Having Switch Or Interlock Means Patents (Class 429/97)
  • Patent number: 10381619
    Abstract: An exemplary traction battery assembly includes, among other things, a container disposed about a portion of a fastened joint within an interior of a traction battery enclosure. The container is configured to hold contaminants to block the contaminants from contacting a surface of a component housed within the interior. An exemplary contaminant containing method includes, among other things, within an interior area of a traction battery enclosure, holding contaminants within a container to block the contaminants from contacting a surface of a component housed within the interior. The container is disposed about a fastened joint within the interior area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dylan Erb, Alexander Bartlett, Jacob Wiles, Thomas Matthew Younce, Bikram Singh, Baocheng Sun
  • Patent number: 10326114
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a battery cover catch apparatus. The apparatus includes a battery cover, a slide switch, a catch, and a body. A chute which longitudinally extends is provided on the battery cover. The slide switch is disposed on the chute so as to be able to slide between a first position and a second position. The slide switch includes a block located inside the battery cover. The block is connected to the catch so as to drive the catch to slide synchronously. The catch includes a tongue disposed in a same direction as the extending direction of the chute. The body is provided with a recess correspondingly matching to the tongue. The tongue is engaged with the recess when the slide switch is in a first position, and the tongue is separated from the recess when the slide switch is in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HYTERA COMMUNICATIONS CORP, LTD.
    Inventors: Liheng Miao, Yuzhong Wu
  • Patent number: 10259332
    Abstract: All unmanned aerial vehicle dock includes a base plate, a battery replacement device for replacing a battery of an unmanned aerial vehicle, and a battery compartment mounted on the base plate and configured to receive and charge the battery. The battery replacement device includes a first linear motion mechanism mounted on the base plate, a second linear motion mechanism mounted on the first linear motion mechanism, a third linear motion mechanism mounted on the second linear motion mechanism, and a clamp mechanism mounted on the third linear motion mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuan Lin, Mingxi Wang, Hongju Li
  • Patent number: 10224526
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an unmanned aerial vehicle and a battery thereof. The battery includes a battery body and a shell disposed on one end of the battery body. The shell has a clamp button disposed on the side opposite the unmanned aerial vehicle. One end of the clamp button is fixed on the shell and the other is used for detachably connecting with the unmanned aerial vehicle. The clamp button makes the battery detachably connect with the main body of the unmanned aerial vehicle be possible and it is very convenient for changing the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS USA LLC
    Inventors: Longxue Qiu, Xingwen Wu
  • Patent number: 10224662
    Abstract: A connector (1) includes a terminal (10) and a housing (H) for accommodating the terminal. The terminal (10) includes a case (20) having a ceiling wall (21) and accommodated in the housing, a coil spring (30) accommodated inside the case while being compressed in a compression direction toward the ceiling wall of the case, and a first conductive member (40) having a contact portion (43) with a mating terminal and sandwiched between one end (31) of the coil spring and an inner wall of the case, the contact portion being movable in the compression direction to further compress the coil spring. The case (20) is made of a metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Kimura, Seido Nishijima
  • Patent number: 10211437
    Abstract: A battery locking mechanism applied in an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a casing. The casing defines a receiving portion to receive the battery and the battery locking mechanism. The battery locking mechanism includes a first latching element, a second latching element, a first elastic member and a second elastic member. The first elastic member connects the first latching element to the casing and the second elastic member connects the second latching element to the cover. When the first latching element is latched with the second latching element in a relaxed state, the battery is locked. The second latching element can be moved away from the first latching element by a fingertip until the second latching element loses contact with the first latching element, thus unlocking the battery compartment. An electronic device using the locking mechanism is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuan-Fei Liao
  • Patent number: 10115944
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an unmanned aerial vehicle and a battery thereof. The battery includes a battery body and a shell disposed on one end of the battery body. The shell has a clamp button disposed on the side opposite the unmanned aerial vehicle. One end of the clamp button is fixed on the shell and the other is used for detachably connecting with the unmanned aerial vehicle. The clamp button makes the battery detachably connect with the main body of the unmanned aerial vehicle be possible and it is very convenient for changing the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS USA LLC
    Inventors: Longxue Qiu, Xingwen Wu
  • Patent number: 10090496
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an unmanned aerial vehicle and a battery thereof. The battery includes a battery body and a shell disposed on one end of the battery body. The shell has a clamp button disposed on the side opposite the unmanned aerial vehicle. One end of the clamp button is fixed on the shell and the other is used for detachably connecting with the unmanned aerial vehicle. The clamp button makes the battery detachably connect with the main body of the unmanned aerial vehicle be possible and it is very convenient for changing the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS USA LLC
    Inventors: Longxue Qiu, Xingwen Wu
  • Patent number: 10074836
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an unmanned aerial vehicle and a battery thereof. The battery includes a battery body and a shell disposed on one end of the battery body. The shell has a clamp button disposed on the side opposite the unmanned aerial vehicle. One end of the clamp button is fixed on the shell and the other is used for detachably connecting with the unmanned aerial vehicle. The clamp button makes the battery detachably connect with the main body of the unmanned aerial vehicle be possible and it is very convenient for changing the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS USA LLC
    Inventors: Longxue Qiu, Xingwen Wu
  • Patent number: 10050455
    Abstract: A structure with detachable battery for an electronic device includes an electronic device casing, a guiding structure, and a sliding tongue. The electronic device casing has a chamber for receiving a battery. The guiding structure is disposed on an outer sidewall of a battery. The guiding structure includes a guiding groove. The guiding groove and the chamber are open toward each other. An engaging groove is laterally disposed in the guiding groove. The engaging groove is open in a transverse direction of the chamber. A releasing-guiding slope opposite the engaging groove is disposed in the guiding groove to extend from the opening of the guiding groove and tilt toward the engaging groove. The sliding tongue is disposed slidably on an inner sidewall of the chamber such that battery becomes fixed inside the chamber or slidably abuts against the releasing-guiding slope, thereby ejecting the battery out of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wan-Lin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10044013
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an unmanned aerial vehicle and a battery thereof. The battery includes a battery body and a shell disposed on one end of the battery body. The shell has a clamp button disposed on the side opposite the unmanned aerial vehicle. One end of the clamp button is fixed on the shell and the other is used for detachably connecting with the unmanned aerial vehicle. The clamp button makes the battery detachably connect with the main body of the unmanned aerial vehicle be possible and it is very convenient for changing the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: AUTEL ROBOTICS USA LLC
    Inventors: Longxue Qiu, Xingwen Wu
  • Patent number: 10014898
    Abstract: A radio housing (100) is formed of a front plate (102) having screw mount receptacles (222, 223, 224, 228, 229, 230) and first and second side plates (104, 106). The first and second side plates (104, 106) have a plurality of non-symmetrical, three-dimensional (3-D), dovetail sections (108, 110, 112, 114) for aligning and capturing the screw mount receptacles (222, 223, 224, 228, 229, 230) of the front plate (102). The front plate (102) and first and second side plates (104, 106) are formed of an injection molded thermoplastic material. The three pieces (102, 104, 106) are coupled together. The three-piece injection housing formed of injunction molded materials allows the housing (100) to be customized to specific customer requests not currently available with past overmolded materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Crawford, Jody H. Akens, Charles E. Kline, Eduardo J Moralejo, Adrian F. Rubio
  • Patent number: 9960398
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus that supplies electric power to an external electrical device through a cable is provided with a battery pack, and a battery pack case that houses the battery pack. The battery pack case includes a case body having an opening through which the battery pack to be taken in and out, a cover member that liquid-tightly closes the opening of the case body, in which at least one of the case body and the cover member is formed with a ventilation hole so as to penetrate therethrough, and a filter apparatus that does not allow liquid to pass therethrough but allows gas to pass therethrough is provided in the ventilation hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masatoshi Kimpara, Yohei Nakano, Satoru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9768423
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a plurality of battery units. Each battery unit includes a can, an electrode assembly accommodated in the can and including a first electrode plate, a second electrode plate, and a separator between the first and second electrode plates, and a cap plate closing the can. The battery units are arranged side by side in a first direction. A protective circuit module is placed on the battery units and electrically connected to the battery units. An upper cover is placed on the protective circuit module; and a lower cover is positioned under the battery units and opposite the upper cover. The lower cover includes shock preventing portions protruding outward at both ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaemin Kim, Daeyon Moon
  • Patent number: 9761848
    Abstract: A battery module includes a plurality of unit batteries, a holder accommodating the unit batteries and including a pin extending from the holder, a protective circuit module electrically coupled to the plurality of unit batteries, and a coupling member coupled to the pin to fix the protective circuit module to the holder. The holder may include a boss supporting the protective circuit module. The protective circuit module may define a coupling opening configured to receive the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-Sang Cho, Eun-Gyeong Gu
  • Patent number: 9726145
    Abstract: A pitch control system for a wind turbine includes a backup battery bank assigned to each pitch drive motor, with each battery bank having a plurality of individual batteries connected in series. A battery charger is connected in parallel across each battery in the battery bank. A protective circuit is configured with each battery charger and includes a voltage comparator circuit that detects a reverse voltage applied to the battery charger above a threshold value to isolate the battery charger from the reverse voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Longhui Shen, David Ray Hudnall, Jianquan Wang
  • Patent number: 9728081
    Abstract: A wireless network for providing commands to a plurality of electronic devices that receive an infrared signal is provided with an at least one sprocket for receiving a wireless transmission command via Bluetooth signals and/or infrared signals and a Bluetooth remote for sending the Bluetooth signal to the at least one sprocket. The Bluetooth remote is provided with a Bluetooth remote power source, a software application for providing command logic to the Bluetooth remote, and a Bluetooth signal transmitter. The at least one sprocket is provided with a sprocket shell housing, a corresponding sprocket lid, and a sprocket command assembly that is housed by the sprocket shell housing and the corresponding sprocket lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Barnabas Helmy, Andrew Brown
  • Patent number: 9673487
    Abstract: A battery includes at least one battery cell in a battery cell housing and includes a housing cover having a monitoring circuit. An electrode of the at least one battery cell is connected in an electrically conductive manner to the battery cell housing via a switching mechanism in the monitoring circuit. The monitoring circuit is configured to open the switching mechanism when a malfunction signal is detected. The switching mechanism is closed during normal operation. Separate contacts provide contact to the cell housing in a module assembly and the electrode is disconnectable from the battery cell housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Markus Kohlberger
  • Patent number: 9610850
    Abstract: A vehicle charging unit includes a lid box inserted into a first hole in the body of a vehicle from outside of the vehicle and attached to the body, and an inlet fixed to the lid box. The lid box includes an attachment portion, a bottom having a second hole formed therein, and a sidewall. The bottom has a stud bolt protruding toward inside of the vehicle in a state in which the lid box is attached to the body. The inlet includes a barrel portion capable of receiving a charge connector from outside of the vehicle and a collar portion positioned around the barrel portion. The barrel portion is inserted into the second hole from inside of the vehicle and the collar portion is fixed with the stud bolt, whereby the inlet is fixed to the lid box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SUMITOMO WIRING SYSTEMS, LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Sasaki, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Eiji Kitano
  • Patent number: 9502701
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a battery module, a casing and a latching mechanism. The battery module has at least one battery retention tab. A battery compartment is formed on the casing. The battery module is detachably installed in the battery compartment, and the casing has a stopping structure. The latching mechanism is slidably installed on the casing and includes a latching cover, a lock member and a resilient member. The latching cover is installed on the casing in a slidable manner. The lock member is pivoted to the latching cover. The resilient member is installed on the latching cover. When the latching cover slides to the lock position, the resilient member forces the lock member to engage with the stopping structure, so as to fix the latching cover in the lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Annerino, Jonathan Wollak
  • Patent number: 9502738
    Abstract: A power storage device includes a battery containing body, an electronic device unit, and a chassis for housing them, wherein at a side surface portion of the chassis, an opening for inserting and removing the battery containing body and the electronic device unit is provided; an openable and closable pivoting member is provided inside the opening, the pivoting member, when closed, preventing removal of the battery containing body, and when opened, preventing insertion of the electronic device unit as removed; and the electronic device unit is housed and disposed adjacent to the battery containing body, and includes an opening prevention guide capable of engaging with the pivoting member and thereby preventing the pivoting member from being opened when the electronic device unit is housed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignees: NEC Corporation, NEC Engineering, Ltd., NEC Energy Devices, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kawaguchi, Akira Iida, Toru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9472791
    Abstract: A battery system for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The battery system includes a tray having a plurality of battery receptacles. A plurality of batteries are also provided, each battery in the plurality of batteries being received in a battery receptacle. A conductive layer in electrical communication with the plurality of batteries and a terminal for electrically coupling to a vehicle are also provided in the battery system. A cover interlocks with the tray. The cover carries a computer and a diagnostic identification system for the plurality of batteries. A housing for a battery system and a vehicle including a battery system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Peter A. Ojeda, Michael W. Leonard, Jason Gamache
  • Patent number: 9461340
    Abstract: A battery, a battery assembly, and a user equipment are disclosed. The battery includes a circuit board and a cell. The circuit board includes a first contact, a second contact, a third contact, a fourth contact, a battery management module, and a control switch. The first contact reports a capacity of the cell in the battery, or in the battery and a cascaded battery to an upper-level battery or an electricity load; the second contact receives and output the capacity of the cell in the cascaded battery; when the control switch is opened, the third contact is connected to the cell in the battery to charge or discharge the cell in the battery; when the control switch is closed, the fourth contact is connected to the third contact; and the battery management module triggers opening or closing of the control switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changqi Li, Jianbing Yu, Kelin Li
  • Patent number: 9451374
    Abstract: Sound processor housings, sound processors and systems including sound processors are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Advanced Bionics AG
    Inventors: James P. Goodman, Adam Smith
  • Patent number: 9412979
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to devices for attachment to a swinging instrument that generally include a cover, a base, a chassis, and positive and negative electrical contacts. The base includes a fastening portion and a support portion. The chassis supports a printed circuit board. The devices include a cap configured and dimensioned to mate relative to the support portion of the base. The support portion can support the chassis, the printed circuit board, the positive and negative electrical contacts, and the cap. The cover can be configured and dimensioned to detachably interlock relative to the base. In the mated configuration, the cap and the base can form a battery opening configured and dimensioned to receive therethrough a battery. Exemplary embodiments are also directed to methods of device assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Arccos Golf LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin B. Yarmis, Adrienne Murphy Jalbert, Paul Chandler Sabin
  • Patent number: 9326812
    Abstract: A surgical instrument is provided and includes a housing including an elongated shaft. The housing includes a docking portion that includes one or more apertures defined therein and electrical circuitry disposed therein. An end effector is operably supported at a distal end of the elongated shaft. A battery assembly is selectively and pivotably engageable with the docking portion of the housing and configured to generate electrical energy. The battery assembly includes one or more protrusions that are configured to releasably engage the aperture(s) on the docking portion and a latch mechanism that is movable from an initial position for latching the battery assembly to the docking portion to a subsequent position for unlatching the battery assembly from the docking portion. The battery assembly is adapted to communicate with the electrical circuitry of the docking member upon insertion of the battery assembly into the at least one aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Luke Waaler, Duane E. Kerr, Diana Gunnarson, Robert B. Stoddard, Sean T. O'Neill, Steven E. Butcher, William E. Robinson, Cody C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9331317
    Abstract: A battery apparatus including a case, a battery cell, a battery-side terminal, and an engaging piece. The case has a width, a thickness, and a length. The battery cell is housed in an inside of the case. The battery-side terminal is disposed on a side surface at one end of the case in a length direction and electrically connected to the battery cell. The engaging piece is disposed at the one end of the case at which the battery-side terminal is positioned such that the engaging piece extends in a length direction a same distance as the case at the one end portion. The engaging piece is at an edge of the case in a width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshio Takeshita, Yoichi Miyajima
  • Patent number: 9331321
    Abstract: A battery enclosure comprising a support and a cover fabricated from a thermoset or thermoplastic polymer reinforced by at least a woven fabric reinforcement is described. In an embodiment the reinforcement is a woven glass fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Elisabeth J. Berger, Kestutis A. Sonta, Bhavesh Shah
  • Patent number: 9319516
    Abstract: A method of delivering an audio and/or visual media file including, for example, one or more of full or partial master recordings of songs, musical compositions, ringtones, videos, films, television shows, personal recordings, animation and combinations thereof, over the air wirelessly, from one or more servers to an electronic device with or without an Internet connection, said method comprising transmitting and audio and/or visual media file in compressed format to said electronic device, and wherein the electronic device is effective to receive said audio and/or visual file and playback said audio and/or visual content on demand by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SKKY, LLC
    Inventors: John Mikkelsen, Robert Freidson
  • Patent number: 9288921
    Abstract: A field device for process instrumentation, i.e., a measuring transducer, actuator, or mobile operating device, which is suitable for use in explosion-prone areas. The field device is battery-driven and has at least one battery for supplying an electronic unit with energy. A battery compartment is constructed such that standard batteries can be inserted without the risk of spark formation. A corresponding design of a supply circuit ensures that the circuit can only be closed, for example, when closing the battery compartment once a lid is closed to the extent that the battery compartment meets the requirements for use in explosion-prone areas. The invention has the advantage that comparatively inexpensive standard batteries can be used and that the ignition protection is maintained during the entire battery switching process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Patrick Balle, Stefan Gross
  • Patent number: 9277035
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a first housing, a second housing detachably latched to the first housing through a latching tab, and a releasing mechanism. The releasing mechanism includes a button, an elastic member, and a shaft. The button surrounds the shaft and is rotatably assembled to the first housing by the shaft. The elastic member is coiled around the shaft and elastically resists the button to apply an elastic force to enable the button resisting the first housing. When the button rotates about the shaft under a pressure overcoming the elastic force, the latching tab is pushed to release the latching tab and the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fu-Hsin Sung, Chia-Ju Lin
  • Patent number: 9214658
    Abstract: A battery pack includes a first battery module, the first battery module including first unit batteries arranged side by side in a first direction, a second battery module adjacent to the first battery module, the second battery module including second unit batteries arranged side by side in the first direction, and at least one supporting block in a space between the first unit batteries and the second unit batteries, the at least one supporting block contacting the first and second battery modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignees: SAMSUNG SDI CO., LTD., ROBERT BOSCH GmbH
    Inventors: Hyun-Ye Lee, Tae-Yong Kim, Myung-Chul Kim, Shi-Dong Park
  • Patent number: 9132864
    Abstract: A vehicle structure includes a longitudinal structural element at each of its side edges, at least two shells superposed in such a manner as to form a housing, each shell being connected to the structural elements; at least one battery component comprising an energy storage unit arranged in the housing; and at least one fastener element connecting a shell to a member situated in the housing or to the other shell, the fastener element(s) being arranged in such a manner that the or at least one battery component is in compression in the shell-superposition direction, essentially corresponding to the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: Gerald Andre, Laurent Martin, Stephane Ginja, Jerome Grando, Hugues Cheron, Yves Rebuel
  • Patent number: 9136716
    Abstract: A method comprises discharging each of a plurality of cells of a battery pack, stopping the discharging of a selected cell of the plurality of cells when the selected cell reaches a predetermined capacity, and charging the plurality of cells after the discharging has stopped for all of the plurality of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. White, Lyle Matson, Nathan Cruise
  • Patent number: 9122450
    Abstract: A portable electronic apparatus includes a casing including a base and an upper cover, and an electronic processing module disposed in the base. The base includes a first engagement structure having a lock slot. The upper cover includes a plate member and a second engagement structure mounted on the plate member. The second engagement structure is presented as a cantilever structure and includes a locking part and a detaching part connected to the locking part. The base and the upper cover are engaged such that the locking part is locked in the lock slot. The detaching part can be moved so as to detach the locking part from the lock slot. Therefore, a user can detach the locking part from the lock slot by the detaching part without any tools, which greatly reduces the complexity of the detachment of a casing of a conventional portable electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chen-Yi Liang, Hung-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 9098237
    Abstract: Each knuckle is molded in and/or around a coupling structure that is either welded to or is an integral part of the section. The coupling structure can be a bracket that is welded to an inner surface of a section, and the bracket is constructed to have a cross-section that minimizes capacitance. In one embodiment, a first bracket can be welded to a first conductive section, and a second bracket can be welded to a second conductive section. A knuckle constructed from an insulating material that is overmolded within and around the first and second brackets such that the first and second conductive sections are coupled together. The first and second conductive sections and their respective brackets are spaced a predetermined distanced apart, thereby ensuring the conductive sections are electrically isolated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Daniel William Jarvis
  • Patent number: 9077019
    Abstract: An electricity storage device includes a first battery stack (15), a second battery stack (11 to 14), and a case (22) that accommodates the first battery stack and the second battery stack. Each of the first battery stack and the second battery stack includes a plurality of cells (151) that are aligned and the second battery stack is placed under the first battery stack. The supporting member (80) that supports the first battery stack is placed between the first battery stack and the second battery stack and is fixed to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akihiro Kosaki, Shigeru Fukuda, Shigeto Ozaki, Kaoru Tsuge, Kenji Iida, Takenori Kobayashi, Motonari Tejima
  • Patent number: 9050098
    Abstract: A cordless cautery and cutting surgical device includes a modular battery and a surgical handle. The battery has a cordless radio-frequency-signal-generation assembly generating an output radio-frequency signal and a first selectively removable connector part. The surgical handle has a first handle body portion with a bipolar cautery and cutting end effector. The end effector has jaws with bipolar contacts and a cutting blade disposed between the jaws. The handle has a second body portion connected to the first body portion, defines therein an aseptically sealable battery-holding compartment selectively exposed to the environment and removably holding therein the battery, and a second selectively removable connector part operable to removably hold the first connector part thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Covidien AG
    Inventors: Derek Dee Deville, Matthew A. Palmer, Thomas O. Bales, Korey Kline, Sean McBrayer
  • Publication number: 20150136504
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to secure both of vehicle body floor upper space and battery mounting space, in setting of a mounting position of a high-power cut-off switch to a battery pack case. Battery pack case 1 having battery modules 2 and SD switch 4 that cuts off battery high-power circuit by manual operation is arranged in a lower position of vehicle body floor 100. In this battery pack structure for electric vehicle, an inside space of the battery pack case 1 is divided into two areas in a vehicle front-and-rear direction, and one of the two areas is defined as a battery module mounting area 7. SD switch 4 is provided in an upper surface position of the case that covers an electrical component mounting area 8, which is the other area, located on a vehicle front side with respect to battery module mounting area 7.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Norihisa Tsujimura, Toshifumi Takamatsu, Makoto Iwasa, Takeshi Onodera, Tatsunori Tanigaki
  • Publication number: 20150140385
    Abstract: A battery pack for a use with a powered surgical tool. The battery pack may include a housing with an outer wall and opposing first and second ends. The housing may include an elongated shape that extends between the first and second ends. A first member may extend across the first end of the housing and include a first aperture, and a second end member may extend across the second end of the housing and may include a second aperture. A passage may extend through the housing with a first end that aligns with the first aperture and a second end that aligns with the second aperture. The housing may be sized for a plurality of storage locations positioned between the first and second members and around the passage, and each of the storage locations may be configured to store a power cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas V. McGahan, Jeetendra S. Bharadwaj, Bradley E. Steele
  • Patent number: 9010815
    Abstract: An anti-theft system for securing a removable battery to a power tool. The system employs a tamper-proof retainer to ensure that the retail display of a combined power tool and its associated battery can be displayed as a single unit without fear of theft of the battery. This may be achieved by the tamper-proof retainer securing a battery release latch against its release position hence securing the battery to the tool in a manner preventing the removal of the battery by a potential thief. The tamper-proof retainer either prevents removal of the battery from the power tool, as removal of the tamper-proof retainer is impossible, or, if it is destroyed by a thief, then it permanently secures the battery to the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventor: Vince Cooper
  • Patent number: 9005792
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking system for locking a lid of a portable electronic device, comprising at least a latch, a detent and a first return member. The latch has at least a first position of the latch and a second position of the latch, wherein the latch is connected to the lid in the first position of the latch, and the latch is disconnected from the lid in the second position of the latch. The detent has at least a first position of the detent and a second position of the detent, and the detent is adjusted to detain the latch in the second position of the latch. The first return member is adjusted to move the latch from the second position of the latch to the first position of the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Arto Ilari Pelkonen
  • Patent number: 8975774
    Abstract: The invention relates to a HV-battery, in particular a traction battery for a vehicle, having a plurality of cell modules which each comprise a plurality of cells, wherein each cell module is assigned a controller for cell monitoring and/or for cell balancing, wherein the controllers are connected to a battery management control device for communication or open-loop control and/or closed loop control purposes, wherein the HV-battery is of modular construction by configuring the cell modules as plug-in modules that are detachably mountable or can be mounted to a printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Christoph Kreutzer, Heiner Fees, Heinz-Willi Vassen, Robert Schwarzbauer, Bardo Lang, Armin Pöppel, Karsten Büttner
  • Patent number: 8945745
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery device including a battery enclosure incorporating a battery cell. The battery device further includes an output terminal that outputs power of the battery cell. The battery enclosure includes a first surface, a second surface, a first step surface, a second step surface, a first engaging portion, a second engaging portion, a first groove, and a second groove formed in the second step surface and the second engaging portion, and a recess is provided in at least one of the first step surface and the second step surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mieko Hara, Toshio Takeshita, Yoichi Miyajima, Hiroaki Sato, Tomonori Watanabe, Naoki Kamaya
  • Patent number: 8945747
    Abstract: In a longitudinal battery cell for a vehicle battery module, the battery cell includes a first end and an opposite second end with respect to a longitudinal axis of the battery cell, and a lateral surface extending from the first end to the second end. The battery cell includes an attachment structure extending in an outward direction from the lateral surface at the second end for coupling the battery cell to the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Martin Eberhard, Rob Sweney
  • Publication number: 20150010796
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an interlocking device for a battery unit board includes a housing, a battery unit that is arranged in the housing, a switch that is electrically connected to the battery unit, and an interlocking mechanism that allows the movement of the battery unit when the switch is opened, and that inhibits the battery unit from being drawn from the housing when the switch is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Shigenori Kawana, Shuji Kikuchi, Sakae Kawashima, Yosuke Matsuno
  • Patent number: 8894389
    Abstract: A utility pump is provided featuring a housing and battery configuration, where the housing is configured with a series configuration of integral pumps, and also configured with a battery receiving portion having electrical terminals for receiving power for providing to the series configuration of the integral pumps, and where the battery has a protruding portion with corresponding electrical terminals configured to contact the electrical terminals to provide power to the series configuration of the integral pumps when the protruding portion of the battery is inserted into the battery receiving portion of the housing and rotated in one direction to an “ON” position, and also configured not to contact the electrical terminals when the battery is not rotated to the “ON” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Flow Control LLC.
    Inventors: Humberto V. Meza, Randall H. Moormann, Mark F. Ingersoll, Jeffrey B. Schopperle, Joel A. Kenney
  • Patent number: 8883334
    Abstract: A battery to hold a battery cell can include a first surface, an end surface forming a corner edge with the first surface along an edge of the first surface in a lateral direction, and an output terminal provided at the corner edge formed by the end surface and the first surface. The output terminal can include electrode slits that are opened to both the end surface and the first surface, and the electrode slits include electrodes to output power from the battery cell. First and second grooves can be provided in the first surface that extend away from the corner edge, where the output terminal is provided between the grooves in the lateral direction. Step surfaces can be provided that are stepped with respect to the first surface, and that include chamfered portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Mieko Hara, Toshio Takeshita, Yoichi Miyajima, Hiroaki Sato, Tomonori Watanabe, Naoki Kamaya
  • Patent number: 8864476
    Abstract: A pump is provided featuring a housing and battery configuration, where the housing is configured with a battery receiving portion having electrical terminals for receiving power to the pump, and where the battery has a protruding portion with corresponding electrical terminals configured to contact the electrical terminals to provide power to the pump when the protruding portion of the battery is inserted into the battery receiving portion of the housing and rotated in one direction to an “ON” position, and also configured not to contact the electrical terminals when the battery is not rotated to the “ON” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Flow Control LLC.
    Inventors: Randall H. Moormann, Rick Burnham
  • Patent number: 8852775
    Abstract: An industrial process field device has a housing with a wall. The wall has a feedthrough opening between a battery compartment and an electronics compartment. A feedthrough connector seals the feedthrough opening and includes a power connector connected to industrial process field device electronics. A battery assembly includes a battery housing with a battery connector, and includes a battery and an energy limiter connected to the battery connector. The battery connector mates with the power connector to energize the industrial process field device electronics. A seal seals the mating connection of the power connector and the battery connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Chad M. McGuire, James Johnson