Removing Forklift Battery Cells For Solar Power Part II

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In part two of the video I am making some nice progress. I learned through trial and error what works and what does not. Now I am removing the forklift battery cells out of the case one at a time.

It is still a very hard and tiring job. These forklift battery cells weigh between 100 and 120 pounds each.

I have to connect the hoist to a battery and then crank up a little bit at a time. Then I hit the battery case with a hammer which frees up the forklift battery cell. The battery cell moves upward a tiny bit at a time with each hammer blow.

Once I got the first battery out of the case the next ones came out a bit easier. They are still packed in there pretty tight but the job is going much better.

I managed to get 10 out of 18 forklift battery cells out of the case.

I plan to use the individual forklift battery cells in my off grid solar tiny house to power the home. Forklift batteries when used in solar power applications last up to 20 years or more. This is because forklift batteries are built tough and made to take a lot of abuse. In home solar power applications a forklift battery is gently used and lasts a very long time when properly maintained.

I am hoping to get two good battery banks out of this large 2,000 pound 36 volt forklift battery. Two of the battery cells are bad and one is broken. That leaves me with 12 good cells for two battery banks and a few spares.

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