This is OneCharge “all time best” digest of articles and posts on Li-ion technology application in Material Handling Industry. From case studies to total cost of ownership calculation, from battery voltage and capacity choose for specific applications to recycling and environmental issues – a treasure trove of expert knowledge and data!

TPPL Battery Claims vs Lithium-ion Battery – Expert Tests Results

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Magazine has published an article with TPPL (Thin Plate Pure Lead) type of lead acid battery extravagant claims are busted by a battery expert user. Read here the full text by Nigel Calder.

  • Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) batteries are a variant of Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries.
  • TPPL batteries perform in a very similar fashion to any other AGM battery, notably requiring regular extended charges at declining charge acceptance rates to bring the batteries to a full state of charge in order to hold sulfation at bay.
  • The key difference with most other AGM batteries – at any given state of charge (SoC) a TPPL battery has the potential to absorb somewhat more charging current than a ‘standard’ AGM battery, but this is a relatively modest shift in the charge acceptance rate (CAR).
  • Although the time to a full charge can be reduced, the final part of the charge cycle, which is necessary to hold sulfation at bay, will still take an extended period of time at steadily reducing charge acceptance rates.
  • As compared to most lithium-ion chemistries, typically double the nominal capacity is required to achieve the same effective capacity, which translates into two to four times the weight and volume.
  • As with any lead-acid battery, if operated in a permanent partial state of charge the batteries steadily lose capacity, whereas lithium-ion does not.
  • Although the efficiency at converting charging current into usable battery capacity is higher than with most other lead-acid batteries, it is still significantly less than that of lithium-ion.
  • In high-rate charge and discharge situations, the increased inefficiency translates into internal heat which reduces battery life expectancy. Even when operated optimally, the cycle life is several times less than that of most lithium-ion batteries. Depending on the charging source, the necessity to have a regular extended charge cycle can dramatically drive up the kilowatt-hour ‘throughput’ cost of TPPL batteries as compared to that of lithium-ion batteries.

Food Producer Allan Brothers Fruit Boosts Operation Effectiveness with OneCharge Li-ion Batteries

This is an example of a team effort that produced a great outcome for the customer. Papé Group / Pape Material Handling introduced Allan Brothers, Inc. to the lithium solution. Bill Dorsett and Tim Gosser brought the idea to life. Then once Onecharge was brought in, Pape’s Walter Tapia, Ron Scott, OneCharge’s Nate Hyatt, Brian Burciaga and Mark D’Amato made the installation happen. OneCharge Li-ion Batteries has helped Allan Brothers to save over half a million USD upgrading its lift trucks with Li-ion technology.

5 Essential Parts of a Forklift

Forklifts have many common uses. Whether lifting bales of hay on a farm, moving heavy construction materials in the city, or stocking shelves in an average grocery store, anyone moving heavy loads benefits from using a forklift.

We’ve come to think of them as strong, reliable tools—and they are! However, as with any other pieces of machinery, their parts wear down or break over time, and need replacing. Do you know the parts of a forklift?

Standard Distributing. Exceptional Effectiveness.

Our Dealer Network is our foundation. Jim Testerman and Jarrett Cruz of Eastern Lift Truck Co., Inc. in Maple Shade, New Jersey were instrumental in making this story happen. By listening to their customer and bringing viable solutions to the table, Jim and Jarrett helped themselves by helping their customer! OneCharge asked Standard Distributing about the results of the company’s lift truck fleet recent switch to Li-ion batteries. Read the full case and learn how you can improve your operations with Li-ion!

Plan Long-term with Li-ion Batteries.
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Lead-Acid Batteries Are On A Path To Extinction

In this Forbes Magazine article its energy expert, Robert Rapier looks into the trends on the industrial batteries market.

Batteries became an indispensable part of our daily lives during the 20th Century. But the pace of change has dramatically increased in the 21st Century with the development of new battery types. The resulting battery revolution that is underway is enabling the beginning of a seismic shift in the way we power our transportation systems and heavy equipment, as well as how we power our cities.

The New Merchants of Death: Why Lead Acid Batteries Manufacturers Are Increasing Production Volume?

Nick Naylor, the chief lobbyist for “Big Tobacco” from THANK YOU FOR SMOKING ironic novel by Christopher Buckley is the best in the business. Naylor’s best friends are lobbyists for “Big Alcohol” and “Big Firearms.” They jokingly call themselves the “Merchants of Death.” It’s been 15 years since the movie’s release, and this club may not hold its regular meetings, but it certainly is still here! We all could name some companies belonging to this club. Here’s one candidate to the “Merchants of Death”– Lead Acid Batteries Manufacturers.

This same issue was brought up by Forbes Magazine, where its energy expert Robert Rapier published an article on the Environmental Implications of Lead Acid and Li-ion Batteries.

Why You Should Consider New Lithium-Ion Batteries for Your Lift Truck

Lead-acid batteries were the more traditional choice for an electric forklift fleet. While lithium-ion batteries have been around for roughly 2 decades, they are still a relative newcomer to the game. Fortunately, Li-ion batteries come with a lot of advantages over lead-acid batteries. Businesses that want to improve efficiency and create a more productive warehouse need to consider making the switch to lithium-ion batteries for their lift trucks. If you’re trying to learn more about the advantages of lithium-ion batteries and Li-ion technology application in Material Handling Industry, look no further. Below we’ll tell you why you should consider using lithium-ion batteries for your lift truck.

Just How Dangerous is Lead, Really? 

Watch John Oliver investigating the issue. 10 milligrams is enough to cause serious health problems. It is much easier to replace a lead acid battery with a Li-ion battery than dig out all lead pipes and sand off all lead based paint.

Power play for battery technology

DC Velocity article by Victoria Kickham, Senior Editor, debates the promise of greater productivity and reduced maintenance, which is driving interest in lithium-ion batteries for material handling equipment. Demand for a more efficient supply chain is shining a light on today’s warehouse operations, a trend that’s sparking interest in alternative power solutions for industrial trucks. Of those alternatives to the traditional lead-acid battery, one in particular—the lithium-ion battery—has captured the market’s attention. Read more to learn about the benefits of Li-ion in Material Handling Industry.

Simple 7 step infographic explaining the benefits of Li-ion batteries

Use this logic to quickly appreciate the benefits of Li-ion technology application in Material Handling Industry.

Why China Is Dominating Lithium-Ion Battery Production

The world is becoming increasingly electrified. Not only are developing countries increasing the availability of electricity to their populations, but the electrification of existing transportation infrastructure is proceeding at a rapid pace. By 2040, over half of the cars on the roads are projected to be powered by electricity. With demand growing quickly, Forbes Magazine’s energy expert Robert Rapier is debating how countries will compete in this new market.

Choosing the right battery capacity of a Li-ion battery

Switching from lead-acid to Li-ion batteries? Now you can choose the right battery capacity for your application. Learn more from our experts! Join our FREE ONLINE SEMINAR and ask any questions about performance, safety, costs, or anything else!

Types of Lithium-ion

Lithium-ion is named for its active materials; the words are either written in full or shortened by their chemical symbols. A series of letters and numbers strung together can be hard to remember and even harder to pronounce, and battery chemistries are also identified in abbreviated letters.

For example, lithium cobalt oxide, one of the most common Li-ions, has the chemical symbols LiCoO2 and the abbreviation LCO. For reasons of simplicity, the short form Li-cobalt can also be used for this battery. Cobalt is the main active material that gives this battery character. Other Li-ion chemistries are given similar short-form names. This section lists six of the most common Li-ions. All readings are average estimates at the time of writing.