With Wick Patents (Class 392/395)
  • Patent number: 10667596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices that pre-warm topical preparation intended for application to skin. Specifically, the present invention relates to devices that pre-warm a premeasured amount of a topical preparation from a larger source without warming the full source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge Da Silva, Ronald J. Gillespie, Alexandru Paunescu
  • Patent number: 10561176
    Abstract: A vaping atomizer for use with a vaping device is provided. The atomizer includes an enclosure portion and a heating-element housing extending through the interior of the enclosure portion. A first cavity for receiving vaping liquid is at least partially formed between the enclosure portion and the heating-element housing. The heating-element housing includes at least one aperture formed therein facilitating transfer of the vaping liquid from the first cavity to a second cavity formed on the interior thereof. The at least one aperture formed in the heating-element housing can be generally shaped as a triangle. The size and shape of the least one aperture can be optimized to prevent the vaping liquid from flooding the interior cavity, and to accommodate uses of various vaping liquids having different viscosities, as well as to prevent liquid-absorbing material provided in the second cavity from drying out to prevent dry hits during use of the vaping atomizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUMA INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory D. Conley, Daniel C. Hillenbrandt, Jr., Rebecca L. Conley
  • Patent number: 10517333
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a battery assembly and an atomizer assembly within a housing with the battery assembly electrically connected to the atomizer assembly. The housing has one or more air inlets. A liquid storage component is in contact with a porous component of the atomizer assembly, with the porous component having a run-through hole. A heating wire is in an air flow path through the run-through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10485266
    Abstract: A smoking system includes a capillary wick for holding liquid, at least one air inlet, at least one air outlet and a chamber between the air inlet and air outlet. The air inlet, the air outlet and the chamber are arranged so as to define an air flow route from the air inlet to the air outlet via the capillary wick so as to convey aerosol formed from the liquid to the air outlet. The smoking system further includes at least one guide for channeling the air flow in the air flow route, so as to control particle size in the aerosol. The smoking system optionally includes at least one heater for heating the liquid in at least a portion of the capillary wick to form the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Thorens, Jean-Marc Flick, Olivier Yves Cochand, Flavien Dubief
  • Patent number: 10398173
    Abstract: A dual-voltage electronic cigarette control assembly, comprising a casing (4) of the control assembly, a control circuit board (2), and a key switch (3), wherein the control circuit board (2) is fixed into the casing by a fixing unit, and the key switch is electrically connected to the control circuit board. The control circuit board (2) is provided with a power managing module configured for outputting a high preset voltage or a low preset voltage and the power managing module comprises a boost (step-up) unit, a buck (step-down) unit or a buck-boost unit. The dual-voltage electronic cigarette control assembly of the present invention can help users to enjoy different vapor amounts according to their personal preference and enhances the power efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Guangrong Lin
  • Patent number: 10314337
    Abstract: An aerosol-forming member comprising a sheet of material configured to wick and to heat a solution. The sheet of material has a first section and a second section. The first section extends at an angle relative to the second section, wherein the first section is configured to be heated relative to the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BATMark Limited
    Inventor: Helmut Buchberger
  • Patent number: 10156353
    Abstract: An instantaneous heater (51) is mounted in a casing (20) of a smoke machine (10). The instantaneous heater (51) includes a heating rod (52), a flow guiding member (131) mounted around the heating rod (52), and an outer tube (64) mounted around the flow guiding member (131). The flow guiding member (131) includes an inner periphery (137) abutting an outer periphery (58) of the heating rod (52). A shallow, rectilinear heating passage (151) is defined in the inner periphery (137) of the flow guiding member (131) to permit a small amount of oil to pass therethrough. The oil can be directly and completely heated and vaporized by the heating rod (52) into smoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Ming-Cheng Chang
  • Patent number: 10092037
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette includes a liquid supply including liquid material, a heater operable to heat the liquid material to a temperature sufficient to vaporize the liquid material and form an aerosol, a wick in communication with the liquid material and in communication with the heater such that the wick delivers the liquid material to the heater, at least one air inlet operable to deliver air to a central air passage upstream of the heater, and a mouth end insert having at least two diverging outlets. The electronic cigarette can also include an air flow diverter which directs incoming air away from a heating zone of the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Altria Client Services LLC
    Inventors: Christopher S. Tucker, Geoffrey Brandon Jordan, Barry S. Smith, Ali A. Rostami, Charles E. B. Glenn, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10052444
    Abstract: A gas apparatus for use in a medical procedure may include a housing, a heater, a port, and a dispensing device. The housing defines a chamber having a gas inlet and a gas outlet. The heater warms a gas flowing through the chamber. The port is positioned in fluid communication with the chamber. The dispensing device is inserted within the port for delivering water in aerosol form to warmed gas as it exits the gas outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: NORTHGATE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Robert R. Mantell, Peter A. Manzie
  • Patent number: 10021905
    Abstract: A smoking apparatus has a vessel, a smoke generation structure coupled to a lower portion of the vessel for accommodating smoke-generation substance for generating smoke, and for guiding the smoke into the vessel, a smoke guide for discharging the smoke out of the vessel, and a pump for pumping the smoke from the smoking generation structure into the vessel and for pumping the smoke out of the vessel through the smoke guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Modern Vital Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lloyd Bebee
  • Patent number: 10004259
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic smoking article that provides for improved aerosol delivery. Particularly, the article provides for separate delivery of two or more components of an aerosol precursor composition to one or more heaters so as to control the rate of delivery or the rate of heating of the separate components of the aerosol precursor composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Andries Don Sebastian, Karen V. Williams, Stephen Benson Sears, Bradley James Ingebrethsen, Balager Ademe, Steven Lee Alderman, William Robert Collett, Grady Lance Dooly, Charles Jacob Novak, III
  • Patent number: 9999247
    Abstract: An aerosol generating device is provided, including a housing configured to receive an aerosol-forming substrate having an internal cavity; a heating element configured to be received within the internal cavity of the substrate, and a positioning mechanism coupled to the heating element and to the housing being configured to move the heating element between a plurality of heating positions within the cavity. There is also provided an aerosol generating device including a housing configured to receive an aerosol-forming substrate, a heating element configured to heat a portion of the substrate, and a positioning mechanism configured to move the heating element from a first position next to a first portion of the substrate, to a second position remote from the substrate, and then to a third position next to a second portion of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.
    Inventors: Dani Ruscio, Olivier Greim, Julien Plojoux
  • Patent number: 9943108
    Abstract: An electronic vapor provision device comprising a power cell, a vaporizer and a liquid store, wherein the vaporizer comprises a heater and a heater support, wherein the liquid store comprises a porous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NICOVENTURES HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Christopher Lord
  • Patent number: 9884133
    Abstract: The present invention refers to an electric evaporation device with adjustable evaporation intensity, wherein a shield member (4) is displaceable between a minimum evaporation position in which it is interposed between a heating resistor (5) and an upper part of a wick (3), and a maximum evaporation position in which part of the shield member is located below said resistor (5). Since the shield member (4) is moved downwardly below the resistor (5), the upper end (13) of the wick (3) be located very close to an aperture (10) for the exit of the vaporized substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: ZOBELE HOLDING SPA
    Inventors: Daniel Tebé Poves, Gianluca Paolazzi
  • Patent number: 9854847
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic smoking article that provides for improved aerosol delivery. Particularly, the article comprises a wicking element useful for improving delivery of aerosol precursor to a heating element. In particular, the wick can take on a brush-like configuration. The present disclosure further relates to methods of forming an aerosol in a smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Benson Sears, Grady Lance Dooly, David William Griffith, Jr., Andries Don Sebastian, Yi-Ping Chang
  • Patent number: 9844097
    Abstract: This heating assembly comprises a thermally conductive tube (42), to be immersed in a thermally expandable material of a thermostatic element of a valve, an electric heating resistor disposed inside the tube and from which there extend electrically conductive wires (62), and a unitary housing (1) made from plastic, through which the fluid to be regulated flows via the valve, and which is secured by over-molding of a longitudinal end portion (44) of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: VERNET
    Inventors: Nicolas Pottie, Guillaume Gautier-Graindorge
  • Patent number: 9763476
    Abstract: There is provided an electrically operated aerosol generating system for receiving an aerosol-forming substrate. The system includes a liquid storage portion for storing liquid aerosol-forming substrate, an electric heater including at least one heating element for heating the liquid aerosol-forming substrate, and electric circuitry configured to monitor activation of the electric heater and estimate an amount of liquid aerosol-forming substrate remaining in the liquid storage portion based on the monitored activation. There is also provided a method in an electrically operated aerosol generating system including a liquid storage portion for storing liquid aerosol-forming substrate and an electric heater including at least one heating element for heating the liquid aerosol-forming substrate, the method including monitoring activation of the electric heater and estimating an amount of liquid aerosol-forming substrate remaining in the liquid storage portion based on the monitored activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Marc Flick
  • Patent number: 9616149
    Abstract: A liquid presence detecting device that has a simple and compact configuration, and which is high in efficiency, and an air improving device including the detecting device. The liquid presence detecting device includes a magnesium-air battery, and an electrical load. When liquid exists in a detection point, the magnesium-air battery operates (generates electricity), and, when liquid does not exist in the detection point, the operation of the magnesium-air battery stops. Therefore, the liquid presence detecting device detects the presence of liquid, and functions also as a power supply. The air improving device includes the liquid presence detecting device functioning also as a power supply, a device body, and an air improver which is detachably attached into the device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HOSIDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshikazu Iwaki, Kimitake Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9420829
    Abstract: A smoking system includes a capillary wick for holding liquid, at least one air inlet, at least one air outlet and a chamber between the air inlet and air outlet. The air inlet, the air outlet and the chamber are arranged so as to define an air flow route from the air inlet to the air outlet via the capillary wick so as to convey aerosol formed from the liquid to the air outlet. The smoking system further includes at least one guide for channeling the air flow in the air flow route, so as to control particle size in the aerosol. The smoking system optionally includes at least one heater for heating the liquid in at least a portion of the capillary wick to form the aerosol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Thorens, Jean-Marc Flick, Olivier Yves Cochand, Flavien Dubief
  • Publication number: 20150130088
    Abstract: A volatile substance delivery system includes a volatile substance container to contain a volatile substance, a volatile substance delivery structure, and a volatile substance drop delivery system to deliver a drop of the volatile substance to the volatile substance delivery structure for delivery to an ambient environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MICROLIN, LLC
    Inventors: Ashok V. Joshi, David J. Erekson, Jessica Elwell, Jeremy Heiser
  • Publication number: 20150114411
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an inhaler component for the formation of a vapor-air mixture and/or a condensation aerosol by evaporation of a liquid material and optionally the condensation of the formed vapor. In one example, the inhaler component includes an electrical heater to evaporate liquid, a capillary wick that together with the electrical heater defines a compound structure that supplies liquid to the electrical heater, and a carrier supporting the compound structure. The carrier makes electrical contact with the electrical heater, and at least partially defines a portion of a capillary gap. The capillary gap is in fluid communication with the wick and automatically supplies liquid to the compound structure. Internal and external sides or faces of the carrier (relative to the compound structure) can define portions of the capillary gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: BATMARK Limited
    Inventor: Helmut BUCHBERGER
  • Publication number: 20150078735
    Abstract: An electronic personal vaporizer is provided, having components including a heating element; a liquid container; a power source to provide power to the heating element; a first bulkhead defining an airway at a first end of the vaporizer; a second bulkhead separating the power source from the heating element and liquid container; and a shell containing the heating element, liquid container and power source. The shell is made of flexible printed circuit and is rolled or folded around the other components to allow for electronic communications to pass along the vaporizer without piercing the bulkheads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Cameron Lanning Cormack
  • Patent number: 8983279
    Abstract: A method of emitting a volatile material includes the step of programming a volatile material dispenser to include at least two intensity levels, wherein upon initiation of each of the intensity levels for an operating cycle, a resistor is operated at a first percentage of its power rating for a first period of time. Upon selection of a first of the at least two intensity levels and after the first period of time, the resistor is operated at a second percentage of its power rating for a remainder of an operating cycle. Upon selection of a second of the at least two intensity levels and after the first period of time, the resistor is operated at the second percentage of its power rating for a second period of time and, after the second period of time, operating the resistor at a third percentage of its power rating for a remainder of an operating cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel E. Adair, Imre J. Dancs, Brian T. Davis, Miguel A. Esparza, Kamran Faterioun, Tracy L. Guard, Sebastian D. Hasik, Dirk K. Nickel, Jesse Richard, Christopher R. Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20150059787
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an atomizer head assembly, comprising: an outer tube; an inner tube disposed in the outer tube, having a outer supporter openings formed on a lateral side of wall of the inner tube; a liquid storage chamber formed between the inner tube and the outer tube; a liquid inlet opening formed on a lateral side of wall of the outer tube; and an atomizing member having an end arranged in the one or more outer supporter openings. Moreover, the atomizing head assembly of the present invention comprises a plurality of atomizing members for atomizing liquid electrically connected in parallel and spatially arrange in various configurations, such that the atomizer head assembly can operated with an elevated voltage such that the heat generated per unit time by the atomizer head assembly is increased and the volume of atomized cigarette liquid in the atomizing chamber is increased accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Weihua Qiu
  • Patent number: 8948578
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inhaler component for the formation of a vapor-air mixture and/or a condensation aerosol by evaporation of a liquid material and optionally the condensation of the formed vapor, comprising: a housing, an electric heating element for the evaporation of a portion of the liquid material; a wick with a capillary structure, said wick forming a compound structure with the heating element and automatically supplying the heating element with the liquid material; a carrier plate, preferably a printed circuit board, which carries the compound structure and on which the heating element is electrically contacted; and a capillary gap, formed at least in part by the carrier plate, for automatically supplying liquid material to the compound structure in that an end section of the wick protrudes into the capillary gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: BATMARK Limited
    Inventor: Helmut Buchberger
  • Publication number: 20150027471
    Abstract: A cartomizer assembly of an electronic cigarette which is formed from automated assembly compatible parts comprises a container assembly including a container and a heater coil surrounding a wick in an airflow space of the container. The entire coil of the heater coil is inside the container and the heater coil is configured to heat liquid on the wick to generate an aerosol mist during a vaporization process. A liquid storage space is in liquid communication with the wick and is operable to supply liquid to the wick. The heater, the wick, and the container are shaped such that the heater and wick can be dropped into the container during automated assembly thereof and be directed to and located at a desired location in the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Zvika Feldman, Arie Holtz, Eyal Peleg, Sammy Capuano
  • Publication number: 20140376895
    Abstract: An atomizer of an electronic cigarette may have a double-layered shell body, a nozzle cap, an electronic wick, and a contact piece, wherein the double-layered shell body includes an outer tube, an inner tube, and an inner layer. The outer tube also has outer threads and the inner tube has inner threads, a recessed slot, an upper protruding portion and a lower protruding portion. The nozzle cap has an air hole, a nozzle and a threaded structure corresponding to the outer threads of the outer tube of the double-layered shell body. The electronic wick has a wick, a heating wire, leads and a filtering rod with a center through hole; while a contact piece has a wing-shaped elastic piece, an insulating spacer and a rivet, wherein the insulating spacer is used to separate the wing-shaped elastic piece and the rivet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Sihui Han
  • Patent number: 8910640
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic smoking article that provides for improved aerosol delivery. Particularly, the article comprises a wicking element useful for improving delivery of aerosol precursor to a heating element. In particular, the wick can take on a brush-like configuration. The present disclosure further relates to methods of forming an aerosol in a smoking article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Steven Benson Sears, Grady Lance Dooly, David William Griffith, Jr., Andries Don Sebastian, Yi-Ping Chang
  • Patent number: 8903228
    Abstract: In a vapor delivery device, a carrier or an expedient for an active ingredient is a liquid that can be vaporized by exposure to a concentrated, focused heating point using an efficient electrical power source. The device may have a vaporizing element and an electrical power source in a housing. A switch controls supply of electrical power to the vaporizing element from the electrical power source. A tube connects a liquid reservoir to the vaporizing element. A first valve, a second valve, and a pump are generally associated with the tube. A lever pivotally supported on or in the housing may be positioned to operate the first valve, the second valve, the pump and the switch, via pivoting movement of the lever. The device efficiently provides a uniform dose of vapor with each actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Chong Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Goodman, William O'Neill, Alexander Chong, William Bartkowski
  • Patent number: 8897630
    Abstract: An aerosol generator periodically forms aerosolized fragrance material by repeatedly supplying a liquid fragrance material to a capillary passage via only capillary action and heating the capillary passage, such that the liquid fragrance material at least partially volatilizes and is driven out of an outlet of the capillary passage. A wick feeds the liquid fragrance material to an inlet of the capillary passage by capillary action. An apparatus and method for generating such an aerosolized fragrance material, as well as the methods of heating, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Walter A. Nichols, David Keeler, Christopher Tucker
  • Publication number: 20140332022
    Abstract: An atomizing device of an electronic cigarette includes an atomizing sleeve; an oil reserving member arranged in the atomizing sleeve and configured for reserving a tobacco oil; an air pipe extending through the oil reserving member, a porous body and a heating coil. The air pipe has a clamping portion formed thereon, and the porous body is clamped by the clamping portion and extending into the oil reserving member to absorb the tobacco oil. The heating coil wraps around the porous body and is configured for heating and atomizing the tobacco oil on the porous body. An electronic cigarette is also provided, which includes the atomizing device and a power supply configured for powering the atomizing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Shenzhen First Union Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: YONGHAI LI, ZHONGLI XU
  • Patent number: 8875412
    Abstract: A dryer burner apparatus includes a gas supply line that is fluidly coupled to a gas supply. A burner tube is fluidly coupled the gas supply line and has a top side and a bottom side. The burner tube has a plurality of apertures extending therethrough and the apertures are positioned in the bottom side. An air mixer is positioned below the burner tube. The air mixer has a plurality of air openings extending therethrough. A blower directs air upwardly to the burner tube so that the air can be heated by the burner tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Allan Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140301722
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing system is described comprising a universal refill of liquid and an emanation device; wherein the refill comprises: a housing having an inner volume and an outer surface; at least one reservoir in the inner volume of the housing for holding the liquid; at least one aperture in the housing sealed by a sealing means; and at least one wick provided on or connected to the outer surface of the housing, wherein said wick(s) is not extend to the inner volume of the housing; and wherein the emanation device is selected from: an emanation device configured to spray the liquid; an emanation device configured to evaporate the liquid by electrically powered means; an emanation device configured to evaporate the liquid by passive, non-electrically powered means; an emanation device configured to emanate the liquid by two or more of spraying the liquid, evaporating the liquid by electrically powered means and/or evaporating the liquid by passive, non-electrically powered means; characterised in that each
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: Helen Stephenson, Richard Koontz, Paul Newton
  • Publication number: 20140283857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an anti-tamper atomizer and electronic cigarette. Wherein the anti-tamper atomizer comprises a protective sleeve, a suction nozzle cap fixed on a first end of the protective sleeve, and a battery cartridge connector fixed on a second end of the protective sleeve; a vent pipe, a heater strip component and an oil storage cotton coated outside of the vent pipe and the heater strip component are arranged in the protective sleeve, the battery cartridge connector comprises a protective sleeve connecting part and a battery cartridge connecting part connected with each other, wherein the battery cartridge connector has a center hole extending along the axis of the protective sleeve, and a groove is formed at the adjacency of the protective sleeve connecting part and the battery cartridge connecting part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Publication number: 20140286630
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inhaler component for the formation of a vapour-air mixture and/or a condensation aerosol by evaporation of a liquid material and optionally the condensation of the formed vapour, comprising: a housing, an electric heating element for the evaporation of a portion of the liquid material; a wick with a capillary structure, said wick forming a compound structure with the heating element and automatically supplying the heating element with the liquid material; a carrier plate, preferably a printed circuit board, which carries the compound structure and on which the heating element is electrically contacted; and a capillary gap, formed at least in part by the carrier plate, for automatically supplying liquid material to the compound structure in that an end section of the wick protrudes into the capillary gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: BATMARK LIMITED
    Inventor: Helmut Buchberger
  • Publication number: 20140261491
    Abstract: An electronic smoking article, a method of manufacturing an electronic smoking article, and a method of achieving a smoking experience without combusting tobacco are disclosed. The electronic smoking article includes an authenticated first section, which includes an aerosol generation unit having at least one heater; an authenticated second section, which includes a power supply operable to apply voltage to the at least one heater for heating a liquid in at least a portion of the aerosol generation unit to form an aerosol; and a conductive ink circuit embedded within the first and second sections, and wherein the power supply and the aerosol generation unit are electrically connected upon joining the first and second sections, and wherein each of the first and second sections has a portion of the conductive ink circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Altria Client Services Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Hawes
  • Publication number: 20140205272
    Abstract: This invention relates to a conductive composite wick comprising a porous wicking element coupled a conductive element for releasing vaporizable materials from devices such as an air freshener device or insect control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: POREX CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Graham Midgette, Guoqiang Mao, Timothy Martin, Edward Jino Kim, Christopher Lynch
  • Patent number: 8781307
    Abstract: A portable vaporizer having an electronic control unit electrically coupled to a power source and an atomizer. The electronic control unit utilizes a voltage regulator which allows changes in an output voltage supplied to the atomizer in response to a change in electrical resistance of a potentiometer incorporated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Buzzetti
  • Patent number: 8752545
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inhaler component for forming a vapor-air mixture and/or condensation aerosol by vaporising a liquid material and optionally condensing the vapor formed, including: a heating element for vaporising a portion of the liquid material; a wick for automatically supplying the liquid material to the heating element, wherein the wick comprises at least two end sections arranged apart from each other; a first capillary gap for automatically supplying the liquid material to the wick, wherein a first end section of the wick projects into the first capillary gap. In order that the heating element can be supplied more quickly and more reliably with the liquid material, a second capillary gap is provided, which receives therein the second end section of the wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: BATMark Limited
    Inventor: Helmut Buchberger
  • Publication number: 20140161428
    Abstract: A liquid dispensing system comprising a universal refill of liquid and an emanation device; wherein the refill comprises: a housing; at least one reservoir in the housing for holding the liquid; at least one aperture in the housing sealed by at least one valve wherein said at least one valve defines a liquid pathway from the reservoir to the exterior of the refill, wherein at least one of said valve(s) is configured to be automatically resealable when not being held open; at least one wick housed entirely within the housing; and wherein the emanation device is selected from: an emanation device configured to spray the liquid; an emanation device configured to evaporate the liquid by electrically powered means; an emanation device configured to evaporate the liquid by passive, non-electrically powered means; an emanation device configured to emanate the liquid by two or more of spraying the liquid, evaporating the liquid by electrically powered means and/or evaporating the liquid by passive, non-electrically p
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Reckitt & Colman (overseas) Limited
    Inventor: Helen Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8750693
    Abstract: A system for consistently emitting a volatile material includes a volatile material dispenser having a diffusion element. The system further includes a refill adapted for disposal within the volatile material dispenser and including a container having a volatile material disposed therein and a wick having a first end disposed in contact with the volatile material in the container and a second end extending out of the container. A time constant for (Parameter 4) for the system is less than or equal to about 1.0 hour when estimated using the equation: Predicted mass change=Parameter4+(Parameter3*T)+(Parameter2*exp(?T/Parameter1)).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitin Sharma, Maciej K. Tasz, Ross Peter Jones
  • Patent number: 8750694
    Abstract: An automobile 12 volt air freshener that includes a connecter portion and a head portion, the connecter portion interconnectable with an automobile cigarette lighter, the head portion rotatably, anglably, and extensibly moveable upon a shaft disposed on a proximal end of the connector portion, the head portion including a bulb-shaped casing and an interior cavity, the head portion having a thermostat disposed within the interior cavity, the thermostat in operational communication with a heating element, with a fill reservoir releasably attachable to a reservoir input by means of a threaded fastener, whereby an aromatic scent disposed within the fill reservoir is conveyed to a sorbent member within the interior cavity, and the aromatic scent is volitalized when the heating element is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventors: Doreen Porretta, Antoinette Porretta
  • Publication number: 20140153910
    Abstract: A device for emanating a liquid wherein the device is for use with a refill of liquid, wherein the device comprises: a housing with at least one exit port for emanated liquid therein; a hollow and elongate extraction limb having at least one aperture therein to define a fluid flow path from the said at least one aperture into the hollow extraction limb and to said at least one exit port; a heater that, in use, can transfer heat therefrom to at least a part of the extraction limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: RECKITT & COLMAN (OVERSEAS) LIMITED
    Inventor: Helen Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8737826
    Abstract: There is provided a smoke generating device for use with a vaporizing material. The smoke generating device includes a housing defining an inner chamber configured to receive the vaporizing material, and a heating element disposed within the housing. A capillary is disposed within the inner chamber and is in thermal communication with the heating element. The capillary includes opposed first and second end portions, with the first end portion being disposable in the vaporizing material and the second end portion defining an opening in fluid communication with the internal chamber. The capillary is configured to convey the vaporizing material to the heating element. An inlet conduit in fluid communication with the inner chamber and fluidly connectable to a pressurized fluid source, and an outlet conduit in fluid communication with the inner chamber and configured to convey vapor from the inner chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Redline Detection, LLC
    Inventors: Gene Stauffer, Kenneth Pieroni
  • Publication number: 20140140683
    Abstract: A device for emanating a liquid is described wherein the device is for use with a refill of liquid, wherein the device comprises: a housing with at least one exit port for emanated liquid therein; a hollow and elongate extraction limb having at least one capillary tube therein, said at least one capillary tube being open at one end to extract liquid from the refill and open at the other end to deposit said liquid on at least one wick provided only on an outer surface of a refill housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Reckitt & Colman (Overseas) Limited
    Inventors: Helen Stephenson, Richard Koontz, Paul Newton
  • Patent number: 8718454
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to manufacturing electric volatile substance evaporators for evaporating aromatic substances and/or insecticides for example and the invention more specifically allows the modular construction of these types of devices such that based on a basic evaporator, a manufacturer of electric evaporators can incorporate additional elements to the device in order to produce different types of evaporators without altering the basic evaporator design, where the module comprises a casing having a first surface configured to be assembled with a volatile substance evaporator and internally carries an electric device intended to cooperate in the operation of the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Zobele Espana S.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Caserta, Ruben García Fäbrega, Ricard Tomás Vilarasa
  • Patent number: 8716632
    Abstract: A scent bowl may include a base having an external concave base surface and at least one sidewall extending from the base. A majority of the base and the at least one sidewall may be formed of ceramic material. A system for scenting the air in a room with scent from a scent bowl may include a scent bowl warmer configured to generate heat at a first temperature and a detachable and separate scent bowl including a base having an external concave base surface and at least one sidewall extending from the base and a scent emitter therein, the scent emitter having a fragrance and a second temperature at which the fragrance evaporates. The first temperature is high enough to evaporate at least a portion of the fragrance from the scent emitter in the bowl in less than three hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Gold Canyon International, LLC
    Inventors: Maxine Pesu, Fatima Silva, Stephanie Tierney, Leann Waisath, Lynae Parrott
  • Publication number: 20140093224
    Abstract: The invention refers to an electrical heating evaporator for evaporating active substances such as perfumes and/or insecticides, in which the means for regulating the evaporation rate comprises an electrical heater resistor for which the power supplied is regulated through a potentiometer constructed on a printed circuit board. The evaporation rate can be adjusted for a wide variety of types of chemical substances, without the need of substantially modifying the design of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Stefano Deflorian, Juan Antonio Gomez Gracia, Cedric Morhain
  • Patent number: 8666236
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are more energy efficient heaters for dispensing volatile air treatment chemicals. The heaters have a housing with a base and a cover, the base and cover together defining an enclosure with an internal generally ring-shaped cavity and an axial through bore. One of the base and cover has an essentially cylindrical extension that is integral therewith, extends towards the other of the base and cover, and forms a portion of the axial through bore. First and second electrical contacts are positioned in the cavity with portions overlapping against a heater. A metallic heat transfer sleeve formed separately from the base and cover is positioned radially outward and around the essentially cylindrical extension, and has a flange abutting one of the contacts. Also disclosed are dispensers that incorporate these heaters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Joao Paulo Possidonio Miguens, Zhang Wei, Ren Jianhui
  • Publication number: 20140037273
    Abstract: A volatile material dispenser includes a housing having at least one wall and a cavity disposed within the housing and a refill having a volatile material therein and a wick in contact with the volatile material and extending out of the refill. The dispenser further includes a heater arrangement disposed within the cavity and surrounding the wick when the refill is inserted into the dispenser. The heater arrangement provides a reduced power consumption of at least about 30% as compared to other similar volatile material dispensers that have an average rate of weight loss that is similar to or less than the volatile material dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Jaworski, Dennis J. Beaumont, Scott D. Walter