How do I correctly charge traction batteries?
Batteries are often referred to as the ‘heart of the electric lift truck’. So it is important to take care of them in the best possible way. But what do you need to pay attention to in order to charge your traction batteries as efficiently as possible? We gathered some tips for you.
When do I need to charge my battery?
It is best to charge your battery immediately after it has been discharged. So never leave your traction batteries stored in an uncharged condition.
Batteries can never be discharged more than 80% of their rated capacity. A deeper discharge leads to wear of the active mass en results in a lower effective capacity.
When do you opt for a built-in or stand-alone traction battery charger?
Do you wish to extend the lifespan of your batteries? Do you want to obtain a maximum return from your machine? The traction battery charger plays a crucial part in this. Charging properly means that the empty battery will regain the correct amount of energy in the available time.
The type of charger that is most suitable for your machine, either a built-in or a stand-alone traction battery charger, depends on the different factors:
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When working with batteries, it’s not unusual to experience a reduction in battery life. Over 50% of all battery issues are not related to the battery itself but rather to the inefficient charging methods or an incompatibility between the charger and batteries, you can read more about this in the blog post How do I correctly charge traction batteries?.