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How Lead-Acid Forklift Batteries Continue to Evolve

With all the digital ink spilled over lithium-ion and hydrogen fuel cells, it can be easy to forget that manufacturers of lead-acid batteries continue to make improvements on the traditional chemistry of electric motive power. Here are a few of the advancements in lead-acid battery technology that will allow them to compete with newer power sources for electric forklifts: Integrated Supercapacitors – The traditional lead-acid forklift battery supplies plenty of energy, but power-heavy tasks — such as lifting and transporting heavier loads — can drain them faster. That can make it hard to predict the rate of discharge. Supercapacitors can store up to 100 times more energy per unit mass than a typical battery, which makes them perfect for supplying…more

Power Requirements for Tomorrow’s Counterbalance Forklifts

Nearly 60 percent of American forklift users rely on counterbalance trucks to meet the bulk of their material handling needs. Even more than 60 percent of the forklifts in North America run on electricity. (Both statistics date to 2014, the last year the Industrial Truck Association has compiled so far). But times are changing for electric counterbalance forklifts. New motive power technologies are on the horizon. Here are a few developing power sources that may power the industrial trucks of the future — but how will they work for counterbalance forklifts in particular? Lithium-ion batteries are driving progress in the personal electronics field, but that doesn’t translate into great benefits for counterbalance forklifts. Other industries love li-ion because the battery…more

Forklift Batteries: Lead-Acid vs. Lithium-Ion

In 2015, the first lithium-ion battery pack for an industrial lift truck hit the market. That’s astonishing, given that just six months prior, industry journal Material Handling and Logistics reported that lithium-ion batteries were “not available for lift trucks,” because “lift truck applications may have different requirements, such as lower voltage or higher peak currents than existing motive power applications.” The truck that finally brought the predictions of li-ion enthusiasts to life was a modest machine. Given the weight requirements of sit-down counterbalance forklifts, only a walkie pallet truck would work with a lithium-ion power source. Still, history had been made. A year after this bombshell dropped, however, lithium-ion has yet to overtake the lead-acid batteries of yesteryear. There are…more

Environmental Benefits of Forklift Battery Handling Equipment

The environmental advantages of electric forklifts have been well documented. Compared to their internal combustion (IC) counterparts, electric industrial trucks have extremely low emissions, and make virtually no contribution to global climate change at point-of-use. According to a recent report published in the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, eco-indicators (including carcinogens, respiratory inorganics, and carbon emissions) were nearly 48 times higher for LPG trucks than for electric forklifts. Environmental Benefits of the BHS Battery Room* Reduces energy consumption through right-sizing of fleet Extends forklift battery life by simplifying maintenance procedures Prevents loss of battery investments through breakage Harmlessly vents hydrogen during charges Collects and neutralizes electrolyte spills and drips Reduces battery room footprint, requiring less energy on lighting, heating,…more

Are Lithium Ion Forklift Batteries Catching On?

It’s safe to say that we live in the era of lithium-ion batteries. They power our phones, our laptops, our tablets, and even our hoverboards (sometimes disastrously). You might notice a stunning omission to that list. Nearly 10 years ago, the first lithium-ion forklift battery propelled an experimental lift truck across the floor of a major Japanese manufacturer’s facility. Fast forward to 2016: Where are all the lithium-ion forklift batteries? We can’t predict the future. But for now, the very attributes that make lithium-ion batteries so powerful in the electronics field also render them useless in the most common lift trucks at work in warehousing, construction, and manufacturing facilities. The Advantages of Li-Ion Batteries — And Will They Work for…more

BHS is Now Accepting Students for the Last Service and Installation School Session of the Year

September 1, 2016 – St. Louis, Missouri — Battery Handling Systems, Inc (BHS), a leading provider of material handling and battery changing equipment, offers multi-day intensive training classes for dealers and technicians. The last session of 2016 will take place October 17-20. The Service School is a three-day clinic that prepares industry professionals to operate, maintain, and service BHS battery handling equipment. Immediately following the Service program, on the final day of a four-day session, dealers can attend Installation School, a comprehensive course on installing BHS systems. Both programs are entirely free, with three meals a day included at no charge. Participants that attend both sessions will receive certification from BHS, allowing them to expand revenue for their businesses through…more