For Diverse Sizes Of Cells, Batteries, Or Battery Packs Patents (Class 320/110)
  • Patent number: 10965052
    Abstract: A connector holding mechanism includes a biasing member provided in a through hole formed in a bottom plate of a storage body, a cover having a connector insertion hole and an inclined surface which is fixed to the through hole, a connector, in which a terminal is loosely inserted into the connector insertion hole, and a flange portion protruding from an outer periphery of the housing biased by the biasing member. When the connector is waiting to be fitted to a stored object, the connector is held in a posture where the terminal is inclined due to abutment between the inclined surface and the flange with respect to a virtual line perpendicular to the bottom surface, and when the connector is fitted to the stored object, the connector is held in a posture where the terminal is vertical along the virtual line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaki Shikanai, Yoshinari Matsuyama, Takeshi Kikuchi, Yuzuka Isobe, Takeru Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 10897033
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a battery pack configured to have a structure including at least one module assembly configured to have a structure in which battery modules, each of which has a structure in which a plurality of unit cells is stacked in a state in which unit cells are electrically connected to each other, are arranged such that the battery modules are adjacent to each other, a pair of side plates coupled to each other for covering opposite sides of the module assembly, a base plate having fastening parts, which are coupled to the side plates, formed at one surface thereof and an external mounting part, which is mounted to an external structure, formed at the other surface thereof, and a sheathing cover coupled to the base plate while covering the module assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Bum Hyun Lee, Jungil Park
  • Patent number: 10897108
    Abstract: The device for use in an explosive atmosphere zone has a device housing and at least one energy supply part that is provided with at least one battery or at least one rechargeable battery as well as energy-associated supply contacts. The energy-associated supply contacts interact with device-associated supply contacts when the energy supply part is connected to the device. The energy-associated and device-associated supply contacts have connected upstream thereof switches that, prior to separation of the energy supply part from the device, can be controlled by a circuit such that the switches deenergize the energy-associated and the device-associated supply contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: BARTEC GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Emmert, Sebastian Kuhn, Ralph Lanig
  • Patent number: 10879730
    Abstract: Provided is a platform with backup power and burst load power needs met using a supercapacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Kuriappan Alappat
  • Patent number: 10879726
    Abstract: The present invention discloses devices and methods for adaptive fast-charging of mobile devices. Methods include the steps of: firstly determining whether a first connected component is charged; upon firstly determining the first connected component isn't charged, secondly determining whether the first connected component is adapted for rapid charging; and upon secondly determining the first connected component is adapted for rapid charging, firstly charging the first connected component at a high charging rate via a charging device. Preferably, the charging device is selected from the group consisting of: a rapid charger and a slave battery. Preferably, the first connected component is selected from the group consisting of: a mobile device and a slave battery. Preferably, the high charging rate is selected from the group consisting of: greater than about 4 C, greater than about 5 C, greater than about 10 C, greater than about 20 C, greater than about 30 C, and greater than about 60 C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: STOREDOT LTD.
    Inventors: Daniel Aronov, Leonid Krasovitsky, Maxim Liberman, Vadim Sabayev, Leonid Spindler, Alan Weisleder
  • Patent number: 10873201
    Abstract: A battery management, including a voltage measuring unit electrically connected to multiple lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells in an LFP battery, the LFP cells being connected in series, to individually measure voltage of each LFP cell and output a voltage value indicative of the measured voltage, and a control unit configured to output a first signal requesting the start of a charging process of the LFP, and when at least one of the voltage values of the multiple LFP cells outputted from the voltage measuring unit reaches a threshold voltage value while the charging process is performed by the first signal, output a second signal requesting the stop of the charging process and output a third signal requesting the start of a discharging process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Sun-Young Cha, Won-Tae Joe
  • Patent number: 10862175
    Abstract: A battery fuel gauge circuit is coupled to a rechargeable battery. A first A/D converter samples a voltage VBAT of the battery. A logic circuit receives the output of the first A/D converter. The logic circuit acquires the output of the first A/D converter when an electronic device mounting the battery fuel gauge circuit is turned on for the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Shimada
  • Patent number: 10839451
    Abstract: Electric vehicles that use replaceable and exchangeable batteries and systems are provided. A system includes a battery carrier for holding a plurality of batteries. The battery carrier is connectable to a power source and the plurality of batteries are rechargeable and replaceable into and out of the battery carrier. The battery carrier includes slots for receiving the plurality of batteries and control systems for communicating over a network. The control systems are configured for identifying presence of batteries in the slots of the battery carrier and charge level of batteries present in the slots. The system further includes a server that communicates over the network with the control systems of the battery carrier. The server is part of a cloud system that manages access to user accounts. The user accounts are accessible via applications executed on user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10814743
    Abstract: An energy management system for a vehicle has a battery system including a first battery pack with a first set of battery cells and a second battery pack with a second set of battery cells. The first battery pack has a relatively high power density in comparison to the second battery pack, and the second battery pack has a relatively high energy density in comparison to the first battery pack. An electronic controller is operatively connected to the battery system and is configured to control charging and discharging of the first battery pack and the second battery pack. The first battery pack and the second battery pack are configured to be separately charged and discharged. The electronic controller prioritizes charging and discharging of the first battery pack over the second battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wei Li, Mark W. Verbrugge
  • Patent number: 10797502
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a charging method and an electronic device, in the field of electronic technology. The charging method is applied in electronic devices. The electronic device includes a charging circuit including a first charging path, a second charging path, and a parallel charging path operating, the method comprising: disconnecting the first charging path, when the charging circuit is in the first charging mode and the electronic device is detected to be connected to the second charging mode; obtaining a charging protocol used in the second charging mode; and determining whether to adopt the first charging path, the second charging path, or the parallel charging path to charge the electronic device according to the charging protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jie Fan, Chang Yu Sun, Ning Chao Li
  • Patent number: 10756623
    Abstract: A power converter and method are presented. The converter provides a ground terminal, an input terminal and an output terminal. The power converter includes first, second and third flying capacitor coupled to a network of switches and a driver. The network of switches has a first switch coupled to the input terminal; a second switch to couple the first flying capacitor to the third flying capacitor; and a third switch to couple the second flying capacitor to the third flying capacitor; The driver is adapted to drive the network of switches with a sequence of states during a drive period. The sequence of states includes a first state and a second state. In the first state the ground terminal is coupled to the output terminal via a first path with the first flying capacitor and the third flying capacitor, and via a second path with the second flying capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Holger Petersen
  • Patent number: 10732732
    Abstract: Mobile client device wireless charging, communication, and authentication techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a method performed by a mobile client device includes establishing wireless communication with a substrate having an integrated electromagnetic inductive coil in accordance with the mobile client device being at a distance proximal to the substrate to achieve an inductive connection. After establishing the wireless communication, the method includes receiving wireless inductive power from the substrate, establishing communication with a device via the wireless communication with the substrate, and after establishing communication with the device, operating, via the wireless communication, as a user input device for the device by outputting a user interface on a display device of the mobile client device, the user interface being operable to receive user input for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Shuen-yung Chan, Jack Li
  • Patent number: 10673254
    Abstract: A simple battery and battery charger. In one embodiment, the battery charger includes an output terminal that provides a charging voltage Vout and charging current Iout. The battery is contained in a battery pack having an input terminal, which can be connected to the output terminal in order to receive Vout and Iout. The battery charger may include a first circuit for controlling the magnitude of Vout. The battery pack may include a second circuit that generates a control signal when the output terminal is connected to the input terminal. The first circuit is configured to control the magnitude of Vout based on the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics America Inc.
    Inventors: Kota Kano, Tetsuo Sato, Shigeru Maeta
  • Patent number: 10615471
    Abstract: A 3-D “phase change heat exchange” structure and method are used in a rechargeable battery to dissipate heat from surfaces of the battery cells and lower the temperature inside the battery cells. The battery cells are placed inside an enclosure and spaced apart from each other with free spaces in between. A liquid to vapor phase change material (L-V PCM) is provided inside the enclosure. A hydrophilic thin film or wick or fiber structure is provided on the cell surfaces to help form a thin liquid layer of the L-V PCM over cell surfaces. During operation, the L-C PCM is evaporated at the cell surfaces and condenses back to a liquid either on the battery enclosure or in an external heat exchanger, and drips back on top of the cells. The designs extend the battery life and improve the battery performance significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Xiaodong Xiang
  • Patent number: 10491024
    Abstract: Systems and methods relate to a charger and a rechargeable device. The rechargeable device includes a power manager and a power storage device. The power manager may include one or more diodes and a controller configured to detect a charging current, provide a managed power output, and modulate the charging current to communicate through the current. The charger may include controller configured to store a device identifier in memory associated with a last charge state, determine whether a retrieved device identifier matches, and provide an indication of a current charge state in response to a match. The controller of the charger may be configured to send an electrical pulse to the rechargeable device and determine a polarity for charging the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Olson, Sidney A. Higgins, David Tourtelotte
  • Patent number: 10461545
    Abstract: In a battery system that connects a plurality of types of batteries through a switch SW, when the switch SW is switched at a voltage (charge rate), it has been possible to increase a stored charge during charging, depending on the DC resistance of the battery. An object of the present invention is to provide switch SW switching control so that the stored charge can further be increased. A first feature of the present invention is to provide a battery system in which a first battery and a second battery are connected in parallel through the switch SW, including an estimator which estimates the charging current by measuring the resistance and OCV of each battery. The battery system can further increase the stored charge by switching to a switch SW combination that can increase the stored charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Inoue, Keizo Yamada, Tetsuya Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10448137
    Abstract: The technology described in this document can be embodied in a method of using a silver-zinc rechargeable battery to power a device. The method includes drawing, in a first mode of operation of a power management circuit, a first current from the battery to power the device. The first current is selected such that a target percentage of a capacity of the battery is discharged in a predetermined time of use of the device. The method also includes switching to a second mode of operation after the target percentage of the capacity of the battery is discharged. In the second mode of operation, a second current is drawn from the battery, wherein the second current is less than the first current. The method further includes powering the device using the second current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Lifun Lin, Daniel Lee, Stephen P. Darbin, David E. Thomas, Victor A. Noel
  • Patent number: 10439408
    Abstract: The modular cell phone storage locker may comprise a cabinet with one or more doors. The interior space of the cabin may comprise one or more internal compartments defined by the exterior walls of the cabinet and internal dividers. A charging port and a disinfecting device may be located within each compartment. The doors may be prevented from opening by a lock, which is responsive to a timer. Locked periods and unlocked periods may be defined through a keypad on an operator panel. While locked, cell phones left in a compartment may be recharged and disinfected. A software application on the phone may prevent usage of the phone and modify phone operation during locked periods. One or more time displays visible on the exterior of the cabinet may display information pertinent to the operation of the timer. A fingerprint reader may allow administrator access to the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Tarkan Bastiyali
  • Patent number: 10425128
    Abstract: A system for transmitting data between components of an industrial vehicle that are powered by electricity received through a power line is provided. The system includes a first electrical choke with a conductor arranged to pass through the first electrical choke and to connect a first component to the power line, and a first communication circuit for at least one of sending and receiving signals and having a transmission wire for carrying the signals. When the first communication circuit transmits a communication signal, the communication signal passes along the transmission wire through the first electrical choke in a first direction, and subsequently the communication signal passes along the conductor through the first electrical choke in a second direction opposite to the first direction thereby cancelling attenuation of the communication signal by the first electrical choke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventors: John B. Kirk, Ryan A Magill, Timothy E Donahue, Richard M Day
  • Patent number: 10396585
    Abstract: Disclosed is an inductive charging system for a portable electronic device, the system incorporating at least one induction coil and having a receiving face for the application of the device including a receiving coil positioned on the receiving face in electromagnetic contact with the induction coil. The receiving face includes multiple series of tabs defining at least discontinuously a perimeter corresponding to the device, the tabs of each series projecting from the receiving face in a first position being movable from the first position to a second position in which each tab is retracted into the receiving face under an application of a force corresponding to that exerted on this tab by the device when applied against the receiving face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE G,BH
    Inventors: Youri Vassilieff, Noman Rangwala
  • Patent number: 10377257
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted charging device (12) includes a vehicle-mounted battery (18), a vehicle-mounted electronic control unit (30) and a modem startup control unit. The vehicle-mounted battery is charged with power supplied from external charging equipment via a charging cable (16). The vehicle-mounted electronic control unit is configured to perform charging communication, relating to charging of the vehicle-mounted battery, with the external charging equipment using an in-band modem (32). The modem startup control unit starts up the in-band modem when the vehicle-mounted electronic control unit performs the charging communication, and that stops a startup of the in-band modem when the vehicle-mounted electronic control unit does not perform the charging communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD., AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroya Ando, Ryuichi Kamaga, Nobuyuki Nakagawa, Yuta Ochiai, Yukihiro Miyashita, Takeshi Hagihara, Yoshikazu Isoyama
  • Patent number: 10381616
    Abstract: A multiplexed battery set includes a plurality of battery units connected in series in such a manner that the battery units are bendable at connection positions, each of which is between each adjacent two of the battery units. Each battery unit includes a plurality of contacts. The battery set further includes a plurality of electrical wires respectively electrically connected between the contacts of each adjacent two battery units to electrically connect the battery units in series. The electrical wires has a length capable for keeping battery units in an electrically connected status when each adjacent two battery units are bent by an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: J. D. Components Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Tse Hsia, Chia-Chuan Lin
  • Patent number: 10363614
    Abstract: A laser level including a housing. At least one laser generator supported by the housing and configured to emit at least one laser beam. A battery receiving portion configured to selectively receive a first battery pack and a second battery pack, the first and second battery packs providing power for the laser generator when received in the battery receiving portion. The first battery pack is configured to be coupleable to at least one of a drill, a saw and a sander. The second battery pack is configured to be blocked from coupling from the at least one of the drill, the saw and the sander to which the first battery pack is coupleable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Noreen M. O'Sullivan, Spencer P. Maheu, Jiang Jia Yong, James Spaulding
  • Patent number: 10353492
    Abstract: Mobile client device wireless charging, communication, and authentication techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a cursor control device includes an external housing configured to be grasped by a hand of a user and an input device module disposed within the housing configured to control movement of a cursor of a computing device that is communicatively coupled to the input device module. The cursor control device also includes one or more buttons accessible via the external housing that are configured to support user interaction to provide inputs to the computing device, a battery disposed within the external housing, and a power port disposed on the external housing and configured to charge an external device using power obtained from the battery disposed within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Adrian Shuen-yung Chan, Jack Li
  • Patent number: 10305310
    Abstract: A method includes detecting a present temperature value of a battery cell of a battery, determining whether the present temperature value is higher than a lowest threshold temperature value and lower than a highest threshold temperature value, detecting a present electric current value of the battery in association with a determination that the present temperature value is higher than the lowest threshold temperature value and lower than the highest threshold temperature value, determining whether the present electric current value is higher than a threshold current value corresponding to the present temperature value, and stopping a charge-discharge process of the battery cell in response to determining that the present electric current value is higher than the threshold current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuangcheng Zhao, Weizhi Lin
  • Patent number: 10256511
    Abstract: Rechargeable cells in cylindrical form are arranged within frames in a honeycomb structure and coupled by connecting straps outside the frames to form cell pack. Several cell packs, an electronic switch and control circuit are integrated into the battery housing. A bus bar extends around the perimeter of the housing. A high density MOSFET switch is coupled between the bur bar and the battery contact. A high power electronic clamp disposed across the battery terminals absorbs or redirects transients. An active, high-efficiency, low-noise cell balance converter or a LC based resonant converter may also be provided. For advanced battery applications a +5V CAN bus interface is provided via two circular connectors. Thermistors are provided for use in a thermal protection scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Bren-Tronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Tullio Clemente, Alan Squillante, Azer Ilkhanov, Jarred Kahn, David Sandler, Henry Paczkowski, Peter J. Burke, Sai Fung
  • Patent number: 10250178
    Abstract: A cordless power tool system including (a) a multi-voltage battery pack for use with tools of different operating voltages including a housing, a first string of battery cells arranged in electrical series and disposed inside the housing, a second string of battery cells arranged in electrical series and disposed inside the housing, and a power tool interface shaped and configured to interchangeably (1) mechanically and electrically couple with a first battery pack interface of a first power tool that is configured to operate at a first operating voltage, and (2) mechanically and electrically couple with a second battery pack interface of a second power tool that is configured to operate at a second operating voltage, and (b) a battery pack charger configured to charge the multi-voltage battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. White, Matthew J. Velderman, Andrew E Seman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10243192
    Abstract: A modular case having similarly sized U-shaped sections that enclose energy storage cells and a battery management system. Additional modules can be ganged together to increase the energy storage and output capacity. Removable panels in the sections can be removed for the installation of jacks and a status display. Various charging sources can be coupled to the module including solar, generator and AC mains for charging. An output switch selectively delivers AC mains power when available, and then switches to battery power during periods of AC mains unavailability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bren-Tronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Casebolt, Richard Cecchini, Alan Squillante, Henry Paczkowski, Peter J. Burke, Sai Fung
  • Patent number: 10236927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective case apparatus for a mobile terminal, having a case base body having a baseplate region for covering a rear of the terminal. The baseplate region has an abutment area for abutting the rear of the mobile terminal. The case base body also has side walls that are integrally molded on the baseplate region and are each configured to directly abut a respective narrow side of the mobile terminal and thereby to hold the mobile terminal against the abutment area. The case base body has only three side walls and one short side of the abutment area is without a wall. When the mobile terminal is arranged in the protective case apparatus, a narrow side of the mobile terminal that is arranged on the short side is not covered by the case base body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Holger Thiel
  • Patent number: 10191117
    Abstract: To provide a battery pack capable of performing a highly accurate prediction of a remaining power of a battery while being low in cost. A battery remaining power predicting device includes a voltage detection portion which measures a voltage and a temperature of a battery, a computing portion which predicts and calculates a remaining power of the battery, and a controller which controls the computing portion, and has a battery remaining power predicting flow for regressively calculating the battery remaining power, and a secular change estimating flow for estimating a secular change in battery characteristics, using a case where a battery current is in a constant current state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ABLIC INC.
    Inventor: Eiki Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 10193362
    Abstract: A terminal support and a wireless charging device are disclosed. The terminal support includes a base with a placing surface used for placing a terminal; a force generation module; and a control module connected to the force generation module, wherein the control module is configured to control the force generation module to generate a force which acts on the terminal to change a relative position relationship between the terminal and the placing surface. A wireless charging device is further disclosed and the wireless charging device includes the terminal support. The terminal support controls the terminal placed on the base, the terminal and the placing surface are controlled to produce relative movement therebetween, and corresponding control can be performed according to a state parameter of the terminal or an instruction input by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: XI'AN ZHONGXING NEW SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhihua Xiao, Chang Xu, Cuifeng Chen, Zhiyuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10098383
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a device for detecting and charging electronic articles, and more particularly for charging batteries in electronic cigarettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 4 B.V.
    Inventors: Ramon Alarcon, David Blau, Christopher Kepner
  • Patent number: 10101768
    Abstract: A digital book includes a casing adapted to fold open and shut like a book and having a folding axis, a main part, and a secondary part together forming a book back part. A display unit consists of at least two parts arranged such that when the casing is folded out, the main part and the secondary part are each presented with at least one screen each, like pages of a book. A control unit has means for receiving, storing, processing, and reproducing information, and an operating unit has operating elements for using the digital book as a device for receiving/processing/reproducing information. A supply unit has a receiving opening and a guide and supply pin, by means of each the digital book can be plugged in when the casing is folded shut, for inputting and outputting information, for supplying energy, and for storing the digital book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Glenn Rolus Borgward
  • Patent number: 10075002
    Abstract: An electricity storage system comprising: a plurality of cartridges connected together in parallel, each cartridge comprising a plurality of cells connected together, and a circuit for preventing cross current, which restricts the current in each cartridge so as to cause the current to flow in one direction selected from a discharge direction and a charge direction, wherein said cartridges connected together in parallel are simultaneously charged with a direct current voltage converted from a commercial voltage, or said cartridges connected together in parallel are caused to discharge simultaneously so that said electricity storage system outputs a commercial voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Heishi, Masashi Kanoh, Mitsuhide Nogami, Akio Shokaku
  • Patent number: 10046658
    Abstract: An electrical cable assembly is provided with an electrical connector sized to be received into an electrical outlet. A cable is in electrical communication with the electrical connector. A lockable connector is in electrical communication with the cable. An adapter receptacle is sized to receive the lockable connector for electrical communication with the lockable connector. The lockable connector is lockable within the adapter receptacle. A vehicle connector assembly is in electrical communication with the adapter receptacle and is sized to be received by a vehicle receptacle to convey current to the vehicle receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Mueller, David A. Hein, Mary Mueller, Aric Henderson Anglin
  • Patent number: 9991730
    Abstract: A charger for a starting, lighting, and ignition (SLI) battery is provided. The charger includes a base unit having a pair of terminals that are adapted to engage a pair of conductive terminals coupled to a battery unit to electrically couple the base unit to the battery unit. The charger also includes charging circuitry having power conversion circuitry that is adapted to receive primary power and to convert the primary power to a battery power output compatible with a charging voltage of the battery unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Christine M. Feuell, Rebecca M. Conway, Julia A. Mazur, James C. Douglass, Kurt R. Dickmann, Feng Xue, William E. Spears, Deborah G. Spanic, Nancy I. Guerra Garcia
  • Patent number: 9923393
    Abstract: An energy storage and power supply system includes a body having a first end and an opposing second end, a battery pack disposed within the body, a first connector disposed at the first end of the body and electrically coupled to the battery pack, the first connector including a male connector configured to receive electrical power to charge the battery pack, a second connector disposed at the opposing second end of the body and electrically coupled to the battery pack, the second connector including a female connector configured to provide a power output from the battery pack, and a collar slidably coupled to the opposing second end of the body and movable between an extended position and a retracted position. The collar is configured to engage with and thereby retain an accessory when selectively reoriented into the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Goal Zero LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Workman, Norman Krantz, Henry J. Howell, Fred Lillywhite, Jaremy Butler, Walker Ford, Keyvan Vasefi, Sterling Robison, Michael Roner
  • Patent number: 9912175
    Abstract: A universal battery harvester which harvests energy from a plurality of different batteries and stores the harvested energy in an onboard storage battery under control of a microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: 9609385 CANADA INC.
    Inventor: Timothy D. F. Ford
  • Patent number: 9893559
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing having at least one solar panel arranged to generate electrical energy for delivery to a battery within the housing, wherein the at least one solar panel is foldable about the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sunbird Engineering Limited
    Inventor: William Harold Pike, II
  • Patent number: 9871484
    Abstract: A power tool system includes a first power tool having a first power tool rated voltage, a second power tool having a second power tool rated voltage that is different from the first power tool rated voltage, and a first battery pack coupleable to the first power tool and to the second power tool. The first battery pack is switchable between a first configuration having a first battery pack rated voltage that corresponds to the first power tool rated voltage such that the first battery pack enables operation of the first power tool, and a second configuration having a convertible battery pack rated voltage that corresponds to the second power tool rated voltage such that the battery pack enables operation of the second power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. White, Matthew J. Velderman, Andrew E Seman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9853493
    Abstract: A diode is provided in a first supply route for the electric power from an AC adaptor, rectifies the current from the AC adaptor and, at the output side thereof, is connected to a second supply route for the electric power from an AC adaptor. A detecting unit is connected to the input side of the diode in the first supply route and, based on the voltage that is input from the first supply route, detects whether the AC adaptor is connected. A resistance control unit reduces the combined resistance between the ground and the input side of the diode when the temperature of the device, including the diode, is equal to or more than a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kazuki Komiya
  • Patent number: 9847517
    Abstract: A battery pack for a hand-held power tool includes at least one interface for establishing a mechanical and/or electrical connection of the battery pack to a hand-held power tool and/or a charging device, the interface having a guide arrangement for attaching the battery pack on the hand-held power tool and/or the charging device along a contacting direction y, and at least four contact elements for electrical contacting of corresponding counter-contact elements on the hand-held power tool and/or corresponding counter-contact elements on the charging device. At least two contact elements are thereby situated offset from one another in the direction of the contacting direction y.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Josef Baumgartner, Florian Schmehl
  • Patent number: 9831695
    Abstract: A device includes a battery pack receptacle that removably connects to one of multiple adapters for an associated battery pack that is used for a cordless device. At least one accessory device is connected to the battery pack receptacle. Power from the associated battery pack is used as a power source for the at least one accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Custom LeatherCraft Mfg., LLC
    Inventors: Ron A. Pickens, Matthew D. Noble
  • Patent number: 9801293
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for energy storage/delivery device mounting. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a mounting plate comprising (i) a plurality of plate mounting features for securing the mounting plate to at least one structure; (ii) a plurality of spatial alignment features for spatially aligning the mounting plate with a second mounting plate; and (iii) at least one energy storage/delivery device mounting feature for mating with a corresponding feature of the energy storage/delivery device to removably mount the energy storage/delivery device on the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Fornage
  • Patent number: 9793721
    Abstract: A system and method for distributed charging of mobile devices. In accordance with an embodiment, the system comprises a secondary coil or receiver associated with a mobile device. When the mobile device is placed in proximity to a base unit having one or more primary coils, each primary coil having a generally planar shape so that when a current is passed through the primary coil a magnetic field is generated in a direction substantially perpendicular to the plane of the primary coil, the perpendicular magnetic field is used to inductively generate a current in the secondary coil or receiver associated with the mobile device, to charge or power the mobile device. In accordance with various embodiments the system can incorporate efficiency measures that improve the efficiency of power transfer between the charger and receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Mojo Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Afshin Partovi, Michael Sears
  • Patent number: 9780588
    Abstract: An electronic system may include a charging device and an electronic device. The charging device may include an input port, a charge circuit, a storage, and a connector device. The charging device may receive a direct current (DC) voltage at the input port. The charge circuit may receive the DC voltage and provide a charged voltage to the storage. The electronic device may include a body, a battery, a first pad directly on the battery and a second pad directly on the battery. The battery may receive the DC charged voltage when the electronic device is coupled to the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andrew Keates
  • Patent number: 9768628
    Abstract: A system wearable on a body part of a user. The system includes an electronic device powered by a primary power source, and a circuitry coupled to the electronic device. The system also includes a removable secondary power source configured to charge the primary power source with secondary power when coupled to the circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ram Fish, James Schuessler, Frank Settemo Nuovo, Sheldon George Phillips
  • Patent number: 9751418
    Abstract: A charge managing system includes a power receiving device 102 for receiving, from a commercial power supply 1, power to be used for charge, a storage battery 104 for accumulating power to be used for charge, a rapid charger 105 for performing charge to an electric vehicle, and a charge managing server 106 for controlling the rapid charger 105 and calculating a charge capacity of the rapid charger 105. The charge managing server 106 includes a communicating unit 1061 for acquiring information on power that can be used for charge from the power receiving device 102 and the storage battery 104, and rated output information on the rapid charger 105, and a charge-capacity calculating unit 1062 for calculating a charge capacity of the rapid charger 105, based on power that can be used for charge from the power receiving device 102 and the storage battery 104, and rated output power of the rapid charger 105.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Nyu
  • Patent number: 9755446
    Abstract: A mobile charging table and a method of use are configured for ease of mobility and ease of service. The table has a tabletop, a base, a battery powered charging hub, and a battery compartment. The tabletop may be connected to the base by a hinge arrangement permitting tabletop movement between its first and second positions. Movement of the tabletop to its second position exposes an opening of the battery compartment for servicing a battery that supplies power to the charging hub. In the flipped down position, the tabletop extends substantially horizontally to overlie the opening in the battery compartment and to allow user(s) to use the tabletop as a workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Palmer Hamilton, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Allen Schreiner, John Gregory Gardner, Tod Andrew Friske
  • Patent number: 9748780
    Abstract: An electric power tool system comprises a tool main body, a battery pack detachably attached to the tool main body and a first charger that charges the battery pack. The first charger is detachably attached to the tool main body and/or the battery pack. The first charger is capable of charging the battery pack while the battery pack is attached to the tool main body. The first charger is preferably cordless and contains at least rechargeable battery for storing energy to charge the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Suzuki, Takuya Umemura