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CELL OR BATTERY CHARGER STRUCTURE

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320108000 Charger inductively coupled to cell or battery 630
320109000 Charging station for electrically powered vehicle 457
320114000 For handheld device 139
320112000 For battery pack 91
320111000 Having plug for A-C receptacle 50
320110000 For diverse sizes of cells, batteries, or battery packs 32
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20110175566CHARGE APPARATUS AND METHOD USING THE SAME - A charge apparatus used to regulate the power outputted by a power supply to charge a battery includes a voltage regulating module, a protection circuit, a timing module and a switch control module. The voltage regulating module is configured to connect the power supply to the battery and regulate electrical energy outputted from the power supply to charge the battery. The protection circuit detects a voltage of the battery and generates a triggering signal when the voltage of the battery reaches a preset voltage. The timing module receives the triggering signal to begin a timing process. The switch control module controls the voltage regulating module to stop charging the battery when the timing process ends.07-21-2011
20130026977CHARGER DEVICE - A charger device includes a switch, a voltage converter, a constant current circuit, and an automatic disconnecting circuit. The switch is connected to an alternating current (AC) power supply which triggers the charger device to work. The automatic disconnecting circuit is connected to the battery, the voltage converter and the constant current circuit automatically disconnect the voltage converter from the AC power supply when the battery is fully charged. The automatic disconnecting circuit comprises a first resistor, a voltage follower, a second resistor, a first zener diode, a variable resistor, a comparator, a third resistor, a first switch element, a diode and a relay. The relay comprises a coil and a normally-open switch connected between the AC power supply and voltage converter. The normally-open switch turns on or turns off to control a connection between the charger device and the AC power supply.01-31-2013
20130026975BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM - In one aspect of the present invention, a battery charging system has a first rectifier adapted for converting an AC voltage at an input thereof to a first DC voltage at an output thereof; a power factor correction (PFC) circuit coupled to the first rectifier, for correcting the power factor of the battery charging system and outputting a second DC voltage; a first power converter coupled to the PFC circuit, for converting the second DC voltage to a third DC voltage; a second power converter coupled to the first power converter, for converting the third DC voltage to a fourth DC voltage to be delivered to a battery; and a first controller adapted for sensing the fourth DC voltage at the output of the second power converter for regulating the second power converter to maintain the fourth DC voltage at a predetermined value.01-31-2013
20120200252APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING BATTERY CELL VOLTAGE USING ISOLATION CAPACITOR - An apparatus for measuring a battery cell voltage includes a battery having a cell group; a first switching unit for selectively connecting both terminals of each battery cell of the cell group to conductive lines; a first voltage charging unit connected between the conductive lines to primarily charge a cell voltage; a second voltage charging unit for relaying the charged voltage in the first voltage charging unit for secondary charging; a cell voltage sensing unit for sensing the voltage charged in the second voltage charging unit; and a second switching unit for interconnecting the voltage charging units in the charged voltage relaying mode and isolating the voltage charging units in the charged voltage sensing mode. This apparatus realizes isolation between a high voltage battery and a voltage sensing unit, thereby allowing voltage sensing of each battery cell included in a high voltage battery using a part with low withstanding voltage.08-09-2012
20120200251CHARGING APPARATUS - A charging apparatus capable of charging a battery device includes a communication terminal configured to receive a signal for controlling charging of the battery device from the battery device, a detection unit configured to detect a voltage level of an input signal which is input in the charging apparatus via the communication terminal, a signal switching unit configured to connect between the communication terminal and the detection unit and change the voltage level of the input signal, and a charging control unit configured to control charging of the battery device based on the voltage level of the input signal changed by controlling the signal switching unit.08-09-2012
20130026980ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENT AND ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE - Notification of a charging trend of a secondary cell is achieved with a simpler configuration. A solar cell charges a secondary cell. A CPU detects voltage values of the secondary cell at a predetermined cycle and determines increase and decrease of the charged amount of the secondary cell on the basis of the result of comparison of the voltage values detected a plurality of number of times. The CPU also displays information indicating increase and decrease of the determined charged amount of the secondary cell on a display unit.01-31-2013
20130026979STORAGE SYSTEM - According to one embodiment, a storage system includes storage devices configured to execute communication by using an identifier, a converter configured to convert the identifier of the storage devices, a controller configured to execute communication with the storage devices via the converter by using the identifier converted by the converter, convert a DC power output from the storage devices into a DC power of a predetermined magnitude and output the DC power, and charge the storage devices with the DC power of the predetermined magnitude, an AC/DC converter configured to convert the DC power output from the controller into an AC power, convert an AC power supplied from a distribution system into a DC power and supply the DC power to the controller, and a controller configured to control the controller and the AC/DC converter.01-31-2013
20130026976PULSE MODULATION CHARGING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A pulse modulation charging method is provided for charging a rechargeable battery device. In the method, a current pulse is provided according to a charge-discharge cycle, the rechargeable battery device is charged repeatedly with a charge current pulse width, and the rechargeable battery device is discharged with a discharge current pulse width. In addition, in the method one or more voltage threshold values are further designated. When a terminal voltage of the rechargeable battery device is greater than the voltage threshold value, the charge current pulse width is gradually reduced, so as to improve charge efficiency for charging the rechargeable battery device. A pulse modulation charging apparatus is further provided, which is used for charging the rechargeable battery device according to the steps described here.01-31-2013
20130026974CHARGING CIRCUIT AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD - A charging circuit for a battery includes an input terminal configured for providing a charging voltage, a switching unit connected between the input terminal and the battery, and a protection unit. The protection unit is configured for detecting a voltage of the battery and determining whether the voltage of the battery less than a predetermined voltage and controlling the switching unit to activate or terminate charging of the battery.01-31-2013
20120169274SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROTECTING A POWER CONSUMING CIRCUIT - A system for protecting a power consuming circuit, the system comprising two terminals for receiving power and two terminals for providing received power. Between one of the receiving terminals and a providing terminal, a transistor is provided which is controlled by a Zener diode and to break the connection between one of the receiving terminals and a providing terminal, if a voltage over the providing terminals or the receiving terminals exceeds the breakdown voltage of the Zener diode.07-05-2012
20120169273Electronic Device, Charging Device and Electronic Device Module Using the Same - An electronic device, a charging device and an electronic device module using the same are provided. The electronic device is adapted to a charging device for charging. The charging device comprises a first charging electrode and a second charging electrode. The electronic device comprises a main machine, a first device electrode and a second device electrode. The main machine has a display surface and a charging surface opposite to the display surface. The first device electrode and the second device electrode are both located on the charging surface. The main machine is charged in such way that the first device electrode placed on one of the first charging electrode and the second charging electrode and the second device electrode placed on the other of the first charging electrode and the second charging electrode.07-05-2012
20090121673CHARGING SYSTEM FOR WALKING ROBOT AND CHARGING METHOD THEREFOR - A charging system for a walking robot which charges a battery mounted on the walking robot by connecting a power supplying connector provided in a charging station to a power receiving connector in the walking robot, wherein the walking robot is capable of moving without significant restrictions during charging. The charging system includes a lock mechanism for locking the power supplying connector to the power receiving connector. A connector holder holds the power supplying connector detachably, an advancing/retracting mechanism advances and retracts the connector holder in the anteroposterior direction, and a lock operation mechanism performs a lock operation and an unlock operation of the lock mechanism via the connector holder. After an advance of the connector holder, the lock mechanism performs the lock operation to lock the power supplying connector to the power receiving connector. Thereafter, the connector holder is retracted out of the power supplying connector.05-14-2009
20100072945CHARGING SET FOR AN ACCUMULATOR - In a charging set for an accumulator with a housing, which has a charging receptacle for the accumulator, and with a power cable for connecting the charging set to a power grid, provision is made on said housing for at least a first switching element, which can be actuated in order to activate the connection of the charging set to the power grid via the power cable for the power supply to said charging set.03-25-2010
20100072944CHARGER FOR PORTABLE DEVICES - A charger is arranged to switch on automatically when a device, such as a mobile phone, is connected to the charger and switch off automatically when the device is removed from the charger. This is achieved by providing the charger with an interface, for the device to connect to, and a switch. The interface and switch are arranged on the charger such that the switch is depressed when the device is connected to the charger. Depressing the switch causes electricity to flow to the interface and allows the device to be charged.03-25-2010
20130076304Effective Charging by Multiple Contact Points - A charging coupling for connecting a robotic garden tool with a charging device may facilitate the charging of a battery of the robotic garden tool. The charging coupling may include a first charging contact and a second charging contact. The first charging contact may be a charging plate or a charging rod. The second charging contact may be provided with a row of resilient contact bars. The arrangement of the first charging contact and the second charging contact may be configured such that the resilient contact bars are pressed against the charging plate to provide multiple contact points.03-28-2013
20130076301APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A SWITCHING POWER CONVERTER - A charging converter includes a plurality of switches configured to switchably operate to either step up an input voltage or step down the input voltage and generate a charging voltage on a second terminal to charge to a rechargeable storage unit, and control logic configured to operate the plurality of switches in one of a step up mode and a step down mode based on a determination of a voltage level of the input voltage relative to the desired charging voltage. A method includes determining a desired charging voltage to charge a rechargeable storage unit, switchably controlling a charging converter to step up the input voltage if an input voltage is lower than the desired charging voltage to generate a charging voltage, and switchably controlling the charging converter to step down the input voltage if the input voltage is higher than the desired charging voltage to generate the charging voltage.03-28-2013
20130076302System for Charging Portable Electronic Devices - A system for charging portable electronic devices is proposed, which comprises an apparatus (03-28-2013
20130076300SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING A PLURALITY OF ENERGY PULSES TO A CATHODE FOR RAPID DEPOLARIZATION OF BATTERIES - According to an embodiment of the disclosure, a system for conditioning a battery include a pulse generator and a use sensor. The pulse generator is configured to apply a plurality of energy pulses to a polarized cathode of a battery and a passivated anode of the battery by selectively shorting the battery across the polarized cathode and the passivated anode for durations of time. The plurality of energy pulses at least partially depolarize the polarized cathode and at least at least partially depassivate the passivated anode. The use sensor is configured to detect a use of the battery with a device and communicate the detected use to the pulse generator. The pulse generator automatically applies the plurality of energy pulses upon receipt of the detected use.03-28-2013
20100060233Charger with USB detection - A charger for a battery system detects the voltage level of a data pin of the battery system to determine whether an external power source plugged in to the battery system is a USB voltage source. When the external power source is a USB voltage source, the charger will provide power for a USB transceiver of the battery system or enable it.03-11-2010
20130088190ENERGY RECOVERY DURING WASTEWATER TREATMENT - A system for recovering energy while treating a body of wastewater comprises a tank, a plurality of diffusers, a propeller, and a generator. The tank contains the body of wastewater. The plurality of diffusers is immersed in the body of wastewater and is operative to create motion therein by the discharge of bubbles. The propeller is immersed in the body of wastewater and is operative to spin in response to the motion in the body of wastewater. The generator is linked to the propeller and is operative to generate electrical energy in response to the spinning of the propeller.04-11-2013
20130088188Dedicated USB Power Ports Coupled With A Multi-port USB Powered Hub - A dedicated power port (DPP) providing 1 Amp (A) or more of current enables a user to charge mobile tablet and communication like devices (TCD) without the use of additional software or circuitry. The DPP is coupled with a multi-port USB powered hub (MPH), the user can simultaneously charge TCDs via the dedicated port while peripheral devices, which are connected to non-dedicated USB ports, continue to function within industry specifications. Thereby addressing a limitation for viable charging solutions of modern day TCDs while simultaneously retaining the functionality and convenience of a MPH, all in one embodiment.04-11-2013
20130088187BATTERY POWERED APPARATUS WITH THE CIRCUIT OF INTEGRATED POWER MANAGEMENT AND CHARGER UNIT - The present invention discloses a battery powered apparatus with the circuit of integrated power management and charger unit. It mainly comprises a power management and charger unit, a battery powered device, a battery and an adaptor. By integrating the charger unit, the power switch and the programmable current source to the micro-processor, the micro-processor can properly control the power supplied from the adaptor to the battery under the charging mode operation, which further derives a smoother curve of charging current.04-11-2013
20130033223PORTABLE CHARGER - The present invention provides a portable charger including a shell, a manual electricity generator assembly, an electricity supplier, a USB slot. The shell includes a battery assembly which is used to contain at least one rechargeable battery. The manual electricity generator assembly includes a manual driving device and an electricity generation mechanism, the manual driving device has one end connecting to the electricity generation mechanism, the electricity generation mechanism connecting to the battery assembly electrically. The electricity supplier and the USB slot connect to the battery assembly electrically. According to conditions, users can choose to recharge by the electricity supplier or the manual electricity generator assembly. Besides, the USB slot is capable of offering electricity to appliances with a USB plug. Therefore, the portable charger of the present invention can not only recharge for rechargeable batteries, but have more multi-purpose. As such, the practicability is increased as well.02-07-2013
20130033225Lossless Charger - A lithium ion power battery lossless charger adopts a charging method of overall serial constant-current and monomer parallel constant-voltage to realize lossless charging on lithium ion power batteries. Lossless includes two implications: one is that charging efficiency is close to 100%, and charging power is basically lossless; and the other one is that charging and discharging are completely based on the characteristic curve of the battery, and the battery per se is completely free of damages in charging and discharging processes. The lossless charger spares a battery management system, all functions of a battery system, a charging system, a discharging system and a maintenance management system are realized only by a simple circuit, and no overcharge, overheating, over discharge, over current or short circuit occurs. The terminal voltages of all monomer batteries are completely equal when charging is finished, and no equalized charging is required. Meanwhile, there aren't any complex control chips or software which are easy to be interfered, the charger is safe, reliable, simple and practical, and the cost, volume, weight and power consumption of the charge are all one tenth of those of the traditional charger.02-07-2013
20130033224METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ALIGNING A VEHICLE WITH AN INDUCTIVE CHARGING SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for aligning a vehicle with an inductive charging system is characterized by the addition of alignment coils to a secondary coil on the vehicle. For efficient inductive charging, it is necessary that the vehicle mounted secondary coil be aligned with a stationary primary coil of a transformer of the inductive charging system. When the primary coil is energized, it produces a magnetic field which induces a voltage in the alignment coils as a function of the proximity of the alignment coils to the central axis of the primary coil. The voltage differential between opposed pairs of alignment coils is determined by a comparator which then generates a directional signal which can be used by the operator of the vehicle to position the vehicle for closer alignment of the vehicle secondary coil with the primary coil and more efficient charging.02-07-2013
20130033226Method and Apparatus for Handling a Charging State in a Mobile Electronic Device - Disclosed is a mobile device comprising a voltage supervisor and reset (VSAR) module configured to detect an input voltage, start a timer set to a predetermined time period responsive to detecting the input voltage, and output a low signal responsive to detecting the input voltage. The mobile device also comprises a battery charger module configured to receive the input voltage, receive the low signal, output a power signal, and charge a battery. The mobile device also comprises a processing module configured to receive the power signal, and attempt enumeration responsive to receiving the power signal, wherein the VSAR module is further configured to output a high signal to the battery charger module when the timer expires and enumeration has not been completed.02-07-2013
20130043832BATTERY STATUS DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A battery status indicating method for an electronic device is provided. The battery module is pluggable into the electronic device. When a residual electric quantity of the battery module is lower than a threshold electric quantity, the battery module stops outputting a battery voltage. The battery status indicating method includes steps of judging whether the battery module is in a plugged status or an unplugged status according to the battery voltage, periodically charging the battery module in a first time interval of a fixed cycle if the battery module is in the unplugged status, and judging whether the battery module is switched to the unplugged status according to a change of the battery voltage if the battery module is in the plugged status.02-21-2013
20130043831Electronic Device for Controlling Magnitude of Charging Current for Charging To-be-charged Electronic Device - By controlling a charging current magnitude for charging a to-be-charged electronic device by a charging electronic device and current magnitudes of other loading elements of the charging electronic device, when the charging electronic device is switched to a fast charge mode or to an efficiency mode from a normal charge mode, a required current can be directly provided to the to-be-charged electronic device without raising a hardware cost for upgrading charging capabilities.02-21-2013
20130043828BATTERY CHARGER ARCHITECTURE - A control circuit for use in a battery charger circuit that includes a switching voltage regulator, with the control circuit having a constant current charging mode and a constant voltage charging mode. A switcher controller is provided which configured to control a state of a top side switching transistor and a low side transistor of the switching voltage regulator in response to at least one error signal. A power path transistor switch is disposed intermediate an output of the switching voltage regulator and a first node for receiving a first terminal of a battery to be charged. Feedback circuitry is further provided to produce a first error signal relating to a difference between a first voltage and a first target voltage, with the first voltage being between the output of the switching voltage regulator and a second node for receiving a second terminal of the battery to be charged, with the first error signal being used by the switcher controller when the control circuit is in the constant voltage charging mode for controlling the top and low side switching transistors.02-21-2013
20130043830Mouse Charging System - A mouse charging device is applying to an electronic device which comprises a power supply and a first connecting port. The mouse charging device comprises a mouse and a receiver. A charging module of the mouse is disposed in a shell of the mouse, and a first conductive piece of the mouse is disposed on the shell. The first conductive piece is electrically connected to the charging module. The receiver comprises a second connecting port and a second conductive piece. The second connecting port is electrically plugged in the first connecting port and electrically connected to the power supply. The second conductive piece is selectively coupled to the first conductive piece of the mouse. As the second conductive piece and the first conductive piece are coupled together, the power supply of the electronic device is available to charge the charging module of the mouse.02-21-2013
20130043829BATTERY CHARGER WITH SEGMENTED POWER PATH SWITCH - A battery charger circuit having a regulator controller configured to control the switching transistors of a switching voltage regulator. A power path switch is disposed intermediate an output of the switching voltage regulator and a terminal of a battery to be charged, with the power path switch including at least two transistor segments having common respective drain electrodes, common respective source electrodes and separate respective gate electrodes. A power path switch controller operates to sequentially turn ON the at least two transistor segments of the power path switch, preferably in the order of a decreasing ON resistance.02-21-2013
20090189563TEST DEVICE FOR TESTING CHARGE PERFORMANCE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A test device (07-30-2009
20130076303BATTERY CHARGE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - The present invention is a control system for charging a lead-acid battery based on the knowledge of the state of charge of the battery to provide a more consistent percent return target across the range of discharge levels and life of the battery.03-28-2013
20120206092CHARGING APPARATUS AND VEHICLE - A charging apparatus that enables power line communication to be performed even via a charging apparatus. This charging apparatus is provided in a vehicle having an electrical storage apparatus that stores power supplied to a power supply inlet, a wheel driving section that rotates a wheel by means of power stored in the electrical storage apparatus, and an in-vehicle device that is connected to the storage apparatus via a power line; and has an AC/DC conversion section that converts power supplied from the power supply inlet from alternating-current to direct-current and outputs this to the electrical storage apparatus, and a capacitor that causes a power line communication signal input from the power supply inlet to bypass the AC/DC conversion section.08-16-2012
20100102774Method and Apparatus for Handling a Charging State in a Mobile Electronic Device - In accordance with the teachings described herein, a method and apparatus for handling a charging state in a mobile electronic device is provided. A universal serial bus (USB) interface may be used for connecting the mobile device to a USB host. A processing device may be used to control operation of the mobile device and receive an enumeration acknowledgement signal from the USB host via the USB interface and generate an enable signal upon receiving the enumeration acknowledgement signal. The method and apparatus may further include a rechargeable battery, a battery charger, a timing circuit, and a battery charger enabling circuit.04-29-2010
20130038275METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECHARGING BATTERIES IN A MORE EFFICIENT MANNER - A battery charger including a converter unit, a terminal adaptor, a cable, a battery, and/or multiple power connectors. A terminal, such as an electronic device, can be connected to the converter unit using the cable or directly to the converter unit without the cable. The converter unit determines when to draw power from an external power and when to cease drawing power from the external power source by detecting a power enablement condition or a power disablement condition. The power disablement condition occurs when the terminal is fully charged, the terminal is disconnected from the converter unit, and/or a charge time of the terminal exceeds the predetermined charge time threshold. The power enablement condition occurs when the terminal is initially connected to the converter unit and/or the terminal needs to be charged. The battery supplies power to components of the converter unit and/or the terminal.02-14-2013
20130038274SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXTERNALLY CONTROLLING THE CHARGING OF A BATTERY POWERED DEVICE - A system and method for externally controlling the charging of a battery powered mobile computing device includes a charging unit configured to be electrically coupled to the mobile computing device to charge a battery therein. The charging unit comprises a charger configured to operate in a first mode to provide a constant charge current to the battery to be charged and to operate in a second mode to provide a constant charge voltage to the battery to be charged and where the switch from the first mode to the second mode occurs when the voltage at the battery a predefined threshold voltage. The charger including an offset compensator configured for applying an offset voltage to the measured output of the charger to maintain the charger in the first mode to compensate for voltage drops between the charger and the battery thereby allowing the battery voltage to reach the threshold voltage.02-14-2013
20130038273CRITICAL MODE CONTROL DISCONTINUOUS MODE BOOST-BUCK CHARGER - Aspects of the present disclosure involve a charging system that provides a consistent specified charge power to a battery. Aspects of the disclosure also involve a bi-directional inverter charger system using boost and buck topologies substantially similar to buck and boost topologies for the charging system.02-14-2013
20130082645CHARGING DEVICE - Disclosed is a charging device capable of appropriately charging of a battery while preventing battery depletion. In a charging system including a charging device, when the output power from a solar battery is equal to or greater than a predetermined value, power is supplied to a charging control system which controls charging of batteries. Accordingly, when the output power from the solar battery is small, since the charging control system will not start, no power is consumed in the charging control system. As a result, battery depletion can be prevented. When the output power from the solar battery is equal to or greater than the predetermined value, charging of the battery is performed by the charging control system, thereby appropriately performing charging of the batteries.04-04-2013
20130082644CHARGER DETECTION WITH PROPRIETARY CHARGER SUPPORT - Method and apparatus, among other things, are provided for detecting a charger type. In an example, a method to classify a potential charger coupled to a port of an electronic device can include detecting the potential charger coupled to a USB-compatible port of the electronic device, applying a pull-down current to first and second data lines of the USB-compatible port to provide a first test voltage on each of the first and second data lines, and executing a primary detection process of a USB Battery Charging 1.2 Compliance Plan if the first test voltage on each of the first and second data lines is not between a first threshold and a second threshold using the pull-down current.04-04-2013
20130082643METHOD AND APPARATUS TO CHARGE BATTERY OF MOBILE DEVICE - A charging method and apparatus, the apparatus including: an adaptor to receive power from a predetermined power source and output a first voltage; a narrow voltage direct current (NVDC) charging unit to convert the first voltage into a second voltage, and supply power to a battery and a system terminal of a mobile device; and a control unit to control the NVDC charging unit to adjust a charging current to be supplied to the battery based on a state of the system terminal, wherein the second voltage is lower than the first voltage.04-04-2013
20130082642SODIUM LEVEL CONTROL IN INDIVIDUAL SEALED ANODE TUBES - An electrochemical cell includes an anode connectable to a current tap and a charging medium in electrical contact with the anode. A switching device is configured to stop a charging operation of the electrochemical cell upon activation by the charging medium.04-04-2013
20120181978MOBILE TERMINAL DEVICE, CHARGER, AND CHARGING SYSTEM - A mobile terminal device (07-19-2012
20120181977CHARGING APPARATUS AND OPERATING TOOL - A charging apparatus for charging electric power supplied from a power source to a charging target includes an operating tool configured to operate charging to the charging target. The operating tool includes: a region indicating a step of connecting a connector, which is to be connected to the charging target, to the charging target; a region indicating a step of operating a start switch to start charging to the charging target; a region indicating a charged state of the charging target; and a region indicating a step of removing the connector from the charging target. These regions are arranged along a first direction.07-19-2012
20120181976ELECTRONICS UNIT WITH CURRENT SENSING - A electronics unit operable to facilitate vehicle battery charging or other energy manipulation activities. The electronics unit may include a current sensor operable to determine an output current. The output current determination may be used as feedback or inputs to other electronics unit electronics, such as to facilitate battery charging related operations or other operations attendant to use of the electronics unit.07-19-2012
20130049679PROTECTION ELEMENT, BATTERY CONTROL DEVICE, AND BATTERY PACK - Heat from a heating resistor is efficiently transmitted to a low-melting-point metal body through a heat transfer path. A protection element, connected onto an electric current path of an electric circuit, is provided with an insulating substrate (02-28-2013
20130049678BATTERY TEMPERATURE DETECTION AND PARASITIC RESISTANCE COMPENSATION SYSTEM - The present application provides systems and methods for battery temperature detection and parasitic resistance compensation. Compensation circuitry is provided to generate a compensation current, proportional to a battery charging or discharging current, to compensate for the parasitic resistance associated with the line connection between a charger/monitor and a battery pack. The compensation current operates to adjust a reference current supplied to a temperature sensor, to enable accurate temperature measurement of the battery pack while reducing or eliminating influence from the parasitic resistance. The compensation circuitry can be utilized in a battery charger topology to enhance battery charging control and/or a battery monitoring topology to enhance battery discharge control.02-28-2013
20130049680ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes an electronic device main body, a USB connection unit, a VBUS detecting unit, a USB control unit, a battery contained in the electronic device main body, a battery monitoring unit, a charging control unit, a switch, and, a system control unit that controls the switch and the charging control unit. The VBUS detecting unit detects connection of the USB device. If the USB control unit determines that D+ and D− terminals of the USB connection unit are not short-circuited, when a battery voltage obtained from the battery monitoring unit is a preset threshold value or less, the system control unit starts charging of the battery.02-28-2013
20130088189Portable charging apparatus - The present invention is a portable charging apparatus that includes an interior casing, a crank gear disposed on the interior casing, a plurality of alternator wires, an alternator gear that is integral to the crank gear and rotates when the crank gear is rotated generating electrical power and a voltmeter box that is in electrical communication with the alternator gear through the alternator wires. The apparatus also includes a pair of top stabilizer bars, a pair of charge clamps that include a positive charge clamp and a negative charge clamp that transmit generated electrical power from the interior casing to the charge clamps, a pair of bottom stabilizer bars and a crank that is disposed on the front of the interior casing and is integral to the crank gear and is cranked to generate electrical power.04-11-2013
20130069583POWER MODULE FOR PORTABLE DEVICES - A universal power management system is described, consisting of interchangeable, easy to remove, and connectable Universal Power Modules (UPMs), smartphone skins and doors, and applications to automatically manage the power charging of multiple devices. The system is compatible with various portable electronic devices.03-21-2013
20130069584BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS AND BATTERY CHARGING METHOD - A battery charging apparatus is configured to charge a battery with at least one of charging current and charging power set to a predetermined setpoint, wherein the battery includes a lithium secondary cell. The battery charging apparatus calculates a lithium deposition threshold voltage value based on the setpoint, wherein lithium is assumed to be deposited in the lithium secondary cell when a terminal voltage of the lithium secondary cell is above the lithium deposition threshold voltage value. Then, the battery charging apparatus compares the terminal voltage with the calculated lithium deposition threshold voltage value, and controls the at least one of charging current and charging power depending on the comparison.03-21-2013
20100134066PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device includes a control module, a battery and a charging module. The battery electrically connects with the control module to supply the power. The charging module includes an electric energy generating body and a bump body. The electric energy generating body is made of piezoelectric material. The bump body is movably assembled within the charging module to impact and deform the electric energy generating body to generating electric energy. The charging module is electrically connected with the battery to charge the battery.06-03-2010
20120217924Charger System and Method - Systems and methods of providing power through a Universal Serial Bus connector are provided. A charging system comprises an interface configured to receive power, a power converter coupled to the power source interface, the power converter configured to use the received power to generate power output, and a charging controller configured to control an amount of power provided at the USB connector on the power lines derived from the power output, and configured to generate an identification signal on the USB connector's two data lines, the identification signal usable to indicate the charger is not subject to standard USB power limitations, the identification signal provided through the use of a resistance between the D+ and D− data lines.08-30-2012
20130057202CHARGING APPARATUS USING PAD TYPE ELECTRODE CONTACT POINT - Disclosed herein is a charging apparatus using a pad type electrode contact point, the charging apparatus including: a charging plate having a plate shape; and an attaching plate installed on a portable terminal to provide the power to a charging circuit of the portable terminal.03-07-2013
20130057201TO-BE-CHARGED APPARATUS, CHARGING ADAPTER, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS SET, AND PLUG UNIT - A to-be-charged apparatus, including: a built-in battery; a plug connectable to a jack included in a data storage apparatus capable of storing data and a jack included in a charging adapter; a drive unit that is capable of acquiring the data from the data storage apparatus while the plug is connected to the jack of the data storage apparatus and is driven by power supplied from the built-in battery; and a circuit that includes a data line for transmitting the data, which is connected between the plug and the drive unit, and supplies, when a connection of the plug to the jack of the charging adapter is detected by a detection switch included in the charging adapter connected to a power supply apparatus, a charge from the charging adapter to the built-in battery using the data line.03-07-2013
20130057200BIDIRECTIONAL INVERTER-CHARGER - A bidirectional inverter-charger includes a first stage receiving or delivering energy from a line or to a load. The first stage including at least one inductor coupled with a split phase bridge. A link storage is connected between rails of a first bus and between the first stage and a second stage. The second stage includes a DC-to-DC converter connectable to a battery. The DC-to-DC converter includes a transformer providing galvanic isolation between a second bridge, connected between the rails of the first bus, and a third bridge connected between the rails of a second bus. In operation, the first stage provides power factor correction and a voltage boost while charging the battery and inverting when providing power to the line or the load. The second stage provides a controllable charge current to the battery and a voltage boost of a voltage of the battery to the link storage.03-07-2013
20130057199ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX MOUNTED ELECTRONIC DEVICE CHARGING STATION - The invention is a portable electronic computer charging and mounting device that holds and allows for the continual charging of a portable electronic device, such as a smart phone, tablet computer, and/or laptop computer. The mounting and charging device is connected or mounted directly to an electrical junction box.03-07-2013
20090091290CONVENIENT RECHARGING OF A CHARGE STORAGE DEVICE - The convenient recharging of a charge storage device is disclosed. In one embodiment, a system comprises a portable device accessory with a charge storage device holding mechanism and a recharging circuit. The system also comprises a portable device with an interface at which the portable device and the portable device accessory are connectable. A charge storage device-switching mechanism is disposed within the portable device accessory or the portable device. The charge storage device-switching mechanism is actuatable to switch a first charge storage device in the portable device with a second charge storage device in the charge storage device holding mechanism of the portable device accessory by mechanically connecting and/or disconnecting the portable device from the portable device accessory.04-09-2009
20120306438CHARGING DEVICE FOR USE IN A SYSTEM FOR MONITORING PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR - A charging device includes a plurality of charging ports, each charging port for selectively coupling to one of a plurality of wireless devices and for coupling a power signal to the one of the plurality of wireless devices based on an external power source. Each of the plurality of wireless devices includes a short-range wireless device transceiver that receives alarm data from the protective headgear in response to an alarm event at the protective headgear. A user interface emits a first detectable alert signal in response to the alarm data to assist the user in the monitoring of the protective headgear. A battery provides power to the short-range wireless device transceiver and the user interface. A connector couples the power signal from one of the plurality of charging ports to charge the battery.12-06-2012
20120306437BATTERY CHARGER AND METHOD UTILIZING ALTERNATING DC CHARGING CURRENT - A battery charger is disclosed for use with various batteries, such as automotive and marine-type batteries. In accordance with an aspect of the invention, the charging current is alternated between non-zero DC charging current levels. By alternating the charging current between non-zero DC charging levels, the battery can be charged to a higher capacity (i.e., ampere hours) faster, thus reducing the charging time and at the same time allow the rating of the battery charger to be increased. In accordance with another important aspect of the invention, the technique for alternating the charging current can be implemented in both linear and switched-mode battery chargers.12-06-2012
20120306435CHARGING CIRCUIT WITH UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS PORT - A charging circuit includes a switch, a standby power supply, a first power supply, a second power supply, a universal serial bus (USB) port, and a power supply switching module with a first to a fourth terminals. According to the power states of a computer, the power supply switching module allows either a first power supply or a second standby power supply to provide a charging voltage for the USB port through controlling the switch.12-06-2012
20120306434LIGHTWEIGHT POWER SYSTEM FOR CONTINUOUSLY CHARGING MULTIPLE BATTERY POWERED DEVICES CARRIED BY A DISMOUNTED SOLDIER - An apparatus for charging multiple rechargeable devices is disclosed. The apparatus includes a hub or multiple T-connectors connected between a power source, preferably a Zinc-air battery, and several chargers, the hub/T-connectors configured to provide electrical and mechanical connectivity between the power source and the chargers. The apparatus includes housings configured to encase the chargers and to conformally receive each of the corresponding devices containing rechargeable batteries. The apparatus further includes pouches configured to removably receive chargers, devices, and the power source. When the power source voltage falls below a certain threshold, then a charger associated with a device having the smallest difference between its rated voltage and its measured voltage discontinues charging before other chargers. The apparatus is wearable by a user.12-06-2012
20120187902Portable battery charger - A portable battery charger has a built-in, retractable connector for charging a portable electronic device. In a first position, a first connector is exposed to the outside of the portable battery charger, to be inserted into a power supply apparatus for charging a reserve battery in the portable battery charger. In a second position, a second connector is exposed to the outside of the portable battery charger, to be inserted into a portable electronic device for charging the portable electronic device. In a third position, both the first and second connectors are covered in the case of the portable battery charger.07-26-2012
20130162196CHARGER - The invention provides a charger for charging a storage battery. The charger includes a power switching module receiving DC electric energy and outputting a charging voltage or current provided for the storage battery; and a control processor including a charging curve control unit, a memory unit and an operation control unit. The memory unit is used for storing the charging curve, parameters and control signals of different charging stages of the storage battery. The operation control unit is used for controlling the operation of the charging curve control unit. The charging curve control unit receives a voltage and/or current detecting signal outputted from a charging detecting module and controls the charging curve and parameters of different charging stages of the storage battery provided by the power switching module to be consistent with the corresponding values stored in the memory unit.06-27-2013
20130162198INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus, which is capable of charging batteries of a plurality of portable devices, includes ports, a current detector and a power supply controller. The plurality of portable devices are detachably attached to the ports. The current detector detects a current drawn to each of the plurality of portable devices when the plurality of portable devices are attached to the ports. The power supply controller prevents a current of a first threshold or more from being drawn to a first portable device other than a predetermined number of portable devices among the plurality of portable devices, when the current drawn to each of the predetermined number of portable devices is the first threshold or more.06-27-2013
20090066288BATTERY CHARGER WITH WIND TUNNEL COOLING - A battery charging system which includes a main housing with a main chamber defined by a base, an end panel mounted on each end of the base, and a cover enclosing the end panels. At least one battery charging connector is connected to the housing. A power supply is connected to the at least one battery charging connector, where the power supply provides a battery charging electrical power to the at least one battery charging connector. The power supply has at least one heat generating electrical device. A tunnel is formed at least partially within the main chamber and extends between the end panels in the main chamber. At least one heat generating electrical device at least partially extends into the tunnel to be exposed to air in the tunnel to cool the heat generating electrical device.03-12-2009
20130063076CHARGER OF MOBILE TERMINAL AND MOBILE TERMINAL - A charging device for a mobile terminal and a mobile terminal are disclosed. The charging device includes a motor for power generation, a drive module, a charge pump module, a filtering and voltage regulation module and a control unit. The drive module is connected with an input end of the motor and is configured to obtain swing kinetic energy of the mobile terminal. The charge bump module is connected with an output end of the motor and is configured to boost a voltage output by the motor. The filtering and voltage regulation module is configured to perform direct current filtering and voltage regulation processing on a voltage output by the charge pump module, so as to output a charging voltage matching with a battery. The control unit is configured to accumulate charging current so as to adapt to the battery, and to control a charging process.03-14-2013
20120223672BATTERY CHARGING DEVICE AND CHARGING METHOD THEREOF - A battery charging device is provided for charging a rechargeable battery. A first reference battery temperature T09-06-2012
20110012555CHARGING DEVICE AND CONNECTION ELEMENT - A charging device is described that includes a charging device base having a plurality of first connection element interfaces and a plurality of connection elements, each connection element a second connection element interface and being removably coupled with the charging device base by a coupling of its second connection element interface with a first connection element interface. At least one connection element of the plurality of connection elements includes a speaker for outputting an audio signal supplied to the connection element or includes a battery compartment for charging a battery.01-20-2011
20110012554APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE STANDBY EFFICIENCY OF A CHARGER, AND ULTRA LOW STANDBY POWER CHARGER - A charger has two pins for connecting with a battery therebetween, and an apparatus and method are proposed to determine to wake up or turn off the charger according to a voltage or a current detected from the two pins, to reduce the standby power consumption of the charger.01-20-2011
20130063077CHARGING SYSTEM - A charging system includes a charging cap having a cradle with first and second electrodes; and a rechargeable unit including a charging end having third and fourth electrodes arranged for engagement by the first and second electrode of the charging cap when the rechargeable unit is received in the charging cap and thereby provide electrical contact to enable charging of the rechargeable unit. At least one recess in the rechargeable unit is arranged to receive one or more clamping members of the charging cap for releasably securing the rechargeable unit to the charging cap.03-14-2013
20130063075Plug-In Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment with Indicators - A system for connecting an electric vehicle to a high voltage power source. The system including electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) having an electrical plug compatible with a high voltage power outlet, the plug connected to a power cord. The power cord is connected to a housing containing a number of electrical components configured to control the power flow to an electric vehicle to recharge the vehicle's batteries. The housing includes a plurality of light emitting diodes configured to indicate a status of the EVSE. The LEDs can flash, illuminate a solid color, not illuminate a solid color or a combination thereof.03-14-2013
20130063080ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - An electric storage device management apparatus is provided for monitoring an electric storage device assembly including a plurality of electric storage devices connected in series. The apparatus includes a voltmeter, a discharging circuit, and a controller. The discharging circuit is configured to discharge the electric storage devices individually. The controller is configured to: determine whether a unit time variation in voltage of a first electric storage device has increased to a reference value and a unit time variation in voltage of a second electric storage device has increased to the reference value; measure an elapsed time period since the unit time variation of the first electric storage device has increased to the reference value; and control the discharging circuit to discharge the electric storage devices based on the elapsed time period such that capacities of the electric storage devices are equalized.03-14-2013
20130063078CHARGING CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A charging circuit includes a power path control unit which switches a first switch connected between a system connection terminal and a battery connection terminal on while not charging, and switches the first switch on and a second switch connected between an external power supply input terminal and the system connection terminal on while charging so as to supply power to a system and charge a battery. A voltage difference between the external power supply input terminal and the battery connection terminal is detected, a current flowing between the external power supply input terminal and the system connection terminal is detected, and it is determined that an external power supply is disconnected based on the detection results of the voltage differences and the current.03-14-2013
20130063074BATTERY CHARGE/DISCHARGE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A battery charge/discharge management system and method charge a battery according to an operation state of the battery. The system includes a reading module that reads a parameter of the battery; an analysis module that analyzes the parameter of the battery and determines the operation state of the battery according to the parameter of the battery so as to obtain a discharge parameter and record a discharge curve at that time; and a charging module having a mapping table that maps a plurality of discharge curve models and a plurality of charge modes, the charging module obtaining a discharge curve model according to the discharge curve and charging the battery based on a charge mode to which the mapping table maps the discharge curve model. As such, the battery is prevented from staying under high temperature and protected from being damaged by over charging/discharging.03-14-2013
20130063079CHARGER - A charger includes an output circuit unit to output a charging current to a secondary battery, a voltage detection unit to detect a voltage of the secondary battery, and a control unit to control the output circuit unit, whereby constant current charging and constant voltage charging are performed. The control unit decreases a constant current value of the charging current by stages during the constant current charging and determines that the secondary battery has deteriorated by using a first voltage drop value of the secondary battery occurring upon first conversion and a second voltage drop value of the secondary battery occurring upon second conversion.03-14-2013
20130063081Charger System and Method - Systems and methods of providing power through a Universal Serial Bus connector are provided. A charging system comprises an interface configured to receive power, a power converter coupled to the power source interface, the power converter configured to use the received power to generate power output, and a charging controller configured to control an amount of power provided at the USB connector on the power lines derived from the power output, and configured to generate an identification signal on the USB connector's two data lines, the identification signal usable to indicate the charger is not subject to standard USB power limitations, the identification signal provided through the use of a resistance between the D+ and D− data lines.03-14-2013
20130162199RECHARGEABLE ELECTRIC APPARATUS - A rechargeable electric apparatus includes a switching device (06-27-2013
20120229081CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD - A smart controller (09-13-2012
20120235629Bike Jumper Kits - The invention provides a kit comprising a system of jumper cables designed specifically for use with motorcycles, ATVs, boats, and similar vehicles and comprises a versatile system of jumper cables and connectors for use in charging and jump starting motorcycles, ATVs, boats, and similar vehicles.09-20-2012
20130162195POWER DISTRIBUTION NETWORK BASED ON MULTIPLE CHARGE STORAGE COMPONENTS - A power distribution network includes multiple charge storage components and multiple charging circuits to control the charging and discharging of the charge storage components, which may comprise a battery and a supercapacitor. By appropriate arrangement and selection of the storage components, ripple in the power supply voltage, whose propagation to other components relying on the power distribution network may cause an audible buzz, may be significantly reduced. Additionally, appropriate arrangement and selection of the storage components, electromagnetic interference may also be significantly reduced. Optionally, an electromagnetic interference filter may be placed between the charge storage components.06-27-2013
20130162197METHOD FOR CHARGING LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY AND BATTERY CHARGER - A lithium ion secondary battery includes a positive electrode including a positive electrode active material layer containing lithium iron phosphate, a negative electrode including a negative electrode active material layer containing graphite, and an electrolyte including a lithium salt and a solvent including ethylene carbonate and diethyl carbonate between the positive electrode and the negative electrode. When the battery temperature of the lithium ion secondary battery or the temperature of an environment in which the lithium ion secondary battery is used is T and given temperatures are T06-27-2013
20120268062Charging connector mounting structure - A charging connector mounting structure is provided, which prevents entry of water into an outer panel and is highly versatile, includes: an opening provided in an outer panel located on a side face of a vehicle; an outer box mounted on a vehicle interior side of the opening and recessed toward the inside of the opening; a through-hole formed in a recessed portion of the outer box; a connector connecting portion which is inserted in the through-hole and to which a cable plug for charging a battery of the vehicle is connected; and an inner box that is mounted to an inner panel located on the vehicle interior side with respect to the outer panel and that supports the connector connecting portion, wherein the inner box is made of resin.10-25-2012
20120268060CHARGER AUTOMATICALLY TRACKING AN OPTIMAL CHARGING FREQUENCY FOR SINUSOIDAL WAVE BATTERIES - A device and a method automatically trace and fix a resonance frequency of the batteries for offering an optimal charging frequency to the batteries. The device and method utilize a resonance frequency f10-25-2012
20110043161Electric wheels - Our invention is focus on the fields of ecology and terrestrial transportation. The goal is to reduce the use of no-renewable fuels, as well as to reduce pollution consequences (the ecological impact).02-24-2011
20130207596ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY CONVERTER DEVICE WITH A CELL HOUSING, A BATTERY WITH AT LEAST TWO OF SAID ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY CONVERTER DEVICES, AND A METHOD FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF AN ELECTROCHEMICAL ENERGY CONVERTER DEVICE - An electrochemical energy converter device (08-15-2013
20110089890CHARGER FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A charger is configured for charging a battery. The battery includes a group of contacting portions. The charger includes a first base, a second base rotatably assembled to the first base, and two latching elements. Each of the latching elements includes a housing defining a cavity and fixed on the first base, a resilient element received in the cavity, a block, and a metal sheet fixed in the cavity. The resilient element elastically resists the block. A latching portion extends from the metal sheet and faces the block; the latching portion and the block sandwiches the group of the contacting portions. The present disclosure further discloses an electronic device using the battery.04-21-2011
20110279079Battery Charger Circuit and Control Schemes - Described is a battery charger circuit for charging a battery. The battery charger circuit comprises a control element having a first input configured to receive an input from a reference source, a second input configured to receive an input from the battery and an output, said control element having an output current response characteristic which varies with respect to the battery input such that said control element implements a saturating function that causes the charging current of the battery to automatically transition between a constant current operating mode and a constant voltage operating mode or a constant voltage operating mode to a constant current operating mode.11-17-2011
20110279078Charging circuit and method, electronic device, and power supply unit - A charging circuit configured to charge a rechargeable battery includes an input unit configured to support forms of connection to an external power supply and to receive electric power supplied from the external power supply; a charge unit configured to supply the rechargeable battery with the electric power supplied from the input unit; a detection unit configured to detect the charge level of the rechargeable battery; and a charge control unit configured to control the charge unit so as to prevent the rechargeable battery from being supplied with the electric power supplied from the input unit supplied with the electric power from the external power supply through one of the forms of connection to the external power supply, in response to the charge level detected by the detection unit exceeding a threshold corresponding to the one of the forms of connection.11-17-2011
20130020987BATTERY PACK CONTROLLER - The assemblability of LA terminals with electric wires is improved. The electric wires of the main wiring lines of a precharge circuit are laid on the front surface of a base plate, LA terminals connected to the electric wires are clamped to the relay terminal portions of a main relay mounted on the rear surface, by screws together with main-circuit bus bars, each of the LA terminals has a wing portion protruded beyond the protuberant height of an electric-wire connection portion, an electric wire is bent and disposed to extend from the front surface side of the base plate toward the relay terminal portion, a terminal accommodation portion in which the LA terminals are accommodated is provided at a part extending from the electric-wire bent portion to the relay terminal portion, and bottomed grooves into which the wing portions are inserted are formed in the terminal accommodation portion.01-24-2013
20120112689MOBILE ELECTRIC APPLIANCE WITH CHARGE STATUS INDICATOR AND BATTERY FOR IT - A mobile electric appliance is disclosed. The mobile electric appliance includes at least one battery bay for accommodating a battery with at least one voltage-generating cell and a battery-side charge status indicator, an electrical consumer, a power connector, as well as a charging device for charging the at least one battery. In addition, the mobile electric appliance includes means for detecting the charge status of the at least one battery and a device-side charge status indicator arranged on the mobile electric appliance. The battery may also include an interface, which is prepared to relay the charge status determined to an external processing unit.05-10-2012
20120112687Recharge system for medical devices - An apparatus comprises a base and at least one indicator in communication with the base. The base comprises a housing and at least one slot. The at least one slot is shaped to receive a reusable component from a surgical instrument. The at least one indicator is in communication with the at least one slot. The base is configured to detect at least one characteristic related to the reusable component when the reusable component is placed into the at least one slot. Wherein the at least one indicator is configured to provide a signal to the user regarding the at least one characteristic.05-10-2012
20110316474CHARGING APPARATUS FOR MOBILE BODY - A charging apparatus for a mobile body has a charging stand, which includes a connector holder to be connected to a battery of a walking robot, a forward/backward mechanism which moves the connector holder forward/backward, and a protrusion which is driven by the forward/backward mechanism to move forward/backward as the connector holder moves forward/backward. Control information indicating the state of the forward/backward mechanism when the protrusion is located in a predetermined position, which is detected on the basis of the detection values of a retreat position sensor and an advance position sensor, is acquired, and the forward/backward mechanism is controlled according to the acquired control information thereby to move the connector holder forward/backward.12-29-2011
20110316473Charging Device for Alkaline Battery - A charging device includes a hand-operated generating circuit, a steady-state voltage circuit electrically connected with the hand-operated generating circuit, a pulse charging circuit electrically connected with the steady-state voltage circuit, a voltage detection circuit electrically connected with the pulse charging circuit, a discharging voltage limiting circuit electrically connected with the pulse charging circuit, a load circuit electrically connected with the discharging voltage limiting circuit and a charging selection circuit electrically connected between the steady-state voltage circuit and the pulse charging circuit. Thus, the charging device can be used to charge an alkaline battery or a common chargeable battery. In addition, the alkaline battery can be replaced when it fails without having to replace the charging device.12-29-2011
20110285344CHARGE DEVICE - A charge device includes a charge unit and a voltage detecting circuit. In an operation mode, the charge unit adjusts an output current according to an input voltage to charge a rechargeable device. The voltage detecting circuit generates a feedback voltage according to the value of the output current. In addition, the charge unit further determines an output voltage across the rechargeable device according to the feedback voltage and reduces the output current when the output voltage is less than a first predetermined voltage.11-24-2011
20110285346MULTIFUNCTIONAL CHARGER SYSTEM AND METHOD - An adapter for providing a source of power to a mobile device through an industry standard port is provided. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the adapter comprises a plug unit, a power converter, a primary connector, and an identification subsystem. The plug unit is operative to couple the adapter to a power socket and operative to receive energy from the power socket. The power converter is electrically coupled to the plug unit and is operable to regulate the received energy from the power socket and to output a power requirement to the mobile device. The primary connector is electrically coupled to the power converter and is operative to couple to the mobile device and to deliver the outputted power requirement to the mobile device. The identification subsystem is electrically coupled to the primary connector and is operative to provide an identification signal.11-24-2011
20110285345METHOD OF RECEIVING CHARGE, METHOD OF CONTROLLING CHARGE, CHARGE CONTROL UNIT AND CHARGING EQUIPMENT - Charging equipment and a charge control unit are provided, in which a plurality of devices mounted with battery can be simultaneously charged by the single charging equipment. Further, a method of controlling charge and a method of receiving charge are also provided. The charging equipment supplies electric power to the battery for charging, comprising a power output part which outputs DC power used for charging, a plurality of user operation units which can be connected with a vehicle equipped with a battery as a device mounted with battery, and the charge control unit which controls a power supply from the power output part to the user operation unit. Herein, the charge control unit distributes the electric power outputted from the power output part to supply the distributed power to the user operation unit connected with the vehicle.11-24-2011
20110285343ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CHARGING METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device for charging a rechargeable device is provided. The electronic device includes a power-supply-cutoff system and a detecting circuit, which is electrically connected with the power-supply-cutoff system. The detecting circuit controls the power-supply-cutoff system to supply the electrical power to the rechargeable device when the detecting circuit detects the incomplete charging of the rechargeable device.11-24-2011
20090278491INTEGRATED SIDE VIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY AND ELECTRICAL PORT FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE - An electrical port is integrated within a side view mirror assembly of an automotive vehicle. The electrical port is electrically connected with a charging system of the vehicle. The electrical port may be coupled with a power source remote from the vehicle to power the charging system. The electrical port may be concealed or exposed depending on a position of the side view mirror assembly.11-12-2009
20110291611INTELLIGENT BATTERY POWERED CHARGING SYSTEM - A charger for providing power to an electronic device from an AC source, incorporating a battery to provide back-up power when no AC source is available. The charger uses a first voltage converter with a smoothing characteristic such that there are periods during each AC cycle, during which the first DC voltage falls substantially from its maximum value, and a second voltage converter, outputting power at a second DC voltage to the electronic device. A battery comprising at least one cell is connected at the output of the first converter such that current can be received by the battery from the first converter and supplied by the battery to the second converter. A controller is used, configured to charge the battery from the first converter, or to supply current from the battery to the second converter for output to the device, during different parts of the AC cycle.12-01-2011
20110291612CHARGING CONNECTOR AND CHARGING CABLE UNIT - A vehicle and a power source are connected to each other at the time of charging by a charging cable including a signal line for transmitting a pilot signal for communication of information and a power line for transmitting electric power. The pilot signal has voltage changeable between a high level and a low level having a lower potential than the high level. The charging connector is provided with a power terminal to be supplied with the electric power from the power line, a signal terminal receiving the pilot signal transmitted from the signal line, and a light emitting diode having one end coupled to a signal of the signal line and the other end coupled to a node of a higher potential than the low level, with the forward direction thereof from the other end to the one end.12-01-2011
20110140652Charging Apparatus for Electronic Devices - The present invention provides a smart charging apparatus that mediates an electronic transaction between the Portable Electronic Device (PED) and a gadget and allows PED recognition by the gadget and also provides a provision for opting between a data transfer mode or a charging mode, wherein a PED can be charged at active, standby or sleep mode of the gadget.06-16-2011
20120229076SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR POWERING A CHARGING CIRCUIT OF A COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE - Embodiments include systems and methods of powering a mobile device using a sink device. The method may include detecting a coupling of a mobile device to the sink device and transmitting an acknowledgement in response to a query, the acknowledgement confirming that the sink device has charging capability. Power may be selectively provided in response to the power request. According to some embodiments, the method includes transmitting a query by a communications transmitter to determine if a sink device has charging capability, and deactivating a driver for a power line and transmitting a power request using the communications transmitter in response to receiving an acknowledgement signal from the sink device. The method may further include selectively providing power received from the sink device to a charging circuit of the mobile device. The mobile device may include an HDMI transmitter for communicating through a transmission line to an HDMI sink device.09-13-2012
20120139478VOLTAGE CONVERSION CIRCUIT AND CHARGING DEVICE EMPLOYING THE SAME - A voltage conversion circuit for a charging device includes a voltage-stabilizing circuit and a switching circuit. The voltage-stabilizing circuit includes a voltage stabilizer circuit and a feedback resistor, the voltage stabilizer circuit comprises an input pin, an output pin, and a feedback pin. The switching circuit includes a switch and at least two divider resistors, the switch comprises at least two data input terminals, a data output terminal, and two control terminals. The input pin is connected to a power source, and the feedback resistor is connected between the feedback pin and ground. The data input terminals are respectively connected to the output pin through one of the divider resistors, the data output terminal is connected between the feedback pin and the feedback resistor, the two control terminals are capable of receiving control signals to control the data output terminal to selectively connect to one of the data input terminals.06-07-2012
20130214727CONTROL METHOD FOR CLEANING ROBOTS - An embodiment of the invention provides a charging station for a cleaning robot. The charging station includes an IR transmitter and a controller. The IR transmitter outputs a first IR light beam, wherein the IR light beam includes a second boundary and a first boundary which is substantially perpendicular or perpendicular to the charging station and the cleaning robot moves to the charging station along the first boundary. The controller controls the IR transmitter to output the first IR light beam or a second IR light beam. When the controller determines that the cleaning robot is near to the charging station, the controller controls the IR transmitter to output the second IR light beam.08-22-2013
20130214725SUPER CHARGER - A charging device, for charging a rechargeable device, which comprises a power converter stage, adapted to convert power from a power source to charge the rechargeable device when the rechargeable device is connected to the charging device, and an energy bank, adapted for fast charging of the rechargeable device. The charging by the energy bank is independent but simultaneous to the charging of the rechargeable device by the power converter stage.08-22-2013
20110215754BATTERY CHARGER - In a battery charger, the rectifier includes rectifying elements provided for respective three phases. The rectifier supplies, for the respective phases, currents for rectifying three-phase AC voltages so as to charge a battery. A voltage detector detects whether or not the battery is charged. Switching units are provided for the respective rectifying elements, and rectify the AC voltages to charge the battery in the off-state. Switch controllers output gate signals in accordance with a timing of zero-cross detection upon receiving a detection signal indicating that all the gate signals for turning on and off the respective switching units for the respective phases are supplied in the order of the phases. On the other hand, upon receiving a detection signal indicating that all the gate signals for the respective phases are not supplied in the order of the phases, the switch controllers output gate signals to the corresponding switching units in synchronization with the detection signal so as to enter the shorting state.09-08-2011
20110215753BEARING HOUSING COVER FOR A CHARGING DEVICE - A bearing housing cover for a bearing housing of a charging device is presented. The housing cover is formed of metal by a mechanisms of at least one of internal high-pressure forming (IHU), deep-drawing, forging and roller burnishing.09-08-2011
20110266998Battery Charging Method and Device - A method and apparatus for charging a battery is provided. The apparatus includes: a constant current circuit, a constant voltage circuit and a control circuit. The control circuit is adapted to control the constant current circuit to perform constant current charging to the battery; after a battery voltage during the constant current charging reaches a preset charging limited voltage, control the constant voltage circuit to perform constant voltage charging to the battery; after a charging current during the constant voltage charging becomes smaller than or equal to a predetermined threshold, control the battery to be charged by pulse charging until an open circuit voltage of the battery is larger than or equal to a preset voltage threshold.11-03-2011
20090096411Charging Stand - A charging stand 04-16-2009
20110241605BATTERY CHARGER WITH RETRACTABLE CONTACTS - A battery charger includes a housing, at least two contacts, a transmission mechanism, and a driving member. The housing defines a slot and through holes. The at least two contacts are received in the housing and are operable to protrude out of the housing after passing through the through holes. The transmission mechanism is received in the housing and is for driving the at least two contacts to protrude out of the housing. The driving member is received in the housing and partially extends out of the housing after passing through the slot. The driving member is capable of sliding in the slot and activating the transmission mechanism.10-06-2011
20110095722MOBILE TERMINAL AND CHARGE CURRENT SETTING METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are a mobile terminal capable of effectively discriminating a mobile terminal charger so as to set an appropriate charge current, and a method for charging a charge current thereof. To this end, when a charger (e.g., Travel Adaptor (TA)) is inserted via a cable, a short-circuited state of a data pin of the charger is checked such that a route is switched to form a closed loop defined by data pins and provided with predetermined power when the data pin of the charger is in the short-circuited state, and the voltage applied to the formed closed loop is compared with a predetermined reference value, thereby determining a type of the charger. Therefore, when various types of chargers are inserted in the mobile terminal via a cable, the corresponding type of charger is determined so as to set an appropriate charge current, resulting in ensuring a fast charging operation and minimizing damage on the charger.04-28-2011
20120229077ELECTRIC POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC POWER DISCHARGE - An electric power accumulating device is charged with electric power supplied from an electric power system and is configured to discharge electric power to a load device. A control unit predicts, with reference to an electric power consumption result of the load device, an electric power consumption of the load device in each time zone in one day and determines, according to the predicted electric power consumption, a discharge implementation time zone or a discharge threshold. The control unit causes the electric power accumulating device to discharge electric power to the load device when determining that the present time is in the discharge implementation time zone or when an electric power consumed by the load device is greater than or equal to the determined discharge threshold.09-13-2012
20090309541POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A power management system is configured to selectively control use of power-consuming applications that are executable by the processor based at least on a prioritization of the power-consuming applications to enable powering of the electronic device by a battery for at least a requested duration of time.12-17-2009
20100085007BATTERY CHARGER - A battery charger includes a housing, an electrical connector, magnets, and sensors. The electrical connector with a magnet attached thereon is received in the housing. The electrical connector is connected to the rear wall of the housing via an elastic member. The electrical connector is capable of extending out of the housing and through an opening in the housing. Another magnet is secured at a front end of the housing. When an attractive force is induced between the magnets, the electrical connector is extended towards and through the opening in the housing. The sensors are configured for detecting that a robot is in position to be charged and for turning on the attractive force between the magnets.04-08-2010
20110062915BATTERY CELL VOLTAGE BALANCING DEVICE - Disclosed herein is a battery cell voltage balancing device for connecting two or more battery cells to one another in parallel so as to minimize a voltage difference between the respective battery cells, the battery cell voltage balancing device including an insulative main body having partitions, between which the two or more battery cells are mounted, respectively, configured in a structure in which the partitions are open upward, terminal connection parts disposed at opposite ends of the insulative main body for connecting cathodes and anodes of the battery cells mounted at the insulative main body to cathodes and anodes of neighboring battery cells mounted at the insulative main body, and an interval adjustment unit for variably adjusting an interval between the partitions in a state in which the battery cells are mounted between the partitions to achieve secure mounting of the battery cells between the respective partitions and electrical connection of electrode terminals of the respective battery cells to the terminal connection parts.03-17-2011
20110267000BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, AND CHARGING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a charging method of a charging apparatus includes a protector for stopping charging of a battery when a first voltage value of the battery exceeds a threshold value, the method includes, measuring a second voltage value of the battery, before the battery is charged, calculating an impedance value of the battery, before the battery is charged, calculating, based on the second voltage value, the impedance value, and the threshold value, an overvoltage protection current value when charging of the battery is stopped by the protector, supplying charging power having the first charging current value based on a maximum allowable current value which is set for the battery when the charging is not stopped by the protector, and supplying charging power having a second charging current value based on the overvoltage protection current value when the charging is stopped by the protector.11-03-2011
20120229073Charging Batteries for Electronic Devices by Talking - A device includes a battery that is operable to power the device. A power generating mechanism includes a diaphragm that generates power when the diaphragm vibrates. The diaphragm vibrates in response to force being exerted upon the diaphragm. Control circuitry of the electronic device utilizes the generated power to charge the battery. In some implementations, the power generating mechanism includes a force focusing guide that directs and/or focuses the force onto the diaphragm. In various implementations, the power generating mechanism may includes a wire coil that moves with respect to a magnet when the diaphragm vibrates, causing power to generate within the wire coil. In various other implementations, the power generating mechanism includes a piezoelectric element that is positioned adjacent to the diaphragm and is compressed and/or decompressed by vibration of the diaphragm, causing power to generate within the piezoelectric element.09-13-2012
20090273310Concentric connector for electric vehicles - An electrical connection system including a triaxial socket and a triaxial plug, each having three concentric contacts—an inner, an intermediate and an outer contact. In the process of connecting, the outer contacts connect first, the inner contacts connect second, and the intermediate contacts connect third. All contacts except the plug inner contact are connected to an insulator that covers one radial side of the contact, and extends past and over the end of the contact. Two of the insulators isolate the inner contacts from the intermediate contacts prior to either of their connections being made.11-05-2009
20090284218METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN ENLARGED WIRELESS CHARGING AREA - Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power transfer including a plurality of antenna circuits spatially arranged and each including an antenna configured to resonate and generate a near field coupling mode region thereabout in response to a driving signal from a power amplifier. The apparatus further includes a processor configured to control activation of resonance of each of the plurality of antenna circuits. The method for wirelessly charging includes driving a signal from a power amplifier and controlling activation of resonance of a plurality of antenna circuits spatially arranged and each including an antenna configured to resonate in response to the driving signal.11-19-2009
20090284219Little Power House Emergency Power System - A back-up emergency power unit called the Little Power House Emergency Power System. The device provides unique features and combinations of features that are specifically used to charge a battery, retain power, then invert the stored power for use in the event of a power failure. The device 11-19-2009
20130099725CLIP-ON CHARGING SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE CHARGING RATES - A charger for charging a battery of an electronic device is provided. The electronic device has a charging clip that clips to a structure of the charger. The structure has a plurality of conductive strips disposed thereon. The number of conductive strips contacted by a charging contact on the charging clip determines the amount of current provided to the electronic device for charging.04-25-2013
20130099727CHARGE CAPACITY PARAMETER ESTIMATION SYSTEM OF ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE - A charge capacity parameter estimation system for an electric storage device capable of charging and discharging is provided, which can accurately estimate a charge capacity parameter indicative of a charge capacity of the electric storage device. The charge capacity parameter estimation system for a battery includes an ECU and a sensor unit. The ECU estimates that an actual charge capacity of the electric storage device is less than an estimated charge capacity, when a charging state of the electric storage device is detected, in a case where a generated voltage of a power generator is controlled such that the battery executes a discharging operation to an auxiliary equipment.04-25-2013
20100259213PORTABLE DEVICE CHARGING STATION WITH ADVERTISING DISPLAY - A battery charging station for at least one personal electronic device, which is associated with a display is provided. The charging station would allow people to obtain a quick charge on their personal electronic device, and they would be shown various visual content on the display while the charge was taking place. The device lends itself particularly well to use in airports, malls, hotel lobbies and other public locations. Chargers for various types and voltages of personal electronic devices could be provided in the charging station to allow different types of personal electronic devices to be charged by the charging station.10-14-2010
20110267001CHARGING METHOD AND CHARGER FOR NON-AQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY - In a charging method for a non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery which includes a positive electrode including a lithium-containing composite oxide as an active material, a negative electrode including an alloy-formable negative electrode active material, and a non-aqueous electrolyte, a voltage of the secondary battery is detected. When the detected value is smaller than a predetermined voltage x, charging is performed at a comparatively small current value B. When the detected value is equal to or greater than the predetermined voltage x and smaller than a predetermined voltage z, charging is performed at a comparatively great current value A. When the detected value is equal to or greater than the predetermined voltage z and smaller than a predetermined voltage y, charging is performed at a comparatively small current value C. When the detected value is greater than the predetermined voltage y, constant-voltage charging is performed or charging is terminated. Here, x11-03-2011
20110266999Remote Control For Fluid Dispensing Device with a Rechargeable Power Source - Disclosed are systems methods and devices, including a system that includes a dispensing unit to dispense therapeutic fluid and a remote control (11-03-2011
20110266997POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A power supply system for an electronic device which includes a power source, a docking mechanism configured to dock a first electronic device, a docking connector configured to provide power from the power source to the first electronic device when it is docked to the docking mechanism, and a power output port configured to provide power from the power source to a second electronic device without having the second electronic device docked.11-03-2011
20080238360Battery Charger with Mechanism to Automatically Load and Unload Batteries - A mechanism is disclosed for loading/unloading one or more rechargeable batteries. The mechanism includes one or more charging compartments configured to receive one or more rechargeable batteries and a first actuator configured to cause the one or more rechargeable batteries to be displaced from a first position to a second position.10-02-2008
20080238363COMPACT ULTRA FAST BATTERY CHARGER - Disclosed is a charger device. The charger device includes a housing, defining a volume, that includes a power conversion module to provide output power of between 3-300 W, and a controller configured to determine a current level to direct to one or more rechargeable batteries, and cause the output power to be directed to the one or more rechargeable batteries at a charging current substantially equal to the determined current level. A ratio of the output power directed to the one or more rechargeable batteries and the volume is equal to at least 10 W/in10-02-2008
20110204844TWO-WAY BATTER CHARGER AND USE METHOD - Bidirectional battery charger having a Power Supply (08-25-2011
20090167240Electric battery booster - The device that I invented is used to save gas. It can be placed under the hood of any car. What makes my device different is that it has an electric panel and battery panel stored in the housing of the battery. It is then placed under the hood to be connected to the starter to ensure proper connection. It can also be switched from gas to electric and then back from electric to gas.07-02-2009
20120293114CHARGE CONTROL CIRCUIT, BATTERY-OPERATED DEVICE, CHARGING APPARATUS AND CHARGING METHOD - A charge control circuit includes a first acquisition unit that acquires a total discharge electric quantity of a lead storage battery, the total discharge electric quantity being separated into a first discharge electric quantity which is a discharge electric quantity of a discharge current having a current value of less than a predetermined level, and a second discharge electric quantity which is a discharge electric quantity of a discharge current having a current value of not less than the predetermined level, a computing unit that obtains a first and second charge electric quantities corresponding to the first and second discharge electric quantities respectively, and a charge electric quantity required for charging the lead storage battery as a sum of the obtained first and second charge electric quantities, and a charge control unit that controls a charge of the lead storage battery based on the charge electric quantity.11-22-2012
20120293113MULTIFUNCTIONAL CHARGER SYSTEM AND METHOD - An adapter for providing a source of power to a mobile device through an industry standard port is provided. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the adapter comprises a plug unit, a power converter, a primary connector, and an identification subsystem. The plug unit is operative to couple the adapter to a power socket and operative to receive energy from the power socket. The power converter is electrically coupled to the plug unit and is operable to regulate the received energy from the power socket and to output a power requirement to the mobile device. The primary connector is electrically coupled to the power converter and is operative to couple to the mobile device and to deliver the outputted power requirement to the mobile device. The identification subsystem is electrically coupled to the primary connector and is operative to provide an identification signal.11-22-2012
20120293112BATTERY MODULE CONTROL SYSTEM AND BATTERY MODULE CONTROL METHOD - In order to provide a battery module control system able to reuse an arbitrary secondary battery module through a simple, inexpensive system, the present invention includes: a plurality of battery modules that are connected to each other in parallel; switch circuits that are provided on charge and discharge routes of a plurality of the battery modules; an average impedance value calculation section (control section) that calculates average impedance values of a plurality of the battery modules; a maximum allowable charge-and-discharge rate input section (input section) that inputs maximum allowable charge-and-discharge rates of a plurality of the battery modules; an allowable voltage difference calculation section (control section) that calculates allowable voltage differences of a plurality of the battery modules on the basis of the average impedance values calculated by the average impedance value calculation section and the maximum allowable charge-and-discharge rates input by the maximum allowable charge-and-discharge rate input section; a common voltage detection section (control section) that detects a voltage of a common charge and discharge route of a plurality of the battery modules; and a plurality of voltage detection sections (control section) that detect voltages of a plurality of the battery modules, wherein, when a difference between the voltage detected by the common voltage detection section and the voltage detected by the voltage detection section corresponding to a predetermined battery module is greater than an allowable voltage difference of the predetermined battery module, a switch circuit provided on a charge and discharge route of the predetermined battery module is so controlled as to be turned OFF.11-22-2012
20100320961Transport and/or storage container for rechargeable wireless earphones - The invention concerns a transport and/or storage container with integrated charging function (12-23-2010
20080258680PORTABLE BATTERY RECHARGE STATION - A system and method for recharging secondary batteries. One embodiment of the present invention comprises a supervisory circuit, a voltage converter, a portable power source, and one or more of a holder and a socket. The holder is adapted to receive a specific type of secondary battery of a portable device. The socket is adapted to mate with a plug of a device-specific charging cord connected to the portable device. Each of the holder and the plug can be associated with a programming resistor that provides a voltage requirement of the secondary battery. When the secondary battery is either placed in the holder or is connected to the socket, the supervisory circuit communicates with the voltage converter to supply the appropriate voltage required to recharge the secondary battery. The voltage converter receives power from the portable power source. The voltage converter can convert the voltage of the portable power source up (i.e., increasing the voltage) or down (i.e., decreasing the voltage) as appropriate to recharge the secondary battery as instructed by the supervisory circuit. The portable power source of the portable battery recharge station can be one of several types of power sources. For example, the portable power source can be replaceable, rechargeable, or renewable.10-23-2008
20100201308DEVICE AND METHOD FOR BATTERY CHARGING - The invention relates to a method for detecting a charger on a serial data bus in a first device (08-12-2010
20110006728HYBRID BATTERY CHARGER AND CONTROL CIRCUIT AND METHOD THEREOF - A hybrid battery charger includes a control circuit and a power stage. The control circuit includes an error amplifier to generate a first error signal and a second error signal according to an output voltage and an output current of the hybrid battery charger, a linear controller to generate a first control signal according to the first error signal, a PWM controller to generate a second control signal and a third control signal according to the second error signal, and according to a mode signal, a multiplexer to select the first control signal for the power stage to operate the hybrid battery charger in a linear mode, or the second and third control signals for the power stage to operate the hybrid battery charger in a switching mode.01-13-2011
20110006729RECHARGEABLE BATTERY CHARGING CASE - The invention is based on a rechargeable battery charging case, in particular a cordless handheld power tool case, having at least one battery attachment device and a case body. It is proposed that the rechargeable battery charging case has an electrical energy output and a supply unit, which in at least one operating state is connected to the energy output and to the battery attachment device for supplying the energy output.01-13-2011
20130119922METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING CHARGING PORT DETECTION CONTROL - A method and an apparatus for performing charging port detection control are provided, where the method is applied to an electronic device, and a communication port of the electronic device has a functionality of obtaining power from an external power source for the electronic device. The method may include the steps of: detecting whether an output voltage level of a battery of the electronic device reaches a predetermined threshold value; and control operation(s) according to whether the output voltage level reaches the predetermined threshold value. For example, the method may include: when it is detected that the output voltage level is less than the predetermined threshold value, pre-charging the battery with a predetermined pre-charging current level to make the output voltage level reach the predetermined threshold value, and then controlling a detection path switching unit to electrically connect data terminal(s) of the communication port to a charging port detection circuit.05-16-2013
20130119923SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR MANAGING A DEGRADED STATE OF A CAPACITOR SYSTEM - This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus for managing a capacitor system. In one aspect, an energy storage system includes a capacitor system, a charging circuit, and a controller. The capacitor system includes one or more capacitors. The charging circuit is configured to charge the capacitor system to a first target voltage. The controller is configured to detect a first condition and is programmed, in response to the first condition, to instruct the charging circuit to charge the capacitor system to a second target voltage that is less than the first target voltage. The controller is programmed to provide a notification that the capacitor system is operating in a degraded state.05-16-2013
20130214728METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BATTERY DESULFATION - A method and apparatus for removing the sulfation from the plates of the battery and driving the sulfate crystals back into the electrolyte solution without overheating the battery is presented. The present invention includes a rotary magnetic hub and coil assembly to produces a unique output not found in other charging systems on the market. The battery desulfation method and apparatus of the present invention is self-adjusting to the battery, regardless of voltage and works by removing the sulfate crystals from the plates of lead acid batteries. As a result, the normal life of the average battery may be greatly extended. Heavily sulfated batteries may be brought back to working condition. When used for short durations for healthy batteries, the present invention keeps the sulfate crystals off the plates and in solution to extend the working life of the battery.08-22-2013
20130214726CONTROL METHOD FOR CLEANING ROBOTS - An embodiment of the invention provides a cleaning robot including a light detector and a controller. The light detector detects a light beam. The controller is coupled to the light detector to control the cleaning robot. When the controller determines that the light beam is being output by a charging station, the controller controls the cleaning robot to move to the charging station along a first boundary of the light beam, which is substantially perpendicular to the charging station.08-22-2013
20120104996MOBILE REGULATION AND CHARGING UNIT - An apparatus includes a connection unit configured to connect to a power line, a control arm coupled to the connection unit and capable of raising the connection unit for connection to the power line, a housing unit capable of storing one or more battery modules; and a control center configured to communicate with one or more entities, wherein the control center is further configured to initiate flow of electricity through the connection unit.05-03-2012
20120104994SINK CURRENT ADAPTATION BASED ON POWER SUPPLY DETECTION - Techniques are provided for selecting a charge current to be sunk by a mobile electronic device. A charging device is received at a connector of the mobile electronic device. The charging device is configured to supply a charge current to a rechargeable battery of the mobile electronic device. One or more data signals is/are received from the charging device at an interface circuit of the mobile electronic device on one or more data signal lines through the connector. One or more control signals are applied to the interface circuit to enable data signal values to be generated for the data signal(s) based on the control signal(s) and a type of the charging device. The data signal values are mapped to a maximum charge current for the rechargeable battery. The charge current supplied by the charging device to the rechargeable battery is limited to the selected maximum charge current.05-03-2012
20120139477POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT HAVING LOWIDLE POWER DISSIPATION - Embodiments include a power supply arrangement where major components including an off-line switched power supply are shut off when not in use. When a load is coupled to the power supply arrangement, components are enabled so as to provide power to the load.06-07-2012
20090015195Device with Electric Appliance and Charging Station - A system includes an electric appliance, which is operated with replaceable and rechargeable batteries, a charging station and two or more battery units. The charging station has two or more receptacles for holding and charging the battery units. A first coupling is provided between a battery unit and the appliance and a second coupling is provided between a battery unit and the charging station such that a battery unit connected to the appliance can be uncoupled from the appliance by one-handed operation and can be coupled to the charging station for charging by one-handed operation. Similarly, a battery unit connected to the charging station can be coupled to the appliance and uncoupled from the charging station by one-handed operation.01-15-2009
20090051313Battery Charger - A battery charger capable of improving a visibility to a light emitting display portion for facilitating recognition of a charge state of a battery. The battery charger has a housing and a display unit including the light emitting portion protruding from an outer surface of the housing.02-26-2009
20110227526BATTERY CHARGING WAREHOUSE - The battery charging warehouse includes a pallet rack and a battery charger. The pallet rack has a plurality of storage locations in each of which a battery is stored. At least one of the storage locations is a charging storage location in which the battery is charged. The battery charger is mounted to an upper part of the charging storage location. The battery charger is movable up and down in the charging storage location and has a charge connector. When the battery charger is moved down in the charging storage location, the charge connector is received by a battery connector of the battery stored in the charging storage location thereby to automatically connect the charge connector to the battery connector.09-22-2011
20110227525Charging Circuit, Method, and System - The invention provides methods, circuits and systems for charging batteries and other storage media including methods steps and apparatus for monitoring one or more parameters such that a charger may be operated in a first mode to deliver charge to the storage medium and/or load, and when at least one of the monitored parameters reaches a selected threshold level, the operation of the charger in the first mode is terminated in favor of operation in a second mode, delivering a different level of charge from the charger.09-22-2011
20110227524Audio device with power tool battery and external battery charger - An electrical component, such as, for example, a radio, MP3 player, audio component, battery charger, radio/charger, MP3 player/radio, MP3 player/charger, or MP3 player/radio/charger. The electrical component includes a housing and an electrical circuit supported by the housing. In some aspects, the electrical component is an audio component and the electrical circuit is an audio circuit. In other aspects, the electrical component is a battery charger and the electrical circuit is a charging circuit. In further aspects, the electrical component is an MP3 player and the electrical circuit is a MP3 circuit. In yet further aspects, the electrical component is an combination of any or all of a radio, battery charger, and MP3 player and the electrical component can include any combination or all of the audio, radio, and MP3 circuits. A battery may be connectable to the housing and electrically connectable the electrical circuit.09-22-2011
20090230918WIRELESS SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUIT UTILIZING CHARGING MODULE AS CHARGER AND ANTENNA VIA SINGLE CONNECTING PORT - A wireless signal processing circuit includes a processing module and an inductor, wherein the processing module is utilized to process a wireless signal that is transmitted or received via a connecting port of the processing module. The inductor is coupled to the connecting port and the processing module. A charger is also coupled to the connecting port in order to draw power from an external power supply to the processing module via the connecting port, and is utilized as an antenna to receive or transmit the wireless signal.09-17-2009
20090200984HEARING AID BATTERY CHARGER - A battery charger (08-13-2009
20090243540METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR BATTERY CHARGING MANAGEMENT - A method for managing the charging of a battery array 10-01-2009
20100148722ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a main body, at least two pins folded mounted to the main body, and at least two conductive assemblies received in the main body. Each of the conductive assemblies includes a locking member and a resilient member resisting the locking member, when the pins are pushed and substantially perpendicular to main body, each locking member is capable of locking with an end of one of the pins.06-17-2010
20090315509Socket with switches and USB charge slots - A socket with switches and USB slots includes bottom base, a cover closed on the bottom base and a voltage transforming circuit board fixed in the socket. The voltage transforming circuit transforms voltage of a power source, having an input terminal connected with the power and an output terminal formed with a USB slot. Then the voltage transformed and rectified by the circuit is the same as that of an USB slot of a common computer host, and sent to the output terminal or the USB slot. The cover has a hole corresponding to the USB slot of the voltage transforming circuit. Then an electric appliance such as a cell phone can be charged by connecting one end of the USB power line with the electronic appliance and the other end of the USB power line inserted through the hole of the cover and into the USB slot, without need of using a conventional power line with a large and heavy transformer.12-24-2009
20090315510Battery Monitoring and Maintenance for Medical Device - A safety charging system for a battery-operated medical device includes a power source, a clock for providing a current date, and a charging base. A first connection arrangement is coupled to the power source, and facilitates an electrical and data connection with the charging base. The charging base charges the power source. The charging base has charge circuitry and a second connection arrangement for facilitating an electrical and data connection between the power source and the charging base. Control logic implements maintenance and charging of the power source.12-24-2009
20100176761Battery Charging Device - The peripheral edge of the upper face 07-15-2010
20100188040PLUG-IN NON-HYBRID-ELECTRIC VEHICLE FOR INCREASED FUEL EFFICIENCY - A system for a vehicle including an internal combustion engine configured to provide the exclusive source of motive power to the vehicle, an energy storage device coupled to an electrical system, and a charging interface coupled to the energy storage device, the charging interface configured to attach to an external charging device.07-29-2010
20120139481BATTERY CHARGE CONTROL APPARATUS - A battery charge control apparatus for a vehicle, where the vehicle is provided with a prime mover driven by using fuel stored in the vehicle, power generation means for converting energy generated by the prime mover using the fuel into electrical energy, and a secondary battery that stores the electrical energy generated by the power generation means. The apparatus includes temperature detection means for detecting a temperature of the battery, and battery-charge limiting means for limiting storing of the electrical energy generated by the power generation means into the battery when the temperature of the battery detected by the temperature detection means is low. This leads to enhancement of fuel usage efficiency of the engine.06-07-2012
20100259212COMPUTER SYSTEM AND WIRELESS DEVICE HOLDER THEREOF - A computer system includes a wireless device to generate wireless signals, a computer comprising a chassis and a motherboard, and a wireless device holder positioned on the chassis to accommodate and recharge the wireless device. The wireless device includes a rechargeable battery cell and two charging terminals connected to the rechargeable battery cell. The wireless device holder includes a main body including a holder connector connected to the motherboard, to enable the wireless device holder to communicate with and to be powered by the motherboard, a recharging unit to recharge the rechargeable battery cell, and two charging contact members corresponding to the charging terminals and connected to the recharging unit. When the wireless device is placed in the wireless device holder, the charging contact members contact the charging terminals, and the recharging unit recharges the rechargeable battery cell with power supplied by the motherboard.10-14-2010
20130214729DEVICE FOR RECHARGING AN AUTOMOBILE BATTERY AND METHOD FOR MANAGING THE DEVICE - A rapid charging device for a battery includes a filtering stage of resistive-inductive-capacitive type to be connected to a three-phase network, a buck stage, a boost stage to be connected to the battery, an induction winding interposed between the buck stage and the boost stage, and a regulating unit capable of imposing chopping duty cycles on the buck stage and on the boost stage. The regulating unit compensates the phase shift induced by the filtering stage between the currents and the voltages taken from each phase of the three-phase network and also maintains the value of the current amplitude passing through the winding above a non-zero predefined threshold.08-22-2013
20130214730BATTERY CHARGER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD - A battery charger management system/method implementing indirect execution of battery charging profiles is disclosed. The system utilizes a power source control unit (PSCU) to selectively switch a power supply source to a battery charging power supply (BCPS) that charges a battery. A power monitor control unit (PMCU) monitors the current consumed by the BCPS and reports this to the PSCU. The BCPS current consumption provides the PSCU a profile of the charging characteristics of the battery attached to the BCPS, allowing identification of the battery type and a determination of the optimal charging profile for the battery in its current charge state. The power source to the BCPS is switched by the PCCU in accordance with the determined optimal charging profile to optimally charge the battery. The PSCU may operate independently or in conjunction with wireless commands received from a mobile communication device (MCD).08-22-2013
20130187593INTELLIGENT CHARGING SOLUTION FOR LARGE-SCALE BATTERY SYSTEMS WITH SCALABLE POWER OUTPUT - A scalable battery charging system and a probe system for charging large-scale battery systems. System incorporates (1) a control board with an extensible universal sensor assembly to monitor all relevant input and output parameters, (2) extensible power stage that can be scaled to the arbitrary levels of power by stacking power modules, and (3) remote control and monitoring hardware and software. This inventive system allows for more automated, lower cost, and higher lifetime usage of the large-scale battery systems. It will also allow for better user experience through better control over the process and automation of the traditionally manual steps.07-25-2013
20100213892Portable docking station for powering multiple AC-powered battery chargers and multiple DC-powered battery chargers simultaneously - A portable docking station for powering multiple AC-powered battery chargers and multiple DC-powered battery chargers simultaneously. The portable docking station includes an enclosure, a plurality of female AC receptacles, an AC power circuit, a plurality of female DC receptacles, and a DC power circuit. The plurality of female AC receptacles and the plurality of female DC receptacles are accessible from the enclosure. The AC power circuit is contained within the enclosure and powers the plurality of female AC receptacles for powering the multiple AC-powered battery chargers. The DC power circuit is contained within the enclosure and powers the plurality of female DC receptacles for powering the multiple DC-powered battery chargers. The AC power circuit and the DC power circuit operate simultaneously for powering the multiple AC-powered battery chargers and the multiple DC-powered battery chargers, respectively, simultaneously.08-26-2010
20100237826CHARGER FOR CHARGING AT LEAST ONE RECHARGEABLE ENERGY STORAGE UNIT - The invention relates to a charging device for charging at least one rechargeable energy storage unit, having a defined inner resistance and having a compensation circuit for the compensation of a voltage drop during the charging operation caused by the inner resistance. The compensation circuit has a current detection for detecting a charge current of the rechargeable energy storage unit and a voltage regulator for adjusting the charge voltage to the detected charge current. The charging device is characterized in that the compensation circuit has a voltage distributor between the current detector and the voltage regulator, by the dimensioning of which the compensation of the inner resistance is carried out.09-23-2010
20100225269Mulltifunctional vehicle charger and charging process of the same - The present invention relates to a multi-functional vehicle charger and the charging process of the same. The vehicle charger includes a power plug corresponding to a vehicle power outlet on one end, a power terminal connected with the vehicle charger by a wire and a USB port. The power terminal is connected with a charge monitor circuit for Li-ion batteries in the vehicle charger and the USB port is connected with the power plug. Thus the vehicle charger can be connected with various electrical appliances for charging not only by insertion of the power terminal on the wire into a socket of a Li-ion battery. But also by a connecting wire that connects the USB port to the electric appliances with USB functionality and having charge monitor circuit as well as a Li-ion batteries, the vehicle charger supplies power to the electrical appliances. Thereby, power is supplied by various output ends when the vehicle charger is inserted into a power outlet in vehicles. Therefore, no matter the Li-ion batteries with sockets or electrical appliances with USB functionality can be supplied with power by the vehicle charger. The practical values of the vehicle charger are increased in use.09-09-2010
20110127948CHARGING SOCKET - A charging socket has a base and a holding body covering the base. The holding body has an opening receiving recess, and a first holding plate. A gear element has a ring-like body mounted in the base. The ring-like body has gear teeth at an outer periphery thereof, and a connecting portion connected with the base by a connecting spring for forcing the ring-like body to rotate. A swingable arm pivoted to the base has a ratchet tooth engaged with the gear teeth for stopping the ring-like body from being pulled by the connecting spring to rotate. A movable element has a basic plate slidably received in the receiving recess, and a second holding plate. A side of the basic plate is connected with a rack parallel to a sliding direction of the movable element and is lower than a bottom of the basic plate, engaging with the gear teeth.06-02-2011
20100253280CHARGING DEVICE - A charging device for connecting a battery to a power supply to charge the battery includes a charging unit connected between one pole of the power supply and one pole the battery, a first switch unit connecting another pole of the battery with the charging unit and including a first switch connected between another pole of the power supply and the charging unit, and a second switch unit connected between another pole of the power supply and the charging unit. The power supply charges the battery through the second switch unit when the second switch unit is switched on, the first switch is automatically switched on in the charging process, the power supply charges the battery through the first switch after the second switch unit is switched off, and the first switch is automatically switched off when the battery is fully charged.10-07-2010
20110057605Power Supply System with Power Saving Function and Power Supply Method Thereof - This invention discloses a power supply system and power supply method with a power saving function for a rechargeable battery. The power supply system includes a power adapter and a portable electronic device body. The power adapter has a control pin. The portable electronic device body includes a connector, a charging unit, and an embedded controller. The embedded controller is used for detecting a capacity state of the rechargeable battery and whether the rechargeable battery is connected with the connector to determine whether the rechargeable battery needs to be charged. When the rechargeable battery does not need to be charged, the embedded controller controls the power adapter to output a first voltage via the control pin. When the rechargeable battery needs to be charged, the embedded controller controls the power adapter to output a second voltage via the control pin. The first voltage is lower than the second voltage.03-10-2011
20110057604Method and system for distinguishing between charging ports - Disclosed is a method for use by a device to distinguish between a Charging Downstream Port (“CDP”) and a Dedicated Charging Port (“DCP”). The method comprises detecting that the device is attached to a charging port, and determining whether the charging port is the CDP or the DCP without causing a host coupled to the CDP to be able to detect the device if the charging port is the CDP.03-10-2011
20120139480CHARGER AND CHARGING SYSTEM - In a charger for charging a storage battery provided in a load, electric power derived from an external source is converted by a first electric power converter, and stored in an internal battery. A monitoring device is provided to monitor a charge status of the internal battery. An internal battery charge controller is configured to regulate electric power from the first electric power converter to the internal battery based upon the charge status of the internal battery being monitored by the monitoring device. An output power controller is configured to regulate electric power supplied from the internal battery through a connector to the storage battery.06-07-2012
20090322279METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A WALL MOUNTED UNIVERSAL POWER SUPPLY - Methods and Systems for charging portable equipment having divergent power requirements and exhibiting different structural features are provided by devices having adapters to accommodate the portable equipment in the form of a wall mounted universal power supply. Adapters are configured in plate formats that fit into cradles capable of charging cell phones, video cameras, and wireless routers.12-31-2009
20090072782VERSATILE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES - An electronic system which includes a power delivery surface that delivers electrical power to an electrical or electronic device. The power delivery surface may be powered by any electrical power source, including, but not limited to: wall electrical outlet, solar power system, battery, vehicle cigarette lighter system, direct connection to electrical generator device, and any other electrical power source. The power delivery surface delivers power to the electronic device wirelessly. The power delivery surface may deliver power via a plurality of contacts on the electrical device conducting electricity from the power delivery surface, conductively coupling the electronic device to the power delivery surface, inductively coupling the electronic device to the power delivery surface, optically coupling the electronic device to the power delivery surface, and acoustically coupling the electronic device to the power delivery surface as well as any other electrical power delivery mechanism.03-19-2009
20130187592ON-SHORE ELECTRICAL CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - An on-shore electrical charging system and a method thereof are provided. The on-shore electrical charging system for vessels includes an on-shore electrical charging apparatus and a management platform. The electrical charging apparatus includes at least one digital watt hour meter, an identification apparatus, an electromagnetic lock, an emergency switch, a charge management module, and at least one plug. The method of on-shore electrical charging allows a vessel charge record to be sent to the management platform, so that users and system managers can obtain and management information such as charge status and charge amount.07-25-2013
20110127950Systems and Methods for Charging a Chargeable USB Device - Systems and methods are provided for charging a USB device. A USB connector may be used to couple the system to a USB port on the USB device, the USB connector including a bus voltage (Vbus) connector, a positive data (D+) connector, and a negative data (D−) connector. Charger circuitry may be used to receive a source voltage and convert the source voltage into the bus voltage (Vbus), wherein the bus voltage (Vbus) is used to charge the USB device. Presence detect circuitry may be used to compare a first voltage present on the D+ connector with a second voltage present on the D− connector in order to detect when the USB connector is coupled to the USB port of the USB device.06-02-2011
20110248670CHARGING POWER SOURCE APPARATUS - There is provided a charging power source apparatus by which quick charging can be carried out within a required range without imposing a burden on a secondary battery or a charging circuit. The charging power source apparatus is equipped with a plurality of control modes (e.g. normal charging mode and quick charging mode) for operating respectively with a plurality of output characteristics where the magnitudes of output currents being limited are different, and a detecting circuit for detecting a voltage appearing between the output terminals, and is configured such that one of the plurality of control modes is selected based on detection result from the detection circuit to perform an output operation.10-13-2011
20130141034CHARGING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND CHARGER WITH THE SAME - The present invention discloses a charging management system and a charger with such charging management system. The charging management system includes a first signal-output port, a second signal-output port, a third signal-output port and a controller electrically connected with the first, second and third signal-output ports. The first and second signal-output ports are adapted for outputting first and second control signals representing first and second charging currents, respectively, to a charging circuit. The third signal-output port is adapted for outputting a third control signal representing a variable third charging current to the charging circuit. The controller controls the charging management system to operate under at least one of two modes. In the first mode, the controller alternately controls the first and second signal-output ports to output the first and second control signals. In the second mode, the controller only controls the third signal-output port to output the third control signal.06-06-2013
20130141035PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE POWER MANAGER WITH CURRENT LIMIT FEEDBACK CONTROL LOOP MODIFICATION FOR STABILIZING AN EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY - A portable electronic device has a battery to provide power to operate the device, a connector including a power supply pin to be coupled to an external power supply, and a power manager having a battery charger circuit that draws power through the power supply pin to charge the battery. The power manager has a current limit feedback control loop that limits the drawn current in accordance with a predetermined output current rating of the external power supply. The power manager automatically changes the behavior of its control loop to stabilize operation of the coupled external power supply. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.06-06-2013
20110121776Notebook Computer Charging Systems - In one embodiment, a support tray that may be used in a notebook computer charging system includes a body adapted to support a power adapter, and a platform extending out from the body, the platform being adapted to support a notebook computer.05-26-2011
20110001455EXTENDED REACH BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM - A charging system for use in charging a battery includes an elongate handle with a working length sufficient to reach a battery that is out of reach of a user. The charging system includes a charging apparatus coupled to the elongate handle. A head member is configured to mechanically engage with and electrically connect to a battery unit and also mechanically disengage and electrically disconnect from the battery unit by manually grasping and applying mechanical force to the elongate handle. The charging system also includes a power supply configured to provide electrical power to the charging apparatus. The charging system can be used to recharge the battery of a wall or ceiling mounted device (e.g., a battery powered lighting device) that is out of reach of the user without having to remove the device or use a ladder to reach the device.01-06-2011
20110241606BATTERY CHARGER WITH RETRACTABLE CONTACTS - A battery charger includes a housing, at least two contacts, a transmission mechanism and a driving member. The housing defines a sliding slot and at least two guide holes. The at least two contacts are received in the housing and are operable to protrude out of the housing via the at least two guide holes. The transmission mechanism is received in the housing and is used for driving the at least two contacts to protrude out of the housing. The driving member is received in the housing and partially extends out of the housing after passing through the sliding slot. The driving member is coupled to the transmission mechanism, and is capable of sliding in the sliding slot to activate the transmission mechanism to drive the at least two contacts to protrude out of the housing.10-06-2011
20110001454Electronic Device, and Method Controlling Electronic Power Supply - An electric device including: a connecting unit connected to a connection line supplying an electric power of a predetermined rating and transmitting and receiving an information; a charging unit conducting a charging of a charging battery connected to an own device, by the electric power supplied by the connection line; an electric supplying unit supplying an electric power to a recording medium storing an information; a reading-and-writing unit performing a reading-and-writing operation of the recording medium; and an electronic source controlling unit performing a control of the electric power supplied to the charging unit, when the reading-and-writing unit performs the reading-and-writing operation of the recording medium, according to an access request to the recording medium via the connection line.01-06-2011
20110127949ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a battery, a detection module, a setting module, and a charging module. The battery is configured to be chargeable by power from an external power supply. The detection module is configured to detect whether the battery is in a first charging state or a second charging state, a capacity of the second charging state is lower than the first charging state. The setting module is configured to set a charging end capacity of the second charging state, after passing of a preset period since the detection module detects that the battery is in the first charging state. The charging module is configured to charge the battery up to a capacity indicated by the charging end capacity.06-02-2011
20110025260CHARGER FOR VEHICLE USE - This invention relates to an improved charger for vehicle use including an plug of cigarette lighter; a first power cord with one end electrically connected to the plug of cigarette lighter; a transformer that is electrically connected to another end of the first power cord; a second power cord with one end connected to the transformer and has an insertion terminal at another end; and a connection unit with insertion hole at one end to be electrically connected to the insertion terminal of the second power cord, and another end of the connection unit is configured with an insertion part which can easily and conveniently work with various prior-specified power adapter of portable electronic devices.02-03-2011
20110025262Multifunctional Charger System and Method - An adapter for providing a source of power to a mobile device through an industry standard port is provided. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the adapter comprises a plug unit, a power converter, a primary connector, and an identification subsystem. The plug unit is operative to couple the adapter to a power socket and operative to receive energy from the power socket. The power converter is electrically coupled to the plug unit and is operable to regulate the received energy from the power socket and to output a power requirement to the mobile device. The primary connector is electrically coupled to the power converter and is operative to couple to the mobile device and to deliver the outputted power requirement to the mobile device. The identification subsystem is electrically coupled to the primary connector and is operative to provide an identification signal.02-03-2011
20110025261PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CAPACITIVE CHARGER PROVIDING DATA TRANSFER AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - The electronic apparatus includes a portable electronic device and a charger for capacitively charging the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is temporarily placed adjacent the charger. The portable electronic device includes a device data communication unit and an associated battery, and a pair of device capacitive electrodes, defining a device conductive footprint, to receive a charging signal to charge the battery. The charger includes a base having an area larger than the device conductive footprint and able to receive the portable electronic device thereon in a plurality of different positions, and an array of charger capacitive electrodes carried by the base. A charger controller selectively drives only the charger capacitive electrodes within the device conductive footprint with a charging signal to capacitively charge the battery. A charger data communication unit communicates with the device data communication unit via the charger capacitive electrodes and device capacitive electrodes, e.g. by modulating data onto the charging signal.02-03-2011
20120176084METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A CHARGING CIRCUIT - This invention utilizes the power electronics of a switched reluctance motor controller and the phase windings of a switched reluctance motor to make up a single stage boost converter capable of charging a battery with power factor correction (PFC) in the AC line.07-12-2012
20110018493Charger System and Method - Systems and methods of providing power through a Universal Serial Bus connector are provided. A charging system comprises an interface configured to receive power, a power converter coupled to the power source interface, the power converter configured to use the received power to generate power output, and a charging controller configured to control an amount of power provided at the USB connector on the power lines derived from the power output, and configured to generate an identification signal on the USB connector's two data lines, the identification signal usable to indicate the charger is not subject to standard USB power limitations, the identification signal provided through the use of a resistance between the D+ and D− data lines.01-27-2011
20110115427ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE - In an energy storage device, a charging circuit is electrically coupled to the energy storage section. A first comparator is electrically coupled to an energy storage section, and its output is inverted when voltage Vc of the energy storage section reaches first predetermined voltage Vc05-19-2011
20110115428Method and apparatus for charging - A charge apparatus and a method thereof are provided. A charge apparatus includes a charge management unit configured to gradually amplify and transfer a supply current to correspond with a reference current value when an electric current is supplied; and a power charging unit configured to accumulate the transferred current.05-19-2011
20100219790PERIPHERAL DEVICE HOST CHARGING - This document discusses, among other things, a charging emulator configured to be coupled to an electrical interface, the charging emulator including a control circuit configured to receive information about a peripheral device coupled to the electrical interface and a charger circuit configured to provide power to the electrical interface using the received peripheral device information. In an example, the charging emulator can include a component of a host device including a low-power state, and the charger circuit can be configured to provide power to the electrical interface when the host device is in the low-power state.09-02-2010
20110084650BATTERY CHARGER - A battery charger is provided. The charger includes an AC input for connection to a source of AC power and a plurality of DC outputs each being connectable to a battery bank. A user interface is provided for inputting battery information including battery voltage and battery type for each DC output. A main controller is in communication with the user interface and receives the battery information from the user interface. The main controller uses the battery information to provide independent charging instructions for each DC output. At least one power module is in communication with the main controller and receives the charging instructions from the main controller. The power module is configured to convert the AC power from the AC input to DC power and is selectively connectable with each of the plurality DC outputs. The power module is configured such that the charging instructions from the main controller direct the power module as to which DC output to connect and a charge voltage and a charge amps to be provided by the power module to that DC output.04-14-2011
20110084651Charging station - A charging station for charging an electrical device, such as a cellular phone, has a housing, an electrical power plug mounted on a rear portion of the housing which is receivable by a wall mounted electrical power receptacle, an electrical power outlet mounted on a lateral side of the housing, and a universal serial bus (USB) connector mounted on a front face of the housing. A cradle is formed in an upper portion of the housing for supporting an electrical device being charged by the charging station.04-14-2011
20090322278DOCKING STATION FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A docking station for an electronic device includes a magnet that holds the electronic device in a mated orientation relative to the docking station. The docking station may include a mounting surface with two or more different charge-contact regions, each charge-contact region electrically coupled to a terminal of an electric power source and positioned to form an electrical connection with a charging terminal of the electronic device when the electronic device mates with the mounting surface.12-31-2009
20100060232BATTERY CHARGER - An energy-efficient and compact multi-port battery charger. The battery charger includes, among other things, a power supply module, a battery charger control module or controller, a power switching module, one or more power control safety modules, a plurality of battery charger switches, and a plurality of indicators. The controller, the power switching module, the power control safety modules, and the battery charger switches work in conjunction with each other to control the operation of the battery charger. The controller is configured to execute a charging control process which detects the insertion of a battery pack into a charging port, selects a charging port for charging, controls the power output from the power switching module, and controls the illumination or display of the indicators. The power switching module uses control signals from the controller to switch the power received from the power supply module such that a charging current is applied to a single charging port. Each of the power control safety modules includes a power control safety circuit that is configured to prevent the charging current and/or the charging voltage from damaging the battery charger or battery pack during a malfunction.03-11-2010
20100052609Rechargeable Battery Assembly Having a Data and Power Connector Plug - A rechargeable battery assembly comprises a rechargeable battery unit and a data and power connector plug. The battery assembly has a deployed configuration in which the battery assembly has the general form of and functions as a conventional battery format, and a recharge configuration in which the data and power connector plug is made accessible to enable said connector to be connected to a suitable receptacle on a computing or peripheral device for recharging of the battery.03-04-2010
20110148348CHARGING CIRCUIT - A charging circuit used to identify a power source connected to a potable electronic device includes a connector, an identifying circuit, and a central processing unit. The connector includes a voltage bus contact, a ground contact, a positive data contact and a negative data contact. The identifying circuit is connected to the positive data contact or the negative data contact to identify the power source and generates a configuration signal. The central processing unit receives the configuration signal and operates a corresponding charging mode.06-23-2011
20110101912BATTERY CHARGERS - A battery charger includes telephone handset and a connector for connecting with a cellular phone. A sound signal can be transmitted between the telephone handset and the cellular phone via the connector.05-05-2011
20110101914ELECTRONIC DEVICE SUITABLE FOR BIOIMPLANTATION - The present application discloses an integrated circuit comprising a circuit portion (05-05-2011
20110101913ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND POWER SOURCE CONTROL DEVICE - An electronic device including a first body having a first battery; and a second body having a second battery, the second body being configured to be electrically connected to the first body and separatable from the first body; the first body including: receiving a request for charge of battery from the first body or the second body; retrieving a remaining amount of battery inside the first body and the second body; comparing the battery of the first body and the battery of the second battery on the basis of the retrieved remaining amount of battery; carrying out a charging process for the requested battery indicated by the received request in case that a power source including the not-requested battery satisfies a predetermined requirement as a result of the comparing.05-05-2011
20110101911Battery Charger With Charge Abnormality Checking Function - A battery charger has an abnormal condition checking function for checking unintentional or accidental charging of a secondary battery. A charge circuit charges the battery when a switching element interposed between a power source and the battery is turned on. Current which may flow in the charge circuit is detected when the battery is not to be charged by turning the switching element on. When the current is detected in such a condition, an abnormality signal is produced to cause the charge circuit to be disabled.05-05-2011
20110074340Portable electronic device charging module with changeable plug connector - A portable electronic device charging module with changeable plug connector includes a charging module; a charging port connected to one end of the charging module for electrically connecting to an electronic device for conducting electric energy from the electronic device to the charging module, so that the electric energy is stored in the charging module; and a plug connector fitting seat connected to the other end of the charging module for at least one changeable plug connector to connect thereto. When the changeable plug connector is connected to the plug connector fitting seat by sliding in a sliding-fit direction defined by a pair of sliding-fit sections on the plug connector fitting seat, the charging module can supply power to or charge a mobile electronic product via the plug connector fitting seat and the changeable plug connector, to which the mobile electronic product is connected.03-31-2011
20120200253METAL AIR CELL CHARGING APPARATUS, METAL-AIR CELL ASSEMBLY, AND METAL-AIR CELL CHARGING SYSTEM COMPRISING THE SAME - A metal-air cell recharge apparatus, a metal-air cell assembly and a metal-air cell recharge system including the same are provided. The metal-air cell recharge apparatus for recharging a metal-air cell assembly including a secondary metal-air cell containing anode gel and a case accommodating the secondary metal-air cell therein, the apparatus includes a recharge unit for generating supply power using an external power source, and supplying the metal-air cell assembly with the supply power; and a humidified-air supply unit for generating humidified air containing a certain amount of moisture and supplying the humidified air inside the case through a humidified-air supply hole connected to the metal-air cell assembly.08-09-2012
20110068733Electronic vampire - Even though this patent shows relays being used it is not intended to be this way. Any electronic switch can be used, also, the same is true for the AC/DC (Alternating Current to Direct Current) converter.03-24-2011
20110068735Systems and Methods of Accurate Control of Battery Pre-charge Current - Systems and methods for accurate control of battery pre-charge current use external charge FET external discharge FET for accurate control of battery pre-charge current. A low V03-24-2011
20110068734BATTERY MAINTENANCE KIT - A battery maintenance kit for sealed batteries is disclosed that is useful for as servicing sealed 6 volt/12 volt lead acid batteries and optionally determining the state of charge of such a battery. In exemplary embodiment of the invention, the battery maintenance kit is configured as a universal kit for servicing sealed batteries used in a variety of 6 volt/12 volt DC vehicle applications, such as applications for automobiles and trucks, motorcycles, lawn tractors and all terrain vehicles (ATVs). For example, the battery maintenance kit may be equipped with a 6/12 volt DC compact battery charger with a quick disconnect harness. Various termination assemblies may be provided including battery clamps, a cigarette lighter adapter and ring terminals, which enable the battery charger to be used in various applications. The battery maintenance kit may also include a voltmeter, wrenches, a flashlight, battery side mount conversion terminals and a battery post cleaner. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention. The interior of the carrying case is formed with a dedicated compartment for each item in the kit that is segregated from all other compartments. The compartments for some items are form fitting compartments and are thus configured to the shape of the item to be carried. One or more studs is provided in one dedicated compartment for securely carrying the battery clamps. The carrying case allows all of the items to be carried securely in a closed carrying case and transported without movement in the carrying case.03-24-2011
20110254499Charge circuit for battery cells - A device for charging a battery system having a number of individual voltage sources situated in a series circuit is provided, which device uses a voltage source and a respective bypass associated with each of the individual voltage sources. A charge current I10-20-2011
20100295504Vehicle Charger - A vehicle charger has a hollow insulating housing which defines an opening at a front wall thereof and a recess at a lateral wall. A printed circuit board is fixedly received in the insulating housing. A positive element is mounted in the insulating housing and electrically connected with the printed circuit board. The positive element has a contact portion which passes through the opening and stretches outside the insulating housing. A negative element assembled in the insulating housing and electrically connected with the printed circuit board has an elastic portion protruding out of the recess partially. A holding frame of U shape has a base portion and two facing connecting arms respectively extending from both ends of the base portion. The connecting arms are pivotally mounted to two substantial opposite portions of the lateral wall biased from the recess.11-25-2010
20090315511CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGING APPARATUS THEREOF - A charging system includes a robot and a charging apparatus. The robot includes a rechargeable battery, a power receiving terminal electrically connecting with the rechargeable battery, and a detector for detecting a voltage of the battery. The charging apparatus for charging the robot includes a base comprising a receiving portion defining a sliding slot, a power supplying terminal disposed in the receiving portion and configured for electrically contacting with the power receiving terminal, a positioning board docked in the receiving portion for loading the robot, and a driving device including an inclined surface contacting with the positioning board via the sliding slot. The detector may send a control signal to the driving device to push the positioning board with the robot up from the receiving portion.12-24-2009
20110254501PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CHARGING APPARATUS - A portable electronic device including a battery, a direct current (DC) power source, a first device that consumes a first amount of power during operation, a second device that consumes a second amount of power during operation, the second amount of power being more than the first amount of power, a first switch provided in a charging path between the DC power source and the battery, a second switch provided in a path for supplying power from the battery to the second device, and a charging control circuit that controls charging the battery by connecting the first switch when external power is supplied via the DC power source, and control the second switch to be connected and the first switch to be disconnected when the second device is operated during the charging.10-20-2011
20080290834BATTERY CHARGER - A battery charger for charging a plurality of secondary batteries is provided. The charger is configured to be connected to a power supply circuit and configured so that an output of the circuit is connected to the batteries. The battery charger includes a first switch for connecting the batteries in series, a second switch to selectively connect a first polarity terminal of a first secondary battery having a highest electric potential, a DC-DC converter having a first and second polarity input terminals, the first polarity input terminal being to be connected to the first polarity terminal via the second switch, the second polarity input terminal being to be connected to a second polarity terminal of a second secondary battery having a lowest electric potential, an external power supply output terminal connected to an output terminal of the DC-DC converter, and a controller for controlling the first and second switches.11-27-2008
20080238359Lithium Iron Phosphate Ultra Fast Battery Charger - Chargers for charging a rechargeable battery determine a current level to apply to the rechargeable battery such that the battery has a pre-determined charge that is reached within a charging period of time of between 4-6 minutes and apply a charging current having substantially about the determined current level to battery and terminating the charging current after a period of charging time substantially equal to the particular period of time has elapsed.10-02-2008
20120242282INPUT-OUTPUT CIRCUIT - A power supply detection circuit detects power feeding to a VBUS terminal from the outside. A charger detection circuit detects the kind of charger by monitoring voltages of a DP terminal and a DM terminal. A control unit adjusts timing and instructs the charger detection circuit to start a charger kind detection process after a notification of detection of power feeding is received from the power supply detection circuit.09-27-2012
20110254502FAULT-TOLERANT BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CIRCUITS AND METHODS - A fault tolerant battery management system includes redundancy, with applications including electric vehicles. Portions of its circuitry are constituted in distinct fault domains with control, monitoring, and balancing of cells circuitry fault-effect-isolated from the circuitry associated with built-in real-time testing. Built-in tests are orchestrated in fault domains isolated from the functional circuitry being verified. These built-in tests provide test stimulus unique for each cell measurement. Cell balancing is performed in a fault tolerant manner. It takes at least two independent faults, in two mutually distinct fault domains, to negatively affect balancing capability or to interfere with a redundant circuit's ability to operate. The built-in tests allow operation without the requirement for data cross-compare between redundant measuring electronic elements. Testing and balancing functions are interlocked through encoded enabling methodologies and transmit enables on serial buses. The circuitry is divided into mutually fault-isolated modules, each responsible for a subset of the cells.10-20-2011
20110163712SECONDARY BATTERY - A secondary battery includes a battery case configured subject to the configuration of a conventional 9V or 1.5V battery and a battery body and a battery charger mounted in the battery case. The battery charger controls the battery body for charging and voltage output, and provides a USB socket as charging interface and positive and negative electrodes as discharging interface. Thus, the secondary battery is connectable to a USB plug of a cell phone battery charger or computer for charging, and can be installed in an electric product like a conventional battery cell to provide DC power to the electric product. Under the provision of current detection function and voltage adjusting function, the 1.5V secondary battery can be connected in series or in parallel with one or a number of micro resistor-provided virtual batteries to output a voltage subject to its linking arrangement.07-07-2011
20110043162CHARGER AND PORTABLE DEVICE HAVING THE SAME - A charger for a portable device includes a USB detector connected to a data pin to detect the effective resistance on the data pin before a USB transceiver is enabled, to identify USB or adapter plug in and control a charging current for a battery accordingly.02-24-2011
20100283424TENT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - An electrical system (11-11-2010
20110133690Cell Management System - A powered system has a charging system and a controller arrangement. The charging system is capable of recharging the multi-cell power supply for the system and the controller arrangement enables selection between alternative modes of operation of the system. The charging system is arranged to operate in different regimes in which a target charging voltage across one or more cells or batteries is set to a different level dependent upon the selected mode of operation. There is provided a mode for optimising the battery management for maximum range or, alternatively, a mode for extending charge and discharge cycle life of the multi-cell power supply. There is also a storage mode where the target voltage is set to a minimum value.06-09-2011
20110254500CAR CHARGER - A car charger which has a charge circuit, a shell, an anode conduction section, a cathode conduction section, an operation section, and a connection interface is disclosed. The operation section may selectively collect the anode and cathode conduction sections within a container space of the shell by the manner selected from folding and rotating. Thus, convenience of carrying the car charger may be improved.10-20-2011
20110260680CIRCUIT AND METHOD OF OPERATION FOR AN ELECTRICAL POWER SUPPLY - A battery charging circuit comprising: a semiconductor switch having an output connected to a rechargeable battery; a battery charge controller for receiving power from an external source, and supplying output power to a portable device and the input of the semiconductor switch, the current output of the battery charge controller being controllable; and a voltage sensing circuit for: measuring the voltage drop across the battery charge controller; and responding to the voltage drop across the battery charge controller by modulating the semiconductor switch to reduce the quantity of current supplied to the rechargeable battery when the voltage drop is too great; whereby the total power dissipated by the battery charge controller is controlled, the portable device receiving the power it needs to operate and the rechargeable battery receiving any additional available power.10-27-2011
20110260679BATTERY APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A battery apparatus includes a battery module, a first power port, a second power port, a voltage transformer, and a switch. The first power port is connected to the battery module. The voltage transformer is configured to transform a voltage output of the battery module into a lower voltage output. The switch is connected between the battery module, the second power port, and the voltage transformer. The switch is capable of selectively connecting the battery module to the second power port or the voltage transformer. When the battery module is connected to the second power port, the battery apparatus is used as a battery power source capable of being connected to battery contacts of an external electronic device. When the battery module is connected to the voltage transformer, the battery apparatus is able to charge batteries of external electronic devices. A related power supply system is also provided.10-27-2011
20110260678SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPENSATING FOR IMPEDANCE LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH AN EXTERNAL CHARGING UNIT - There is disclosed a charging unit for charging a rechargeable battery on an external mobile device, the charging unit configured to be electrically coupled to the mobile device for electrical communication thereof, the charging unit comprising: a charging circuit comprising a charger, the charger configured to: operate in a first mode to provide a constant pre-defined charge current to the external battery based on an output voltage of the charger; operate in a second mode to provide a constant pre-defined charge voltage to the external battery; switch from the first mode to the second mode when the output voltage of the charger reaches a predefined threshold voltage; and an offset compensator configured for applying an offset voltage to the charger to maintain the charger in the first mode to compensate for impedance loss between the charger and the external battery thereby allowing the external battery voltage to reach the threshold voltage.10-27-2011
20110025259BATTERY CHARGER - The battery charger has a case 02-03-2011
20100117595Method and Apparatus for Handling a Charging State in a Mobile Electronic Device - A system and method for using a universal serial bus (USB) interface in a mobile device is provided that includes providing a battery charger operable to receive a voltage provided at the USB interface, the battery charger operable for charging a battery in the mobile device, and, a voltage regulator operable to receive a voltage provided at the USB interface, the voltage regulator used in powering the mobile device. The method also includes, detecting a USB bus voltage at the USB interface, measuring passage of a predetermined amount of time upon detecting the USB bus voltage, and disabling at least one of the voltage regulator and the battery charger if the predetermined amount of time expires before an enumeration acknowledgement signal is received at the USB interface.05-13-2010
20120146574Power Transfer System and Noncontact Charging Device - A power transfer system includes a power transmission device, a power reception device and a capacitive coupling conductor. A high-voltage side conductor is formed near the upper surface of a casing of the power transmission device, and a low-voltage side conductor is formed near the lower or surrounding surface of the casing. The power transmission device includes an alternating voltage generating circuit. A high-voltage side conductor is formed near the lower surface of a casing of the power reception device, and a low-voltage side conductor is formed near the upper surface of the casing of the power reception device. The power reception device includes a load circuit. The high-voltage side conductors are capacitively coupled to each other when facing each other, and the low-voltage side conductors are capacitively coupled to each other via a capacitive coupling conductor.06-14-2012
20110080136Power adaptor with backup battery charging function for portable computer - A power adaptor for a portable computer includes housing, a first cord, a second cord, a power conversion circuit and a charging outlet. The first and second cords each extends from the housing. The first cord has a first connector for connection with an external power source while the second cord has a second connector for connection with a portable computer. The power conversion circuit is located inside the housing and has one end connected to the first cord and the other end to the second cord for conversing AC power from the external power source into DC power for the portable computer. The charging circuit located in the housing is connected to the power conversion circuit for charging a backup battery of the portable computer. The charging outlet is mounted on the housing and linked to the charging circuit for connection with the backup battery.04-07-2011
20100213893POWER STORAGE DEVICE - In the field of portable electronic devices in the future, portable electronic devices will be desired, which are smaller and more lightweight and can be used for a long time period by one-time charging, as apparent from provision of one-segment partial reception service “1-seg” of terrestrial digital broadcasting that covers the mobile objects such as a cellular phone. Therefore, the need for a power storage device is increased, which is small and lightweight and capable of being charged without receiving power from commercial power. The power storage device includes an antenna for receiving an electromagnetic wave, a capacitor for storing power, and a circuit for controlling store and supply of the power. When the antenna, the capacitor, and the control circuit are integrally formed and thinned, a structural body formed of ceramics or the like is partially used. A circuit for storing power of an electromagnetic wave received at the antenna in a capacitor and a control circuit for arbitrarily discharging the stored power are provided, whereby lifetime of the power storage device can be extended.08-26-2010
20080218120CHARGE RECOVERY DEVICE FOR ALKALINE BATTERIES - A charge recovery device includes: a battery seat to be connected electrically to an alkaline battery load; a power source connector to be connected electrically to an external power source; a charging signal generator connected electrically to the power source connector and operable to generate a charging signal output that can be varied to meet voltage requirement of the alkaline battery load; a safety switch for making or breaking electrical connection between the battery seat and the charging signal generator; a timer unit operable to initiate a timer operation upon supply of the charging signal output to the battery seat; and a switch controller for controlling the safety switch to break electrical connection between the battery seat and the charging signal generator at the end of a charging period according to a timer signal received from the timer unit.09-11-2008
20110187316MULTI-VOLTAGE MULTI-BATTERY POWER MANAGEMENT UNIT - A system and method for implementing a multi-voltage multi-battery power management integrated circuit. Various aspects of the present invention provide a power management integrated circuit. The power management IC may comprise a first regulator module that receives a first battery power signal from a first battery characterized by a first battery voltage and outputs a first regulated power signal, based at least in part on the first battery power signal. The power management IC may also comprise a second regulator module that receives a second battery power signal from a second battery characterized by a second battery voltage and outputs a second regulated power signal, based at least in part on the second battery power signal. The second battery voltage may, for example, be substantially different than the first battery voltage. The power first and second regulated power signals may, for example, correspond to substantially different power supply voltages.08-04-2011
20110187315ENERGY-SAVING POWER ADAPTER/CHARGER - An embodiment of the present invention is directed to a power device for an electronic device, such as a charger for a portable rechargeable device and/or an AC adapter. The power device includes switching circuitry for de-powering at least a portion of the power device.08-04-2011
20110187313APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING CAPACITY AND CHARGE/DISCHARGE STATE OF BATTERY IN PORTABLE DEVICE - An apparatus and method for displaying battery capacity and a charge/discharge state of a portable device are provided. The apparatus includes a charge Integrated Circuit (IC) for providing current to recharge the battery using an external charge power source, a sensing resistance interposed between the battery and the charge IC, a switch connected to the sensing resistance in parallel and opened to flow the current to the sensing resistance when a capacity of the battery is measured, and a controller for determining the capacity of the battery using voltage values at both ends of the sensing resistance measured when the switch is opened.08-04-2011
20110187314APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REDUCING TIME TO CHARGE BATTERY IN PORTABLE DEVICE - A portable apparatus and a method for receiving power through a rechargeable battery to reduce a period of time for battery charge are provided. The apparatus includes a charge circuit for supplying current to the rechargeable battery to charge the rechargeable battery, a comparator for comparing a voltage of the rechargeable battery with a threshold voltage, and a controller for changing from a sleep mode to a suspend mode according to a comparison result of the comparator, for monitoring the current flowing into the rechargeable battery at the charge circuit in the suspend mode, and for determining whether the charge of the rechargeable battery is completed according to the current flowing into the rechargeable battery.08-04-2011
20110181236CHARGER - Disclosed is a charger including a first rectifying portion that rectifies an alternating power and outputs the rectified power to a neutral point of a 3-phase motor; a second rectifying portion/inverter that charges output power of the first rectifying portion in a high-voltage battery in a charging mode and drives the 3-phase motor by switching the charged power of the high-voltage battery in a drive mode; a high-voltage charging controller that controls the first rectifying portion and second rectifying portion/inverter so as to charge the high-voltage battery in the charging mode; and a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that controls the second rectifying portion/inverter so as to drive the 3-phase motor in the drive mode, and controls the high-voltage charging controller so as to charge the high-voltage battery in the charging mode.07-28-2011
20100019721Method And Apparatus For Providing Rechargeable Power In Data Monitoring And Management Systems - Method and apparatus for charging a power supply unit such as a rechargeable battery for use in data monitoring and management system using the ESD protection circuitry of the existing electrode contacts including guard contact and counter electrode thereby reducing system cost, complexity, and any unprotected battery contacts exposed for potential contamination is provided.01-28-2010
20100019720BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS OF A WIRELESS DIGITAL X-RAY DETECTOR - Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which in some implementations a portable wireless digital X-ray detector includes a battery electrically coupled to at least one external electrical conductor. In some implementations, the external electrical conductor is mounted flush to an outside of a housing of the portable wireless digital X-ray detector. In some implementations, the external electrical conductor plate includes only hypoallergenic materials. In some implementations, the battery is fixed mounted in the portable wireless digital X-ray detector. In some implementations docking detector receptacle at least one external electrical conductor in a pocket of the docking detector receptacle.01-28-2010
20090174363Vehicle System Including a Plurality of Wheeled Vehicles Docked for Vending and Recharging - A system employing wheeled vehicles, such as strollers. A plurality of the wheeled vehicles is provided, each having a docking element. A vehicle station has a docking port for each of at least some of the wheeled vehicles. Each docking port has a charging device and is shaped to engage a docking element of an engaged wheeled vehicle. At least two display screens are provided on the wheeled vehicle, one for an occupant and one for an operator. One or more screen drivers is provided for the display screens.07-09-2009
20100194332Adjustable Charger - An adjustable charger for compatibly charging at least one rechargeable alkaline battery and at least one first rechargeable battery includes a charger housing and an adjustable charging arrangement. The adjustable charging arrangement includes an upper charging platform, a lower charging platform, and a charging circuitry. The upper charging platform is formed on the top charging side of the charger housing for fittedly and adjustably receiving one of the alkaline battery and the first rechargeable battery in the first charging slot. The lower charging platform is also formed on the top charging side of the charger housing at a position underneath the upper charging platform for fittedly and adjustably receiving another of the alkaline battery and the first rechargeable battery in the second charging slot.08-05-2010
20110115426CONTROL SYSTEM FOR BATTERY CHARGE MAINTENANCE IN A POWER SYSTEM WITH MAIN AC GENERATOR CONTROL - An electrical power system may comprise an AC generator and a generator control unit (GCU) for varying AC output voltage of the AC generator. A DC bus may be connected to the AC generator via a Transformer Rectifier Unit (TRU) so that DC voltage on the DC bus is directly proportional to the AC output voltage. A battery may be connected directly to the DC bus. A control loop may be connected to receive battery current information and provide control signals to vary the AC output voltage so that battery charge may be maintained without battery damage.05-19-2011
20110068736POWER CHARGING OF MOBILE DEVICES - A method is provided of charging a mobile device by a charger device, comprising transmitting and receiving a charging current via the Hot Plug Detect (HPD) pin of an HDMI cable connected between the mobile device and the charging device. The HDMI source device (the mobile device) and the HDMI sink device (the charger device) are also provided.03-24-2011
20110304299SYSTEM OF CHARGING BATTERY PACK AND METHOD THEREOF - A system and method of charging a battery pack in a state in which a battery management unit (BMU) is stably woken up. In one embodiment, the system of charging a battery pack includes a battery including at least one battery cell, a connector electrically connected to the battery and a battery management unit electrically connected to the battery and to the connector, the battery management unit to control charging and discharging operations of the battery, wherein the connector includes an auxiliary power supply terminal to provide a path of supplying auxiliary power to the battery management unit when a total voltage of the battery is less than a wake-up voltage of the battery management unit.12-15-2011
20110304298BATTERY CHARGING USING MULTIPLE CHARGERS - Systems and methods providing improved battery charging using systems comprising multiple chargers are generally described. In some embodiments, the chargers can communicate with each other. In some embodiments, a battery management unit (BMU) can be used to communicate with at least one of the chargers, and, in some cases, all of the chargers. The system can be configured such that the charging load can be distributed among multiple chargers, or to a single charger, depending on the amount of charging power required at a given time. The system can also be configured to alternate which charger(s) handle the charging load over a period of time. For example, when only a single charger is needed to handle the total charging load, the system can be configured such that the load is handled by a first charger over a first period of time, a second charger of a second period of time, etc. The charging load distribution scheme can be based at least in part upon one or more commands transmitted between two chargers and/or between a charger and the BMU.12-15-2011
20110304297Charging apparatus - A charging apparatus for electrical connection with a charging supply for charging a battery module, the charging apparatus including a coolant pipe, the coolant pipe providing a passage for a cooling medium and surrounding a space for accommodating the battery module; a charging terminal for electrically connecting with the charging power supply; and a chiller connected with the coolant pipe, the chiller being configured to circulate and cool the cooling medium.12-15-2011
20120098482CHARGER - A charger includes a base, a frame, a cover, and at least one spring. The base defines a groove. The frame defines at least one positioning member. The cover is capable of moving between a latched position and a unlatched position. The cover includes a latching tab and at least one limiting protrusion. The at least one spring provides a rebound force to the frame. When the cover is in the latched position, the latching tab is received in the groove, the at least one positioning member engages the at least one limiting protrusion, and the at least one spring is compressed by the frame. When the cover moves to the unlatched position, the latching tab disengages from the groove, the at least one positioning member disengages from the at least one limiting protrusion, causing the frame to be ejected upwardly by the at least one spring.04-26-2012
20110140651RECHARGEABLE LEAD-ACID BATTERY COVER - A rechargeable lead-acid battery cover has a casing, two power outlet line through-holes, a circuit board and a charging assembly seat. The casing is provided with a holding space, and the power outlet line through-holes are set at one side of the holding space for penetration of anode and cathode leads, and also for electrical connection with the positive/negative contacts of the lead-acid battery. The circuit board is assembled into the casing's holding space, and connected to the positive and negative contacts through anode and cathode supply lines. A charging assembly seat is set on the circuit board and also electrically connected with anode and cathode supply lines, while the charging assembly seat is connected with a charging power source, and the lead-acid battery is charged through anode and cathode supply lines. The lead-acid battery can be protected and the charging function can be guaranteed.06-16-2011
20120306436ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE CONDITION DETERMINATION DEVICE, ELECTRICALLY CHARGEABLE DEVICE, AND METHOD OF DETERMINING ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE CONDITION - A condition determination device for determining a condition of an electric storage device includes a current detector, a voltage detector, and a controller. The controller is configured to: determine a level of a first electric factor based on at least one of a charging current detected by the current detector and a charging voltage detected by the voltage detector; obtain first charging time while the level of the first electric factor is constant; determine a level of a second electric factor based on the charging voltage detected by the voltage detector; obtain second charging time while the level of the second electric factor is constant; calculate a determination value based on the first charging time and the second charging time; and determine a condition of the electric storage device based on the determination value.12-06-2012
20100277119Medical Device Charging System - A medical device charging system includes a charging cable to electrically couple with a power source and has a connector. A medical device includes a rechargeable battery electrically coupled to a medical device interface. The medical device interface and the connector on the charging cable are incompatible. An adapter includes a first interface to electrically couple with the connector on the charging cable, and a second interface to electrically couple with the medical device interface. The adapter conducts charging power from the charging cable to the medical device to charge the rechargeable battery in the medical device.11-04-2010
20090206790Intrinsically Safe Battery Powered Power Supply - An intrinsically safe battery powered device (08-20-2009
20110084649POWER CHARGING DEVICE WITH CHARGE SATURATION DISCONNECTOR THROUGH ELECTROMAGNETIC FORCE RELEASE - A power charging device with charge saturation disconnector through electromagnetic force release is formed by charging power supply, charging control device, magnetic actuator conductive device, power excitation windings, rechargeable discharge device, and various detection devices optioned as need for detection the charge situation of the rechargeable discharge device.04-14-2011
20120038316BATTERY CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUE ACCOUNTING FOR OFFSET ERROR - The present invention provides a system and method for operating a rechargeable battery, the system comprising: current maintaining device for maintaining a predetermined current to the rechargeable battery until the rechargeable battery reaches a predetermined maximum voltage; voltage maintaining device for maintaining a predetermined voltage to the rechargeable battery until a predetermined minimum current is delivered to the rechargeable battery; determining device for determining a cyclical charge value delivered to the rechargeable battery by the current maintaining device and the voltage maintaining device during a cycle; and a correction device for correcting the determining device when charge is not being delivered to the rechargeable battery, on the basis of the charge value.02-16-2012
20120038315MONITOR FOR CHARGING SERIES CONNECTED BATTERIES - A plurality of serially connectable lithium based batteries provide power to a load upon actuation of a user operated switch. Upon actuation of the user operated switch, additional switches intermediate adjacent batteries close to serially connect the batteries to one another and a load. A signal from the load maintains these additional switches closed. A charging circuit is associated with each battery to charge the batteries in parallel upon opening the additional switches. Sensors for temperature, current and various other parameters provide signals to one or more controllers to prevent damage upon the presence of a fault indication signal.02-16-2012
20120112686LOW-VOLTAGE DUAL-POWER-PATH MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE FOR RECHARGEABLE BATTERY MONITORING SOLUTIONS - A control circuit of a battery power-path management circuit establishes a first power path between a battery input node and an output node when the input node voltage is larger than a charger input node voltage and a second power path between the charger input node and the output node when the voltage on the charger input node is larger than the battery input node voltage. It controls the second power path to provide power to the output node, enabling battery charging and protection over a battery voltage range from about zero volts. It has low power consumption and can support wide-swing power supply voltage from as low as one volt to as high as maximum allowed Vds of drain-extended devices. It can use smaller device sizes because the PMOS switch gate voltage is 0V when the power supply is not too high.05-10-2012
20110050163BATTERY CHARGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING THEREOF - The present invention is adapted for the field of power supply and provides a battery charging device and a method for controlling charging thereof, including: a charging circuit which has a charging current setting terminal for charging the battery according to charging current of the charging current setting terminal; a charging current control circuit which is connected with the charging current setting terminal and adjusts the charging current gradually according to equivalent resistance in the charging current control circuit; a general register circuit which is connected to the charging current control circuit and to control the equivalent resistance by setting value of a general register. In the present invention, a plurality of switching tubes and resistances are integrated into the charging current control circuit. The switching tubes is switched on or off by setting the value of the general register, thereby adjusting the existing charging current gradually and causing the voltage of the charging power source to descend/ascend smoothly. This provides a solution to the problem of equipment instability caused by the voltage fluctuation in the adjustment process of charging current in the existing technology.03-03-2011
20110050162Fabric Power Panel Insert - A fabric power panel insert for brief cases, backpacks and other luggage embedding a controller, battery pack, AC adapter, retractable power cord, a computer connector cord, 5 volt USB port and wires with connectors linking components. The fabric power pack provides a power system that enables the user to recharge both the mobile device batteries and the backup battery pack at the same time with one retractable power cord and AC adapter and then use the backup battery pack to provide reserve power for those mobile devices when the mobile device batteries lose their power. All of the components are embedded in the panel within fabric pockets that hold each component in a specific location with elastic straps and fabric tie downs. The panel is then inserted into the case and secured by hook and loop straps to hold it in the case.03-03-2011
20110050161BATTERY CHARGER WITH RETRACTABLE CONTACTS - A battery charger includes a bottom case comprising a bottom surface. A cover is attached on the case defining a curved groove and two openings. A seat is fixed on the bottom surface and comprises a first inclined surface inclined relative to the bottom surface. A slider is slidably arranged in the case and comprises two spring contacts aligned with the two openings, respectively. The slider is slidable to a position where the spring contacts protrude out of the two openings. The driving member is arranged in the bottom case and includes a post protruding out of the curved groove. A mating member comprises a second inclined surface inclined relative to the bottom surface engaging the first inclined surface. A first means is for allowing the mating member to slidably connect the mating member to the driving member and allowing the mating member to rotate together with the driving member.03-03-2011
20080309286Battery Charger with Integrated Cell Balancing - A battery charger containing circuitry including integrated cell balancing and automatic cell configuration determination is presented. The charger automatically adapts output current to different battery configurations. The charger also ensures that all the cells within a battery configuration are at roughly the same voltage.12-18-2008
20120043929Smart Battery Charging System - The invention provides systems and methods for charging an electrochemical device, such as a secondary electrochemical cell. Charging systems and methods of some embodiments provide charging parameters, such as charging voltage and charging current, that vary in a preselected manner as a function of time so as to enhance the overall device performance (e.g., specific capacity, discharge rate, etc.) cycling properties and useful lifetime of a secondary electrochemical cell. Charging systems and methods of some embodiments provide charging parameters, such as time varying charging voltages and charging currents, that take into consideration important electrochemical cell properties that impact device performance, cycling and lifetime, such as the state of health of an electrochemical cell, and/or the health and/or composition of specific system components such as anode, cathode, and electrolyte and/or the cycle history of the electrochemical cell (e.g., cycle number, etc.).02-23-2012
20120043926Power Management Device, Power Management Method and Portable Electronic Device - A power management device for a portable electronic device includes a sensing unit, coupled between a power supply and a system circuit of the portable electronic device, for sensing current outputted from the power supply to the system circuit, to generate a sensing signal, and a control unit, coupled between the sensing unit and a charger module of the portable electronic device, for indicating the charger module to stop charging when the sensing signal indicates that current outputted from the power supply to the system circuit is greater than a predetermined value.02-23-2012
20120043928LABEL ATTACHED ELECTRIC DEVICE - An electric device includes a casing 31, and a label 7. The casing 31 accommodates electronic components. The label 7 is attached on the surface of the casing. A label attachment area 8 is arranged on the surface of the casing. The label 7 is attached onto the label attachment area 8. The label attachment area 8 is formed in a substantially flat surface, and has a plurality of grooves 9. The grooves 9 are uniformly distributed throughout the flat surface. The grooves intersect with each other at least at one point of each of the grooves. The adhesive strength can be kept by the flat surface arranged over substantially the whole of the label attachment area. Air can flow through the grooves uniformly distributed in the flat surface. Bulge or wrinkles of the label can be reduced which are produced by air bubbles.02-23-2012
20120043927MOBILE TERMINAL AND USB DEDICATED CHARGER DETERMINING METHOD THEREOF - A method of determining a charger of a mobile terminal, and which includes receiving, via a controller of the mobile terminal, a connection signal indicating the charger is connected to the mobile terminal; setting, via the controller, a charging current of the charger for charging the mobile terminal and increasing the set charging current in predetermined current units; measuring, via the controller, an actual current received from the charger and applied to the mobile terminal; comparing, via the controller, the set charging current with the measured actual current; determining, via the controller, a charging sector of the charger when the set charging current is larger than the measured actual current for a first predetermined amount of time; and calculating a charging current capacity of the charger using the determined charging sector.02-23-2012
20120043925PROTECTION CIRCUIT FOR BATTERY AND BATTERY CHARGER APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A protection circuit for protecting a rechargeable battery is provided. The protection circuit includes a voltage-threshold generating unit and a comparing unit. The voltage-threshold generating unit is for generating a threshold voltage. The comparing unit is for comparing the threshold voltage to the rechargeable battery voltage and outputting a charging enable signal or a charging disable signal according to the comparison result. The comparing unit outputs the charging enable signal if the amplitude of the threshold voltage is lower than that of the rechargeable battery, or outputs the charging disable signal as the amplitude of the threshold voltage is equal to or higher than that of the rechargeable battery. A battery charger apparatus using the protection circuit is also provided.02-23-2012
20120043924Battery System And Method - A battery system including a housing that defines an internal volume and a venting system that fluidly couples the internal volume with an atmosphere surrounding the housing and a support structure within the internal volume, the support structure being configured to support a number of battery cell modules in the internal volume.02-23-2012
20120206095Charge balancing system - A method, circuit, and topology are provided for utilization of this circuit in Li-Ion or any other battery that benefits from balancing between individual cells. The whole system is characterized as having high efficiency (and thus low heat losses) compared to previous art implementations. The actions of the circuit are continuous and bi-directional in respect to each cell.08-16-2012
20110156635REFLECTED ENERGY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RESONANCE POWER TRANSMISSION - Provided is a reflected energy management apparatus for resonance power transmission. The reflected energy management apparatus for resonance power transmission may include a source resonator configured to transmit a power to a target resonator, and a reflected power management unit configured to: detect a reflected wave corresponding to the power transmitted to the target resonator, and to generate a power using the detected reflected wave.06-30-2011
20120001588BATTERY CHARGER, VOLTAGE MONITORING DEVICE AND SELF-DIAGNOSIS METHOD OF REFERENCE VOLTAGE CIRCUIT - Disclosed is a battery charger including a battery cell, a reference voltage generating section, an A/D converting section including an A/D converter and a control section. The reference voltage generating section includes a first reference voltage circuit generating a first reference voltage and a second reference voltage circuit generating a second reference voltage equal to the first reference voltage. To diagnose the A/D converter, the first reference voltage circuit is used. To diagnose the first reference voltage circuit, a second A/D conversion value obtained by A/D converting a second divided voltage of the second reference voltage via the A/D converter using the first reference voltage is compared with a first reference value obtained by A/D converting a first divided voltage of the first reference voltage via the A/D converter using the first reference voltage when the first reference voltage circuit is normal.01-05-2012
20120062170ROBOT BATTERY CHARGING STATION - A battery charging station, for a robot, includes a base, two side-walls barriers, a stop, a supporting arm, a charging connector, and a transmitter. The side-walls barriers are separately mounted on the base. The stop is mounted on the back of the base to form a docking space together with the barriers and the base. The supporting arm is mounted on the stop by one free end thereof with the other end extending into the space over the docking space. The charging connector is mounted on the free end of the supporting arm and is configured for providing an electrical connection between the robot and a power source. The transmitter is positioned on the upper surface of the supporting arm and is configured for emitting signals for the robot to locate the re battery charging station.03-15-2012
20120062169RECHARGEABLE BATTERY UNIT AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPLIANCE - There is provided an accumulator unit for insertion into a portable electronic device. The accumulator unit has an integrated charging unit and a charging port. The charging port is freely accessible in the inserted and non-inserted condition of the accumulator unit.03-15-2012
20120007548BATTERY DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A battery charger includes a battery attachment section configured to have a rechargeable battery releasably attached thereto. The battery attachment section includes a flat attachment surface having a width corresponding to a width of a bottom surface of a case of the battery to be charged and a length greater than a length of the bottom surface of the case of the battery to be charged; a plurality of locking hooks provided on the attachment surface; a charger terminal configured to contact a terminal of the battery to be charged, the charger terminal including a plurality of plate-shaped contact pieces configured to be inserted into engaging grooves of the battery to be charged; and an attachment projection adjacent to the attachment surface and configured to secure the battery to the charger.01-12-2012
20120007547Battery Pack Having Boosting Charge Function and Method Thereof - A method of charging a battery pack, the battery pack including at least one battery cell. The method includes comparing a battery cell voltage to a first voltage; comparing the battery cell voltage to a second voltage that is greater than the first voltage; and controlling a current amplifying unit coupled to the at least one battery cell to amplify a current from a charger to the at least one battery cell if the battery cell voltage is between the first voltage and the second voltage.01-12-2012
20120206091COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND DEVICES IN THE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A communication system including a first device and a second device that are connected by a single signal line in which serial communication is performed by using a first level, a second level and a middle level between the first level and the second level, wherein the first device transmits a clock to the second device by repeating the first level and the middle level; the second device transmits information to the first device based on whether the second device outputs the second level during each period of the middle level in the clock; and when the second device does not transmit information, the first device transmits information to the second device based on whether the first device outputs the second level during each period of the middle level in the clock.08-16-2012
20120013291BATTERY CHARGER - A battery charger includes a rotatable top cover for exposing electrical connectors for physically coupling and electrically communicating with a battery or other device and providing electrical energy for charging a battery or device.01-19-2012
20120206089Advertising Device with Charging Base - An advertising device, having a charging base for charging multiple various electronic devices is provided. The advertising device includes a three dimensional advertising member; a base member configured for supporting the advertising member; a plurality of charging connectors disposed along the periphery of the base member; an illumination source disposed at an internal position of the base member; and a power distribution assembly for providing power to the illumination source and the plurality of charging connectors. In addition, the advertising device includes a notifying unit and a receiver fob associated with each charging connector.08-16-2012
20120112688Battery Module with Less Charging Time and Charging Method of the Same - The battery module comprises a main battery, a voltage converter, an auxiliary device, a battery management unit and a first set of switching devices and a second set of switching devices. The main battery provides the electric power. The auxiliary device is used to store the electric power. The battery management unit controls the main battery and the auxiliary device to charge or discharge through a first set of switching devices and a second set of switching devices, respectively. When the battery module is charged by an external charger, the auxiliary device and the main battery are charged simultaneously. When the external charger stops to charge the battery module, the battery management unit controls the auxiliary device through the second set of switching devices to continuously charge the main battery through the voltage converter.05-10-2012
20120206094ELECTRIC MACHINE - The invention relates to an electric machine (08-16-2012
20120206093CHARGING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC ENERGY STORES, SUPPLY STATION, AND METHOD FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC ENERGY STORES - A charging apparatus for electric energy stores includes a holding device configured to accommodate one or a plurality of electric energy stores, or rechargeable electric energy stores for vehicles, a charging and charge control device configured to charge, in a controlled manner, the electric energy store(s) accommodated in the holding device, and an air-conditioning device configured to control the temperature inside the holding device. The air-conditioning device is further configured to adjust the air inside the holding device to the surrounding conditions with respect to the dew point.08-16-2012
20100237825Battery Charging Device and Delay Angle Control Method for Battery Charging Device - A battery charging device of the present invention has a rectifier portion that is formed by switching elements, and performs advance angle/delay angle control. An advance angle/delay angle amount in the advance angle/delay angle control is determined based on a differential voltage between the voltage of a battery and a predetermined target voltage. In this case, when a determined delay angle amount exceeds a delay angle limit value, delay angle control is performed using the delay angle limit value. Moreover, the power generation amount of an alternating current generator is detected, and the delay angle amount and power generation amount are stored. If the current delay angle amount is greater than the previous delay angle amount, and the previous power generation amount is greater than the current power generation amount, then the previous delay angle amount is set as the delay angle limit value.09-23-2010
20120025757RADIO FIELD INTENSITY MEASUREMENT DEVICE, AND RADIO FIELD INTENSITY DETECTOR AND GAME CONSOLE USING THE SAME - The present invention provides a radio field intensity measurement device having a display portion with improved visibility, in the case of measuring a weak radiowave from a long distance. In the radio field intensity measurement device, a battery is provided as a power source for power supply and the battery is charged by a received radiowave. When a potential of a signal obtained from the received radiowave is higher than an output potential of the battery, the power is stored in the battery. On the other hand, when the potential of the signal obtained from the received radiowave is lower than the output potential of the battery, power produced by the battery is used as power to drive the radio field intensity measurement device. As an element to display the radio field intensity, a thermochromic element or an electrochromic element is used.02-02-2012
20120104995CHARGING DEVICE FOR MOBILE TERMINAL - A charging device for a mobile terminal is provided. The charging device includes a charging unit for sustaining a posture of the mobile terminal when the mobile terminal is connected to the charging device and for charging the mobile terminal by electrically connecting to the mobile terminal, and a stand, detachably mounted to the charging unit and protruded from the charging unit to be interposed between the charging unit and the ground, for sustaining a posture of the mobile terminal by supporting the mobile terminal separately from the charging unit when the stand is detached from the charging unit, wherein the stand includes a stand groove for fixing the mobile terminal by housing at least a portion of the mobile terminal. Therefore, the charging device performs a stand function as well as a charging function for the mobile terminal, thereby providing more improved use efficiency.05-03-2012
20090153097Battery charging apparatus - The present invention provides a battery charging apparatus with reduced weight, volume and manufacturing cost. The apparatus includes: an alternating current power source including a first electrode and a second electrode and supplying an alternating voltage for charging the battery; a diode including an anode electrode connected to the battery and a cathode electrode connected to the second electrode and half-wave rectifying the alternating voltage applied from the alternating current power source; a three-phase motor connected to the first electrode and transmitting to the battery the half-wave rectified voltage applied from the diode and the alternating current power source; and an inverter connected between the three-phase motor and the battery and converting the voltage applied from the three-phase motor into a direct voltage to transmit the direct voltage to the battery. Alternatively, the apparatus may comprise an alternating current power source, an inverter, a three-phase motor and a switching unit.06-18-2009
20120206090Charging device using magnets - A charging device using magnets is disclosed. The charging device using magnets includes a sleeve and a charging pad. The sleeve includes a connector connected to the charging terminal of a mobile terminal, and a plurality of magnetic terminals connected to the connector. The charging pad includes magnetic electrodes which magnetically come into contact with the respective magnetic terminals of the sleeve, and supplies charging power to the magnetic terminals using the magnetic electrodes. The magnetic electrodes of the charging pad are configured such that magnetic forces are attenuated due to magnetic fields of coils or such that repulsive forces are generated between the magnetic electrodes of the charging pad and the magnetic terminals of the sleeve which come into contact with the magnetic electrodes.08-16-2012
20120153892BATTERY TESTING AND CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - A battery testing and charging system that includes at least one battery testing device and at least one battery charging device, wherein the battery testing device is removable from the battery charging device and wherein the battery testing device may communicate with a plurality of battery charging devices. Also, a method of testing and charging a battery that may be implemented using, for example, the above-described battery testing and charging system.06-21-2012
20120153891PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR CHARGING RECHARGEABLE BATTERY THEREOF - In a method of providing operating current to a portable electronic apparatus, a first connection terminal of the portable electronic apparatus is connected to a second connection terminal of a host, and interface type of the second connection terminal is determined. If the interface type is USB 2.0, the host provides a first operating current to the portable electronic apparatus for performing data read/write, and an internal rechargeable battery of the portable electronic apparatus provides a second operating current to the portable electronic apparatus. If the interface type is USB 3.0, the host provides a third operating current to the portable electronic apparatus for performing data read/write, and the third operating current selectively performs a charge process on the rechargeable battery. If the interface type is Wi-Fi, the rechargeable battery provides a fourth operating current to the portable electronic apparatus.06-21-2012
20120153890CONTROL DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD OF VEHICLE - A control device of a vehicle which device makes a generated voltage of an alternator variable so that a state of charge SOC of a battery installed in the vehicle reaches a control target includes an idle stop permitting SOC setting unit for setting a battery state of charge SOC in which idle stop is permissible, and a battery SOC adjusting unit for reducing and resetting a control target of the battery state of charge SOC in a range beyond the idle stop permitting SOC when a predetermined operation condition holds.06-21-2012
20120153889CHARGING CIRCUIT - A charging circuit includes a DC (Direct Current) power source, a rechargeable battery, and a switch circuit. The DC power source includes positive and negative output terminals, and the switch circuit is connected to and located between the DC power source and the rechargeable battery. The switch circuit comprises an arrangement of transistors and other components which permits the connection of the battery in any manner, and the normal charging or recharging of the battery notwithstanding the polarity of the battery terminals.06-21-2012
20110068737SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCED THERMAL RESISTANCE BETWEEN A POWER ELECTRONICS PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD AND A BASE PLATE - An apparatus includes a base plate including a plurality of depressions, and a power electronics printed circuit board including a plurality traces and a plurality of high voltage components. The plurality of high voltage components is located at a plurality of locations corresponding to the plurality of depressions in the base plate. A plurality of fasteners secures the printed circuit board to the base plate with the plurality of high voltage components received at the corresponding plurality of depressions. A thermally conductive and electrically isolating interface between the base plate and the printed circuit board is made of a gap filler material conforming to the base plate and to the plurality of depressions in the base plate, and conforming to the printed circuit board and to the plurality of high voltage components.03-24-2011
20090134837PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CAPACITIVE CHARGER PROVIDING DATA TRANSFER AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - The electronic apparatus includes a portable electronic device and a charger for capacitively charging the portable electronic device when the portable electronic device is temporarily placed adjacent the charger. The portable electronic device includes a device data communication unit and an associated battery, and a pair of device capacitive electrodes, defining a device conductive footprint, to receive a charging signal to charge the battery. The charger includes a base having an area larger than the device conductive footprint and able to receive the portable electronic device thereon in a plurality of different positions, and an array of charger capacitive electrodes carried by the base. A charger controller selectively drives only the charger capacitive electrodes within the device conductive footprint with a charging signal to capacitively charge the battery. A charger data communication unit communicates with the device data communication unit via the charger capacitive electrodes and device capacitive electrodes, e.g. by modulating data onto the charging signal.05-28-2009
20110089893System and Method of Charging a Battery Using a Switching Regulator - In one embodiment the present invention includes a system and method of charging a battery using a switching regulator. In one embodiment, a switching regulator receives an input voltage and input current. The output of the switching regulator is coupled to a battery to be charged. The switching regulator provides a current into the battery that is larger than the current into the switching regulator. As the voltage on the battery increases, the current provided by the switching regulator is reduced. The present invention may be implemented using either analog or digital techniques for reducing the current into the battery as the battery voltage increases.04-21-2011
20110089892CHARGING/DISCHARGING DEVICE HAVING CONCEALED UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS PLUG(S) - A charging/discharging device having at least one concealed universal serial bus (USB) plug has a housing having at least one plug hoe, and at least one retractable plug assembly mounted in the housing. Each of the at least one retractable plug assembly has a slidable second circuit board, a resilient element pushing the second circuit board toward a corresponding one of the plug hole of the housing, a USB plug mounted on the second circuit board and corresponding to the corresponding plug hole of the housing, and a locker mounted through and selectively engaging the second circuit board to prevent the second circuit board from sliding when the USB plug is stored in or protrudes out of the housing. Therefore, since the USB plug is able to be concealed in the housing, the USB plug is not damaged.04-21-2011
20110089891ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device includes a charging station and a main unit. The charging station has a first electrode and a second electrode. The first electrode and the second electrode form an angle therebetween, and the main unit has a third electrode and a fourth electrode. When the main unit is connected to the charging station, the main unit firstly contacts the second electrode with the fourth electrode, and then contacts the first electrode with the third electrode, so as to be recharged by the charging station.04-21-2011
20120119696Devices And Methods For Detecting USB Devices Attached To A USB Charging Port - Methods and devices for detecting USB devices attached to a USB charging port are disclosed. The USB charging port includes a USB port having a first data line D+, a second data line D−, and a power line. A method includes attaching the USB device to the USB port; applying power to the USB device by way of the power line; applying a first voltage to the line D+ at the USB port by way of a first impedance; applying a second voltage to the line D− at the USB port by way of a second impedance. The voltages on the line D+ and the line D− are then monitored at the USB port. If the voltage on the line D+ is approximately equal to a first predetermined value for a predetermined period and the voltage on the line D− is below a second predetermined value, then the USB device is determined to be of an alpha type device.05-17-2012
20120119695TOUCH-SWITCHABLE USB CHARGING RECEPTACLE - A touch-switchable USB charging receptacle includes a rectifying and transforming circuit connected to a public power supply for converting AC power into DC power and supplying the latter to DC devices, such as mobile phones, MP3 players, video games, personal digital assistants, etc.; a power supply connector and an illuminating indicator module electrically connected to the rectifying and transforming circuit to obtain power supply; an integrally formed cover plate isolating the rectifying and transforming circuit, the power supply connector and the illuminating indicator module from external environment; and a touch switch located behind the cover plate and electrically connected to the rectifying and transforming circuit for controlling a power supply state of the latter. The illuminating indicator module emits indicating light, which is visible via a light-pervious indicator provided on the cover plate. Therefore, the cover plate is not only water-retardant but also capable of indicating a power supply state.05-17-2012
20120119694COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSMITTING COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN A CHARGE SYSTEM AND AN AC ADAPTER - Communications systems and methods for transmitting communications between a charge system and an AC adapter are disclosed. In one embodiment, a communication system comprises an AC adapter disconnect switch that is switchable between coupling and decoupling an AC adapter DC output voltage to the charge system and a charge controller configured to modulate the AC adapter disconnect switch between coupling and decoupling to provide a communication signal to the AC adapter.05-17-2012
20120249061ELECTROMOTIVE FORCE DEVICE - Provided is an electromotive force device which is mounted to a hybrid vehicle or the like, causes an internal combustion engine to drive effectively, and thus make the vehicle travel efficiently. A start control device acquires a battery current output from a battery ammeter and a battery voltage output from a battery voltmeter in a set manual calculation period to calculate a battery average output. The start control device sets a start timing of a gas turbine on the basis of the battery average output calculated by a battery average output calculation unit and the current SOC calculated by a SOC calculation unit.10-04-2012
20120249060PROCESS OF COOLING SURGICAL DEVICE BATTERY BEFORE OR DURING HIGH TEMPERATURE STERILIZATION - A dual-mode autoclave for sterilizing a battery is disclosed including a controller and an environmental system in operative communication with the controller and configured sterilize a battery contained within the dual-mode autoclave in response to a command from the controller. The environmental system configured to reduce a temperature of the battery to a first, pre-cooled temperature during a first operational phase and configured to increase the temperature of the battery to a second, autoclaving temperature during a second operational phase.10-04-2012
20100090644Connection to a USB Device - An apparatus includes a connector, for providing a physical connection to a USB device, a detection circuit, operable to detect attachment of a USB device; and a charging circuit, for charging a battery of a portable device using current drawn from a USB device, the charging circuit being operable, if it is detected that a USB device is attached, to generate a start-up request signal. The apparatus has a charging mode in which power is provided by the charging circuit to the battery, and a USB connection mode for providing a USB connection. The apparatus also includes a control unit, operable in response to the start-up request signal to determine whether power supplied by the battery meets a predetermined criterion. The control unit is also operable, if it is determined that the predetermined criterion is not met, to control the apparatus to be in the charging mode and prevent the apparatus from entering the USB connection mode and operable, if it is determined that predetermined criterion is met, to control the apparatus to enter the USB connection mode.04-15-2010
20120126744ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD OF CHARGING ELECTRONIC DEVICE, PROGRAM, CHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND CHARGING CONTROL METHOD - Provided is an electronic device including a secondary battery, a charging section which charges the secondary battery with power supplied from an external power supply section with a set charging current, a measurement section which measures an amount of charge accumulated in the secondary battery, a time information acquisition section which acquires time information, a storage section which stores charging history information indicating a time period in which a user performs charging, and a control section which has a chargeable time estimation section that estimates chargeable time based on the charging history information and the time information, and a charging current setting section that calculates a restricted charging current which enables the secondary battery to be charged up to a charging capacity within the chargeable time, based on the amount of charge acquired from the measurement section, and sets the restricted charging current in the charging section.05-24-2012
20120126743SYSTEM, CHARGING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF CHARGING A POWER STORAGE DEVICE - A system for use in supplying current to a plurality of power storage devices includes a first charging device configured to supply current to a first power storage device. At least one other charging device is coupled to the first charging device to form a network and is configured to supply current to at least one other power storage device of the plurality of power storage devices. When the first charging device possesses a network token, it determines a second charging parameter associated with said second charging device, and a second amount of current to be at least one of received from the electrical supply or supplied to the first power storage device, based at least in part on said determined first and second charging parameters.05-24-2012
20120161695CHARGING APPARATUS - A charging apparatus includes: a connecting unit; a charging unit; a temperature detecting unit; and an operation inhibiting unit. The connecting unit is electrically connected to a power supply portion installed inside a vehicle. The charging unit supplies at least a part of electric power supplied from the power supply portion via the connecting unit to a battery thereby to charge the battery. The operation inhibiting unit inhibits operation of a battery circuit provided in the battery when an ambient temperature detected by the temperature detecting unit has reached a preassigned designated temperature.06-28-2012
20120313574CHARGE/DISCHARGE CONTROL CIRCUIT AND BATTERY DEVICE - To solve a problem in that, even after a charge inhibition signal is input from an input terminal and a charge control transistor is turned OFF, if a load is connected between external terminals (EB+, EB−), a discharge current flows, and to solve another problem of power consumption of a charge/discharge control circuit (12-13-2012
20120313572INTEGRATED BUCK-BOOST CONVERTER OF CHARGING APPARATUS - An integrated buck-boost converter of a charging apparatus receives a direct current (DC) input voltage and converts the voltage level of the DC input voltage to provide an output voltage for charging a rechargeable battery. The integrated buck-boost converter includes a first switch, a second switch, a first diode, a second diode, an inductor, and a capacitor. The integrated buck-boost converter can provide step-up and step-down conversion functions by controlling the first switch and the second switch, thus accurately providing the required voltage level of the charging voltage for charging the rechargeable battery, efficiently reducing the switching losses of the first switch and the second switch, and significantly increasing the overall efficiency of the integrated buck-boost converter.12-13-2012
20120249059SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE - A switching power supply device includes a full-bridge circuit, a transformer, a rectifier circuit, a filter circuit, a first series connection of a snubber capacitor and a first diode, and a second diode. The full-bridge circuit includes switching elements which are controlled to be driven under phase-shift control. The first series connection is connected in parallel with the smoothing reactor, where one terminal is connected to a terminal on positive side of the rectifier circuit, and the other terminal is connected to an anode of the first diode. A cathode of the first diode is connected to one terminal of the smoothing capacitor which is applied with positive voltage. The second diode is provided between a terminal on negative side of the rectifier circuit and a connecting point of the snubber capacitor and the first diode. A cathode of the second diode is connected to the connecting point.10-04-2012
20120249054UNIVERSAL CHARGING BOARD ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING POWER TO DEVICES CONNECTED THEREOF - A multi-device charging assembly for providing electrical power includes a power control assembly configured for supplying a plurality of charging voltages to at least one electronic device, a display board assembly configured for displaying status information to a user associated with the at least one electronic device, and a microcontroller board assembly configured for controlling each of the power control assembly and the display board assembly. The microcontroller board assembly determines whether at least one charging port is connected to the at least one electronic device, and determines whether payment is received from the user for supplying a charging voltage to the at least one electronic device. The microcontroller board assembly transmits information to the power control assembly for supplying the charging voltage to the at least one charging port upon receiving the payment.10-04-2012
20120249058AUXILIARY BATTERY CHARGING APPARATUS - When an auxiliary battery is charged, a second switch is turned on and off, a third switch is turned off, and a fourth switch is turned on. When the output voltages of first and second rechargeable battery cells are equalized, the first and second switched are turned on and off respectively, a third switch is turned on, and a fourth switch is turned off.10-04-2012
20120249053BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTER - The apparatus includes an AC adapter input, a battery charger coupled to the input to charge a battery, a temperature sensor, and system logic to execute code stored on storage devices. The battery charger provides a charging current that is a function of temperature sensed by the temperature sensor. The charging current may also be a function of sensed barometric pressure, battery age, external temperature, a full charge capacity, and system power demand.10-04-2012
20090058358POWER RECEIVING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND NON-CONTACT CHARGER USING THE SAME - Disclosed is an electronic apparatus (03-05-2009
20090058357Battery Charging Unit - An arrangement for charging a battery provided on a trolley, for example a battery used to run a display units, alarms or calls for assistance provided on shopping or supermarket trolleys, the arrangement comprising a charging station having guide rail with a channel, at least two contacts such as brush strips being disposed within the channel, the contacts being arranged to electrically interact with at least two contact areas provided on a part of the trolley, such as a handle, which is insertable into the channel.03-05-2009
20120169272PORTABLE USB MINI-CHARGER DEVICE - The present invention is comprised of a portable USB mini-charger device to easily connect portable electronic devices to readily available power sources to operate or recharge internal rechargeable batteries. The present invention is further comprised of components to increase the number of easily accessible electrical connections to allow a greater number of portable electronic devices to be powered by a USB connection. The present invention provides adaptability to connect to either a DC or AC current power source further increasing the number of readily available power sources to maintain the portability and mobility characteristics inherent in portable electronic devices.07-05-2012
20120212176BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A battery management system (BMS) in which a battery protection circuit controls a main switch using hardware without software control, thereby coping with troubles in the BMS or software errors.08-23-2012
20120212175SEALED BATTERY CHARGER HOUSING - A housing or other enclosure used to facilitate fluid cooling of a circuitry of a battery charger, such as but not limited to a battery charger of the type used to facilitate charging a high voltage vehicle battery with AC energy provided from a utility power grid. The housing may include a groove and seal arrangement operable to seal a fluid coolant chamber used to cool the circuitry from leaking fluid during use.08-23-2012
20120212177ELECTRONIC DEVICE BACK-UP CHARGER - An electronic device back-up charger 08-23-2012
20120176083ONE-PIECE CAR CHARGER - A one-piece car charger includes an enclosure and a circuit board. The circuit board is received in the enclosure and is electrically connected to a power output port. The enclosure is integrally formed as a one-piece configuration. The one-piece enclosure helps reducing manufacturing time (and is applicable to automatized manufacturing process). There is no need for operators to manually assemble the enclosures one by one so that the assembling time is shortened and mistakenly assembling incorrect parts is eliminated.07-12-2012
20120313573APPARATUS FOR PREVENTING BATTERY FROM BEING OVERCHARGED - Disclosed is an apparatus for preventing a battery from overcharging. In particular, the apparatus includes a battery module which has a plurality of battery cells and a battery controller that is connected to the battery module. The battery controller has a voltage sensor. A mounting frame is arranged a predetermined distance from the battery module, and is made of a conductor to which a ground is connected. The battery controller determines that overcharging to the battery module has occurred when the voltage sensor senses a low voltage due to the battery module coming in contact with the mounting frame because of swelling.12-13-2012
20120313575REGENERATIVE SUSPENSION WITH ACCUMULATOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS - In exemplary embodiments, a regenerative suspension system replaces or complements a standard shock absorber on a vehicle. A pump attaches via a hose to a central accumulator cylinder that is mounted on a vehicle. Pressurized fluid, air, or other material charges the accumulator. The Pressurized fluid, air, or other material is controllably released via a valve in order to perform work.12-13-2012
20120313571METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RATIONING CHARGE OR ENERGY PROVIDED TO A PORTABLE DEVICE - A charging method and system for rationing charge or energy supplied by a host to a portable device. The system includes a power switch, and a current sensing module connected to the power switch. The current sensing module detects instantaneous current drawn by the portable device. The system further includes a current register connected to the current sensing module for storing the instantaneous current value. A timing module generates timing information. The system also includes a charge register storing a cumulative charge drawn by the portable device. The cumulative charge is obtained by multiplying the instantaneous current value with the timing information. A threshold database stores a threshold value, and a rationing module connected to the host and the charge register continuously compares the cumulative charge value with the threshold charge value. When the cumulative charge value exceeds the threshold charge value, a control signal is generated.12-13-2012
20120074898BATTERY COMPRISING CIRCUITRY FOR CHARGE AND DISCHARGE CONTROL, AND METHOD OF OPERATING A BATTERY - A battery includes a battery module that includes a plurality of submodules electrically connected in series. Each submodule comprises first and second submodule terminals and a cell. At least one submodule in each battery module is a switchable submodule comprising a submodule switching circuit. The submodule switching circuit is switchable between a first state and a second state. The submodule switching circuit electrically connects the cell of the switchable submodule between the first and second submodule terminals when the submodule switching circuit is in the first state. The submodule switching circuit provides an electrical bypass connection between the first and second submodule terminals and the cell of the switchable submodule is electrically disconnected from at least one of the first and second submodule terminals when the switching circuit is in the second state. The battery further comprises a control unit for operating the switching circuit of each module.03-29-2012
20120074896Semiconductor Device Die with Integrated MOSFET and Low Forward Voltage Diode-Connected Enhancement Mode JFET and Method - A semiconductor die with integrated MOSFET and diode-connected enhancement mode JFET is disclosed. The MOSFET-JFET die includes common semiconductor substrate region (CSSR) of type-1 conductivity. A MOSFET device and a diode-connected enhancement mode JFET (DCE-JFET) device are located upon CSSR. The DCE-JFET device has the CSSR as its DCE-JFET drain. At least two DCE-JFET gate regions of type-2 conductivity located upon the DCE-JFET drain and laterally separated from each other with a DCE-JFET gate spacing. At least a DCE-JFET source of type-1 conductivity located upon the CSSR and between the DCE-JFET gates. A top DCE-JFET electrode, located atop and in contact with the DCE-JFET gate regions and DCE-JFET source regions. When properly configured, the DCE-JFET simultaneously exhibits a forward voltage Vf substantially lower than that of a PN junction diode while the reverse leakage current can be made comparable to that of a PN junction diode.03-29-2012
20120249055INDIVIDUAL CELL CHARGER AND METHOD OF USING SAME - An individual cell charger and method of using it are disclosed. The voltage of each individual battery cell of a series connected cell configuration, is measured. A controlled power source charges the cells individually at an initial voltage. The voltage on each individual one of the charged cells is subsequently measured by a battery management system. The voltage of the controlled power source is incrementally increased to charge the cells individually at an incrementally higher voltage. The measuring and charging of each individual cell is repeated until the voltage on at least one of the cells reaches a predetermined voltage. Once the voltage on at least one of the cells reaches a predetermined voltage, the measuring and charging each individual cell continues at substantially the same last incremental voltage.10-04-2012
20100007306CHARGING CABLE, CHARGING CONTROL DEVICE AND VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM - Provided is a charging cable capable of detecting an abnormal state, such as a break, of a control line through which a pilot signal is transmitted, the charging cable including: a power cable through which an external power source feeds a power storage device; a signal generating circuit for generating a control signal to output to a vehicle; a control line L01-14-2010
20090066289BATTERY CHARGER WITH A PLANAR BUS - A battery charging system which includes an input circuit configured to receive an input power and provide an output power on a first output terminal and a second output terminal. An output circuit has a first input terminal connected to the first output terminal and a second input terminal connected to the second output terminal to receive the output power and configured to condition the output power for a battery charging process. A first conductive plate with a first bus surface extends between the first input terminal and the first output terminal. An insulator plate has a first insulator surface disposed in an abutting relationship with the first bus surface and a second insulator surface. A second conductive plate has a second bus surface which extend between the second input terminal and the second output terminal and is disposed in an abutting relationship with the second insulator surface.03-12-2009
20120256584PV monitoring system with combiner switching and charge controller switching - A photovoltaic (PV) monitoring system uses combiner switches and charge controller switches to test the health of a PV installation. Combiner switches are used to direct test current through PV strings and substrings as health measurements are collected by a centralized sensor. Charge controller switches are used to supply test current at night.10-11-2012
20120187901Charger - An electronically controlled charger can be used to charge a plurality of ultracapacitors.07-26-2012
20120262107BATTERY MANAGEMENT DEVICE AND PORTABLE COMPUTER - The present invention provides a battery management device and a portable computer, the battery management device is for managing the rechargeable battery provided in a portable computer, the portable computer is provided with a charge circuit for charging a battery, the battery management device comprises: a discharge circuit for discharge the battery; a acquiring module for acquire the mode determining parameter; a first determining module for judging whether the battery storage mode is entered according to the mode determining parameter; a first control module for controlling the charge circuit or the discharge circuit to control the amount of electrical charge of the battery so that the amount of electrical charge of the battery is lower than the second amount of electrical charge threshold in the battery storage mode; the performance of the battery when deposited with the amount of electrical charge lower than the second amount of electrical charge threshold is better than the performance when deposited with the amount of electrical charge higher than the second amount of electrical charge threshold. The present invention alleviates the attenuation of the amount of electrical charge capacity of the rechargeable battery of the portable computer.10-18-2012
20120229074DUAL RATE CHARGER FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTER - A apparatus includes an AC adapter input, a main battery charger coupled to the input to charge a main battery, system logic to execute code stored on storage devices, and an expansion battery connector coupled to the input to provide sufficient current to enable charging of an expansion battery at a rate higher than a maximum charge rate of the main battery charger.09-13-2012
20120229080CONVERTER AND SUBMODULE OF A CONVERTER FOR CHARGING OR DISCHARGING AN ENERGY STORE - A submodule charges or discharges an energy store and contains a capacitor unit and a power semiconductor circuit having power semiconductors that can be switched on and off. The capacitor unit and the power semiconductor circuit are connected to each other such that, after actuating the power semiconductors, the voltage released at the capacitor unit or a zero voltage can be produced at output terminals of the submodule. In order to provide a submodule allowing individual adaptation of the charging operation to the requirements of the energy store which, is cost-effective, the energy store is connected to the submodule via a DC-DC regulator. The regulator is connected to the capacitor unit and is configured to convert a capacitor voltage into a charge voltage that is required for charging the energy store, and to convert a discharge voltage released at the energy store during discharge into the capacitor voltage.09-13-2012
20120229078Energy store method and charging method - An electrically chargeable energy store includes a plurality of energy cells connected in series, a scanning device for the cell voltages of the energy cells, and a processing device for determining a setpoint charging current through the energy cells based on the scanned cell voltages. The processing device is equipped to determine the setpoint charging current as a function of differences between the scanned cell voltages. A method for charging an electrically chargeable energy store includes steps of scanning of the cell voltages of the energy cells, determining a setpoint charging current through the energy cells based on the differences of the scanned cell voltages, and limiting of a charging current flowing through the energy cells to the determined setpoint charging current.09-13-2012
20120229079UNIVERSAL PURPOSE POWER ADAPTER - A universal purpose power adapter has a first box and a second box, in which the first box includes a first socket, a first plug and first terminal blocks, and the second box further comprises a second plug and second terminal blocks. The second plug couples to the first socket and to the power output port at the same time; the first plug couples to the charging port of the backup battery. A backup battery can be connected to a digital product via the power adaptor. A selector circuit in each of the first and second boxes, and coupled, facilitates power routing through the connected boxes.09-13-2012
20120229075STRUCTURE OF MULTIPLE-USE ELECTRICAL CHARGER - A structure of multiple-use electrical charger includes a transformer, which has an end to which a USB connector is attached and an opposite end to which a charging cable is attached, a charging cable, which has two ends each of which is provided with a probe pin and fused with a silicone rubber member for looping around a battery to carry out electrical charging operation; and a battery, which includes metal plates for engagement with the probe pins of the charging cable for carrying out electrical charging operation. With the charging cable being provided with the probe pins and the silicone rubbers, in use, the probe pins of the charging cable are respectively put in alignment with metal plates of the battery and the silicone rubbers are looped around the battery, so that engagement between the probe pins and the metal plates of the battery are made tight.09-13-2012
20120299537CHARGING CONTROL METHOD FOR SECONDARY BATTERY AND CONTROL DEVICE - The disclosed device for controlling charging of a secondary battery includes a step for calculating an amount of heat generated by a secondary battery on the basis of an inter-electrode-plate voltage, internal resistance, a current value, and charging efficiency; a step for calculating an amount of allowable generated heat of the secondary battery on the basis of a temperature of the secondary battery and the cooling ability of a cooling means that cools the secondary battery; and a step for limiting the charging power of the secondary battery when the aforementioned amount of heat generated is greater than the aforementioned amount of allowable heat generation.11-29-2012
20120299535ELECTRICAL CHARGING SYSTEM - An electrical charging system having a rectifier which is supplied with energy via an input. An inverter whose alternating voltage side is connected, via phase conductors, to windings of a rotating field machine and whose direct voltage side can be connected to an energy accumulator to be charged. A first current path section passes current, supplied by the rectifier, into the charging system via the plus terminal or pole of the rectifier and the rotating field machine to the inverter. The first current path section passes the current via phase windings of the rotating field machine, such that the first current path section comprises a first switch, which can selectively interrupt the first current path section. The charging system can operate, by the first switch and at least one phase winding in the first current path section, as a step-up and step-down converter in the direction toward an energy accumulator.11-29-2012
20120299534METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR A WALL MOUNTED UNIVERSAL POWER SUPPLY - Methods and Systems for charging portable equipment having divergent power requirements and exhibiting different structural features are provided by devices having adapters to accommodate the portable equipment in the form of a wall mounted universal power supply. Adapters are configured in plate formats that fit into cradles capable of charging cell phones, video cameras, and wireless routers.11-29-2012
20120299533CIRCUIT AND METHOD ENABLING THE SHARING OF A BATTERY CHARGER WITH MULTIPLE BATTERIES - A circuit includes a first port configured for connection to a battery charger and a plurality of second ports each configured for connection to a battery to be charged. The circuit includes a corresponding switchable circuit path provided between the first port and each of the second ports. A control circuit is configured to selectively activate the switchable circuit paths so as to connect the first port to selected ones of the second ports for charging of the connected battery by the connected battery charger.11-29-2012
20120299532FAST CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method include detecting whether a fast charger module is coupled to a system having a processor and a memory device. If the fast charger module is coupled to the system, a fast charging current is provided from the fast charger module at multiple selectable voltage levels via an internal charger. If the fast charger module is not detected as coupled to the system, a charging current is provided from an AC adapter via the internal charger.11-29-2012
20090200983Self-powering on-board power generation - An electric power generator for use in recharging a storage cell is provided. The electric power generator comprises an energy captor coupled with a shipping container, wherein the energy captor is configured to capture energy from a motion of the shipping container. An energy converter is coupled with the energy captor, wherein the energy converter is configured to generate electric power from the captured energy. The electric power generator further comprises a power projector configured to send the electric power to a storage cell.08-13-2009
20080297105POLARITY ADJUSTING APPARATUS FOR CHARGING CIRCUIT - A polarity adjusting apparatus for automatically adjusting polarity of a connection between a power supply and a charging circuit includes first˜fourth diodes, first and second input terminals configured for connecting to positive and negative terminals of the power supply, and first and second output terminals configured for respectively connecting to positive and negative input terminals of the charging circuit. The anode and cathode of the first diode are respectively connected to the first input terminal and the first output terminal. The anode and cathode of the second diode are respectively connected to the second input terminal and the first output terminal. The cathode and anode of the third diode are respectively connected to the first input terminal and the second output terminal. The cathode and anode of the fourth diode are respectively connected to the second input terminal and the second output terminal.12-04-2008
20080297106Solar charger - The solar charger is provided with a case 12-04-2008
20120235631Storage Unit, Power Generation System, and Charge/Discharge System - This storage unit includes a storage portion that stores power, a converter that converts power, a first temperature detection portion arranged in the vicinity of the converter, and a housing that houses at least the converter, the first temperature detection portion, and the storage portion.09-20-2012
20120235630CHARGING SYSTEM WITH ADAPTIVE POWER MANAGEMENT - An embodiment of a charger may include an input, at least one switch having a first node coupled to a reference voltage, a current sensor coupled between the input and a second node of the at least one switch, an output coupled to a third node of the at least one switch, and a charge controller coupled to the input to determine an input voltage, to the current sensor to determine an input current and to control inputs of the at least one switch. The at least one switch may be responsive to control signals supplied by the charge controller to the control inputs thereof to control voltage and current at the output of the charger. The charge controller may be responsive to the input voltage and the input current to produce the control signals in a manner that maximizes electrical power drawn at the input.09-20-2012
20110037428CONNECTION APPARATUS - A connection apparatus to which an electronic device having a rechargeable power unit and capable of charging the rechargeable power unit in plural charge modes, can be connected, the connection apparatus including; a connector to which the electronic device can be connected and to which are connected an electric signal line used for exchanging electric signals with the electronic device and a power supply line used for charging the rechargeable power unit in the plural charge modes; and a signal output module for delivering to the connector a simulated reconnection signal for causing the electronic device to detect a temporary interruption of an electrical connection between the electronic device and the connector and a subsequent restoration of the temporarily interrupted electrical connection after a prescribed time interval, and a charge mode selection signal which the electronic device refers to, after having received the simulated reconnection signal, in selecting one of the charge modes.02-17-2011
20110037427Plug And Play Battery System - The present invention provides an energy storage device for spacecraft application. The energy storage device includes an energy storage component including a plurality of cells. Each cell has a minimum shelf life. The energy storage device also includes a first interface to an external power source configured for charging of the energy storage component, a second interface to a spacecraft for outputting power from the energy storage component and a third interface for communicating to spacecraft. The energy storage device further includes a charge controller operatively coupled with the energy storage component and the first, second and third interface. The charge controller includes an internal power supply configured to provide power for the charge controller. The charge controller also includes a microprocessor incorporating a firmware to accommodate a system configuration of the energy storage component.02-17-2011
20130169215CHARGING DEVICE - A charging device including a first connector connected to a power source; a second connector connected an electronic device; a magnetic element connected to a magnet of the electronic device; a magnetic sensor that detects a magnetic force generated by the magnet of the electronic device; and a switch circuit disposed between the first connector and the second connector and that switches between an open state and a closed state based on an output of the magnetic sensor.07-04-2013
20120326656CHARGER FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND CHARGING METHOD - A charger for an electronic device that charges a rechargeable battery of the electronic device. The charger includes a detection unit, which detects connection of another electronic device to the electronic device through a communication cable including a power supply line. A charging unit charges the rechargeable battery with power supply voltage from the power supply line. A measurement unit acquires a measurement value indicating a degree of a voltage drop of the power supply voltage occurred when the charging unit performs charging. A control unit instructs a charging current value for charging the rechargeable battery with the charging unit. When the detection unit detects connection of the other electronic device, the control unit monitors the measurement value while instructing the charging unit to increase the charging current value from an initial current value and determines the charging current value based on the monitored measurement value.12-27-2012
20120326655CHARGING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC STORAGE DEVICE, VEHICLE EQUIPPED WITH THE CHARGING APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE CHARGING APPARATUS - A charging apparatus includes an electric power supply device and a control device. The control device that estimates a first region in which first charging power is supplied from the electric power supply device to a electric storage device; estimates a second region, in which second charging power that is smaller than the first charging power is supplied from the electric power supply device to the electric storage device, based on temperature of the electric storage device and a state-of-charge of the electric storage; estimates a first charging time that corresponds to the first region; estimates a second charging time that corresponds to the second region; estimates a total charging time by using the first charging time and the second charging time; obtains a charging completion time; and sets a charging start time based on the charging completion time and the total charging time.12-27-2012
20120268061REAL TIME SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING AND MANAGING A LOAD IN AN ELECTRICAL GRID - A system and a method are provided for optimizing and managing a load in an electrical grid. The method includes receiving an event notification associated with a mobile device requiring a charge and determining charging station information of at least one charging station in an electrical grid based on the event notification, the at least one charging station operable to charge the mobile device. The charging station information of the at least one charging station is sent to a user of the mobile device.10-25-2012
20120319643Management device for charging circuit and wireless terminal - The present disclosure provides a management device for a charging circuit and a wireless terminal, which belong to the technical field of management control of a linear charging circuit. The device includes a power supply management module (12-20-2012
20120268063CHARGING SYSTEM WITH ADAPTIVE POWER MANAGEMENT - An embodiment of a charger may include an input, at least one switch having a first node coupled to a reference voltage, a current sensor coupled between the input and a second node of the at least one switch, an output coupled to a third node of the at least one switch, and a charge controller coupled to the input to determine an input voltage, to the current sensor to determine an input current and to control inputs of the at least one switch. The at least one switch may be responsive to control signals supplied by the charge controller to the control inputs thereof to control voltage and current at the output of the charger. The charge controller may be responsive to the input voltage and the input current to produce the control signals in a manner that maximizes electrical power drawn at the input.10-25-2012
20110221386SLIDING CONDUCTOR TRANSMISSION CABLE - Methods and devices for connecting a current source to a target storage device via a transmission cable extendable and/or retractable via a conduit that may be repositioned.09-15-2011
20090218984Battery charger - A battery charging system according to some embodiments includes a plurality of power modules coupled to a backplane, each of the plurality of power modules providing an electrical indication of type of power module to the backplane, the power modules of each type providing an electrical function associated with charging a battery consistent with the type of power module; and a controller that determines the number of power modules of a particular type and supplies control signals that allocate to each of the power modules of the particular type a portion of the electrical function.09-03-2009
20120081068Method and Apparatus for Charging Batteries - A charge system is disclosed. A charge system includes a switching device and a controller. The switching device performs switching of a DC input voltage at a predetermined switching frequency to generate an output voltage, and the output voltage being utilized for charging said battery. The controller allows the switching device to operate at a first switching frequency immediately after starting of charge and at a second switching frequency when a frequency changing condition holds. The second switching frequency is higher than that of first switching frequency.04-05-2012
20120081067UNIVERSAL CHARGING CORD WITH AN ILLUMINATED SOCKET END - A universal charger with an illuminated socket end is disclosed. The illumination source may be internally or externally powered from either end. Exchangeable charging plugs and sockets power and charge all mobile devices including: 12V DC to one of thirteen AC outlets, a secondary illumination source, a splitter socket plug, a male or female charging plug, a powered communications charging plug or socket, etc. A multi-voltage regulator with a voltage indicator provides exact voltages for specific devices. One of thirteen AC to DC charging adapters allows the charger to be plugged into any AC outlet in the world. A magnetic clip allows the illuminated socket end to be clipped on a visor or placed in any location for hands-free aiming of the illumination source. A cable with removable plug and socket ends allows multiple length charger cords, plug tips, plug sockets, DC to AC outlets, AC to DC adapters, etc.04-05-2012
20120280647BATTERY RECHARGING STATION FOR USE IN A BAR - A battery charging station may be used with a bar having a counter-top surface on one side of the bar and a drink rail portion on the other side. The battery charging station may include a body having a bottom surface and at least one foot that has a width that is equal to or less than the width of the drink rail portion. The battery charging station may also include at least one phone charging tip and at least one advertisement. Because the battery charging station is supported to the drink rail portion, it does not interfere with the counter-top surface.11-08-2012
20120091947SUPPLY UNIT AND A METHOD FOR SUPPLYING AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED DEVICE - The invention relates to a supply unit (04-19-2012
20120091946Battery management system and method of estimating battery state of charge - A battery management system and method accurately estimate a state of charge (SOC) of a battery. For this, the battery management system may include a unit SOC calculator calculating a unit SOC by using a charge/discharge current of a battery, an electromotive force SOC calculator calculating an electromotive force SOC using an electromotive force of the battery; a corrector calculating a compensation amount using the electromotive force SOC and a previous SOC, and an SOC calculator calculating a current SOC using the unit SOC, the previous SOC, and the compensation amount.04-19-2012
20120091945DIGITAL FLASH CHARGER CONTROLLER - A digital flash charger controller includes a transformer, a power supply element, and an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). A secondary side of the transformer is electrically connected to an energy storage device, and the power supply element is used to supply an electric power to a primary side of the transformer. The ASIC outputs a pulse-width-modulation (PWM) signal to control whether the electric power is input to the primary side, and the ASIC converts a sensing signal generated at the secondary side of the transformer to a digital signal, and tracks a sensing negative edge of the sensing signal according to the digital signal to adjust a cutoff time of the PWM signal, such that the next pulse positive edge approaches the corresponding sensing negative edge.04-19-2012
20120286721Multi-purpose Mobile Power Supply Charger Structure - A multi-purpose mobile power supply charger structure comprising: a main body, with containing room, and sequentially comprising stepladder shaped an upper, a middle, and a lower frame, inside of the main body, provided with a battery and a circuit device, and on both sides of the main body provided with an output port and an input port, and on the back side of the main body further provided with a movable plug, and at the lower fringe of the upper frame provided with a sliding groove, and on the middle frame, provided groove through connection point, which electrically connected with the circuit device, as to the lower frame, provided with a slide guiding groove and a recovery mechanism; a power switch, provided on the upper frame and connected with the built-in battery and the circuit device; a detecting switch, provided on the upper frame, and connected with its one side provided with indicating lights; a plurality of fastening block, provided in the sliding groove of the upper frame, wherein at least two of the fastening block, and provided with a projecting through connection point; a rotatable top plate, provided with a restraining block, and provided on the lower frame with a rotation axle, and connected with the recovery mechanism. Thereby, with this design, the present invention provides charging to batteries of various kind of portable electronic product and support to its operation power, and further provides charging with built-in battery of its main body.11-15-2012
20120286723POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, POWER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, AND POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD - There is provided a power management system including a power receiving unit for receiving power from outside according to consumption of power, an electrical storage unit for storing the power received by the power receiving unit, and a discharge control unit for controlling a second power amount discharged from the electrical storage unit so that a first power amount provided by the power receiving unit attains a predetermined time-series pattern.11-15-2012
20120286722Charger - The charger 11-15-2012
20120139483COMPOSITE CAPACITANCE AND USE THEREOF - A composite capacitive component includes a plurality of physically distinguishable capacitor modules which are electrically connected to each other. The distinguishable modules allow for an increased electrical and/or geometrical flexibility in designing the capacitive component. Each of the capacitor modules includes a plurality of base capacitors arranged on a module-specific Printed Circuit Board PCB. All the base capacitors from the capacitor modules are of a single type, which simplifies both production and maintenance of the capacitive component.06-07-2012
20120139482BATTERY CHARGING MANAGEMENT - A battery charging management apparatus includes an information obtaining unit and a controlling unit coupled to the information obtaining unit. The information obtaining unit obtains parameter information for temperature of a battery during a charging process performed by a charger for the battery. The controlling unit controls the charger to charge the battery based on the parameter information of the battery, so that operation of the charger conforms to a charging rule corresponding to the charging process. The controlling unit decreases a charging signal of the charger by a predetermined decrement if the temperature of the battery increases by a predefined increment.06-07-2012
20120139479Charge control system of battery pack - Provided is a charge control system of a battery pack. The charge control system includes a charge unit, a battery management unit, a charger management unit, and a voltage level shift unit. The charge unit charges a battery. The battery management unit includes first and second ports, determines one of a charge mode and charge stop mode of the battery according to whether the charge unit is disabled, and controls outputs of the first and second ports according to the determined result. The charger management unit is connected to a data input terminal of a charger, and controls an operation of the charger according to a voltage level of the data input terminal. The voltage level shift unit shifts a voltage level of the data input terminal according to the outputs of the first and second ports.06-07-2012
20130009592AUTONOMOUS DEVICE BATTERY EXCHANGE - Various embodiments related to automatically exchanging a discharged battery for a charged battery in an autonomous device are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of operating an autonomous device, the method including autonomously moving to and operatively engaging with a battery exchange dock such that a discharged battery in the autonomous device is automatically removed from the autonomous device and placed into a charging receptacle on the battery exchange dock and a charged battery is automatically received from the battery exchange dock by the autonomous device. The method further includes autonomously disengaging from the battery exchange dock after receiving the charged battery.01-10-2013
20130009593CHARGER AND CHARGING APPARATUS - A reduction in breakdown voltage and mechanical deterioration of an electrode plate of a rechargeable battery are suppressed, and a charging time is shortened.01-10-2013
20130015810Battery Charging Apparatus with a Common Control Loop for a Low Drop-Out Voltage Regulator and a Boost RegulatorAANM Guo; GuoyongAACI Santa ClaraAAST CAAACO USAAGP Guo; Guoyong Santa Clara CA USAANM Nie; DanAACI ChengduAACO CNAAGP Nie; Dan Chengdu CN - A flexible dual mode battery charger that charges a battery in two different modes, depending on the difference between the adapter voltage and the battery voltage, with a smooth transition between these two modes and the charging current remains relatively constant during the transition is provided in this application. At a lower battery level, the dual mode battery charger charges the battery as a LDO charger and when battery voltage is very close to the adapter voltage, the charger migrates its operating mode from the LDO mode to the boost mode and charges the battery as a boost charger. This flexible battery charger uses one common control circuit for controlling the operations of the LDO charger and the boost charger. The switching operation from one operation mode to other operation mode is smooth.01-17-2013
20130020985Integrated Battery Service System - An integrated battery service system allows a user to abort a service and then resume the process from where the process was aborted. When conducting a service, the integrated battery service system determines a noise level caused by devices/components coupled to the battery. The integrated battery service system includes connectors configured to couple to a battery for receiving input signals, a processor coupled to the connectors, and a memory device coupled to the processor for storing control codes and operation history. The control codes, when executed by the processor, control the system to selectively abort a service in response to a user input. Since the memory stores operation histories, the processor may access the memory to retrieve data related to the aborted service and parameters obtained during the service before the process was aborted. The system reinstates the aborted service in response to another user input.01-24-2013
20130020986SELF-REPLENISHING ENERGY STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FOOTWEAR - Embodiments of an energy harvesting and storage system for footwear are described herein. In some embodiments, the system includes a charge generator, such as a permanent magnet movable with respect to a conductive coil to induce an electrical potential, and thus an electric current, in the winding, which can be used to store charge in an electrical energy storage device. The electrical energy storage device can be accessed via an electrical energy access port. Electrical charge can be used by an external device, or electrical charge can be provided by an external source of charge. The components of the energy harvesting and storage system can be disposed in, or coupled to, and article of footwear, such that when a user moves while wearing the article of footwear, charge can be generated and stored for subsequent use.01-24-2013
20130020984Battery Charging Cable Storage and Carry Kit for Electric Vehicle - A battery charging kit for an automotive vehicle includes a charging cable, a mounting bracket attached to a structure within an interior of the vehicle, and a carry bag for containing the cable. The bag has first and second flexible/foldable side walls and stiffeners extend along opposite upper edges of the sidewalls to define an upper opening. Carry handles are attached to the stiffeners. The stiffeners includes engagement features removably attachable to the mounting bracket to retain the carry bag such that the side walls hang downwardly and the upper opening is open, the opening being sufficiently large to receive a battery charging cable. Multiple mounting brackets may be provided at different locations in the passenger compartment and/or cargo compartment and/or trunk so that the vehicle operator can select from among them.01-24-2013
20120242281BATTERY PACK AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS THEREOF - A battery pack comprising a plurality of batteries. Each of the batteries includes: a control circuit, for detecting power of the batteries to generate power information; and at least one transmitting interface, for outputting the power information, and for receiving external power or for outputting the power stored in the battery, wherein the control circuit further determines if the external power is utilized to charge the battery according to the power of the batteries.09-27-2012
20120242280POWER SUPPLY FOR BOOSTING CHARGE - Provide is a power supply for boosting charge which is adaptive to a change in capacity by modularizing each part, can achieve modularization while facilitating insulation from a grid by installing a transformer at the grid side, can reduce the ripple of the output current by controlling a switching in a phase staggering scheme, and can reduce the ripple of the output current in an individual charging mode. The power supply for boosting charge includes: an input filter unit for filtering current or voltage introduced from a power grid; a rectifying unit for rectifying an AC voltage outputted from the input filter unit into a DC voltage; a DC link unit for smoothing an output voltage of the rectifying unit; and a battery charging unit which includes two or more battery charging modules connected in parallel to the DC link unit.09-27-2012
20120242279PLUG STORAGE STRUCTURE OF CLEANING ROBOT - An plug storage structure of a cleaning robot is presented. A charging structure includes a charging base and a main body of an electronic device. The charging base includes a charging terminal and a projecting portion. The main body has an external housing, charging plugs and an plug storage device. When the main body reaches the charging base, the projecting portion triggers the plug storage device, so that the charging plugs protrude from the external housing, so as to be connected to the charging terminal. When the main body leaves the charging base, the plug storage device automatically receives the charging plugs inside the external housing, so as to keep the plugs of the cleaning robot received inside the external housing during cleaning, thereby preventing the plugs of the cleaning robot from colliding with and damaging adjacent furniture.09-27-2012
20080238362Fast Battery Charger Device and Method - Charging a rechargeable battery having one or more rechargeable cells includes determining a current level to apply to the battery such that the battery has a pre-determined charge that is reached within a specified period of time that is less than about 15 minutes and applying a charging current having substantially about the determined current level to the battery.10-02-2008
20080238361ADAPTIVE CHARGER DEVICE AND METHOD - Disclosed is a method for charging a rechargeable battery that includes at least one rechargeable electrochemical cell is disclosed. The method includes measuring at least one electrical characteristic of the battery, and determining a charging current to be applied to the battery based on the at least one measured electrical characteristic.10-02-2008
20080231229Charging Device - A charging device includes a charging unit, a detecting unit, a determining unit, a current generating unit, an adjusting unit, and a display unit. The charging unit charges a battery. The detecting unit detects a voltage developed across the battery. The determining unit determines a charging state of the battery based on the voltage. The current generating unit generates a current. The adjusting unit adjusts the current based on the charging state. The display unit emits a first light having a first color and a first intensity in response to the current supplied thereto. The first intensity changes in accordance with changing of the current.09-25-2008
20080231228BI-DIRECTIONAL CHARGING/INTEGRATED POWER MANAGEMENT UNIT - A media enhanced shopping cart system comprises a shopping cart comprising a frame, a basket, a handle, a base tray, a plurality of wheels, a read component for performing a proximity scan of the shopping cart, a locationing component for determining a location of the shopping cart within a store based on the scan, and a display component for displaying at least one advertisement for a product based on the location of the shopping cart within the store, wherein the locationing component is further operable to determine a location of the product within the store relative to the shopping cart based on the scan, and wherein the display component is further operable to display an indication of the location of the advertised product relative to the location of the shopping cart.09-25-2008
20130169213RECHARGEABLE BATTERY SYSTEM - A rechargeable battery system is disclosed. In an embodiment, the rechargeable battery system includes a rechargeable battery having a first electrical connector, an alignment plate mounted to the rechargeable battery, wherein the first electrical connector is aligned to the alignment plate, a battery management system having a second electrical connector configured to mate with the first electrical connector, wherein the second electrical connector comprises a housing, at least one alignment pin secured to the housing, and an electrical contact, wherein the alignment pin is disposed in the housing in a determined position relative to the electrical contact, and an interface plate having a first interface portion and a second interface portion wherein the first interface portion is configured to mate with the alignment plate and wherein the second interface portion is configured to mate with the alignment pin to align the first electrical connector with the second electrical connector.07-04-2013
20130169214Series-Type Charging Device and Charging Method Thereof - The series-type charging device comprises an input-terminal, an output-terminal, a control unit and a detector unit. The input-terminal receives an input power. The output-terminal connects the input-terminal and another series-type charging device, and provides a next-level power. The control unit connects the input-terminal and the output-terminal, and stores an upper limit value of the input power, and obtains an output power by shunt of the input power. The control unit generates a charging power according to the output power, and charges a battery. The detector unit is connected between the input-terminal and the output-terminal to measure a supply power of the input power. Wherein, charging the battery of another series-type charging device first when another series-type charging device is connected with the output-terminal and the remaining power is arranged for the other series-type charging device.07-04-2013
20130169216CHARGING SYSTEM, BASE-STATION APPARATUS, DATA RELAY APPARATUS, CHARGING-INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CHARGING-INFORMATION GENERATING APPARATUS, AND CHARGING-INFORMATION MODIFYING METHOD - A charging system includes a base-station apparatus, a data relay apparatus, and a charging-information generating apparatus. The base-station apparatus generates first non-forwardable-data information regarding data forwarded via at least the charging-information generating apparatus and not forwarded by the base-station apparatus, the data relay apparatus includes generates second non-forwardable-data information regarding data forwarded via at least the charging-information generating apparatus and not forwarded by the data relay apparatus, the charging-information generating apparatus generates charging information based on data forwarded by the charging-information generating apparatus, and the charging information is modified based on at least one of the first non-forwardable-data information and the second non-forwardable-data information.07-04-2013
20130169217RECHARGEABLE ELECTRIC DEVICE - Under a control by a controller (07-04-2013
20130169218Regulator, Battery Charging Apparatus and Battery Charging System - A regulator comprises a rectifying circuit that rectifies an alternating current output from an output terminal of each phase of the three-phase alternating-current generator “07-04-2013
20130175976Battery Management System - A battery management system for the propulsion batteries of an electric vehicle comprises means for voltage sensing, temperature sensing, voltage limit sensing, and current limit sensing. Charge control is employed for optimal system operation and ensures cell balancing by detecting the lowest charged cells in a cell stack and charging those cells first, thereby ensuring that all cells charge uniformly. Charge control is accomplished on a battery management circuit board associated with battery cells in a battery box, while control of the battery management board is governed by a system controller board through a controller area network interface. The system controller board uses data from the battery management board to govern charge characteristics of the batteries, and supply data and control functions to a driver interface computer.07-11-2013
20130175977CURRENT SELECTABLE USB CHARGER - A current selectable USB charger includes a USB (universal serial bus) connector, a crossover switch, a pair of voltage dividers and a power supply. The power supply provides preferably a +5 volt DC voltage to the pair of voltage dividers. The pair of voltage dividers includes a first voltage divider and a second voltage divider, each being formed of a pair of series-connected resistors. The voltage on the junction of the series-connected resistors of the first voltage divider is selectively provided, through the crossover switch, to one of the D− pin and the D+ pin of the USB connector. The voltage on the junction of the series-connected resistors of the second voltage divider is selectively provided, through the crossover switch, to one of the D+ pin and the D− pin of the USB connector.07-11-2013
20130175978BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A battery charging system includes an adapter and a control device. The adapter is connected between an AC voltage source and a battery. The adapted converts the AC voltage source into a DC voltage to charge the battery. The control device is connected to the adapter and the battery. The control device includes a charge-setting module, a charging current control module, and a charging voltage control module, A plurality of different charging modes is stored in the charging setting module. The charging current control module controls a charging current of the adapter charging the battery according to a chosen charging mode. The charging voltage control module controls a charging voltage of the adapter charging the battery according to the chosen charging mode.07-11-2013
20130175979CONNECTOR WITH EMBEDDED CHARGING INTEGRATED CIRCUITS - A connector with embedded charging integrated circuits mainly has an insulating housing, an insulating base, a plurality of connecting terminals, a PCB, a charging IC, and a plurality of forwarding terminals. A tongue portion extends outward from one side of the insulating housing, a plurality of terminal slots are disposed in the tongue portion. The connecting terminals, the forwarding terminals and the charging IC electrically connect with the PCB. The insulating base is to carry the PCB, and the connecting terminals are accommodated in the terminal slots while the insulating base assembles with the insulating housing. While the connector receives electrical energy provided by the motherboard of an external device, the charging current provided by the motherboard is transmitted to the charging IC through the forwarding terminals, the charging current processed and improved by the charging IC is output via the connecting terminals to speed up the charging.07-11-2013
20130175980Method and System for Distinguishing Between Charging Ports - Disclosed is a method for use by a device to distinguish between a Charging Downstream Port (“CDP”) and a Dedicated Charging Port (“DCP”). The method comprises detecting that the device is attached to a charging port, and determining whether the charging port is the CDP or the DCP without causing a host coupled to the CDP to be able to detect the device if the charging port is the CDP.07-11-2013
20110273137PROTECTION CIRCUIT, BATTERY PACK AND CHARGING SYSTEM - A protection circuit having: a connecting terminal for receiving a voltage for charging a rechargeable battery; a switching element interposed between the connecting terminal and the rechargeable battery; a temperature fuse for blocking a conductive path between the connecting terminal and the switching element; a heater for melting the temperature fuse; a voltage detection unit for detecting a voltage relating to the conductive path; a first abnormality detection unit for detecting occurrence of a first abnormality that is pre-set as a recoverable abnormality; a second abnormality detection unit for detecting occurrence of a second abnormality that is pre-set as an abnormality on the basis of which the temperature fuse should be melted; a protection control unit for turning OFF the switching element when the first abnormality is detected by the first abnormality detection unit; and a heater control unit for executing a temperature fuse melting process of applying the voltage of the conductive path to the heater when the second abnormality is detected by the second abnormality detection unit and the voltage detected by the voltage detection unit is not less than a predetermined threshold voltage.11-10-2011
20120249062ELECTRIC POWER EXCHANGING EQUIPMENT - An electric power exchanging equipment comprises a main body which has a containing room, and a side edge of the containing room defines a battery fixing block. The fixing block extends toward the containing room in order to define a holding room for holding a battery The containing room can hold batteries of different standards and dimensions.10-04-2012
20120249057CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE, CHARGE CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND SYSTEM - A charge control device including: a charge control unit configured to select a power storage device to be charged from a plurality of power storage devices in accordance with degrees of subsequent deterioration of the power storage devices, the degrees being calculated based on battery information of the power storage devices each having a secondary battery; and a transmission unit configured to transmit a charge command to a power storage device selected by the charge control unit.10-04-2012
20120249056ELECTRICAL CHARGING/DISCHARGING CONTROL APPARATUS, ELECTRIC-POWER MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, ELECTRIC-POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD AND ELECTRIC-POWER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is an electrical-charging/discharging control apparatus composing an electric-power accumulation facility in conjunction with an electric-power accumulation battery and including: a communication section configured to receive a command to carry out either of electrical charging and discharging operations on the electric-power accumulation battery from an electric-power management apparatus for managing the electrical charging and discharging operations carried out on the electric-power accumulation battery; a control section configured to control the electrical charging and discharging operations carried out on the electric-power accumulation battery on the basis of the command; and a power conditioner for supplying electric power from an electric-power network to the electric-power accumulation battery and transferring electric power accumulated in the electric-power accumulation battery to the electric-power network in accordance with control carried out by the control section.10-04-2012
20130134928ELECTRICAL STORAGE SYSTEM AND RECHARGEABLE BATTERY STORAGE SYSTEM RACK - An electrical storage system with a plurality of rechargeable battery storage system racks (05-30-2013
20130134927WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM BASED ON CELL DIVISION - A wireless power transmission system based on cell division is provided. A communication and power control method of the wireless power transmission system, includes setting a magnetic coupling zone. The method further includes detecting a target device in the magnetic coupling zone. The method further includes transmitting a power to the target device. The method further includes adjusting an amount of the power based on a transmission efficiency of the power.05-30-2013
20130134926BATTERY MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND BATTERY MANAGEMENT METHOD - According to one embodiment, a battery management apparatus includes a time measurement module and a determination module. The time measurement value is configured to measure a discharge time after requesting driving a device by a direct-current voltage supplied from the battery until the voltage is lowered to a discharge stop voltage which is a voltage that the battery should stop discharge. The determination module is configured to determine that the battery is new, when the discharge time measured by the time measurement module is greater than or equal to a predetermined time that is set to determine if the battery is new.05-30-2013
20130113420Universal Station for Organizing and Charging Multiple Electronic Devices - A universal organizing and charging station apparatus an related method of use for organizing and charging electronic devices, comprising: a bottom surface plane; a substantially vertical rear surface; a top surface which is substantially horizontal running from front to back and side to side; a slanted front surface connecting a front of the bottom surface with a front of the top surface; left and right side surface planes; a plurality of charging cable slots originating on the rear surface, running vertically up the rear surface, continuing over the top surface from back to front, continuing down at least part of the slanted front surface, and terminating on the slanted front surface; a plurality of charger head apertures, one associated with each the slot, disposed upon the rear surface in continuous connection with the associated slot; and an interior access opening between an exterior and interior of the apparatus.05-09-2013
20130093381ENERGY SAVING CABLE ASSEMBLY - A power charger circuit converts input energy to DC output energy, with the input energy flowing in a first direction such as via a cable having multiple conductors to provide the output energy, with the power charger including at least one switch having an open state and a closed state, the open state to interrupt the flow of input energy and the power charging circuit allowing for energy flow in a second direction opposite the first direction so that the switch may be moved to the closed state.04-18-2013
20130093384SECONDARY BATTERY STATE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, BATTERY CHARGER, SECONDARY BATTERY STATE MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTICS MEASUREMENT METHOD - A secondary battery state management system of the present invention includes: a battery charger that charges a secondary battery; and a storage server that stores electrical characteristics information which is information that indicates the electrical characteristics during charging of the secondary battery. An electrical characteristics measuring means measures the electrical characteristics during charging. A measurement information storing means stores the history of the measured electrical characteristics information for each secondary battery. A battery state determining means compares the electrical characteristics information of the secondary battery being measured by the electrical characteristics measuring means with the electrical characteristics information of the same secondary battery stored in the measurement information storing means, and determines the state of the secondary battery.04-18-2013
20130113419HOLSTER FOR SUPPORTING AND CHARGING THE WIRELESS HEADSET OF HANDHELD DEVICES - A holster for use with a handheld device and a peripheral device is disclosed herein. The holster provides a mating structure for holding a peripheral device so that a mobile device charges the peripheral device. The holster removes the inconvenience of having to charge a peripheral off a battery charger at work or home by permitting the peripheral to charge off the handheld device. The holster can be used with any handheld device and peripheral device, such as a cellular phone and a wireless headset.05-09-2013
20130113418POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS, POWER CONTROLLING SYSTEM AND STARTING METHOD FOR ELECTRIC APPARATUS - Disclosed herein is a power supply apparatus, including: a first switch configured to change over electric connection to an electric power generation section; a voltage sensor configured to acquire a magnitude of an input voltage; a control section configured to control the first switch in response to an input from the voltage sensor; and a voltage conversion circuit configured to convert an input voltage into a desired voltage and output the converted voltage, wherein, when the input voltage is lower than a voltage necessary for starting up of the voltage conversion circuit, switching on and off of the first switch are repeated until the input voltage reaches the voltage necessary for starting up of the voltage conversion circuit.05-09-2013
20130113416CHARGE/DISCHARGE CONTROLLING APPARATUS AND CHARGE/DISCHARGE CONTROLLING SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a charge/discharge controlling apparatus, including: a charging circuit; a discharging circuit; and a control section configured to control starting and stopping of charging into an electricity accumulating section through the charging circuit and starting and stopping of discharging from the electricity accumulating section through the discharging circuit; the charge/discharge controlling apparatus returning a response, in response to a charging starting instruction received when the electricity accumulating section is in a charging state and to a discharging starting instruction received when the electricity accumulating section is in a discharging state, representing that a process corresponding to the received instruction has been executed.05-09-2013
20130113415METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING SYSTEM POWER MANAGEMENT - A method and an apparatus for performing charging port detection control are provided, where the method is applied to an electronic device, a communication port of the electronic device has a functionality of obtaining power from an external power source for the electronic device, and a power path switching unit of the electronic device is arranged to control electrical connection between a system within the electronic device and a battery of the electronic device. The method may include the steps of: performing charging port detection; and control operation(s) according to the charging port detection. For example, the method may include: controlling the power path switching unit to have different configuration according to the charging port detection in order to charge the battery with different charging profiles; and detecting the system voltage level during charging for switching from the constant current mode to the constant voltage mode.05-09-2013
20130113414AUTOMATIC MOBILE DEVICE DETECTOR - Devices, methods and systems disclosed herein relate to a universal charger which provides a power supply for the charging of OMTP devices and non-OMTP devices based on whether an OMTP mobile communication device or a non-OMTP mobile communication device is connected. A power charging apparatus is provided for charging a mobile communication device. The power charging apparatus includes a connector for connecting to a charging port of the mobile communication device, and a controller coupled to the connector, the controller configured to determine whether the mobile communication device connected to the connector is a non-OMTP mobile communication device or an OMTP mobile communication device, the controller further configured to charge a non-OMTP mobile communication device when a non-OMTP mobile communication device is connected to the connector, and further configured to charge an OMTP mobile communication device when an OMTP mobile communication device is connected to the connector.05-09-2013
20130099728CHARGER DEVICE - A charger device includes a switch, a rectification circuit, a DC/DC converter, and an automatic disconnecting circuit. The automatic disconnecting circuit is connected to the switch, the battery, the rectification circuit, and the DC/DC converter. The automatic disconnecting circuit automatically disconnects the charger device from the alternating current power source when the battery is fully charged. The automatic disconnecting circuit includes an inductor, a first resistor, a capacitor, a second resistor, a third resistor, a comparator, a switch element and a relay. The relay comprises a coil and a normally-open switch. The normally-open switch turns on or off according to the switch element to control a connection between the charger device and the alternating current power source.04-25-2013
20130099726System and Method for Charging of Battery - A battery charging system for charging a battery with a plurality of battery cells. The battery charging system includes a battery charger and a battery management unit. The battery management unit includes a plurality of balancing circuits for controlling charging of each battery cell. The battery charging system can charge the battery in different stages depending on the voltage of each battery cell.04-25-2013
20130113417CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE AND CHARGE CONTROL METHOD - A charge control device includes a current acquisition unit that acquires a charge current value of each battery, and a main charge unit that performs main charge for each battery based on the charge current value acquired by the current acquisition unit.05-09-2013
20130026978POWER SUPPLY FOR DOWNHOLE INSTRUMENTS - A power supply for a downhole instrument is provided. The power supply includes high temperature rechargeable energy storage, power generation capabilities and provides for operation in high temperature environments. A method of fabrication and use are provided.01-31-2013
20130127403CHARGING BASE WITH DRAINAGE FEATURES - A charging base has a bottom case, a printed circuit board (PCB) and a top case. The bottom case includes at least one drainage hole. The PCB is mounted in the bottom case and includes a mounting hole, a positioning block and charging terminals. The positioning block is attached to the PCB and has through holes. The charging terminals are secured to the positioning block and have apertures. The top case covers the bottom case and includes terminal holes and a top enclosed wall. The top enclosed wall is secured around the positioning block. Therefore, when water accidentally enters the charging base via the terminal holes, the water will sequentially flow through the apertures of the charging terminals, the through holes of the positioning block and the mounting hole of the PCB and subsequently drain out of the drainage hole of the bottom case.05-23-2013
20130127402METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ATTACHMENT AND REMOVAL INDICATION FOR BATTERY CHARGING DEVICES - Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and system for indicating an attachment and removal for a portable device. The method includes the steps of attaching the portable device to a charging system, delivering current to the portable device from the charging system, the delivered current is limited based on the portable device, replicating the current flowing through the first switch at a second switch, generating a voltage based on the current flowing through the second switch, comparing the voltage with a pre-defined threshold voltage, and indicating at least one of attachment or removal for the portable device based on the comparison.05-23-2013
20130127401ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PLUG-IN ADAPTER - A plug-in adapter includes a transformer having a primary winding capable of being coupled to an AC power source and a secondary winding configured to provide an output charging voltage. The plug-in adapter also includes a voltage sensing connection configured to sense an external device voltage. Additionally, the plug-in adapter includes an adapter isolation switch coupled between the primary winding and the AC power source and configured to close by application of the external device voltage thereby providing the output charging voltage, wherein removal of the external device voltage opens the adapter isolation switch thereby substantially isolating the primary winding from the AC voltage source. In other aspects, a method of operating a plug-in adapter and a plug-in adapter system are provided.05-23-2013
20130134925CHARGER ASSEMBLY WITH HEAT TRANSFER DUCT - A charger assembly is provided with a housing having a cavity with an opening. A cover is fastened to the housing for covering the opening. A heat transfer duct is mounted to the cover with an inlet end and an outlet end each extending through the cover. A plurality of heat sinks is mounted to the cover in contact with the heat transfer duct. A plurality of circuit board assemblies are each mounted to the cover in contact with the plurality of heat sinks.05-30-2013
20110210695CHARGING APPARATUS, PROGRAM - A charging apparatus includes: a charging circuit configured to charge a secondary battery; and a control circuit configured to control an operation of the charging circuit, the control circuit including a control unit configured to control the charging circuit so that the secondary battery is charged with a constant current until a time when a battery voltage of the secondary battery goes to a first voltage, control the charging circuit so that the secondary battery is charged with a current smaller than the constant current when the battery voltage goes to the first voltage, and control the charging circuit so that the secondary battery is charged with a constant voltage when the battery voltage goes to a second voltage higher than the first voltage.09-01-2011
20080197803Rechargeable Battery Assembly Having Data and Power Connector Plug - A rechargeable battery assembly comprises a rechargeable battery unit and a data and power connector plug. The battery assembly has a deployed configuration in which the battery assembly has the general form of and functions as a conventional battery format, and a recharge configuration in which the data and power connector plug is made accessible to enable said connector to be connected to a suitable receptacle on a computing or peripheral device for recharging of the battery.08-21-2008
20130147422DUAL MODE CHARGING DEVICE - A charging device for charging an electronic device includes a plug module and an interface module. The plug module includes a plug portion, two connecting portions formed on a side of the plug portion, two first electrical wires positioned in the connecting portions, two condenser lenses, two first optical fibers, two first transmitting lenses. The first optical fibers connect the first transmitting lenses to the condenser lens. The interface module includes a main body, two positioning portions formed on a side of the main body, two second electrical wires extending the positioning portions; two second optical fibers, two second transmitting lenses, and a photoelectric conversion chip. The second optical fibers connect the second transmitting lenses to the photoelectric conversion chip. The first transmitting lenses are aligned with the second transmitting lenses.06-13-2013
20130147423METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POWER SWITCHING - Aspects of the disclosure provide a circuit. The circuit includes a switch and a switch controller. The switch is between a first node that receives a first power supply and a second node, and is controlled to couple/decouple the second node with the first node to switch on/off a second power supply at the second node. The switch controller is configured to generate a switch control signal to control a charging current flowing through the switch to switch on the second power supply.06-13-2013
20130147424BATTERY CHARGING CONTROL DEVICE - When warming-up of a battery is in progress (S06-13-2013
20100308766Green Switch - An energy saving device having a physical or electronic switch adapted to minimize energy use when not needed where the switch is securable to an adapter plug of an AC/DC power adapter. The switch includes an actuation button where attachment of a rechargeable device to the adapter plug allows electricity to flow from an electrical outlet through the physical or electronic switch and into the transformer of the AC/DC power adapter to allow for the charging of the rechargeable device and where removal of the rechargeable device from the adapter plug results in movement of the actuation button to interrupt the flow of electricity from the electrical outlet to the transformer of the AC/DC power adapter thereby preventing unnecessary power consumption by the AC/DC power adapter.12-09-2010
20120274267METHOD AND APPARATUS TO HARNESS KEYBOARD STROKES AND MOUSE MOVEMENT TO CHARGE AN ELECTRICAL STORAGE DEVICE - In one aspect, the a system for charging an electrical storage device of a computer is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes at least one user input device that is operatively connected to the computer and configured to communicate input data to the computer in response to an action of a user. The input device has one or more transducers that are configured to receive a mechanical force resulting from user input to the input device and to convert the received mechanical force into electrical energy. The input device also has a connector that is configured to operatively connect the user input device to the electrical storage device of the computer and to deliver the electrical energy from the user input device to the electrical storage device.11-01-2012
20120274269IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An image processing apparatus, including: a rechargeable battery that includes a temperature detecting terminal from which temperature status of the rechargeable battery is obtained; a connector that supplies electric power to charge the rechargeable battery; a battery charge unit that controls the electric power and charges the rechargeable battery via the connector; a control unit that controls the battery charge unit and operation of the image processing apparatus; and a switch unit that switches a connection of the temperature detecting terminal among the battery charge unit and the control unit.11-01-2012
20120274268Power Monitoring and Control Apparatus and Power Monitoring and Control System - A power monitoring and control apparatus and system are provided, which level charge loads of electric vehicles over an overall power system as well as make the power loads fall within the maximum contract power, in plug-in charging of the electric vehicles in individual houses. The power monitoring and control apparatus is used in charging a battery-mounted equipment from the power system through a battery charger. The apparatus compares a current value available for charging the battery-mounted equipment from the power system with a charging current value requested to the battery charger from the battery-mounted equipment, and employs as the charging current to the battery-mounted equipment a smaller one among the charging current available value and the charging request value.11-01-2012
20110234153Robotic Lawnmower and Charging and Control Systems Therefor - A charging and control system for a robotic lawnmower, having a circuit loop that includes several wire segments, of which one or more are boundary wire segments that may define or demarcate the boundary of an area within which the lawnmower is permitted to move; a charging voltage signal, for charging the lawnmower's internal battery, and a positioning voltage signal for assisting the lawnmower in determining its current position, are produced respectively by a power supply and a signal generator, which are both provided within the same housing; the two signals are both communicated from this housing over the same wire segments of the circuit loop; a charging station may then be electrically connected to the circuit loop by an end-user so that the charging voltage signal may in use of the system be communicated to the lawnmower when it is docked at the charging station, thus charging the internal battery of the lawnmower.09-29-2011
20110234152Method and Apparatus for Determining Interaction Mode - An apparatus, comprising a processor, memory including computer program code, the memory and the computer program code configured to, working with the processor, cause the apparatus to perform at least the following: operating in a first interaction mode, receiving, from a charger, charger attribute information, determining a second interaction mode based, at least in part on the charger attribute information, the second interaction mode differing from the first interaction mode, terminating operation of the first interaction mode, and operating in the second interaction mode is disclosed.09-29-2011
20110234151PLATFORM WITH POWER BOOST - Disclosed herein are approaches involving using both an adapter and a battery at the same time for powering a computer platform.09-29-2011
20100315037RESISTOR TESTING CIRCUIT AND BATTERY CHARGER INCLUDING RESISTOR TESTING CIRCUIT - A resistor testing circuit for a battery charger that tests divisional resistors used to estimate the resistance of a thermistor in a battery pack. The battery charger when activated conducts a self test. In the self test, switches are sequentially switched to form groups of resistors and test the connection state of the resistors groups. When a defect is detected by the self test, the battery charger stops performing charging. When no defects are detected by the self test, the thermistor of the battery pack is used to estimate temperature. The charging current is determined in correspondence with the temperature. Then, charging is started.12-16-2010
20100315036CHARGER AND COMBINATION OF THE CHARGER AND A SOCKET PANEL - A charger has its one side provided with terminals. The charger is provided with a connector. The terminals and the connector are electrically connected with a charging circuit within the charger. The charger has a panel connecting piece for connecting to a socket panel. The present invention further provides a combination of a charger and a socket panel. The charger is combined with the socket panel, so that the user can use the charger easily. The problem that the user may not find the charger is eliminated.12-16-2010
20130154550Power Management Circuit for a Portable Electronic Device Including USB Functionality and Method for Doing the Same - A Power Management Circuit for a portable electronic device comprising an internal battery to be charged either through a first interface or through an AC_DC conversion circuit. The circuit comprises a first buck/boost converter having a Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) mode which can be controlled either in a buck or a boost mode, said first buck/boost controller being associated with a first external coil for the purpose of embodying a battery charging circuit through a first interface (USB). The circuit further comprises a second buck/boost converter which can also be controlled either in a buck or a boost mode. Bypass circuits are used for performing, under control of a control circuit, the bypass of either the voltage of the battery or the voltage generated by said buck/boost controllers when in boost mode to a second interface (SIM/MMC).06-20-2013
20130154551CHARGING PORT - A computing system including a port to provide power to a portable device. The power state of the computing system is determined and the type of charging port to provide can be based on the power state of the computing system.06-20-2013
20130154545UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY HAVING EFFICIENT POWER CONVERSION - An uninterruptible power supply having efficiency power conversion has an AC to DC power conversion circuit, a battery power conversion circuit and a control circuit. The AC to DC power conversion circuit is parallelly connected to the battery power conversion circuit to convert the AC power of an AC mains into a DC power and supply the DC power to a load. When the AC mains stably supplies power, the control circuit controls to activate the AC to DC power conversion circuit and supply power to the load through the AC to DC power conversion circuit only. As there is only one power conversion between the AC mains and the load, the power conversion efficiency can be enhanced.06-20-2013
20130154546Overvoltage Protection System and Method - An electrical system for use with an alternator that supplies electrical power, an internal combustion engine including such an electrical system, and related methods of operation are disclosed. In one example embodiment, such an electrical system includes a first circuit portion configured to govern whether the power is communicated from the alternator system to a terminal associated with a battery and/or a load, and a second circuit portion configured to determine whether a voltage is elevated above a predetermined threshold and to provide a first signal upon determining that the voltage is so elevated. The electrical system also includes a third circuit portion coupled at least indirectly to the other two circuit portions. The third circuit portion is configured to provide a second signal upon receiving the first signal, the second signal being configured to cause the first circuit portion to cease allowing communication of the power to the terminal.06-20-2013
20130154547DETERMINATION CIRCUIT - A determination circuit includes a first detecting unit that detects whether first and second power-supply terminals are connected based on a voltage at the second power-supply terminal of a coupling unit that includes the second power-supply terminal connectable to the first power-supply terminal of a device including first and second terminals, and third and fourth terminals connectable respectively to the first and the second terminals. The determination circuit also includes a voltage applying unit that applies first and second voltages to the third and fourth terminals respectively, a second detecting unit that detects that the first and the second terminals are connected to the third and the fourth terminals, respectively, and a discrimination unit that discriminates a type of the device based on voltages at the third and the fourth terminals connected to the first and second terminals, respectively.06-20-2013
20130154548Method and Circuitry to Adaptively Charge a Battery/Cell - The present inventions, in one aspect, are directed to techniques and/or circuitry to adapt the charging of a battery/cell using data which is representative of an overpotential of the battery/cell. In yet another aspect the present inventions are directed to techniques and/or circuitry to calculate data which is representative of an overpotential of the battery/cell.06-20-2013
20130154549BATTERY PACK AND CORDLESS TOOL USING THE SAME - A battery device is constituted by connecting such cell assemblies in parallel as each includes: a first cell group having a plurality of cells connected in series; a housing container for housing the first cell group; current detector housed in the container for detecting a current to flow through the first cell group; a switching element connected with the first cell group for turning ON/OFF the current to flow through the first cell group; and a controller for controlling the ON/OFF of the switching element in response to the output signal of the current detector.06-20-2013
20130181660CHARGE CONTROL CIRCUIT FOR USB DEVICE - A charge control circuit used in a computer includes a backup power supply, a USB connector electronically connected to a USB device, a charge control unit powered by the backup power supply, a switch unit, and a southbridge chip. The charge control unit includes a charge controller. The switch unit includes an electronic switch electronically connected to the charge controller and the backup power supply. The southbridge chip includes a USB controller, the southbridge chip selectively controls the charge controller or the USB controller to transmit enumeration signals to the USB connector to recognize and activate the USB device to be charged according to a working mode of the computer, and switches the electronic switch to connect or disconnect the power supply to the USB connector according to the working mode of the computer.07-18-2013
20130181658Control of electrical power used to charge an energy storage device - In a first embodiment an electrical power request is sent to a energy storage device charger. This charger uses a controllable power source that supplies requested power. The electrical power request may be created in various ways. The request may be programmed into a power-requesting device or the power-requesting device may develop the request using information about the device to be charged. One programmable requesting device may be used for all energy storage devices or each energy storage device may use it own power-requesting device that develops a power request specific to the energy storage device.07-18-2013
20130181659CHARGING DEVICE AND CHARGING METHOD - An exemplary embodiment provides a charging method. The charging method includes detecting a charging current and producing a current-detecting signal according to the charging current; comparing the current-detecting signal with a first reference voltage and producing a current comparison signal accordingly; producing a second reference voltage according to the current comparison signal; comparing a battery voltage of a battery with the second reference voltage and producing a voltage comparison signal accordingly; producing a set of control signals according to the voltage comparison signal; and producing an adjusted charging voltage according to the control signals and a charging voltage, wherein the charging current is produced by the adjusted charging voltage to charge the battery.07-18-2013
20130181661RECONFIGURABLE ENERGY STORAGE AND POWER SUPPLY DEVICE - Charging devices, modular adapters, and circuits are provided. One charging device including a body including a rechargeable energy storage device and a housing. The housing includes at least one first coupling portion. The charging device further includes a modular adapter including a second coupling portion configured to be mated to the first coupling portion of the housing. When mated to the housing, the modular adapter is configured to be electrically connected to the rechargeable energy storage device. When the modular adapter is mated to the housing, the body and the modular adapter form a single integrated and substantially rigid structure.07-18-2013
20130181663METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR BATTERY CHARGING CONTROL OF A TERMINAL - A battery charging control system of a terminal is provided. The system includes a terminal in which a battery is mounted and a charger connected to the terminal to provide a charging current for charging the battery. The charger charges the battery with a maximum margin current value that is greater than a rated current value of the charger.07-18-2013
20130181662HEATED INSOLES - An efficient system to heat the insole of a heated insole of a shoe in which the Intelligent Circuit (IC) for a flat lithium battery is located outside the shoe and the placement of the heater for the insole is between more efficient heat insulation and heat conducting members.07-18-2013
20110279080MULTIFUNCTIONAL CHARGER SYSTEM AND METHOD - An adapter for providing a source of power to a mobile device through an industry standard port is provided. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the adapter comprises a plug unit, a power converter, a primary connector, and an identification subsystem. The plug unit is operative to couple the adapter to a power socket and operative to receive energy from the power socket. The power converter is electrically coupled to the plug unit and is operable to regulate the received energy from the power socket and to output a power requirement to the mobile device. The primary connector is electrically coupled to the power converter and is operative to couple to the mobile device and to deliver the outputted power requirement to the mobile device. The identification subsystem is electrically coupled to the primary connector and is operative to provide an identification signal.11-17-2011
20110298417METHODOLOGY FOR CHARGING BATTERIES SAFELY - An apparatus and method for identifying a presence of a short circuit in a battery pack. A fault-detection apparatus for a charging system that rapidly charges a collection of interconnected lithium ion battery cells, the safety system includes a data-acquisition system for receiving a set of data parameters from the collection while the charging system is actively charging the collection; a monitoring system evaluating the set of data parameters to identify a set of anomalous conditions; and a controller comparing the set of anomalous conditions against a set of predetermined profiles indicative of an internal short in one or more cells of the collection, the controller establishing an internal-short state for the collection when the comparing has a predetermined relationship to the set of predetermined profiles.12-08-2011
20110298416CLOCK SIGNAL GENERATOR - A clock signal generator comprising an input pin for receiving an oscillating signal and an output pin for providing a clock signal. The clock signal generator also comprises a frequency divider connected between the input pin and the output pin. The frequency divider having a plurality of frequency division factors associated therewith, wherein, in use, the frequency divider is configured to apply one of the plurality of frequency division factors as an in-use frequency division factor to the oscillating signal in order to generate the clock signal. The clock signal generator further comprising a controller configured to periodically replace the in-use frequency division factor with another of the plurality of frequency division factors.12-08-2011
20110309789CHARGER WITH DATA STORAGE - A particular charger configured to be electrically coupled and communicatively coupled to a particular portable electronic device is described. The particular charger includes an AC/DC converter, a controller, a charger memory, a charger cable, and an authentication module. The controller provides a means for processing the data from the particular portable electronic device memory by synchronizing the device memory with the charger memory. The illustrative portable electronic device is a wireless handset.12-22-2011
20130187594HEARING AID HAVING A BATTERY CHARGER - A hearing aid has a battery charger. The hearing aid contains a battery charger having an opening for accommodating a programming module having first programming contacts. Furthermore, second programming contacts are arranged in the hearing aid. The hearing aid is characterized by a sealant inserted in the opening, wherein the sealant covers the second programming contacts when the battery charger is shut off. Thus, the corrosion susceptibility of the second programming contacts is mostly avoided in an advantageous way.07-25-2013
20120019200CHARGING SYSTEM AND CHARGER - A charger that charges a battery unit including a secondary battery, includes a receiving unit, a detection unit, a determination unit, and a control unit. The receiving unit receives, from the battery unit, battery state information indicating a state of the battery unit, if the secondary battery is being charged. The detection unit detects charge state information indicating the state of the battery unit, if the secondary battery is being charged. The determination unit determines, using the battery state information and the charge state information, whether the battery unit is in a normal state. The control unit controls charging of the secondary battery in the battery unit depending on whether the battery unit is in the normal state.01-26-2012
20120019199Emergency Power Generating Source for Mobile Devices - Various portable electronic devices are respectively equipped so that manually provided mechanical energy is converted into electrical energy and stored there in. The stored electrical energy can be used to power the respective portable electronic device for at least a brief period. Suitably equipped portable electronic devices can thus be operated in emergency situations without external sources of electrical power, replacement batteries, or the like.01-26-2012
20120019198Charging Station for Portable Electronic Devices - A charging station for portable electronic devices includes a base having a substantially vertical and forward facing wall and at least one suction cup secured to the wall to temporarily secure the portable electronic devices to the wall in a position that the portable electronic devices can be viewed and operated while recharging. When more than one suction cup is provided they can be secured in laterally spaced-apart positions so that multiple portable electronic devices can be secured side-by-side for recharging or more than one suction cup can secure a portable electronic device. The suction cups can also be secured in vertically spaced apart positions so that the suction cup can engage the portable electronic device at a desired height or so that more than one suction cup can secure the portable electronic device. The charging station can also organize mail, keys, wallets, and the like.01-26-2012
20120019197APPARATUS AND METHOD TO CHARGE A BATTERY - An apparatus and a method to charge a battery, the battery charging apparatus including: a battery unit which is chargeable; a battery charging unit which charges the battery unit; and a controller which adjusts a preset charge voltage of the battery unit based on a charge allowance capacity of the battery unit to have a predetermined value, and controls the battery charging unit to output the adjusted charge voltage and to charge the battery unit. Accordingly, the apparatus and method are capable of charging a battery based on a charge allowance capacity decreased owing to deterioration of the battery to safely use the battery and to extend a life of the battery.01-26-2012
20120019196APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHARGING BATTERIES - An apparatus, system, and method for charging batteries is provided. The apparatus comprises a monitoring unit configured for coupling to a battery and power source. The monitoring unit configured to acquire a control value indicative of a parameter, and to control the charging of the battery responsive thereto. The system comprises a plurality of battery chargers configured for coupling with respective batteries and a common power source. Each charger configured to obtain information relating to a parameter, to communicate the information to the other chargers, to acquire a control value from the information obtained thereby or received from another charger, and to control the charging of the associated battery based on the acquired control value. The method comprises providing a monitoring unit coupled to a battery and power source, acquiring a control value indicative of a parameter, and controlling the charging of the battery responsive to the control value.01-26-2012
20120019195MODULAR ENERGY ACCUMULATION AND STORAGE SYSTEM - The present invention is an energy accumulation and storage system which improves the harnessing of energy, specifically electrical energy, from low efficiency or intermittent energy sources and allows for the rapid transfer of such harnessed energy to mobile battery operated applications such as automobiles, lawn mowers, and other vehicle types.01-26-2012
20120019194LEAKAGE CURRENT REDUCTION IN COMBINED MOTOR DRIVE AND ENERGY STORAGE RECHARGE SYSTEM - A charging method using an alternating current (AC) line voltage for conductive charging of an energy storage system (ESS) coupled to a polyphase motor drive circuit communicated to a polyphase motor, the polyphase motor drive circuit including a plurality M of driver stages, one driver stage for each phase of the polyphase motor with each driver stage coupled across the energy storage system, the method including the steps of: (a) coupling a first connector providing the line voltage to a second connector coupled to the plurality of driver stages; (b) interrupting selectably the line voltage from communication with the plurality of driver stages; (c) measuring both an ESS common mode voltage of the energy storage system with respect to a voltage reference and a line common mode voltage of the line voltage with respect to the voltage reference while the line voltage communication to the plurality of driver stages is interrupted; (d) operating a particular one of the driver stages to power a common mode voltage driver to align the ESS common mode voltage with the line common mode voltage while the line voltage communication to the plurality of driver stages is interrupted; and thereafter (e) suspending the interrupting step (b) when a difference between aid ESS common mode voltage and the line common mode voltage is less than a first predetermined value, the suspending step (e) communicating the line voltage to the plurality of driver stages; and thereafter (f) converting the line voltage to a charging voltage communicated to the energy storage system using a set of the plurality of driver stages not including the particular one driver stage.01-26-2012
20130193907CHARGING DEVICE, DETECTION SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF TESTING A DETECTION SYSTEM - A charging device for a power storage device includes a power conduit configured to deliver current to the power storage device and a detection system configured to be coupled to the power conduit. The detection system includes a current control device coupled to the power conduit and configured to control the current delivered to the power storage device. The detection system also includes a test conductor, a current sensor coupled to the test conductor, and a controller coupled to the current sensor by the test conductor. The current sensor is arranged to detect an amount of current within the test conductor and configured to generate a current measurement signal representative of the current detected. The controller is configured to generate a test signal, transmit the test signal through the test conductor, receive the current measurement signal, and determine a status of the detection system based on the current measurement signal.08-01-2013
20130193908METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING A CHARGING DEVICE - A charging device configured to receive power from a power source is described. The charging device includes a motion detection device configured to provide a signal corresponding to a motion of the charging device. The charging device also includes a system controller communicatively coupled to the motion detection device and configured to determine if the motion of the charging device has exceeded a predefined limit.08-01-2013
20130193909Device For Holding Portable Electronics - A device for holding portable electronics is disclosed. In one embodiment, the device comprises a base having a first end, and a second end, the first end positioned on one side of the base, and the second end positioned on a side of the base substantially opposite to the first end. The base has a plurality of apertures extending from the first end, through the base, to the second end; and at least one groove configured to receive an edge of the display. The device has a plurality of flexible legs configured to pass through an aperture in the base.08-01-2013
20130193910ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION DEVICE - An electric power transmission device transmits an electric power of a power supply to a battery. The electric power transmission device includes relay capacitor, power supply side switching element, and a battery side switching element. The relay capacitor is located between the power supply and the battery, and stores an electric power of the power supply. The power supply side switching element opens and closes a first electrical path between the power supply and the relay capacitor. The battery side switching element opens and closes a second electrical path between the relay capacitor and the battery. The power supply side switching element has a pair of ends in the first electrical path, one of which is connected to the relay capacitor and the other is not connected to another capacitor that is short-circuited with the relay capacitor when the power supply side switching element is closed.08-01-2013
20130193911MOTION-ACTUATED PORTABLE CHARGER - A portable charger unit includes a charger housing that encloses a power input, at least one power output, and a rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery is operatively connected with the power input (for providing an electrical charge from an external power source for recharging the internal battery when the charge unit is connected to the power source) and the at least one power output (for charging other electronic devices from the rechargeable battery). The charger unit also includes connector means capable of connecting two or more electronic devices to the charger unit via at least one output port. The charger unit can be actuated to initiate charging of an electronic device connected with the output port, by an actuating motion of the charger unit, such as a shaking motion.08-01-2013
20130200841Portable Rechargeable Power Supply - A portable power supply adapted to be connected to an external power source and to an electronic device comprises a main module comprising a battery, a satellite module comprising an input port, and output port, and an interface panel, and a tether cable, and a controller. The controller a first mode to allow the battery to be charged when the external power supply is connected to the input port, a second mode to allow power to be supplied to the electronic device from the battery when the electronic device is connected to the output port, and a third mode to allow the battery to be charged and power to be supplied to the electronic device when the external power supply is connected to the input port and the electronic device is connected to the output port.08-08-2013
20130200840BATTERY MANAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A battery managing system includes a charging module and a control module. The charging module is connected to a battery. The control module includes a main control unit and a battery monitoring unit. The battery monitor unit monitors a quantity of the electrical charge remained in battery. The main control unit prohibits the charging module charging the battery when the quantity of the electrical charge remained in the battery is less than a threshold value.08-08-2013
20120299536MOTORIZED DUAL ENGINE POWER SYSTEM - A drive system using multi-fuel engines to provide mechanical energy as an electric generator. The electric generator provides electrical energy to an electric motor which in turn provides mechanical energy to drive a load. The electric generator also provides electric energy to storage batteries. Electrical energy may be provided from the storage batteries to the electric motor as needed.11-29-2012
20120074897POWER SUPPLY DEVICE - A power supply device capable of switching over semiconductor switches of a synchronous rectification means so as to efficiently charge up a battery in response to its charging status is provided. The device includes a switch control means for controlling the semiconductor switches in response to the battery charging status; a negative voltage detection means for detecting a negative voltage at each phase of three-phase AC voltages; and a voltage detection means for detecting the battery voltage being higher than a predetermined voltage, wherein when the negative voltage or the battery voltage higher than the predetermined voltage is detected, the switch control means controls the semiconductor switches. The device further includes an abnormality detection means for monitoring the negative voltage detected by the negative voltage detection means and thereby detecting an abnormality in at least one of the three phases, and when an abnormality is detected, the switch control means controls the semiconductor switch corresponding to the phase of the abnormality.03-29-2012
20130093383APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FAILURE OF BATTERY - An apparatus for detecting a failure of a battery includes a plurality of cell internal pressure sensors each provided in a corresponding one of a plurality of battery cells to measure internal pressure of the battery cells and generate and transmit pressure signals, a sensing unit for receiving the pressure signals to sense the internal pressure of the battery cells, a control logic unit for receiving the internal pressure data of each of the battery cells and determining a battery cell having cell internal pressure outside of a predetermined normal range of internal pressure of the battery cell as a failed cell, and a battery control unit for controlling charging or discharging of the other battery cells of the battery except for the failed cell while the failed cell is being repaired or replaced.04-18-2013
20130093382SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING THE PROVISIONING AND FUNCTIONALITY OF WIRELESS INSTRUMENTS - A system and method for enhancing the provisioning and functionality of wireless or portable devices, and more particularly a charging device configured to bi-directionally communicate to a database through the Internet or a private network to configure, update, and provision a wireless portable device while charging the portable or wireless device. Additionally, a system and method for alerting a user that the portable or wireless device requires a programmable action.04-18-2013
20120086392INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREFOR - An information processing apparatus capable of suppressing a secondary battery from being charged with an amount of charge current that can apply excessive load on the secondary battery, without a backup power source function of the secondary battery being impaired. When determining that a predetermined type of data is stored in a DRAM to be backed up by the secondary battery, the information processing apparatus selects a first constant current circuit and quickly charges the secondary battery with a large charge current output from the first constant current circuit. When determining that the predetermined type of data is not stored in the DRAM, the information processing apparatus selects a second constant current circuit and normally charges the secondary battery with a small charge current output from the second constant current circuit.04-12-2012
20120086391Recharging device for use with electronic stylus pen's - The invention provides an electronic stylus pen charging system for an interactive whiteboard with electronic stylus pen. The electronic stylus pen charging system uses a set of magnets and charging circuitry to charge the battery of the electronic stylus pen.04-12-2012
20120086390Charge Equalization Apparatus And Method For Series-Connected Battery String - Provided are a charge equalization apparatus and method for a battery string connected in series, and more particularly, are a charge equalization apparatus and method that efficiently perform charge equalization while reducing entire complexity and volume and lowering production costs through a configuration that an individual battery included in a battery string shares a single voltage sensing module and a single charge equalizing module; a switch block of a two-stage structure forms a current path for measuring voltage of individual batteries included in the battery string, and at the same time, forms a charging or discharding path of a low-charged or over-charged battery among the battery strings; and a switch device having low withstand voltage is used.04-12-2012
20120086389BATTERY CHARGER FOR MOBILE ROBOTIC VACUUM CLEANER - A battery charger having a charging side at the body thereof for receiving and charging a mobile robotic vacuum cleaner is disclosed. The charging side has a groove, a sound wave transmitter mounted in the groove and a baffle mounted in the groove in front side of the sound wave transmitter for reflecting the sound wave transmitted by the ultrasonic transmitter toward two opposite lateral sides of the charging side along the groove to form two opposing sound wave beams to form two opposing sound wave beams for receiving by a sound wave receiver of the mobile robotic vacuum cleaner for determination of the steering direction. Subject to the guide of the sound wave beams, the mobile robotic vacuum cleaner is accurately guided to the battery charger and will not pass over or impact the battery charger.04-12-2012
20120086388CHARGING STATUS DISPLAY CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - A charging status display circuit is used in an electronic device. The electronic device includes a power supply circuit, a rechargeable battery, and an interface circuit capable of electrically connecting with the rechargeable battery. The electronic device is powered by either the power supply circuit or the rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery is charged by the power supply circuit via the interface circuit. The charging status display unit includes a light emitting diode for indicating whether the rechargeable battery is being charged, and a surface-contact diode for clamping a voltage between the light emitting diode and the interface unit at a predetermined value. The light emitting diode is connected in series between the power supply circuit and the interface circuit. The surface-contact diode is connected in parallel with the light emitting diode.04-12-2012
20130207598SMART DOCK CHARGING - A multi-display device can interface with two or more different types of docking stations. The device can determine the type of dock and change the pin outs for a connector to interface with that dock. Once docked, the device can determine a charge status for the device and the dock to present the status to the user. Further, the dock can enter one of several modes, including a call receipt mode and an entertainment mode. The modes allow for expanded functionality for the device while docked. Two particular docks, the laptop dock and the smart dock, provide special functionality with the device.08-15-2013
20130207593APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CHARGING CIRCUIT IN A POWER OVER ETHERNET DEVICE - A charging circuit and method for charging a power storage device in a power over Ethernet environment are necessary to prevent unnecessary power consumption. Power sourcing equipment continuously supplies power to a connected device after determining that the device is compatible. In order to prevent supply of power after a power storage device attains full charge, a charging circuit may include an interface for supplying electric power; a sensing circuit including a switch in series with a resistor; and a voltage detection circuit. The voltage detection circuit may communicate with the sensing circuit and may output a first signal that turns the switch OFF when the voltage of the power storage device is greater than or equal to a first voltage and may output a second signal that turns the switch ON when the voltage of the power storage device is less than or equal to a second voltage.08-15-2013
20130207594PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND CHARGING METHOD THEREOF - A portable electronic device is provided. Connector includes the first and data pins. Processor includes input and output pins and detection pin coupled to the input pin. First resistor is coupled between the detection pin and first voltage. When the processor detects that the first and second pins of charger are coupled to the first and second data pins of the connector, the processor provides switching signal to the selector, so as to couple the first and second data pins of the connector to the input and output pins of the processor, respectively, and to provide second voltage different from the first voltage, to the second pin of the charger via the output pin. The processor obtains charging current value of the charger according to voltage of the detection pin. The charger includes second resistor coupled between the first and second pins.08-15-2013
20130207595USB Dedicated Charger Identification Circuit - In an embodiment, set forth by way of example and not limitation, a USB dedicated charger identification circuit includes a USB D+ port, a USB D− port, a first circuit conforming to a first identification protocol, a second circuit conforming to a second identification protocol, and logic selectively coupling one of the first circuit and the second circuit to the USB D+ port and the USB D− port. In an alternate embodiment set forth by way of example and not limitation, a method to provide USB charger identification includes providing a first USB charger identification at a USB D+ port and a D− port, Next, it is detected if the first USB charger identification was inappropriate. Then, if the first USB charger identification was inappropriate, a second USB charger identification is provided at the USB D+ port and the D− port.08-15-2013
20130207597CHARGE CIRCUIT - A charge circuit includes a current limiting circuit configured to limit a current input from an input terminal; a first transistor connected between an output terminal of the current limiting circuit and a secondary battery; a charge control circuit configured to turn the first transistor on and off to start and stop supply of a charge current to the secondary battery; a second transistor configured to output a current proportional to the charge current flowing through the first transistor; and a charge timer configured to generate clock pulses according to the current output from the second transistor. The charge control circuit is configured to turn off the first transistor to stop the supply of the charge current to the secondary battery when the number of the clock pulses reaches a predetermined number.08-15-2013

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