Proper storage and handling of your equipment’s batteries ensure safety, help maintain peak performance
Batteries are crucial to your equipment’s productivity, and properly caring for them can ensure their performance and longevity. Here are some tips to prepare batteries for storage, so they are ready to work when you are.
“Safety is of utmost importance because batteries generate explosive hydrogen gas,” emphasized Komatsu’s Veronica Vargas, Product Manager, Parts. “Always wear safety glasses, a face shield and proper gloves when working on or near them. Batteries also contain corrosive sulfuric acid that can destroy clothing and burn the skin. Neutralize acid spills with a paste made of baking soda and water or large quantities of water.”
To stay safe when handling batteries, remember these tips:
- Keep sparks, flames and cigarettes away from batteries
- Do not connect or disconnect “live” circuits
- Always turn charging and testing equipment off before attaching or removing clamps to avoid creating sparks
- Perform work in a ventilated area
- Never lean directly over a battery while boosting, testing or charging it
Always store batteries in a cool, dry place, and do not store batteries outside or high on racks. Add demineralized water to non-maintenance-free batteries as required.
When it’s time to use the batteries again, testing should be done prior to installation. Use load testers to simulate starting, and test for conductance and voltage. Charge batteries, if necessary.
“Just as you do with batteries, it’s important to maintain testing and charging equipment,” said Vargas. “Clean the terminals and cable ends. Check for correct output, check leads for corrosion, and change leads annually. As you prepare to test the batteries, check them for any signs of damage, and if there is any, or if there is any doubt about their safe usage, replace them immediately as usage may lead to severe consequences.”
Vargas concluded, “If you take care of batteries, they will take care of you. We recommend that when it’s time to replace them, you use genuine Komatsu products from your Komatsu distributor.”