GB2525144A - Timed AC adaptor - Google Patents

Timed AC adaptor Download PDF

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GB2525144A
GB2525144A GB1400540.9A GB201400540A GB2525144A GB 2525144 A GB2525144 A GB 2525144A GB 201400540 A GB201400540 A GB 201400540A GB 2525144 A GB2525144 A GB 2525144A
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Fraser William Andrew Dixon
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PHONE IN Ltd
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
    • H02J7/00Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
    • H02J5/00Circuit arrangements for transfer of electric power between ac networks and dc networks
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
    • H02J7/00Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
    • H02J7/02Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries for charging batteries from ac mains by converters
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02JCIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY
    • H02J7/00Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries
    • H02J7/0047Circuit arrangements for charging or depolarising batteries or for supplying loads from batteries with monitoring or indicating devices or circuits

Abstract

A mains powered battery charger for mobile devices such as a cell phone, tablet or laptop. The charger has a means to automatically detect a load that is connected to it. When a load is sensed the charging cycle will commence. At the end of a predetermined time period the charger may automatically switch off. The charger may be connected to the mobile device using the micro USB connector port. Indicator lights may be provided to show charging status.

Description

Description Title
Timed Mobile Device Charger
Introduction & Background to the invention
The invention is to be used in the charging of mobile telephones, tablets, Sat-Nay's and other such gadgetry. The batteries for such devices are deteriorated by overcharging, greatly reducing their useful lifespan. This charger will differ from existing products on the market by featuring a timer which, when activated by the user, allows the device to charge only for a predefined period hence eliminating any potential overcharging and subsequent damage to the battery. The activation is started automatically once the device is connected using circuitry built-in to the device-plug end of the apparatus, meaning that it also eliminates the need to turn the charger on at the plug where it could potentially be obscured. As this means the charger is only drawing a "full-load" from the mains while the timer is active, it also has both environmental and moneysaving benefits.
Introduction to the drawings
Figure 1 shows how the unit relates to a mobile device and a mains electrical socket. It illustrates that the activation control is incorporated into the plug which connects the mobile device, rather than the transformer body. Also shown are cable-strain-relief points, which are a standard feature of any good quality electronic charger.
Figure 2 illustrates how the product could operate in a typical setting, allowing the user in question to still charge their device without having to move furniture/obstructions to gain access to the plug socket.
Figure 3 shows the mobile-device end of the transformer in closer detail. The automatic timed charging circuit is housed in this body, alongside a possible LED indicator light. A microUsB connector is shown in the example as this is currently the most common connector, although other connectors could be used. The body of the plug is also tapered in the image; this streamlining would allow the transformer to be connected to devices that may be wearing a protective case.
Detailed background & description of the invention
From over 16 years experience in the mobile phone industry, I have viewed a problem which has caused constant issues; that of over charging a mobiles battery.
From the initial mobiles which featured nickel cadmium batteries, which suffered a memory affect' if not fully discharged prior to charging, to the modern lithium polymer batteries which although designed to be topped-up', they can not handle excessive charging. This leads to the consumer prematurely needing to replace the battery in the device.
With the dawn and huge popularity of powerful smartphones, battery life on handsets is decreasing for users of such devices. This has resulted in many users plugging their mobiles into charge overnight, every night. This causes premature deterioration in the battery as it is rarely allowed to fully discharge and the resultant 7+ hours daily charging means that the user will quickly find themselves needing to have the battery in the device replaced. This also means that a number of users have a charger connected to the mains 24/7 as the socket may not be easily accessible. This itself creates another problem of wasted energy as the charger will still draw power from the supply even with no device connected.
To solve these issues, I have designed the Timed AC Transformer. This is a 11 O-240v input transformer with Sv lamp ouput. The plug body also houses a 2 hour timer which is activated once a device is connected at the output end of the transformer(figl &3). The output end is a microUSB B plug with a tapered protective surround (fig3). Once the 2 hours have elapsed, the supply to the device is disconnected hence protecting the phone from over charging and the consumer from wasted energy. The transformer should draw minimal power from the supply once the timer has completed.
The Timed AC Transformer addresses these issues.
11 O-240v input support allows international use (with relevant country adaptor) The 5 volt output at 1 amp means that it supports the latest smartphones power requirements The microUSB B connection is the industry standard (fig3) for charging mobile telephones A 2 hour charge time is sufficient most smartphones to fully charge at the specified current The automatic activation of the timed charging circuit will be built-in to the microUSB B end of the transformer (fig3), thus making it readily accessible. This saves accessing awkward plug sockets to disconnect power (fig2).
The microUSB B plug surround will be tapered, allowing the Timed AC Charger to connect to devices which may be in a protective case (fig3).
Possible modifications & Variations Battery thermistor input with automatic charger shutdown for when battery temperature exceeds limits Compliant with the JEITA Li-Ion battery charging temperature specification for product safety compliance The control activation may function through an existing free core in the cable, sending the "start" command to the circuitry built-in to the transformer body LED function indicator to display when charging is activated-Slot-in interchangeable plug modules for different country electricity supply formats The unit itself will be finished in a pastel turquoise colour. Not only will this enable it to stand out from existing chargers available on the marketplace, which are either black or white, it also gives reference to the two natural' colours which are commonly associated with energy-efficiency (blue) and the environment (green).
*Apple Inc iPhones do not use the microUSB B format, although adaptors are readily available -The Timed AC Transformer may also include a function indicator at the output end in the form of an LED (figs). This LED will flash briefly once the timer is activated. No other indicators will be present on the transformer as light and sound would not be suitable for night use (imagine trying to sleep with a light blinking at you for 2 hours from the corner of the room) The unit would ideally be screwed together at the transformer body, while the device-plug end would clip/snap together. Glue or another adhesive could be used, although may not provide such a safe and permanent fix.
Advantages of the invention The alternative to using this product would be a standard charger which would either be supplied with the device or purchased at a later date. Such standard chargers mean that the user could: Overcharge their device and subsequently spoil the performance of the battery.
End up leaving the charger connected to a mains socket permanently, resulting in higher energy bills as they draw too much unnecessary power.
Have to find "free" plug sockets when wanting to charge their device.
Have transformers on show and as clutter, where this invention means that the bulk of the unit can be hidden away and quickly and conveniently activated when use is required.
KEY TO DRAWINGS 1/4
A ELECTRONIC DEVICE
B CHARGER PLUG, HOUSING TIMER CIRCUIT
C CABLE
D TRANSFORMER BODY
E ELECTRICAL SOCKET 2/4
A ELECTRICAL SOCKET BEHIND OBSTRUCTION MAKING ACCESS TO PLUG DIFFICULT
B CIRCUITRY IN CHARGER PLUG BEGINS TIMED CHARGING, SAVING THE USER MOVING THE
OBSTRUCTION
C PLUG CAN BE LEFT IN SOCKET, SAVING NEED TO MOVE OBSTRUCTION D THE MOST COMMON OBSTRUCTION THIS PRODUCT OVERCOMES ISA BEDSIDE CABINET,
ACCORDING TO OUR RESEARCH 3/4
A PLUG HOUSING AUTOMATIC TIMED ACTIVATION CIRCUIT
B LED INDICATOR TO SHOW CHARGING HAS BEGUN
C TOP PROFILE OF A microUSB VARIANT OF THE PRODUCT

Claims (2)

  1. Claims 1. A mobile device charger with built-in automatic detection of a connected device to activate a timer to begin charging the device.
  2. 2. A timer which prevents the mobile device from overcharging to be activated by the user by means of detecting a connected device
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