Did you know you have battery options for your forklifts, pallet jacks and other battery-powered equipment? Batteries are not often thought about when buying or leasing equipment. The thought of replacing a battery doesn’t occur to most businesses until their equipment becomes affected.
The various battery options can allow you to either save money, prevent downtime or add convenience to your power needs.
The best time to consider these options is before you purchase or lease equipment, however, it’s also useful for those looking to replace their batteries.
Whether looking to save money or find a higher-quality option, we have you covered. We will discuss your options in order to help you find the best solution.
Batteries from a Dealership
When you buy or lease a forklift or other piece of industrial equipment from a dealership, the standard operating procedure is to use the batteries supplied by the dealership. This is usually the default option because it makes sense for a lot of reasons. You’re leasing the equipment so it makes sense to lease the battery right?
This is a convenient option but is not always the best option.
A common complaint about this option is the quality of batteries one receives from the dealership. Let’s say you lease a forklift for 5 years, but the battery dies after 3 years. Now you’re left to replace the battery with 2 years left in your contract.
The shorter the lease term the more likely you will get through the lease without a replacement. However, that’s not guaranteed.
This is still an OK option, but there are other options available especially if you are leasing equipment for a longer term.
Purchasing new batteries
For the highest quality battery, you can purchase a brand new one. Whether you are looking to replace the battery in the equipment you own or are leasing, this is the best option for a high-quality battery.
Purchasing a new battery will provide you with a warranty and the confidence in knowing you will able to operate your equipment for a long period of time without power issues.
In addition to the quality and reliability of a new battery, you also get more choices compared to what a dealership may offer. Do you prefer a battery with less maintenance or do you need one with the fastest charging capabilities? Are you looking for the cheapest option or a new lithium battery with the highest performance?
Like with buying most things new, there is flexibility in options and confidence in knowing you can utilize it for a longer period of time without business interruption. New batteries can also come with a slightly higher price tag, so keep that in mind if your company’s bottom line is extremely tight.
Leasing Battery Power
Many companies lease their equipment, so why not also lease their power? This option has been rising in popularity as it brings convenience and cost savings to a company’s power needs.
Instead of purchasing batteries for all your equipment, or using low-quality batteries from the dealership, you can instead keep your equipment powered with a lease from a 3rd party industrial battery company.
For the life of your contract, you will be supplied with high-quality batteries, chargers and other required equipment. If for some reason, a battery’s function declines, the battery company will simply provide another battery at no additional cost.
This is a great way to keep your equipment powered without worrying about extra costs, paying the large upfront fees of buying bulk batteries or dealing with interruptions in function if batteries begin to decline.
The Best Battery Option For Your Business
There is no such thing as a one size fits all solution. The best battery option comes down to your company’s goals and preferences. Are you looking for convenience or cost savings? Are quality and options a critical factor for you?
The easiest way to find the best solution is by speaking with a battery supplier and discussing the various options.
As an industrial battery supply company serving the Maryland area for over 40 years, we understand the needs of companies and the available options. We take the time to help our clients understand their options so they can make the best choice.
If your business is in Maryland then give us a call. We can help you to navigate the battery purchasing or leasing options.