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Publication numberUS1937612 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 5, 1933
Filing dateJan 10, 1933
Priority dateJan 10, 1933
Publication numberUS 1937612 A, US 1937612A, US-A-1937612, US1937612 A, US1937612A
InventorsWalde Albert H
Original AssigneeFox Automotive Products Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Battery terminal connecter
US 1937612 A
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Dec. 5, 1933. A, H. WALDE 1,937,612

BATTERY TERMINAL CONNECTER Filed Jan. 1o, 193s Patented Dec. y i i i' y i i i* y Y l i i 'i Albert H. Walde, Roxborough, Pa., assigner to Fox Automotive Products Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa., a corporation of Delaware Application January 10, 1933. y Serial 110.650,948*k 1 a claims; v(o1. 173-.-259) l y i My invention relates to battery terminal conin the preceding figures looking into the sockets necters and more particularly to theattainment lof thetwostrap clamps embodied therein; and

of a very simple construction whichis readily Fig. 5 is across-sectional view longitudinally adapted for connecting electrical leads or cables of the bolt;

V V5 of diierent diameters as present in different igni-v Figs.l 6 and '7 illustrate i.'urther-.modiiications' 66- tion circuits, firmly to the terminal posts of the the invention.A f battery without the use of solder. l My improved battery terminal connecter-con-` A further object of this invention is to pro- Sists primarily of a relatively thick block or bodyy vide a construction providing two integrally con- DOItiOn l Which eS between the substan-` nected strap clamps, the freeends of the straps tially parallel to the freey ends of ytwofstrapv e5'y i being provided each with a hole for the free pas- Clamps 2 and 3 I'GSDSCVSIM- Thestlfap Clamp sage of a single bolt therethrough, saidbolt being .2 iS Preferably integral Wththe block 1 and comthreaded into and extending. through a body DTSeS the Stlap 4 'Which iS 0f Substantially' Cir-.-

` portionrof saidconnecter, positioned intermediate 0111211 Olm and 3f-Which. the free end ia-extends cylindrical opening provided by-a strap clamp and a head '7 and a 1111i? 3- f 15- said straps Y and with which. Seid Straps are generally parallel-with the one side-1a of'theblock 70 integral. y v i v 1, the said free end 'being preferably of heavier A further ebjeet ofthis invention is te provide Construction than the YCircular.-1 portion of the a construction whereby the bared end of an elec- Strap 4 and being pfollided With an Opening .5 fol' trieal cable may be inserted inte a substantially the free-passage therethrough of a bolt Shavingy the free-end of said clamp may be'then drawn Tho biook or body Portionxl- 1S also provided' I byl a belt or by a nut en seid bolt te reduce the With a 1101 9 which is *Screw-threaded .and-in sizeof the holejin the connecter by drawing the Which '011e threaded Doifton Ofilhelboit 6 iiSJ i strep into nent engagement with the inserted Extending Outwardlvfrom the upper Surface A cable end whereby substantially the same presof iheioiook 1 is .the Strap 1o of the Clamp 3 and 80 ,7"

sure is broughtto bear alike and evenly over the this strap is also provided with athickened free wholesurface of the end'of the cable inserted end 11 through Which extends a hole oropening in said connecten 12 for the free passage'therethrough'of the saidf A s. A further vobject of this invention is to provide boit o- *3o* allconnecter which may be tightly, permnently The strap clamp y2thusp-rsovides therethrough e5 clamped to therend 0f a A@gliele by merely turning a circular opening 13 which is or" a diameter toV a single bolt therein and which may be after snugly t over-the terminal post of 'a storage bat- Werd then tightly. clamped to the terminal post tery. Said -batteryposts aregenerally cylindri-lgVV 0f a battery by a single nut onthe Same bolt and cal in shape and of a standard diameter. They'. s "without turning the bolt; and which,y conversely, oro Sometimes siightiy-oonioai 'but-m5 invention* 90 may be clamped to e, betteryterminal by turni-ngv is equally adaptable `to such conical terminals, it e a single bolt thereof, said connecter being also boing only necessaryi-o make the holo 13 of a" provided with a recess into which the bared end taper to fit Such tapering or oonooi posti The L oran electric cable may be thereafter inserted Size and Shapo'of the opening 13 through the, 40 and rmly retained by merely turning the nut clamp 2 is madeitorclosely,trvaround a given 95 threaded over the same bolt. Y Standard teTminaL 4 Other objects of my invention will appear in The'openng 14 inthe Clamp 3 is preferably of the speicatien and claims be10w a size to receive the largest 'cableordinarily used Referring tothe drawing forming a Dart of thisl in the oiooi'io ignition Systems of automobiles "specication and in whichv the same reference and the inner .Surface 'lla of 'the freomendllf 100 characters are employed throughout the various' thereof iS 'Preferably disposedata slight angiel s Views to designate the seme parte, `to the adjacent side 1a ofl the blockorfbody por-l Fig. 1 is a plan View of the top of my improved tion 1 so that when' drawn towards" the *block 1' 4conneeter; f e s the surfaces 11a and las will approach parallelism f 5o' Y Fig. 2 is a sidel elevational View of the eenmoving. aboutthe"axisofrthe'lopeningv 14 rof the 105 v struction shown ,in Fig. 1; v i' l clamp3. The 'end 111l isnormallyaspaced at a Y Fig.` 3 is abbi-,tom plan View of the seme but sumcient distance from the block 1 toenableithe v withthe bolt positioned reversely to that shown free end 11a t0 beplawnv Suentlyid subsi/ari- 1 inc FigS. 1 and 2;. v f tially vre'ducethe-'diameter of the opening14 Fig. 4 is an end elevation of the device shown therein to lit securely around and iirinly retain liroi 30 free end 11 toward the block 1 thus reducing the a cable having a diameter substantially smaller than the actual diameter of the original normal hole l14 and thereby accommodate and firmly the axis of the cylindricalopening l4'of the strap i clamp the smallest of the standard Ycables employed in ignition circuits for automobiles.

Because it is desirable to protect the bared end 15a of the cable 15 from* the corrosive action from the fumes and acid of the battery, I preferably practically close the endY of the opening 14 nearest the terminal .with a Wall 16 Which may be provided With a substantially angular cut or slot 1'? the opposing surfaces 17a and 17b ofwhich are coincident with the'corresponding. surfaces 1a of the block 1' and the surface 11a of the -free end 11, the apex of said angle being at or about clamp 3.v By virtue of this construction the cut is almost closed, When the clamp 3 is tightly drawn'around the end cfa cable of average diameter.

The manner in which my improved. connecter is Yused should now be apparent. As assembled in Figs. `1-, 2 and 5, the bolt 6 is slipped through the'hole 12 of the clamp 3 and is threaded into the hole 9v until the head 7 contacts with the i". outer surface of theV free end 1l ofthe strap the bolt 6. Y l Y angular slot or out 1 7V in the Wall v15 and theend of thecable Will `be practically enclosed WithinV clamp 3. The bared end 15",1 of the cable 15fis inserted into the hole or recess 14 of the clampr 3.

`When the end of the cable bottoms on the wall 16 the head of the screw is turned to dravv'the diameter of .the hole 14 and turning the bolthead 'l-Yand with it the bolt 6 to draw the strap l10 so tightly around the end of the cable that the latter cannot be Withdrawn Without loosening This will substantially close the the opening or socket 14 and protectedffrom the corrosive fumes and liquids or" the battery;

' Because the opening 14 is substantially cylinv drical, the clamping-pressure and the attendant frictionbetween the cable and the connecter vwill be substantially evenly applied', and distributed end of the bolt6 and turning the said nut to draw the free end 4a. of the strap 4 snugly around the terminal.

Y clamped in thestrap clamp 2.

thereafter thebared end 15EL of the cable 15 may But the'device is equallyadapted for rst attachment to thebattery terminal by inserting the bolt Sinto the opposite end of the threaded hole 9.

Thus by first inserting the end of the bolt 6 into the hole 5fof the end @of the strap 4 and -then turning the screWin the threaded hole v9 until the headr'l lengages the outer surface of the end la if of the strap 4, the clamp 2 may be slipped over the end of theA battery terminal "and the bolt 6 turned by its head 7 until the terminal. is tightly Now at any time be inserted. into the socket opening '14 and the nut 8 may be ,threadedover the end of the bolt extending through-,the holel2, and turned to draw4` the straprlOtightly aroundthe cable end 15e.,

Thus it is that my improvedconnecter can be readily iixedly connected to either a battery terminal or to a cable by a single bolt by merely vslipping the` free end of the bolt through the opening in the free end of the appropriate clamp land threading it into the body portion and having been secured tothe selected conductor the other clamp may be thereafter closed around another conductor by tightening the nut threaded lover the same bolt, and Without loosening the connection rst made.

While my deviceris primarily designed to connect a cable lead to abattery terminal` in the more. or less standardized relationship, with the battery terminalV vertically disposed, and the cable vhorizontally disposed,it is now clear that the strap 4 of the: clamp 2 might be integrally connectedto the top of the body 1 or V,the clamp 3 might be integrally connected to the end of the body l so that 'theter'minal and cable Would be disposed in parallel instead of transverse direction 01' for Connellg any two'other electrical conductors. v v f Thus referring to Fig. 6, the terminal clamp 2bl a and the cable clamp 3b may be parallel and extend from the saine sideof the block 1b Which isy provided with a threaded opening 9b into which is threaded the bolt 6b from either direction depending upon Which clamp'is first; to besecurely clamped to an electric conductor. vAs in the other'modications the openings l5b of the clamp Zband the opening 12b of the clamp 3b are smooth -Y openings larger than the bolt and through which the bolt may freely slide. v Y v y l In the modification-shown inFig'. 7 the axes ofthe clamps 2c and. 3CV are also parallel, but the straps extend from opposite sides of the block 1c. The holes 5C and 12c like the corresponding'holes in the other modifications are oflarger diameter than the'bolt 6C andis -threaded hole 9C in the block 1. f f Y l I-Iaving thus described my invention, what I claim and Vdesire to protect by LetterslPat'ent Aof* the UnitedV States is:1 1 v1. In an electric connecter the. combination with an intermediate vmetal block and twov metal strap clamps integral therewith, each clamp com-f into a. threaded prising a metal strap member one end of eachf being integral Vof said block and extending there-V from in a substantially circular direction and terminating in stiff free ends extending longitudinally in substantially parallel planes and lbeing v provided each with a hole therethrough, said holes beingin axial alinement, said block beingv provided With a screw-threaded hole therethrough in axial alinernent with said holes in said straps, of a bolt passing freely through the holes in' said straps and threadedinto said hole through'sai'd block, and a nut on the free endof said'bolt.

2. In an electric connecter the combination with an intermediate metal block and two metal strapL clamps integral therewith, each clampycomprisa ing a metal strap member one end of/each being integral Vof said block and extending therefrom in a substantially circulardirection andterminating instiff free ends extendinglongitudinallyy in substantially parallel planes, and being providedeach Witha hole therethrougnsaid holes being in axial` 'alinement .said blockbeingprovided with a screw-threaded hole therethrough inaxialv alinement with said holes in said straps, Vof a bolt passingfreely throughthe holes in said straps and threaded into said hole through said block, av nuten the free end of said bolt', and' a Wallin# tegral Withione of said straps of Vone ofsaid1clamps4 and substantially closing the one endof the otherwise free passage through said clamp and provided with a slot therethrough in registration with the space between the surface of said intermediate block and the inner surface of the free end of the strap of said clamp.A

3. In a battery terminal connecter the combination with an intermediate meta1b1ock, having a,

screw-threaded opening extending therethrough,V

of two strap clamps integral with said block and having metal straps extending therefrom in a substantial circular direction, the free ends of ksaid bolt. e

threaded hole, of a bolt freely passing through said holes in said straps and threaded'intorsaid hole in said block and a nut on the free end of ALBERT H. Wimpie.`


Patent No. 1,937,612. December 5, 1933.


'It is hereby certified that error appears in the printed specification of the above numbered patent requiring correction as follows: Page l, line 64, for "the" read and; and that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may conform to the record of the case in the Patent Office.

Signed and sealed this 26th day of December, A. D. 1933.

Richard Spencer (Seal) Acting Commissioner of Patents.

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US3951372 *Nov 29, 1974Apr 20, 1976Clamp Mfg. Co., Inc.Three dimensional clamp device
US5616433 *Jul 10, 1996Apr 1, 1997Asian International Trades CompanyElectrical connector for storage batteries
US6234849 *Jun 2, 1999May 22, 2001Etco IncorporatedBattery terminal connector
U.S. Classification439/756
International ClassificationH01R11/28, H01R11/11
Cooperative ClassificationH01R11/281
European ClassificationH01R11/28B