Hand Supported And Manipulated, E.g., Miniature Or Upholstery Type Patents (Class 15/344)
  • Patent number: 11949264
    Abstract: A portable charger having a vacuuming function includes a power supply portion, a dust suction portion, and a connecting assembly. The power supply portion supplies power to the dust suction portion or an external device. The dust suction portion sucks dust. The connecting assembly connects the power supply portion to the dust suction portion or separates the power supply portion from the dust suction portion. The connecting assembly includes a driving piece, at least two connecting pieces, and an elastic piece. The elastic piece is fixedly connected to the at least two connecting pieces. The driving piece drives the at least two connecting pieces to move, and synchronously drives the elastic piece to deform to stretch, so that the driving piece, the elastic piece, and the at least two connecting pieces are switched from a first state to a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventor: Yongquan Wu
  • Patent number: 11857141
    Abstract: A method of providing customized cleaning information, a vacuum cleaner, and a control method thereof are disclosed. The method of providing customized cleaning information includes obtaining information related to a cleaning module from a sensor of a vacuum cleaner, determining whether the cleaning module is in use among pre-registered cleaning modules based on the information related to the cleaning module, storing last used time information of the cleaning module based on the information related to the cleaning module, obtaining current time information, comparing the last used time information with the current time information to determine whether unused time of the cleaning module exceeds an unused time threshold specified for the cleaning module, and providing an indication that the cleaning module needs to be used when the unused time of the cleaning module exceeds the unused time threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Hyohoun No
  • Patent number: 11832773
    Abstract: A cleaner includes: a main body that forms an external shape; a dust container that is separably combined with the main body and stores dust separated from air; a dust container cover that is configured to open and close the dust container; a handle unit that is disposed behind the dust container; and an operating member that is configured to provide operation force to the dust container cover by moving in a first direction and to release a holding mechanism for preventing separation of the dust container from the main body by moving in a second direction opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Philjae Hwang, Mantae Hwang, Jungbae Hwang, Eunji Sung, Taekgi Lee
  • Patent number: 11826007
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner has a dual first stage cyclones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Nina Conrad, Dave Petersen
  • Patent number: 11778960
    Abstract: A blower including a body having a length, L, as measured between front and rear ends of the blower in a direction of airflow through the blower; and a fan including a plurality of blades configured to generate airflow through the blower, wherein the blades are spaced apart from the rear end of the blower by at least 0.4 L. In an embodiment, the fan is rotatably biased by a motor spaced apart from the rear end of the blower by at least 0.5 L. In another embodiment, at least 75% of the fan is disposed within an airflow outlet tube of the blower. In yet another embodiment, the blower further comprises a handle, and wherein the fan is disposed downstream of the handle, and wherein the fan is spaced apart from the handle by at least 0.08 L, as measured in the direction of airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Techtronic Cordless GP
    Inventors: Eduardo Olvera, V. Praveen Gambhir
  • Patent number: 11771287
    Abstract: A portable surface cleaning apparatus for a floor surface includes a main housing assembly adapted to be hand carried by a user, the main housing assembly carrying a fluid delivery system adapted for storing cleaning fluid and delivering the cleaning fluid to the surface to be cleaned, and a fluid recovery system adapted for removing the cleaning fluid and debris from the surface to be cleaned and storing the cleaning fluid and debris that was recovered, the main housing assembly comprising a base housing, a supply tank received on the main housing assembly, a recovery tank received on the main housing assembly separately from the supply tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: George Moyher, Jr., Michael Graham
  • Patent number: 11730327
    Abstract: A hand vacuum includes a nozzle portion at a front end of the hand vacuum having a dirty air inlet. An air flow passage extends from the dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet in a main body rearward of the nozzle portion. The main body houses a suction motor in the air flow passage. First and second laterally spaced apart opposed arm members extend between the nozzle portion and the main body, and a volume is positioned between the nozzle portion, the main body and the opposed arm members. An air treatment member assembly comprising an air treatment member is removably positionable in the volume. When the air treatment member assembly is mounted to the hand vacuum cleaner in an operating position, the air treatment member assembly is positioned in the volume and the air treatment member is positioned in the air flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11672389
    Abstract: A handheld vacuum cleaner includes a housing, motor, filter access door, filter, and dirt cup movably coupled to the housing. The housing defines a top, bottom, motor chamber, dirty air inlet, handle, clean air outlet, and air flow path. The air flow path is routed from the dirty air inlet to the clean air outlet. The motor is disposed in the motor chamber and defines a motor axis. The filter access defines a filter chamber with the housing. The filter is disposed in the filter chamber and defines a filter axis. The dirt cup defines a dirt cup axis extending parallel to the motor axis and filter axis. The filter access door is located below the filter axis. When the filter axis door is removed, the filter is removable in a downward direction from the filter chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Terry, Roderick Burgess, Jacob W. Connelly, Kevin L. Thomas, Garry Fee, Jeffrey D. Accursi
  • Patent number: 11666189
    Abstract: A reconfigurable surface cleaning apparatus includes a floor cleaning unit comprising a surface cleaning head, and a portable cleaning unit. The reconfigurable surface cleaning apparatus is operable in an above floor cleaning mode in which the portable cleaning unit is removed from the floor cleaning unit and in a floor cleaning mode in which an upflow duct is received in the portable cleaning unit and defines the air flow passage upwardly through the portable cleaning unit to a cyclone chamber air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11641992
    Abstract: A dust collector including a body with an intake portion and an exhaust portion includes a filter, a filter support that supports the filter, a motor case protruding from an inner surface of the body, and a vibration motor accommodated in the motor case. The body accommodates the filter support. A portion on the tip side of the motor case is at a position where it is allowed to come into contact with the filter support when the vibration motor is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Liu, Bo Yi Li, Chih-Hsiang Chen
  • Patent number: 11641995
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus has a suction motor actuator that is actuatable to actuate the suction motor to operate in a first mode of operation and to operate in a second mode of operation, the first mode of operation defining a first discrete power level for the suction motor and the second mode of operation defining a second discrete power level for the suction motor. The first mode of operation is enabled when the first power pack having a first level of power is provided to power the surface cleaning apparatus and the second mode of operation is not enabled until a second power pack is provided such that the surface cleaning apparatus has a second level of on board power that is greater than the first level of on board power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11602758
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner has an air treatment stage positioned below an inlet conduit. A pistol grip handle is provided at the rear end of the hand vacuum cleaner. An arm member extends from the inlet conduit linearly rearwardly to the upper end of the pistol grip handle. A housing is provided at a lower end of the pistol grip handle. All operating components of the hand vacuum cleaner are located between a lower end of the housing and the inlet conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Daniel Innes
  • Patent number: 11540685
    Abstract: A nozzle for a cleaner according to an aspect of the present invention comprises: a housing; and a rotation cleaning portion rotatably coupled to the housing and having a body part and a brush part which is coupled to the outer peripheral side of the body part. The brush part comprises: a first brush coupled to the outer peripheral side of the body part and extending in the radial direction of the body part; and a second brush disposed alongside the first brush. The first brush is disposed so as to come in contact with a floor surface prior to the second brush during the rotation of the rotation cleaning portion, and is less stiff than the first brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jinhyouk Shin, Ingyu Yang, Jungwan Ryu, Namil Woo
  • Patent number: 11534043
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus has a cyclone bin assembly having a cyclone chamber. The cyclone chamber with a physical filtration member defining the cyclone air outlet. The physical filtration member has an outer wall wherein at least a portion of the outer wall is porous and a plurality of ribs spaced around the outer wall. The ribs have a radial outer side that is positioned radially outwardly of the outer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11523569
    Abstract: A concentrator nozzle attachment for a blower device is disclosed that increases the airflow velocity of the blower without sacrificing the field of the jetting air. The concentrator nozzle is formed of an outer ring with a centrally located guide surface and is placed at the exit of an air tube. As the air exits the air tube, it's forced to flow around the guide surface, thus increasing its velocity. The attachment is secured to the end of the air tube and so does not alter the outer diameter through which the air exits. In this way, air velocity is increased without reducing its effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Greene, Khoa Dang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11445875
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner has an air flow path extending from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet with a suction motor positioned in the air flow path. A cyclone chamber positioned in the air flow path has a cyclone axis of rotation that extends in the forward/rearward direction. A pre-motor filter overlies the cyclone chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11445702
    Abstract: A pet care device may include a head having a sterilizer and a handle extending from the head. The head may be formed of an outer body and an inner body positioned in an inner region of the outer body. A first space may be formed between the outer body and the inner body in which the sterilizer is provided. The sterilizer may include at least one light emitting device, and a light device may cover the first space. A second space partitioned from the first space may be at least partially located inside the inner body. Hair and/or debris may be collected in the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunsun Yoo, Miju Kim, Hyewon Kim, Ilha Park, Wookjun Chung, Jekwang Youn, Youngdon Kim, Jaehung Chun, Yousook Eun, Joogyeom Kim, Sungkyung Kim, Myongsun Kim
  • Patent number: 11412902
    Abstract: Provided are a dust cup and a handheld vacuum cleaner, which includes a cyclone filter is provided within the dust cup; a filter component is arranged within the cyclone filter; a dust cup base cover is provided at the bottom of the dust cup; an opening is provided on the dust cup base cover; and the filter component is capable of being directly mounted or removed at the bottom of a dust cup via the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: TINECO INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhiwei Zhang, Huaiqiang Ren
  • Patent number: 11399679
    Abstract: A cyclone module for a vacuum cleaner includes a primary separator, a bulk collection chamber, at least one secondary separator and a fines collection chamber. First and second doors are provided for closing debris outlets at the bottom ends of the bulk and fines collection chambers, respectively. The fines collection chamber is elevated within the bulk collection chamber, with the second door spaced above the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Krebs, Kenneth M. Lenkiewicz
  • Patent number: 11382471
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus including a vacuum cleaner and a docking station is provided. The cleaning apparatus includes a vacuum cleaner including a dust collecting chamber in which foreign substances are collected, and a docking station configured to be connected to the dust collecting chamber to remove the foreign substances collected in the dust collecting chamber. The dust collecting chamber is configured to collect foreign substances through centrifugation, and configured to be docked to the docking station, and the docking station includes a suction device configured to suction the foreign substances and air in the dust collecting chamber docked to the docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: See Hyun Kim, In Gyu Choi, Ki Hwan Kwon, Shin Kim, Hyeon Cheol Kim, Do Kyung Lee, Hyun Ju Lee, Yun Soo Jang, Seung Ryong Cha, Jung Gyun Han
  • Patent number: 11375864
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a head assembly including a housing and a fan arranged in the housing. A dust storage barrel and a filter assembly are arranged below the head assembly, the dust storage barrel being detachably connected to the head assembly. A switch is provided for controlling the fan located in the housing. A side wall of the housing has a cavity defined by an opening. A switch trigger is provided for turning on or turning off the switch and is located in the cavity so that no part of the switch trigger extends outwardly past an outer contour of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Skybest Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaoxian Bian, Haiping Liu, Miao Wu
  • Patent number: 11363921
    Abstract: A handheld vacuum cleaner (10), including a main body (22) having a handle (98), a motor assembly (114) positioned within the main body, and a cyclonic separator assembly (26) removably coupled to the main body. The cyclonic separator assembly includes an inlet nozzle (42) having a dirty air inlet (14) positioned in the front of the handheld vacuum cleaner when the cyclonic separator assembly is coupled to the main body, and a cyclonic chamber (30) in fluid communication with the dirty air inlet. The cyclonic chamber defines a separator axis (34). The cyclonic separator assembly further includes a dirt collection region (38) configured to receive debris separated in the cyclonic chamber. The inlet nozzle includes an upstream height (270) measured perpendicular to the inlet axis and a downstream height (274) measured parallel to the separator axis. The downstream height is larger than the upstream height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited
    Inventors: Alvin Au Yeuk Yuen, Benson Chun Kit Cheung
  • Patent number: 11357370
    Abstract: A handheld vacuum cleaner including a fluid flow path, a main body, a fluid flow motor, a battery, and a cyclone chamber. The fluid flow path extends from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet, and the main body includes a handle. The fluid flow motor is positioned in the fluid flow path. The battery is positioned below the fluid flow motor. The cyclone chamber is in the fluid flow path transverse to the dirty air inlet. The cyclone chamber includes a first end wall and a second end wall, a cyclone chamber axis passing through the first end wall and the second end wall, a cyclone dirty fluid inlet, and a cyclone clean fluid outlet. The first end wall and the second end wall of the cyclone chamber both intersect a common horizontal plane when the handheld vacuum cleaner is positioned on a horizontal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Bohlen, Richard Friend, Joseph Saunders, Sergey V. Makarov, Kirti Kant Paulla
  • Patent number: 11351658
    Abstract: An ergonomic frame-filler placement tool is manually operable to supply a vacuum fluid flow at a distal end of the tool that can be used by a worker to pick up and hold a piece of frame-filler material to the distal end of the tool, which enables the worker to manipulate the tool to position the piece of frame-filler material over a desired location of a fuselage mandrel and then manually stop the vacuum fluid flow at the distal end of the tool to position the piece of frame-filler material at the desired location on the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Y. Ahn, Davis Tran, Silas L. Studley, Chace Wilcoxson, Long H. Ly, Darrell D. Jones, Robert Whiting
  • Patent number: 11350806
    Abstract: A handheld vacuum cleaner includes a housing, motor, filter access door, filter, and dirt cup movably coupled to the housing. The housing defines a top, bottom, motor chamber, dirty air inlet, handle, clean air outlet, and air flow path. The air flow path is routed from the dirty air inlet to the clean air outlet. The motor is disposed in the motor chamber and defines a motor axis. The filter access defines a filter chamber with the housing. The filter is disposed in the filter chamber and defines a filter axis. The dirt cup defines a dirt cup axis extending parallel to the motor axis and filter axis. The filter access door is located below the filter axis. When the filter axis door is removed, the filter is removable in a downward direction from the filter chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Techtronic Cordless GP
    Inventors: Kevin Terry, Roderick Burgess, Jacob W. Connelly, Kevin L. Thomas, Garry Fee, Jeffrey D. Accursi
  • Patent number: 11326610
    Abstract: A blower may include a motor; a centrifugal fan configured to rotate with rotation of the motor; a casing configured to guide air from a suction port to a discharge port; a trigger configured to be pressed; and a control board configured to control rotation of the motor. The control board may include a normal mode and a low speed mode. In the normal mode, the control board may be configured to adjust a rotation speed of the motor in accordance with a degree by which the trigger is pressed. In the low speed mode, the control board may be configured to adjust the rotation speed of the motor to a target rotation speed, wherein the target rotation speed is lower than a maximum rotation speed of the motor that is achieved when the degree by which the trigger is pressed is a maximum degree in the normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinsuke Naka, Ryoji Zama
  • Patent number: 11291169
    Abstract: A broom tube assembly for dislodging debris while employing a leaf blower includes an air tube that is mountable on an output of a leaf blower. A broom is provided and the broom is coupled to the air tube. The broom frictionally engages a surface being cleaned when the air tube is directed toward the surface. In this way the broom can dislodge debris for blowing the debris with the leaf blower. A plurality of brackets is each positioned around the handle. Each of the brackets engages the air tube for retaining the handle on the air tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Billy Gilley
  • Patent number: 11284762
    Abstract: A dust suction system comprises a cyclonic dust filter component, a dust collection bucket and a load bearing frame. The dust collection bucket comprises an assembly rib, the load bearing frame comprises a frame and a support plate disposed on the frame, and the support plate comprises a through hole disposed corresponding to a dust exhausting port, and at least two assembly jaws located at two opposite sides of the through hole. Each of the assembly jaws comprises a connecting section, an extending section connecting the connecting section, and a limiting section connecting the extending section. The limiting section comprises a limiting protrusion disposed towards a direction of the through hole. When the two assembly jaws are not forced, movement of the assembly rib is restricted by the limiting section, so that the dust collection bucket is fixed on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: X'POLE PRECISION TOOLS INC.
    Inventor: Bach Pangho Chen
  • Patent number: 11274407
    Abstract: The pet waste vacuum is a vacuum cleaner. The pet waste vacuum is configured for use in picking up the elimination of a companion animal from a surface. The pet waste vacuum incorporates a housing module, a vacuum module, a storage module, a collection module, and a control circuit. The housing contains the vacuum module, the storage module, a collection module, and the control circuit. The storage module is the structure that receives and contains the elimination. The vacuum module provides the motive forces necessary to: a) draw the elimination into the collection module; and, b) move the elimination through the collection module and into the storage module. The control circuit is an electric circuit that: a) controls the operation of the pet waste vacuum; and, b) provides the electrical energy necessary to operate the pet waste vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: William James
  • Patent number: 11248626
    Abstract: A handheld blower includes a fan for generating an air flow, a motor for driving the fan to rotate about a central axis, a battery pack for supplying power to the motor, an air duct portion including an air duct, the air duct extending long the central axis, a coupling portion for coupling with the battery pack, and a connection portion for connecting the air duct portion with the coupling portion. The fan is received in the air duct. The air duct includes an air duct inlet and an air duct outlet which are respectively located at the two ends of the air duct. The air duct inlet is located between the air duct outlet and the coupling portion. The connection portion is provided with an air intake space located between the air duct inlet and the coupling portion. The air intake space is opened in a radial direction of the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Chervon (HK) Limited
    Inventors: Xiandian Shao, Toshinari Yamaoka, Fangjie Nie, Jianpeng Guo
  • Patent number: 11241129
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus comprises a hand vacuum cleaner, a surface cleaning head and a rigid air flow conduit extending between the surface cleaning head and the hand vacuum cleaner. The hand vacuum cleaner comprises a main body and a removably mounted air treatment member. The air treatment member has an air inlet and the outlet end of the rigid air flow conduit is removably connectable in air flow communication with the air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11229335
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus uses an inverted cyclone. An air flow path extends from a dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet. A suction motor is positioned in the air flow path. The inverted cyclone is downstream from the dirty air inlet in a first cyclonic cleaning stage. The cyclone defines a cyclone chamber having a lower air inlet, a lower air outlet and an upper dirt outlet. An openable dirt collection chamber is in communication with the upper dirt outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11224324
    Abstract: A hand vacuum cleaner wherein a pre-motor filter, the suction motor, the energy storage unit and the pistol grip handle are substantially located within a volume defined by a projection of the air treatment member sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Ernest Conrad, Daniel Innes, Andre D. Brown, Jason Thorne
  • Patent number: 11213177
    Abstract: In general, the present disclosure is directed to a hand-held surface cleaning device that includes a relatively compact form-factor to allow users to store the same in a nearby location (e.g., in a drawer, in an associated charging dock, on a table top) for easy access to perform relatively small cleaning tasks that would otherwise require retrieving a full-size vacuum from storage. A hand-held surface cleaning device consistent with aspects of the present disclosure includes a body (or body portion) with a motor, power source and dust cup disposed therein. The body portion also functions as a handgrip to allow the hand-held surface cleaning device to be operated by one hand, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Tonderys, Andre D. Brown, Daniel Innes, Bastin Antonisami, Jason B. Thorne, Kai Xu, Heliang Chen, Adam Udy
  • Patent number: 11185198
    Abstract: A blower includes a main body which includes a housing and a fan disposed in the housing. The housing further defines an air discharge opening. The blower further includes an extension tube connected to the air discharge opening, the extension tube extending between a first end connected to the air discharge opening and a second end. The blower further includes a variable nozzle, the variable nozzle including a plurality of adjustable air control surfaces. The blower further includes a nozzle adjustment tube connected to the second end of the extension tube and at least partially surrounding the variable nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: TECHTRONIC CORDLESS GP
    Inventors: Ronald J. Hoffman, Christopher A. Holman, Eric Nolin
  • Patent number: 11179015
    Abstract: A cleaner includes: a suction motor that generates suction force; a dust separation unit that separates dust from air sucked by the suction force; a motor housing that covers the suction motor; a flow guide that surrounds an outer side of the motor housing and guides air discharged from the dust separation unit to the suction motor; and a body that forms an external appearance by surrounding the flow guide and guides air discharged from the suction motor together with the flow guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bohyun Nam, Namhee Kim, Jinju Kim, Hyeonjeong An, Jungbae Hwang, Philjae Hwang, Mantae Hwang, Eunji Sung, Taekgi Lee
  • Patent number: 11147421
    Abstract: A handy-stick type vacuum cleaner is disclosed. The disclosed vacuum cleaner can comprise: a first part including a dust collection unit; a second part including a suction motor and a handle; a third part for connecting the first and second parts such that the first and second parts rotate with each other; and a mode setting unit disposed inside the second part so as to selectively lock and unlock the third part, thereby setting a rotating mode enabling the first and second parts to rotate with each other and a fixing mode disabling the rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-hyun Lee, Dong-hun Yoo, Tae-woon Lim
  • Patent number: 11122943
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus comprises a surface cleaning head, an upright section moveably mounted to the surface cleaning head, and a portable cleaning unit removably mounted to the upright section and comprising an energy storage member and a portable cleaning unit suction motor. The energy storage member provides the portable cleaning unit suction motor with power at least when the portable cleaning unit is switched on and when the portable cleaning unit is removed from the upright section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 11122947
    Abstract: There is described herein a broom-style cleaning appliance with built in vacuum assembly that can be activated via an elongate nozzle member located adjacent a bundle of cleaning bristles to eliminate the need for a dustpan. Once the vacuum module is activated the debris is collected in a collection chamber housed above or adjacent to the cleaning bristles or elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ENHANCE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, INC
    Inventors: Ty Joseph Caswell, Trevor Lambert, Thomas Grimm
  • Patent number: 11116375
    Abstract: A vacuum cleaner includes a suction nozzle for drawing dirty air into the vacuum cleaner and an exhaust for expelling cleaned air out of the vacuum cleaner; and an air flow passage extending from the suction nozzle to the exhaust through a dirt separator. The vacuum cleaner further includes a vacuum motor arranged to draw a flow of air through the vacuum cleaner from the suction nozzle to the exhaust, the vacuum motor comprising an electric motor and an impeller which rotates about a motor axis. The vacuum cleaner further includes an electronic visual display configured to display information relating to the vacuum cleaner. The vacuum motor is housed inside a motor bucket which is positioned in the flow passage, and the electronic visual display is mounted to the motor bucket and supported thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Kristian Richard Thomas King, Thomas Douglas Ridley, David Alan Millington, David Nicholas Boyce, Alan John Lea
  • Patent number: 11116368
    Abstract: A cleaner includes: a suction unit; a suction motor that generates suction force for sucking air through the suction unit and includes an impeller; a dust separation unit that includes one or more cyclone units generating cyclonic flow to separate dust from air flowing inside through the suction unit; a dust container that stores dust separated by the dust separation unit and is disposed under the suction motor; a battery disposed behind the dust container to supply power to the suction motor; and a handle disposed behind the suction motor, wherein a rotational axis of the impeller and an axis of the cyclonic flow vertically extend and an extension line from the rotational axis of the impeller passes through the one or more cyclone units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Bohyun Nam, Namhee Kim, Jinju Kim, Hyeonjeong An, Jungbae Hwang
  • Patent number: 11096538
    Abstract: A cleaner includes: a suction motor that generates a suction force; and an operation unit that is configured to input control instruction for the suction motor. The operation unit includes: a support frame; a first push part that is rotatably seated on the support frame and allows an instruction to turn on or off the suction motor to be input when being rotated in a first direction; and a second push part that allows the intensity of the suction force of the suction motor to be adjusted when being rotated in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Philjae Hwang, Mantae Hwang, Jungbae Hwang, Eunji Sung, Taekgi Lee
  • Patent number: 11072079
    Abstract: It is an objective of the present invention to provide users with a pick-up stick, that can pick up flat objects from the floor that are difficult to grab or reach. In order to accomplish that, the present invention comprises a battery operated, suction powered pick-up stick that is also retractable. According to the present invention, with the push of a button on the handle, the suction may be turned on and turned off. Further, the retractability and the low weight of the present invention enables a user to collapse and carry the pick-up stick in a small purse/pouch. Additionally, the present invention comprises one or more light at the tip of the pick-up stick for easy visibility. The present invention further comprises a tip that bends and flexes so that suction may be initiated from a desired direction and a grab is made efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: ORANGETHERAPY LLC
    Inventors: Roberta Barbara Friedman, Norman David Friedman, Lori Sue Mottlowitz
  • Patent number: 11006798
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus has a cyclone bin assembly having a cyclone chamber. The cyclone chamber with a physical filtration member defining the cyclone air outlet. The physical filtration member extends from the cyclone air inlet end of the cyclone chamber towards an openable bottom end of the cyclone chamber. The physical filtration member comprises a conical section which decreases in diameter towards the openable bottom end of the cyclone chamber, wherein a projection of the conical section meets at a location that is positioned between the physical filtration member and the openable opposed end. An openable bottom end of the cyclone bin assembly and the openable bottom end of the cyclone chamber are openable concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Omachron Intellectual Property Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Ernest Conrad
  • Patent number: 10986970
    Abstract: A flexible hose for use with surface cleaning devices is disclosed that includes a support structure that allows a user to collapse and lock the same into a storage configuration, and then easily unlock the same using a relatively minor amount of force, e.g., a user-applied pulling force or mechanical force. Thus, in a general sense, a hose consistent with the present disclosure may include two relatively stable/steady-state configurations, namely a storage configuration and an in-use configuration. Thus, the hose allows a user to collapse and lock the hose when not in use, and to transition the hose to an in-use configuration to target various types of surfaces to clean including, for instance, floors, walls and ceilings which may be many feet (e.g., up to 5 feet or more) from the surface cleaning apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Jason B. Thorne, Andre D. Brown, Daniel Innes, Lee M. Cottrell, Adam Udy, Daniel Tonderys, David Clare, Kai Xu
  • Patent number: 10966378
    Abstract: Debris removal apparatus, systems, and methods of using the same are described. An example debris removal apparatus includes a shaft, an energy source, a motor, a fan attached to the motor, and a switch. The shaft has a lengthwise axis, a first end, a second end, a first portion, a second portion, a third portion and defines an opening on the second end, a passageway in fluid communication with the opening, and a plurality of inlet openings on the third portion of the shaft in fluid communication with the passageway. The motor is operatively connected to the energy source and disposed between the plurality of inlet openings and the second end of the shaft. The motor has a lengthwise axis extending through a drive shaft. The lengthwise axis of the motor is parallel to the lengthwise axis of the shaft. The switch is operatively connected to the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Randy Leon Kuckuck, Kevin Lee Newcomer
  • Patent number: 10945575
    Abstract: An anti-static vacuum cleaner is provided, which comprises a machine body, wherein components on the machine body comprise a suction portion, a main body and a dust collector; the suction portion is communicated with the dust collector arranged on the main body, and a handle is arranged on the main body; the main body is arranged therein with a battery pack which supplies power to the anti-static vacuum cleaner through a power supply line; the components on the machine body at least form a static electricity generating portion, the static electricity generating portion is electrically connected with the handle through the power supply line, and the static electricity generating portion and the handle have no load between access points on the power supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: TINECO INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dehua Zhou, Zhenhua Zhang, Wenchao Zhu
  • Patent number: 10842335
    Abstract: A support device of the cleaner includes a charging stand body provided with a charging port for charging the cleaner and a plurality of fixing parts disposed to be spaced apart from each other on the charging stand body and each having a fixing groove in which a fixing protrusion provided on the cleaner is accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Philjae Hwang, Mantae Hwang, Jungbae Hwang
  • Patent number: 10843324
    Abstract: A housing assembly (26) for a working assembly (10) of an outdoor power device (20) may include a first, second, and third housing portion. The second and third housing portions may be operably coupled to the first housing portion to at least partially enclose a motor housing (60), which may comprise a body portion (62), a top endplate (64), and a bottom endplate (66) to house an electric motor for driving the working assembly (10). The first, second, and third housing portions may combine to define a first opening and a second opening (132, 134) such that two opposing sides of the body portion (62) are exposed in respective ones of the first and second openings (132, 134). In addition, or alternatively, a gap (130) may separate the housing assembly (26) from the entirety of the top endplate (64), the entirety of the body portion (62), and a substantial majority of the bottom endplate (66).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Oskar Bergquist, Johan Svennung
  • Patent number: 10820767
    Abstract: A handheld vacuum cleaner is provided with a hand-carriable body housing the components of a vacuum collection system, which can include a working air path through the body from an air inlet to an air outlet. An air deflector is positioned in opposition to the air inlet and directs a working airstream from the air inlet downwardly within a debris removal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BISSELL Inc.
    Inventors: Alan J. Krebs, Thomas K. Ankney