With Charger Stand Or Base Patents (Class 320/115)
  • Patent number: 8373391
    Abstract: Systems devices and methods for flash charging a portable device with a charging device. The portable device may be a ruggedized hand-held controller. In some examples, the portable device includes a capacitive power supply which comprises one or more capacitors, e.g. supercapacitors. In use, the capacitive power supply may receive charge, store the charge, and provide power to power-using components of the portable device, when needed. In some examples, the system includes a charging device, such as a docking station. The charging device may couple to the portable device to charge the portable device. The charging device may include a capacitive power supply, which may comprise one or more capacitors, such as supercapacitors. In some cases, the system flash charges the capacitive power supply within the portable device, via the capacitive power supply of the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Esterline Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Allen, Terry Peterson, Joe C. Fielding
  • Patent number: 8373385
    Abstract: A non-contact charger includes: a casing having a recessed portion in which a cordless handset is placeable; a primary coil which is provided in the casing to be opposed to the cordless handset upon placement of the cordless handset in the recessed portion of the casing; an oscillating portion which is oscillatable to generate a magnetic flux energy from the primary coil; a detecting portion which detects at least one of a current value and a voltage value in the oscillating portion; and a controller which stops a generation of the magnetic flux energy based on at least one of the current value and the voltage value detected by the detecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Izumi Takagi
  • Patent number: 8373383
    Abstract: A smart cart for automatically managing a plurality of information handling systems. The system provides a plurality of functions. For example, in certain embodiments, the system provides one or more of security authentication for distributing the notebooks, automatic asset tracking functionality; identification of notebook charge status; provides identification of asset information (e.g., an asset tag number, a serial number or a computer name); network access to push patch updates at night when units are not in use; and charging control to optimize system availability and prevent AC input circuit overload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Shree Dandekar, David Douglas, Gary Verdun, Gregory Dvorak
  • Patent number: 8369905
    Abstract: A power transmission control device provided in a power transmission device included in a contactless power transmission system in which power is transmitted from the power transmission device to a power receiving device by electromagnetically coupling a primary coil and a secondary coil and the power is supplied to a load of the power receiving device includes a controller controlling the power transmission control device. The controller includes a communication condition setting section setting, by exchanging information with the power receiving device, a communication condition that is at least one of a communication method between the power transmission device and the power receiving device and a communication parameter, and a communication processing section performing a communication processing between the power transmission device and the power receiving device by using the set communication condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Haruhiko Sogabe, Yoichiro Kondo, Kota Onishi, Masayuki Kamiyama, Nobutaka Shiozaki, Takahiro Kamijo
  • Patent number: 8358102
    Abstract: A system for use in supplying current to a plurality of power storage devices includes a first charging device configured to supply current to a first power storage device. At least one other charging device is coupled to the first charging device to form a network and is configured to supply current to at least one other power storage device of the plurality of power storage devices. When the first charging device possesses a network token, it determines a second charging parameter associated with said second charging device, and a second amount of current to be at least one of received from the electrical supply or supplied to the first power storage device, based at least in part on said determined first and second charging parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Cecil Rivers, Jr., Radoslaw Narel
  • Patent number: 8356910
    Abstract: An adapter for replacing an original battery, light or battery powered device utilizing a battery of a first type with a replacement battery light or battery powered device utilizing a battery of a second and different type may comprise first terminals configured similarly to terminals of an original battery, light or battery powered device, second terminals for connecting to a replacement battery, light or battery powered device, and an electronic circuit for controlling charging of the battery of the replacement battery, light or battery powered device connected to the second terminals when a battery charging device for a battery of the first type is connected to the first terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman A. Messinger, Thomas D. Boris, Lawrence H. Bennett, III
  • Patent number: 8359073
    Abstract: There is provided a power transmission control device included in a power transmission device in a contactless power transmission system that transmits power from the power transmission device to a power receiving device by electromagnetically coupling a primary coil to a secondary coil to supply the power to a load of the power receiving device. The power transmission control device includes a controller controlling the power transmission control device, a host interface communicating with a power transmission-side host, and a register section accessible from the power transmission-side host via the host interface. The controller shifts into a communication mode that executes communication between the power transmission-side host and a power receiving-side host, when the power transmission-side host writes, via the host interface, a communication request command that requests the communication between the hosts in the register section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Kamiyama, Kota Onishi, Nobutaka Shiozaki, Kentaro Yoda, Takahiro Kamijo
  • Patent number: 8350520
    Abstract: A system and method for a self-charging battery cell are provided in which beta emissions from a Strontium-90 source are obtained by a sensor device and converted into electric energy. In embodiments, a scintillation device is used to intake emissions from a Strontium-90 source, and consequently emit a light or plurality of light flashes. A sensor device, e.g., a photodiode, is utilized to convert the light or plurality of light flashes into electric voltage, current and/or energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Ismail Kazem
  • Patent number: 8344688
    Abstract: A power reception control device provided in a power reception device of a non-contact power transmission system includes a power-reception-side control circuit that controls an operation of the power reception device, and a power supply control signal output terminal that supplies a power supply control signal to a charge control device, the power supply control signal controlling power supply to a battery. The power-reception-side control circuit controls a timing at which the power supply control signal (ICUTX) is output from the power supply control signal output terminal. The operation of the charge control device is compulsorily controlled using the power supply control signal (ICUTX).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Yoda, Takahiro Kamijo, Kota Onishi, Masayuki Kamiyama, Nobutaka Shiozaki
  • Publication number: 20120330201
    Abstract: A massaging device having a plurality of members that are linked together such that the shape and orientation of the massaging device can be selectively changed to a desired configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventors: Duncan Turner, Christopher Glaister
  • Patent number: 8339101
    Abstract: A portable computer system includes a host, a power storage device and a dock. The power storage device is installed in the host, for sensing current from a first power socket to a first power terminal to generate a first sensing result, and charging a first rechargeable battery according to a first control signal. The dock is capable of connecting to the host by means of insertion, for sensing current from a second power socket to a second power terminal to generate a second sensing result, and charging a second rechargeable battery according to a second control signal. The dock includes a control device for outputting the first control signal and the second control signal according to the first sensing result and the second sensing result, to control charging operations on the first rechargeable battery and the second rechargeable battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Te-Lung Wu, Chun-Ta Lee, Chien-Liang Chen
  • Publication number: 20120299547
    Abstract: A charging apparatus is used to support and charge an electronic device defining a latching slot and includes a holding portion, a placement portion and controlling portion. The placement portion engages with the holding portion and defines a latching notch aiming at the latching slot when the electronic device is received in the placement portion. The controlling portion is secured in the holding portion and includes a magnetic switch and a safety latch. The magnetic switch includes a movable shaft, and the safety latch includes a latching portion engaging with the movable shaft and pivoting to the placement portion, and a buckling portion engaging with the latching notch and the latching slot. The magnetic switch drives the movable shaft move to urge the latching portion rotating relative to the placement portion and to urge the buckling portion passing through the latching notch and engaging with the latching slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: CHIEN-HUNG LEE, SHIH-CHI WONG
  • Patent number: 8314587
    Abstract: A secondary battery and charging system are provided within an electric car or other electric drive vehicle. The secondary battery may, e.g., be owned by the electric utility. The battery is removable and can be charged and discharged independently of the primary car battery system. The utility can use the secondary battery to implement vehicle-to-grid functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Christopher A. White, Wonsuck Lee
  • Patent number: 8310199
    Abstract: An electronic circuit for an electric appliance. In one embodiment, there is provided an electronic circuit for a battery-operated electric appliance, which can be inductively fed by an external electric power source, comprising a charging circuit for charging an accumulator (A), which encompasses a charging coil (L2) and a diode (D2), wherein the accumulator (A) is connected in series to the diode (D2) and the charging coil (L2), a light emitting diode (LED) as display for the charging process and/or charging status of the accumulator (A), wherein an end of the charging coil (L2) is connected to the cathode of the diode (D2) and the anode of the light emitting diode (LED) and the negative pole of the accumulator (A) is connected to the anode of the diode (D2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Torsten Klemm, Joachim Lepper, Matthias Schiebahn
  • Patent number: 8310202
    Abstract: A power transmission system includes a loosely coupled air core transformer having a resonance frequency determined by a product of inductance and capacitance of a primary circuit including a primary coil. A secondary circuit is configured to have a substantially same product of inductance and capacitance. A back EMF generating device (e.g., a battery), which generates a back EMF with power transfer, is attached to the secondary circuit. Once the load power of the back EMF generating device exceeds a certain threshold level, which depends on the system parameters, the power transfer can be achieved at higher transfer efficiency if performed at an operating frequency less than the resonance frequency, which can be from 50% to 95% of the resonance frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew B. Scudiere
  • Publication number: 20120274282
    Abstract: A charging cradle for an electronic game device incorporating a rechargeable battery includes a housing having a first surface and a second surface with a peripheral edge wall therebetween, the housing forming a substantially closed interior chamber. The first surface is adapted to engage the electronic game device. A least one port is provided in the peripheral edge wall adapted to receive a charging wire connector, the port electrically connected to a pair of charging contacts supported within the substantially closed interior chamber and movable from a normal retracted position where tips of the charging contacts are inside the housing to an in-use extended position where said tips project from the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuo YONEYAMA, Hideki ARITA, Yuko ZENRI, Kumpei FUJITA, Hideaki KAMATA
  • Patent number: 8299750
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a charging station and a main unit. The charging station has a first electrode and a second electrode. The first electrode and the second electrode form an angle therebetween, and the main unit has a third electrode and a fourth electrode. When the main unit is connected to the charging station, the main unit firstly contacts the second electrode with the fourth electrode, and then contacts the first electrode with the third electrode, so as to be recharged by the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: MSI Computer (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsin-Yi Pai
  • Publication number: 20120262120
    Abstract: An apparatus having a plurality of storage slots aids in storing tablet computers, specifically iPad, for charging and/or transmitting data to and/or from. Moreover, the apparatus allows for automatically plugging a tablet computer into either a charging cable and/or a data transmission cable when disposing in the apparatus. Methods of making and using the same are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Walter James Dresser III
  • Patent number: 8288028
    Abstract: A power storing container replacement and charging method and system which allows continuous/uninterrupted power enables a user to continuously use a device without the device being relegated to a wired device for an extended period of time. The method and system includes an apparatus which is able to retain a power storing container for charging, and then receive a device with another power storing container which is replaced with the charged power storing container contained in the apparatus. The system reduces the wait time for a power storing container to charge and encourages use of the device without fear of the draining all the power from the device being unable to use the device for even a short period of time. The system also allows the power storing container in the device to be replaced without the device losing power and without involving any complicated steps from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Jitendra Batra
  • Patent number: 8288987
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for recharging a battery of a portable ionizing-radiation sensor resting on a recharging base. The sensor includes, on one or more accessible faces, a plurality of electrical-contact areas connected to the battery that powers the sensor. The recharging base comprises a device for mobilizing one or more mobile contacts. The mobile contacts are connected to a power source. The mobile contacts mechanically enter the body (i.e., housing) of the recharging base and mechanically protrude from the body of the recharging base through one or more openings made in the body of the recharging base. The mobile contacts are electrically in contact with the plurality of electrical-contact areas of the sensor if one or more of the plurality of electrical-contact areas are positioned facing the openings when the mobile contacts protrude from the recharging base. An embodiment of the invention may be used for X-ray or Gamma-ray medical imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Trixell S.A.S.
    Inventors: Thibaut Wirth, Nicolas Demartinecourt, Robert Neyret
  • Patent number: 8283889
    Abstract: A charging device (10, 100) includes a charging unit (12) and at least one interchangeable, rechargeable energy storage unit (14), in particular an interchangeable battery (18), of a power tool (16). Each energy storage unit (14) has first contact means (24) for contacting the corresponding power tool (16) and additional contact elements (38) for contacting the charging unit (12) in such a way that the charging unit (12) is able to charge the energy storage unit (14) via the additional contact elements (38), both when the unit is connected to the power tool (16) and when it is disconnected from the power tool (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Osswald, Ursula Schmid, Klaus Dengler
  • Patent number: 8283890
    Abstract: A charging station for a battery powered biopsy apparatus includes a charging dock having a housing and a charging unit contained in the housing. The charging unit has a set of electrical contacts. The housing is received in a first cavity of a driver assembly with the electrical contacts being coupled in electrical communication with the driver assembly when the driver assembly is mounted on the charging dock for charging. The charging unit provides a signal to the driver assembly to reset the driver assembly to an initialized state when the driver assembly is mounted to the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
    Inventor: Karsten Videbaek
  • Patent number: 8278868
    Abstract: An environmental power generation device may include a base, a turbine mounting structure carried by the base and a wind turbine carried by the turbine mounting structure. The environmental power generation device may also include a power generator in communication with the wind turbine. The power generator may include a rotor in communication with the wind turbine, and a stator in rotational communication with the rotor. The environmental power generation device may further include a solar cell mounting structure connected to the base, and a solar cell connected to the solar cell mounting structure and positioned to overlie the wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Guy Caudill
  • Patent number: 8274258
    Abstract: A portable charging apparatus for electrically charging one or more portable battery operated light units, comprising a container having one or more receiving means for receiving one or more portable battery operated light units, electricity supply connection means for electrically connecting with the one or more portable battery operated light units, and electricity supply regulating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew Lloyd, Richard Cuthbert
  • Patent number: 8274256
    Abstract: A battery charger (100) includes a base (102) which selectively receives first (104a) and second (104b) battery pods. The battery pods (104a, 104b), which are adapted to receive one or more batteries (212) for charging, have a form factor which facilitates the handling of the pods (104) and the batteries (212) received therein. Charging energy may be allocated between the pods (104) as a function of the temporal sequence in which the pods (104) are received by the base (102). Charging energy may also be allocated among the batteries (212) so that the batteries (212) are substantially charged at about the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J Brandon, II, Jason M Barr, Peter F Hoffman, David A Furth, Rachel P Devereaux, Mandy Iswarienko
  • Publication number: 20120235643
    Abstract: A charging seat includes a base, a cover, a number of conductive contacts, a lid, and a cleaning member. The cover defines an opening and covers the base. The conductive contacts are positioned on the base. The lid is pivotably connected to the cover. The lid is configured to rotate between a first position where the lid closes the opening and covers the conductive contacts, and a second position where the conductive contacts are exposed through the opening. The cleaning member is connected to the lid and is configured to clean the conductive contacts during the rotation of the lid from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: MENG-NAN LIN
  • Publication number: 20120223676
    Abstract: A system for maintaining a large number of Handheld Electronic Devices is implemented as a carrying case having circuitry configured to connect to the Handheld Electronic Devices to enable the HEDs to be charged and synchronized. The carrying case has a central area configured to hold the circuitry for charging and synchronizing the HEDs, and a pair of divider structures optionally made of foam on either side of the central area to hold the HEDs in a protective manner while stored in the carrying case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Tad Petrick, Philip Sopicki, John Poremba, Brian Wixted, Jim Fisher, Harrison Yuan, Mike Hansen
  • Patent number: 8259428
    Abstract: A voltage clamp protection circuit to protect against overvoltage conditions where there is insufficient current to blow a fuse. The voltage clamp protection circuit includes a voltage clamp and a thermal cutoff. The voltage clamp clamps any overvoltage to a clamping voltage. If an overvoltage condition persists for too long the voltage clamp dissipates a sufficient amount of heat to activate the thermal cutoff creating an open circuit that protects the rest of the circuit. The voltage clamp protection circuit may be used in combination with a variety of other protection circuits to provide increased protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Scott A. Mollema, David W. Baarman, Andrew C. Zeik, Dale R. Liff, Mark A. Blaha
  • Patent number: 8260200
    Abstract: A non-contact wireless communication apparatus and a mobile terminal apparatus are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Mobile Communications Japan, Inc.
    Inventors: Kanjiro Shimizu, Toshiyuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20120217930
    Abstract: A holder that holds a compact electric device includes a contact fitting that resiliently contacts a contact arranged in a surface of the electric device. A holding element is coupled to the contact fitting and supported by the holder. An urging portion urges the contact fitting from the holder to the contact of the electric device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Fumio Taniguchi, Daisuke Sone, Harumi Fukuki, Yasunori Ueda
  • Patent number: 8253371
    Abstract: An improved handheld electronic device in conjunction with an improved holder for the handheld electronic device together form an improved electronic device. The handheld electronic device includes a first battery, and the holder includes a second battery and a charging apparatus. When the handheld electronic device and the holder are electrically connected together, such as when the handheld electronic device is received in a cavity formed in the holder and a plurality of first contacts on the handheld electronic device and a plurality of second contacts on the holder are electrically connected together, the charging apparatus charges the first battery on the handheld electronic device from the second battery on the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Kamen B. Vitanov, Dusan Veselic
  • Patent number: 8253373
    Abstract: A charger for recharging the batteries of a portable electronic device even when no external power source is available. A battery or cell is installed within the charger, and when no access is available to a fixed power source into which the charger can be plugged, the internal battery or cell can be used to recharge the electronic device. The internal battery can be a primary battery or a secondary battery. In the latter case, the internal battery can be maintained in a charged state by means of circuitry which, when the charger is plugged into the external power source, charges the internal battery as well as the battery of the electronic device. The external power source can be either an AC power wall socket, in which case the charger includes AC/DC voltage conversion circuits, or a car lighter socket, or the DC output of a conventional wall charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Techtium Ltd
    Inventors: Dror Manor, Amnon Saar, Guy Weinstein, Daniel Breiting, Hans Vercoulen
  • Patent number: 8253372
    Abstract: A charging system includes a robot and a charging apparatus. The robot includes a rechargeable battery, a power receiving terminal electrically connecting with the rechargeable battery, and a detector for detecting a voltage of the battery. The charging apparatus for charging the robot includes a base comprising a receiving portion defining a sliding slot, a power supplying terminal disposed in the receiving portion and configured for electrically contacting with the power receiving terminal, a positioning board docked in the receiving portion for loading the robot, and a driving device including an inclined surface contacting with the positioning board via the sliding slot. The detector may send a control signal to the driving device to push the positioning board with the robot up from the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Shi Lai
  • Patent number: 8253375
    Abstract: A battery charger includes a bottom case comprising a bottom surface. A cover is attached on the case defining a curved groove and two openings. A seat is fixed on the bottom surface and comprises a first inclined surface inclined relative to the bottom surface. A slider is slidably arranged in the case and comprises two spring contacts aligned with the two openings, respectively. The slider is slidable to a position where the spring contacts protrude out of the two openings. The driving member is arranged in the bottom case and includes a post protruding out of the curved groove. A mating member comprises a second inclined surface inclined relative to the bottom surface engaging the first inclined surface. A first means is for allowing the mating member to slidably connect the mating member to the driving member and allowing the mating member to rotate together with the driving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuai Zhang, Yan-Yan Cao
  • Patent number: 8253377
    Abstract: A battery charger (10) for charging a rechargeable battery (45, 46) which is located in a hearing aid (18, 20), the battery charger (10) includes a power supply for supplying a charging current to the rechargeable battery (45, 46), a hearing aid connector for reception and accommodation of the hearing aid (18, 20), the connector having a set of first electrical terminals (36, 38) connected with the power supply and positioned for connection with the rechargeable battery (45, 46) when the hearing aid (18, 20) is positioned in the connector, and an actuator (32, 34) that is adapted for providing access to the battery (45, 46) for connection with the first electrical terminals (36, 38) when the hearing aid (18, 20) is positioned in the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: GN ReSound A/S
    Inventors: Hans Meincke, Kim Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8248028
    Abstract: The charging pad 10 is provided with a position detection controller 14 that supplies position detection signals to position detection coils 30, and detects induction coil 51 position from echo signals output from the induction coil 51. The device housing a battery 50 is provided with a series capacitor 55 connected in series with the induction coil 51, a parallel capacitor 56 connected in parallel with the induction coil 51, and a switching circuit 57. When the position detection controller 14 is issuing position detection signals, the parallel capacitor 56 is connected to the induction coil 51. When power is transmitted from the power supply coil 11 to the induction coil 51, the parallel capacitor 56 is not connected to the induction coil 51 and induction coil 51 AC is output to a rectifying circuit 53 through the series capacitor 55.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoichi Toya, Kyozo Terao
  • Patent number: 8242744
    Abstract: In a battery charger for charging a built-in secondary battery of a compact electric apparatus such as an electric shaver, an erroneous detection due to incomplete mounting of the compact electric apparatus on a mounting base is prevented with a simple and inexpensive configuration. A detection structure for detecting mounting of the compact electric apparatus on the mounting base comprises a charge contact member, a common contact member and a signal contact member which are electrically connected to a positive power source line, a negative power source line and a control signal line of the compact electric apparatus, respectively. A detection contact which electrically connects the signal contact member to the common contact member when the compact electric apparatus is not mounted on the mounting base is integrally formed on the signal contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhide Matsuoka, Fumio Taniguchi, Daisuke Sone
  • Patent number: 8242741
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, apparatus and devices for wireless charging of electronic devices that include magnets in close proximity to primary and secondary inductive charging coils to move the coils within close proximity and within axial alignment to one another. The system includes a charging apparatus including a first coil having within close proximity a first magnet, the primary coil and magnet together capable of moving within the charging apparatus in accordance with magnetic attraction. A battery charging device includes a secondary coil having within close proximity a second magnet. The magnets can attract so that the coils are moved close together. In this way the respective coils are coupled so that inductive charging may be provided. An engagement structure of the charging apparatus can help to maintain the first coil in a particular orientation within the charging apparatus so that the alignment of the coils is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: William C Phelps, III
  • Patent number: 8237401
    Abstract: A recharging system for a rechargeable battery in an electronic device includes a receiver and a power supply. The receiver is fixed to a surface of a casing of the electronic device. The receiver includes a receiving coil connected to the rechargeable battery. The receiving coil is a planar spiral coil substantially parallel to the surface of the casing of the electronic device. The power supply includes a base and a source coil attached to a surface of the base corresponding to the receiving coil, and the source coil is a planar spiral coil and capable of magnetically coupling to the receiving coil of the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kim-Yeung Sip, Xiong Li
  • Patent number: 8237414
    Abstract: Multi-mode charger device for charging portable devices and methods of charging portable devices are described. In an embodiment, a multi-mode charger device has mode blocks respectively associated with modes of operation which are coupled to a switch module. The switch module is for coupling a selected one of the mode blocks to a peripheral bus and to decouple the mode blocks remaining from the peripheral bus. A first mode of the modes of operation is a pass through mode. A second mode of the modes of operation is a first charging mode. A third mode of the modes of operation is a second charging mode. The first charging mode and the second charging mode are different from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Pericom Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Xianxin Li, Hong-Leong Hong, Adbullah Raouf, Anna Tam, John Chi-Hung Hui, Tat C. Choi
  • Patent number: 8234509
    Abstract: A portable power supply device for a mobile computing device is provided. The portable power supply device comprises a retention structure to retain the mobile computing device, a power source, and an inductive signal interface. The inductive signal interface is used to inductively signal power from the power source to a corresponding inductive signal interface of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard Gioscia, Manjirnath Chatterjee, John Tang
  • Patent number: 8228031
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) that charges a portable electronic device is disclosed. The apparatus can include a portable electronic device housing (110) including a first aperture (111) and at least one second aperture (112). The apparatus can include a battery (120) coupled to the portable electronic device housing and a generator (130) coupled to the battery, where the generator can be configured to charge the battery. The apparatus can include a rotatable turbine (140) enclosed within the portable electronic device housing and coupled to the generator, where the rotatable turbine can be configured to drive the generator. The apparatus can include a conduit (150) coupled to the rotatable turbine and coupled to the first aperture, where the conduit can be configured to provide fluid flow to drive the rotatable turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, inc.
    Inventors: Rachid Alameh, Greg Black, Mark Lemke, Martin Pais, Hugh Smith
  • Patent number: 8222860
    Abstract: A power transmission control device included in a contactless power transmission system in which power is transmitted from a power transmission device to a power receiving device by electromagnetically coupling a primary coil and a secondary coil and the power is supplied to a load of the power receiving device, includes a controller controlling the power transmission control device, and a load condition detection circuit detecting a load condition on a power receiving side. The controller determines the load condition on the power receiving side based on threshold information received from the power receiving device and load condition detection information from the load condition detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Kamijo, Yoichiro Kondo, Kota Onishi, Masayuki Kamiyama, Nobutaka Shiozaki
  • Patent number: 8217622
    Abstract: A specimen supporting and labeling system including the provision of at least one electronic device. A volume defining bin holds a plurality of specimens and supports the electronic device. A pedestal charging base seats within a recessed underside associated with the bin, with a first plurality of contact locations communicated along an upper face of the charging base. A second plurality of contact locations communicates along a bottom face of the bin associated with the recessed underside. The bin further incorporates an interior architecture extending from the second contact locations and communicates a charge originating from the base to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Mark A. Stocking
  • Publication number: 20120161705
    Abstract: A docking station module for portable communication device is disclosed. The docking station module includes a main module configured to connect to a portable communication device and supply power to the portable communication device, and at least one peripheral device adapter module detachably connected to the main module and a peripheral device for allowing the data to be transferred between the portable communication device and the peripheral device in an one-way manner or in a two-way manner and enabling the peripheral device adapter module to execute an extension function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: TECO IMAGE SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wei-Yin Huang
  • Publication number: 20120161706
    Abstract: A dock charger includes a main body and a connector. The main body includes a rear surface and a bottom surface cooperatively defining a recess for receiving one end of an electronic device therein. The rear surface defines a first through opening. The connector is slidably received in the first through opening and able to slide out of the first through opening to connect with the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CONG-BING ZHOU
  • Patent number: 8204551
    Abstract: An attachable battery pack having a battery body with a pivoted clamp for detachably fastening to one end of an intelligent cell phone (iPhone or Google phone) as a spare battery. The battery body is configured to overlay the display screen of the intelligent cell phone to provide protection for the display screen and includes a charging circuit and connector for charging the built-in battery of the intelligent cell phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Chih Hsing Lee
  • Publication number: 20120146571
    Abstract: A waterproof battery charger includes a housing and a charging assembly within the housing. The housing includes an upper housing defining a first recess and a lower housing defining a second recess. The lower housing are hinged together. The lower housing includes an elastic sealing layer that can be elastically deformed to provide a seal when the upper housing and the lower housing are closed together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MIN-CHIEH HSU, YING-HAO HSU
  • Patent number: 8198860
    Abstract: A charger includes a charger base, a charging circuitry, and an analyzer arrangement. The charger base includes at least one charging platform defining a receiving cavity. The analyzer arrangement includes an analyzing circuitry and an analyzer connector. The analyzer connector is provided on the charger base for electrically connecting the battery discharging terminals with the analyzing circuitry, wherein the charger is arranged to operate in at least one of a charger mode and an analyzer mode. In the charger mode, the rechargeable battery is arranged to insert in the receiving cavity in for charging the rechargeable by the charging circuitry. In the analyzer mode, the rechargeable battery is arranged to insert into the receiving cavity while the analyzer connector is extended from the charger base to electrically contact with the battery discharging terminals for allowing the rechargeable battery to be discharged and tested by the analyzing circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: DACA Electronics Company Limited
    Inventor: King Yiu Law
  • Patent number: 8193769
    Abstract: An inductively enabled audio speaker is disclosed configured to receive power inductively from an inductive power outlet. The audio speaker device has a voice coil which, as well as being able to produce an audible output, is further configured to function as a secondary inductor to inductively couple with a primary inductor. The inductively enabled audio speaker may be used to power an electrical device such as a Bluetooth earpiece, a telephone or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Powermat Technologies, Ltd
    Inventors: Yossi Azancot, Amir Ben-Shalom, Oola Greenwald, Arik Rofe