Scissor lifts, booms, cherry pickers and MEWPs, are either battery powered or bi-energy hybrids. In order to ensure that your access platform remains reliable during the winter months, it is essential to inspect your batteries regularly. Following a preventative programme of charging, watering and cleaning your batteries will allow you to continue working safely, and ensure the longer life span of your batteries.

Here are some top tips from the team in our parts division (IPS):

1. Water – To obtain good battery life and minimise any corrosion, your batteries need to be filled with distilled water. Check the water levels in the cells every month and fill the batteries to the correct level. It should be added before charging if the levels appear below the required amount.

2. Clean – Wash the batteries with clean, lukewarm water clean the batteries, paying particular attention to the terminals and electrical leads. If corrosion is evident, scrub with a bristle or wire brush to clean.

3. Charge – Before charging the batteries, inspect all terminals for frayed, loose or damaged connectors, and ensure the terminals are clean and free from corrosion. Batteries will rapidly self-discharge without frequent charging, so the best practice for minimal usage is to recharge at planned regular intervals and after use.


Contact us to find out how our preventative maintenance programmes can help you save money and minimised down time. Call our team on 01952 607660, or email