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Battery Product Checklist

Batteries are often considered to be the heart of your Mobile Elevating Work Platform and ensure your electric scissor lifts and boom lifts are working throughout the day. Verifying that your battery, charger, and accessories on your equipment are up to the task can save you valuable time and money by avoiding unplanned downtime due to maintenance and repairs. Below are some quick and easy tips to help you get the most out of your batteries!

Troubleshooting the Issue

Most of the electric boom and scissor lifts batteries on the market today are designed to offer a complete day of work on a full charge. If you start to notice that your machine no longer makes it all the way to the end of the work day, or fails to show a full charge after being plugged in for an extended period of time, it may be time to take a look at your battery. An important note, always consult your equipment/owner’s manual and follow all safety and warning guidelines before performing any maintenance.

Check the Components

One of the most common battery related issue that occurs on a scissor lift is when the battery fails to charge completely or correctly. First and foremost, you will want to check and ensure the components on the battery are not damaged. Remove the rubber grommets on the battery posts and ensure the battery posts are free of any corrosion. Corrosion build up on batteries naturally occurs over time, and is easy to address by applying a battery cleaning agent wherever corrosion is present on the battery or battery cables. If there is noticeable damage on the covers, or if battery cables have loosened and become worn, it may be time to find a replacement cover or cable.

Check Your Charger Cord

The next important components of the battery to check is the connector and charger. If your battery connector shows sign of wear and tear, it may be time to replace it. Grey and Red quick connectors are two of the most common type of connectors on scissor lift batteries. Undamaged connectors allow for a safer and more reliable charge. Most of these connectors are inexpensive, and easy to stock up to avoid unexpected downtime in the future. If your connector is functioning properly, then you will want to check the battery charger next.

Another thing that you can examine is that the AC plug and cord is properly connected to the battery charger. Depending on your battery charger, you may have noticed LED lights blinking at varying intervals during charging. It can be helpful to monitor these LED lights, as they may indicate if the output connection may be corroded, loose, or unreliable. A good rule of thumb is if you notice all of your LED lights blinking or flashing when plugged in, then there is most likely a problem with the AC charger cord.

C-Tech offers the highest quality battery products for JLG, Genie, SkyJack, MEC, Snorkel, UpRight, Haulotte, Grove, Marklift, Simon Lift, Terex, Condor, and more! All C-Tech battery chargers come with a 1-year warranty and same-day shipping in most cases. If you ever need help selecting or confirming the right battery component for you, don’t hesitate to contact us at 877-755-7311, email us at info@ctech-ind.com or chat with us live on our website.