Industrial Battery Chargers
When it’s time to recharge, we offer forklift battery chargers for every material handling environment, budget and battery type — including dedicated fast and opportunity charging systems, as well as CEC certified universal chargers that charge both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries.
Conventional charging entails that the battery is charged over an 8-10 hour period, rests for another eight hours, and is used over an eight-hour shift. As such, conventional charging is ideal for one-shift applications where no battery changing is required.
Conventional charging doesn’t charge the battery at the same rate over the full eight hours. It will charge the battery faster over the first four to five hours, and then turn the amperage down and run another few hours to level off the battery. Multi-shift operations will need two or three batteries per truck respectively, so that batteries can be used in a lift truck while other batteries are charging and cooling down.
Fast charging charges the battery at rates three to four times that of conventional chargers, and at every opportunity possible. This includes breaks within and in-between shifts, and can eliminate the need for additional batteries.
Fast chargers work quickly because they don’t turn down the rate of current the way a conventional charger does. These chargers keep the charge rate high during the whole charge time. Gassing is increased due to the higher constant charge rate and increased temperatures. An equalize charge once a week will help balance the sulfating that occurs during charge cycles.
Opportunity charging is a good choice for extended shift operations where battery changing can be eliminated. Opportunity charging extends the run time of aging batteries and recoups the lost capacity that comes with age.
Opportunity charging frees up warehouse space and personnel as it often eliminates the need for dedicated battery rooms, spare battery storage, battery-handling and battery-changing equipment. It also cuts down on time spent traveling from worksites to battery rooms, significantly increasing productivity and decreasing the risk of injuries suffered while hoisting heavy batteries in and out of trucks.
Please contact us today for more information about our charger solutions and how we can help keep your business moving forward.