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  1. Christmas Charity Donation

    As Christmas is almost upon us, here at Fortis Battery Care we have decided to once again make a charity donation to Macmillan Cancer Support and we are pleased to have been able to increase our donation from last year to £1,250!

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    Rather than sending out the usual gifts and cards to clients, we believe that a charity donation is a much more personal touch, as at some point in all our lives we have been affected by cancer in some shape or form. Macmillan Cancer Support workers continually work to give comfort and assurance to patients and families and our donation which, thanks to your kind business, we are able to give will help deliver this amazing care to patients, carers and families.

    On behalf of all of the team here at Fortis Battery Care, we would like to say a very big thank you for making this possible and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

     

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  2. Battery Chargers – What’s the difference?

    Buying a forklift charger can be quite overwhelming if you’re not sure what you’re after. Fortis can offer you both conventional and high frequency (HF) chargers, but what is the difference?

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    Conventional Chargers:

    Conventional chargers are the cheapest option out of the two. I once had these described to me as old TVs, large and heavy whereas HF chargers are like HD flat screens. As they are quite large they are based on the floor and we offer an Overnight (12 hour charge) and a Rapid (8 hour) option. We sell our own brand of Fortis Conventional chargers which can be found here.

     

     

    High Frequencforklift battery products, micropower, 48 volt 60 amp, reduced pricey (HF):

    As previously stated, these chargers are like your HD flats screen TVs, unlike Conventional chargers, these are compact, light and can be wall mounted to save valuable warehouse space. These chargers have over 90% efficiency which makes them more cost effective than a Conventional. These chargers can usually charge in 6-8 hours (depending on battery type) without damaging the battery. We sell Micropower HF Chargers and the range can be found here.

     

     

     

  3. 5th Birthday Celebrations!

    There were celebrations in the office today as we celebrated Fortis’s 5th birthday!

    Since we launched in 2011 a lot has changed.  We have expanded and grown but one thing remains the same – to give you a completely unbiased customer experience.

    Here are our office and depot based staff raising a glass to the last 5 years and to many more years ahead!

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    Happy 5th Birthday Fortis. If you find this I’m just upping the word count. This helps SEO turn green. Fortis is 5, with more years to come. Raise a glass for Fortis. Staff celebrate in the office. 

  4. New in – Full BFS Kit!

    Launch of the BFS kit

    A few months ago we posted this blog: http://www.fortisbattery.com/latest/2016/06/forklift-watering-systems/   about battery filling systems. It compares speeds in which you can fill a battery. If you haven’t already seen it, its worth a read. A handy video is also included in the post, so you can see the systems in use for yourself.

    Whats new?

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    What our kits include

    Previously when setting up your own BFS kit, you would need to purchase the parts separately. Fortis had the idea to sell the kits as a whole, which will save time and money. Now you can purchase full kits for 12, 18,24, and 40 cell batteries. The kit is easy to assemble, simply fit the parts to suit your battery and you’re good to go.

     

    The BFS kit includes:

    – Push in plugs (12,18,24,or 40. Depending on cell amount)

    -2 x End stops

    -1 x T-Piece 6/10/6

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    What the BFS set up should look like.

    -Floats (12,18,24,or 40. Depending on cell amount)

    -1 x Male coupler 10mm

    -24 x 6mm hose clamps

    -4 x 10mm hose clamps

    -1 x flow indicator/filter

    -4m of 6mm hose

    -1m of 10mm hose

    You can now purchase a full BFS kit through our website. Follow the link to see our range  http://www.fortisbattery.com/forklift-watering-systems/

     

    Genuine Frotek and BFS parts are used to make up our kits.

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  5. Fortis attend IMHX 2016

    Fortis attend IMHX!

    September saw the return of IMHX at Birminghams NEC and it was filled with a brilliant range of products and services. IMHX occurs every three years and this years show saw over 20,000 logistics and supply professionals attend. Over 400 exhibitors were spread over multiple halls, making it the biggest it has ever been and they showcased their new and innovative ideas!

    Split over several days, various members of our staff managed to spend some time at the exhibition to see what products were being displayed.

    Companies were showcasing the inside of their service vans, which showed that there was a place for everything and everything in its place! In the vans were shelving units with trays and drawers to hold tools and equipment, a first aid kit, paper towel dispenser, a hand sanitiser station on the door and even a pull out vice for on the job repairs. This van set up was practical and safe, which makes it very appealing to anyone who works on the road, as having a practical van set up can not only make you more efficient when attending jobs, but also reduces health and safety risks.

    Lots of companies were show casing new Forklifts and material handling equipment. IMHX had a live demonstration zone where exhibitors were showing off new machinery by putting them through their paces in front of the crowds.
    The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) also had a stand which they were sharing with the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), the main theme of the stand was safety. FLTA were informing visitors of their popular Safety User Group and their Safetember safety awareness campaign.
    There were 100s of other exhibitors with brilliant stands, some had even spent millions to draw in the crowds. A lot of stands had free gifts to give away, from chocolates, to stuffed animals, to Lego forklift trucks, while others had free bars and even restaurants!

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    On the Thursday night it was also the SHD Logistics Awards, where over 500 guests including the award finalists attended. This black tie event was held at Resorts World in Birmingham and the evening was packed with live entertainment and was filled with lots of laughs. Fortis would like to congratulate all the winners on their success and we are already looking forward to the next exhibition in 2019!

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  6. Safety Kits have Arrived!

    Fortis are proud to announce the launch of Safety Kits!

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    Any forklift battery topper and engineer will be able to tell you that acid related accidents can happen very easily when working with batteries. The top two common topping accidents are, acid getting in cuts on hands, or splashing back and getting in your eyes, neither feel too great! Our safety kit contains preventative gear to help avoid accidents happening as well as instant first aid equipment, to provide quick on site care.

     

     

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    Our kits include:

    -Safety Glasses

    -Apron

    -Gloves

    -First aid kit

    -Eye-shower

    -Zilver Soda

     

     

    Our safety cabinets are lightweight and easy to move, which makes them great for those of you who work on the road. They measure in at 300mm x 140mm x 460mm which makes them easy to store and can easily fit in vans. The cabinets stand alone, so there is no need to wall mount it or secure it, unless you want to of course.

    Fortis highly recommend the safety kit, as we ourselves use this equipment and its better to be safe than sorry!

    Find the kit on our website here: http://www.fortisbattery.com/components/safety-equipment-/safety-kit/

    We can help to keep you safe!

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  7. Access Chargers are brrrrilliant!

    Access Chargers Launching Soon!

    The Robust charger

    These Micropower robust battery chargers, are brilliant for those of you who work outside of your standard warehouse environment. Aside from these chargers being light and compact, they are perfect for outside use, come wind, rain or shine!. They can also be used in boat yards, chillers, and even dusty environments. How? You ask, these chargers have everything sealed on the inside, so no fans or vents to drag in unwanted dust or moisture!

    These chargers are IP54 protected for harsh environments, which means they can even be used in the snow, don’t believe me? Check out these photos of the chargers in action.

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    Access chargers will be launched on our website very soon! In the mean time you can email us for a quote, using sales@fortisbattery.com

  8. EMC Award Ceremony

    Fortis attend EMC award ceremony!

    Fortis was recentemc-awards-ceremony- fortis-staffly lucky enough to be shortlisted in the East Midlands Chamber business awards for Nottinghamshire in Small Business of the Year and Outstanding Growth Performance categories!

    A few members of our staff attended the awards on Friday 9th September at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel. The evening was a great way to celebrate all of Nottinghamshire’s thriving businesses.

    Fortis unfortunately didn’t go on to win the awards from our nominated categories, but we were honored to have been shortlisted none the less!

    Fortis would like to give a huge congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to EMC for hosting a wonderful night.

     

  9. Has it been a year already?

    A year ago our website www.fortisbatterycare.co.uk was relaunched as www.fortisbattery.com with a brand new store allowing customers to quickly and easily buy products, order new batteries and inquire about rental services.

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    The range of products available has grown throughout the year and now not only boasts brands such as Micropower and Philadelphia scientific but now has small battery components available to buy, and a platform for customers to inquire about our new battery care plans and rental services (get your fleet in the pink!).

    Our main aim remains the same ‘Regardless of whether you are a trade or retail customer we will provide an unrivaled customer experience so you can buy with confidence with Fortis Battery Care.’ 

    Many of you have and we hope many will continue to do so in the future.

  10. Battery Filling System (BFS) – What you need.

    A BFS system is a collection of parts that fit together to become a battery filling system.

    Items you need to fill your battery by BFS:

    Why do you need all those products?

    The 10mm PVC Hose takes the water from the source to the battery, through the flow indicator and filter to the Tee Piece (08T616) held in place by three hose clamps ( One 08KLE1 and two 08KLE6). This piece changes the size of the hose from the 10mm input to the 6mm hose needed for the battery. The PVC 6mm hose then connects the Push in plugs with each other across the battery to the end piece (08END6).

    The water source is connected to the battery filling system by the Male and Female connection. Regardless of the water source, the system accepts pressures from 0.2 to 3.8 bar (2.9 to 55.1 psi).

    The BFS system can be filled by the Manual Topping Bottle, Hydrofill Watering Cart or a gravity feed from a Single 25 Liter deionised water container  (this would require the container to be 2m above the battery to get the required pressure and a tap attached to the bottle).

    Part of our watering systems articles
    previous are What watering system are right for you and Watering systems a visual comparison.