Can Used Forklift Batteries Help Turn Your Home Into A Survival Compound?

6 June 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


If you're like many Americans, concerns about environmental disasters like earthquakes and floods -- as well as economic factors like recession or depression -- could lead you to amp up your own emergency preparedness. Storing enough food and water to get you through a few months without access to public services can put you ahead of many of your neighbors, while stockpiling fuel and ammunition can put you in an even safer place. However, if you're in a situation where the electrical grid goes down for an extended period of time, you'll need some way to generate and store power to keep your home habitable for as long as possible. Read on to learn more about why long-term power storage is important and how an industrial or forklift battery can help you achieve your sustainability goals. 

Why do you need long-term power storage rather than a generator?

A gasoline- or propane-powered generator can provide you with electricity for as long as this generator has fuel. While either type of generator can be a great way to power your home through a brief storm outage or other short-term event that causes a loss of electricity, these generators aren't always cost-effective over the long term. If you choose to use a generator regularly, you'll find yourself frequently looking for replacement fuel -- and because gasoline is difficult to store, keeping large quantities on hand may be unrealistic. Propane can be kept in larger tanks, but acquiring a tank refill if your region is in chaos may be easier said than done. 

As a result, it's important to not only have a way to generate power, but to have a way to store the excess power generated and help maintain services if you run out of generator fuel. Fortunately, a reliable power storage method may be no farther away than your nearest industrial scrap yard. 

Can an industrial battery solve your power storage quandary? 

Used forklift or industrial batteries connected to form a "power bank" can be an invaluable part of your disaster preparation. By hooking up these battery terminals to your generator, you'll be able to siphon off any extra power and store it for far longer than you'd be able to store the gasoline used to power your generator. Obtaining a forklift battery from a scrapyard can allow you to build your power bank at a relatively low cost, although you'll want to keep age into account. Most of these batteries roll off the assembly line with about 1500 available charging cycles, so the older your battery and the more it's been used, the shorter its lifespan.

Forklift batteries have one of the lowest cost-per-kilowatt-hour ratios available, costing you only around $0.08 cents per kWh stored and provided -- lower than the public utility rates charged in many parts of the country.

For more information, contact U.S. Lift & Warehouse Equipment Inc or a similar company.