Difference between traction acid and alkaline batteries

Those of us who have ever dealt with traction batteries know that they may have either alkaline or acid cells. You can find a lot of information about this on the Web. Today, we will have a look at the main features and carry out a brief analysis of these types of batteries.

So, let’s start!

Alkaline batteries are rather widespread.   alkaline batteries

Their advantages include:

  • excellent tolerance to low temperatures;
  • high resistance to deep discharge;
  • can be stored either discharged or charged.

The main shortcomings are as follow:

  • memory effect;
  • alkaline batteries have a low performance;
  • replacement of electrolyte and maintenance must be performed by a professional;
  • alkaline batteries are charged worse at low current.

Traction acid batteries can be installed in forklifts, tractors, reach trucks, stackers, and other warehouse machinery. On the Kurs, LLC’s website, you can find a large selection of traction batteries for warehouse equipment from Toyota, STILL, Komatsu, etc.

Lead-acid batteries offer several advantages as compared to their alkaline counterparts:

  • low price;
  • low self-discharge;traction acid batteries
  • long service life;
  • maintainability.

The drawbacks include:

  • drastic decrease in the battery life at a discharge over 80%;
  • maintenance problem for ventilated batteries;
  • prohibition to store a largely discharged battery at subzero temperatures;
  • difficulty in predicting a battery failure.

Our numerous customers have repeatedly noticed that electric forklifts powered by acid traction batteries are “faster” than those running on alkaline ones.

And now, let’s calculate the difference in the cost of these two types of traction batteries on the example of the legendary forklift in a series of domestic machines: EP-103K, EP-103KO, and EP-103KIO.

If we compare the cost of a lead-acid 20x5PzS350 battery with an alkaline battery of the same rated capacity – 36 TNZhK-350II P U2 (36 FL 350 KP), the difference in price is up to 45%. 

You don’t believe me, do you? In this case, please, call 8 800 200 60 10, and we’ll calculate the difference together.

Kurs, LLC supplies both acid and alkaline traction batteries. Our managers will select the battery according to your individual requests and wishes. We will compare the prices and offer you the best value for money.

8 800 200 60 10