Lithium-Ion Batteries for Industrial Equipment

battery powered forklift charging

When most people think of the engines that operate industrial equipment or other heavy machinery, they may think of gas or diesel engines. But for forklifts, scissor lifts and other warehouse machines that are used indoors, warehouse managers and forklift operators are increasingly looking towards lithium-ion batteries as a power solution in industrial applications.

Why Use Lithium-Ion Batteries?

At United Industrial Service, Inc, we rent, sell and service a variety of industrial equipment, including forklifts and scissor lifts. Lithium-ion batteries for these pieces of equipment offer several advantages over traditional lead-acid batteries.

Longer Lifespan and Less Maintenance

Lithium-ion batteries can last up to four times as long as lead-acid batteries. They also require much less maintenance — which means workers spend less time and labor swapping out lead acid batteries or rewatering them.

Less Wasted Energy

Lithium-ion batteries are also much more efficient. Lead acid batteries burn off between 45-50 percent of their energy in heat, while lithium-ion batteries lose only 10-15 percent.

Lithium-Ion Batteries Are Better For Worker Safety

Splashes from harmful acid and hydrogen off-gassing are health and safety concerns for businesses operating forklifts or scissor lifts with traditional lead acid batteries. These concerns are virtually eliminated with lithium-ion batteries.

Charging On Demand

Lithium-ion batteries allow workers to charge forklifts and scissor lifts whenever it’s needed, such as during breaks or in between tasks for as many times as is necessary. However, this same practice can significantly shorten the life of a lead acid battery.

Other benefits of lithium-ion batteries include their compact size, making it easy to store them in smaller warehouses, and they have a longer operating life per charge compared to lead acid batteries for increased worker productivity.

Contact United Industrial Service Incorporated

For more information on our equipment that uses lithium-ion batteries, or if you need to request service, schedule a rental or have a question about one of our products, please give us a call at 800-666-0896 or 413-789-0896.