Chicago, IL - November 30, 2010 - It's not uncommon for office
workers to complain that their computers just don't seem to be running as fast
as they once did.
For cleaning professionals, it's not computers but
battery-operated cleaning equipment such as floor machines that invariably seem
to be slowing down. According to Daniel Frimml, technical service representative at Tornado
Industries, the likely cause of the
equipment slowdown is the battery itself.
"To get the maximum life out of the battery, it must be
maintained," he says. "Many cleaning professionals are unaware of
just how important this is."
For instance, a common problem Frimml encounters is users who have
let the battery discharge too far.
"This can shorten the life of the battery and it is so
critical to avoid this, some manufacturers now have an electronic 'low battery
cut-off system' that prevents this from happening," he says.
Frimml also suggests the following to keep batteries powered up:
water levels (if applicable).
- Make sure cables and connections are clean and tight.
- Maintenance-free batteries
(aka sealed batteries) do not require specific maintenance; however, their
cables and connections still must be maintained.
- Deep-cycle batteries, similar to those in automobiles and some
larger cleaning equipment, should not be left in a unit for long periods of
time without recharging occasionally. All batteries will self-discharge over
time; however, this may impact deep-cycle batteries more than others.
- Always keep batteries away
from heat sources. High heat kills batteries.
- Never allow batteries to freeze
- When servicing a battery, always wear safety glasses.
comes to battery maintenance, the bottom line is that with proper maintenance,
the battery can serve users for years to come," adds Frimml. "[And]
this can be a big cost savings in the long run."