Motive power battery


What’s a Motive power battery?

Motive power battery is generally higher quality than SLI battery. Their most important characteristics are constant output voltage, high volumetric capacity at a relatively competitive cost, well resistance to vibration, and long performance. Since electric motors used for motive power require high currents for long periods, traction battery must be able to sustain prolonged and deep discharges followed by deep recharges, generally on a daily sequence. A typical discharge rate for this type of system might be C/5, and up to 80% of the nominal capacity would be required for daily service.

The size and performance of traction batteries vary over a wide range: the voltage used will be 12–240 V and the capacity of each cell extends from 100 to 1200 Ah or more. The cycle life is 800–1600 cycles. Positive plates are sometimes constructed using pasted grids, but in this case, it needs to incorporate glass wool felt and special separators to absorb shocks and vibration and to prevent shedding of active material. Traction batteries are used in industrial trucks, e.g. ‘fork-lift’ trucks, milk floats and other delivery vehicles, mining and other tractors, industrial sweepers and scrubbers, golf carts, etc. VRLA batteries are also under development for electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles.

Motive power battery FAQ’s

Why is it important to maintain a motive power forklift battery?

Maintaining your motive power forklift battery will lead to many benefits including extending the life of the batteries, improve the performance of the battery, decrease your whole battery cost.

What are the types of motive power battery?

There are many kinds of types and technologies of motive power battery for forklifts. These include flooded tubular battery, valve regulated lead acid battery(VRLA), thin plate pure lead battery, & lithium Battery.

What is the top forklift charging plan?

A forklift battery must be put on a charger once or before it is at a 20% state-of-charge. Using a battery past 20% negatively affects its life and will cause electrical components to overheat and damage your forklift. For quick and charging a 30% – 80% D.O.D. (depth of discharge) will be recommended.  Always equalize your battery once 7 days for maximum performance and life.

What are the common battery watering tools?

Common tools used for forklift battery watering include battery watering guns, battery watering carts, battery watering tanks, and single-point battery watering systems. Single-point battery watering systems eliminate the need for manual battery watering by automatically watering multiple batteries immediately. Single-point battery watering is less time-consuming and frees up the time of facility staff to focus on other tasks.

Why do I need to put water in my forklift battery?

Water protects the active material that lives on the plates inside of a motive power battery. If the water level falls too low, then the active material on the battery dries out.

Can you over-water a motive power battery?

Yes, that’s important to never overfill a motive power forklift battery. An overfilled battery will overflow causing sulfuric acid to spill.

What is a typical forklift battery watering plan?

Motive Power battery usually needs to be watered about every two weeks when used daily. Motive power battery will have water levels checked after every five charges. If a motive power battery is maintained properly, so the battery can be checked after every ten charges, for the first few years of use. Check the water level within your motive power battery by opening it up and inspecting the battery elements. Water should be roughly a quarter inch above the element protector. It is important that you only water a motive power battery after charging.

When is it time for a new forklift battery?

Physical signs such as corrosion on the forklift battery case or once your forklift battery is about 1,300 cycles.

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