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Forklift Batteries

Postby Hank on Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:47 pm

Anyone have any experience with forklift batteries? Pricing on this site seems reasonable.

Curious if such batteries are good in float situations whereby deep cycling is not really happening or only happens once or twice a year.

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Re: Forklift Batteries

Postby tjdadj on Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:49 am

While I have no personal experience with forklift batteries, I have heard of many RE installations incorporating them.. The general consensus is that they work very well, are extremely well built, and offer extended lifetimes..

The major disadvantages are: very hard to handle/move, the need to replace entire battery if one cell goes bad, very expensive to buy AND transport.

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Re: Forklift Batteries

Postby DennisM on Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:33 pm

Have you considered this type of fork lift battery? Their cells are smaller & easier to move as they "bank" dis-assembles.

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Re: Forklift Batteries

Postby Squidbilly on Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:26 pm

Im looking at a big bank of batts and traditional forklift would be the last think I would consider.

Ill probably go with Rolls/Surrette

HuP Solar one are in a forklift packaging format but they come apart into individual cells for ease of transport ...
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Re: Forklift Batteries

Postby koalamotorsport on Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:56 pm

I'm using two 24V 670Ah fork lift batteries, in series, for a 48V system.

They work well, but with the major disadvantage that they are approximately 1800lb each, and 4' x 3' x 18" in size. As a result, they live outside, in an unheated box, and our winter temps drop to an average of about 22F, so winter capacity is severely reduced.

I got mine used, and almost dead. Brought them a long way back in condition, but they're still only at about 75% of new condition. But for under $200 each, I can deal with that. Of course, I had the means to bring them back, which required EQ cycling them for weeks before they'd hold a charge.

At some point, I'll add traditional batteries to the system in the basement and either split the battery banks to different inverters for different jobs, or just get rid of the forklift batteries all together.

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Re: Forklift Batteries

Postby Recce_01 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:11 pm

I am a provider of second hand forklifts nationwide. I am using Pallet Jack 24 Volt Battery for forklifts. These batteries have a long life span and consume less electricity.
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Re: Forklift Batteries

Postby ATFforklifts on Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:19 am

Price given on your mentioned site is reasonable. But you may try this Forklifts for Sale company as well for less price forklift battery.

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Re: Forklift Batteries

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Re: Forklift Batteries

Postby lissa on Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:06 am

This thread seems great hub of information about FORKLIFT BATTERIES.

Thanks for sharing.
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