US 20050201642 A1
A cord holder for the storage and transport of electrical cords and similar items comprising a concave pouch open at both ends with a girth wider than the end openings. In use, a bundled or coiled cord is pulled into the device by an arm entering the device through one opening, extending through the device and out the second opening. The bundled cord is grasped by the extended hand and pulled into the device through the second opening. The cord is released after entering the device and expands. It is then held inside by expanding and filling the wider midsection.
1. A cord holder comprising:
a. a pouch;
b. a first opening at one end of the pouch;
c. a second opening at the opposite end of the pouch; and
d. the pouch being shaped so that its width near the middle is wider than its width at either of the end openings.
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b. an opening at one end of the pouch; and
c. the pouch being shaped so that its width near the middle is wider than its width at the ends.
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25. The method of storing a cord using the apparatus of
a. coiling or bunching the cord;
b. inserting a hand through a first open end of the pouch into the pouch;
c. reaching through to the second open end of the pouch;
d. grasping and pulling the coil or bundle of cord through the second open end of the pouch into the pouch; and
e. releasing the cord to allow it to expand inside the pouch.
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securing the cord by a means for closure of at least one of the ends of the pouch.
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A. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to cord holders and more specifically to cord holders that have improvements to secure a cord inside a device for storage and transport.
B. Description of Related Art
The concept of cord holders for electrical cords is generally known in the art. Typically, cord holders comprise an elongated or circular device around which the cord is wound. These devices generally take considerable time for the user to wrap the cord around the device, and then to secure it in some fashion to keep it from unwinding. In addition, such devices do not provide any protection to the stored cord.
Heretofore, there has been a recognized problem in maintaining extension cords or items similar thereto in a secure and compact fashion. Because of the length of the cord, it is difficult to store it quickly, but also neatly to prevent tangling.
There have been many proposals to provide equipment for maintaining such cords or lines in position around a holding means. Typically, these devices have been made of rigid materials, such as metal or plastic. As such, they are not easily storable when not in use and also typically have some substantial weight.
C. Objects and Advantages of the Invention
Accordingly, the present invention is designed to address the shortcomings of the typical prior cord holders.
The invention allows the quick and neat storage of a cord without the need for time-consuming winding.
The invention allows for the easy securing of a cord into a holder without additional manipulation of a securing device.
The invention allows for easy storage of the holder when not in use, in that it can be folded to a small size and stored in a small space.
The invention provides a cord holder that is light in weight, making it easily portable.
The invention prevents tangling of the cord.
The invention allows the rapid deployment of the cord for use.
The invention encloses the cord, thereby helping protect it from damage.
In one embodiment, the present invention comprises a pouch or bag enclosure with two open ends. The pouch is shaped so that it is wider toward the middle, with the openings at the two ends narrower than its mid-girth. In this embodiment, the invention is made of cloth, allowing for easy folding when not in use and being of light weight.
A. A Basic Embodiment of the Invention
A basic embodiment of the present invention is illustrated in
B. Additional and Alternative Embodiments of the Invention
Many different embodiments of the invention are possible, all incorporating the basic idea of the invention. For example, some of these embodiments include varying the relative sizes of a first opening 1, a second opening 3, and the girth of the midsection 2 of the pouch 4 in
Another embodiment of the invention includes having one of the ends closed, providing a shaped pouch with only one end open. For example, in
Other improvements can be added to the basic embodiment of the invention, such as loops or hooks attached to the pouch to allow it to be hung from a hook or nail. Handles can be added to allow easy transport. Closing devices, such as flaps or straps, can be added to the open ends to provide more secure storage of the cord.
C. Operation of the Invention
The invention is used by first gathering the cord to be stored into a bundle. It may optionally be wound or coiled. The device works with the cord wound, but such winding is not necessary. Referring to
then inserted into the pouch 4 through the larger of the two openings 3. The bundle of cord is pulled into pouch by reaching through the smaller opening from the outside of the pouch 4 and grasping the cord and pulling into the pouch through the larger opening 3. The cord is then released while being held inside the pouch 4. The natural tension in the cord causes it to expand into the shape of the pouch 4 conforming to its larger girth at the midsection 2. This expansion into the midsection makes the bundled cord as relaxed larger than the circumference of either the first opening 1 or the second opening 3, preventing the cord from falling through either opening when transported.
One method for transporting the invention is to carry it with the narrow end 1 down, providing more security against cord slippage due to the smaller diameter of the opening. If an optional handle is attached to the pouch 4 across the larger opening 3, the invention can be conveniently carried by such handle in the best position.
When the invention is empty, it can be folded into a compact package and stored easily.
D. Scope of the Invention
Although the present invention and its use has been described in considerable detail with respect to certain embodiments, many other embodiments are possible. The particular specifications given should not be construed as limiting the scope of the invention, but as merely providing illustrations of some of the presently preferred embodiments. Therefore, the spirit and to the description of the described that equivalent structures can be used for changing the spirit of the invention.