US 20050284856 A1
Hair styling appliance systems include cordless appliance handles adapted to receive a rechargeable battery pack. The handles are also adapted to connect to a plurality of different electric styling appliances that may be powered by the rechargeable battery pack. A stand provides storage wells for the handle, battery packs and attachments and further provides charging stations for the battery packs.
1. Apparatus for storage and use of hair styling appliances comprising:
a stand comprising a plurality of ports, at least one port of which includes a DC electrode electrically connected to a DC receptacle on the stand;
a handle comprising a substantially hollow tubular opening configured to accept a rechargeable battery pack;
one or more rechargeable battery packs insertable into the handle effective to provide power to an attachment attached to the handle;
a plurality of hair styling attachments interchangeably attachable to the handle; and
a power cord comprising electrical blades for plugging into a wall receptacle, an AC to DC transformer and a DC plug configured to plug into the DC receptacle within the charging stand.
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5. A cordless power hair styling appliance comprising:
a handle having an upper end configured for attachment to a hair styling attachment and a lower end configured to accept a rechargeable battery pack;
a rechargeable battery pack insertable into the lower end of the handle and configured to snap lock in place in the handle;
a plurality of interchangeable hair styling appliance attachments, each configured to attach to the upper end of the handle by a twist-n-lock mechanism;
wherein the handle further provides an electrical connection from a battery pack inserted in the handle to an attachment attached to the handle.
6. The apparatus of
The use of multiple types of hair styling appliances by an individual user, or by a professional hair stylist can be inconvenient if each appliance has a separate power cord that must be plugged into a receptacle. Cords may become entangled or a limited number of power outlets may prevent the powering of all the appliances simultaneously. To address these problems, cordless appliances have been designed as well as appliance stands in which a plurality of appliances can be powered by a single power cord as in U.S. application Publication 20030222069 or U.S. Pat. No. 5,124,532. These references, however, do not disclose a handle that receives a rechargeable battery pack and on which interchangeable hair styling appliances can be attached.
Certain preferred embodiments of the present disclosure may be described as hair styling appliance systems that include cordless appliance handles adapted to receive a rechargeable battery pack. The handles are also adapted to connect to a plurality of different electric styling appliances that may be powered by the rechargeable battery pack. Any of a number of styling appliances may be used in the disclosed system, including but not limited to curling irons, brush irons and flat straighteners (also known as flat irons). The present disclosure further includes a stand for conveniently holding the appliances so that they are charged and readily useable. The stand preferably includes a plurality of wells or ports for holding the appliances, including ports that connect a rechargeable battery pack to a power cord when the battery pack is seated in the port. Charging ports may be provided for a battery pack contained in a handle, and for a spare battery pack. Other wells or ports are designed to hold attachments while not in use.
Each attachment is detachably connectable to one end of the handle. In preferred embodiments, each attachment includes a cylindrical projection that extends from the end thereof and is configured to slide into a cylindrical aperture on the end of the handle. Preferably a pair of male electrodes extend from the cylindrical projections on the attachments and a pair of female terminals recessed within the apertures at the ends of the appliance handles. The attachments are preferably secured to the appliance handle by means of a twist-n-lock tab mechanism. The handles are primarily hollow tube-like devices shaped to be comfortably held in the hand of a user, and to accept a cylindrical battery pack that is insertable into the opposite end of the handle from the attachment aperture and provides electrical power to the attachment electrodes.
The system also includes a base stand that serves as a recharging station for the battery packs and further as a stand for the appliance handles, extra attachments and extra battery packs. The system also preferably includes an AC to DC converter that plugs into a standard 120 volt electrical socket and also plugs into a DC receptacle on the stand.
Throughout this disclosure, unless the context dictates otherwise, the word “comprise” or variations such as “comprises” or “comprising,” is understood to mean “includes, but is not limited to” such that other elements that are not explicitly mentioned may also be included. Further, unless the context dictates otherwise, use of the term “a” may mean a singular object or element, or it may mean a plurality, or one or more of such objects or elements.
The following drawings form part of the present specification and are included to further demonstrate certain aspects of the present invention. The invention may be better understood by reference to one or more of these drawings in combination with the detailed description of specific embodiments presented herein.
The present disclosure provides a convenient system in which several styling appliances may be stored in a stand and can be used interchangeably with a cordless battery pack. An example of a system 10 as disclosed is shown in
In order to operate the system, a battery pack is inserted into the lower end of the handle. As defined herein, the handle has an upper end, configured to receive the attachments and a lower end for insertion of the battery pack. The handle is preferably a substantially hollow tube-like member in which the hollow portion is sized to accommodate a rechargeable battery pack. A handle with a battery pack inserted and placed on the charger is shown in cross-section in
As has been described herein, various styling attachments may be provided that are interchangeably connectable to the upper end of the handle. A curling iron attachment is shown in
In certain embodiments, the storage ports 60 for extra attachments include grooves configured to accept the pins 40 on the lower ends of the attachments to hold the attachments in place and to prevent rotation while in the stand. Analogously, the storage port for an extra battery pack may be configured in a similar way to the interior of the tubular portion of the handle in order to orient and stabilize an extra battery pack in the stand.
An assembled curling iron embodiment is shown in
All of the apparatus and methods disclosed and claimed herein can be made and executed without undue experimentation in light of the present disclosure. While the apparatus and methods have been described in terms of preferred embodiments, it will be apparent to those of skill in the art that variations may be applied to the apparatus and/or methods and in the steps or in the sequence of steps of the methods described herein without departing from the concept, spirit and scope of the invention. All such similar substitutes and modifications apparent to those skilled in the art are deemed to be within the spirit, scope and concept of the invention as defined by the appended claims.