to upkeep.
2. There Is a Minimal Risk Of Overheating
One of the best features of a lithium-ion battery is its battery management system (BMS). The BMS tracks cell temperatures to ensure they remain in safe operating ranges so there is no risk to employees.
3. No Separate Charging Station Is Required
Because lithium-ion batteries do not emit potentially harmful gases when charging, so crews can plug lithium-ion batteries directly into a charger while the batteries remain inside the forklifts.
4. Forklift Injury Risks Are Minimized
Lithium-ion batteries can remain in the vehicle while connected to a charger. They also can be opportunity charged, and typically have longer run times at 7 to 8 hours before requiring a charge.
5. Ergonomic Risks Are Minimized
In general, lithium-ion batteries typically weigh less than a standard lead-acid battery. The lower the weight of the battery, the lower the ergonomic risks among workers. No matter the weight, correct lifting and handling are essential to maximizing safety. This includes positioning your body as close as possible to the battery before moving it and bending your knees slightly before lifting or lowering a battery.
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Helpful Tips: Avoid charging lithium-ion batteries when they have too low of battery life left. Instead, charge them more often. They do not need to be fully charged to operate correctly as do lead-acid batteries. In fact, you can fast charge a LiB in a matter of 10-20 minutes during an operator’s break.
Keep the battery away from elevated temperatures to avoid causing stress and changing capacity capabilities.
Applications Benefit Most from Lithium-ion Forklift Batteries
Cold Storage/Freezer Applications – lead-acid batteries can’t handle the cold. Capacity can decrease up to 35 percent. Lithium-ion forklift batteries maintain their capacity in cold temps much better than lead-acid and can be fast-charged in cold temps, even inside freezers.
Multi-Shift Applications – Stop swapping and start saving. Multi-shift operations are the businesses that benefit most from lithium-ion batteries.
Tight margins – When you switch to lithium-ion forklift batteries, you’ll immediately reduce energy bills, reclaim real estate and improve productivity. Lithium-ion forklift batteries are 40 percent more energy efficient than lead-acid, and 88 percent more efficient than diesel.
Converting your existing electric forklift(s) to lithium-ion batteries is easy. The retro-fit simply requires installing the new battery and adding the charge meter.
How to Choose the Right Forklift Battery?
Choosing industrial batteries can be complicated—there are just so many options that it can be difficult to decide which factors are most important — capacity, chemistry, charging speed, cycle life, brand, price, etc.
The requirements of your material handling operations are crucial for choosing the right forklift battery.
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Counterbalance Forklift: These forklifts have substantial weight (or ballast) added to the rear of the forklift to keep it stable when lifting a heavy load. They can handle a capacity of 8,000 lbs. or more, making them essential when lifting heavy materials throughout a facility.
Lithium-ion forklift batteries keep a constant voltage level during the entire discharge cycle, which can translate into as much as a 50% savings in energy when compared to lead acid.
Lithium batteries do cost more when initially purchased. It’s also true that they last so much longer than lead-acid batteries, they can actually be less expensive in the long run. A single lithium battery typically lasts at least ten times longer than its lead-acid counterpart.
What voltage can your lift truck use? Forklifts can use either 36-volt or 48-volt batteries, be sure to confirm what your lift truck can handle. The wrong choice can cause severe damage to your equipment. Write down the size of the battery compartment in inches (width, depth and height).
Lithium-Ion batteries are a newer battery technology when it comes to forklifts. The pros of the lithium-ion battery are that it is relatively maintenance free because it is sealed and requires no watering or cleaning. It has a fast-charging time, requiring only 2-3 hours to fully charge with no cooldown period.
A Li-ion battery lasts anywhere in between 2,000 to 3,000 charging cycles. Unlike lead-acid battery, lithium-ion is considered to have gone through one charging cycle only when it gets 100% charged.
Lithium Battery Pack is made using large format prismatic lithium-ion cells. The cells are constrained against shock and vibration in a steel enclosure. Battery interconnections are made with flexible bus bars and high strand cabling.