Having Handle Or Lifting Device Patents (Class 429/187)
  • Patent number: 10439177
    Abstract: A joining mechanism includes a main body and a positioning assembly. The positioning assembly includes a first positioning member, a second positioning member, a first resilient member and a second resilient member. The first and second positioning members are pivotally connected to the main body. When a first battery and a second battery are installed in the main body, the first and second batteries respectively push the first and second positioning members from a first initial position and a second initial position to a first release position and a second release position. When the first battery is removed, the second resilient member forces the second positioning member to rotate from the second release position to the second initial position and to join with the second battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chin-Wen Wang, Chih-Kai Hsu
  • Patent number: 9293755
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods provide an intelligent battery pack interface module for mounting to an electrochemical cell assembly and having circuitry for establishing electrical connection with the cells. The circuitry may establish electrical connection in a parallel or series manner, for example. In an illustrative example, the circuitry may provide control and management operational functions. In some examples, the module may include a base and cover which cooperate to form a housing, where the base may include an alignment structure for alignment with cell terminals. In some examples, the circuitry may be located within the housing. Various examples may include handles extending from the module. In some examples, the handles may automatically retract upon release. The handles may retract to present a low profile so as not to interfere with connection of the module to a cable received in a plane substantially perpendicular to a gravity vector, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Battery Street Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bocek, David Edwards-Zoars
  • Patent number: 9017871
    Abstract: A negative-electrode terminal for a cell in which separation between a first metal layer and a second metal layer hardly takes place is provided by suppressing excess formation of an intermetallic compound on a bond interface between the first metal layer and the second metal layer. This negative-electrode terminal for a cell includes a clad portion formed by bonding a first metal layer made of Al or an Al alloy and a second metal layer containing Ni and Cu and consisting of one or a plurality of layers to each other. The first metal layer includes a connected region connected with a cell terminal connecting plate and a stacked region adjacent to the connected region on the side of the same surface, while the second metal layer is bonded to the first metal layer in the stacked region and configured to be connectable to cell negative electrodes of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignees: Neomax Materials Co., Ltd., Hitachi Metals, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Oda, Masaaki Ishio
  • Patent number: 8808895
    Abstract: A battery may have a foil battery pack with leads that are coupled to a printed circuit board. Battery protection structures formed from an insulating material such as plastic may be used to protect the foil battery pack. The foil battery pack may have a rectangular shape with front and rear faces surrounded by a rectangular peripheral edge. The battery protection structures may have a ring shape that surrounds the peripheral edge while leaving the front and rear faces exposed to minimize the size of the battery protection structures. An elastomeric material may be used to form the battery protection structures. The elastomeric material may allow the battery protection structures to stretch when the battery pack expands during use. Two shots of plastic may be incorporated into the battery protection structures to provide both puncture resistance and the ability to stretch during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shayan Malek, Miguel C. Christophy, Jared M. Kole
  • Patent number: 8741474
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes a housing having an inside surface and an outside surface. The outside surface has a bottom portion, a side portion, and a junction portion between the bottom portion and the side portion. The inside surface defines an internal cavity, and a drain aperture extends through the wall from the outside surface to the cavity at the junction portion. At least one battery cell is disposed within the cavity. A contact is coupled to the housing and is in electrical communication with the battery cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven G. Melnyk, Scott D. Bublitz, Chris Conrad
  • Patent number: 8691433
    Abstract: The invention relates to a battery comprising a casing having at least one handle, which is formed integrally with the casing and is at least partially recessed into the upper surface of the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Enersys Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth Michael Partington
  • Patent number: 8673481
    Abstract: A housing (610, 620) for a button-type battery (?) includes a cavity with resilient conductive terminals (300, 400) therein and a door (500) opposite the terminals (300, 400). When a battery (?) is pushed inside the cavity and the door (500) is moved to its closed position, the resilient terminals (300, 400) hold the battery (?) in place, applying a force urging the battery (?) against the door (500) to better maintain electrical contact. When the door (500) is moved to its open position, the resilient terminals (300, 400) push the battery (?) at least one fifth of its diameter out of the cavity, so a user can pull out the battery (?) by hand and change the battery (?) easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gang Chen
  • Patent number: 8557436
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for a battery pack in a vehicle including the battery pack and a vehicle body, the battery pack including a housing having a hollow interior and a battery assembly disposed in the hollow interior of the housing, wherein the battery assembly includes at least one battery cell and a plurality of rails coupled thereto, and the vehicle body including support rails and a compartment formed therein to receive the battery pack therein, wherein the compartment of the vehicle body supports the housing and the support rails support the rails of the battery assembly to divide a vertical load of the battery pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Leo F. Schwab
  • Publication number: 20120244389
    Abstract: A battery pack is configured to reduce weight, enhance battery identification, ensure proper placement of a lid retaining the battery, and facilitate battery pack removal. The battery pack has one or more cells that lack an outer coverage except for a polymer sheathing. The battery pack includes a mating notch on a terminal plate and may include a fingernail notch and/or one or more guide rails. The fingernail notch may be a single depression formed to allow a fingernail to slip onto the battery pack, may be a single depression and a ledge that are side-by-side, or may be formed of multiple ledges and/or depressions. There may be a single guide rail or multiple guide rails. Each guide rail preferably has a hollow interior section that is crossed by one or more ribs or segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventor: James Infanti
  • Patent number: 8263257
    Abstract: A battery with a pair of handle assemblies that includes a battery casing having a pair of lips extending outwardly from the end walls near the opening in the battery casing. Each lip has a recessed portion with a slot defined by the end wall and a slot side wall. The battery casing also has a pair of protrusions on each of the end walls located below the slot. Each of the handle assemblies has a handle and an attachment structure that includes a substantially flat, rectangular base and a side wall. The back of the side wall has a cavity and a channel extending from an open end at the top edge to a closed end proximate the cavity. The handle includes a strap connected to the side wall on a first end and a loop on the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: C&D Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Bielawski, Mark Inkmann, Guy Pfeifer, David Thuerk
  • Patent number: 8168324
    Abstract: A grip arrangement for a battery box is provided. The grip arrangement includes a grip element which extends along a longitudinal axis. A cord passage is provided in the grip element, the cord passage includes a tapered section and is oriented along a passage axis provided transverse to the longitudinal axis. A locking chamber is provided in the grip element. An elongate slot provided offset from the cord passage is coupled to the locking chamber, the elongate slot is formed by an indent opened on one side of the locking chamber which extends parallel to the longitudinal axis toward the cord passage and transverse to the passage axis of the cord passage. A cord having an end piece is received by the cord passage and the elongate slot, wherein the end piece is received within the locking chamber and the cord is deflected twice from the cord passage through the elongate slot to the locking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: VB Autobatterie GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Peter Streuer, Andreas Schulze-Beckinghausen
  • Patent number: 8129046
    Abstract: A battery pack system may include a battery pack and a battery pack holder. The battery pack holder receives the battery pack and couples a battery pack terminal to a load associated with the battery pack holder. The battery pack includes an operation handle external to a battery pack housing. The operation handle is coupled to an operation member via an operation shaft that passes through the housing. A safety circuit of the battery pack couples power supplied by a battery to battery pack terminals based upon position of the operation handle. An operation member of the battery pack extends a locking member into an opening of the battery pack holder when the operation handle is in the engaged position, and retracts the locking member from the opening when the operation handle is in the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Dwyer Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney Corder
  • Patent number: 8097359
    Abstract: A rapid exchange battery construction is applied in a battery module of an electric device to supply power. The battery module is pivoted with a rotatable handle, a catching member is disposed on the handle, and a fixing structure is erected on a base of a battery assembly structure. A pressing portion and a releasing opening are disposed at a top edge of the fixing structure. The handle is rotated to a gripping position for lifting the battery module to install the battery module on the base along the fixing structure, and then, the handle is rotated to a withdrawal position to move the catching member to the pressing portion. The battery structure is designed in such a manner that the battery module is secured and fixed on the base, and an electrical connection relationship between the battery module and the electric device is ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Tien-Ho Gau, Yu-Yin Peng
  • Patent number: 7859590
    Abstract: An electronic device includes, in an interior of a flat housing, a battery compartment, and a device side terminal portion that contacts a side terminal portion of a battery stored in the battery compartment portion. The device side terminal portion includes a plurality of terminals that contact terminals of the side terminal portion of the battery, and a terminal holder that holds the plurality of terminals and that is attached to a printed circuit board. The terminal holder includes a printed circuit board overlap portion that supports the printed circuit board in overlapping relationship with a side portion of the terminal holder. The plurality of terminals are connected to the printed circuit board through the printed circuit board overlap portion. The device side terminal portion also includes one or more ground terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Yanagida, Sachio Tomomori, Tomonori Watanabe, Tetsuya Okuchi
  • Publication number: 20100291418
    Abstract: A movable, portable, and instantly attachable/detachable battery pack includes batteries enclosed in a case with a ground transportation structure, such as wheels, coasters, and runners. The battery pack can include handles and mating connectors. The ground transportation structure allows the majority of the weight of the battery packs to be supported by the ground during transportation. The person who moves the battery pack only needs to use a minimum force sufficient to move the battery pack in a direction perpendicular to the force of gravity. Battery packs disclosed herein can be easily maneuvered into a building or structures to be recharged or swapped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Applicant: SINOELECTRIC POWERTRAIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peng Zhou, Wei Zhou
  • Patent number: 7833658
    Abstract: A battery for a vehicle that includes a housing comprising a top portion and a cover coupled to the top portion. The battery also includes a plurality of containers extending below the top portion and arranged in a plurality of rows, with each of the plurality of rows comprising a plurality of containers and being offset from an adjacent row. A portion of the top portion is not provided above one of the plurality of containers and includes at least one rib for providing enhanced strength for the portion of the top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Gerald A. Cummins, Jack Bruss
  • Publication number: 20100136425
    Abstract: A rapid exchange battery construction is applied in a battery module of an electric device to supply power. The battery module is pivoted with a rotatable handle, a catching member is disposed on the handle, and a fixing structure is erected on a base of a battery assembly structure. A pressing portion and a releasing opening are disposed at a top edge of the fixing structure. The handle is rotated to a gripping position for lifting the battery module to install the battery module on the base along the fixing structure, and then, the handle is rotated to a withdrawal position to move the catching member to the pressing portion. The battery structure is designed in such a manner that the battery module is secured and fixed on the base, and an electrical connection relationship between the battery module and the electric device is ensured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Tien-Ho Gau, Yu-Yin Peng
  • Publication number: 20090098455
    Abstract: A battery structure includes a main body and a pulling member. The main body has a first outer surface and a second outer surface which are parallel to each other. The pulling member is connected to the first outer surface and the second outer surface and forms a holding portion extending from the main body. When taking the battery structure out of an electronic device, a user only needs to pull the holding portion, and then the main body can be separated from the electronic device. Whatever the pulling direction is, the pulling member cannot be destroyed, so the convenience in usage and durability can be increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Min-Che Kao
  • Publication number: 20090017373
    Abstract: Erroneous insertion of a battery into an imaging device resulting from downsizing of the battery is prevented. In a battery loading and unloading mechanism for loading and unloading a battery 2 formed in a flat rectangular parallelepiped and having an almost square main surface to and from a device (an imaging device 1) to be detachable equipped with the battery 2, the battery 2 is formed with projecting portions 26, 27 at longitudinal both ends of a back surface thereof and along the back surface, the back surface being a surface opposite to an insertion surface of the battery inserted into the device, whereby even the battery formed in a flat rectangular parallelepiped and having the almost-square main surface can be prevented from being erroneously inserted into the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yamasaki, Hiroaki Sato, Toshiaki Ueda, Tomonori Watanabe, Yoichi Miyajima, Osamu Nagashima, Mieko Hara
  • Publication number: 20080213660
    Abstract: The invention relates to a battery comprising a casing having at least one handle, which is formed integrally with the casing and is at least partially recessed into the upper surface of the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth Michael Partington
  • Publication number: 20080063930
    Abstract: Universal Portable Power Pack is a plastic and impact resistant housing capable of covering a set of double A batteries. A wire running from the housing and operatively connected to the batteries leads to a typical 12 VDC socket that accepts any standard car adaptor. The device works by allowing a user to plug any electronic device that has a car adaptor into the socket to power the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: Rhett J. Karr
  • Patent number: 7014946
    Abstract: Devices include a plurality of batteries connectable in series and arranged in vertically stacked configurations. Each of the batteries includes opposite first and second lateral faces and a positive terminal and a negative terminal adjacent the first face. The first and second lateral faces each have nesting topography thereon. A first substantially vertically oriented sideplate has nesting topography thereon configured to receive the nesting topography of the first faces of the batteries and an electrical connector connected to a positive terminal of one battery and a negative terminal of an adjacent battery. A second substantially vertically oriented sideplate has nesting topography configured to receive the nesting topography of the second faces of the batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Hawker Batteries Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth Michael Partington, Rhodri Evans
  • Patent number: 7014950
    Abstract: The present invention is a lead outlet structure of a secondary battery in sheet type, which comprises; an internal electrode pair in sheet type which is obtained by stacking alternately sheets of cathode electrode and sheets of anode electrode with separator between them, a flexible envelope form package that contains inside hermetically this internal electrode pair and electrolyte, a pair of internal leads that are respectively connected with separately each of cathode electrode and each of anode electrode of the internal electrode pair inside the envelope form package, a pair of external leads that are provided on the outside of the above-mentioned envelope form package corresponding to each of the above-mentioned internal leads with the above-mentioned envelope form package in between, and a pair of connecting means, one side of which is connected to each of the internal leads inside the above-mentioned envelope form package and the other side is connected to each of the external leads on the outside of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Enax, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazunori Ozawa, Takao Takasaki, Naoko Fujiya, Shinichi Konno
  • Patent number: 6929882
    Abstract: Described is a battery cover having a moveable handle which assists in movement of the battery comprising a molded cover securely attached to the battery; the cover having a slotted space in which the handle snugly fits during non-use thereof; the handle being comprised of a U shaped configuration wherein the closed end of the U is configured for engagement to assist in moving manually the battery and wherein the legs of the U are each comprised of a generally arcuate member having a step shaped indentation, the handle pivoting about the circular members when moving from a lowered position to a raised position; and a locking member in contact with the generally arcuate member such that when the handle is in the slotted space of the cover the locking member is in contact with a curved portion of the arcuate member and when the handle is in a raised position the step portion of the arcuate member engages the locking member to maintain the handle in a locked raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dane E. Carter
  • Publication number: 20040197648
    Abstract: A self-storing battery handle including a handle which may be selectively raised from a first position, where the handle is flush with, or below, a rim of the battery case, to a second position in which the handle extends above the rim of the battery case. The handle assembly further includes at least one stationary bracket extending outwardly from the battery case securing the handle to the battery case and guiding the handle's movement between the first and second positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Applicant: HARDIGG INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Sciutto
  • Publication number: 20040170888
    Abstract: A housing for a vehicle battery includes a top portion configured for attachment to a battery cover and a plurality of containers extending from the top portion for containing elements of a battery. The plurality of containers are arranged in an offset configuration such that at least a portion of the top portion extends away from the plurality of containers due to the offset configuration. A structure for reinforcing the portion of the top portion is provided that extends away from the plurality of containers. According to one embodiment, the structure includes at least one rib for providing enhanced structural integrity for the portion of the top portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Gerald A. Cummins, Jack Bruss
  • Publication number: 20040106036
    Abstract: A battery pack for an electric power tool has a protective housing and battery cells received in the protective housing. The protective housing has a first housing side provided with a receiving shoe for mechanical attachment to a free end of the power tool handle. The receiving shoe has electrical contacts for connecting to electrical lines of the drive motor of the power tool. The protective housing has a second housing side providing a support surface extending substantially in a direction of the longitudinal center axis of the tool housing. The battery cells in the protective housing are arranged in the longitudinal direction behind one another in at least one row. At least one of the battery cells is displaced laterally such that a displaced row portion is formed and the support surface has a widened support surface portion transversely to the longitudinal center axis of the tool housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Publication date: June 3, 2004
    Applicant: ATLAS COPCO ELECTRIC TOOLS GMBH
    Inventors: Wilhelm Geis, Dieter Hirt
  • Publication number: 20030175586
    Abstract: Square top is a battery octanguler in shape which prevents the batteries from rolling if dropped or laid down, with a adhesive coating having four strips on four sides and are used to allow the battery to be lifted from place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventor: Donald J. E. Miller
  • Publication number: 20030149424
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enabling the use of a non-sterile battery with a sterile surgical instrument. The sterile transfer container has a tubular body with a closed distal end and an open proximal end. The container is provided with a cover and a locking mechanism for locking the cover to the body. The container is adapted to be attached to a surgical instrument in such a way that the latch assembly is prevented from opening until the container is removed from the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Publication date: August 7, 2003
    Inventors: B. Alex Barlev, Walton Lane Ector, Joepert R. Lim
  • Publication number: 20030143455
    Abstract: Devices include a plurality of batteries connectable in series and arranged in vertically stacked configurations. Each of the batteries includes opposite first and second lateral faces and a positive terminal and a negative terminal adjacent the first face. The first and second lateral faces each have nesting topography thereon. A first substantially vertically oriented sideplate has nesting topography thereon configured to receive the nesting topography of the first faces of the batteries and an electrical connector connected to a positive terminal of one battery and a negative terminal of an adjacent battery. A second substantially vertically oriented sideplate has nesting topography configured to receive the nesting topography of the second faces of the batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventors: Kenneth Michael Partington, Rhodri Evans
  • Patent number: 6599657
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a housing having first and second shell portions. The first shell portion includes a first base wall and a plurality of upstanding first side walls extending from the first base wall. The first base wall and the first side walls define a first cavity. The second shell portion is foldably connected to the first shell portion. The second shell portion includes a second base wall and a plurality of upstanding second side walls extending from the second base wall. The second base wall and the second side walls define a second cavity. The first shell portion and the second shell portion are formed of a polymeric material. At least one battery is disposed in the first and second cavities. At least one wire is operatively connected to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Powerware Corporation
    Inventors: Woodrow Pollett, Paul Bruce, William Bajis
  • Publication number: 20030064281
    Abstract: A battery and adapter system includes a first battery adapter and a second battery adapter. The first battery adapter may be coupled to a storage battery, and a second battery adapter may be coupled to the first battery adapter. The first and second battery adapters may include features or elements that allow attachment to another battery adapter and to a storage battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventors: Glenn W. Andersen, Lisa M. Franklin, Peter Gratschmayr, Mark S. Inkmann, Robert Spanier
  • Patent number: 6499190
    Abstract: Handle for accumulator battery comprising a central grip and two steps on each side of the grip. The outer end walls of the steps have rounded perimeters. Each outer step is provided with an oval opening intended to cooperate with a respective pivot which the battery cover has on its opposite sides. The oval shape of the pivot cooperates with the oval shape opening due to their orientation to prevent removal of the handle at either a folded down or upraised orientation. The span of the first steps of the handle covers the terminals of the battery, and each first step permits anchoring of the cover-pieces over the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Sociedad Espanola del Acumulador Tudor, S.A.
    Inventor: Rafael Ruiz Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 6428927
    Abstract: A battery including a rope handle which engages a handle bracket on a conventional battery container. The rope handle includes a grip and a rope, the proximal end of the rope being molded into, or otherwise secured to, the grip and a cylindrical plug molded on the distal end of the rope. The grip includes a retaining recess comprising a counterbore presenting a bearing surface, and lateral slot between the upper and lower surfaces of the grip and extending radially from the counterbore to present a substantially keyhole-shaped opening. In assembly, the distal end of the rope is advanced laterally through the slot portion of the keyhole-shaped opening until the counterbore is positioned subjacent the plug. The plug is then moved downward into the counterbore. To hide the rope ends in the preferred embodiment, a cover can be snapped in place over the top of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: GNB Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Kump, Steven R. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20010053478
    Abstract: A battery including a rope handle which engages a handle bracket on a conventional battery container. The rope handle includes a grip and a rope, the proximal end of the rope being molded into, or otherwise secured to, the grip and a cylindrical plug molded on the distal end of the rope. The grip includes a retaining recess comprising a counterbore presenting a bearing surface, and lateral slot between the upper and lower surfaces of the grip and extending radially from the counterbore to present a substantially keyhole-shaped opening. In assembly, the distal end of the rope is advanced laterally through the slot portion of the keyhole-shaped opening until the counterbore is positioned subjacent the plug. The plug is then moved downward into the counterbore. To hide the rope ends in the preferred embodiment, a cover can be snapped in place over the top of the grip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 1999
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventors: WILLIAM H. KUMP, STEVEN R. PETERSON
  • Patent number: 6303247
    Abstract: An electric storage battery includes a case for housing the battery's active, energy-storage elements, and a cover. The cover is configured to be secured to the case to thereby enclose the active elements. The cover includes one or more blind bores having a deformation relief feature on an inner surface thereof so as to configure the blind bore to receive a fastener for mounting a component to the battery. The deformation relief feature includes a plurality of ribs separated by intervening grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tammy M. Griffey, Dane E. Carter
  • Patent number: 6187474
    Abstract: The present invention provides, in one embodiment, a battery container. In this particular embodiment, the container comprises a housing having side walls and a spacing ridge formed in and extending outwardly from the side walls. The spacing ridge forms a groove on an interior surface of the walls and has a slot formed in the spacing ridge at first and second opposing ends of the housing. In an alternate embodiment, the spacing ridge has a plurality of slots formed on opposing ends of the container. Typically, two adjacent slots are formed on each end such that opposing ends of the handle may engage the retaining pin through the slots. The container further comprises a handle and a retaining pin configured to be received within the interior groove adjacent the slot. The handle is cooperatively engageable with the retaining pin to provide a lifting point for the container when the retaining pin is received in the interior groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Subhas C. Chalasani, Mathew Joseph, Roy Kuipers
  • Patent number: 6177211
    Abstract: A battery comprising a rope handle which engages a standard structure on a conventional battery container. The rope handle comprises end portions coupled to a rope portion, the end portions being adapted to engage substantially vertical, elongated channels which are standard structures in the end walls of the battery container. The end portions comprise downwardly extending leg portions from which arms extend outwardly. When the end portion is in position in the channel, the legs extend through the channel and the arms are disposed below the channel such that the end portion is secured to the battery container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: GNB Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 6153331
    Abstract: An automotive battery is positioned in a tray secured with the vehicle. The tray and the battery have cooperating extensions and projections which hold the battery in position on the tray. A pivotally mounted handle on the battery engages in notches on a vertical stanchion formed on the tray. The battery is secured in the tray through the cooperation of the extensions and projections and the handle and the stanchion. The handle has a pair of spaced notches in which the battery cables are secured to prevent relative movement between the battery and the cable terminal connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall F. Brantley, Dane E. Carter
  • Patent number: 6132907
    Abstract: A method for making a plurality of lead-acid cells requiring a constant width, a height varying from a maximum to a minimum to accommodate plates of varying height and a cell depth to accommodate a minimum to a maximum number of plates is disclosed which utilizes blow molding to form a jar precursor which is cut to the height desired, and, in its preferred aspects, including use of a mold and insert sets which simplify tooling and change-over time, as well as a cover and jar design which simplifies the heat sealing of these components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: GNB Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Kump, Jeffrey M. Henning
  • Patent number: 6117587
    Abstract: A plurality of reinforcing ribs 8 and 9 are formed on an end wall of a battery container 2 of a battery B, and a pair of notches 11 are defined in the reinforcing rib 9 at an upper end. A battery suspending jig J has a pair of hooks 14 formed on a base plate 12 formed of a metal plate material. An attaching/detaching portion 14.sub.1 of the hook 14 is passed through an attaching/detaching bore 11.sub.1 of the notch 11 and then moved upwards, whereby an engage portion 14.sub.2 of the hook 14 is brought into engagement into an engage bore 11.sub.2 of the notch 11, and a receiving portion 14.sub.3 of the hook 14 is urged against a lower surface of the reinforcing rib 9. Thus, the battery B can be suspended and moved by connecting the battery suspending jig J to a chain block or a winch through a wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuo Kitami, Osamu Hasegawa, Tomoji Yoshizawa, Shigeru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6117588
    Abstract: A removable battery handle and battery casing coupling structure wherein the handle is relatively rigid and includes a central portion, and two downwardly depending arms, the distal ends of the arms each including an attachment button which is supported on the inside surface of the distal end by a shaft, the button being received by a keyhole-shaped aperture in the battery casing end wall, which offers resistance as the shaft moves from the lower, larger portion to the upper, smaller portion of the aperture such that when the shaft is disposed in the upper, smaller portion, the handle is locked to the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: GNB Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kris Campbell, John E. Kopala
  • Patent number: 6022638
    Abstract: An electric storage battery, preferably a lead-acid battery, such as used for starting, lighting and ignition of an automobile or the like, includes a handle attached to the cover of the battery through a pin-and-button structure which is attached to the battery by insertion into an insertion aperture and is then moved into an assembly position where the handle can be rotated from a rest position adjacent the side of the cover to an upright, service position for carrying the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: GNB Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony R. Horton, Steven R. Peterson, Richard M. Sahli, William H. Kump
  • Patent number: 5993983
    Abstract: A personal portable power supply containing first and second different types of cells or batteries of cells. The capacity and discharge rate of the power supply is such that it is capable of starting automobile engines on several different occasions without needing to be electrically recharged. The capacity is also such that it can power personal devices for relatively long periods of time. The first cell or battery of cells is chosen to have a high discharge rate and high peak amperage or cold cranking amperage. The second type of cell or battery of cells is chosen to have a high energy density and a low cost. The electrical characteristics of each cell or battery of cells is chosen so that the second type of cell is able to recharge the first type of cell during periods of non-use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Century Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Paul Rozon
  • Patent number: 5985482
    Abstract: A unitarily molded, snap-on heat shield for a standard automotive battery container having handle brackets extending from opposing side walls of the container, the heat shield having wedge-shaped coupling protrusions extending inwardly from cantilevered flaps in the heat shield side walls, the wedge-shaped protrusions riding along the handle brackets to cantilever the flaps away for the container side wall as the shield in moved downward over the container, the flaps snapping back inward toward the battery container as the protrusions pass the handle bracket to couple the heat shield to the battery container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: GNB Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Horton, John Miller, William H. Kump, Steven Peterson
  • Patent number: 5814422
    Abstract: A lead-acid storage battery, such as a starting, lighting and ignition battery, includes a handle having preferably wedge-shape hook ends which are inserted into a belt loop typically molded into the end walls of the battery container, the hook ends engaging spring pawls associated with the belt loop which allow the handle to be inserted into the battery and which engage the hook ends when the handle is moved into the service position for transporting the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: GNB Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: William K. Vezina
  • Patent number: 5788719
    Abstract: A method for making a family of lead-acid cells requiring a constant width, a height varying from a maximum to a minimum to accommodate plates of varying height and a cell depth to accommodate a minimum to a maximum number of plates is disclosed which utilizes blow molding to form a jar precursor which is cut to the height desired, and, in its preferred aspects, including use of a mold and insert sets which simplify tooling and change-over time, as well as a cover and jar design which simplifies the heat sealing of these components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: GNB Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Kump, Jeffrey M. Henning
  • Patent number: 5673794
    Abstract: A constraining sleeve device is applied to a plastic battery casing to prevent distortion of the casing contour. A metal constraining sleeve slides onto and over a broad face or side of the plastic battery casing and provides constraining forces to maintain its contour. This sleeve is retained in place by end members at each end of the constraining sleeve device that engages structural features existing and located at opposing ends of the casing. In another embodiment a pair of constraining sleeve devices are applied to opposing broad sides of the battery casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Roy Kuipers, Patrick K. Ng
  • Patent number: 5670274
    Abstract: A storage battery and handle assembly includes a battery housing having a pair of side walls, a pair of end walls, a bottom wall and a cover. Each end wall has a socket formed by a pair of flanges parallel to and spaced from the one end wall, the flanges having edges facing each other and defining a narrow slot therebetween opening into a wider slot formed by the flanges and the end wall. The end wall is also provided with a horizontal rib located below but in general vertical alignment with the wider slot. A flexible strap with relatively rigid connectors at each end thereof is employed, each connector including a plate portion with a strip extending across a bottom of the plate portion, the strip extending beyond side edges and a front face of the plate portion, and lying flush with a back face of the plate portion, thereby forming a smooth horizontal shoulder extending across the front face of the plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Exide Corporation
    Inventor: Larry L. Forrer
  • Patent number: 5637420
    Abstract: A self-latching handle for storage batteries includes a cam mechanism formed integrally with the ends of the battery handle, the cam mechanism cooperating with the battery housing as the battery handle is rotated downwardly from a vertical attachment position to a horizontal storage position to lift the ends of the battery handle to move pivot post portions of the battery handle into pivot apertures formed in the cover of the battery housing and to lock the battery handle to the battery housing while permitting the battery handle to be pivoted between the horizontal storage position and a vertical use position without becoming detached from the battery housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Globe-Union Inc.
    Inventors: Henry A. Jones, Jr., Walter S. Maxel, David J. Novak, Stephen J. Kepler, Paul D. Korinek