How To Properly Charge Your Scissor Lift
There can be no denying that the security and ease of working from the platform of a scissor lift compared to working off the rung of ladder make these pieces of equipment highly desirable. Most of these lifts are actually powered by batteries mounted on the base and they will need to be charged from time to time. The good news is that this is a very simple task.
Step 1: Park the lift in a well ventilated area that is also nearby to an electrical outlet. It is recommended to find a spot indoors just in case you need to leave the equipment to charge over night.
Step 2: Press the emergency shut-off button to prevent someone else from accidentally driving away whilst the battery is plugged in. The button should be near the charger or the control box.
Step 3: Find the battery charger on the base of the scissor lift (it should be on the right side). Older models, however, will often have the charger mounted on the rear of the base somewhere.
Step 4: Check that the charger and the accompanying AC extension cord are both free from damage. Trying to charge using a damaged cord can actually cause an electrocution or even more damage.
Step 5: Plug the charger into the extension cord and plug this into the electrical outlet. The cord will be relatively short, as this helps to prevent it being run over or falling out of the charger during use.
Step 6: Check that the lights on the charger illuminate; the battery should begin charging automatically. These lights will turn green when the batteries are fully charged and the charger will turn off.
It is important to note that it is possible to use your scissor lift whilst the battery is being charged. All you need to do is pull the red emergency shut-off button out and have a helper guide the extension cord away from the wheels whilst the equipment is moving. It is of the utmost importance, however, that everyone is aware that the batteries are charging to avoid accidents.