For Battery Pack Patents (Class 320/112)
  • Patent number: 11316221
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a battery module that includes a housing having a first protruding shelf along a first perimeter of the housing, a second protruding shelf along a second perimeter of the housing, where the first and second protruding shelves each include an absorptive material configured to absorb a first laser emission. The battery module also includes an electronics compartment cover configured to be coupled to the housing via a first laser weld, and a cell receptacle region cover configured to be coupled to the housing via a second laser weld. The electronics compartment cover has a first transparent material configured to transmit the first laser emission toward the first protruding shelf and the cell receptacle region cover has a second transparent material configured to transmit the first laser emission or a second laser emission toward the second protruding shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: CPS Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Tyler, Christopher M. Bonin, John P. Dinkelman, Richard M. DeKeuster, Dale B. Trester
  • Patent number: 11312219
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle body part including a battery system carrier integrally formed in a vehicle body to include a plurality of battery cells, a vehicle battery system integrally with the vehicle body part, and an integrated battery system vehicle including the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Stephan Klomberg, Nikolaus Hochgatterer, Rainer Retter, Ralph Wuensche
  • Patent number: 11316217
    Abstract: A battery cell thermal conditioning system for a vehicle includes a battery pack having multiple battery cells. Multiple foam layers are individually positioned between first successive ones of the battery cells. A first carbon nanotube sheet is positioned in direct contact with one of the battery cells on a first side of the foam layers and a second carbon nanotube sheet is positioned in direct contact with a different one of the battery cells on a second side of the foam layers. A cooling plate is positioned between second successive ones of the battery cells. A controller directs current flow to the first carbon nanotube sheet and the second carbon nanotube sheet when a temperature of the one of the battery cells contacted by the carbon nanotube sheet drops below a predetermined threshold temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Alok Warey, Chih-hung Yen, Kuo-huey Chen, Taeyoung Han, Bahram Khalighi
  • Patent number: 11309726
    Abstract: An adapter comprises an input port being coupleable with a single-voltage output interface of a single-voltage battery pack or a multi-voltage output interface of a multi-voltage battery pack, an output port electrically connected to the input port and being coupleable with a single-voltage input interface of a first power tool or a multi-voltage input interface of a second power tool, a switching mechanism being switchable between a first state and a second state. When the switching mechanism is in the first state, the input port is coupled with the single-voltage output interface and the output port is coupled with the multi-voltage input interface of the second power tool, when the switching mechanism is in the second state, the input port is coupled with the multi-voltage output interface and the output port is coupled with the single-voltage input interface of the first power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Globe (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Lei Huang, Xinzhong Guo, An Yan
  • Patent number: 11283120
    Abstract: A battery pack having a heat-radiating structure and a vibration-proof structure is provided. The battery pack includes: a battery block including a plurality of batteries and a battery holder; an exterior case configured to house the battery block; a heat conductive member interposed between a first inner surface of the exterior case and at least one of electrodes of the batteries; and a vibration-proof member interposed between a second inner surface of the exterior case and the battery holder. The vibration-proof member is thicker than the heat conductive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Sugiyama, Tsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11277726
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a battery includes a housing, a power terminal, a power cell, a switch, and a circuit. The power cell is disposed within the housing, and the switch is disposed within the housing and is coupled between the power cell and the power terminal. And the circuit is disposed within the housing and is configured to receive a control signal from a source external to the housing and to control the switch in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: PB Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Daoura, Nicholas R. Pearson-Franks
  • Patent number: 11264814
    Abstract: Battery circuitry forms part of apparatus for connecting a battery power source to a portable electronic device. The battery circuitry is configured to detect a transitioning of an enable signal, caused by actuation of a power switch, from a de-asserted state to an asserted state. In response to detecting the transitioning of the enable signal, the battery circuitry is further configured to open an electrical path within the battery circuitry. The path, when opened, connects the battery power source in a manner that permits powering on of the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Muhamad Ridzuan Azizan, Chen Kok Yeoh, Wai Mun Lee, Mohd Faisal Abdullah, Kow Chee Chong, Macwien Krishnamurthi
  • Patent number: 11258104
    Abstract: Systems and methods for storing energy for use by an electric vehicle are disclosed. Systems can include an electric vehicle battery pack including a rack configured to couple a plurality of independently removable battery strings to the vehicle, the battery strings configured to be selectively coupled in parallel to a vehicle power bus. The battery strings may include a housing, a plurality of electrochemical cells disposed within the housing, a circuit for electrically connecting the electrochemical cells, a positive high-voltage connector, a negative high-voltage connector, a switch within the housing, and a string control unit configured to control the switch. Each battery string can include a coolant inlet and a coolant outlet configured to couple with and sealingly uncouple from an external coolant supply conduit and an external coolant return conduit, and an auxiliary connector configured to couple with an external communications system and/or an external low-voltage power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Faraday & Future Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas D. Chidester, Nicholas John Sampson
  • Patent number: 11235682
    Abstract: A power supply device for a vehicle includes: a first energy storage device having a first energy storage element; a second energy storage device having a second energy storage element; a switch which switches between a state in which the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device are connected in parallel and a state in which the first energy storage device and the second energy storage device are separated from each other; and a switch controller. Each of the first energy storage element and the second energy storage element is an energy storage element having an SOC-OCV characteristic having a flat region thereon, and the switch controller switches the switch from an off-state to an on-state when each of the first energy storage element and the second energy storage element is in the flat region of the SOC-OCV characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: GS Yuasa International Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeyuki Shiraishi, Takeshi Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 11235678
    Abstract: A charging system of an electrical automobile vehicle includes a converter unit and a first energy storage system of within a first automobile vehicle. A charging cable is releasably connected from the first energy storage system to a charging station or is releasably connected to a second energy storage system of a second automobile vehicle. A vehicle charging controller is connected to the converter unit and programmed to communicate with the charging station and to the second energy storage system. A plurality of low-loss switching devices of the converter unit are selectively operated by signals from the vehicle charging controller to position the plurality of low-loss switching devices in an on-state (ON) or an off-state (OFF) to control charging the first energy storage system from the charging station or charging the second energy storage system from the first energy storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Lei Hao, Venkata Prasad Atluri, Chandra S. Namuduri, Suresh Gopalakrishnan
  • Patent number: 11223221
    Abstract: A power management circuit includes an electrical power input for receiving electrical power, a controller, a finite state machine circuit in communication with the controller and a first voltage regulator in communication with the controller and the electrical power input and having a first output connected to a first capacitor for storing electrical power and to first electrical circuitry. The controller is configured to cyclically enable the first voltage regulator to supply current to charge the first capacitor. The finite state machine circuit is configured to interact with the controller to control the duration of a first time period of a cycle over which the first voltage regulator supplies current to charge the first capacitor and to control the duration of a second time period of the cycle over which the first voltage regulator does not supply current to charge the first capacitor and during which electrical current is receivable by said first electrical circuitry from said first capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Christian Vincent Sorace, Nicolas Patrick Vantalon, Fabien Boitard
  • Patent number: 11215519
    Abstract: One embodiment provides an electronic device, including: a device component; a pressure sensor integrated into a surface lining of the device component; and at least one adaptive gap-filling component situated between the surface lining of the device component and a wall of the electronic device that at least partially surrounds the device component. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Bouziane Yebka, Tin-Lup Wong, Philip John Jakes
  • Patent number: 11188135
    Abstract: A battery controller used in an electronic device supplied with electric power from a battery pack including a rechargeable battery includes a battery monitor for monitoring remaining battery charge in the rechargeable battery, and a power supply controller. The battery monitor issues an alarm when the remaining battery charge lowers to a threshold or below, and, after that, shuts down upon receiving a shut-down command from the power supply controller. The power supply controller sends the shut-down command to the battery monitor upon receiving the alarm from the battery monitor and determining that the remaining battery charge is equal to or below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junya Kamijima
  • Patent number: 11189965
    Abstract: Disclosed is a charging device including: a main body part having one end at which a first terminal part is provided, and the other end to which a cable is connected; and a connection part having one end at which a second terminal part configured to be connected to the first terminal part is provided, and the other end at which a third terminal part configured to be connected to an electronic device is provided, in which the main body part and the connection part are detachably coupled by a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventor: Tae Sik Youn
  • Patent number: 11183730
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a battery block including a battery cell, and a battery holder configured to accommodate the battery cell and having at least a first opening portion; a battery pack case configured to accommodate the battery block and having at least a second opening portion; a first sealant disposed at least between a first peripheral end face of a first terminal portion of the battery cell and the battery holder; and a second sealant disposed at least between a second peripheral end face of a second terminal portion of the battery cell and the battery holder, wherein the first sealant is fixed by the first peripheral end face of the first terminal portion and the battery holder, and the second sealant is fixed by the second peripheral end face of the second terminal portion and the battery holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Masaaki Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 11177530
    Abstract: A battery pack which includes a plurality of battery modules, each battery module including a plurality of battery cells. Electrode leads extend from the plurality of battery cells; a connection member connects with at least one of the electrode leads; a bus bar electrically connects neighboring battery modules, and one end thereof contacts the connection member. An insulation member covers a contact portion of the connection member and the bus bar; and a flame spread blocking member overlaps the contact portion of the connection member and the bus bar, while being disposed on the insulation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jung Been You, Jeong Pyo Kong, Sangyoon Jeong, Jonghwa Choi, Hui Jeong Lee
  • Patent number: 11175342
    Abstract: In order to determine a monitoring circuit having a leak current equal to or more than a predetermined reference, the monitoring device 20 includes the determination unit 13 that determines whether a leak current of a specific monitoring circuit 11, among a plurality of monitoring circuits 11 that are driven using electric power stored in two or more battery units 10 associated as a monitoring target, is equal to or more than a first reference using: a comparison result of comparison between a proportion of the specific monitoring circuit 11 being associated with a low-voltage battery unit having the lowest voltage value among the plurality of battery units 10 and a predetermined threshold value; and information indicating whether or not the number of low-voltage battery units associated with the specific monitoring circuit 11 is 2 or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nagano, Masataka Atsuki
  • Patent number: 11158886
    Abstract: Provided are a communication system of a battery pack, and a battery pack including the communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyongpil Jin, Myungsang Lee
  • Patent number: 11155179
    Abstract: A system for battery binding includes a service end electronic device, at least one battery device and at least one carrier device. The service end electronic device is configured to send a carrier identifier corresponding to a carrier device to a battery device for storage therein in order to bind the battery device to the carrier device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: KWANG YANG MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen-Sheng Lin, Chung-Jui Hung, Yuh-Rey Chen, Po-Yu Chuang, Jen-Chiun Lin, Te-Chuan Liu
  • Patent number: 11145929
    Abstract: A battery pack including a housing having a longitudinal axis, a first surface, and a second surface, electrical terminals positioned within the housing and configured to engage and electrically couple with electrical terminals of a power tool, and a latch mechanism including an actuator that is movable within an aperture in the first surface and a latch member movable within an aperture in the second surface. The latch member includes a first latch portion having a first inclined surface and a second latch portion having a second inclined surface that intersects the first inclined surface. The actuator is depressible to retract the latch member within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: TECHTRONIC CORDLESS GP
    Inventor: Ryan Altenburger
  • Patent number: 11128151
    Abstract: One or more battery sub-modules are selected by obtaining at least one voltage from each battery sub-module and selecting based at least in part on the obtained voltages. The battery sub-modules are electrically connected in series in order to provide power to a primary load. Each battery sub-module includes a plurality of cells electrically connected in series and each battery sub-module further includes a battery management system that monitors the cells in that battery sub-module. Those battery management systems in the selected sub-modules are turned off so that the battery management systems in the selected sub-modules do not consume power at least temporarily from the cells in the selected sub-modules while (1) the battery sub-modules are not providing power to the primary load and (2) the battery sub-modules are not being charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: WISK AERO LLC
    Inventors: Scott Furman, Lewis Romeo Hom
  • Patent number: 11114851
    Abstract: A system is described that turns off a high power, power supply when a device no longer needs high power. A low power, power supply or a rechargeable battery provides power to determine when the device again needs high power. The low power supply consumes a minimum possible power when the device does not need high power and the power rechargeable battery is not charged. That is, the high power and low power, power supplies are turned on or off based on the real time power consumption need of the device and the charged state of the battery. The power need of the device is monitored by a current shunt monitoring circuit and a control signal monitoring circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: CHEMTRON RESEARCH LLC
    Inventors: Harry Leonard Perper, James Randall Beckers
  • Patent number: 11101505
    Abstract: A battery pack is provided with an improved interface through the use of an endcap which forms a top surface of a battery pack housing. The endcap includes a walled aperture for a connector. The connector along with electronic circuitry is disposed on a printed circuit board located beneath the endcap. A dam of UV glue surrounds a perimeter of the connector preventing the potting compound from intruding into contacts. An endcap perimeter rim of UV glue seals the endcap to the housing. The endcap further includes an injection port and flow directors for guiding a potting compound into the endcap to form a water tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jody H Akens, William B Kiger, Kevin K Maggert, Timothy Brand, William Robertson
  • Patent number: 11101516
    Abstract: A battery holder includes a first base, a first restriction portion and a holding portion. The first base is opposed to one end of a battery unit in a first direction in the state in which the battery unit is located at a holding position. The first restriction portion is configured to restrict relative movement of the battery unit and the first base in the first direction. The holding portion is movable to a first position, at which the battery unit contacts a held portion of the battery unit, and a second position, at which the holding portion is separated from the held portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: Shimano Inc., Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Shimoda, Yoshitaka Nose, Yuya Yoneda, Taihei Nishihara, Koji Wada
  • Patent number: 11095133
    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: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics America Inc.
    Inventors: Kota Kano, Tetsuo Sato, Shigeru Maeta
  • Patent number: 11095144
    Abstract: A wireless charging cradle for stowing and charging an electronic device includes a block that is resiliently compressible. A recess is positioned in an upper face of the block and is configured to position an electronic device of a user. A battery is selectively positionable in a slot that extends into a front of the block. A wireless charging pad is coupled to the block and is positioned at a lower end of the recess. The wireless charging pad is operationally coupled to the battery and is configured to charge the electronic device that is positioned in the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Ricardo Soriano
  • Patent number: 11054483
    Abstract: Provided are a terminal device and a method for leakage detection therefor. The method includes the following. Power consumption of the battery is detected, upon determining that the terminal device is fully charged and remains coupled with the adapter and at least one power-consuming component of the terminal device is in a non-working state, the at least one power-consuming component is powered by the battery when the terminal device is fully charged and remains coupled with the adapter. Whether the terminal device experiences leakage is determined according to power consumption of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 11046206
    Abstract: A battery module, including a cell stack having a first battery cell and a second battery cell; a first bus bar connected to the cell stack and having a first polarity; a second bus bar connected to the cell stack and having a second polarity opposite to the first polarity; a short-circuit unit that moves toward the first bus bar and the second bus bar in response to receiving an expanding force caused by a volume increase of the first battery cell and the second battery cell, so that the first bus bar and the second bus bar are electrically connected to generate a short circuit; and a cartridge that at least partially accommodates each of the first bus bar, the second bus bar and the short-circuit unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Soon-Chang Hong, Hyo-Chan Kim, Kye-Yeon Ryu
  • Patent number: 11043720
    Abstract: A busbar assembly includes a mesh busbar configured to electrically couple a first component to a second component. An electrical coupling method including securing a mesh busbar to a first component and a second component to electrical couple the first component to the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Michael Gonzales, John Sturza, Dylan Erb, Stephanie Singer, Abdul Lateef, Chuck Honick
  • Patent number: 11018517
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a housing, a battery, a battery pack output voltage path that includes a charge power switch and a discharge power switch, and a battery sense output. A switch can be operably coupled between the battery and the battery sense output and configured to selectively open and close a battery sense path between the battery and the battery sense output. By one approach a first control circuit controls the open and close state of the aforementioned switch (in response, for example, to a comparison of the voltage differential across the switch to a predetermined threshold such that the switch is opened when the voltage differential across the switch becomes too positive or too negative with respect to battery voltage).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Bradford Lawrence Hunter, Wan Laan Jackie Hui
  • Patent number: 11007892
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying a vehicle type of a vehicle having an electric drive and a traction battery, in which a charging behavior of the vehicle that occurs during a current operation of charging the traction battery at a charging column is captured. A current charging profile is created for the current charging operation on the basis of the captured charging behavior. The current charging profile is compared with respective charging profiles which are retrievably stored in a storage unit and are each specific to a respective particular vehicle type. A probability of a presence of a particular vehicle type from the plurality of vehicle types is determined on the basis of the comparison. The vehicle type most likely to be present is identified as the vehicle type and the current charging operation is adapted to the vehicle type which is most likely to be present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Christian Metzger
  • Patent number: 11011802
    Abstract: A battery module including a first bus bar electrically connected to a first electrode lead of a first battery cell; a second bus bar electrically connected to a second electrode lead of a second battery cell; a short-circuit unit moving toward the first bus bar and the second bus bar by receiving an expansive force due to a volume increase of at least one of the first battery cell and the second battery cell to electrically connect the first bus bar to the second bus bar to generate a short circuit; and a cartridge accommodating or supporting at least a portion of the first electrode lead, the second electrode lead, the first bus bar, the second bus bar and the short-circuit unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Soon-Chang Hong, Hyo-Chan Kim, Hang-June Choi, Kye-Yeon Ryu
  • Patent number: 11007898
    Abstract: A battery module, including a cell stack having a first battery cell and a second battery cell; a first bus bar connected to the cell stack and having a first polarity; a second bus bar connected to the cell stack and having a second polarity opposite to the first polarity; a short-circuit unit that moves toward the first bus bar and the second bus bar in response to receiving an expanding force caused by a volume increase of the first battery cell and the second battery cell, so that the first bus bar and the second bus bar are electrically connected to generate a short circuit; and a cartridge that at least partially accommodates each of the first bus bar, the second bus bar and the short-circuit unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Soon-Chang Hong, Hyo-Chan Kim, Kye-Yeon Ryu
  • Patent number: 11011784
    Abstract: A method for charging a non-aqueous metal air battery comprising: if the voltage across the battery is lower than a first threshold voltage, charging (P1) the battery by applying a constant current to the battery having a first value until reaching the first threshold voltage, if the voltage across the battery is comprised between the first threshold voltage and a second threshold voltage higher than the first threshold voltage, charging (P2) the battery by applying a constant current to the battery having a second value until reaching the second threshold voltage, the second value being lower than the first value, if the voltage across the battery is higher than the second threshold, charging (P3) the battery by applying to the battery at least one value of constant voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE
    Inventors: Fanny Barde, Keita Komiyama
  • Patent number: 11003876
    Abstract: A scanning apparatus and associated charging system are provided that include a universal power interface configured to receive a removable power source connected thereto where the removable power source includes a power storage unit and a charging circuit. The scanning apparatus further includes scanning circuitry that is in electrical communication with the universal power interface and is configured to scan a target. The scanning apparatus further includes a processor communicably coupled with the scanning circuitry and the universal power interface. In an instance in which the universal power interface receives the removable power source, the processor is configured to determine a type of the removable power source, select one or more parameters based on the determined type of the removable power source, and operate at least one of the scanning apparatus or the charging circuit in the removable power source based on the one or more selected parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Colavito, Michael Vincent Miraglia, Christopher Allen, Qinrong Zhu, HongJian Jin, Jerry Qian, Zhongqi Liu, Oliver Ou, David Wilz
  • Patent number: 10985358
    Abstract: Battery systems according to embodiments of the present technology may include a battery cell having an electrode tab extending from an edge of a first side of the battery cell. The battery system may also include a module electrically coupled with the battery cell. The module may include a mold defining a recess along a first side of the module. The module may also include a conductive tab extending from the first side of the module. The conductive tab may be coupled with the electrode tab. The electrode tab may be characterized by a curvature along a length of the electrode tab, and a distal end of the electrode tab may be positioned within the recess defined by the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Depeng Wang, Thai T. Ton, Nathan J. Bohney, George V. Anastas
  • Patent number: 10981291
    Abstract: To provide an easy-to-use electric chainsaw that uses, in place of a large battery pack with a high voltage rating that would have been used in conventional electric chainsaws, a battery power source composed of a set of small commonly used battery packs of the same rating. An electric chainsaw having a built-in electric motor that is powered by a rechargeable battery, wherein a set of commonly used battery packs of the same rating is used as the rechargeable battery. The set of battery packs is mounted at the back of the main housing so that the center of gravity (G) of the chainsaw is positioned within a range (R) of 1.5 time the width (W) of the grip section of a rear handle between the left and right sides of a center line that is centered in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Haneda, Hideki Kachi, Yasuyuki Kawabata
  • Patent number: 10980273
    Abstract: Vaporizer and/or electronic cigarette chargers useful for the recharging of rechargeable vaporizer or electronic cigarette power supplies such as batteries, compatible vaporizers and/or electronic cigarettes, their components, charging contacts, methods of their use and kits containing such chargers are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: VMR Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Andries Verleur, Dan Recio, Yifeng Lu, Yinjun Zhang, Arturo Fajardo, Hans Verleur
  • Patent number: 10978746
    Abstract: A battery pack and transport coupler for enabling the battery pack to reduce the pack power capacity. The battery pack include at least two strings of battery cells and a coupler provided at least partially inside the housing. The coupler is moveable between a first position, which causes the string of battery cells to be electrically connected inside the housing, and a second position, which causes the strings of battery cells to be electrically disconnected inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Velderman, Daniel J. White, Daniel Fitzgerald, Ryan Klee
  • Patent number: 10945306
    Abstract: A cell and/or internet device that can be connected to existing city devices that are powered by city power to install a wireless cell and/or internet service to the city. The system has a plurality of the cell and/or internet devices connected to associated city devices powered by city power, and the cell and/or internet devices are controlled by a server. A method of using the system to provide cell and/or internet services to a city.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Urban, Angelo J. Pino, Jr., Phillip Gennarelli, Benny E. Jay
  • Patent number: 10938007
    Abstract: The invention relates to a battery housing for a battery of an electrically driven motor vehicle, having a tray-shaped receptacle having a housing base and a housing frame, wherein the receptacle forms a housing interior, wherein the housing frame is formed of two rigid longitudinal side profiles and two rigid transverse side profiles, which extend transversely to the longitudinal side profiles, wherein the longitudinal side profiles have a lower profile longitudinal face that faces the housing base and an upper profile longitudinal face that faces away from the housing base, and wherein a deformation profile is formed onto the relevant longitudinal side profile, which deformation profile projects laterally beyond the longitudinal side profile outside the housing in the region of the lower profile longitudinal face. Furthermore, the invention relates to an electrically driven motor vehicle comprising a battery housing of this kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Carsten Wesche, Stefan Schacht, Henrik Fehner, Robin Gerlach
  • Patent number: 10916955
    Abstract: A multi-functional wearable with modular attachments is provided. A case with a first and second connector are provided that can each connect to one or more removable modules, such as a charging cable, lanyard, body strap, name badge, key ring, power brick, and/or battery module. The battery module includes a control panel with a power button to control power from the battery and one or more status LEDs to indicate the charge status of the battery. The battery module also provides storage to hold a cable and/or device. Alternatively, magnets and a first female receptacle that compliments and receives a male connector from a lanyard and a second female connector to connect to another cable may be utilized. The charging cable may be surrounded by fabric or similar material and the charging cable ends may also include one or more magnets or mechanical protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: S & N Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas A. Scatino, Steven Scatino, Chris Buttenob
  • Patent number: 10897136
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling power flow to and from an energy storage system are provided. One implementation relates to an energy storage system comprising an energy storage device, an inverter configured to control a flow of power out of the energy storage device, a rectifier configured to control the flow of power into the energy storage device and one or more controllers. The one or more controllers may be configured to determine a schedule of a plurality of time periods based on historical price data. Each of the plurality of time periods may be associated with one of a state of charging, discharging, or idle. The one or more controllers may be configured to control the inverter and the rectifier based on the determined schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins Power Generation IP, Inc.
    Inventor: Yunxin Ni
  • Patent number: 10892468
    Abstract: A battery module, which includes: a first bus bar electrically connected to a first electrode lead of a first battery cell; a second bus bar electrically connected to a second electrode lead of a second battery cell; a short-circuit unit configured to move toward the first bus bar and the second bus bar by receiving an expansive force due to a volume increase of the first battery cell and another battery cell adjacent to the first battery cell so that the first bus bar and the second bus bar are electrically connected to generate a short circuit; and a cartridge configured to accommodate or support at least a portion of the first electrode lead, the second electrode lead, the first bus bar, the second bus bar and the short-circuit unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Soon-Chang Hong, Kye-Yeon Ryu
  • Patent number: 10892624
    Abstract: Methods and systems for selectively connecting a plurality of battery cells in a dual-mode battery pack in series and parallel configurations and/or for individual cell monitoring. A dual-mode battery pack may generally include a housing; a first set of battery cells connected in series; and a second set of battery cells connected in series. The battery pack may also include series connection contacts selectively connectable to the first set of battery cells and to the second set of battery cells and, when engaged, connecting the first set of battery cells and the second set of battery cells in a series configuration; and parallel connection contacts selectively connectable to the first set of battery cells and the second set of battery cells and, when engaged, connecting the first set of battery cells and the second set of battery cells in a parallel configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew J. Mergener, Jeffrey M. Brozek, Christian Funda, Nicholas Konetzke
  • Patent number: 10886762
    Abstract: A method for conducting an operation including a power tool battery pack. The battery pack can include a housing, a first cell supported by the housing and having a voltage, and a second cell supported by the housing and having a voltage. The battery pack also can be connectable to a power tool and be operable to supply power to operate the power tool. The method can include discharging one of the first cell and the second cell until the voltage of the one of the first cell and the second cell is substantially equal to the voltage of the other of the first cell and the second cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Patent number: 10879569
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery pack connected to a host system, the battery pack including: a relay connected between a battery terminal of the battery pack and the host system; at least two battery modules, each of which includes a plurality of serially connected cells and generates battery detection information; and a battery management system (BMS), which measures a voltage of the battery terminal when a current having a predetermined value or larger flows in a high current path between the battery pack and the host system, receives at least two pieces of battery detection information from the at least two battery modules, respectively, and determines a coupling state of the battery pack based on the voltage of the battery terminal and the at least two pieces of battery detection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Gilchoun Yeom
  • Patent number: 10862327
    Abstract: An electrical combination. The electrical combination comprises a battery pack configured to be interfaced with a hand held power tool, a control component, and a semiconducting switch. The transfer of power from the battery pack to the hand held power tool is controlled by the control component and the switch based on one of a battery pack state of charge and a respective state of charge of one of a plurality of battery cells. A discharge current of the battery pack is regulated based on the switch being controlled into one of a first state and a second state by the control component to selectively enable the transfer power from the plurality of battery cells to the hand held power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Todd W. Johnson, Dennis J. Grzybowski, Mark A. Kubale, Jay J. Rosenbecker, Karl F. Scheucher, Gary D. Meyer, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Kevin L. Glasgow
  • Patent number: 10847835
    Abstract: A battery management system monitors and controls the state of charge of a plurality of battery cells with a single data transceiver line. A sense board coupled to each cell monitors the battery cell voltage and temperature and reports the cell voltage in series, according to the location in series. A data request signal is sent by the control device of the battery management system through the single data transceiver line to initiate battery cell data transmission. The first battery cell in the series sends the first battery data upon receiving the data request signal and each subsequent battery cell in the series sends their respective battery data after a predetermined delay time set by two quaternary bits formed by a pair of voltage dividers. The state of charge may be displayed in real time on a graphical or numerical display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: William Jeffrey Schlanger
  • Patent number: 10819134
    Abstract: An adapter for charging control include a power converting unit, a sample and hold unit, a current acquisition and control unit. The power converting unit is configured to convert an input AC to obtain an output voltage and an output current of the adapter, and the output current of the adapter is a current of a first pulsating waveform. The sample and hold unit is connected to the power converting unit, and is configured to sample the current of the first pulsating waveform when the sample and hold unit is in a sampling state and hold a peak value of the current of the first pulsating waveform when the sample and hold unit is in a holding state. The current acquisition and control unit is configured to determine whether the sample and hold unit is in the holding state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNCATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Tian, Jialiang Zhang