Since, 1963, Lester Electrical has been designing and manufacturing industrial battery chargers and other electrical power conversion and storage products in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our first battery charger was produced for use with electric golf cars. Since that first product, we have released industrial and commercial battery chargers for most applications and markets in motive and stationary power.
Lester Electrical is a worldwide leader in industrial/commercial battery chargers. Our engineering/manufacturing expertise and flexibility have made us an OEM and ODM supplier to industry-leading companies in all major electric vehicle/machine markets. The Lester Electrical Quality Management System is registered to ISO 9001 standards. We are also one of the industry’s highest-volume manufacturers.
Our products, from battery chargers to power management systems to battery systems, have a tradition of unrivaled quality, reliability, and longevity, even in the most demanding applications and environments. We offer customized products tailored for specific customers and applications, and Lester Electrical customers enjoy unparalleled quality, service, and support.
Our First 50 years
Lester Equipment Manufacturing Company is founded in Los Angeles, CA after WWII by Louis Lester, originally producing cathodic protection systems for pipelines and adapting their technology for battery chargers.
March 18, 1963
In the early 1960s, Don Wilson, who had purchased the company in the early 1950s, begins selling battery chargers to the leading golf car manufacturer at the time, Cushman Motors in Lincoln, NE.
April 23, 1963
On April 23, 1963, Lanny Carrier, after leaving Cushman as their purchasing agent, and Don establish Lester Electrical of Nebraska, Inc to produce chargers for Cushman with 4 employees in 3,000 sq ft of leased space. The company’s first product is the 36S2T12 charger.
August 12, 1972
Employing the AC line voltage compensating ferroresonant technology pioneered by Lester Equipment for use in standby products for Minuteman missile silos, the first Lester-MATIC provides the market with a charger that is easier to set up and use, in addition to improved battery charging performance.
February 26, 1974
The release of patented DV/DT charge control with the first Lestronic I charger enables batteries to be fully and properly charged without relying on the user, revolutionizing the world of battery charging. DV/DT charge termination is still an industry standard today.
January 1, 1978
Lester Electrical of Nebraska Inc., becomes an employee owned company.
May 3, 1978
The Lestronic II product line is introduced, an iconic design and one of the best selling commercial/industrial battery charger lines of all time.
September 5, 1986
After focusing primarily on motive power applications, the first stationary/reserve power product line is introduced. Known for producing battery chargers that delivery flexibility and unrivaled reliability, Lester Electrical becomes the leader in select industrial stationary markets.
March 9, 1994
As a result of a joint development project, Lester Electrical releases a patented charging and battery management system for Club Car for use with their golf cars and utility vehicles. This system introduces a new level of charging percision and sophistication.
Building on its history of designing and manufacturing the leading DC plug/receptacle systems in the golf car and utility vehicle markets, Lester Electrical introduces a new patented plug/receptacle system for Club Car, which is still considered industry leading.
May 23, 2001
The Lester Electrical quality assurance (QA) system receives ISO 9001 certification.
February 23, 2013
The Progressive DV/DT charge algorithm and the first Summit Series switch mode battery charger are introduced, setting a new standard for charge control, energy efficiency and switch mode charger reliability.
Summit Series II
July 18, 2017
Lester Electrical releases the Summit Series II charger family. Lester Electrical leads the way with battery charging solutions introducing another switch-mode high frequency charger line. Including Bluetooth communication and Cloud connectivity, this industrial battery charger sets a new market leading standard.
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