August 25, 2018

Counterbalance Lift Trucks Hit Max Performance with Lithium

By Andrew Lerma

Counterbalance Lift Trucks Hit Max Performance with Lithium

There are a variety of options when it comes to powering your warehouse operations.

Material handling experts can help determine the right types of equipment based on your needs, and can often help with decisions on how to power your trucks.

Some things you’ll have to consider are the mast height - both collapsed and extended; also whether it is stand-up or sit-down, does it need to be narrow aisle, as well as maximum weight capacity and hydraulic functions.

Selecting the right size and lifting capacity of your trucks with help ensure smooth shipping and receiving operations for your warehouse.

Just as important, is how you decide to power your forklifts in your warehouse operations.

This new dimension is complicated, and sometimes even material handling professionals are not fully educated on the benefits.

Should you use traditional lead-acid batteries, gas powered trucks, or modern efficient lithium-ion battery packs for forklifts? And how do you decide what battery or power source you should be choosing for your forklifts?

To answer this question, you'll need to understand the differences and what is best for your business.

To help with your decisions, below is a list of compelling reasons why fleets are choosing lithium-ion power for their counterbalanced lift trucks:

With lithium-ion, tests show up to 2x longer runtimes on a single charge compared to traditional lead-acid options.

You can run 2- or 3-shift operations with just one lithium-ion battery by opportunity charging during breaks, and fast charging at rates lead-acid can’t handle.

  • Zero emissions, eco-friendly, no more noxious fumes.
  • Cost analysis shows lithium-ion is 50% cheaper to operate than fuel powered trucks.
  • Cost analysis also shows lithium-ion is 40% cheaper to operate than lead-acid.
  • Lithium-ion is easy to maintain due to no water maintenance, or gas engine maintenance.

The good news is, you don’t have to purchase or lease new equipment if you’re already using electric. Industrial lithium leaders, such as Flux Power, have developed lithium-ion battery packs for counterbalanced lift trucks that work in existing machinery for common brands being used in warehouses today.

Lithium-ion batteries for forklifts


Andrew Lerma

Andrew Lerma

Andrew Lerma is a R&D Scientist at Flux Power. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelors degree in physics. During his academic career he focused on Electronics, Computational Physics and Astrophysics.