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20130026973APPARATUS, METHOD AND ARTICLE FOR AUTHENTICATION, SECURITY AND CONTROL OF POWER STORAGE DEVICES, SUCH AS BATTERIES - A network of collection, charging and distribution machines collect, charge and distribute portable electrical energy storage devices (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors or ultracapacitors). To charge, the machines employ electrical current from an external source, such as the electrical grid or an electrical service of an installation location. By default, each portable electrical energy storage device is disabled from accepting a charge unless it receives authentication information from an authorized collection, charging and distribution machine, other authorized charging device, or other authorized device that transmits the authentication credentials. Also, by default, each portable electrical energy storage device is disabled from releasing energy unless it receives authentication information from an external device to which it will provide power, such as a vehicle or other authorization device.01-31-2013
20130026972APPARATUS, METHOD AND ARTICLE FOR AUTHENTICATION, SECURITY AND CONTROL OF POWER STORAGE DEVICES, SUCH AS BATTERIES, BASED ON USER PROFILES - A network of collection, charging and distribution machines collect, charge and distribute portable electrical energy storage devices (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors or ultracapacitors). To charge, the machines employ electrical current from an external source, such as the electrical grid or an electrical service of an installation location. The charging and distribution machines may distribute portable electrical energy storage devices of particular performance characteristics and other attributes based on customer preferences and/or customer profiles. The charging and distribution machines may provide instructions to or otherwise program portable electrical energy storage devices stored within the charging and distribution machines to perform at various levels according to user preferences and user profiles.01-31-2013
20090039828WIRELESS CHARGING OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Wireless chargers are provided. The wireless chargers can simultaneously receive and transmit power wirelessly. The wireless chargers can include a rechargeable battery so that the wireless charges can be used portably to charge electronic devices. The wireless chargers can also be programmable so that a user can select a power-transmitting protocol that is particularly suited for the electronic device being charged.02-12-2009
20080258679CHARGING DISPLAY SYSTEM - A charging display system and method for operating a display system are provided with the method comprising sensing the presence of a wirelessly rechargeable device proximate to or on a surface through which a presentation area of a display can present image information; identifying a type of the wirelessly rechargeable device; obtaining device representation having features that are related to a portion of the presentation area that can be occupied by the presence of the identified type of rechargeable device; determining a position and orientation of the rechargeable device proximate to or on the surface; and segmenting the presentation area into a wirelessly rechargeable device portion and a graphic presentation portion outside of the determined of the rechargeable device portion. A wireless power signal is transmitted through the rechargeable device portion and graphic information related to the rechargeable device is displayed in the graphic presentation portion.10-23-2008
20130076299CHARGING DEVICE CAPABLE OF AUTOMATICALLY DISTRIBUTING CHARGING CURRENT - The charging device contains a connection unit, a measurement unit, an identification unit, a processing unit, a display unit, a current distribution unit, etc. The connection unit has at last a device connection element for connecting an electronic device. The charging device automatically distributes charging current based on preset parameters and multiple charging devices could be cascaded. As such, all connected electronic devices could be fully charged at high speed under full specification sequentially, and the maximum charging current provided and the number of connected electronic devices is expanded.03-28-2013
20130082641CHARGE/DISCHARGE DETERMINATION APPARATUS, CHARGE/DISCHARGE DETERMINATION METHOD AND CHARGE/DISCHARGE DETERMINATION PROGRAM - One embodiment provides a charge/discharge determination apparatus for performing a charge/discharge control of a battery based on instructions given from charge/discharge instruction apparatuses, including: a battery information storage unit which stores battery information concerned with the battery; a charge/discharge information storage unit which stores charge/discharge information for charging/discharging the battery; a communication unit which receives a communication message concerned with an access request from each charge/discharge instruction apparatus; and a control unit which controls access from each charge/discharge instruction apparatus based on the battery information, the charge/discharge information and contents of the access request.04-04-2013
20130082640CHARGE/DISCHARGE INSTRUCTION APPARATUS, CHARGE/DISCHARGE INSTRUCTION METHOD AND CHARGE/DISCHARGE INSTRUCTION PROGRAM - One embodiment provides a charge/discharge instruction apparatus, including: a charge/discharge instruction unit which instructs a charge/discharge determination apparatus to perform a charge/discharge control of a battery; a charge/discharge information storage unit which stores charge/discharge information for charging/discharging the battery; a control unit which controls an access request to the battery based on the stored charge/discharge information and contents of the charge/discharge control; a generating unit which generates a communication message concerned with the access request controlled by the control unit; and a communication unit which transmits the communication message concerned with the access request to the charge/discharge determination apparatus.04-04-2013
20130038272NON-CONTACT CHARGING SYSTEM, NON-CONTACT CHARGING METHOD, NON-CONTACT CHARGING TYPE VEHICLE, AND NON-CONTACT CHARGING MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - A charging apparatus assigns an area ID, which is information that the charging apparatus uses to determine the presence of a vehicle, to a charging area BS and transmits the assigned area ID. Based on return of the transmitted area ID from the vehicle 02-14-2013
20130049677SYSTEM, DEVICES AND METHOD FOR CHARGING A BATTERY OF AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - Energy exchange station for a battery of an electric vehicle, comprising at least one power output for a vehicle, means for determining whether a vehicle coupled to the at least one power output is able to be charged with an AC voltage and/or a DC voltage, a plurality of power inputs, comprising at least one AC power input; and at least one DC power input and at least one controllable switch, for switching the at least one power output to any of the power inputs a controller for the switch, for controlling the switch at least based on the determination.02-28-2013
20120306433WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION AND CHARGING SYSTEM, AND POWER CONTROL METHOD OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION AND CHARGING SYSTEM - A wireless power transmission and charging system, and a power control method of the wireless power transmission and charging system are provided. The power control method may include generating charging power using the power amplifier. The charging power may be used to charge a target device. The charging power may be transmitted to the target device. The voltage supplied to the power amplifier may be adjusted based on a detected change in the current input to the power amplifier, a detected change in the temperature of the source device, a detected change in the amount of the power received to the target device, or a detected change in the temperature of the target device.12-06-2012
20120223671Battery Authentication Method and Apparatus - Improved handling of battery recognition tasks in an electronic device such as a cell phone, smart phone, computer system, recording device or others is facilitated. Recognition of a battery so as to enable exchange of power between the device and the battery is determined by a match between one of a plurality of number strings stored in the device and the decrypted response to an encrypted challenge derived from the one of stored number string.09-06-2012
20090027003Safety Circuit For Charging Devices - Systems and methods for implementing a safety circuit in charging devices are disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, a method may include closing a latch to stop delivery of a charging current to a battery when voltage produced by the battery indicates that the battery is non-rechargeable. The method may also include dropping a threshold from an initial value for the voltage produced by the battery to a baseline value so that the latch remains closed even if the voltage produced by the non-rechargeable battery drops below the initial value of the threshold. The method may also include resetting the latch each time a battery is connected to the charging device.01-29-2009
20090001928Transformation of battery charger to power source using signature adapters - A signature connector adapter adapted to provide additional capabilities for a battery charger beyond not only charge batteries, but performing other user-friendly functions is presented. One embodiment utilizes a resistor disposed within a signature charger adapter to detect battery type and communicate the battery type to the battery charger. The signature connector adapter provides information such as, but not limited to, battery chemistry, battery voltage, charging capabilities, and thermal limits. The battery charger can then optimize charging performance. The signature connector adapter allows a plurality of household, construction, medical and military devices to be charged and/or powered via the battery charger. Devices such as lights, radios, cigarette lighters, and other such devices requiring specific levels or types of power can now be operated and charged with a single charger, since the signature connector adapter facilitates the charging system changing its output to match the device's requirements.01-01-2009
20120112685BATTERY PACK MANAGER UNIT AND METHOD FOR USING SAME TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF A BATTERY PACK - The present invention generally relates to a device and method for the management of a collection of battery cells. In one embodiment, the present invention permits the management of a collection of battery cells composed of an overall battery pack manager unit, individual cell manager units, and wireless communication links between these units. In another embodiment, the present invention relates to a device and method for the management of a collection of battery cells in the field of rechargeable batteries, such as batteries based on lithium-based chemistries, nickel-based chemistries, and lead-acid chemistries. In still another embodiment, the present invention is directed to a method that permits the maximization of battery pack capacity during a charge-discharge cycle and/or permits the maximization of the total number of charge-discharge cycles.05-10-2012
20100295503Multi-Use Fast Rate Charging Stand - An apparatus includes a charger and a plurality of connectors such that a connector includes a switch and a connection between the charger and the connector. The charger is configured to direct a switch associated with one of the plurality of connectors to connect the connector with which it is associated to the charger. The charger is also configured to charge a device connected to the connector according to a type of battery detected in the device. A plurality of devices is charged using a prioritized charging scheme.11-25-2010
20120098481Apparatus and Method for Rapidly Charging Batteries - An apparatus and methods for ultra-fast charging one or more batteries, including, for example, lithium ion batteries. A charging current is determined by optimization of a model based on functions of a set of internal state variables associated with a battery, and a set of model parameters or nonparametric data characterizing the battery. Instantaneous internal state variables are determined, and an optimized charging current is applied to the battery subject to a set of battery-specific constraints. Internal state variables are updated recursively based on behavior of the battery under charge as well as the behavior, stored in a database, or acquired via a network, of cognate batteries.04-26-2012
20100066303METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CHARGING PERIPHERALS - The invention includes a peripheral charging system for a computer. The peripheral charging system comprises a retention mechanism configured to retain a peripheral having a battery, the retention mechanism comprising a charging mechanism, and a system battery electrically connected to the charging mechanism. When the peripheral is retained by the retention mechanism, the peripheral contacts the charging mechanism of the retention mechanism to charge the peripheral battery. The invention also comprises a method for charging a peripheral for a mobile computing device. The method comprises retaining the peripheral in a retention mechanism of the mobile computing device, and charging a battery of the peripheral device from a battery of the mobile computing device. The retention mechanism of the mobile computing device includes a charging mechanism configured to supply charge to a charging mechanism of the peripheral.03-18-2010
20120187899POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM, VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD OF POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A power supply system that supplies electric power to a load apparatus includes a power storage device, a voltage sensor, a current sensor, and an ECU. The ECU calculates an internal resistance value of the power storage device based on the detected voltage and the detected current, and determines whether the power storage device includes a power storage device that differs from an authorized power storage device, by comparing the calculated internal resistance value with a preset reference value.07-26-2012
20090309539Tamper resistant programmable battery and network tracking system - A tamper resistant programmable battery and warranty and metrics tracking network is provided having an at least one network comprising a warranty and metrics information tracking system and information storage device storing data regarding the tamper resistant programmable battery. An at least one electronics module is coupled to the tamper resistant programmable battery so as to deter removal or tampering and an at least one point of sale/point of maintenance device is in communication with the network and the tamper resistant programmable battery, whereby the tamper resistant programmable battery is enabled by the transfer of data from the at least one network to the tamper resistant programmable battery.12-17-2009
20090309540Method of operating a networl with a programmable battery and programming same - A method of operating a network for tracking and storing warranty information and metrics of a programmable battery and programming the programmable battery, the method comprising executing a diagnostic check of the programmable battery, storing sales or maintenance specific programming, activation, and configuration data for the programmable battery in a memory coupled to the programmable battery through at least one point of sale/point of maintenance device, searching the network for software updates and product enablement data for the programmable battery and communicating information stored in the memory to a database through the point of sale/point of maintenance device and the network.12-17-2009
20110062914SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EFFICIENT WIRELESS CHARGING OF A MOBILE TERMINAL - Disclosed is a method and apparatus for efficient wireless charging of a mobile terminal. The method includes detecting the mobile terminal by a charging apparatus, receiving a unique identifier of the mobile terminal from the mobile terminal and determining if the mobile terminal is a rechargeable device, when the mobile terminal is a rechargeable device, applying a direct voltage to a first coil of the charging apparatus and arranging the charging apparatus and the mobile terminal, and terminating an application of the direct voltage and then applying an alternating voltage, to supply charging power required for the mobile terminal.03-17-2011
20090102417Method and Apparatus For Charging Batteries - A method and apparatus for charging batteries includes using an input rectifier to receive an ac input and provide a dc signal. A converter receives the dc signal and provides a converter output. An output circuit receives the converter output and provides a battery charging signal. A controller preferably controls the converter to power factor correct. The system can include multiple output circuits, used either singly or at the same time, and designed for one or more voltages. They can be user removable. Preferably, the converter output has a magnitude independent of a range of frequencies and a range of magnitudes of the ac input, and the range can be, for example, at least a factor of two or at least two utility voltages. The controller includes a charging schedule module that receives feedback, such as voltage and/or current feedback and/or temperature feedback. The output circuit, such as a dc-dc converter, is controlled in response to the feedback in other embodiments. The battery type may be sensed or input by a user, and the charging done in response to the battery type. A defective battery sensor is preferably included, with a user-noticeable indicator.04-23-2009
20130099724SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROGRAMMING RECHARGEABLE BATTERY CHARACTERISTICS - A method and system for programming rechargeable battery characteristics is provided. The system having: a memory component for storing user profiles; a power management integrated circuit; and a processor for retrieving the user profiles and directing power from the battery to the power management integrated circuit in accordance with the user profiles. The method consists of: determining the type of battery; retrieving user profiles stored in a memory component; and adjusting the battery characteristics according to the user profiles.04-25-2013
20090189562Charging System for Charging Battery Pack - A charging system has a battery pack and a charging device. The battery pack has a battery cell and a plurality of identifiers that identify a configuration of the battery cell. The charging device has a charging unit, a signal transmission unit, a reading unit, and a control unit. The charging unit charges the battery pack. The signal transmission unit transmits a first signal and a second signal to the battery pack separately to read the plurality of identifiers when the battery pack is attached to the charging unit. The reading unit reads the plurality of identifiers according to the first and second signals to determine the configuration of the battery cell. The control unit controls the charging unit according to the configuration of the battery cell.07-30-2009
20080238357ULTRA FAST BATTERY CHARGER WITH BATTERY SENSING - Disclosed is a method for charging a rechargeable battery having at least one rechargeable electrochemical cell. The method includes determining a corresponding battery capacity based on identification information received from the rechargeable battery, determining a charging current level to apply to the rechargeable battery based on the determined corresponding battery capacity such that the battery achieves a pre-determined charge that is reached within a charging period of time of 15 minutes or less, and applying a charging current having substantially about the determined current level to the battery.10-02-2008
20080238358ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, CHARGING METHOD THEREFOR, AND BATTERY - An electronic apparatus is disclosed. The electronic apparatus includes a battery, a main body, a charging section, an obtaining section, and a controlling section. The battery has first information with which charging of the battery is controlled. The main body operates with the battery as a power supply. The charging section charges the battery. The obtaining section obtains the first information from the battery. The controlling section controls the charging section based on the obtained first information and causes the charging section to perform a charging according to another battery.10-02-2008
20080290833BATTERY PACK, CHARGING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A charging device which enables the charged state and remaining capacity of the battery pack to be accurately grasped. In the charging device on which a battery pack including a nonvolatile memory and a secondary battery cell is mounted, a charge control microcomputer measures a charging current supplied to and a charging voltage applied to the battery pack. Charged state data indicative of the charged state of the battery pack is determined based on at least one of the measured charging current and the measured charging voltage. The charge control microcomputer writes the determined charged state data in the memory of the battery pack.11-27-2008
20080309284Method for distnguishing batteries having different chemistries - A method is provided for distinguishing between batteries having different chemistry compositions. The method includes: supplying electrical energy to the battery for charging thereof; monitoring a voltage characteristic of the battery periodically during charging, wherein the voltage characteristic varies over time with the state of charge of the battery; and identifying the chemistry composition of the battery based on the voltage characteristic of the battery.12-18-2008
20080309285Battery pack identification system - A control module is included in a battery charger that is adapted to charge a plurality of battery packs of different types or a power tool that is adapted to be powered by at least one of the battery packs. The control module includes a remote sensing module that communicates remotely with one of the battery packs. The control module also includes a battery pack connection module that determines that the one of the battery packs is in electrical communication with at least one of the battery charger and the power tool. The control module also includes a battery pack identification (ID) module that determines a first type of the battery pack based on remote sensing module signals. The control module also includes a charge control module that determines at least one of a charge setting and a discharge setting for the battery pack based on the first type.12-18-2008
20100201307BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS HAVING A CHUTE AND METHOD OF RECHARGING A BATTERY - The embodiments of the invention relate to a novel apparatus and method for a battery charging system in a shared environment, as well as for monitoring battery usage and tracking battery location. In one embodiment, the battery charging chute comprises a housing configured to receive a battery via an insertion slot and configured to dispense a battery through a dispensing slot. Within the housing, charging terminals are disposed is a spaced or continuous manner, to come in contact with the charging terminals on batteries inserted into the housing. Optionally, solenoid-controlled gates may be employed at the insertion slot and dispensing slot, to inhibit the removal or insertion of batteries from the incorrect location, to ensure that the battery with the longest residence time in the chute is dispensed to a user. The housing may also include a radio-frequency identification tag reader to permit inventorying and tracking of batteries inserted into the housing.08-12-2010
20130119920ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGING MANAGEMENT METHOD THEREOF - An exemplary embodiment provides a charging system including a management device and a plurality of charging devices. The management device includes a scheduling control module and a charging host. The scheduling control module executes dynamic scheduling according to a residence time and a charging time, and re-executes the dynamic scheduling according to a queue-jumping request. The charging host calculates the charging time according to battery information, and charges a plurality of electric vehicles according to the dynamic scheduling. The charging devices are coupled to the management device and connected to the electric vehicles, wherein each of the charging devices includes an input interface and a charging plug. The input interface receives the residence time and a power demand. The charging plug is connected to one of the electric vehicles to receive the battery information, and charges the connected electric vehicle.05-16-2013
20130119921RAPID BATTERY CHARGING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A method of rapidly charging a battery includes: (a) applying a charge to the battery using a charging profile; (b) monitoring a terminal voltage of the battery; (c) using a mathematical model to estimate a desired temporal state of charge of the battery and to estimate a predicted terminal voltage; (d) using the monitored terminal voltage of the battery and the predicted terminal voltage to determine an error; (e) applying the error to calculate a calculated state of charge of the battery; and (f) controlling the charge applied by the charging profile to urge the calculated state of charge of the battery toward the desired temporal state of charge of the battery. For use with lithium ion batteries, such feedback is used to limit ion concentration levels. Preferably, a Reduced Order Model is used to minimize computational requirements and facilitate real-time calculations.05-16-2013
20120104993CONTACTLESS CHARGING DEVICE, CHARGING METHOD, CHARGEABLE BATTERY, AND CHARGER - Techniques for a contactless charging device, a charging method thereof, a chargeable battery, and a charger are described. The contactless charging device includes a chargeable battery and a charger. The chargeable battery includes a secondary charging circuit configured for receiving power from the primary charging circuit and a contactless IC card configured for storing the battery characteristic information of the chargeable battery. The charger includes a contactless card reading circuit configured for reading battery characteristic information of the chargeable battery and transmitting the battery characteristic information to a charging control IC during charging, a primary charging circuit configured for transmitting power to the chargeable battery; and a charging control IC configured for controlling the primary charging circuit to supply power to the primary charging circuit according to the battery characteristic information.05-03-2012
20090128091BATTERY CHARGER FOR PORTABLE DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS - A battery charger may include a charger connector to be coupled to a corresponding device connector of a portable device including a rechargeable battery. The battery charger may also include a charging circuit connected to the charger connector, and a controller connected to the charger connector and the charging circuit. The controller may be for causing a portable device connected to the charger connector to identify its corresponding portable device type and its corresponding rechargeable battery type from among a plurality of different portable device types and different battery types, and for causing the charging circuit to charge the rechargeable battery based thereon.05-21-2009
20120139474METHOD FOR CHARGING EXTERNAL DEVICE AND DISPLAYING APPARATUS USING THEREOF - A method for charging an external device and a display using the method are provided. The method includes, determining whether the external device is chargeable and connected to the display through a connector when the displaying apparatus is in a standby mode; and if it is determined that the external device is chargeable and connected, charging the external device through the connector in the standby mode. The display includes a power supply that supplies standby power or main power; a connection checker which determines, in a standby mode, whether an external device is connected and is a chargeable device; and a controller. The controller controls the power supply to output standby power to the external device while the connection checker determines whether the external device is connected and is a chargeable device, and if the external device is connected is a chargeable, controls the power supply to output main power to charge the external device.06-07-2012
20090015194PORTABLE COMPUTERIZED DATA COMMUNICATION DEVICE - In one embodiment, a portable computerized data communication device in a data communication system may include, for example, a user interface; a computerized system controlling operation of the device; a device housing having a normal closed condition defining an interior space within the device housing, and having an interior electrical connector within the interior space; and the device having an open condition providing access to the interior space while the device housing is in the open condition to enable connection with the interior electrical connector of a peripheral device equipping the device to perform a new function.01-15-2009
20080315831AC-TO-DC ADAPTER FOR MOBILE SYSTEM - Disclosed herein are approaches for providing an adapter that may operate efficiently to provide a DC voltage to systems requiring different voltages.12-25-2008
20090212736INDUCTIVE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM WITH BATTERY TYPE DETECTION - An inductive power supply system to wirelessly charge a remote device based on detected battery characteristics. The system includes an inductive power supply with a primary coil capable of inductively providing power to a secondary coil in a remote device. The inductive power supply and remote device include communication means for wirelessly communicating. The system further includes a remote device, having a battery with detectable battery characteristics. In operation, the remote device is capable of detecting the battery characteristics by applying a qualification charge to the battery. The inductive power supply system is capable of identifying the battery installed in the remote device by analyzing the detected battery characteristics. The inductive power supply system selects an appropriate charging algorithm based on the analyzed characteristics.08-27-2009
20090243539RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR IN A BATTERY PACK - Apparatus, method and computer program product are provided for battery management. In one implementation, a method of communication provided. The method includes enabling determining when a battery pack is coupled to a device, the battery pack including a battery management system. The method also includes generating a random number at the battery management system, the battery management system including battery monitoring circuitry, a processor, memory and a random number generator. The method includes using the random number to provide authentication and if authentication succeeds, enabling communication between the battery pack and the device.10-01-2009
20100013430CHARGING METHODS FOR BATTERY POWERED DEVICES - A battery charge control system including an algorithm for determining whether the battery chemistry of a battery pack for use in a portable electronic device is primary, in which case charging is prevented, or secondary, in which case charging is enabled. The routine operates by measuring the terminal voltage and temperature of the battery under certain predetermined tests, which generally include a combination of voltage and internal impedance tests performed during charge or discharge. Additionally, a method is described to detect and to correct for lack of cell balance within the rechargeable battery pack of a portable electronic device. A cell or cells of the battery pack which are close to depletion, or are completely depleted, are detected, and a discharge/charge routine is executed to provide for optimum recharging of all of the cells of the battery, thus ensuring proper cell balance, and most efficient power usage.01-21-2010
20100148721BATTERY PACK AUTHENTICATION FOR A MOBILE DEVICE - Various embodiments are described herein for a mobile communication device that authenticates a smart battery prior to use. The mobile device includes a main processor and a device memory. The device memory stores first and second portions of security information used for authentication. The smart battery includes a battery processor and a battery memory. The battery memory stores a third portion of security information used for authentication. The main processor sends an authentication request including the first portion of security information to the battery processor, and the battery processor generates a response based on the first and third portions of security information and sends the generated response to the main processor. The smart battery is authenticated if the generated response matches the second portion of security information.06-17-2010
20100171460Charge System, Mobile Electronic Device, Cell Terminal Used for Them, and Secondary Cell - It is possible to prevent charge of an incompatible secondary cell while suppressing the size of a mobile electronic device and a secondary cell without increasing power consumption so as to prevent damage of the secondary cell or the mobile electronic device by charge. A detachable secondary cell (07-08-2010
20120139475Method and Apparatus for Charging a Lead Acid Battery - The invention relates to a method of operating a lead acid battery which undergoes discharging phases and charging phases in a cyclical fashion. The method involves monitoring the current discharged from the battery during a discharging phase and recording information relating to that current flow, such as the charge lost from the battery. During the subsequent charging phase, a desired amount of charge to be supplied to the battery is calculated based upon the recorded information, and then supplied to the battery.06-07-2012
20090295326Defibrillator Battery Authentication System - A method for operating an external medical device such as a defibrillator includes obtaining a data set from a battery pack and examining the data set to determine whether the battery pack is authenticated for use in the external medical device. If the examination does not confirm the authentications the method includes causing the device to follow a non-authenticated battery pack protocol. The non-authenticated battery pack protocol may include drawing power from the non-authenticated battery pack only if it is the only available source of power for the external medical device. It may include limiting functionality of the external medical device. It may include modifying the battery status information display for the non-authenticated battery pack. A power system for an external medical device may include a power source external to the medical device and including a memory which stores data indicative of an authorized status of the power source and a processor in the medical device configured to analyze the data and to control a function of the medical device based at least in part on the authorization status.12-03-2009
20120139476Method and Apparatus for Charging a Battery - The invention relates to a method of operating a lead acid battery in which the battery is monitored during the discharging and charging of the battery, and information relating to the discharging and/or charging history of the battery, such as the total charge supplied to the battery over its lifetime, is recorded, and the voltage applied during the charging of the battery is adjusted in dependence upon that information.06-07-2012
20100253279SYSTEM, INCLUDING AN ELECTRICAL DEVICE AND A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY, ELECTRICAL DEVICE, AND RECHARGEABLE BATTERY - The invention relates to a system having an electrical device, particularly a hand-held electrical tool, and at least one accumulator equipped with a coding comprising at least one electrical conductor, for supplying the electrical device with electrical energy, and having an identification mechanism interacting with the coding, which includes an electrical controller. The controller is configured to enable the operation of the electrical device along with the accumulator only if the coding identifies the accumulator as being approved for the electrical device. The invention proposes that the identification mechanism includes at least two electrical contacts that may be connected to each other in an electrically conductive manner by the electrical conductor of a coding identifying the accumulator as approved for the electrical device. The controller is configured to enable the operation of the electrical device along with the accumulator upon detecting an electrically conductive connection between the contacts. The invention further relates to an electrical device and an accumulator.10-07-2010
20110057603SMART BATTERY CHARGER - A smart battery charger is provided that includes one or more sensors to identify a particular battery, generate a usage profile for the battery over time, and develop a charging strategy that maximizes the useful life of the battery. The useful life of the battery may be maximized by minimizing the charge on the battery over the course of the battery's life. The charge may be minimized by delayed charging and undercharging.03-10-2011
20100019719Information rewriting device and recording medium - An information rewriting device includes a first storage unit provided in a battery, a second storage unit provided in a battery charger, and at least one rewrite unit provided in at least one of the battery and the battery charger. When the battery and the battery charger are electrically connected, the at least one rewrite unit rewrites one of a first information stored in the first storage unit and a second information stored in the second storage unit based on the other.01-28-2010
20090108804Charging Device - A charging device has a charging unit and a control unit. The charging unit charges a battery pack the battery pack being either a first type or a second type of battery pack. The first type of battery pack includes a single battery cell or a first plurality of battery cells connected in series. The second type of battery pack includes a single battery unit or a second plurality of battery units connected in series. Each battery unit includes at least two battery cells connected in parallel. The control unit controls the charging unit to control at least one of a charging current flowing through the battery pack and a charging voltage applied across the battery pack, depending on the battery pack to be charged.04-30-2009
20090001927SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTELLIGENT CHARGING AND INTELLIGENT CONDITIONING OF A HIGH VOLTAGE BATTERY - The technology described herein provides a stand-alone intelligent battery charger and intelligent conditioner for use with a high-voltage battery, such as those used in hybrid automotive vehicles. Additionally, in various exemplary embodiments, this technology provides a system and method for validating the capacity of a high voltage battery. Other comparable uses are also contemplated herein, as will be obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art.01-01-2009
20130141033BATTERY CHARGING METHOD AND BATTERY PACK USING THE SAME - A battery charging method and a battery pack using the same. The method including: counting an increased number of charging and discharging cycles of the battery for a first reference time; determining a user type of the battery according to the counted increased number of charging and discharging cycles; and reducing a charging voltage of the battery from a first reference voltage to a second reference voltage.06-06-2013
20110025258SYSTEM FOR SCHEDULING BATTERY CHARGE AND DISCHARGE - Effective scheduling of battery charge and discharge activities, by making the most of battery characteristics, can extend the battery pack's operation-time and lifetime. A system and method for scheduling battery activities is disclosed. This framework dynamically adapts battery activities to load demands and to the condition of individual battery cells, thereby extending the battery pack's operation-time and making them robust to anomalous voltage imbalances. The scheduling framework includes two components. An adaptive filter estimates the upcoming load demand. Based on the estimated load demand, a scheduler can determine the number of parallel-connected battery cells to be discharged. The scheduler also effectively partitions the battery cells in a pack, allowing the battery cells to be simultaneously charged and discharged in coordination with a reconfigurable battery circuit.02-03-2011
20090033278Host machines for battery charging system - Various embodiments of the present invention are directed at a method and system for recharging batteries for wireless electronic devices. According to one embodiment, a host machine for recharging rechargeable batteries for wireless devices is disclosed. The host machine includes a plurality of wireless devices coupled to and powered by a first plurality of rechargeable batteries and a plurality of charging slots configured to couple with a second plurality of rechargeable batteries. The host machine is adapted to provide power to charge the second plurality of rechargeable batteries and to hold in standby a third plurality of rechargeable batteries comprising the second plurality of rechargeable batteries that have been fully charged. According to an embodiment, the host machine is further adapted to join a network of host machines and to share the batteries in standby with each other.02-05-2009
20090033277Battery charging system and mobile and accessory devices - Various embodiments of the present invention are directed at a method and system for recharging batteries for wireless electronic devices. According to one embodiment, a battery charging and monitoring system is disclosed. The system includes a host machine providing a plurality of charging slots and a plurality of wireless devices coupled to and powered by a plurality of batteries. The host machine is adapted to communicate with the plurality of wireless devices through a plurality of wireless links to monitor the plurality of batteries coupled to the wireless devices. According to another embodiment, an electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device is adapted to couple with at least a rechargeable battery and to negotiate with the rechargeable battery for an agreed range of power parameters. The electronic device is further adapted to accept power from and to provide power to the rechargeable battery at the agreed range of power parameters.02-05-2009
20090322277PORTABLE COMPUTERIZED DATA COMMUNICATION DEVICE - In one embodiment, a portable computerized data communication device in a data communication system may include, for example, a user interface; a computerized system controlling operation of the device; a device housing having a normal closed condition defining an interior space within the device housing, and having an interior electrical connector within the interior space; and the device having an open condition providing access to the interior space while the device housing is in the open condition to enable connection with the interior electrical connector of a peripheral device equipping the device to perform a new function.12-31-2009
20120242278ELECTRIC BATTERY FOR VEHICLES - The electric battery for vehicles includes accumulation elements of electric charge connectable to the power supply line of a vehicle and electronic processing elements suitable for managing and/or controlling the use and the state of the battery.09-27-2012
20110248669BATTERY PACK IDENTIFICATION SCHEME FOR POWER TOOL SYSTEMS - A method is provided for identifying a battery pack that is operably coupled to a battery charger. The method comprises: measuring voltage at a plurality of designated terminals of a first battery pack while the battery pack is coupled to the battery charger; determining how many of the designated terminals are connected to a reference voltage, such as battery positive; and identifying an attribute of the battery pack based on how many of the designated terminals are connected to the reference voltage.10-13-2011
20110074339INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes: a case; a battery attachment module which is configured to be provided in the case and to which a first battery and a second battery capable of being charged with a current larger than a current for the first battery are selectively attached; a first connector that is configured to be provided in the battery attachment module and with which the first battery is connected; and a second connector which is configured to be provided in the battery attachment module, with which the second battery is connected, and which is capable of flowing a current larger than a current for the first connector.03-31-2011
20110248668ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE SECURITY - Exemplary embodiments are directed to energy storage device security. An energy storage device may include at least one energy storage cell and a controller. The controller may be configured to request device identification data from an electronic device coupled to the energy storage device and compare the device identification data to device identification data stored in the energy storage device. The controller may be further configured to enable energy to be conveyed from the at least one energy storage cell to the electronic device if the device identification matches the stored device identification data.10-13-2011
20100097030IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING FUNCTION OF CHARGING EXTERNAL DEVICE AND CHARGING METHOD THEREOF - An image display apparatus having a function of charging an external device and a charging method thereof are provide. The image display apparatus includes a universal serial bus (USB) interface which is connected to an external device through a power supply line and a data transmission line, and a main controller which, if the external device is connected, activates one of the power supply line and the data transmission line according to a type of the external device. Accordingly, the image display apparatus controls a USB terminal to selectively perform a charging operation or a data transmission operation.04-22-2010
20080252252CRADLE CHARGER CONTROLLER WITH BELOW GROUND LEVEL BIASING - A cradle charging system comprises a charging cradle defining a space for a battery of an electronic device. Transformer charging circuitry for charging the battery in the electronic device includes a primary side circuitry for receiving a charging voltage. Secondary side circuitry inductively couples the charging voltage to the battery. The secondary side circuitry provides a controlled output signal based on either constant voltage control or constant current control responsive to a charge level of the battery.10-16-2008
20080252253BATTERY REPLACEABLE PACK AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH BATTERY REPLACEABLE PACK - A battery replaceable pack for a portable electronic device is provided. The battery replaceable pack includes a containing casing, at least one battery, a protecting circuit board, and a connector. The protecting circuit board has a charging circuit and a detecting circuit electrically connected with each other. When the portable electronic device is connected to an external power supply, the charging circuit performs a testing charge on the battery and the detecting circuit detects the status of the battery. The detecting circuit detects whether the battery is rechargeable so as to assure the battery safety. An electronic device with the battery replaceable pack is also disclosed.10-16-2008
20100181960RECHARGEABLE POWER SUPPLY DEVICE HAVING AN IDENTIFICATION DEVICE - The invention relates to a rechargeable power supply device for supplying power to an electrical appliance. The rechargeable power supply device is provided with at least one chip on which data for identification of the power supply device can be stored, and can be read by the electrical appliance and/or by a charger.07-22-2010
20100213891BATTERY PACK UPDATING METHOD - The battery pack updating method updates firmware stored in internal control circuit memory 08-26-2010
20100213890METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTION OF COUNTERFEIT BATTERIES - A method and system for detecting the use of an unauthorized battery pack in a portable electronic device. The method comprises monitoring a temperature profile of at least one battery cell in a battery pack during an operation of the portable electronic device. The temperature profile is determined in accordance with an output of an internal temperature sensing circuit in the battery pack. If the temperature profile is determined to be atypical, an indication is provided that the battery pack is an unauthorized battery pack. For example, if the temperature profile does not show an expected temperature rise during a charging operation, a visual indication can be provided. The indication can also trigger the control of charging or discharging operations of the portable electronic device. Charging can be terminated or the device shut down to avoid a potentially catastrophic thermal runaway event. The device can also be operated in a reduced power mode in response to the indication.08-26-2010
20080211454BATTERY PACK HAVING A SECONDARY BATTERY AND A CHARGING SYSTEM USING THE BATTERY PACK - A battery pack including at least one secondary battery and supplying power to predetermined equipment is disclosed. In the battery pack, charging current to the secondary battery supplied from an external charging device is cut oft to suspend charging the secondary battery until receiving a predetermined instruction from the external charging device.09-04-2008
20090251100Stackable battery module - A rechargeable battery assembly includes a battery array and a battery controller. The battery array includes a number of batteries, and each battery includes a battery module and an integral module controller. The batteries may be connected in various configurations to form a battery array that is able to provide a power supply of almost any desired voltage. The module controller regulates charging of the battery module and is able to disconnect defective battery modules from the circuit. During a charging cycle, the module controller disconnects fully-charged modules from the charging circuit. During a discharging cycle, if a battery module becomes inoperative, the module controller disconnects the inoperative module, so that the battery array does not become inoperative because of one or more inoperative battery modules.10-08-2009
20120206088BATTERY PACK AND CHARGING SYSTEM INCLUDING BATTERY PACK - A battery pack and a charging system including the battery pack are disclosed. According to one aspect, when the battery pack is charged, magnets are used to fix the battery pack in a correct position within a charger, thereby improving charging efficiency. The battery pack includes at least one first magnet and a second magnet having an opposite magnetic pole from that of the first magnet.08-16-2012
20110101910SELF-ADAPTABLE RECHARGER - A self-adaptable recharger includes a control circuit connected to a power-supply circuit, a current-sampling circuit and a pulse-based recharge circuit. The control circuit includes a microprocessor. The pulse-based recharge circuit includes parallel recharge branches each under control of a pin of the microprocessor. The microprocessor receives voltage-related and current-related signals from each of the recharge branches and compares the same with basic data stored therein to determine the types of batteries. The microprocessor calculates time-related changes in the voltage-related and current-related signals and a voltage difference between positive and zero pulses to determine the recharge status and correct recharging curves accordingly. The microprocessor determines the highest recharge voltage, a positive slope of voltage, a zero gain of voltage, a negative gain of voltage and a capacity gain to determine an energy level in each of the batteries and stops the recharge when the battery is full.05-05-2011
20100188039SECONDARY BATTERY MODULE, BATTERY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT DEVICE, BATTERY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, SECONDARY BATTERY REUSE SYSTEM, SECONDARY BATTERY RECOVERY AND SALES SYSTEM, SECONDARY BATTERY REUSE METHOD, AND SECONDARY BATTERY RECOVERY AND SALES METHOD - A secondary battery module includes a battery information storage unit for storing electric characteristic information and usage history information of the secondary battery module. A battery information management device and a terminal device respectively include interfaces to be connected to the secondary battery module. The battery information management device is provided with a battery information database. The battery information management device is connected to the terminal device through a communications network. In this way, battery information stored in the battery information storage unit, which is acquired by the battery information management device and the terminal device, is accumulated in the battery information database. Moreover, the battery information management device grades the secondary battery module for reuse based on the battery information and a predetermined threshold.07-29-2010
20110089889BATTERY CHARGER FOR PORTABLE DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS - A battery charger may include a charger connector to be coupled to a corresponding device connector of a portable device including a rechargeable battery. The battery charger may also include a charging circuit connected to the charger connector, and a controller connected to the charger connector and the charging circuit. The controller may be for causing a portable device connected to the charger connector to identify its corresponding portable device type and its corresponding rechargeable battery type from among a plurality of different portable device types and different battery types, and for causing the charging circuit to charge the rechargeable battery based thereon.04-21-2011
20120169271Single Wire Battery Pack Temperature and Identification Method - Disclosed are techniques for identifying battery pack types and by inference battery chemistries by measuring a transient response of the battery pack to signal applied to the battery pack.07-05-2012
20120119693BATTERY CHARGER FOR PORTABLE DEVICES AND RELATED METHODS - A battery charger may include a charger connector to be coupled to a corresponding device connector of a portable device including a rechargeable battery. The battery charger may also include a charging circuit connected to the charger connector, and a controller connected to the charger connector and the charging circuit. The controller may be for causing a portable device connected to the charger connector to identify its corresponding portable device type and its corresponding rechargeable battery type from among a plurality of different portable device types and different battery types, and for causing the charging circuit to charge the rechargeable battery based thereon.05-17-2012
20120161694MULTIMETER WITH CHARGING SYSTEM - A multimeter includes a main body, two probes extending from the main body, a battery unit arranged in the main body, and a charging system arranged in the main body and configured for charging the battery. The charging system includes a microcontroller with an external input voltage sampling circuit, a battery voltage sampling circuit and a voltage regulator circuit each electrically connected the microcontroller. The microcontroller compares sampled signals from the external input voltage sampling circuit and the battery voltage sampling circuit, and controls the voltage regulator circuit to regulate the external input voltage to be applicable to the battery based on the comparison.06-28-2012
20120133324INDUCTIVE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM WITH BATTERY TYPE DETECTION - An inductive power supply system to wirelessly charge a remote device based on detected battery characteristics. The system includes an inductive power supply with a primary coil capable of inductively providing power to a secondary coil in a remote device. The inductive power supply and remote device include communication means for wirelessly communicating. The system further includes a remote device, having a battery with detectable battery characteristics. In operation, the remote device is capable of detecting the battery characteristics by applying a qualification charge to the battery. The inductive power supply system is capable of identifying the battery installed in the remote device by analyzing the detected battery characteristics. The inductive power supply system selects an appropriate charging algorithm based on the analyzed characteristics.05-31-2012
20120249051METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR WIRELESS CHARGING IN A PORTABLE TERMINAL - A method for wirelessly charging a portable terminal using a Radio Frequency (RF) is provided. A charging system detects one or more portable terminals within a predetermined area, and preferably requests information needed for charging to the one or more portable terminals via short-range communication, receives the information in response needed for charging from each of the one or more portable terminals. A portable terminal to be wirelessly charged from among the one or more portable terminals is selected, based on the received information needed for charging, and the charging system transmits a predetermined RF for charging to the selected portable terminal.10-04-2012
20090058356MULTI-CHARGING DEVICE AND METHOD - Provided is a multi-charging device and method by which a plurality of portable-device batteries can be charged simultaneously. The multi-charging device includes charging terminal connector including a socket to receive power from an external source and a plurality of charging terminals. Each charging terminal is connected with the charging terminal connector, and the charging terminals deliver the power from the socket of the charging terminal connector to a portable device connected therewith.03-05-2009
20100052608ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - During charging of a battery, the start-up of the main body of an apparatus due to the switching on of a controller leads to increased consumption of power and also leads to heating of the battery, and therefore it is not possible to pass a sufficient charging current. A main microcomputer 03-04-2010
20120187900ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY METHOD - An electric power supply system includes a connecting device that connects a secondary battery provided in a vehicle to a building, and a control apparatus that i) identifies the type of the vehicle that is connected to the connecting device, the type of the secondary battery, or the type of electric power that is distinguishable by the charging source of the electric power stored in the secondary battery, ii) determines a preset electric power supply method based on the identification results, and iii) controls a supply of electric power from the secondary battery to the building based on the determined electric power supply method.07-26-2012
20080297104BATTERY CHARGER AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATING BATTERY PACK CHARGING STATUS INFORMATION - A battery charger (12-04-2008
20120235628BATTERY PACK FOR ELECTRIC POWER TOOL, AND BATTERY CONNECTION DEVICE - A battery connection device is provided with an authentication data creating unit that creates authentication data, a conversion unit that performs a first conversion of the authentication data, a transmission unit that transmits the authentication data to a battery pack, a receiving unit that receives from the battery pack a battery-side conversion result that is data obtained after the authentication data is converted by the battery pack, a reverse conversion unit that, on an assumption that the battery pack creates the battery-side conversion result by performing the first conversion and a second conversion on the authentication data, performs a reverse conversion of the second conversion on the battery-side conversion result, and a determination unit that determines whether or not the battery pack is an authentic product by comparing a result of the reverse conversion with a result of the first conversion.09-20-2012
20120268059CHARGE STOP POINT DETECTING METHOD, CHARGE STOP POINT DETECTING DEVICE, AND A BATTERY PACK - After the highest voltage of a rechargeable battery 10-25-2012
20100201306CHARGING SYSTEM, PROCESSOR AND FEEDER - A charging system including: a processor that includes a containing part for selectively containing either one of a secondary battery of a first type and a secondary battery of a second type capable of being rapidly charged with an electrical quantity greater than that of the secondary battery of the first type, and that carries out processing using, as a power source, the secondary battery contained in the containing part; and a feeder for feeding power to the processor so as to charge the secondary battery, wherein the processor includes: a determination part for determining whether or not the contained secondary battery needs to be charged; a battery detection part for detecting the type of the contained secondary battery when it is determined that the secondary battery needs to be charged; and a transmission part for transmitting, to the feeder, a feed instruction.08-12-2010
20130015809DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLED EXCHANGE OF ENERGY BETWEEN AN ELECTRICAL POWER NETWORK AND A LOADAANM Frey; ThomasAACI EbersbergAACO DEAAGP Frey; Thomas Ebersberg DEAANM Stulle; Markus A.AACI MunchenAACO DEAAGP Stulle; Markus A. Munchen DE - A device for controlling the exchange of energy between an electrical power network and a load includes a stationary charging station for establishing an energy connection between the electrical power network and a supply point. The charging station has an LS controller for sending and receiving control signals via a signal transmission path, and includes a SIM station installed on the load side having a SIM controller. The SIM controller sends a SIM identifier of the SIM station to the LS controller via a signal transmission path at time intervals, wherein the LS controller adds an amount of energy exchanged between the electrical power network and the load to an energy amount counter associated with the SIM identifier. The amount of energy exchanged between the electrical power network and the load via the energy connection in a time interval is below a specified measurement resolution of the energy amount counter.01-17-2013
20080231227Nesting Negotiation for Self-Mobile Devices - Disparate robotic devices can be automatically recharged and reprogrammed by self-scheduling individual time slots for the available recharging area(s) of a charging station. These charging stations provide a nest to which each robot must return periodically for power. These nests can also provide new tasking or patches for the robotic devices. The charging station and the robotic devices are both provided with communications capabilities and a protocol by which they can negotiate to find a time slot in which the device can be recharged, as well as determining a correct connector and a battery type.09-25-2008
20130175974SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING A PLUG-IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A charging system and method that may be used to automatically apply customized charging settings to a plug-in electric vehicle, where application of the settings is based on the vehicle's location. According to an exemplary embodiment, a user may establish and save a separate charging profile with certain customized charging settings for each geographic location where they plan to charge their plug-in electric vehicle. Whenever the plug-in electric vehicle enters a new geographic area, the charging method may automatically apply the charging profile that corresponds to that area. Thus, the user does not have to manually change or manipulate the charging settings every time they charge the plug-in electric vehicle in a new location.07-11-2013
20130175975BATTERY SYSTEM FOR MOVABLE OBJECT AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR THE SAME - A battery system for a movable object is mounted on the movable object having a charger and a load unit including a plurality of loads electrically driven for different purposes. The battery system is provided with a plurality of battery packs, a power control circuit for changing a connection state between the battery packs and the charger and a connection state between the battery packs and the load unit, a memory unit for storing operation information, an estimation unit for estimating a power consumption pattern in the operation cycle based on the operation information and a controller for switching the power control circuit to cover the power consumption by the load unit according to the power consumption pattern.07-11-2013
20120249052Charge redistribution method for cell arrays - Cell balancing aims to prolong the battery operating life by equalizing the Electro Motive Force (or Open Circuit Voltage) of the participating cells. Even perfectly balanced cells though will exhibit different output voltages because of differences in their internal impedances. The difference in voltage will depend on the load current frequency and intensity. A method is described for re-distributing charge in such a way so when the worst (from the point of view of voltage spread) possible load conditions occur, cells will have similar outputs and none will cross the under-voltage threshold causing a premature shut down of the battery.10-04-2012
20080197802Power transmission control device, power reception control device, non-contact power transmission system, power transmission device, power reception device, and electronic instrument - A power reception device transmits authentication information (e.g., start code, manufacturer ID, product ID, rated power information, and resonance characteristic information) to a power transmission device before starting normal power transmission by a non-contact power transmission system. The power transmission device performs instrument authentication based on the received authentication information, and regulates the maximum transmission power is regulated to conform to a power-reception-device side rated power. The power transmission device then performs normal power transmission.08-21-2008
20120274266VIRAL DISTRIBUTION OF BATTERY MANAGEMENT PARAMETERS - A carrier, such as a battery, that queries a memory of a charger or charging circuit, or the memory of equipment or discharging circuit powered by the battery, to determine the relative date or version of data, operating parameters and/or software on both the battery and the equipment, and either provides updated data, operating parameters and/or software to the equipment, or retrieves later dated data, operating parameters and/or software from the equipment to update the memory of the battery and/or further distribute the updated data, operating parameters and/or software to other batteries or equipment.11-01-2012
20130181657DEVICE FOR CHARGING OF RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES - Present invention relates to a device (07-18-2013
20120013290BATTERY PACK ENUMERATION METHOD - A method of registering a plurality of Battery-Monitoring-Units (BMUs) in a battery pack with a Battery-Management-System (BMS), the method comprising: providing an indication to a user, wherein the indication prompts the user to register one of the BMUs with the BMS; the user performing an action on a communication-initiating mechanism on one of the BMUs, wherein the communication-initiating mechanism is configured to initiate the sending of a communication by the BMU to the BMS in response to the user performing the action; the BMU sending a communication to the BMS in response to the user performing the action on the communication-initiating mechanism; the BMS receiving the communication from the BMU; and the BMS registering the BMU in response to receiving the communication from the BMU.01-19-2012
20130207592Battery Charger and Battery Charge Method - A battery charger and a battery charge method are provided. The battery charger and the battery charge method allow a battery to be charged in accordance with a charge algorithm optimum for the battery and based on a charge characteristic of the battery acquired at the time of daily charge of the battery. A battery charger includes battery charge means for charging a battery connected thereto based on a predetermined charge algorithm and signal analysis means for analyzing the battery based on a charge signal sent from the battery charge means, and the battery charge means automatically switches the charge algorithm to another in accordance with the state of the battery analyzed by the signal analysis means and repeats the charge a predetermined number of times.08-15-2013

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