Battery Maintenance: a how-to guide

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Battery operated industrial and commercial floor cleaning equipment is the perfect solution for those seeking to address workplace safety concerns arising from emissions and noise pollution.

Proper battery maintenance ensures longevity and maximises the performance of your floor cleaning equipment. A poorly maintained battery can prematurely deteriorate, causing battery failure and may ultimately cause damage to the electrical system of your machine.

To help you avoid costly repairs and replacements, we have prepared a quick guide for identifying and maintaining the battery in your Conquest floor cleaning machine.

 

Identification of Battery Type and and Maintenance Requirements

Conquest’s industrial and commercial floor cleaning equipment is powered by three main types of batteries: Li-Ion rechargeable, Lead Acid batteries, and Sealed batteries. The type of battery powering your floor cleaning equipment will depend on the size and model of your machine. All batteries feature a sticker or nameplate identifying the battery type, and this is typically found on the top or side of the battery case.

 

Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries

Li-Ion batteries are the perfect maintenance free power source for small machines, and are recharged using an AC adaptor. To maximise the performance of your Li-Ion battery, we recommend disconnecting the unit from AC power once the battery is fully charged, and reconnecting when the battery has depleted to 20% or less. Small ‘top up’ charges will shorten the life of a Li-Ion battery.

 

Sealed Batteries

Larger machines are often powered by Sealed batteries, otherwise known as Maintenance Free batteries. Sealed batteries (Gel or AGM) will have no removable caps, and thus require no ongoing maintenance. The battery powering your Conquest floor cleaning machine is easily accessible to the operator, by opening your machine to reveal the battery pack.

 

Lead Acid/Wet Batteries

Lead acid batteries, otherwise known as Wet Cell batteries, are an alternative power source for larger floor cleaning equipment. These batteries feature removable caps at the top of the battery case, to allow for maintenance. Lead acid batteries require regular inspections after each charge, to ensure that the battery has sufficient fluid to perform efficiently, and avoid running dry.

Checking the fluid level in your lead acid battery

Insufficient fluid is a leading cause of premature damage in lead acid batteries. Your lead acid battery should be checked daily to ensure fluid levels are sufficient. Battery damaged due to inadequate maintenance cannot be claimed on warranty.

Correct battery maintenance prevents premature failure and ensures machines remain running economically for a minimum of 2-3 years under normal operating conditions, governed by battery cycles.

To check the fluid level of the battery, remove one of the caps and simply peer inside. The ideal fluid level is approximately 5mm over the top of the battery cell, and 10-15mm below the top.

Warning: Over-filling batteries may lead to acid spills.

 

Topping up your lead acid battery

To top up your lead acid battery, open the removable caps and pour additional fluid into the battery, cell by cell. We recommend using distilled water, as tap water may contain minerals that cause calcification and premature damage to the battery cells.

 

We are here to help

Proper battery maintenance will ensure you get the most from your investment. For more information regarding how to maximise the performance of your Conquest floor cleaning machine, call us on 1800 826 789.

 

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