Forklift Battery Types: Which Is the Most Economical?
Most warehousing operations will use one of two main battery types to power their forklifts: lithium-ion batteries and lead acid batteries.
A third type exists, nickel cadmium batteries, but these are costly and can be difficult to handle. They’re ultra-reliable and are right for some businesses, but for most, lead acid or lithium-ion will prove more economical.
Of these two options, which is the most affordable forklift battery? Broadly speaking, lead acid batteries are cheaper to buy up front but may well end up costing you more over five years, while lithium-ion has a greater purchase price but is potentially more cost-effective in the long-run. As for which option you should choose, the right answer comes down to your operational requirements.
Read on to find out how each type of battery is used, their different benefits, and what you need to think about before you decide which option is right for you.