Heavy-duty industrial batteries that you might find in forklifts or other vehicles in warehouses or industrial facilities will require some ongoing maintenance to make sure you’re able to maximize their useful life. Here’s a quick overview of some of the maintenance you’ll need to perform on your industrial batteries and industrial battery parts in Jefferson, WI to ensure you keep them in good operating condition for many years to come.
The electrolyte solution you find inside the battery cells features a mixture of pure (distilled) water, sulfuric acid and various other additives. During regular usage, some of this water will evaporate and exit through vent holes in the battery system. Over the course of time, the loss of this water as vapor will affect the chemical balance in the solution.
For this reason, you should be sure to routinely add water to the electrolyte to ensure strong performance and better battery life. This is a delicate process—you should avoid overfilling the battery when performing this maintenance. Overfilling the battery could also throw off the chemical balance of the solution, and the electrolyte could overflow the next time you charge up the battery. An overflow could result in corrosive damage to some important components of your equipment, which could mean some expensive repairs or replacements. It could also short circuit some of the terminals.
You should always be sure to stay on top of your water refills, but also make sure you do so properly and carefully to avoid an overflow.
Recharging your batteries is also important for properly maintaining them, but so is knowing how much of the battery to discharge. If you let your battery discharge past a certain level, you could actually damage the battery and shorten its lifespan. Therefore, you should make sure you’re engaging in regular battery recharging to keep the battery in great shape for years to come and avoid discharging the battery to a certain extent.
Keep in mind that, every time you charge your battery, you reduce the number of cycles you have left in the battery’s useful life. Therefore, you should be sure to use a hydrometer to check the charge level of the battery and make sure it’s full, giving you “more for your money,” so to speak, with each charge.
Also keep in mind that while charging, industrial batteries will vent off highly flammable hydrogen gases, so you must charge these batteries in an area that will be free of flames, sparks and metallic objects. You should be sure to wear protective clothing, including gloves and safety goggles, and avoid disconnecting the battery from the charger until you’ve turned the charger off—this will help you avoid potentially shorting some of the terminals in the battery.
These are just a few of the elements of industrial battery maintenance you should be aware of. If you’re ever in need of replacement industrial battery parts in Jefferson, WI, reach out to the experts at Remis Power Systems Inc.
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