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Winter Usage Tips for Lithium Battery Forklifts


Winter Usage Tips for Lithium Battery Forklifts

As the number of lithium battery-powered forklifts and warehouse vehicles increases, and with customers distributed across various regions, it's important to address the challenges posed by low temperatures. With winter temperatures dropping nationwide, especially in northern areas where it can reach below freezing, it's crucial to maintain the performance of lithium battery forklifts. Based on the characteristics of lithium batteries, we offer the following reminders for dealers and customers:

Storing Lithium Batteries

When storing lithium battery forklifts, ensure the battery is charged to 80-90%. Storing the battery at 0% charge for extended periods can negatively impact its performance.

Long-term Storage of Lithium Battery Forklifts

For holidays or long periods without use, maintain the battery charge at 80-90%. Completely power down the forklift and recharge the battery every 25-30 days.

Precautions in Low-Temperature Environments

In low-temperature conditions, charge the vehicle in an environment above 0°C or use the residual heat from battery discharge to recharge quickly. Otherwise, low temperatures may trigger the battery's automatic protection mode, preventing charging.

When the Battery Cannot Charge or Discharge

When temperatures drop below freezing, the battery may automatically protect itself, preventing charging or discharging. This is not a malfunction. To resolve this, move the forklift to a warmer area until the battery temperature exceeds 15°C. Never use open flames or heating devices to warm the battery, as this could cause the battery to crack or explode.

Using a Heating System

For regions with extreme cold or for forklifts used in cold storage, equip the forklift with a lithium battery that includes a heating system.

Precautions for Using New Energy Equipment

  1. Outdoor Storage: Avoid storing new energy equipment outdoors. If necessary, cover the equipment and protect it from moisture and water to prevent damage to electrical components.

  2. Operations During Heavy Rain: Do not operate the equipment outdoors during heavy rain. If outdoor operation is unavoidable, ensure all components, including the controller, motor, lithium battery, and other parts, are protected from water.

  3. Charger Installation: Install chargers in a well-ventilated, dry indoor location. Professional electricians should handle the installation. Do not install chargers outdoors or in areas prone to rain or dampness. Keep chargers away from flammable, explosive, and high-temperature areas. If possible, set up a dedicated charging area.

  4. Cleaning New Energy Equipment: Do not wash the equipment with water, especially electrical parts. Use high-pressure air to blow off dust or a semi-dry cloth for wiping.

  5. Water Accumulation on Covers: If water accumulates on the equipment cover, remove the water before opening the cover to prevent water from dripping onto the lithium battery, controller, and other electrical components, which could cause moisture damage.

  6. Avoid Deep Discharge: Do not deeply discharge the lithium battery. Charge the battery promptly when the low battery alarm or 10% charge level is reached to avoid issues with recharging. Fully charge the battery before long-term storage.

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