We’re often asked – just how safe are OneCharge Li-ion batteries?
We have all heard stories about li-ion batteries catching fire – in cell phones, laptops, hoverboards.
OneCharge Li-ion batteries use cells with a different kind of chemistry than is used in those devices. We use LiFePo4 or Lithium Iron Phosphate 4. This technology has been in use for over 2 decades in the electric bus market! So it’s definitely been tested and proven for use in electric vehicles worldwide. Now you can take advantage of this technology.
Here’s what you need to know: a LiFePo4 cell will not catch fire until 518 degrees Fahrenheit (270 Celsius). But you don’t even have to worry about that because OneCharge BMS (battery management system) will shut the battery down at a cool 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65 Celsius) if it even thinks there’s a problem! That’s a 368F degree (205C) cushion of protection! Let’s move along, nothing to be concerned about here.
Now let’s discuss safety and hazard issues with lead acid batteries in your forklift. Li-ion batteries will not corrode battery trays and other nearby parts of your equipment that can lead to voided manufacturer warranties and malfunctioning electrical equipment. And since there is NO GASSING during the charging process with a Li-ion battery, the release of toxic gases and spilling acid are eliminated!
Finally, multi-shift operations that use lead acid batteries typically involve multiple batteries for each lift. The constant changing of batteries leads to extra wear and tear on the battery and the lift, as well as a greater risk of harm to employees. Once a Li-Ion battery is installed, the days of changing batteries to get through shifts are completely eliminated.
Choose a OneCharge Li-ion battery and rest assured knowing that safety is built-in!