We strive for total customer satisfaction.
It starts by offering a reliable product at a reasonable price. We don’t stop there.
After sale customer care is equally important.
Many times it’s as simple as providing our customers with information that can prevent problems before they occur.
It extends the life of our products, reduces operating costs, and increases performance.
Please take a moment to read the following MAKITA BL1830 battery care and maintenance instructions.
While variations of these general guidelines have filtered throughout the industry for years, we know many customers are either new to electric lifts, have never been provided with documentation, or have never had the opportunity to have their questions answered.
An informed customer is our best customer.
If you have any questions about a particular aspect of this tutorial that may differ in your application, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can suggest a maintenance schedule adapted to your company’s unique needs.
Proper Battery Care
Under normal circumstances, we recommend charging when a battery
reaches 80% depth of discharge (near the “red zone” on most
discharge meters), not before.
Most new batteries are designed to provide 1,500 charge “cycles” or more. If your application is light to medium duty, or sporadic, charge only when necessary rather than daily. It will spread the cycle life of the battery over a much longer period of time, and ensure you get the maximum number of productive years from your investment.
Select “weekend”, “equalize” or “weekly” charge (depending on your brand of charger) approx. every 5 to 10 cycles to keep the battery performing at peak efficiency. Failure to do so or selecting this option too often will harm the battery and shorten its effective life.
DW9096 batteries require water approx. every 10 charges for
the first few years. Reconditioned batteries may require water
every 5 charges.
On both new and reconditioned batteries, we recommend you check 2 or 3 pilot cells every 5 charges to see that the water level is just above the red perforated plastic Element Protector after charge (color varies depending on brand).
If low, add only enough water to cover the Element Protector by approx. ¼”. The additional space is necessary for expansion while gassing at the end of charge.
If a battery ever overflows, take a few minutes to rinse it with
water immediately afterwards (baking soda optional) to prevent
corrosion on top of and beneath the battery. Use enough water to
thoroughly dilute the spilled acid to the extent that it is not
harmful to the environment.
The spilled acid is both highly conductive and corrosive. If not rinsed away, the conductivity can cause the battery to discharge itself, even while it is not in use, and generate addition heat during recharge.
Over time, acid left on top of the battery will form clumps of conductive white corrosion. If it is allowed to accumulate, it can dramatically shorten the life of the battery and make checking and adding water an unpleasant experience which employees will tend to avoid, as well as cause obvious safety concerns.
Acid vapors escape during charge, and residue will develop around the vent cap area even under normal circumstances. We recommend that batteries be rinsed every spring and fall (or as needed), to remove the acid residue from the battery.
Never over fill. It will cause overflow on the next charge. Acid
loss shortens run time, generates more heat, and requires shop
service to correct.
Never make a habit of giving short charges during lunch or break time. Each short charge constitutes a “cycle” and over time will significantly affect the performance and life of the battery. It also causes excess heat that will make the battery less efficient than not charging at all. It’s better to let a battery rest and cool during lunch or breaks.
Never interrupt a charge cycle if it is avoidable. It is recommended that once a charge cycle is initiated, it be allowed complete.
Never allow a battery to sit discharged for more than a few days to avoid “sulfation”. If it becomes necessary to store a battery for any period of time, charge it prior, and once every 3 to 6 months thereafter to avoid damage.
Never allow a battery to go completely dead (unusable). It will take over 72 hours of continuous charging to bring back to full charge, and may require shop service to restore full charge.
Never continue to use an overheating battery. If a battery ever radiates excessive heat during use or charging or emits a strong sulfur smell, discontinue use and call for service. You have a battery, charger or lift problem.
Never allow sparks or flame near a charging battery. Batteries produce explosive hydrogen gas while charging, which could cause an explosion resulting in injury or death.
Never over discharge a battery:
Deep discharging will harm the battery and cause all of the
forklift’s electrical components to run excessively hot.
Significant lift truck damage can result, including complete
motor failure, burned armatures and brushes, and burned or stuck
contacts, which can quickly render the truck unsafe and
Deep discharging can easily increase the recharge time outside your charger’s range to recover, causing the battery to be only partially charged for the next day.
Most automatic chargers must sense a minimum battery voltage to activate and turn on. If the battery is below the threshold voltage, you will not be able to recharge the MILWAUKEE 48-11-2230 battery and may require a service call to manually start the charger.