If your business involves a lot of heavy lifting or cargo loading type of thing, then there is a chance that you might employ the use of forklifts. These smaller vehicles used to lift heavier things are a great use for a company. However, did you know that the type of industrial battery you use in a forklift affects the forklift’s efficiency? The type of battery that a company chooses for the forklift can save a lot of time and money in the long run.
There are two main types of forklift batteries; a lead-acid battery and a lithium-ion battery. Once you have chosen the forklift, the choice of the battery can play a key role in its overall production, ultimately affecting the overall efficiency of your company. There are also other power options for a few forklifts such as petroleum, gas, or diesel, but battery-powered forklifts are much more popular.
Lead-acid batteries are the standard batteries that power forklifts. They are heavy as they are filled with liquid and a removable top. It generates electricity through electrolysis, a chemical reaction between two lead plates dipped in sulphuric acid. This method of electrolysis was one of the first methods that were used to generate electricity and go back to the 19th century. These batteries are very powerful and can certainly power up a forklift for a long time, but the drawback is that the liquid needs a change every once in a while.Lithium-ion batteries are the more advanced technology used in a battery. These batteries are commonly used in our everyday lives. They were first commercialized in the 1990s. The chemistry used in these batteries is different than the lead-acid batteries. They use Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) to generate power. They are much more compact than the formerly-discussed battery and is more energy-dense. They also don’t require water maintenance, but the whole battery needs to be changed once it runs out.
For a more detailed comparison between the two batteries, you can check the analytical infographic below.
Infographic by: fluxpower.com