Crown Equipment Corp., a manufacturer of forklifts and related products, unveils its new V-Force brand V-SCR Battery Charger. This silicon-controlled rectifier battery charger delivers reliable, controlled power to industrial batteries, such as those used to power electric lift trucks. The V-Force V-SCR Charger has the versatility to work with any industrial battery and provides safe charging that extends the battery's life.
The V-SCR Charger is designed to reduce the amount of heat generated during charging, minimizing heat-related battery damage. Charge termination is determined by the change in voltage over time, preventing over- and undercharging. This termination mode also forces all acid from the battery plates, which reduces corrosion. In addition, the V-SCR Charger includes an AC failure recovery option that eliminates the need to restart the charging process if AC power is interrupted.
The start rate is 20 percent less than typical Ferro chargers, reducing peak demand, the company says. A start-delay timer enables charging to occur when off-peak electricity rates are in effect.
For safety, the V-SCR Charger features a five-second delay at start. Also, the entire exterior of the cabinet is grounded. Protective timers monitor each stage of the charging cycle to prevent overcharging.
The system display includes lights to indicate when the battery is charging, when charging is 80 percent complete, when charging is complete, when equalized charging is selected, if a fault has occurred and when the start-delay timer is activated. The display also includes an ammeter to measure and display current during each stage of the charging process.
Company: Crown Equipment Corp.
Company URL: www.crown.com