At Medaco, we spend a great deal of time charging, replacing and managing batteries for our customers - to improve the overall life span of hoist batteries. But in order for you to feel the benefit of that, the hoist needs to be properly maintained and looked after – starting with the batteries.
Your hoist battery can be out of sight and therefore out of mind, but if something goes wrong with the battery, the whole hoist can be affected by decreased performance or decreased reliability.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about batteries, so we wanted to create something that would help our users and answer the question: “What is the best way to look after my hoist batteries?”.
Here are 12 quick and easy tips to look after your hoist batteries:
Charge your batteries for 18 hours prior to first use
Hoist batteries only reach their full capacity after 10 to 20 charging cycles
Charge your batteries after every use – Keeping them on charge will not damage the batteries
Where you are using multiple battery packs, use systematically so all batteries are getting the same usage i.e numbering the batteries, hoist and charger is a good way to do this – See our video for more details…
Make sure the charger is situated in the best position – for ease of use, and visibility of charger light indicators.
When putting batteries on charge, ensure the charge indicators illuminate – if they do not, there may be an issue.
Your charger should be silent – if it is making any buzzing or clicking sound, there is likely to be fault.
Try your best to maintain consistent hoist movements, with limited stopping, to help put less strain on your batteries
If your batteries power gets low, to complete a charging cycle of twelve hours
Try to avoid depleting your batteries by 80% (draining your batteries all the way will shorten their life span)
Always use the charger supplied (non-compatible charging adaptors can damage batteries)
The temperature of where batteries are stored can have an impact on usage. Ambient room temperature is ideal. Too hot or cold is not good for the battery – i.e avoid storage in sheds or conservatories
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Get in touch with one of our specialists today to find out how we can help you look after your hoists and other equipment. Contact us here