(19)
(11)EP 3 145 350 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
09.09.2020 Bulletin 2020/37

(21)Application number: 15795447.0

(22)Date of filing:  21.05.2015
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A24F 47/00(2020.01)
F22B 1/28(2006.01)
H05B 3/02(2006.01)
A61M 16/00(2006.01)
A61M 15/06(2006.01)
H05B 1/02(2006.01)
H05B 3/46(2006.01)
A61M 11/04(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/US2015/031978
(87)International publication number:
WO 2015/179641 (26.11.2015 Gazette  2015/47)

(54)

HANDHELD VAPORIZING DEVICE

TRAGBARER VERDAMPFER

DISPOSITIF DE VAPORISATION PORTATIF


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 22.05.2014 US 201462001972 P

(43)Date of publication of application:
29.03.2017 Bulletin 2017/13

(73)Proprietor: Nuryan Holdings Limited
San Mateo, CA 94403 (US)

(72)Inventor:
  • LEUNG, David, Chung Sing
    San Mateo, CA 94403 (US)

(74)Representative: FRKelly 
27 Clyde Road
Dublin D04 F838
Dublin D04 F838 (IE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2014/066730
US-A- 4 557 888
US-A1- 2011 097 060
US-A1- 2013 220 314
US-B2- 8 365 742
US-B2- 8 511 318
DE-U1-202013 105 420
US-A- 5 894 841
US-A1- 2011 315 152
US-B1- 8 528 569
US-B2- 8 393 331
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION



    [0001] The present invention relates to handheld vaporizing devices with improved heating element and temperature controls, improved e-liquid reservoir, and capacitive technology to activate the heating element to prime the device to deliver aerosol on demand.

    BACKGROND



    [0002] Traditional handheld vaporizing devices, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery-operated portable devices comprising a battery, an atomizer, and an e-liquid cartridge. Handheld vaporizing devices are designed to deliver nicotine by producing an aerosol as a result of vaporizing a liquid solution known as an e-liquid. E-liquids usually contain a mixture of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings, while others release a flavored vapor without nicotine.

    [0003] Traditional handheld vaporizing devices generally use a heating element known as an atomizer that vaporizes e-liquid to produce a nicotine aerosol for inhalation. An atomizer consists of a heating element responsible for vaporizing e-liquid and wicking material that draws the e-liquid from the cartridge. A heating element in the form of a resistance wire is coiled around the wicking material and is connected to a power source. The e-liquid is absorbed into the wicking material by capillary action. When the device is activated, the heating coil heats up and vaporizes the e-liquid that has been absorbed by the wicking material, creating the aerosol for inhalation.

    [0004] Some prior art handheld vaporizing devices use a cartomizer, which is a device consisting of an atomizer and a cartridge integrated into a single component that connects to a power source. Prior art atomizer or cartomizer heating elements do not accurately control the heating and vaporization process. Significant variation in the quality and consistency of the wrapping of the heating wire around the wicking material, the differences in the electrical resistance of the wire, and the differences in the efficiency and absorption characteristics of the wicking material greatly affect the quantity or volume of the aerosol and the perceived quality of the aerosol that will be produced by the atomizer. Lack of temperature control may result in uneven heating and overheating of the heating element, which in turn may result in creation of hazardous chemicals in the vapor. For example, overheating of the e-liquid may result in creation of formaldehyde, inhalation of which is hazardous to the user's health.

    [0005] In prior art handheld vaporizing devices, a user needed to inhale air through the device to activate the heating elements of the device in order to vaporize the e-liquid. It may take a user several puffs on the prior art device before it will generate sufficient vapor, resulting in inefficiency and inconvenience to the user.

    [0006] Voges, U.S. Pat. No. 5,894,841, discloses a dispenser comprising a reservoir of a physiologically active substance and a droplet ejection device, for example a bubble jet or piezoelectric device, which is controlled to issue a predetermined number of discrete droplets of the substance from ejection orifices upon actuation. (Voges, Abstract.) Applicant's disclosed vaporization apparatus is an improvement over the droplet ejection device of Voges, and Applicant's use of valve to seal cavity 110 when not in use is also an improvement over Voges.

    [0007] Steingraber, WO 2014/066730, discloses an electronic cigarette with inlet air constructed and arranged to contact a delivery substance and minimize airflow over electronic components. (Steingraber, Abstract.) Applicant's vaporization flow and use of valves to seal cavity 110 when not in use are improvements over Steingraber.

    [0008] The present disclosure provides a handheld electronic vaporizing device as detailed in claim 1, and a method for drawing vapor from a handheld electronic vaporization device according to claim 14. Advantageous features are provided in dependent claims.

    [0009] The invention is defined by the appended claims.

    [0010] The present invention is directed to overcome the drawbacks of the prior art by providing a novel handheld vaporizing devices incorporating an electroconductive textile heating element, e-liquid reservoir made of elastically deformable materials, and improved temperature and heating control system including an auto-on feature to prime the device to deliver aerosol on demand by activating the heating element upon sensing the user's touch on the device, without waiting for the user to take the first inhale through the device. The electroconductive textile heating element according to the present invention replaces the prior art wick and coils atomization systems and draws e-liquid by capillary action, and allows more even and direct heating of thee-liquid than traditional wicking systems.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0011] 

    FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a handheld vaporizing device according to an embodiment of the present invention.

    FIG. 2 illustrates the operation of the heating and temperature control system according to an embodiment of the present invention.

    FIG. 3 illustrates the operation of the "auto-on" system according to an embodiment of the present invention.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0012] A handheld vaporizing device according to an embodiment of the present invention will now be described with reference to FIGS. 1-3.

    [0013] FIG.1 illustrates a handheld vaporizing device 10 having a longitudinal axis and comprising a first and second longitudinal ends in oppositely-disposed first and second longitudinal directions. Handheld vaporizing device 10 comprises a mouth piece 200 and a main body 100. Main body 100 defines an interior cavity 110. A heating element 240, a reservoir 250, a power unit 260 comprising control circuitry 270 and power source 290, and a power connect element 280 are sequentially provided inside cavity 110.

    [0014] A mouth piece 200, adapted to be held between the lips of a user, and having a first end 200a and a second end 200b, is connected to the first longitudinal end of body 100. In a preferred embodiment, mouth piece 200 is annular-shaped and comprises an inner shell of hard material such as, for example, metal or plastic, and an outer shell of soft pliable material such as, for example, foam, silicone or rubber, to mimic the feel of the filter of a conventional cigarette. Mouthpiece 200 may also include an anti-microbial agent coating to inhibit bacterial growth. Commercially available antimicrobial products such as, for example, Microban (http://www.microban.com/), or another comparable supplier, may be used according to methods known in the art.

    [0015] Opening 210 is provided at end 200a of the mouth piece 200 to allow the aerosol to be drawn out of device 10 and into the user's lungs when a user applies an inhale portion of the user's breath to mouth piece 200. In a preferred embodiment, opening 210 has a generally circular cross section 1 mm to 1.5 cm in diameter. In other embodiments, opening 210 may have a square, triangular or any other geometric cross section shape.

    [0016] Opening 230 is provided at the opposite end 200b of the mouth piece 200 to allow the aerosol to enter the mouth piece 200 when the user inhales. In a preferred embodiment, opening 230 has a generally circular cross section 1mm to 1.5 cm in diameter. In other embodiments, opening 230 may have a square, triangular or any other geometric cross section shape.

    [0017] Preferably, an air inlet check valve 220 is provided for opening and closing opening 230. Air inlet check valve 220 may be a commercially available product from, for example, Smart Products, Inc., (http://www.smartproducts.com/check_valves_series_100_cartridge.php), or another comparable supplier. In a preferred embodiment, a Series 100 Cartridge Check Valve (found at http://www.smartproducts.com/check_valves_series_100_cartridge.php) may be used.

    [0018] Check valve 220 prevents environmental air from entering the interior of body 100 through openings 210 and 230 when device 10 is not in use, in order to prevent evaporation and oxidation of the e-liquid and to maintain e-liquid freshness. In addition, valve 220 prevents leakage of e-liquid out of the device, and keeps dust and dirt out of the device when carried in the user's pocket, bag, purse, etc.

    [0019] A power connect element 280 is disposed in the second, opposite longitudinal end of body 100. In a preferred embodiment, the power connect element 280 comprises a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface for insertedly connecting with an external power source, in order to allow the user to utilize universal chargers to charge device 10 without any adapters or chargers made especially for e-cigarettes. In other embodiments, the power connect element 280 may comprise a mini USB interface, a micro USB interface, or any other suitable communications bus known in the art.

    [0020] Cavity 110 includes a power element 260 electrically coupled to the power connect element 280. Power element 260 comprises microprocessor control circuitry 270 and a power source 290. According to an embodiment of the invention, the power source may be a lithium polymer battery.

    [0021] Cavity 110 includes an e-liquid reservoir 250, which may be either refillable or disposable. Reservoir 250 may be made of elastically deformable materials such as polymers or metal/polymer composites known in the art. According to an embodiment of the invention, reservoir 250 may be made of polyester with aluminum printed exterior and may be at least 5 ml in volume. This material is inert and keeps the external environmental factors from interacting with the liquid contents of the reservoir. An elastically deformable reservoir will allow the user to insert different types of e-liquids into the device, and will also allow the e-liquid to be fully utilized by the device, which provides an advantage over prior art devices with rigid reservoirs where some of the fluid remaining in the reservoir cannot reach the wick to be utilized.

    [0022] Cavity 110 further includes a heating element 240 which is fluidly coupled to reservoir 250 and electrically coupled to power element 260. The heating element 240 according to this invention comprises an electroconductive textile heating element. The electroconductive textile heating element according to present invention include heating elements made of fabric with metalized or electro-conductive coating, fabric incorporating woven metal strands, or any other suitable materials known in the art. According to an embodiment of the invention, ultra thin grade stainless steel wire cloth (found at http://www.saati.com/bopp-wire.php or from another similar supplier may be used) may be used, and may be layered to form a sponge or a multi-ply electro-textile cloth. According to an embodiment of the invention, the finest mesh material Bopp stainless steel wire cloth having a 400 threads/inch may be used to ensure fast and even heating of the e-liquid.

    [0023] The e-liquid reaches the electroconductive textile heating element via capillary action and is vaporized by the heating action of the electroconductive textile heating element. By providing an a electroconductive textile heating element coupled with a heating and temperature control system, the e-cigarette according to the invention allows an optimal vaporization state to be consistently maintained constantly so as to minimize or eliminate transformation of the e-liquid into unwanted chemicals such as formaldehyde.

    [0024] An air opening 130 is disposed on the outer surface of body 100 between the first longitudinal end of body 100 and a position on the outer surface of body 100 corresponding to the location of the heating element 240 inside cavity 110. In a preferred embodiment, opening 130 has a generally circular cross section 1 mm to 1.5 cm in diameter. In other embodiments, opening 130 may have a square, triangular or any other geometric cross section shape. Other embodiments may comprise multiple air openings 130. In order to ensure that the air entering the device is moving at a sufficiently high velocity to allow for air mixing in the area surrounding the electroconductive textile heating element, the total cross-area of opening 130 should be less than the total cross-area of opening 230.

    [0025] Preferably, an air inlet check valve 120 is provided for opening and closing each opening 130. Air inlet check valve 120 prevents environmental air from entering cavity 110 when e-cigarette 10 is not in use, to prevent evaporation and/or oxidation of the e-liquid. Air inlet check valve 120 may be a commercially available product from, for example, Smart Products, Inc., (http://www.smartproducts.com/check_valves_series_100_cartridge.php), or another comparable supplier. In a preferred embodiment, a Series 100 Cartridge Check Valve

    [0026] (found at http://www.smartproducts.com/check_valves_series_100_cartridge.php) may be used. In another embodiment, an elastic soft polymer flap attached to body 100 may be used in place of air inlet check valve 120. The opening pressure necessary to open either the air inlet check valve 120 or an elastic soft polymer flap should be reduced to a minimum (for example, 0.5 PSI) to allow the user to inhale effortlessly.

    [0027] When the user inhales, he or she creates an area of negative pressure in mouth piece 200. The opening pressure necessary to open either the air inlet check valve 120 or an elastic soft polymer flap should be reduced to a minimum (for example, 0.5 PSI) to allow the user to inhale effortlessly. User's inhalation causes a pressure sensor switch located at the mouthpiece of the device to turn on the device and activate the heating element 240 by applying an electrical current from power element 260, thereby vaporizing some of the e-liquid and producing the aerosol mist. The negative pressure created by the user's inhale causes valves 120 and 220 to open, thereby allowing external air to enter cavity 110 through the opening 130. The aerosol mist then combines with the external air and passes through the mouth piece 200 to enter the user's lungs through the opening 210.

    [0028] An LED element 140 (comprising an LED light and an LED driver), and a light channel 150 are disposed on the upper outer surface of body 100, and are electrically connected to the power element 260. According to another embodiment of the invention, a commercially available microprocessor with a build-in LED driver from Texas Instruments, Inc. (http://www.ti.com/lsds/ti/power-management/indicator-rgbw-overview.page) or from another similar supplier may be used.

    [0029] According to an embodiment of the invention, the LED element 140 channels light via channel 150 along the upper surface of body 100 so as to make the light visible to the user. According to other embodiments, LED element 140 may be incorporated into second longitudinal end of body 100, opposite to the first end of body 100 which incorporates mouthpiece 200. LED light 140 may be activated by microprocessor control circuitry 270 when the user inhales from the e-cigarette. The intensity of the LED light is controlled by the microprocessor circuitry and by a pressure sensor located at the mouthpiece, according to methods known in the art. As the pressure sensor switch senses higher negative pressure caused by the user's inhale, it cause the microprocessor circuitry 270 to send a higher duty cycle to the LED element 140. A duty cycle is the ratio of time a circuit is ON to the time a circuit is OFF.

    [0030] LED light 140 and light channel 150 may display various colors and flashing sequences of lights to denote dosage, battery level or other functional parameters of e-cigarette 10. The color or the intensity of the light may gradually change during usage of e-cigarette 10 to indicate the equivalent dosage of nicotine relative to a conventional cigarette that the user has inhaled. For example, light sequences may be "green" for full battery charge, "yellow" for about half charge, and "red" when the battery requires re-charge. Similar color schemes may be employed to indicate the amount of e-liquid remaining in the device.

    [0031] FIG. 2 illustrates the operation of the "auto-on" system to control the heating element 240 of a handheld vaporizing device 10 according to the present invention. Handheld vaporizing device 10 incorporates a capacitive touch sensor element 190. Capacitive touch sensor element 190 may be incorporated into body 100 of device 10, as illustrated in FIG. 1. According to other embodiments, capacitive touch sensor element 190 may be incorporated into the mouth piece 200 of device 10.

    [0032] A step 400 of FIG. 2, the software and hardware of the microprocessor control circuitry 270 determines, according to the methods known in the art, if the capacitive sensor 190 is active or inactive. When capacitive touch sensor element 190 is active because the user is touching device 10, heating element 240 is turned on, as illustrated in step 420, and vapor is created by the vaporizing action of the heating element 240, thereby allowing the user to enjoy the vapor on demand. When capacitive touch sensor element 190 is inactive because the user is not touching device 10, heating element 240 is turned off, as illustrated in step 410 of FIG.2.

    [0033] FIG. 3 illustrates the operation of the heating and temperature control system to control the heating duty cycles of the heating element 240 according to the present invention. As shown in step 300 of FIG. 3, when the capacitive sensor 190 is active because the user is touching device 10, heating element 240 is activated and its duty cycles are controlled by the microprocessor control circuitry 270, to heat the e-liquid to an optimal pre set vaporization temperature of the e-liquid. This allows aerosol to be created when the user touches the device, without waiting for the user's first inhale. Thus, aerosol may be consumed immediately without the user having to take one or more puffs on the device to create the first dose of aerosol, thereby more closely mimicking the experience of smoking a real cigarette or cigar. As illustrated in step 310, the heating element is controlled by the microprocessor control circuitry 270 by methods known in the art not to significantly exceed or fall below the pre-set optimal vaporization temperature, assuring a supply of vapor and preventing generation of unwanted by-products of over-heating the e-liquid. According to an embodiment of the invention, the heating element should be controlled not to exceed 120°C to prevent formation of formaldehyde.

    [0034] As illustrated in step 320 of FIG. 3, if the temperature of the heating element 240 falls above or below the optimal pre set vaporization temperature of the e-liquid, the duty cycles of the heating element 240 are increased or decreased by the microprocessor control circuitry 270 to maintain the temperature of the heating element 240 at optimal pre set vaporization temperature of the e-liquid.


    Claims

    1. A handheld electronic vaporizing device, comprising:

    a body defining a cavity (110);

    a mouthpiece (200) connected to said body;

    an electroconductive textile heating element (240);

    a reservoir (250);

    a power element (260);

    a power connect element (280);

    a capacitive touch sensor element (190);

    a light element (140);

    a first air inlet opening (130) disposed on an outer surface of said body and

    provided with a first valve (120);

    a second opening (230) configured to allow aerosol to enter said mouthpiece and provided with a second valve (220), wherein said first valve and said second valve are opened by negative pressure in said mouthpiece and closed otherwise; and

    an outlet opening (210) provided at an end of said mouthpiece opposing the end having the second opening (230),

    wherein the heating element, the reservoir, the power element and the power connect element are disposed inside the cavity.


     
    2. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said reservoir is formed from a material selected from the group consisting of polymers and metal/polymer composites.
     
    3. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 2, wherein said reservoir comprises polyester with aluminum printed exterior.
     
    4. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said electroconductive textile heating element includes a fabric selected from the group consisting of fabric with metalized coating, fabric with electro-conductive coating, and fabric incorporating woven metal strands.
     
    5. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 4, wherein said electroconductive textile heating element comprises ultra thin grade stainless steel wire cloth.
     
    6. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said electroconductive textile heating element is electrically responsive to said capacitive touch sensor element.
     
    7. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said electroconductive textile heating element is activated by a user's touch on said capacitive touch sensor element.
     
    8. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said electroconductive textile heating element is regulated to heat a volatile e-liquid to a pre-set temperature.
     
    9. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 8, wherein said pre-set temperature is a temperature of vaporization of said volatile e-liquid.
     
    10. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said capacitive touch sensor element regulates duty cycles of said electroconductive textile heating element.
     
    11. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said light element comprises an LED light.
     
    12. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said light element is electrically responsive to said capacitive touch sensor element.
     
    13. A handheld electronic vaporizing device according to claim 1, wherein said capacitive touch sensor element regulates duty cycles of said light element.
     
    14. A method for drawing vapor from a handheld electronic vaporization device comprising a body defining a cavity (110), a mouthpiece (200) connected to said body, an electroconductive textile heating element (240), a reservoir (250) containing volatile e-liquid, a power element (260), a power connect element (280), a capacitive touch sensor element (190), a light element (140), a first air inlet opening (130) disposed on an outer surface of said body and provided with a first valve (120), a second opening (230) configured to allow aersol to enter said mouthpiece and provided with a second valve (220), wherein said first valve and said second valve are opened by negative pressure in said mouthpiece and closed otherwise, and an outlet opening (210) provided at an end of said mouthpiece opposing the end having the second opening (230), wherein the heating element, the reservoir, the power element and the power connect element are disposed inside the cavity, the method comprising:

    supplying electrical power to said electroconductive textile heating element;

    heating said volatile e-liquid to a pre-set temperature;

    creating an area of negative pressure external to said cavity, the negative pressure causing air from the exterior of the body to pass through said first air inlet opening, said first valve, said cavity, said second opening, said second valve, and said mouthpiece.


     
    15. A method according to claim 14, wherein said pre-set temperature is a temperature of vaporization of said volatile e-liquid.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung, umfassend:

    einen Körper, der einen Hohlraum (110) definiert;

    ein Mundstück (200), das mit dem Körper verbunden ist;

    ein elektrisch leitendes textiles Heizelement (240);

    einen Behälter (250);

    ein Leistungselement (260);

    ein Leistungsverbindungselement (280);

    ein kapazitives Berührungssensorelement (190);

    ein Lichtelement (140);

    eine erste Lufteinlassöffnung (130), die an einer Außenfläche des Körpers angeordnet ist und mit einem ersten Ventil versehen ist (120);

    eine zweite Öffnung (230), die dazu konfiguriert ist, ein Aerosol in das Mundstück eintreten zu lassen, und die mit einem zweiten Ventil (220) versehen ist, wobei das erste Ventil und das zweite Ventil durch einen negativen Druck in dem Mundstück geöffnet werden und ansonsten geschlossen sind; und

    eine Auslassöffnung (210), die an einem Ende des Mundstücks bereitgestellt ist, das dem Ende gegenüberliegt, das die zweite Öffnung (230) aufweist,

    wobei das Heizelement, der Behälter, das Leistungselement und das Leistungsverbindungselement innerhalb des Hohlraums angeordnet sind.


     
    2. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Behälter aus einem Material hergestellt ist, das aus der Gruppe ausgewählt ist, die aus Polymeren und Metall-/Polymer-Verbundstoffen besteht.
     
    3. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 2, wobei der Behälter Polyester mit einer mit Aluminium bedruckten Außenseite umfasst.
     
    4. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das elektrisch leitende textile Heizelement ein Gewebe beinhaltet, das aus der Gruppe ausgewählt ist, die aus Gewebe mit metallisierter Beschichtung, Gewebe mit elektrisch leitfähiger Beschichtung und Gewebe, in das gewebte metallische Fäden eingearbeitet sind, besteht.
     
    5. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 4, wobei das elektrisch leitende textile Heizelement Edelstahldrahtgewebe ultradünner Qualität umfasst.
     
    6. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das elektrisch leitende textile Heizelement elektrisch auf das kapazitive Berührungssensorelement anspricht.
     
    7. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das elektrisch leitende textile Heizelement durch eine Berührung des kapazitiven Berührungssensorelements durch den Benutzer aktiviert wird.
     
    8. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das elektrisch leitende textile Heizelement so gesteuert wird, dass es ein flüchtiges E-Liquid auf eine voreingestellte Temperatur erwärmt.
     
    9. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 8, wobei die voreingestellte Temperatur eine Verdampfungstemperatur des flüchtigen E-Liquids ist.
     
    10. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das kapazitive Berührungssensorelement die Arbeitszyklen des elektrisch leitfähigen textilen Heizelements steuert.
     
    11. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Lichtelement ein LED-Licht umfasst.
     
    12. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das Lichtelement elektrisch auf das kapazitive Berührungssensorelement reagiert.
     
    13. Tragbare elektronische Verdampfungsvorrichtung nach Anspruch 1, wobei das kapazitive Berührungssensorelement die Arbeitszyklen des Lichtelements steuert.
     
    14. Verfahren zum Ziehen von Dampf aus einer tragbaren elektronischen Verdampfungsvorrichtung, die einen Körper, der einen Hohlraum (110) definiert, ein Mundstück (200), das mit dem Körper verbunden ist, ein elektrisch leitendes textiles Heizelement (240), einen Behälter (250), der ein flüchtiges E-Liquid enthält, ein Leistungselement (260), ein Leistungsverbindungselement (280), ein kapazitives Berührungssensorelement (190), ein Lichtelement (140), eine erste Lufteinlassöffnung (130), die an einer Außenfläche des Körpers angeordnet ist und mit einem ersten Ventil (120) versehen ist, eine zweite Öffnung (230), die dazu konfiguriert ist, ein Aerosol in das Mundstück eintreten zu lassen, und die mit einem zweiten Ventil (220) versehen ist, wobei das erste Ventil und das zweite Ventil durch negativen Druck in dem Mundstück geöffnet werden und ansonsten geschlossen sind, und eine Auslassöffnung (210) umfasst, die an einem Ende des Mundstücks bereitgestellt ist, das dem Ende gegenüberliegt, das die zweite Öffnung (230) aufweist, wobei das Heizelement, der Behälter, das Leistungselement und das Leistungsverbindungselement innerhalb des Hohlraums angeordnet sind, wobei das Verfahren Folgendes umfasst:

    Liefern von elektrischer Leistung zu dem elektrisch leitenden textilen Heizelement;

    Erwärmen des flüchtigen E-Liquids auf eine voreingestellte Temperatur;

    Erzeugen eines Bereichs mit negativem Druck außerhalb des Hohlraums, wobei der negative Druck bewirkt, dass Luft von außerhalb des Körpers durch die erste Lufteinlassöffnung, das erste Ventil, den Hohlraum, die zweite Öffnung, das zweite Ventil und das Mundstück strömt.


     
    15. Verfahren nach Anspruch 14, wobei die voreingestellte Temperatur eine Verdampfungstemperatur des flüchtigen E-Liquids ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif, comprenant :

    un corps définissant une cavité (110) ;

    un embout (200) connecté audit corps ;

    un élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur (240) ;

    un réservoir (250) ;

    un élément d'alimentation (260) ;

    un élément de raccordement électrique (280) ;

    un élément capteur tactile capacitif (190) ;

    un élément lumineux (140) ;

    une première ouverture d'entrée d'air (130) disposée sur une surface externe dudit corps et dotée d'un premier clapet (120) ; une seconde ouverture (230) configurée pour permettre à un aérosol d'entrer dans ledit embout et dotée d'un second clapet (220), dans lequel ledit premier clapet et ledit second clapet sont ouverts par une pression négative dans ledit embout et fermés dans le cas contraire ; et

    une ouverture de sortie (210) fournie au niveau d'une extrémité dudit embout à l'opposé de l'extrémité ayant la seconde ouverture (230),

    dans lequel l'élément chauffant, le réservoir, l'élément d'alimentation et l'élément de raccordement électrique sont disposés à l'intérieur de la cavité.


     
    2. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit réservoir est composé d'un matériau sélectionné parmi le groupe constitué de polymères et de composites de métal/polymère.
     
    3. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 2, dans lequel ledit réservoir comprend du polyester avec un extérieur imprimé en aluminium.
     
    4. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur inclut un tissu sélectionné parmi le groupe constitué d'un tissu avec un revêtement métallisé, d'un tissu avec un revêtement électroconducteur, et d'un tissu incorporant des brins métalliques tissés.
     
    5. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 4, dans lequel ledit élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur comprend une toile métallique en acier inoxydable de catégorie ultra mince.
     
    6. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur réagit électriquement audit élément capteur tactile capacitif.
     
    7. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur est activé par un contact tactile de l'utilisateur sur ledit élément capteur tactile capacitif.
     
    8. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur est régulé pour chauffer un liquide à vapoter volatile à une température prédéfinie.
     
    9. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 8, dans lequel ladite température prédéfinie est une température de vaporisation dudit liquide à vapoter volatile.
     
    10. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit élément capteur tactile capacitif régule des cycles de service dudit élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur.
     
    11. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit élément lumineux comprend une lumière à DEL.
     
    12. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit élément lumineux réagit électriquement audit élément capteur tactile capacitif.
     
    13. Dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel ledit élément capteur tactile capacitif régule des cycles de service dudit élément lumineux.
     
    14. Procédé pour extraire de la vapeur d'un dispositif de vaporisation électronique portatif comprenant un corps définissant une cavité (110), un embout (200) connecté audit corps, un élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur (240), un réservoir (250) contenant un liquide à vapoter volatile, un élément d'alimentation (260), un élément de raccordement électrique (280), un élément capteur tactile capacitif (190), un élément lumineux (140), une première ouverture d'entrée d'air (130) disposée sur une surface externe dudit corps et dotée d'un premier clapet (120),
    une seconde ouverture (230) configurée pour permettre à un aérosol d'entrer dans ledit embout et dotée d'un second clapet (220), dans lequel ledit premier clapet et ledit second clapet sont ouverts par une pression négative dans ledit embout et fermés dans le cas contraire, et une ouverture de sortie (210) fournie au niveau d'une extrémité dudit embout à l'opposé de l'extrémité ayant la seconde ouverture (230), dans lequel l'élément chauffant, le réservoir, l'élément d'alimentation et l'élément de raccordement électrique sont disposés à l'intérieur de la cavité, le procédé comprenant :

    l'alimentation en énergie électrique dudit élément chauffant en textile électroconducteur ;

    le chauffage dudit liquide à vapoter volatile à une température prédéfinie ;

    la création d'une zone de pression négative à l'extérieur de ladite cavité, la pression négative amenant l'air provenant de l'extérieur du corps à passer à travers ladite premier ouverture d'entrée d'air, ledit premier clapet, ladite cavité, ladite seconde ouverture, ledit second clapet, et ledit embout.


     
    15. Procédé selon la revendication 14, dans lequel ladite température prédéfinie est une température de vaporisation dudit liquide à vapoter volatile.
     




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