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8 Key Reasons to Transition from Lead-Acid to Lithium-Ion Batteries in Your Material-Handling Equipment

Investing in material-handling equipment is a significant financial commitment for your business. However, opting for substandard equipment can lead to even greater costs, without any return on investment (ROI) in operational efficiency. Are you grappling with escalating costs and diminishing efficiency, wondering if your use of lead-acid battery equipment might be the culprit?

In industries reliant on material-handling equipment (MHE) like forklifts and pallet trucks, efficiency and productivity are paramount.

Slightly Higher Cost, Substantial Long-term Savings:

To enhance your profitability, it’s vital to increase operational efficiency. One effective method is upgrading to lithium-ion battery-powered equipment. While the initial cost may be higher compared to equivalent lead-acid battery models, the long-term savings make this a worthy investment.

lithium battery operated equipment

Below are eight persuasive reasons to consider this switch:

1. Reduced Energy Bills:

  • Lithium-ion batteries can cut energy consumption by 30% and charge up to eight times quicker than lead-acid counterparts.

2. Extended Lifespan:

  • On average, lithium-ion batteries last two to four times longer than lead-acid batteries, with some models guaranteeing four to five years of service.

3. Minimised Downtime:

  • Unlike lead-acid batteries that require swapping during charging, lithium-ion batteries support opportunity charging, boosting operational time and productivity.

4. Lower Labour Costs:

  • Lithium-ion batteries eliminate the need for regular maintenance, reducing upkeep costs and saving time on staff training and battery handling.

5. Decreased Hazards:

  • Lead-acid batteries involve potential risks from acid spills and emissions. In contrast, lithium-ion batteries are safer, emission-free, and require less frequent replacement.

6. Shorter Charging Times:

  • Opportunity charging allows for charging while still connected to the equipment, significantly reducing operational downtime.

7. Overheating Prevention:

  • Lithium-ion batteries feature management systems that maintain optimal cell temperatures, mitigating risks of overheating and potential explosions.

8. Maintenance-Free:

  • These batteries require no scheduled cleaning, repairs, or watering, freeing up time and resources.

epl 153 pallet truck

Concluding Thoughts on Battery Selection:

Businesses seeking enhanced workflow and safety should strongly consider lithium-ion battery-equipped MHE. The advantages overwhelmingly outweigh the initial investment, boosting workplace morale and productivity.

For day-to-day operations, lithium-ion batteries are versatile, suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments.

Scantruck’s Lithium-Ion Offerings:

We offer a range of warehousing equipment with lithium-ion batteries, including models like EPL153, EPL154, and EPL185 pallet trucks. The EPL models, featuring internal chargers and compact designs, are ideal for various applications in warehouses and logistics.

Interested in Exploring Lithium-Ion Battery Options?

For a comprehensive range of lithium-ion battery MHE available in Singapore, contact us at As an official distributor of EP-Equipment, a leader in lithium-ion battery technologies, we’re here to assist you in making the optimal choice for your business.

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