Tips for correct and safe charging of lead-based forklift batteries

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  • Before Charging
    • Always wear your protective equipment
      • Indicatively goggles, face shield, rubber apron and boots
    • Charge the batteries only when they are in need of charging
      • A point of 20% capacity is recommended
    • The battery should be at approximately room temperature
      • Never charge a “frozen” or a “hot” battery
    • Before start charging the battery, inspect both the charger, the battery and their handling systems for cracks, worn cables, damaged connectors etc.
      • If you notice any problem fix it immediately – in any case do not proceed with charging
    • The battery charger must match the battery
      • The charger must output the same voltage as the battery
    • Avoid “opportunity charging”, meaning partial charging during breaktimes
    During Charging
    • Prohibit anything that can ignite the gas, being generated during battery charging
      • E.g. sparks, open flames, smoking, etc.
    • Always allow the battery to complete its charging cycle
      • Check the charger
    • Keep the charging area clean and well equipped
      • Have well-ventilated designated charging areas, with proper battery handling equipment (e.g. overhead hoists, lifting beams, battery racks and cranes)
    After Charging
    • Water your forklift batteries immediately after charging, only with distilled or de-ionized water
      • Top up each cell separately, but do not overfill
    • Batteries must be kept in a cool and dry place
    • Keep your batteries clean
      • A clean battery is a healthy battery
    • Update your charging and watering log file