When your electric forklift has a dead battery, you have a few options.
If your business is based in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee or eastern Arkansas, there’s a simple fourth option: call The Lilly Company at 800-238-3006. We’ll send an experienced technician in a well-stocked van who can diagnose and repair the problem.
You may be wondering, “can I jump-start my electric forklift with another forklift?" Good question.
A series of car batteries will give you enough juice to move a dead electric forklift, but please note: the car battery solution should only be used to move the forklift to a charging station. Do not use car batteries to powerlifting a load, play forklift basketball, etc.
Buying car batteries is not the cheapest solution. The easiest way to move a dead forklift is with a bigger forklift (if you have one). Kinda like that video that makes the rounds every so often (don’t try this at home!!!).
How big does that big honkin’ forklift need to be?
An electric forklift with a 3,000-6,500 capacity (often called a “core” electric forklift) can weigh between 5,000-11,000 lbs (not including any accessories). To determine how much your forklift weighs, check its data plate, or contact your local forklift dealer.
Once you’ve verified you have a large forklift with sufficient capacity, pick up the dead forklift and move it to your charging area, battery swapping room, or a safe location where it can be parked and properly locked out/tagged out.
This third option won’t be possible for all forklifts and all operations. First, you need backup batteries. Second, if your forklift has a top-loading battery, you’ll need lifting equipment to get it out.
That said, if you have a forklift with a side-loading battery, you could use a portable battery extractor to remove the dead battery and replace it with a charged one. Swapping batteries in the middle of your work area is dangerous; use extreme caution.
Healthy forklift batteries don’t completely discharge on their own. A dead forklift battery is almost always caused by operator error such as: leaving the forklift in the key position all weekend, improper charging or insufficient maintenance.
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