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High Impact Battery Pack Enclosure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110997D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fundak, R: AUTHOR

Abstract

Described is a hardware implementation to provide an enclosure for a standard battery pack that can withstand a four-foot drop test. The battery pack includes a concealed and protected latch mechanism.

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High Impact Battery Pack Enclosure

      Described is a hardware implementation to provide an enclosure
for a standard battery pack that can withstand a four-foot drop test.
The battery pack includes a concealed and protected latch mechanism.

      Fig. 1 shows an isometric view of the battery pack.  Batteries
are loaded at the left end of the pack.  Release button 10 is
attached to a latch mechanism (not shown) and exits through the side
of the housing for easy access.  Extended bottom cover 11 conceals
the latch mechanism.  Assembly is accomplished by enclosing all
components in the top cover and ultrasonically welding bottom cover
12.  Latch/spring 13 catches onto pins (not shown) inside the battery
housing to provide a solid form of battery retention so as to
withstand a drop test of four feet.  Two ribs 14 protect the latch
mechanism during the drop tests and rough handling.  In addition,
ribs 14 provide a ramp to facilitate easy installation of the
batteries.

      Fig. 2 shows the section of the pack which makes contact with
the batteries.  Contacts 15 are located within protective wells 16
which are formed between the top and bottom covers of the housing.