Many material handling operations are turning to electric forklifts as a more versatile and environmentally friendly alternative to internal combustion engine-powered equipment. Choosing the most appropriate batteries to power these lift trucks is crucial for ensuring maximum performance, operating life, and safety.

Thompson Lift Truck, the material handling equipment division of Thompson Tractor Company, has a variety of batteries that help ensure that your lift trucks are reaching their maximum capacity. Our lead acid batteries have proven to be high-performing batteries in hot or cold conditions while also being affordable. Lead acid batteries provide reliability and durability; these batteries are fast charging and can hold their charge anywhere from one to three shifts.

Thompson Lift Truck’s Lithium-Ion batteries are an excellent option for someone who is looking to get the most out of their batteries. Lithium-ion batteries provide more value than the traditional lead acid batteries. These state-of-the-art batteries provide customers with more efficiency and longer usage. Lithium-ion batteries have incorporated opportunity charging which allows customers to charge their equipment on the fly and the charge last nearly 24 hours a day. Thompson Lift Truck’s lithium-ion batteries provide more value than the traditional lead acid batteries.

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A Closer Comparison Between the Lithium-Ion and Lead Acid Forklift Battery

You can make an informed decision to purchase lead acid or lithium-ion forklift batteries by considering the following factors.

Operating Life

A lithium-ion battery typically lasts two to three times longer than a lead acid product. The longer life span means you won’t need to replace batteries as frequently.


Lithium-ion batteries command a higher price than their lead acid counterparts, so companies operating on a tight budget may need to consider the latter option to minimize upfront expenses. However, the lithium-ion battery’s lower operating costs can lead to significant long-term cost savings and a higher return on investment.

Charging Flexibility

A lithium-ion battery enables you to charge it in short bursts, such as during lunch breaks or between operator shifts. This feature is beneficial to material handling operations that need the forklift to perform for a longer time frame. On the other hand, the lead acid battery’s slower charging time may require the operator to install a fresh unit during the shift, increasing downtime.

Performance Consistency

While lead acid batteries perform well in hot or cold environments, their voltage consistency tends to diminish. A forklift lithium-ion battery typically provides a more constant voltage curve and maintains it over a long shift.


Unlike lead acid batteries, lithium-ion products do not emit potentially dangerous hydrogen fumes or contain acid that could splash onto workers and cause severe burns. 

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Thompson Lift Truck supplies lead acid and lithium-ion batteries to businesses in Alabama and Georgia. Contact us for more information and a no-obligation quote.