Means To Identify Cell Or Battery Type Patents (Class 320/106)
  • Patent number: 11027620
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining a property of a charging station, wherein the charging station is designed to provide electrical energy for charging a vehicle. The method determines vehicle data, wherein the vehicle data were created by a first vehicle with respect to a charging operation of the first vehicle at the charging station. In addition, the method determines a property of the charging station on the basis of the vehicle data. Furthermore, the method provides data that indicate the determined property of the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Alexandre Bouard, Roland Ember Mork, Nicolai Kraemer
  • Patent number: 11031828
    Abstract: Methods and terminals for receiving and transmitting data information are provided. The method for receiving data information includes: determining whether information of a wireless power receiving module of a mobile terminal, obtained within a power transmission range by a wireless power transmitting module, satisfies a preset condition; and in response to the information of the wireless power receiving module satisfying the preset condition, performing a preset function of the mobile terminal. The preset function includes receiving and outputting a prompt message that is originally supposed to be outputted on the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chong Zhu, Fenglong He
  • Patent number: 11025079
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device with an electric load and a replaceable electric energy store. The energy store has at least one first storage unit with a first initial energy quantity and at least one second storage unit with a second initial energy quantity, wherein an electronic circuit is designed to actuate the first storage unit or the second storage unit according to an algorithm. By actuating the first storage unit or the second source unit, the energy supply of the device is ensured by the respective storage unit, and by actuating the first storage unit or the second storage unit, it is ensured that when a remaining energy quantity or an applied energy quantity of one storage unit is low, the respective other storage unit has a remaining energy quantity of at least 10% of a total energy quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Antoine Simon, Markus Rüfenacht, Ronald Wicki
  • Patent number: 11007885
    Abstract: The present application relates to a charger for electric vehicles, comprising at least two power exchange ports for vehicles, each port comprising a data communication connection for at least receiving a power request from a vehicle, and a power exchange connection for delivering power to a vehicle; at least one grid connection for receiving electric power; a data communication bus, for communicating the power request from the vehicles to a plurality of autonomously controllable power converters, each for converting power from the grid connection to a suitable level for charging a vehicle; and each of the power converters comprises a data communication device, connected to the data bus, and configured for receiving power requests from vehicles; and configured for indicating its available power via the data bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Gerardus Johannes Karel Marijke Koolen, Jean-Pierre Albers-Van-Der-Linden, Lars Peter Bech
  • Patent number: 11001165
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present disclosure provide a battery pack heating apparatus and a method of battery pack heating control. According to an embodiment of the present disclosure, a battery pack heating apparatus is provided. The battery pack heating apparatus is applicable portably and externally to a vehicle and includes: an electrical energy conversion component, including an energy storage device, a first set of switches and a second set of switches; a heating interface connected to the energy storage device via the first set of switches to form a first heating loop and connected to the energy storage device via the second set of switches to form a second heating loop, the heating interface being configured to be connected to a battery pack of one vehicle; and a heating control module configured to control a direction of electrical energy transfer between the battery pack and the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
    Inventors: Yizhen Hou, Zhimin Dan, Wei Zhang, Xiyang Zuo, Xingyuan Wu, Taosheng Zhu
  • Patent number: 11004597
    Abstract: A detection apparatus includes: a measurement coil disposed in a vicinity of a power reception coil configured to receive power supplied through a magnetic field; a measurement section configured to measure a voltage of the measurement coil as a measurement coil voltage; and a foreign object detection section configured to obtain an electrical characteristic value of at least one of the power reception coil and the measurement coil on the basis of the measurement coil voltage, and to detect a foreign object in the magnetic field if the electrical characteristic value is lower than a predetermined lower limit threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Uichiro Omae, Tamotsu Kiyakawauchi
  • Patent number: 11005297
    Abstract: A power receiving apparatus for wirelessly receiving a power from a power transmission apparatus that uses a power supplied from a power supply apparatus is provided. The power receiving apparatus obtains, from the power transmission apparatus, a result of first device authentication between the power supply apparatus and the power transmission apparatus, performs second device authentication for the power transmission apparatus, and performs a negotiation concerning a transmission power with the power transmission apparatus based on the result of the first device authentication and a result of the second device authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takahiro Shichino
  • Patent number: 10992146
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling charge current in a battery pack containing cells of disparate types are disclosed. The methods include receiving a charge current for charging a battery pack that includes one or more battery cells of a first cell type, and one or more battery cells of a second cell type. Each battery cell of the first cell type has a first impedance and a first charge current limit. Each battery cell of the second cell type has a second impedance greater than the first impedance and a second charge current limit greater than the first charge current limit. The methods include reducing, by a respective current control circuit associated with each battery cell of the first cell type, the amount of the received charge current through the battery cell of the first cell type to an amount less than the first charge current limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Flowers, Ryan Baker, Robert L. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10985585
    Abstract: A charger management method to be implemented by a server includes steps of: with respect to each charger, in response to receipt from the charger in a non-charging state of a notification including a charger identifier (ID) of the charger, updating the state flag of one of charger information sets stored in the server and including the charger ID to a second value; and in response to receipt of a query including a target location from a user end electronic device, selecting, based on the charger information sets and the target location, at least one candidate charging station information set from multiple charging station information sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Ping-Jui Hsieh, Chia-Cheng Tu, Te-Chuan Liu, Jen-Chiun Lin, Yuh-Rey Chen, Po-Yu Chuang
  • Patent number: 10985597
    Abstract: The invention is in the field of emergency lighting devices and power supply of emergency lighting devices. A LED converter for an emergency lighting unit comprises a LED driver for supplying a current to a LED lighting device, an energy storage interface for connecting an energy storage device, a charging circuit for charging the energy storage, and a control circuit. The energy storage interface is configured to connect at least two different types of energy storage devices. The charging circuit sets at least one energy storage management parameter according to the type of energy storage device connected by the energy storage interface. The control circuit determines the type of energy storage device connected by the energy storage interface and controls the charging circuit to set the energy storage management parameter according to the determined type of energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG
    Inventor: Ian Wilson
  • Patent number: 10951043
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to user interfaces for charging electronic devices. At a first device with a display, detect that at least one of the first device or a second device has entered a wireless charging state. In response to detecting that at least one of the first device or the second device has entered a wireless charging state, and in accordance with a determination that the first device and the second device are being wirelessly charged by the same wireless charging device, display, on the display, an indication of charge status for the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Arian Behzadi, Joseph Y. Chan, Lynne Devine, Christopher Patrick Foss, Pedro Mari, Per Haakan Linus Persson, Hugo Verweij, Corey Keiko Wang
  • Patent number: 10948973
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a power system with a battery. The power system receives power such as wireless power or wired power and uses a portion of the received power to charge the battery as needed. Control circuitry in the portable electronic device is used to run background processes such as image processing tasks, data synchronization tasks, indexing, and other background processes. In some circumstances, such as when the battery is below a certain state of charge threshold, background processes may be stopped so that the battery is charged as fast as possible. Once above this initial state of charge threshold, background processes may be performed during charging as long as the temperature and state of charge of the battery do not exceed safety temperature and safety state of charge values. Performing background processes in these conditions ensures requisite background processing tasks are completed while preserving battery health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cyril de la Cropte de Chanterac, Kartik R. Venkatraman, Alessandro Pelosi, Shardul S. Mangade
  • Patent number: 10944446
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic device and a method of short range wireless communication in an electronic device. The method of operating the electronic device may include: when a cover is connected to the electronic device through a short range wireless communication connection, determining generation of an event related to the cover. The method further comprises, when the event is generated, supplying power to the cover through wireless communication, when the cover is driven by the supplied power, transmitting event information to the cover through the short range wireless communication connection to display the information related to the generated event on the cover, and, when an operation of the cover according to the event is completed, switching to a standby mode after releasing the short range wireless communication connection with the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-Su Hong
  • Patent number: 10938225
    Abstract: A charge termination system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a switch configured to transition from a first position to a second position and a charging circuit extending to an external power source. The switch in the first position permits the charging circuit to charge an electrified vehicle. The switch in the second position prevents the charging circuit from charging the electrified vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Aed M. Dudar
  • Patent number: 10924664
    Abstract: Enhanced battery edge detection devices, systems, and techniques are described herein. During an inspection process, an inspection system controls one or more non-visible light sources to illuminate a battery installed in an electronic device. The illumination activates a reflective pigment applied to at least a portion of an edge of the battery. The inspection system controls one or more cameras to capture at least one image of the illuminated battery installed in the electronic device. The at least one image is processed to detect the edge of the battery and to measure a gap size between the edge of the battery and a region of the electronic device proximate the edge of the battery. The electronic device and battery are flagged for further inspection if the measured gap size is below a threshold indicative of a zero gap event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Yoder, Minsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10923938
    Abstract: A charging device for charging an electric energy storage device includes a power supply circuit connected to a power supply, an alternating current conversion circuit configured to convert a current from the power supply connected to the power supply circuit to a first alternating current with a preset frequency value, a transformer configured to convert the first alternating current to a second alternating current, wherein a voltage value corresponding to the second alternating current being less than a voltage value corresponding to the first alternating current, and a direct current voltage conversion circuit configured to convert the second alternating current to a direct current with a waveform fluctuating in a preset range, so as to charge an electric energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Nanjing Chervon Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dezhong Yang, Yingdian Xiang, Hong Zhu, Zhijian Lu
  • Patent number: 10916961
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus comprises a power receiving unit configured to receive electric power transmitted from a power transmitting apparatus in a non-contact manner, and charge a battery that powers the electronic apparatus with the electric power; a temperature monitor configured to change output according to temperature; and a charge controller configured to instruct the power receiving unit to execute charge control of the battery based on the output of the temperature monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Okiharu Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10903775
    Abstract: It is an object of the invention to provide a power tool capable of performing a control process for avoiding an operation of a protection function for protecting a motor against an overload, unlike the conventional power tool. The control unit detects current I flowing in the motor and determines whether current I exceeds I1 or not (S2). When current I exceeds I1 (S2: Yes), the control unit starts a duty ratio adjustment mode. When current I exceeds Imax (S4: Yes), the control unit accords a protection priority over the adjustment of the duty ratio and stops supplying power to the motor (S5). If current I does not exceed Imax (S4: No), the duty ratio is decreased (S7). When current I becomes lower than I2 (S8: Yes), the control unit increases the duty ratio (S10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhito Hosokawa, Naoki Tadokoro
  • Patent number: 10889190
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for controlling an electric vehicle charging system. The apparatus charges each of a plurality of batteries up to a first preset voltage lower than a full charge voltage by voltage control, charges the plurality of batteries up to a predetermined percentage of a second preset voltage that is the full charge voltage by current control, and charges the plurality of batteries up to the second preset voltage by the voltage control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang-Soo Koh, Ho-Hyun Kang
  • Patent number: 10886792
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein provide a computing device to charge a rechargeable device. An example computing device can include a module with an enclosure to accommodate the rechargeable device. The computing device can include a transmitter within the module to wirelessly charge the rechargeable device via a receiver disposed within the rechargeable device. The computing device can include a display surface to replicate content illustrated on a screen of the rechargeable device, when the rechargeable device is to be disposed within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chi So, Shaheen Saroor, Gregory C. Franke, Ronald E. Deluga
  • Patent number: 10873067
    Abstract: A multi-cell battery pack includes adjacent thin-film battery cells electrically coupled to one another with a conductive battery cell connection tab. The conductive battery cell connection tab is folded at a deflection point separating a first aperture in a first portion from a second aperture in a second portion. The first aperture and the second aperture are aligned with one another along an axis while the first portion and the second portion are positioned to rest adjacent to opposite surfaces of a first thin-film battery cell. In this position, the first portion and the second portion electrically couple a first thin-film battery cell to a second thin-film battery cell in a same battery cell stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Yoder, Minsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 10855094
    Abstract: A method of displaying information on a display is provided. The method includes: receiving a request to display, on the display, information indicating whether each of a plurality of battery packs associated with the display, is mounted on a device of a plurality of devices associated with the display; in response to the request, displaying, on a monitor of the display, information indicating whether or not a battery pack of the plurality of battery packs associated with the display is mounted on each device of the plurality of devices associated with the display; receiving a selection of a battery pack from the plurality of battery packs displayed on the display; and in response to the selection of the battery pack, displaying information on the selected battery pack. Each of the plurality of battery packs is mountable on the plurality of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Toya, Kazuki Funase
  • Patent number: 10847988
    Abstract: A secondary battery charging apparatus includes: a charge control device configured to control charge current for charging a secondary battery; and a temperature information acquisition device configured to acquire an internal temperature of the secondary battery, the temperature information acquisition device collects charge current data and charge voltage data in time series and acquires the internal temperature of the secondary battery based on the collected charge current data and charge voltage data when the secondary battery is charging, and the charge control device is configured to charge the secondary battery and control the charge current to set the internal temperature of the secondary battery within a predetermined temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jusuke Shimura
  • Patent number: 10836271
    Abstract: A charging system comprising: a charging apparatus; and at least one guiding apparatus, comprising at least one light emitting device provided in at least one target apparatus. The charging apparatus moves to a charging location according a light emitting state of the light emitting device, to charge the target apparatus. The charging apparatus further receives battery power information from the target apparatus via wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: En-Feng Hsu, Ting-Yang Chang
  • Patent number: 10840566
    Abstract: A control module is arranged in alignment with a battery module in a longitudinal direction. The battery module includes battery cells that are aligned in the longitudinal direction and each have upper and lower end faces opposite to each other in a height direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. The control module includes a busbar configured to electrically connect the battery module to an electrical load, a switch configured to switch electrical connection of the busbar with the electrical load between a connected state and a disconnected state, and a controller that controls the switch. In the height direction, the busbar is located closer to the upper end faces of the battery cells than to the lower end faces; the controller is located closer to the lower end faces of the battery cells than to the upper end faces; and the switch is located between the busbar and the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Soki, Takashi Inamoto, Ryosuke Sakai, Takeshi Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 10833518
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a charge control method and device and an electronic device, applied in the electronic device, in which the electronic device includes a charging interface, a charging circuit and a battery coupled in series. The method includes: when a charging device is coupled with the charging interface, determining, by a charge control device, a charging mode supported by the charging device as the high voltage charging mode or the low voltage charging mode, in which a charging voltage of the high voltage charging mode is greater than a charging voltage of the low voltage charging mode, and controlling the charging circuit by the charge control device according to the charging mode supported by the charging device, such that the charging circuit charges the battery in the charging mode supported by the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Tian, Jialiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10826316
    Abstract: An electricity management method of wireless charging includes: detecting a charging request signal sent by a receiver device; selecting a transmitter device according to a location of the receiver device; detecting the location of the receiver device and a plurality of micro-electrometric wave charging environmental parameters thereof; collecting a strength distribution of a micro-electrometric wave signal frequency band in an area where the transmitter device is located, and transmitting area charging performance information based on the strength distribution of the micro-electrometric wave signal frequency band and area information of the area where the transmitter device is located; selecting one of the plurality of charging modes based on the charging request signal and the micro-electrometric wave charging environmental parameters; and based on the selected charging mode, controlling the transmitter device to turn on a charging function corresponding to the receiver device to charge the receiver device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GOLD CARBON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeou-Fu Lin, Wen-Nien Liu
  • Patent number: 10826307
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a power adapter, an electronic device and a charging apparatus. In the process of charging a battery in a conventional charge mode after the power adapter is powered on, the power adapter carries out quick charge inquiry communication with the electronic device when an output current value of the power adapter is within a conventional current range for a preset time interval; after the electronic device sends a quick charge command to the power adapter, the power adapter adjusts the output voltage according to the battery voltage information fed back by the electronic device; and when the output voltage meets a voltage requirement for quick charge preset by the electronic device, the power adapter adjusts the output current and the output voltage for charging the battery in a quick charge mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Jialiang Zhang, Kewei Wu, Jun Zhang, Fuchun Liao, Yuanxiang Hu
  • Patent number: 10819127
    Abstract: A charging circuit in a terminal, or a charging system, is respectively coupled to a charger, a terminal load, and a battery. The charging circuit includes a first adjustment circuit, a current detection circuit, a voltage detection circuit, and a control circuit. A first end of the first adjustment circuit is coupled to the charger, a second end of the first adjustment circuit is further coupled to the terminal load, a third end of the first adjustment circuit is coupled to the control circuit, and a second end of the current detection circuit is coupled to a positive electrode of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xinyu Liu, Yanding Liu, Ce Liu, Pinghua Wang, Jinbo Ma
  • Patent number: 10819161
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a detecting device including a coil electromagnetically coupled to the external, a resonant circuit that includes at least the coil, and a detecting section that superimposes a measurement signal for measuring the Q-factor of the resonant circuit on a power transmission signal transmitted to the coil in a contactless manner and removes the power transmission signal from an alternating-current signal obtained by superimposing the measurement signal on the power transmission signal. The detecting section measures the Q-factor by using the alternating-current signal from which the power transmission signal is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Keigo Bunsen, Hiroaki Nakano, Tomomichi Murakami, Shinichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10807485
    Abstract: The present application relates to a charger for electric vehicles, comprising at least two power exchange ports for vehicles, each port comprising a data communication connection for at least receiving a power request from a vehicle, and a power exchange connection for delivering power to a vehicle; at least one grid connection for receiving electric power; a data communication bus, for communicating the power request from the vehicles to a plurality of autonomously controllable power converters, each for converting power from the grid connection to a suitable level for charging a vehicle; and each of the power converters comprises a data communication device, connected to the data bus, and configured for receiving power requests from vehicles; and configured for indicating its available power via the data bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Gerardus Johannes Karel Marijke Koolen, Jean-Pierre Albers-Van-Der-Linden, Lars Peter Bech
  • Patent number: 10804718
    Abstract: Cordless indicia readers may use a rechargeable energy storage unit (RESU) for power. The RESU may include either at least one lithium-ion battery or at least one super capacitor. Problems may arise when an RESU containing a lithium-ion battery is charged using a super-capacitor charging-scheme. The present invention embraces a system and method for charging a barcode scanner that includes determining the RESU type and then charging the RESU with a charging process that is appropriate for the RESU type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Allen, Stephen J. Colavito, Thomas Haggerty
  • Patent number: 10797361
    Abstract: According to an example, a battery is charged using a charge voltage based on a present state of charge of the battery and a present ambient temperature of the battery. Additionally, the charge voltage may be based on the present state of charge of the battery, the present ambient temperature of the battery, and an age of the battery. The charge voltage may be retrieved from a lookup table that includes a plurality of reference charge voltage values at which to charge the battery for different ambient temperatures, different states of charge, or different ages of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Hai Ngoc Nguyen, Chiung-Chao Hsieh, Abhishek Banerjee
  • Patent number: 10787350
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lifting column, lifting system and method for lifting a vehicle. The lifting column according to the invention includes a frame with a carrier configured for carrying the vehicle; a drive for driving the carrier in at least one of the ascent or descent of the carrier; and a modular power system configured for providing power to the drive and adapted to comprise a variable number of energy storage systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Stertil B.V.
    Inventor: Jurjen Jan De Jong
  • Patent number: 10790083
    Abstract: A wireless charger has an electromagnetic shielding function to efficiently shield electromagnetic waves generated in a transmitting coil of the wireless charger. The wireless charger includes a transmitting coil generating a magnetic field by a high frequency signal. The wireless charger further includes at least two electromagnetic wave shielding filters located on the transmitting coil and shielding electromagnetic waves generated in the transmitting coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jang Soon Han, Seong Jun Mun, Cheol-Seung Choi, Jung-Gun Byun, Deog-Soo Kang
  • Patent number: 10790627
    Abstract: A connection apparatus for electrically connecting a stored energy source to an electrical device having an electric drive motor, wherein the connection apparatus is part of the stored energy source or of the electrical device and can be connected to a connection apparatus of the electrical device or of the stored energy source, wherein the connection apparatuses have plug contours and counter plug contours, by means of which the stored energy source is interlockingly fastened to the electrical device in a fastening position, in which at least two electrical connections between the electrical device and the stored energy source having different potential, are each established by means of a pair of base contact elements and base counter contact elements of the connection apparatuses, said contact elements being in contact with each other, for the supply of electrical energy to the electrical device by the stored energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: FESTOOL GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Maier, Markus Schmid
  • Patent number: 10782773
    Abstract: An electronic device may have a power system with a battery. The power system receives power such as wireless power or wired power and uses a portion of the received power to charge the battery as needed. Control circuitry in the portable electronic device is used to run background processes such as image processing tasks, data synchronization tasks, indexing, and other background processes. In some circumstances, such as when the battery is below a certain state of charge threshold, background processes may be stopped so that the battery is charged as fast as possible. Once above this initial state of charge threshold, background processes may be performed during charging as long as the temperature and state of charge of the battery do not exceed safety temperature and safety state of charge values. Performing background processes in these conditions ensures requisite background processing tasks are completed while preserving battery health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cyril de la Cropte de Chanterac, Kartik R. Venkatraman, Alessandro Pelosi, Shardul S. Mangade
  • Patent number: 10784692
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for checking a charging parameter. The method includes: after a communication channel between a terminal and a charger is successfully established, reading, by the terminal, charging capability information of the charger in a preset manner; comparing a maximum capability value of the charger for each preset charging parameter with a target value that is corresponding to a corresponding preset charging parameter and that is stored in the terminal, and determining a minimum value as a first configuration value for the corresponding preset charging parameter; writing, into the charger, the first configuration value that is obtained by means of comparison and that is for each preset charging parameter; reading a second configuration value of the charger for each preset charging parameter; and sending, by the terminal, a charging acknowledgment instruction to the charger after determining that all preset charging parameters are successfully configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fenwei Zhang, Yajun Pan, Chunjiang Zhao
  • Patent number: 10779822
    Abstract: A surgical cutting and fastening instrument comprises an end effector that has a shaft coupled thereto that is coupled to a robotic system. A tool mounting portion includes an electric, DC motor connected to a drive train in the shaft for powering the drive train. A power pack that comprises at least one charge-accumulating device connected to the DC motor for powering the DC motor is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: David C. Yates, Frederick E. Shelton, IV, James R. Giordano
  • Patent number: 10771695
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes an approach detection unit detecting approach of an object to an approach section, an operation detection unit detecting an operation on an operation unit, and a controller performing display in a display unit in a finder viewable through a finder section when the approach is detected in a case where a predetermined. state in which the operation unit is not operated is continued for less than first and second period of times, entering a first state in which the approach is detected but display in the display unit is not performed, when a nonoperation state of the operation unit is continued for the first period of time, and entering a second state in which power consumption is smaller than that in the first state, when the predetermined state in which the nonoperation state of the operation unit is continued for the second period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasufumi Oyama
  • Patent number: 10749360
    Abstract: A power tool system includes a hand-held power tool having a power tool housing accommodating a motor, and a battery pack interface electrically connected to the motor within the power tool housing. A battery pack includes a battery pack housing accommodating at least one battery cell and a power tool interface electrically connected to the at least one battery cell within the battery pack housing. The power tool interface is configured to be physically and electrically connected to and disconnected from the battery pack interface of the power tool. A communicator is attached to or accommodated within the battery pack housing. The communicator is configured to wirelessly communicate with an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyasu Furui, Hitoshi Suzuki, Masaaki Fukumoto, Takuya Umemura, Kosuke Ito, Hitoshi Sengiku, Shuji Yoshikawa, Tatsuya Nagahama
  • Patent number: 10732228
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a condition of a battery includes a mode identifying unit configured to identify a usage mode of the battery during a period of time and its corresponding attenuation curve, according to recorded data on battery usage, stored usage modes of the battery and attenuation curves corresponding to the various usage modes, the attenuation curve representing a change of a fully charged capacity of the battery with battery usage; and a condition estimating unit configured to calculate battery degradation according to the recorded data, the identified usage mode and its corresponding attenuation curve, the degradation representing a quantity of the fully charged capacity of the battery that is reduced over the battery usage. The condition of the battery is estimated so as to rationally judge the residual value of the battery in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Utopus Insights, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Dong, Carlton Gammons, Jin Yan Shao, Qi Ming Tian, Ming Xie, Wen Jun Yin, Hong Guang Yu, Li Li Zhao
  • Patent number: 10730398
    Abstract: A battery control apparatus includes a processor configured to define each of output values of converters respectively corresponding to a plurality of batteries based on state information of each of the plurality of batteries, and a signal generator configured to generate control signals to control the converters to supply power corresponding to the output values to a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YoungJae Kim, Taejung Yeo, Jinyong Jeon
  • Patent number: 10723231
    Abstract: Systems and methods for charging an electric bus having a charging interface on its roof may include determining that an approaching bus is supposed to be charged at the charging station, lowering the charging head of the charging station to land on the roof of the bus, and moving the bus with the charge head on its roof to engage the charging head with the charging interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Proterra Inc.
    Inventors: Reuben Sarkar, Michael Alan Finnern, Michael Walker
  • Patent number: 10714950
    Abstract: A quick-charging control method and system are suitable for mobile terminals. The method includes: a first controller obtaining a voltage value of a cell, and sending the voltage value to a second controller; the second controller searching a threshold segment table to find a current regulation instruction matched with a threshold segment containing the voltage value of the cell, and sending the current regulation instruction to a regulation circuit; the regulation circuit performing a current regulation according the current regulation instruction, and outputting a power signal; the second controller sending a second switch-off instruction to the first controller and a second switch circuit respectively if second abnormal charging information is detected; and the second switch circuit, controlling the charging adapter to stop sending the power signal after the current regulation if the second switch circuit receives the second switch-off instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Jialiang Zhang, Kewei Wu, Jun Zhang, Liangcai Peng, Fuchun Liao
  • Patent number: 10707689
    Abstract: A battery charger can include a charger controller configured to determine a total charge time that characterizes a time needed to charge a battery, the total charge time being based on a received state of charge (SOC) of the battery that characterizes a present SOC of the battery. The charger controller can also be configured to determine a charging start time for the battery based on a predetermined full charge time and the total charge time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Yevgen Barsukov
  • Patent number: 10686322
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes an input/output port, a rechargeable battery, a charging device, and an audio receiving and playing device. The rechargeable battery is charged to provide a battery voltage in response to switching between a first charging power source and a second charging power source. The charging device converts the DC input power source into the first charging power source or the second charging power source to charge the rechargeable battery according to the detection signal associated with the battery voltage. A charging speed of the first charging power source for charging the rechargeable battery is greater than a charging speed of the second charging power source for charging the rechargeable battery. The audio receiving and playing device performs at least one of a playing operation and a receiving operation of an audio signal by operating under the battery voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Merry Electronics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Yuan Li
  • Patent number: 10678302
    Abstract: The secured storage receives an electronic device including but not limited to a tablet, smart phone, mobile computing device, or other computing device. The secured storage provides a charging system that charges the device. The system selectively charges the devices based upon identified rules. The lock of the secured storage secures the electronic device within the storage. The system maintains a log of the users who access the electronic devices. The system then control access by granting access to users and restricting access to users based upon usage history, behavior, or other criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Tech Friends, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobby L. Shipman, Jr., Bryan Taylor, Jason Cochran, Joshua L. Parrish, Mark Haney, Bobby Shipman, III
  • Patent number: 10681542
    Abstract: A network of collection, charging and distribution machines collect, charge and distribute portable electrical energy storage devices (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors or ultracapacitors). To charge, the machines employ electrical current from an external source, such as the electrical grid or an electrical service of an installation location. Users may also use portable charging devices that authenticate portable electrical energy storage devices or are authenticated by portable electrical energy storage devices before the charging is allowed or enabled. This authentication may be via wired or wireless communication channels between the portable charging device and portable electrical energy storage device, such as via near field communication (NFC) channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Hok-Sum Horace Luke, Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 10668951
    Abstract: A vehicle lower section structure includes: a suspension member, formed in a frame shape, including left and right side-rails extending in a vehicle front-rear direction, and front and rear cross members coupling the left and right side-rails together in a vehicle width direction; a contactless charger fastened to both a left side and a right side of a front portion and a rear portion of the suspension member, and being supported by the suspension member; and an electrical component disposed above the contactless charger and is electrically connected to the contactless charger, the electrical component is fastened to both the left side and the right side of the front portion and the rear portion of the suspension member and is supported by the suspension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ayukawa