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INTERNALLY HINGED SIDE MOUNTED BATTERY DOOR WITH BUILT-IN LATCH

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005988D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Nov-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 50K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Martin McCluskie: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Consumer products which utilize removable batteries require some type of battery door to facilitate access. A study of the battery doors of many products found few good solutions. A well designed battery door should retain the battery during drop, have a positive snapping feature to lock it in place, should remain attached to the main housing during battery installation without becoming clumsy, should add only one part to the product and should not add additional exterior features to the product.

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MOlWROLA Technical Developments Volume 11 October 1990

INTERNALLY HINGED SIDE MOUNTED BATTERY DOOR WITH BUILT-IN LATCH

by Martin McCluskie, Charlie Hahs and Tim Higby

   Consumer products which utilize removable batteries require some type of battery door to facilitate access. A study of the battery doors of many products found few good solutions. A well designed battery door should retain the battery during drop, have a positive snapping feature to lock it in place, should remain attached to the main housing during battery installation without becoming clumsy, should add only one part to the product and should not add additional exterior features to the product.

   The battery door below has been designed to meet all the above requirements. Operation of the battery door re- quires depressing a self-snapping feature and sliding the door back until the interlocking teeth are disengaged. The door then swings up and out of the way for battery access, This battery door does not require any additional parts to lock, is retained when opened and provides easy access to the battery compartment.

   The specific features of the door which make it unique are the internal hinge and the internal locking teeth. The internal hinge is positioned within the battery compartment so that minimal additional volume is required. The teeth run-out of the housing prior to intersecting the outside wall so that they can not be seen when the housing is closed.

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