Choose the correct charger for your fork truck

To choose the most suitable charger for your battery proceed as follows:

  • Based on the battery voltage, having the Ah capacity of the battery it is possible to calculate the best charger for the battery

Example: battery 48V 600Ah – the charger must be the 16% of the battery capacity so 600Ah x 16% = 96Amp.

Choose the model that is closer to the result so the in this case the best model would be a 48V 100Amp

Considering the use of the fork truck

Example: if a battery is a 680 Ah x 16% = 109 Amp, the closest model would be a 120 Amp for a frequent use (daily charge) or choose a 100Amp for an occasional use (a couple of times a week).

What is the equalization charge?

The equalization charge is a supplementary charge that improves the energy performance of the battery. Its purpose is to balance the charging level of the battery elements.

The charge starts automatically when the pre-set parameters on the control card match the parameters recorded directly from the battery.

This phase is handled by the microprocessor that decides both the length of the small charges and the length of the pauses based on the battery capacity.

How does the Maintenance Charge work?

The maintenance charge is used to avoid the inevitable natural loss of the battery charge. The T.C.E. chargers keep the voltage next to 2,3 V/el (Example: 26,76 for 24V batteries), and gives the current requested by the battery. When it starts, the charger at first gives the maximum current and then it starts to decrease with the increasing of the battery voltage until it reaches the maintenance level. The advantage is that the charger can remain connected to the battery for long periods of time and keep the battery always fully charge without provoking any damage.

How to optimize the performances and the lifespan of your battery.

Batteries only require a low maintenance to be preserved in an optimal state:

  • Avoid discharging the battery over 1,7V/el (Example 20,4 for 24V batteries). Plates are submitted to an excessive mechanical stress because of the variations of the volume of the active matter, they can be seriously damaged.
  • Avoid to over charge or not charge enough the battery. The over charge of the battery can cause overheating of the elements causing the active mater to emerge from the positive plates.
  • Never leave the battery unused for long periods, this causes sulphation which reduces capacity.
  • Periodically check the electrolyte level. Make sure that the level is a centimeter above the upper side of the grids (if left uncovered by the electrolyte the part above the level will rapidly sulphate)

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