Investing in new equipment – without fully understanding the financial implications – could cost your operations and your bottom line. And nowhere is this truer than with electric power, warns one industry leader.
Derek Anderson, Managing Director at battery experts PowerCell (pictured), explains: “An industrial battery is a significant investment: it can represent up to 15-20% of the value of a new forklift truck; the second largest element in the package behind the truck itself.
“Each battery you buy should contain your fuel for at least the next five years… but the cheaper, more aggressively-priced truck packages often include the lowest cost battery and charger options,” says Derek.
“Typically, an inferior quality battery contains lower quality lead, and, on occasion, less of it. This lead tends to degrade faster, yield less charge and deliver a lower number of overall cycles.
“These low-cost batteries also don’t respond well to accidental under or over charging, and, as the battery’s charge capacity drops, its utilisation plummets and it begins to fail.”
Chargers are another critical aspect of forklift expenditure, but, according to Derek, the importance of achieving an optimum pairing with the battery is often overlooked to achieve the lowest initial purchase price possible… and this could cost end-users.
Derek explains: “Getting this right from the outset will guarantee your operations benefit from significantly lower whole-life costs and raised efficiencies.
“When it comes to chargers, it’s all about the quality of the charge itself. The best models on the market deliver improved energy efficiency, deeper charges, longer run times and more energy for every penny.
“As well as dramatically reducing energy consumption, these new chargers reduce costs per cycle, optimise shift lengths, cut CO2 emissions and can increase battery service life by up to 25%.
PowerCell works in close partnership with its customers – from dealers and manufacturers to end users – to meet their precise needs and goals: from reducing energy bills and honing maintenance regimes to maximising battery life and keeping operations running at optimum efficiency.