How To Increase Forklift Truck Battery Life

In recent years, electric forklifts have become very popular with businesses and warehouses up and down the country. This is mostly due to the fact that fuel prices have been rising, as well as the awareness about environmental problems. Over a normal diesel or gas forklift, electric forklift trucks have a number of benefits. 


However, one of the disadvantages of them is that the battery life is not forever. he battery on your electric forklift can constitute up to 30% of the cost of the vehicle, so it is important to care of this effectively. If you would like to know some of the best ways to increase the life of the battery on your electric forklift, please feel free to continue reading. 


Don’t overcharge them


The batteries used within electric forklifts are designed for long life, which means that although they do last a long time, it is up to the user to ensure that proper charging occurs so the battery performs as it was designed to. By overcharging the batteries, this will significantly reduce the life expectancy of them and can cause more problems in the long run.


Do not let the battery go below 20%


The ideal time to charge your forklift battery is at 20-30%, as deep discharging is not good for the battery. By letting the forklift’s battery stay under this point, the electrical components on the forklift will be running hot which could result in significant truck damage, including burned components and motor failure. The excessive heat generated can also reduce battery life and reduce the high performance of the machine.


Avoid ‘quick charges’ 


Many forklift operators have got into the bad habit of giving a quick charge to the battery, often during break times. This is very bad for the battery, as its lifespan is determined by its charge cycles, so any short charges will result in a steadily declining battery efficiency. As this efficiency is going to be constantly decreasing, there will be a point when the battery will not charge at all. 


Check the water levels frequently 


In terms of maintaining the health of the battery, water plays a very important role, as this gets heated up and splits into its components - hydrogen and oxygen. These levels should be checked and topped up every 10 or so charges for the first few years, stopping the plates from being exposed to air which allows the active material in the plates to dry and become brittle. 


It’s also important not to overfill the battery as there needs to be some additional space to account for expansion when the lift truck battery is in use.




By educating forklift operators on some of the basics of electric forklift battery, this can help to extend the life of your batteries and improve the performance and life span of your essential warehouse equipment. 

If you are interested in purchasing a forklift, here at Trucks Direct UK we have used forklift trucks for sale which are a much more cost-effective option than buying them new. The majority of companies could benefit a great deal by narrowing down their options instantly and choosing from our available range of used forklift trucks.


To have a chat with a member of our team regarding our forklifts for sale, please feel free to call 0121 314 3136. Alternatively, complete the contact form on our website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 


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