When other alternatives won’t work
When a Mechanical lifter will not work and electricity or compressed air is not readily available, battery powered lifters can make it possible to handle a load with vacuum. Battery powered lifters have been used in the glass industry for many years, primarily for the occasional field installation job. Putting in glass windows into a store front for example is an ideal application.
Fine for worksite Glass Handling
Battery Lifters work best on smooth, non-porous loads like glass because the lifter vacuum attachment can be nearly airtight, making it possible to use small, low power consumption, fractional horsepower vacuum pumps with small gel-cell batteries.
Battery powered lifters are generally not suitable for semi-porous or porous loads as these lifters require considerably larger, higher powered vacuum pumps with correspondingly larger, massive battery arrays. Our larger BAE1 battery Vac-Pack uses a 3.2 CFM Pump and a 75 amp hour battery which is fairly large. Going above that gets expensive fast.
OK for smooth stone handling but marginal for rough stone.
For most stone industry shop applications, a lifter powered by compressed air or standard electricity will give the best overall performance.
If, however, you need a lifter in the field, a battery unit is worth considering. Battery powered lifters are best suited for jobsite installation work in the glass and polished stone industries, as forklift attachments, and for other specific applications where a power source is not available.
Battery lifters which use foam pads are generally of marginal use; if the surface is not too rough, they can work, however with a slightly rougher surface they will not.
Battery lifters are not Production Grade nor recommended for the Metals or other Sheet and Plate Industries
Battery lifters should not be considered production grade, as they require downtime to recharge and are maintenance intensive when compared to standard powered or especially Mechanical vacuum lifters.
All Battery Lifters are slower to attach require more maintenance and are more expensive.
A Battery pumps CFM Flow and HP vs a standard electric or air powered vacuum lifter is low. In general battery powered units have less vacuum flow and do not achieve as high a vacuum. They attach much slower even when brand new.
The Battery’s size and estimated duty cycle is limited. Pulling a vacuum severely taxes all battery units. You will find most have but a few hours at most of usability per day. Any standard powered unit will out-perform a battery unit multiple times over for usually far less.
Battery powered lifters are more expensive and difficult to maintain, as they require more complicated electrical components and power controls. All batteries can die if not properly maintained. Instances of battery failures are lessened when equipment is used regularly.
We build battery lifters for appropriate applications but you should realize the technologies current limitations. We build battery vacuum lifters using the latest battery power technology. This technology is improving but still has major limitations for vacuum lifting.