|Publication number||USRE41675 E1|
|Application number||US 11/442,739|
|Publication date||Sep 14, 2010|
|Filing date||May 25, 2006|
|Priority date||Sep 7, 2001|
|Also published as||US6741064, US20030048096|
|Publication number||11442739, 442739, US RE41675 E1, US RE41675E1, US-E1-RE41675, USRE41675 E1, USRE41675E1|
|Inventors||Sen-Hsiang Liu, Wei-Chen Tu|
|Original Assignee||Sen-Hsiang Liu, Wei-Chen Tu|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (24), Referenced by (2), Classifications (11), Legal Events (5)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a power charging system, and more particularly, to a power charging system for portable electric devices.
2. Description of the Prior Art
In modern society, many people carry portable electric devices, such as a mobile phone, a PDA (personal digital assistant), a hand-held computer, a notebook computer, and so on. Many users carry two or more of these portable devices to access electrical data and interchange information with others. A charging system including a transformer and power cord designed for each portable electric device allows usage of these portable electric devices anytime and anywhere.
The convenience of portable electric devices becomes a disadvantage when users have to carry two or even more (depending on how many portable electric devices they carry) charging systems with them to charge their different portable electric devices. Please refer to FIG. 1.
According to a similar prior art, a portable electric device 10B, shown in
Different portable electric devices have different specially designed working voltages. For example, the working voltage of modern portable electric devices varies from 3 volts to 12 volts. The charging port of each portable electric device also has a different shape and structure. A prior art portable electric device is equipped with its own specially designed transformer. These special transformers convert an input power via their input ports into the specially designed working voltage of the corresponding portable electric device. The output ports of these transformers must match the specially designed charging port of the portable electric device. Thus, when users carry two (or even more) portable electric devices, they have to carry corresponding specially designed transformers to charge their portable electric devices.
According to the prior art shown in
If users plan to charge a portable electric device with two different kinds of power sources, they have to carry at least two different specially designed transformers for each portable electric device to transform different power sources into the specially designed working voltage of the portable electric device. As shown in
A disadvantage of prior art is that users have to carry each specially designed transformer for each portable electric device to charge the portable electric device. It is obviously quite inconvenient for users to carry every possible charging combination for every portable electric device that they carry. Moreover, the weight and the volume of the transformers 16A or 16B, used in transforming AC power to DC power, is hard to further reduce. Additionally, it is also difficult to store power cords (power cords 21A and 23A of the transformers 16A and 18A) because of their lengths. Any portable electric device needs to be equipped with every kind of specially designed transformer to charge from different power sources, increasing the cost of portable electric devices and restricting the development of the information industry.
It is therefore a primary objective of the claimed invention to provide a single power charging system to charge a plurality of portable electric devices so as to solve the above mentioned problems.
According to the claimed invention, the charging system for charging a plurality of portable devices includes a corresponding charging port for inputting a working voltage, each of the portable devices having a different working voltage. The charging system includes a plurality of transformers for converting a plurality of different input voltages into a standard DC (direct current) voltage. Each of the transformers has an output port for outputting the standard DC voltage. The charging system includes a power cord that includes a first connection end removably connected to the output port of the transformer for inputting the standard DC voltage and a second connection end for outputting the standard DC voltage. The charging system also includes a plurality of conveners lo change the standard DC voltage into the corresponding working voltages of the plurality of portable devices. Each of the converters includes an input port removably connected lo the second connection end of the power cord for receiving the standard DC voltage and an output port removably connected to the charging port of a portable device for outputting the working voltage of the portable device. When charging portable devices, users can connect the power cord to the corresponding converter and to any one of the transformers, using the standard DC voltage to charge the plurality of the portable devices.
It is an advantage of the claimed invention that a single power charging system can charge a plurality of portable electric devices.
These and other objectives of the claimed invention will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment that is illustrated in the various figures and drawings.
Please refer to FIG. 2.
The charging system 30 according to the present invention comprises transformers 32A, 32B, 32C corresponding to respective power supplies and converters 42A and 42B corresponding to the respective portable electric devices. The transformers 32A, 32B, and 32C correspond to different power supply sources. The converters 42A and 42B correspond respectively to the portable electric devices 10A and 10B. A power cord 40, removably connected between a transformer and a converter, transmits a standard DC voltage generated by a transformer to a converter.
In this preferred embodiment, a housing of the transformer is made of a hard plastic. That is, the transformer comprises a hard cubic structure and is easy to carry. Each transformer comprises a standard outputinstalled on the housing. The preferred embodiment, shown in
The charging system 30 according to the present invention has a corresponding converter for each portable electric device. Each converter comprises an input port and an output port. Each input port receives a standard DC voltage, but each output port corresponds to a different specially designed charging port of a portable electric device. Each converter inputs a standard DC voltage via an input port 46A or 46B, transforms the input power into a specially designed working voltage of the corresponding portable electric device, and outputs the transformed voltage via an output port 48A or 48B. As shown in
The converters” 42A and 42B respective input ports 46A and 46B are standardized. The output port 48A of the converter 42A corresponds to the charging port 50A of the portable electric device 10A. The converter 42A transforms the standard DC voltage into the specially designed working voltage of the portable electric device 10A and outputs the transformed voltage via the output port 48A. In the same manner, the output port 48B of the converter 42B corresponds to the charging port 50B of the portable electric device 10B. The converter 42B transforms the standard DC voltage into the specially designed working voltage of the portable electric device 10B and outputs the transformed voltage via the output port 48B.
According to the present invention, the power cord 40 transmits electric power between the transformers 32A, 32B and 32C and the converters 42A and 42B. The power cord 40 has a first connection end 45 and a second connection end 43. The first connection end 45 can removably connect to the output port of each transformer. The second connection end 43 can removably connect to the input port of each converter. According to the present invention, the first connection end 45 conforms to the same standard as that of the second connection end 43, making the connection ends 43 and 45 of the power cord 40 interchangeable. The output port of the transformer can be a standard USB, RS232, PS2, or 1394 interface. The corresponding power cord 40, of course, must have the same standard.
An operation of the charging system 30 according to the present invention can be described as follows. When users charge a portable electric device, they connect a transformer to the corresponding power source and the transformer alters the power to the standard DC voltage. An output port of the transformer connects with a first connection end of a power cord. A second connection end of the power cord connects with an input port of a converter. An output port of the converter connects to a charging port of a portable electric device. A power source is transformed into the standard DC voltage by the transformer, output via the standard output port of the transformer, transmitted via the power cord to the standard input port of the converter. The converter alters the standard DC voltage into a specially designed working voltage that is outputted via the output port of the converter to the charging port the portable electric device. Finally, the portable electric device is charged.
Please refer to
The most important characteristic of the present invention is using a separate power cord to connect the standardized output port of a transformer with the standardized input port of a converter. Thus, there is no need to provide a specially designed transformer for each portable electric device. For example, users can charge the portable electric device 10A with the AC power 20 via the output port 48A of the converter 42A by connecting the power cord 40 between the transformer 32B and the converter 42A. The second connection end 43 of the power cord 40 can connect selectively the converter 42A or 42B to charge the portable electric device 10A or 10B because of the standardized input ports 46A and 46B of the converters 42A and 42B. Additionally, the portable electric device according to the present invention need not provide any specially designed transformers for different input power sources. For example, users can charge the portable electric device 10B with the DC power 22 via the output port 48B of the converter 42B by connecting the power cord 40 between the transformer 32C and the converter 42B.
Because standardized connectors are used, the power cord 40 can selectively connect to the transformers 32A, 32B, and 32C. Therefore, various power sources, such as the battery 35, the AC power 20, or the DC power 22 can be used as long as the second end 43 of the power cord 40 connects to the input port 46B of the converter 42B. It is worthwhile to mention that many portable electric devices comprise a built-in USB standard charging port. The transformers and the corresponding power cords according to the present invention can be designed to the USB standard. Thus, each transformer can transform different power sources to a USB standard voltage and directly charge a portable electric device comprising a USB charging port.
According to the present invention, each portable electric device is equipped with only one corresponding converter. Each power source used requires only one transformer. Users can charge different portable electric devices with different kinds of power sources via a power cord using the standard output port of a transformer and the standard input port of a converter. Therefore, users do not need to carry every charging system with them. The weight and volume of the converter according to the present invention is very small because the converter only transforms a standard DC voltage into another DC voltage. Additionally, the hard, cubic construction of transformers according to the present invention provides for easier carrying and the short power cord makes for easier storage.
In contrast to the prior art, the present invention provides a single power charging system to charge multiple portable electric devices, eliminating the need for complete specially designed charging systems for each portable electric device and for each different kind of power source.
Following the detailed description of the present invention above, those skilled in the art will readily observe that numerous modifications and alterations of the device may be made while retaining the teachings of the invention. Accordingly, the above disclosure should be construed as limited only by the metes and bounds of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||320/107, 307/82, 307/151, 320/114, 307/64|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10T307/707, Y10T307/615, H02J7/0042, H02J7/0027|
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