Posted on August 26, 2014

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Battery Room Confidential

Many different factors can detract from lift truck battery performance—including a few you might not have thought of. Industry insiders tell us what to watch for.

By Toby Gooley

In some warehouses and DCs, lift truck batteries are taken for granted. Much like car batteries, they’re treated as something that can essentially be ignored until there’s a problem. But a lift truck battery is not a “set it and forget it” piece of equipment. Rather, it’s a complex device powered by electrochemical reactions; compromise the battery’s ability to efficiently produce those reactions and you’ll diminish its performance and lifespan. Indeed, the key to getting superior performance from a lift truck battery, says Harold Vanasse, vice president of sales and marketing for battery management systems supplier Philadelphia Scientific, is to understand the following fact: “The laws of physics can’t be violated!”

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