How Is a Vertical Platform Lift Powered?

Bruno VPL expert, Mark Holat, explains the two ways VPLs can be powered & what advantages exist between them. ​

How Is a Vertical Platform Lift Powered?

There are two ways in which a residential vertical platform lift (VPL) can be powered: household current (AC) or battery power (DC).

The most common method of providing power to your home VPL (also known as a porch lift) is via a standard household outlet. Since you never have to worry about replacing batteries in the future, it results in an inexpensive method for total cost of ownership.

However, there is a significant disadvantage of using regular household current to power your residential vertical platform lift. During a power outage, your VPL will not function. Depending on where the VPL is located, this means a person may not be able to get out of the home or access a critical area.

Battery-powered vertical platform lifts are considered a safer and more reliable solution since the VPL will operate even if power is disrupted. Under normal use and circumstances, the VPL batteries will last for several days after the loss of power. While factors such as frequency of use, weight lifted, height traveled and environment/climate can impact battery life, VPL batteries will generally last several years. With a battery powered VPL for your home, you have a high level of safety and security.

Bruno’s 4- and 6-ft residential vertical platform lifts come with standard AC, but are available with optional battery power. If the residential VPL is 10-14 ft or it is a commercial VPL, it comes standard with DC/battery power.

Talk to your local factory trained Bruno dealer to learn more about whether AC or DC power is right for your vertical platform lift.

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