DC Kilowatts Inc. Industrial Batteries and Chargers

Safety and Maintenance

Basic Battery Care

  • Add water as needed – do not overfill.
  • Always keep electrolyte level above separator protectors.
  • Keep vent caps tightly in place.
  • Charge battery on properly matched charger.
  • Allow battery to cool down before placing it back into service.
  • Keep battery top clean, dry and free of foreign objects.
  • Keep battery and truck cover open during charging.
  • Batteries produce explosive gases. Keep flame and sparks away from battery.
  • Do not discharge beyond 80% (1.140 -1.160 SP.GR.)
  • Report any problems or damage. Minor problems can become major ones.
  • Good battery care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity!!

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Safety Hazards:

  • Sulfuric Acid is used in the batteries. When performing maintenance, be aware that sulfuric acid can “eat” holes through clothes.
  • These lead-acid batteries are capable of reaching extremely high rates of electricity, so please take caution as these surges can cause serious injury and damage.
  • The average lift truck battery weighs about 2000 pounds. Please take care when handling these batteries, as their weight could crush hands and feet.

Safety Procedures

1. ALWAYS use safety glasses or face shield when working on or near batteries,
2. NEVER wear jewelry when working on or near batteries or battery chargers,
3. ALWAYS use caution when using tools around batteries,
4. KEEP all open flames, sparks, etc. away from batteries and battery charging areas,
5. ALWAYS make sure that the charger is off before connecting or disconnecting battery to the charger,
6. REPORT any damage or problems immediately so that it canbe repaired and not pose any threat to safety.
7. ALWAYS use the proper equipment for lifting and changing out batteries,