If you are building an off-grid homestead, you’re likely planning on installing solar. As you know, it’s not just the number of panels you have, it’s also your battery capacity. In the solar community, lithium batteries are desirable but extremely expensive. Also, many solar experts recommend deep-cycle lead-acid batteries over lithium.
You may not have thought of this, but used forklift batteries are ideal for a solar application. One heavy-duty forklift battery is the equivalent of several average deep-cycle batteries. They can also do the job cheaper than lithium batteries. Used forklift batteries can last up to 20 years, meaning a used battery can still give you many years of reliable service.
Finding a used forklift battery for sale is as simple as an internet search. In fact, selling reconditioned forklift batteries for solar use has become an industry in itself. They are widely available all over the country.
Used forklift batteries come in 12, 24, 36, or 48 volts. You’ll need to be aware of the voltage of any battery you consider, to ensure it matches your system. Most solar panels and DC appliances run on 12 volts.
Another thing to keep in mind is shipping; forklift batteries weigh a minimum of 1,000 pounds. So, combined with the issues around shipping batteries, the sheer weight can be costly. Moreover, once you have it on your property, you’ll literally need a forklift to move it.