In modern lead acid batteries that run most electric forklifts, water fills the individual cells to ensure a functional mix of the chemicals and electrolytes that power the equipment. Should water levels dip too low in your forklift battery, it can cause preventable damage to your equipment.
How much water should you put in a forklift battery?
How Do You Put Water in a Forklift Battery? There are different methods for this, but no matter which is used, it’s vital that each cell in each battery is only watered until the top of the lead-acid plates is reached. These plates are visible in each cell and usually 2.5 inches below the cell cap.
When should you add water to a forklift battery?
Water the battery after charging.
Unless the metal plates of the individual cells are exposed, watering before charging can cause overflows and electrolyte imbalance. If the plates are exposed, top the battery enough to cover them, recharge, and then complete regular watering after charging.
How often do you need to add water to a battery?
Some may have forklifts operating 24/7, while others may only operate an electric forklift once a week. Ideally, you want to water your battery once a day or once a use. The best time to water your battery is always right before each shift after it has had some time to cool.
What happens if battery is low on water?
As water is consumed, the electrolyte concentration increases and the electrolyte level in the battery drops with the loss of water volume. Eventually it falls below the top of the electrodes exposing them to oxygen from the atmosphere and charging gasses.
Can you use bottled water in a battery?
Because tap water contains minerals and natural content that could corrode the battery, it’s best to used bottled water. Use distilled or deionized water to fill your battery, as it doesn’t contain the mineral content of tap water.