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320 - Electricity: battery or capacitor charging or discharging

320107000 - CELL OR BATTERY CHARGER STRUCTURE

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20080258683Rechargeable battery assembly and power system using same - A rechargeable battery, battery set or battery pack having a circuit or a plurality of circuits for providing self-discharging thereof electrically connected in parallel are used to form rechargeable battery assemblies and electric power supply systems for use in electric and hybrid vehicles and the like.10-23-2008
20130043839Battery Power Delivery Module - A system and method for digital management and control of power conversion from battery cells. The system utilizes a power management and conversion module that uses a CPU to maintain a high power conversion efficiency over a wide range of loads and to manage charge and discharge operation of the battery cells. The power management and conversion module includes the CPU, a current sense unit, a charge/discharge unit, a DC-to-DC conversion unit, a battery protection unit, a fuel gauge and an internal DC regulation unit. Through intelligent power conversion and charge/discharge operations, a given battery type is given the ability to emulate other battery types by conversion of the output voltage of the battery and adaptation of the charging scheme to suit the battery.02-21-2013
20130082656PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE CHARGEABLE VIA AT LEAST ONE SPEAKER PORT - A portable electronic device chargeable via at least one speaker port is provided. The portable electronic device comprises a housing containing: a processing unit, a least one speaker for playing audio signals; a power pack for powering the portable electronic device, including the processing unit; and a charging circuit electrically connected to the power pack for charging the power pack from an external power source. The portable electronic device further comprises at least one speaker port for enabling sound from the at least one speaker to exit the housing, the at least one speaker port enabled to convey power from the external power source to the charging circuit such that the power pack is chargeable via the at least one speaker port.04-04-2013
20130069594BATTERY PACK AND METHOD FOR CHARGING BATTERY PACK - Disclosed is a battery pack including: a plurality of cell modules including a plurality of battery cells; and a battery management system for transmitting a control signal on charging to at least one of the plurality of cell modules based on state information of a battery cell transmitted by the cell modules, and controlling a current supplied to the cell modules by an external charger based on the state information, wherein the cell modules are charged to a predetermined capacity of the battery cell in connection with the external charger, and are charged to full capacity of the battery cell individually according to the control signal so the battery pack is fully charged very quickly without a cell balancing process.03-21-2013
20130162210POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND RECHARGEABLE BATTERY USED IN THE SYSTEM - A rechargeable battery includes a plug, a first socket, a capacity storage module and a power measurement module. The plug is configured for being plugged in either a first socket of a second similar rechargeable battery to constitute a battery pack or a second socket of a charge apparatus. In addition, the first socket either is configured for either receiving a plug of a third similar rechargeable battery to constitute the battery pack or being electrically coupled to a power input port of an electronic device. The power measurement module is electrically connected to the capacity storage module, and is configured to measure a residual capacity value of the capacity storage module, and feedback the measured residual capacity value to the charge apparatus. A related power supply system is also provided.06-27-2013
20130119934SECONDARY BATTERY PACK CONNECTION CONTROL METHOD, POWER STORAGE SYSTEM, AND SECONDARY BATTERY PACK - A power storage system has a plurality of secondary battery packs and a host device. The secondary battery packs each have: secondary batteries; a charge switch means that turns a charging path to the secondary batteries ON and OFF; a discharge switch means that turns a discharging path from the secondary battery ON and OFF; and a current-limiting means that causes the secondary battery to discharge while limiting the current to, or below, a fixed value. When switching from the secondary battery pack connected to the input/output terminals of the system to a first secondary battery pack in which voltage is higher than in the second secondary battery pack, the host device causes the charge switch means of the second secondary battery pack to turn OFF the charging path while in a state in which the current limiting means of the first secondary battery pack will cause a discharge operation to begin while limiting the flow of current.05-16-2013
20120235642ENERGY SOURCE SYSTEMS HAVING DEVICES WITH DIFFERENTIAL STATES OF CHARGE - A system includes housing having a positive terminal and a negative terminal and one or more energy storage devices disposed therein. One system includes a first energy storage device that operates at a first state of charge level and a second energy storage device that operates at a second state of charge level. The second state of charge level is greater than the first state of charge level.09-20-2012
20130162209APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHARGING A BATTERY PACK - According to certain embodiments, an apparatus and method for charging a battery pack for an electronic apparatus includes an earphone connection unit, a charge determining switching unit, a charge circuit, and a control unit. The earphone connection unit is configured to be connected to the electronic apparatus to selectively receive one of an earphone unit for an earphone mode and the spare battery pack for a charge mode. The charge determining switching unit is configured to switch to one of the earphone mode and the charge mode according to the unit connected electrically to the earphone connection unit. The charge circuit is configured to open a charge path for charging the spare battery pack with an external voltage applied to the electronic apparatus, according to the switching of the charge determining switching unit. The control unit is configured to measure a resistance value of the spare battery pack applied to the charge determining switching unit, switches the mode, and opens the charge circuit.06-27-2013
20110043166Charging Circuit - A charging circuit includes a battery pack provided with one or more secondary batteries and a battery charger for charging the secondary batteries, the battery pack being detachably attachable to the battery charger. The charging circuit further includes a control unit for performing a charging control, a monitoring unit for detecting charged voltage of the secondary batteries to determine completion of charging, a storage unit storing charging data for use in the charging control of the control unit and determination of the charging completion of the monitoring unit and a changing unit for changing the charging data. The monitoring unit and the storage unit are arranged in the battery pack, and the changing unit and the control unit are arranged in the battery charger.02-24-2011
20120032638BATTERY PACK AND ACTIVE CELL BALANCING BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME - The present invention discloses a battery pack which can be used for an electric vehicle, an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), and a power supply for a smart grid and which can be easily manufactured and repaired and which is capable of improving productivity, the span of life, and performance, and a battery management system including the battery pack. 02-09-2012
20110291617ELECTRICAL COMPONENT INCLUDING A BATTERY CHARGER ASSEMBLY - An electrical assembly selectively receives power from an external power supply. The electrical assembly includes a base that at least partially defines a tool port and a battery port and an electrical tool selectively coupled to the tool port. A rechargeable battery pack is selectively coupled to the battery port and a circuit is supported by the base and is operable to direct power to the tool port and the battery port such that the external power provides power to the electrical tool to operate the electrical tool and to recharge the rechargeable battery pack.12-01-2011
20120098494BATTERY CHARGER - Female guide portions for slidingly attaching a battery pack are formed by integral molding of a case main body. Exposed step portions are formed on the female guide portions, which includes protruding portions as thin-walled portions by application from the outer side (the upper side) of a mold so as to reduce the thickness of a thick-walled resin portion. An opening communicating with the inner and outer side of the case is not provided, while the protruding portions are formed as thin-walled portions. Bottom surfaces of the exposed step portions are formed so as to be sloped with respect to the horizontal direction when the battery charger is placed on a horizontal base, and water dropped on the bottom surfaces can flow outside of the case due to the slope without remaining thereon.04-26-2012
20100085008Monitoring system for electric power tool, battery pack for electric power tool, and battery charger for electric power tool - A battery monitoring system for electric power tool includes a battery pack for electric power tool and an auxiliary power source. The battery pack has a battery and a monitoring circuit. The battery is provided with at least one battery cell. The monitoring circuit is operated by electric power supplied from the battery, and monitors a status of the battery. The auxiliary power source outputs electric power allowing the monitoring circuit to operate. The monitoring circuit is configured such that, when the monitoring circuit is unoperational with the electric power of the battery due to a decrease in a voltage of the battery, the monitoring circuit becomes operational by the electric power supplied from the auxiliary power source.04-08-2010
20120194131CHARGING DEVICE FOR CHARGING A BATTERY PACK - A charging device for charging a battery pack, having a control circuit for a switched-mode power supply transformer assigned to the charging device, the transformer having at least one primary winding switchable using a power switch and at least one first secondary winding for generating an electrical output voltage for charging the battery pack, the output voltage having a first amplitude which is predefinable by a control unit and adjustable using a first voltage limiting control loop. The transformer has at least one second secondary winding for generating at least one electrical auxiliary voltage having a second amplitude which is predefinable by the control unit and adjustable using a second voltage limiting control loop in order to at least reduce an energy feed assigned to an operation of the control circuit from the primary winding to the secondary windings in a standby mode of the control circuit.08-02-2012
20090284222Docking Device - A docking device for receiving a portable computer is disclosed. The docking device includes a device housing and a charging connector that is provided on a side surface of the device housing and is connected to a battery connector of a battery pack in order to charge the battery pack. The charging connector is connectable to the battery connector in a state where the battery pack and the device housing are disposed on the same plane. When the charging connector and the battery connector are in a connected state and the device housing is being moved to a position within a predetermined height from the plane, the connection state between the charging connector and the battery connector is maintained. When the device housing is being moved to a position that exceeds the predetermined height from the plane, the battery connector will be separated from the charging connector due to the weight of the battery pack.11-19-2009
20080284373CORDLESS POWER TOOL SYSTEM HAVING SLIDABLY-ENGAGING POWER SOURCE CONNECTION - A system of cordless power tools includes a cordless power tool adapted to removably receive a rechargeable battery pack. The battery pack and the power tool can have complementary grooves and rails or L-shaped surfaces that aid in aligning the positive and negative blade terminals of the battery pack to the positive and negative tool terminals, respectively, of the power tool.11-20-2008
20120032639BATTERY PACK, CHARGER, AND CHARGING SYSTEM - A battery pack, a charger, and a charging system. The battery pack includes a rechargeable battery, and a protection circuit to control charging and discharging of the battery, wherein the protection circuit includes a micom to output an operating state signal representing an operating state of the micom and a malfunction transferring unit to transfer information on whether the battery is malfunctioning based on the operating state signal. Accordingly, when an error is detected by the protection circuit of the battery pack, charging is stopped, and thus the battery pack may be stably charged.02-09-2012
20080290835BATTERY PACK, CHARGING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A charging device capable of appropriately grasping the charged state of a battery pack using data stored in a memory of the battery pack even when the battery pack becomes commercial as a new product. A charging device determines charged state data indicative of a charged state of a battery pack mounted thereon based on a charging current supplied and/or a charging voltage applied to the battery pack. A charge control microcomputer reads charging characteristics data from a memory of the battery pack, and generates a data table associating at least one of the charging current supplied and the charging voltage applied to the battery pack and the charged state data with each other, based on the charging characteristics data read out. The microcomputer determines charged state data indicative of a charged state of the battery pack, based on the generated data table.11-27-2008
20090027005CHARGING DEVICE - The invention relates to a loading device (01-29-2009
20080284372Submersible/sterilizable battery - A battery pack for a sterilizable instrument, such as a medical endoscope. The battery pack includes batteries removably positioned within an enclosure which mounts a first grouping of electrical contacts engaged with the battery contacts. The enclosure includes an outer end wall which sealingly encloses the first grouping of contacts. The outer end wall mounts a second grouping of electrical contacts which are normally resiliently maintained in a first position spaced from the contacts of the first grouping. The contacts of the second grouping sealingly penetrate through the outer end wall. When the battery pack is engaged on the instrument, the contacts of the second grouping engage third contacts on the instrument, causing the contacts of the second grouping to move into a second position where they directly engage contacts of the first grouping to provide electrical power to the instrument. When the battery pack is removed from the instrument, the contacts of the second grouping are resiliently returned to the first position, whereupon the batteries can be sterilized.11-20-2008
20080265837CONNECTOR DEVICE, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND BATTERY PACK USING THE SAME - A connector device includes a circuit board and a connector body, and the connector body includes a housing and a connection terminal provided inside the housing. A silicon resin is applied to fill a gap between the connector body and the circuit board. The application of the silicon resin can prevent a mold resin used to seal the connector device and a battery pack body from entering from the gap into the housing. Thereby, a connector device reliably establishing conduction and a battery pack applying such a connector device can be obtained.10-30-2008
20080315833BATTERY PULSE CHARGING METHOD AND APPARATUS - Disclosed herein are some embodiments for safely charging a mobile system battery pack, even when the power source (e.g., adapter) voltage is at a relatively high level that would otherwise result in excessive charge current.12-25-2008
20110227536BATTERY WITH UNIVERSAL CHARGING INPUT - A battery includes a battery housing containing a rechargeable cell for providing an output voltage and a charging circuit. The charging circuit is coupled to the rechargeable cell and includes a voltage converter to convert an input voltage to the charging circuit to a charging voltage to charge the rechargeable cell.09-22-2011
20090001933Electric device system with integrated recharge source and exterior energy source - A system containing an electric device such as a cellular phone, equipped with an integrated source of rechargeable electrical energy, an exterior energy source device and a connecting cable from the source device to the device. The exterior source device contains a module with several batteries likely to be connected t the device and constitute a source of electrical energy making it possible to completely charge the internal battery pack of the device.01-01-2009
20120194130POWER PACK PARTIAL FAILURE DETECTION AND REMEDIAL CHARGING CONTROL - Systems and methods to detect a failure of a subset of component power packs within a multiple component rechargeable power pack. At least one parameter of a charging current that is provided for a time duration to a rechargeable power pack is determined. A measured capacity change quantity for the rechargeable power pack during the time duration is estimated. The measured capacity change quantity is compared, after the time duration, to an expected capacity change quantity that is based upon the at least one parameter. A determination is made that at least one component power pack within the rechargeable power pack has failed based on a difference between the measured capacity change quantity and the expected capacity change quantity. A charging current parameter is modified in response to the determining that the at least one component power pack has failed.08-02-2012
20110057615UNIVERSAL POWER INTERFACE BUS - A circuit and communication method for charging and/or discharging electrical energy storage devices (e.g., one or more cells of ultracapacitors, one or more cells of batteries, one or more cells of ultracapacitors and batteries).03-10-2011
20090243542INTEGRATED POWER ADAPTER FOR A LAPTOP - A power pack arrangement for a laptop computer, wherein an AC/DC adapter is integrated with a battery pack to form one cohesive unit freely insertable into and removable from a laptop computer housing.10-01-2009
20090072785BATTERY PACK - A battery pack includes at least one battery cell and a base and a cover, together adapted to house the at least one battery cell. A plurality of linking holes are located on at least one first side surface of one of the base or the cover, each linking hole defined by a periphery, wherein at least a portion of the periphery includes a reinforcement that is thicker than the thickness of the first side surface. A plurality of linking protrusions are located on at least one second side surface of the other of the base or the cover, each of the plurality of linking protrusions adapted to mate with a corresponding linking hole, thereby holding the base and cover in engagement with one another.03-19-2009
20090108806ADAPTOR, ASSEMBLY OF BATTERY PACK AND ADAPTOR, AND ELECTRIC TOOL WITH THE SAME - When a battery pack having an output voltage of 14.4 V that is connectable to an electric tool in a sliding manner is used as a power supply source for the electric tool that is connectable to a battery pack in an insertion manner and has a rated voltage of 12 V, the electric tool and the battery pack are connected to each other with an adaptor interposed therebetween. The adaptor has an FET that is switched at a predetermined duty of a predetermined frequency. The battery pack and the electric tool are connected or disconnected to or from each other by the switching operation, thereby dropping the output voltage of the battery pack. The voltage from the battery pack is detected. When the detected voltage is out of a predetermined value range, it is judged that the overcurrent or overdischarge has occurred. Then, the FET is turned off to stop the electric tool.04-30-2009
20110241620CHARGING APPARATUS FOR LAPTOP COMPUTER WITH MULTI-BATTERIES AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - A charging apparatus for laptop computer with multiple-batteries is used in a first battery unit and a second battery unit. The charging apparatus comprises a micro controller unit; a first charging switch unit electrically connected to the micro controller unit; a second charging switch unit electrically connected to the micro controller unit; and a charging unit electrically connected to the first charging switch unit and the second charging switch unit. The micro controller unit controls the charging unit charging the first battery unit and the second battery unit via controlling the first charging switch unit and the second charging switch unit. The charging apparatus charges multi-batteries simultaneously.10-06-2011
20130187604Method of establishing a Battery Charging Network - A data management system that is enabled such that the user can select a data source node, a repository and a data path, choose policies for each and distribute the policies to be managed by the management system.07-25-2013
20110074353Battery charger - A battery charger for charging a detachably attached battery pack by supplying an electric power from an external power source, the battery charger includes a notification unit for notifying a user of a charging operation by turning on or flickering a light-emitting member. The notification unit notifies the user of a power connection state of the battery charger by turning on or flickering the light-emitting member immediately after the battery charger is electrically connected to the external power source without attaching the battery pack thereto, and the notification unit turns off the light-emitting member after a predetermined period of time lapses and keeps the light-emitting member in an off-state until the battery pack is attached to the battery charger.03-31-2011
20120126749BATTERY PACK AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - A battery pack and a method of controlling the same are disclosed. According to some aspects, the battery pack includes at least one chargeable battery cell, and a charge control circuit that receives a control signal from an external source. The charge control circuit is configured to control charging of the battery cell according to the control signal. As a result, a charging operation may be stably performed.05-24-2012
20120169284Battery Charging Method and Battery Pack Using the Same - A battery charging method, and a battery pack using the same. In the battery charging method, constant-current charging is performed in a plurality of phases, and a magnitude of charge current with which a battery is charged is determined according to a charge amount of the battery. The charge amount may be determined by measuring the voltage of the battery or by integrating the charging current over time. When the battery charging method is used, a battery charging time is reduced and the battery is less apt to be overcharged.07-05-2012
20100320967Rechargeable Battery Pack with Connecting Ports for Internal and External Charging/Output Operations - The embodiments relate to a rechargeable battery pack capable of both internal and external charging/output operation. The rechargeable battery pack has an internal connecting port, which is configured to directly connect to an internal electrical contact in an electronic device during an internal charging/output operation when such battery pack is installed inside an electronic device. The rechargeable battery pack also has at least one external connecting port, which is operable during at least one of external charging and output operations of the rechargeable battery pack when the battery pack is removed from the electronic device. The external connecting port allows the rechargeable battery pack to be externally connected to an external charging connecter during an external charging operation or to a second electronic device or second rechargeable battery pack during an external output operation.12-23-2010
20110175571CHARGER AND METHOD FOR CHARGING FOR SILVER ZINC BATTERIES - A zinc alkaline rechargeable battery pack is disclosed. The zinc alkaline rechargeable battery pack includes a casing including a plurality of electrochemical cells and recharging management circuitry. Each cell of the plurality of electrochemical cells includes an alkaline electrolyte, an anode and a cathode. The anode comprises zinc. The cathode comprises silver, an oxide of silver, silver metal, or a combination of the silver, the oxide of silver and the silver metal. The alkaline electrolyte includes an aqueous hydroxide of an alkali metal. The recharging management circuitry is connected to the plurality of electrochemical cells. The recharging management circuitry includes a processor, a first voltage detector/controller connected to the processor, a second voltage detector/controller connected to the processor, and a current sensor connected to the processor. The first voltage detector/controller, the second voltage detector/controller and current sensor are connected to the plurality of electrochemical cells. A system for charging a zinc alkaline rechargeable battery pack is also disclosed. A method for charging the rechargeable battery pack is also disclosed.07-21-2011
20120038320Battery Charger and Battery Charging Method - Charging is started with charge voltage set to a first voltage value (lower than a normal charge voltage) by a charge voltage change means, the first voltage value being predetermined to ensure that secondary batteries constituting a parallel-arrangement battery pack are charged up to and maintained at a predetermined SOC lower than full charge (between 80 and 90% of full charge). When a charge current detection means detects that charge current has decreased to a predetermined value A02-16-2012
20120206102BATTERY, BATTERY PACK, BATTERY CHARGER, AND BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a battery. The battery includes a contactless communication control block configured to execute contactless communication as a transponder and a reader/writer which are based on electromagnetic induction. The battery further includes an antenna configured to execute the contactless communication as the transponder; and an antenna configured to execute the contactless communication as the reader/writer. The battery further includes a battery control block configured to control a charge operation of a cell block. The contactless communication control block communicates, in a contactless manner, a charge state of the cell block supplied from the battery control block.08-16-2012
20110156647Apparatus and method for charging a battery pack - A battery pack charger and a method of charging a battery pack may properly charge a battery pack regardless of the number of cells in the battery pack. The battery pack charger includes a voltage sensing unit configured to sense an output voltage of the battery pack being charged with a predetermined voltage for a predetermined period, a controller configured to determine a number of cells in the battery pack in accordance with the output voltage, and a power source charge and discharge unit configured to supply a charge voltage to the battery pack, the charge voltage being determined in accordance with the number of cells in the battery pack.06-30-2011
20120007556BATTERY DIAGNOSIS DEVICE AND METHOD - An apparatus is disclosed that includes a resistance measuring unit operable to determine a solution resistance Rsol and a charge transfer resistance Rct of a battery; and at least one computer-readable non-transitory storage medium comprising code, that, when executed by at least one processor, is operable to provide an estimate of the present value of the battery by: comparing Rsol and Rct to historical deterioration transition information; estimating the number of remaining charge cycles before a discharge capacity lower limit is reached by the battery using the comparison; and estimating the number of remaining charge cycles before a discharge time lower limit is reached by the battery using the comparison. The estimate of the present value of the battery includes the smaller of the number of remaining charge cycles before a discharge capacity lower limit is reached or the number of remaining charge cycles before a discharge time lower limit is reached.01-12-2012
20120112699METHOD AND CHARGING DEVICE FOR CHARGING AT LEAST TWO BATTERIES - A method for charging at least two batteries each having at least one cell is disclosed. During a first charging phase, batteries are charged sequentially to a first charge status and afterwards batteries are charged during a second charging phase sequentially to a second, higher charge status. The first charging phase is begun with the battery having the lowest charge status. In addition, a charging device for carrying out the method according to the invention and a mobile electric appliance including such a charging device are disclosed.05-10-2012
20120206101BATTERY PACK - An apparatus may comprise a battery system. Other embodiments are described and claimed.08-16-2012
20120119703PORTABLE 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.05-17-2012
20110181243BATTERY CHARGER FOR A BATTERY PACK HOUSING RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES - The battery charger charges a battery pack housing rechargeable batteries by attaching the battery pack 07-28-2011
20120169285CHARGING DEVICE HAVING A POWER ELEMENT - In a charging device having a power element for producing a charge voltage for charging a battery pack from an input voltage provided by an input voltage source, the power element and the input voltage source being capable of being connected to one another in electrically conductive fashion via a separator that can be controlled by a control unit, and the separator being fashioned for the purpose of producing, in an allocated switching mode, an electrically conductive connection between the power element and the input voltage source and, in an allocated separating mode, separating this electrically conductive connection, the control unit is connected, at least for standby power supply, to an allocated energy storage device, and is fashioned for the purpose of controlling the separator during the transition from a charge operating mode to a standby operating mode of the charging device, in order to change the separator over from switching mode to separating mode.07-05-2012
20120313582HAND TOOL HAVING AT LEAST ONE INTEGRATED BATTERY CELL - In a hand tool having at least one integrated battery cell, a pen-shaped tool housing is provided, and the battery cell is connectable to a charger for charging, which is designed to charge removable battery packs.12-13-2012
20120074904System and Method for Controlling Output of a Battery Pack - Systems and methods for controlling the output of a battery pack are disclosed. In one example, a battery pack contactor is opened in response to battery pack current. The system and method may reduce battery pack degradation and increase system flexibility.03-29-2012
20120256590BATTERY PACK, ELECTRIC TOOL AND BATTERY CHARGER - A battery pack includes a casing having an opening, an engaging member having a stopper, and a regulating member configured to regulate a movement of the engaging member. The engaging member is supported in a slidable and rotatable manner relative to the casing, and is applied with a biasing force such that the stopper projects from the opening. The regulating member includes a contact portion configured to block a rotation of the engaging member and an operating portion configured to displace the contact portion to release a blocking of the rotation of the engaging member. When the operating portion is a non-operated state, the engaging member is slidable against the biasing force to retract the stopper. When the operating portion is in an operated state, the engaging member is rotatable against the biasing force to retract the stopper.10-11-2012
20120262118DUAL-CHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK IN A POWER SUPPLY - A dual-chargeable battery pack in a power supply is disclosed. The dual-chargeable battery pack comprises a main body provided with an electrical energy storage device, a first connecting device and a second connecting device. The first connecting device comprises a first charging terminal set and a first power output terminal set, wherein the first charging terminal set is configured to receive an input of a first power for outputting to the electrical energy storage device. The second connecting device comprises a second charging terminal set which is configured to receive an input of a second power for outputting to the electrical energy storage device. The electrical energy storage device is configured to output the electrical energy accumulated therein as a third power through the first power output terminal set. The second power is different than the first power.10-18-2012
20120299545RECHARGEABLE BATTERY POWER SUPPLY STARTER AND CELL BALANCING APPARATUS - When a voltage applied to a first capacitor connected to an output of a power generator in parallel is equal to or larger than a threshold, a starter signal output from a monitoring circuit to a control circuit is set from a low level to a high level. The control circuit self-starts, and a first switch arranged between the power generator and a cell balancing circuit is turned ON. Electric power for equalizing an output voltage of each of a plurality of rechargeable batteries of a battery pack is supplied from the power generator to the battery pack via the cell balancing circuit.11-29-2012
20120229091VOLTAGE MONITOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, BATTERY PACK, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE EMPLOYING BATTERY PACK - A voltage monitor semiconductor device to monitor voltages of multiple rechargeable devices to output a detection result signal to indicate overcharge, over-discharge, or excess-current, the voltage monitor semiconductor device including multiple voltage input terminals, corresponding to the multiple rechargeable devices, to monitor the voltages of the corresponding rechargeable devices as monitor voltages; and a test signal generation circuit to generate a first test signal that inverts when at least one of the monitor voltages falls below a predetermined first threshold voltage that is not used normally as an abnormal state.09-13-2012
20120081074STATE OF CHARGE INDICATOR FOR A BATTERY CHARGER - A method is provided for indicating state of charge of a battery being charged by a charger. The method includes: supplying a charging current from a battery charger to a battery pack; determining voltage of battery cells residing in the battery pack; and illuminating a visual indicator on the battery charger to indicate state of charge of the battery pack, where brightness of the visual indicator correlates to the voltage of the battery cells in the battery pack.04-05-2012
20100231165Multiple Interface Device Charger with Removable Battery Pack - A charging accessory for a portable electronic device having a device input connector includes a main charger body portion having a power supply connection to an AC wall outlet that receives an AC power supply voltage. Power conversion circuitry converts the AC power supply voltage to a DC power supply voltage. A device connector is electrically coupled to the DC power supply voltage and configured to couple the DC power supply voltage to the device input connector of the portable electronic device. The main body also has a battery pack connector that is electrically coupled to the DC power supply voltage. The battery pack connector couples to a battery pack through a charging body connector that electrically connects to the battery pack connector and receives the DC power supply voltage when the battery pack is mounted on the main charger body portion. A rechargeable battery in the battery receives the DC power supply voltage to recharge the rechargeable battery. A device connector allows the battery pack to be directly coupled to the device input connector on the portable electronic device to provide an addition portable power supply for the device.09-16-2010
20120091962BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM UTILIZING STACKABLE BATTERIES - An energy storage system includes a battery management system that has a plurality of loads connected in electrical series with one another, and a controller operatively connected to the plurality of loads. A first battery pack has battery cells connected in electrical series with respect to one another to establish a system voltage. The first battery pack is connected in electrical parallel to the plurality of loads. The controller is operable to balance charges of the battery cells by activating selected ones of the loads. The battery management system and the first battery pack are configured such that an additional battery pack with additional battery cells connected in electrical series with respect to one another or an additional load pack with additional loads connected in electrical series with respect to one another is connectable to the battery management system. A method of managing battery capacity is also provided.04-19-2012
20120286732SHARED CONTROL OF THERMISTOR AND DUAL PURPOSE THERMISTOR LINE - A battery pack can include a temperature sensor that can provide an output that is indicative of a temperature associated with the battery pack. A battery management unit can directly measure the temperature sensor when the battery pack is by itself or engaged with a tool. A charger can directly read the temperature sensor when the battery pack is engaged with the charger. Thus, the temperature sensor can be shared by the battery pack and the charger. The battery pack can utilize a same terminal that provides access to the temperature sensor to indicate a stop-charge signal. The charger can read the stop-charge signal on the same terminal used to directly access the temperature sensor.11-15-2012
20080252255CHARGER WITH INPUT AND OUTPUT VOLTAGES ADJUSTABLE BY MEANS OF SINGLE CIRCUIT MATED PLUG-IN CARD TYPE SWITCH - The present invention provides a charger whose input and output voltages are adjusted by means of a single circuit mated plug-in card type switches, in particular relates to a charger that is suited for various input voltages adjusted by various plug-in cards to achieve charging, which has a function of adjusting output voltages by means of plug-in card-type switches to securely and properly charge various electronic terminals having various rated voltages, and whose voltages are universally used for charging electronic terminals. The charger is characterized by comprising a charger body, a DC input and output jack and a slot on one side of the charger body; a circuit main board, N battery packs and a display circuit built in the charger body; a plurality of plug-in cards and a plurality of DC input converters, or a plurality of plug-in cards and a plurality of DC output converters, mated with the DC input and output jack and the slot, and plug type DC jacks arranged at one end of the plurality of DC input converters and the plurality of DC output converters respectively; and a external power source and output wires connected to the plug type DC jacks respectively. The external power source is input into the built in electronic circuit through the plurality of input converters and the plurality of input plug-in cards, so that the input charging current can be adjust to charge the battery packs, and there also are electronic circuit arranged in the plurality of output plug-in cards, so that output voltage can be adjusted by changing values of electronic parts to satisfy the charging requirement of electronic terminals.10-16-2008
20130169229CHARGER DEVICE FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A charger unit includes: a housing, prongs for engaging an electrical outlet, the prongs being coupled to one another by a cross-member and being movable relative to the housing between a retracted position in which the prongs are received in the housing and an extended position in which the prongs protrude from the housing, the prongs being biased toward the extended position, a locking arm comprising a first end, a cut out for receiving the cross-member when the prongs are in the retracted position and a second end for abutting the cross-member when the prongs are in the extended position, the first end of the locking arm being coupled to a carriage and the cutout being provided between the first end and the second end, the locking arm being movable by the carriage into and out of engagement with the cross-member and the locking arm being biased toward the passage.07-04-2013
20080224657Rechargeable battery - The invention relates to a rechargeable battery with a battery housing having a rear wall with a recess which extends as far as an end wall of the battery housing and has a base side and narrow sides facing each other, the base side continuing via a step into the outer side of the rear wall, and a contact assembly which is covered by a cover extending from the step being positioned at the step. In order to further develop the battery so that when the battery is connected to an electrical appliance the contact assembly is protected against splash water, it is proposed, in accordance with the invention, that the cover form a contact housing which completely surrounds the contact assembly in circumferential direction and has on its side facing away from the step an insertion opening surrounded by a circumferential rim of the contact housing, which forms a sealing surface.09-18-2008
20130113427BATTERY PACK - A battery pack according to the present invention includes a battery, a control unit, a power supply circuit, and a supply source selection unit. The power supply circuit is configured to receive electric power selectively from one of the battery and a charger, and generate a voltage for driving the control unit. The supply source selection unit is configured to select the charger as a power supply source to the power supply circuit when the battery is in a state of being able to supply electric power to the power supply circuit, the battery pack is attached to the charger and it is possible to supply electric power to the power supply circuit also from the charger.05-09-2013
20130147433METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE POWER STATUS OF A BATTERY PACK AND RELATED SMART BATTERY DEVICE - In a smart battery device, a battery pack having a plurality of battery cells is provided. During charging, if the voltage of each battery cell does not exceed the maximum operational voltage associated with individual battery cell, the battery pack is charged by a first voltage. If the voltage of any battery cell is not smaller than the maximum operational voltage associated with individual battery cell, the battery pack is charged by a second voltage smaller than the first voltage.06-13-2013
20120274280SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING AND ARCHIVING BATTERY PERFORMANCE DATA - An intelligent rechargeable battery pack having a battery management system for monitoring and controlling the charging and discharging of the battery pack is described. The battery management system includes a memory for storing data related to the operation of the battery, and the battery management system is also configured to communicate the data related to the operation of the battery to other processors for analysis.11-01-2012
20120274279BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR CONTROL OF LITHIUM POWER CELLS - An intelligent rechargeable battery pack having a battery management system for monitoring and controlling the charging and discharging of the battery pack is described. The battery management system includes primary and secondary protection circuits for monitoring the charging and discharging of the battery. Individual battery cells forming the battery pack are connected by a main bus to a connector for connection to a battery charger or a device to be powered, and the main bus may be interrupted by a switch controlled by the battery management system to prevent damage to the battery during charging or discharging of the battery.11-01-2012
20120274281APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING BATTERY PACK BY REFLECTING DEGRADATION DEGREE OF SECONDARY CELLS AND BATTERY PACK HAVING THE SAME - The present invention discloses an apparatus for managing a battery pack by reflecting a degradation degree of secondary cells, selecting the secondary cell having a maximum disparate voltage value among calculated disparate voltage values as a degraded cell in the current charging cycle, and updating the information on the degraded cell.11-01-2012
20130154563RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK - The invention relates to a rechargeable battery pack. Particularly, but not exclusively, the invention relates to a rechargeable battery pack for a battery powered appliance such as a hand held vacuum cleaner. The rechargeable battery pack includes at least one power interface for transferring power from the battery pack to an appliance during use and a single charger input terminal to which an output terminal of a battery charger is connectable during use for charging the battery pack, wherein the single charger input terminal is connectable to the output terminal of a battery charger when the battery pack is connected to an appliance and when the battery pack is not connected to an appliance.06-20-2013
20130154564SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FOR PROTECTING SECONDARY BATTERY, BATTERY PACK, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME - A battery pack includes a secondary battery, a discharge-control transistor, a charge-control transistor connected in series with the discharge-control transistor between a negative power source terminal of the secondary battery and a terminal of a load or a negative power source terminal of a charger, and a battery protection semiconductor device including a detection circuit that detects at least one of excessively charged, excessive discharging, overcurrent, short-circuit, and overheating states of the secondary battery, a control circuit that turns on and off the discharge-control transistor and the charge-control transistor, and a charge prevention circuit that prevents the secondary battery from being charged by turning off the charge-control transistor when a voltage of the secondary battery is not greater than a predetermined low-voltage criterial voltage variable by trimming a portion of the charge prevention circuit. The charge prevention circuit includes first and second inverter circuits.06-20-2013
20130187603Battery Charger Network - A battery charger network that includes at least one battery charger, at least one power source and at least one battery pack. The charger network is able to charge the battery pack using the at least one battery charger where the battery charger is capable of communicating to an additional battery charger via a battery charger network.07-25-2013
20130187605APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACTIVE BALANCING OF SERIES CELLS AND SERIES PACKS IN A BATTERY SYSTEM - An active balancing and battery charging system for a battery including a plurality of packs made up of cells. An H-bridge circuit having a nominal system voltage as an input generates a square wave output to a plurality of step-down transformers each associated with a pack, where the plurality of step-down transformers provide an active balancing voltage of about the nominal pack voltage. Each pack may include a balancing transformer including a common primary coil receiving the active balancing voltage from the associated step-down transformer or the pack itself. The balancing transformer also includes a plurality of secondary coils each associated with the respective plurality of cells of the pack. A voltage induced in the secondary coils causes a discrete charge current to flow to any cells in the pack that are undercharged relative to other cells.07-25-2013
20130193924CHARGE CONTROLLER WITH PROTECTION FUNCTION AND BATTERY PACK - A charge controller includes a charge control circuit which controls a charging transistor; and a protection circuit that, when the secondary battery is over-discharged, turns off the first control switch element to block discharge current and when the secondary battery is overcharged, turns off the second control switch element to prevent the charge current from flowing. The charge control circuit includes a function of control for applying constant charge current through the charging transistor until the voltage of the secondary battery reaches a predetermined value and switching to control for applying charge current at a constant voltage after the voltage of the secondary battery reaches the predetermined value, and a terminal voltage on the positive electrode side and a terminal voltage on the negative electrode side of the secondary battery are supplied as monitoring voltage to the charge control circuit.08-01-2013
20120293124BATTERY CHARGING CONTROL SYSTEM - An object of the invention is to make the charging power as high as possible in a battery charging control system for selectively charging a plurality of batteries having different voltages with energy generated by an alternator. To achieve the object, the battery charging control system according to the invention includes an alternator having a variable generation voltage and a plurality of batteries having different charging voltages, wherein maximum generation power defined as the highest power that the alternator can generate and maximum charging power defined as the highest power that each battery can accept are obtained, and a battery for which the charging power is highest is selected to be charged based on a comparison of the maximum generation power and the maximum charging power.11-22-2012
20130200848BATTERY PACK, METHOD FOR CHARGING/DISCHARGING SAME, AND POWER CONSUMPTION DEVICE - Provided is a method for charging/discharging a battery pack having an auxiliary charging/discharging device and a battery assembly in which a plurality of secondary battery cell parallel modules, each of which includes a plurality of fasecondary battery cells connected in parallel, are connected in series, the method including, when there is no abnormality in the secondary battery cells during charging/discharging, connecting the auxiliary charging/discharging device in parallel to any of the secondary battery cell parallel modules, and when there is an abnormality in any of the secondary battery cells during charging/discharging, releasing connection to the secondary battery cell at which the abnormality has arisen in the secondary battery cell parallel module including the secondary battery cell at which the abnormality has arisen, and connecting the auxiliary charging/discharging device in parallel to the secondary battery cell parallel module including the secondary battery cell at which the abnormality has arisen.08-08-2013
20130200847CHARGE CONTROL DEVICE INCLUDING PROTECTIVE FUNCTION AND CELL PACK - A charge controller includes a charge control circuit that, when detecting that a charging power supply is connected, controls the charging transistor to apply the charge current; a first and second control switch element connected in series between one terminal of a secondary battery and an external terminal; and a protection circuit that, when the secondary battery is over-discharged, turns off the first control switch element to stop discharge current and when deeply discharged, turns off the second control switch element. The protection circuit sends a charge inhibit signal to the charge control circuit when the secondary battery is deeply discharged, and while receiving the charge inhibit signal, the charge control circuit keeps the charging transistor off to prevent the charge current from flowing even if detecting that the charging power supply is connected.08-08-2013

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