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May 18, 2018

Moving Cold Beverages in the Heat With Lithium: Flux Power Customer Interview

By Justin Forbes

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Moving Cold Beverages in the Heat With Lithium: Flux Power Customer Interview

We recently sat down with Lucas from a leading beer and beverage distribution provider. Lucas is the Operations Manager responsible for ensuring fresh, daily deliveries of a variety of domestic, craft and imported beers from climate-controlled trucks throughout the Southern United States.

Here’s his experience using Flux Power LiFT Pack lithium-ion batteries to help deliver cold beverages.

Flux Power: Lucas, thanks for your time today. Please tell our readers about your beverage delivery operation.

Lucas: We’ve been in business over 30 years. Major retailers in Florida and surrounding areas rely on us to deliver fresh beer to their stores daily. We drive six huge climate-controlled trucks that keep the beverages at a constant 34 degrees.

Transporting craft beers, as well as foreign and domestic varieties, at the ideal temperature helps us ensure the end consumer enjoys the best product possible, and gives our business the competitive edge in a growing market.

Flux Power: How are you using the Flux LiFT Packs in your operations?

Lucas: All six of our semi-trucks have a Flux LiFT Pack to power our delivery pallet jacks. The pallet jack and lithium battery ride inside our delivery trucks all day, and we charge them up at night. A full pallet of product weighs over 1,000 pounds. In this delivery truck the pallet jack rides around in a 34-degree cooled truck, then goes onto the lift gate and exits into 90 degree heat when making deliveries. The Flux Power LiFT pack has been really good at handling these temperature swings without issues.

Flux Power: What were you hoping to accomplish by using lithium-ion energy?

Lucas: We decided to try our first lithium pack a number of years ago, to see if it would indeed run better and last longer than our regular batteries. We have now replaced all of our pallet jack batteries to lithium from Flux Power, and have an extra one that gets used once a week for our draft beer bulk truck.

Flux Power: What have you found as a result of using lithium in your forklifts / pallet trucks?

Lucas: We love them, I’d say these are the top 3 reasons we love using lithium-ion:

  • Opportunity charge is huge.
  • Not having to worry about watering is awesome! They are virtually maintenance-free.
  • We can charge them in any 110V outlet, and the charge lasts a long time.

Flux Power: How do Flux Power batteries compare to others?

Lucas: Being able to plug them in anytime (opportunity charge) is great. One time we tested it and we got 4 days of use without charging the pallet jack - that was pushing it, but it does give me a comfort level. We get hurricanes. If we lose power, I know my pallet jacks will be able to at least handle 2 days without having to plug them into generator power. If we forget to plug in one night, it’s great to know I can still work another day. If the power goes out, I know we can keep working.

Also, with the Flux LiFT Pack batteries I don’t have to keep an eye on water levels.

Flux Power: Has there been anything unexpected?

Lucas: The service from Flux Power has been great, seamless and headache-free. Real people actually answer the phone when you call. I have no complaints.

Flux Power: That’s great to hear. We certainly appreciate your business and your time today to share with our readers. Thank you!

Lucas: You're welcome.

To learn more about lithium-ion for forklifts and pallet jacks from Flux Power, contact us for details and pricing at 877-505-3589 or

Justin Forbes

Justin Forbes

Justin Forbes is the Director of Business Development at Flux Power. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego, and earned his MBA from Duke University. He is responsible for developing marketing and customer acquisition initiatives, along with creating new business growth strategies to increase sales.