Hand-held Patents (Class 392/404)
  • Patent number: 11156766
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an aerosol delivery device comprising a control device that is connectable with a cartridge and that can include one or more additional elements for improving one or both of visible indications of use to a user and resistance to infiltration of liquid into the control device. More particularly, the control device may include a light guide configured for transmitting to a window from a light source that is off-set from the window and a controller configured to direct a varying level of light from the light source. The control device may include one or more elements that are configured to limit infiltration of liquids into the control device and thus may be consider to be water-resistant or water-proof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Jacob Novak, III, Sean A. Daugherty, Michael Ryan Galloway, Justin Holt
  • Patent number: 11134720
    Abstract: A power supply unit for an aerosol inhaler includes a power supply dischargeable to a load for heating an aerosol generation source, a first sensor configured to output a signal indicating an aerosol generation request, and a processing device configured to acquire the signal. The processing device causes the power supply unit to operate in a first mode in which a maximum power consumption amount is a first amount and a second mode in which a maximum power consumption amount is smaller than the first amount, causes the power supply unit to operate in the second mode when a period during which the signal is not acquired exceeds a predetermined time in the first mode, and causes the power supply unit to operate such that a maximum power consumption amount is less than the first amount at a timing before the period exceeds the predetermined time in the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Takuma Nakano, Keiji Marubashi, Hajime Fujita
  • Patent number: 11089816
    Abstract: A power supply unit of an aerosol generation apparatus includes: a power supply capable of discharging to a load for generating an aerosol from an aerosol source; a controller configured to control the power supply; a housing configured to house the power supply and the controller; and a plurality of sensors capable of outputting the same physical quantity inside the housing. The controller is configured to diagnose a state of the power supply unit based on outputs of the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: JAPAN TOBACCO INC.
    Inventors: Kazuma Mizuguchi, Manabu Yamada, Ryoji Fujita, Hajime Fujita
  • Patent number: 10986876
    Abstract: A charger assembly is configured to charge the electronic vaping device. The charger assembly includes a base including a housing defining a port. The port is configured to receive a tip end of an electronic vaping device. The port includes a magnetic electrical contact centrally positioned at a bottom of the port and a first pin positioned at the bottom of the port. The charger assembly also includes a microprocessor electrically connected to the magnetic electrical contact and the first pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Brandon Jordan, Barry S. Smith, Douglas A. Burton, Eric Hawes, Sean Sundberg, Berina Yerkic-Husejnovic
  • Patent number: 10883222
    Abstract: This invention is able to attach to standard handheld hair blow dryers, and can turn most standard hair blow dryers into an iron, for wrinkle free clothing and fabric. The invention allows the same tool to be used to dry your hair, and converted into an iron by attaching this device. This newly invented attachment, allows you to blow dry your hair and iron your clothes, without the risk of scorching fabric, using your standard blow dryer. This invention enables ironing even with clothes on a hanger. This invention, when attached to a standard blow dryer, conveniently may be used to dry clothing fast, after exposure to rain, snow, beach environments and at the same time remove wrinkles. It is portable, lightweight, metal-free, biodegradable, and conforms to the size of most standard dryers, making it ideal for air travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: Vivian Lou Lewis, Natashia Natalie Lewis
  • Patent number: 10327478
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette comprises nicotine without harmful tar. The cigarette includes a shell, a cell, nicotine solution, control circuit, and an electro-thermal vaporization nozzle installed in the air suction end of the shell. The advantages of the present invention are smoking without tar, reducing the risk of cancer, the user still gets a smoking experience, the cigarette is not lit, and there is no fire danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FONTEM HOLDINGS 1 B.V.
    Inventor: Lik Hon
  • Patent number: 10219547
    Abstract: An atomizer compartment structure includes an oil storage compartment and a heating core support. The upper end of the oil storage tank is a closed end, and the lower end of the oil storage tank has a tubular oil conduit and an air conduit, and the external wall of the oil storage compartment has a latch buckle disposed at an end near the air conduit. The upper end of the heating core support has an oil filling hole corresponsive to the oil conduit and an air guide hole corresponsive to the air conduit, and the external wall of the heating core support has an engaging slot for engaging the latch buckle. When the oil storage compartment and the heating core support are latched tightly, the oil conduit extends into the oil filling hole and the air conduit extends into the air guide hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Boulder (Shenzhen) Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zeqi Wang, Jinhua Chen, Haiyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 10206433
    Abstract: A controlling method for an electronic cigarette with multiple output modes and an electronic cigarette are disclosed. The controlling method comprises receiving a first operation signal for switching between output modes when the electronic cigarette is in a standby state. An output mode is in a memory, the output mode corresponding to the first operation signal and displacing a previous output mode. When the electronic cigarette receives a smoking signal, outputs are controlled according to the output mode stored in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Ya-Ling Ding
  • Patent number: 9078474
    Abstract: A cartomizer for an electronic cigarette having an elongated, hollow body with a mouthpiece in a first end and a battery coupling in an opposite second end. An atomizing coil is disposed in the body generally perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the cartomizer and has positive and negative terminal leads pressfit connected to positive and negative terminals separated by an insulative spacer in the battery coupling. A fibrous wick is inserted inside the atomizing coil and a cloth tube is disposed generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the cartomizer and extends from the atomizing coil to the mouthpiece. A volatile liquid mixture of preferably 80% propylene glycol and 20% veggie glycol with liquid nicotine and/or flavoring is disposed in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Spencer Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140355969
    Abstract: A cartomizer section of an electronic cigarette can be connected to a battery section of the electronic cigarette. The cartomizer section comprises a liquid reservoir operable to store liquid material and a one-way valve. The one-way valve is operable to seal an end of the cartomizer section which is in fluid communication with the liquid reservoir. The one-way valve is configured to allow one directional air flow towards a user's mouth during a draw on the electronic cigarette so as to prevent back flow of vapor produced during operation of the electronic cigarette towards the battery section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SIS Resources, Ltd.
    Inventor: Joel Stern
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140345334
    Abstract: A steam head (130) for a garment steamer, comprising a handle (132), a steam duct, extending through or otherwise connected to the handle, having an upstream portion (134) with an upstream end (134a) that is configured to be connected to a steam hose (20), and a downstream portion (150) with a downstream end (150b) that defines a steam ejection opening (157), a frontal contact surface (156) that is at least partially provided for by a circumferential edge (155) of the steam ejection opening (157), and that that is configured to be in grazing contact with a garment when, during use, steam is released from the steam ejection opening (157) onto the garment, wherein a surface area of the frontal contact surface is smaller than an area of the steam ejection opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Hee Keng Chua
  • Publication number: 20140332019
    Abstract: An atomizing device comprises an atomizing seat, and an atomizer having a heating wire and disposed at one side of the atomizing seat. A first electrode assembly is disposed at another side of the atomizing seat away from the atomizer. The first electrode assembly includes a first seat body and a first electrode post, two of which two of which are insulated from each other and respectively connected with two ends of the heating wire to form the positive and negative electrode. The first seat body resists the atomizing seat and clamps a first end of the heating wire therebetween, and the first electrode post resists the atomizing seat and clamps a second end of the heating wire therebetween. The heating wire is secured by the squeezing of the atomizing seat and the first electrode assembly, the atomizing sleeve, which has a stable structure and low cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Publication number: 20140334804
    Abstract: A portable atomizing apparatus according to the present invention includes a battery case, an atomizing device, a body case, a control unit, and a suction adjustment. The battery case receives a battery, and the atomizing device includes a heating member electrically connected to the battery for generating heat to atomize a source material. The body case is connected between the battery case and the atomizing device. Besides, the control unit is mounted inside the body case, electrically connected to the battery and to the heating member, so that the control unit receives an electrical power from the battery to control the output signal delivered to the heating member. Also, the suction adjustment opens or closes an air inlet of the atomizing apparatus so as to adjust the amount of air entering the atomizing apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Dong Su Choi
  • Publication number: 20140290650
    Abstract: A handheld vapor dispenser with rapidly interchangeable vapor tubes extending outside of the dispenser housing. A first exemplary embodiment uses a battery and a timing circuit to volatize the vapor-producing material and a positive air pressure source, such as a squeeze bulb, to expel the vapor from the tube. A second exemplary embodiment is rechargeable and has multiple vapor tubes in parallel spaced-apart proximity extending from the housing. A recharging station for multiple vapor dispensers that also provides vapor tube storage and access is disclosed. A third exemplary embodiment couples positive air pressure to the air inlet of an electronic cigarette to expel vapor from the mouthpiece for flavoring drinks. A dispensing tube that sealingly attaches to the mouthpiece is also disclosed. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Johnathan Ivey
  • 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: 20140270730
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to atomizers for an aerosol delivery device such as a smoking article. The atomizer may include a liquid transport element and a wire continuously extending along a longitudinal length thereof. The wire may define end portions, contact portions, and a heating portion. The wire may be continuously wound about the liquid transport element such that each of the portions of the wire defines coils. A related input, cartridge, and method of forming atomizers also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
    Inventors: John DePiano, David Smith, Patsy Coppola, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Steven Lee Alderman, James William McClellan, John William Wolber, Frank S. Silveira, Michael Laine, Paul A. Brinkley, Grady Lance Dooly
  • Publication number: 20140270729
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an input for production of atomizers and atomizers formed from a sheet of a material, and which may be employed in an aerosol delivery device such as a smoking article. The input may include a carrier and heating elements coupled thereto. The heating elements may include first and second ends and interconnected alternating loops disposed therebetween. The heating elements may be oriented parallel to a longitudinal axis of the carrier, or perpendicular thereto. The heating elements may be coupled to a liquid transport element by bending the interconnected loops at least partially around the liquid transport element. The ends of the heating element may be coupled to heater terminals. A related method for forming atomizers is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY
    Inventors: John DePiano, David Smith, Charles Jacob Novak, III, Frank S. Silveira, Michael Laine, Robert Alden Metcalfe, John William Wolber
  • Publication number: 20140093225
    Abstract: An electrical water heating appliance includes pump means connected to a water heating means via a water flow path. One or more flow-regulating valve means are arranged in the flow path to regulate the flow of water to the heating means so as to achieve a substantially uniform flow rate. The flow-regulating valve means may include a pressure-compensating valve means arranged to achieve a substantially uniform flow rate regardless of the water pressure. A suitable pressure-compensating valve means may include an elastic diaphragm arranged to regulate the flow by distorting in response to the pressure of water entering the valve means. The water heating means may be a water boiler for steam generation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Strix Limited
    Inventor: Steven Anthony Ashton
  • Publication number: 20140041658
    Abstract: An improved medicant delivery system 100 is disclosed wherein the carrier for the medicant is a fluid that can be atomized or vaporized by exposure to heat. The system provides for repeatable dose of medicant, can be stored in any orientation, and/or has an ability to maximize energy efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jack Goodman, William O'Neill, Alexander ChinHak Chong, William P. Bartkowski, Peter Joseph Kovach, Larry Gawain Linde, Randy Eugene Berg
  • Patent number: 8555533
    Abstract: A steam brush of the present invention, it relates to a household appliance equipped with an electric heater. The steam brush of the present invention, the inside of its housing is disposed with a water tank, a water pump and an electric heating plate, a switch disposed on said housing is respectively connected to the external power line and the electric heating plate; wherein said housing is cylinder-shaped, a steam outlet surface is disposed on the top surface of said housing; a base seat detachably supports said housing. The steam outlet surface of the steam brush can be far away from the desktop, so it is relatively safe. Said steam brush can expand its functions, which can be applied as indoor humidifier, electric iron or cosmetic tool for facial steaming, it is multi-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Tsann Kuen (Zhangzhou) Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Chien Lin, Chih-hwa Lee, Chien-Chih Pan
  • Patent number: 8464729
    Abstract: A hair styler capable of producing steam not only can produce steam to assistant the user doing hair style, but also that the hair styler is provided with leak proof members between the respective parts of the hair styler, which can provide better sealing effect and prevent water leakage problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Manica-Taiwan Incorporated
    Inventors: Feng-Chih Liao, Yen-Chin Cheng
  • Patent number: 8422869
    Abstract: A fog effects system includes a control system, a fog fluid reservoir, an elongated insulator, an elongated electric heating element, an air supply subsystem, a fog fluid supply subsystem, and a handheld body. The control system can include a battery-operated power supply and a user-operable control. The heating element extends along the insulator. The control system electrically energizes the heating element during system operation. The air supply subsystem directs a flow of air along the heating element during system operation. The fog fluid supply supplies fog fluid to the flow of air. The heating element vaporizes the fog fluid, which is emitted from an end of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Joseph
  • Patent number: 8245630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable cordless hand held device and method for heating or reheating food directly in a dish such as a plate, bowl, cup, platter or serving bowl with steam, hot air or their mix and applying this steam and/or heat to foods conveniently and at anytime needed or desired after the food has been served to the consumer at the table or otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: F. William Houraney
  • Patent number: 8218954
    Abstract: A fragrant electronic device includes a main body, a fragrant member and a resilient member received in the main body. The resilient member resists the fragrant member and ensures that the resilient member will not become loose and rattle around in the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventor: Zhou-Quan Zuo
  • Publication number: 20120039586
    Abstract: A steam generator e.g. for a hand-held portable appliance such as a domestic iron or steam cleaner comprises a water inlet, a boiler, a valve for controlling the entry of water into the boiler and means for delivering a surge of water to the boiler when the valve is opened. Also disclosed is an adaptor for supplying electrical power to a mobile electrical appliance. The adaptor is operable in a corded mode when secured to the appliance for supplying electrical power and water while the appliance is being used; or a cordless mode when secured to a base unit such that electrical and water connection can be made by placing the appliance on or against the base unit; and broken by lifting or moving the appliance away from the base unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: STRIX LIMITED
    Inventors: Marc Gibson Collinson, Nicholas Edward Gibbs, Steven Anthony Ashton, Vincent Joseph Garvey
  • Publication number: 20110103777
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a mouse capable of generating steam, which comprises a housing having a first liquid inlet and an opening; a chamber inside the housing; a heating element mounted in the chamber and electrically connected to a printed circuit board; and a rotatable guiding pipe; wherein the chamber includes a steam guiding hole and a second liquid inlet communicated with the first liquid inlet, and the rotatable guiding pipe is pivotally connected to the steam guiding hole and the opening. Thereby, when receiving electrical current from the printed circuit board, the heating element can continuously heat liquid in the chamber to generate steam and then guide the steam to the outside of the housing through the rotatable guiding pipe for effectively adding moist in the environment of the mouse and providing moisture for user's face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: Hannspree, Inc.
    Inventor: Wen-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 7852227
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrically operated device for generating synthetic smoke and also to a hazard detector tester utilizing such a device. The device comprises a collapsible container provided with vaporisable liquid and a tube, one end of which is immersed in the liquid and the other end of which is provided with an electrical heater for vaporising the liquid in the other end of the tub in order to generate smoke. A peristaltic pump is used to pump the liquid through the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Sata Limited
    Inventors: Stewart Pepper, Eddie Ozaki-Owen
  • Patent number: 7813628
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an instantaneous steam boiler generating steam in a steam cleaner, a steam-vacuum cleaner, a steam iron, etc. The instantaneous steam boiler includes a U-shaped heater and a separate flow tube arranged in parallel and contact with said heater. The flow tube may be arranged orthogonally or at a 180 degree opposite direction and may include a circular or square-shaped end with rounded edges, thereby increasing the heating/vaporization efficiency of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Gyung-Hee Haan
  • Publication number: 20080222835
    Abstract: A handheld steam appliance emits steam under pressure from the nozzle of a handheld component to deliver steam under pressure from a nozzle in order to clean or to condition articles and surfaces. The steam is produced from water that is heated within a boiler chamber of the appliance. A liquid substance, such as a cleaning agent, is introduced from a separate chamber into a mixing chamber as the steam is also introduced, and mixed therewith so that the mixture can be emitted from the nozzle of the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Paul J. Carrubba
  • Patent number: 7323207
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for detecting latent fingerprints that discharges a vapor of a cyanoacrylate-containing solution. The apparatus comprises a reservoir for holding a liquid solution comprising cyanoacrylate, a valve for controlling the release of the solution through a capillary flow passage, and a power supply for heating the capillary flow passage and vaporizing the solution. When cyanoacrylate vapor contacts latent fingerprints, the fingerprints are rendered visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: Walter A. Nichols, Daniel Diefenbach
  • Patent number: 7237409
    Abstract: A safety valve mounted in a steam cleaner is provided. The safety valve comprises a cap assembly, an actuation assembly, and a lock assembly. A rotation of the cap is adapted to detach the cap assembly when the steam cleaner is not operating or steam pressure inside the steam cleaner has not reach a safety value since the legs of the clutch are engaged with the notches of the driving disk. Responsive to generated steam reaching the safety value, the steam passes through the valve to lift the pushing member for compressing both the actuating member and the spring and disengaging the legs from the notches prior to exiting the steam cleaner such that rotating the cap will not rotate the lock assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Uni-Splendor Corp
    Inventor: Yu-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 7155117
    Abstract: A hand held appliance for use in applying steam to a garment or other item made of fabric includes a pump, a boiler and a switch. Power is applied through the switch to the pump. The pump pumps water from the water tank to the boiler. The water is converted to steam in the boiler and is expelled from the appliance through a set of nozzles. The appliance may include optional attachments for performing other operations on garments or fabric, for example, applying pressure, brushing, scrubbing or lint removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Kit Lun Leung, Chung Shun Tse
  • Patent number: 6990708
    Abstract: Steam cleaning apparatus, comprising an upper handle, an intermediate pole and a bottom head for production and supplying of steam, provided with an instantaneous steam generator, a water reservoir housed on the top of said pole in the region of the handle, a duct for transferring the water from said reservoir to said head and a water loading device housed on an associated loading mouth formed above said reservoir, further comprising a steam regulating device provided with a fixed bushing having a hollow bottom end sealingly engaged on the top end of a sectional pole and a valve body fixed inside said bushing, the top part of said valve body being sealingly engaged on a discharge mouth of said reservoir and provided with a through-hole able to be opened and closed in an adjustable manner by a valve which can be actuated on the outside of the device by means of suitable means movable with respect to said bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Ariete S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Rosa, Roberto Bargagna
  • Patent number: 6886214
    Abstract: A steam jet apparatus for a vacuum cleaner, which can be removably mounted to a handle of a vacuum cleaner body to supply a jet of steam to a cleaning surface, and which employs the power supply and switch for the vacuum's attachment accessories. The steam jet apparatus includes a housing comprising a reservoir with an open upper side for holding water, and a steam jetting nozzle formed to be interconnected with the reservoir. A steam generating device is disposed in the reservoir, and when in operation, generates steam from the water in the reservoir. The apparatus has a cover assembly comprising an inner cover connected to the housing to cover an upper side of the reservoir and the nozzle for supporting the steam generating device. The cover assembly includes a cover connected in electrical and fluid communication with the inner cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Samsung Gwangju Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-ju Lee, Jang-keun Oh
  • Patent number: 6839933
    Abstract: A hand held vacuum using fluid, such as steam, to enhance cleaning is provided. The hand held vacuum includes a main body housing having a vacuum inlet and at least one fluid discharge aperture. The vacuum inlet cooperates with a vacuum fan and the fluid discharge aperture cooperates with a pump mechanism. A fluid supply tank is adapted to be removably connected to the main body housing and has a fill opening. A closure is removably attached to the fluid supply tank and is adapted to seal the fill opening and provide a discharge flow path. A flow path extension provides fluid communication between a low point in the fluid supply tank and the discharge flow path of the closure. The flow path extension may be rigid. The discharge flow path of the closure may extend between a radial inlet and an axial outlet of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Wheeler, Christopher J. Murray
  • Patent number: 6826355
    Abstract: A toy gun produces a series of traveling smoke rings. It has a smoke chamber fed with smoke from a battery-powered electrical resistance generator. An elastic, edge-mounted diaphragm extends across at least a portion of the rear of the smoke chamber. A reciprocating actuator movable in response to a trigger strikes the diaphragm to eject a smoke ring through an orifice in the opposite wall of the smoke chamber. The smoke generator includes a supply tank of a suitable liquid and a source of variable pressure to drive the liquid through a narrow annular clearance to the heater where it is rapidly vaporized. The generator includes a pair of concentric tubes that define the annular clearance and an electrical resistance heating element mounted on one of them at a point spaced from the supply tank. The generator also includes a spacer and a member that increases the length of the flow path of the fluid driven through the narrow annular gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Quikpoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Aronie, Joel Aronie
  • Patent number: 6592107
    Abstract: A floating portable humidifier is configured to float partially submerged in an open tray of water. An internal cavity includes water entry apertures below the water line and air entry apertures above the water line. Water enters the cavity through the water entry apertures to establish a constant water level within the cavity. Humidifying apparatus installed within the cavity combines water and air to form humidified air that leaves the humidifier through air exit apertures. A motor-driven fan may assist circulation of humidified air. Sealed chambers or a porous closed cell body construction may provide the necessary buoyancy. Any humidifying apparatus may be used. The floating design eliminates the need for a water tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Raymond Electric (China) Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying Man John Wong
  • Patent number: 6421502
    Abstract: A toy gun (10) produces a series of traveling smoke rings (12). It has a smoke chamber (14) fed with smoke from a battery (24)-powered electrical resistance generator (30). An elastic, edge-mounted diaphragm (74) extends across at least a portion of the rear of the smoke chamber (14). A reciprocating actuator (68) movable in response to a trigger (22) strikes the diaphragm (74) to eject a smoke ring (12) through an orifice (14d) in the opposite wall (14a) of the smoke chamber (14). The smoke generator (30) includes a supply tank (32) of a suitable liquid (34) and a source (36) of variable pressure to drive the liquid (34) through a narrow annular clearance (43) to the heater (38) where it is rapidly vaporized. The generator (30) includes a pair of concentric tubes (40,42) that define the annular clearance (43) and an electrical resistance heating element (38) mounted on one of them at a point spaced from the supply tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Quikpoint, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Aronie, Joel Aronie
  • Publication number: 20020071664
    Abstract: A toy gun (10) produces a series of traveling smoke rings (12). It has a smoke chamber (14) fed with smoke from a battery (24)-powered electrical resistance generator (30). An elastic, edge-mounted diaphragm (74) extends across at least a portion of the rear of the smoke chamber (14). A reciprocating actuator (68) movable in response to a trigger (22) strikes the diaphragm (74) to eject a smoke ring (12) through an orifice (14d) in the opposite wall (14a) of the smoke chamber (14). The smoke generator (30) includes a supply tank (32) of a suitable liquid (34) and a source (36) of variable pressure to drive the liquid (34) through a narrow annular clearance (43) to the heater (38) where it is rapidly vaporized. The generator (30) includes a pair of concentric tubes (40,42) that define the annular clearance (43) and an electrical resistance heating element (38) mounted on one of them at a point spaced from the supply tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: Alan Aronie, Joel Aronie
  • Patent number: 6212332
    Abstract: A steam iron station has a removable tank mounted in a case. Also included is a conduit adapted to be coupled to a steam iron. Also included is a removable filter having an intake. The filter is mounted in the case to communicate with the tank. Also included is a pump mounted in the case and coupled to the filter and the conduit for discharging to the conduit, liquid drawn through the filter from the tank. The steam iron includes an electrical heater mounted in a soleplate. The soleplate has an upper channel and a lower channel. The iron has a duct for delivering liquid to the upper channel. The upper and the lower channels each have a forward flowing and a backward flowing branch. The upper channel serially communicates with the lower channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: John C. K. Sham, Kumkit Kunavong Vorakul
  • Patent number: 6157775
    Abstract: A multi-functional electric heating vapor cleaning device comprises an upper case, a lower case, a vapor generating structure, and a power supplying structure. The water box is located within the space formed by the upper case and the lower case. The power lines is connected with and extended from the box cover and pulled out from an outlet to be connected with a plug, next, the upper case and the lower case are screwed together. Therefore, the multi-functional electric heating vapor cleaning device is constructed. The cleaning device can be combined with a flat brush, or a scraping device, or a tapered brush so as to clean various objects and meanwhile inject vapor to the object. Thereby, by the multi-functional electric heating vapor cleaning device of the present invention, the heat is generated by evaporating, thus heat loss is low and the strength of vapor is very steady. Further, it is easily controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Sam Tsai
  • Patent number: 6085027
    Abstract: A cigarette lighter aromatic dispenser 10 including a cylindrical heater body member 20 provided with an interior stepped shoulder 21 dimensioned to receive a portion of a receptacle member 30 containing a heat activated aromatic material 35. The exterior of the heater body member 20 is threadedly engaged with a portion of an enlarged actuator knob member 40 provided with a plurality of vertically aligned spaced rods 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Vanessa L. Sexton
  • Patent number: 6072165
    Abstract: A thin film thermocouple having junctions (2, 7) of metal and semiconducting metal oxides such as tin oxide/silver, and used as surface temperature sensors in conjunction with thin film heating elements (1) to control temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Thermo-Stone USA, LLC
    Inventor: Bernard Feldman
  • Patent number: 6072940
    Abstract: A wallpaper remover system is provided including a base and a steam applicator assembly mounted on the base for dispensing steam upon the receipt thereof. Also included is a plurality of suction cups coupled to the base for releasably securing the same to a recipient surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: Kevin George Doran
  • Patent number: 6052511
    Abstract: A portable humidifier including a base defining a reservoir for liquid; a humidification mechanism for drawing moisture from the reservoir and discharging the moisture into the environment; and a tank removably supported by the base and having an outlet communicating with the reservoir; the tank having a bottom wall, a top wall, a front wall, a back wall, a first side wall joining one edge of the front wall and one edge of the back wall, and a second side wall joining another edge of the front wall and another edge of the back wall; and wherein the front wall defines a substantially vertical first groove extending substantially parallel to and adjacent to the one edge of the front wall and a substantially vertical second groove extending substantially parallel to and adjacent to the another edge of the front wall; and the back wall defines a substantially parallel third groove extending substantially parallel to and adjacent to the one edge of the back wall, and a substantially vertical fourth groove extendin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Honeywell Inc.
    Inventor: Walter Birdsell
  • Patent number: 6031969
    Abstract: The omnidirectional portable appliance for steam cleaning surfaces both hard and flexible, comprises a case provided with a handle, a water feed orifice, an electricity power cord, a cleaning head, a steam generator included in the case and a venturi device [means for selectively] delivering steam to the cleaning head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Superba
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Burr, Nicolas Schmitz
  • Patent number: 5917992
    Abstract: An apparatus for the loosening of wallpaper or the like from a substrate by steam. The apparatus includes a steam generator and a working plate, the steam generator being connected to the working plate by a flexible steam hose. The working plate is formed as a steam bar, which includes a U-shaped housing to which a handle is attached. A cover plate or a side piece can be detachably joined to the housing at one or both ends of the housing. The cover plate or side piece is closed at the end opposite the housing, and by choosing to attach either a cover plate or a side piece to the housing, the working area provided by the working plate can be adjusted. The apparatus thus provides a tool which can be easily and quickly adapted to loosen wallpaper in a variety of situations, including making it possible to steam both entire sheets of wallpaper and small portions of wallpaper in small areas where access to the wallpaper is poor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: J. Wagner GmbH
    Inventors: Guido Zimmermann, Jorn Lutzeler
  • Patent number: 5825975
    Abstract: The invention relates to multifunctional apparatus for spraying and fumigating a vaporizable fluid, the apparatus comprising an actuator head (1), a tank (100) containing said fluid, and a pump mounted on the tank, wherein the actuator head (1) includes electromechanical means for actuating the pump and an electronic control and power supply circuit (101) having a microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Conceptair Anstalt
    Inventor: Yves E. Privas
  • Patent number: 5483616
    Abstract: A humidifier with a removable water tank having a carrying handle projecting downwardly from the tank's bottom surface to a plane parallel therewith and below a downwardly projecting outlet valve. The handle facilitates transport of the tank with the bottom surface facing upwardly and support of the tank on a horizontal support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Assignee: Duracraft Corporation
    Inventors: Bernard Chiu, Jui-Shang Wang, Stanley Gresens