Industrial Battery Charger Buying Tips

Industrial Battery Charger Buying Tips

If you're looking to make your business stronger by investing in some new hardware that will improve your efficiency, it pays to know what you're buying. If you're looking to invest in some new industrial battery chargers, we've outlined the buying tips here of what you'll need to know in order to make the right investment.

If you’re in the market for an industrial battery charger for your business then you’ll need to know what to look for. Below we’ve put some points together to give you a helping hand on knowing what to look for when making your business purchase.

1. Efficiency

Against logic, efficiency doesn’t have any bearing on battery charger prices. This is due to the different types of capacities (in Ampere-hours), whether it’s a single phase or three phase device as well as optional features that cause wide variations in trade price.

2. Know What You Need

Typically, there are three types of battery chargers – magnetic–amplifier, ferroresonance and SCR-bridge – has benefits and drawbacks. Therefore, you’ll need to study exactly which one you’ll need to make a more qualified choice.

3. Price Shouldn’t Be the Deciding Factor

When buying you should never go off just the price alone. In the long run, a higher efficiency rating should yield significant energy savings.

4. Match Up Your Charger to Your Battery

In any case, where a traction battery is mismatched with a charger it can lead to fatal over or even under charging. This ultimately shortens the battery life meaning that you’ll have to reinvest in a new charger a lot sooner than you predicted and if you have a lot, this can be costly.

5. Amperage Matters

A charger’s size (in Amperes) usually dictates how quickly it can charge a battery. Rapid charge speeds are not always best, however. Too-fast charging can damage battery components. Choose a charger whose charging current (in Amperes) is between 15 and 25 percent of the capacity of the battery (in Ampere-hours, AH).

6. Do You Know How Many Stages You’ll Need?

For those chargers with either 1,2 or 3 stages they present different features and should only be used in specific applications only:

• The first stage chargers are the cheapest but they charge slower – can cause battery failure.
• The second stage chargers provide a consistent current level until the battery reaches its full capacity. It then drops to a lower level than just maintains the voltage – best used for recharging batteries under load.
• The third stage has traits of the second stage but this one allows a slight over-voltage whilst charging current drops off to enable a quicker recharge – best used not under loads.

7. Practicality

If you’re going to using this each day in your factory, whether it’s you directly or your employee’s you need to keep in mind practicality. Will the charger you're buying be too heavy to carry around or be moved easily? Can it be connected and disconnected easily? Can it prevent against overcharging? Will it lose power when the AC input power is turned off? It is questions like this that you need to know before you buy as these are the very elements that can help lead to a longer charger life.

Editor Notes:

Veronica Pembleton is a freelance writer and research journalist, who specializes in a number of core areas, including engineering, law and business. Through studying business journalism at university, Veronica was introduced to a number of contacts in different industries, where she was able to build her portfolio of feature articles.