(19)
(11)EP 3 398 458 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
13.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/20

(21)Application number: 16880638.8

(22)Date of filing:  30.08.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A24F 47/00  (2020.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2016/097436
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/113845 (06.07.2017 Gazette  2017/27)

(54)

BATTERY ROD FOR ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

BATTERIESTAB UND ELEKTRONISCHE ZIGARETTE

BÂTONNET FORMANT BATTERIE POUR CIGARETTE ÉLECTRONIQUE


(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: 31.12.2015 CN 201511028238

(43)Date of publication of application:
07.11.2018 Bulletin 2018/45

(73)Proprietor: Lin, Guangrong
Shenzhen, Guangdong 518104 (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • ZHENG, Xianbin
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518104 (CN)
  • LIN, Guangrong
    Shenzhen Guangdong 518104 (CN)

(74)Representative: Meyer, Thorsten 
Meyer Patentanwaltskanzlei Pfarrer-Schultes-Weg 14
89077 Ulm
89077 Ulm (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-2015/106457
CN-A- 105 455 198
CN-U- 203 676 127
US-A1- 2011 304 282
US-A1- 2015 296 883
CN-A- 105 105 340
CN-U- 203 388 267
CN-U- 205 337 611
US-A1- 2015 077 981
  
      
    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 the field of electronic cigarettes, more particularly to a battery stick of an electronic cigarette.

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION



    [0002] Since the electronic cigarette liquid does not contain tobacco tar which is harmful to the human body, the electronic cigarettes are favored by many people. Existing liquid-refillable electronic cigarettes available in the market usually comprise a battery stick, a vaporization stick and a mouthpiece. Herein, the vaporization stick usually comprises a vaporizer, the vaporizer comprises a liquid reservoir and a vaporization unit, and the vaporization unit comprises a liquid guiding wick and a heating coil. Herein, the battery stick usually comprises a circuit board, namely a circuit control board, an air flow switch, namely an air flow sensor, a battery, etc. The battery supplies electric power to the heating coil of the vaporizer. The electronic cigarette liquid in the liquid guiding wick can be heated by energized heating coil, and vaporized to produce vapor.

    [0003] The battery stick of existing electronic cigarettes usually has a lamp cap end and a connecting end, and the circuit board is usually arranged at the end of the battery stick which is arranged with the lamp cap. Electric wires for electrical connection are respectively introduced from the battery to the circuit board, and introduced back from the circuit board to an electrode of the connecting end through the battery. In such case, many long electric wires are used, which results in complicated wiring. Consequently, failures such as short-circuit and circuit break caused by heating or poor welding may occur, and the production efficiency is reduced due to inconvenient assembly. The lamp cap of existing electronic cigarettes usually is mounted at the front end of the battery stick, and thus the light emitting state of the lamp cap cannot be readily observed by the users during smoking. Furthermore, the battery sticks of existing electronic cigarettes do not have the function of preventing the vapor from flowing back to the interior of the battery stick from the vaporization stick. In such case, moisture in the vapor may be accumulated at the air flow switch, the circuit board or the battery, which will lead to corrosion damages and result in failures of electronic cigarettes. Document US2011304282 discloses a power supply device of an electronic cigarette, comprising a battery sleeve, controlling switch and air flow switch.

    [0004] Document CN203388267 discloses an electronic cigarette comprising a battery case, a battery, a control board and a first electrode. A connecting block is disposed between the battery and the first electrode.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION


    Technical problems



    [0005] In order to solve the above described existing problems, the present invention aims to provide a battery stick of an electronic cigarette, in which the circuit board is arranged between the battery of battery stick and the electrodes to realize a reduction in length of the electric wires, in which the lamp cap arranged on the battery stick is omitted, and in which sealing component for air flow switch is provided for preventing flowing back of the vapor.

    Technical solutions



    [0006] The invention is defined by the device of independent claim 1. Preferred embodiments are defined by the dependent claims. The present invention provides a technical solution as follows. A battery stick of an electronic cigarette comprises an outer tube having a closed end and an opening end, and a connecting sleeve, wherein a battery is disposed inside the outer tube, an air inlet aperture is provided in a wall of the outer tube, an inner wall of the opening end of the outer tube is sleeved on an outer wall of the connecting sleeve, an inner wall of one end of the connecting sleeve corresponding to the opening end of the outer tube is sleeved on and connected with an outer electrode, an inner wall of the other end of the connecting sleeve is sleeved on and mounted with an air flow switch, a sealing component for the air flow switch and a circuit board, wherein the outer electrode is arranged with connecting means, an inner electrode is arranged inside the outer electrode, and an insulation sleeve is arranged between the inner electrode and the outer electrode to separate them from each other.

    [0007] Preferably, the sealing component for the air flow switch and the circuit board are successively mounted in the connecting sleeve, and the air flow switch is mounted inside the sealing component for the air flow switch.

    [0008] Preferably, a notch which is rectangular in cross section is formed in a wall of the connecting sleeve at a position where the circuit board is mounted, a protruding and extending part is arranged at a circumferential edge of the circuit board and correspondingly engaged with the notch, and a bulge is arranged on an inner wall of one end of the connecting sleeve which is arranged with the notch, so as to retain the circuit board.

    [0009] Preferably, a circumferential protruding shoulder is radially arranged on one end of the connecting sleeve which is arranged with the outer electrode, wherein an outer diameter of the shoulder equals to an outer diameter of the outer tube, or the difference therebetween is less than ±2mm.

    [0010] Preferably, the connecting sleeve is made of plastic light-guide materials, the circuit board is arranged with an LED indicator for emitting light when an electronic cigarette user smokes, and the light can be transmitted through a wall of the connecting sleeve to the shoulder and light up the shoulder.

    [0011] Preferably, the outer electrode comprises a connecting end and a fixed-connecting end, wherein the connecting end is tubular shaped and exposed from the connecting sleeve, the connecting end has a smaller outer diameter than the connecting sleeve, and the connecting means is internal thread provided on an inner wall of the connecting end; wherein the fixed-connecting end is fixedly connected to an inner wall of one end of the connecting sleeve, an inner wall of the fixed-connecting end adjacent to the connecting end is aligned with that of the connecting end, and inner diameter of another part of the inner wall of the fixed-connecting end sharply decreases, the inner electrode is sheathed with an insulation sleeve and then mounted on the inner wall of the fixed-connecting end at a position where the inner diameter is decreased.

    [0012] Preferably, an annular groove is formed on an outer wall of the fixed-connecting end of the outer electrode, and an inner shoulder which can be correspondingly engaged with the annular groove is formed on an inner wall of the connecting sleeve, and the fixed-connecting end of the outer electrode is engaged with the connecting sleeve by in-mold integral molding.

    [0013] Preferably, a metal sleeve is arranged between the outer electrode and the insulation sleeve.

    [0014] Preferably, circumferential bulges are radially arranged on an outer wall of the sealing component for the air flow switch, the sealing component for the air flow switch is axially arranged with a wiring channel, a receiving cavity for snugly receiving the air flow switch is provided inside one end of the sealing component for the air flow switch, an inner circumferential bulge is radially arranged at an opening of the receiving cavity so as to retain the air flow switch; wherein, at the other end of the sealing component for the air flow switch, a protruding hollow circular truncated cone is formed in the center and an annular-shaped groove is formed in the periphery, and a central aperture is provided in an upper surface of the circular truncated cone, so as to communicate with a hollow part of the circular truncated cone and with the receiving cavity.

    [0015] Preferably, the sealing component for the air flow switch is made of soft plastic materials, silica gel or rubber materials.

    Advantages



    [0016] Since the circuit board in the present invention is arranged between the battery of battery stick and the electrodes, shorter and fewer electric wires are required, failures such as circuit overheating, circuit break and short-circuit of the electronic cigarette can be minimized, the wiring and the assembly of the battery stick are facilitated, and thus the production efficiency is increased. In order to indicate a working state, the light emitted by the indicator of the circuit board escapes through the shoulder of the light-guide connecting sleeve rather than a lamp cap which is usually arranged on the battery stick. Consequently, it is convenient for the electronic cigarette users to observe working states of the electronic cigarette during smoking, and meanwhile better user experience can be provided. Due to the sealing component for the air flow switch, corrosion damages caused by the vapor which flows back to the air flow switch, the circuit board and the battery is avoided.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0017] 

    FIG.1 is an exploded view of a battery stick of an electronic cigarette according to the present invention;

    FIG.2 is a cross-sectional view of a battery stick of an electronic cigarette according to the present invention;

    FIG.3 is a perspective view of an inner electrode according to the present invention;

    FIG.4 is a perspective view of an outer electrode according to the present invention;

    FIG.5 is a cross-sectional view illustrating a connecting sleeve, an inner electrode, and an outer electrode according to the present invention;

    FIG.6 is a partial sectional view illustrating a connecting sleeve, an inner electrode, and an outer electrode according to the present invention;

    FIG.7 is an exploded view illustrating a connecting sleeve and internal parts thereof according to the present invention;

    FIG.8 is a partial exploded view illustrating a connecting sleeve and internal parts thereof according to the present invention;

    FIG.9 is a perspective view illustrating a circuit board and an air flow switch according to the present invention;

    FIG.10 is a side view illustrating a circuit board and an air flow switch according to the present invention;

    FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view of a sealing component for an air flow switch according to the present invention;

    FIG.12 is a partial sectional view of a sealing component for an air flow switch according to the present invention;

    FIG.13 is a cross-sectional view illustrating a connecting sleeve and internal parts thereof according to the present invention.



    [0018] In the figures, reference numerals of main parts are as follows: outer tube 1; opening end 11; closed end 12; air inlet aperture 13; connecting sleeve 2; notch 21; bulges 22; protruding shoulder 23; battery 3; outer electrode 4; connecting end 41; fixed-connecting end 42; internal threads 43; through-hole of outer electrode 44; annular groove 45; metal sleeve 46; inner electrode 5; through-hole of inner electrode 51; insulation sleeve 6; air flow switch 7; sealing component for air flow switch 8; circumferential bulges 81; wiring channel 82; receiving cavity 83; inner circumferential bulge 84; annular-shaped groove 85; circular truncated cone 86; central aperture 87; cavity 88; circuit board 9; protruding and extending part 91; LED indicator 92; air flow path 10.

    DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENTS



    [0019] The present invention will be explained below in detail in conjunction with the drawings.

    [0020] Referring to FIGs.1-3, a battery stick of an electronic cigarette according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises an outer tube 1, a connecting sleeve 2 and an outer electrode 4 which are connected, wherein the outer tube 1 has a closed end and an opening end, and the wall of the outer tube 1 is provided with an air inlet aperture 13 so as to allow air to flow into the interior of the outer tube 1 to enable detection of smoking action when an electronic cigarette user smokes. A battery 3 is mounted inside the outer tube 1, mounted from the opening end 11. An annular protruding shoulder 23 is arranged at a head part on one end of the connecting sleeve 2, and the outer diameter of the shoulder 23 equals to the outer diameter of the outer tube 1. The inner wall of the opening end 11 of the outer tube 1 is sleeved on the outer wall of the connecting sleeve 2, that is, the connecting sleeve 2 is sheathed in the outer tube 1 from the opening end 11 and stopped by the shoulder 23. When the connecting sleeve 2 is disposed inside the outer tube 1, the outer diameter of the shoulder 23 equals to that of the outer tube 1, such that their outer circumferential surfaces are flush with each other and thus they are integrated with each other (Alternatively, since too much difference will affect aesthetic appearance and hand feeling, the difference between the outer diameter of the shoulder 23 and the outer tube 1 may be less than ±2mm). The inner wall of one end of the connecting sleeve 2 corresponding to the opening end 11 of the outer tube is sleeved on and connected with the outer electrode 4, the inner wall of the other end of the connecting sleeve 2 corresponding to the closed end 12 of the outer tube is sleeved on and mounted with an air flow switch 7, a sealing component 8 for the air flow switch and a circuit board 9. The outer electrode 4 is arranged with connecting means, i.e., internal threads 43, an inner electrode 5 is arranged inside the outer electrode 4, and an insulation sleeve 6 is arranged between the inner electrode 5 and the outer electrode 4. The air flow switch 7, namely an air flow sensor, is used for detecting a signal indicative of the air flow, that is, detecting a signal indicating that air is drawn in and passes through the air flow switch 7 when an electronic cigarette user smokes, so as to realize detection of smoking action of the mouth of the electronic cigarette user. The circuit board 9, namely a circuit control board, is electrically connected with the battery 3, the outer electrode 4, the inner electrode 5, and the air flow switch 7 respectively by means of electric wires (not shown in the figures). The circuit board 9 is arranged with control circuit, LED and chip, and other electronic components (not shown in the figures), and has functions of signal identification, power supply control, circuit protection, etc. The outer electrode 4 and the inner electrode 5 are respectively electrically connected with the circuit of the circuit board 9. When the battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to the present invention is connected with the vaporization stick of the electronic cigarette (not shown in the figures), the outer electrode 4 and the inner electrode 5 may be respectively connected with an outer electrode and an inner electrode of the vaporization stick, so as to supply electric power provided by the battery 3 to the vaporization unit of the vaporization stick. In the event that the battery runs out of power, the battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to the present invention can be connected with a recharger. In such case, the outer electrode 4 and the inner electrode 5 can be respectively connected with positive and negative electrodes of the recharger, so as to allow the recharger to supply electric power and recharge the battery. Herein, the outer electrode 4 may be connected with a positive electrode or a negative electrode of the battery 3, and meanwhile the inner electrode 5 may be connected with a negative electrode or a positive electrode of the battery 3.

    [0021] As described above, in the battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to the embodiment of the present invention, the circuit board 9, instead of being conventionally arranged in the lamp cap at the closed end of the outer tube, is arranged between the outer and inner electrodes 4, 5 and the battery 3. With such design, shorter and fewer electric wires for the connection between the battery 3 and the circuit board 9 and between the circuit board 9 and the outer and inner electrodes 4, 5 are required, and the wiring is simplified as well. Consequently, failures such as short-circuit, circuit break and overheat caused by complicated wiring can be minimized, and the operational reliability can be improved. Furthermore, it facilitates convenient assembly in production, and thus the production efficiency is increased.

    [0022] Referring to FIGs.3-7, in the embodiment, the outer electrode 4, as an electrode, apparently is made of conductive metallic materials. The outer electrode 4, which also serves as a connecting member, is arranged with connecting means. Usually, the connecting means of the outer electrode 4 is a detachable connecting means, for example in manners of threaded connections including female threaded connection and male threaded connection, snap-fit connections, plug-in connections, magnetic connections, etc. In the embodiment, the outer electrode 4 has a connecting end 41 and a fixed-connecting end 42. The connecting end 41 is tubular shaped and is exposed from one end of the connecting sleeve 2 (corresponding to the opening end 11 of the outer tube). The connecting end 41 has a smaller outer diameter than the connecting sleeve 2, and the inner wall thereof is provided with internal threads 43 serving as connecting means for connecting with external threads (not shown in the figures) of the vaporization stick of the electronic cigarette, so as to form a whole electronic cigarette. At least one through-hole 44 of outer electrode is radially formed in the wall of the connecting end 41 and is capable of serving as an air inlet for a vaporization cavity of the vaporization stick when an electronic cigarette user smokes. The fixed-connecting end 42 is fixedly connected to the inner wall of one end of the connecting sleeve 2. The inner wall of the fixed-connecting end 42 adjacent to the connecting end 41 is aligned with that of the connecting end 41, and inner diameter of another part of the inner wall of the fixed-connecting end 42 decreases in a stepped manner. The inner electrode 5 is T-shaped and is sheathed with an insulation sleeve 6 and then mounted on the inner wall of the fixed-connecting end 42 at a position where the inner diameter is decreased. A through-hole 51 of the inner electrode is axially formed in the inner electrode 51, so as to function as a part of the air flow path.

    [0023] In the embodiment, referring to FIG.4, an annular groove 45 is formed on the outer wall of the fixed-connecting end 42 of the outer electrode 4, and an inner shoulder (not shown in the figures) which can be correspondingly engaged with the annular groove 45 is formed on the inner wall of the connecting sleeve 2. In such case, the fixed-connecting end 42 of the outer electrode is fixedly connected with the inner wall of the connecting sleeve 2. The engagement connection thereof is performed by in-mold integral molding, that is, during the injection molding of the connecting sleeve, the fixed-connecting end 42 of the outer electrode is put into the mold together to perform injection molding. Hence, a firm connection can be provided and disengagement can hardly occur.

    [0024] In the embodiment, referring to FIGs.5-8, a metal sleeve 46 is arranged between the outer electrode 4 and the insulation sleeve 6.

    [0025] The electric wire connected with the circuit board 9 can be welded to the metal sleeve 46, and then connected in contact with the outer electrode 4. In such case, the integrally molded connecting sleeve is prevented from being scorched or deformed due to the high temperature generated when the electric wire is directly welded to the outer electrode. In addition, welding an electric wire to the metal sleeve 46 and then mounting the metal sleeve 46 into the outer electrode 4 allows a convenient assembly in production and improve the production efficiency.

    [0026] Referring to FIGs.7-12, in the battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to the embodiment of the present invention, the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch and the circuit board 9 are successively mounted on the inner wall of the connecting sleeve 2, and the air flow switch 7 is mounted inside the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch. Instead of a manual run switch arranged on the outer wall of the battery stick and used for switching on the power for the vaporization unit, the air flow switch 7 is arranged in the battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to the present invention. When an electronic cigarette user smokes, negative pressure is generated in the mouthpiece of the electronic cigarette due to the suction, and thus the air inside the battery stick flows. In such case, the air flow can be detected by means of the air flow switch 7, and a signal indicative of the smoking action can be automatically sent to switch on the power for the vaporization unit. A notch 21 which is rectangular in cross section is formed in the wall of the connecting sleeve 2 at a position where the circuit board 9 is mounted. Alternatively, one or more than one notch 21 may be provided. A protruding and extending part 91 may be arranged at the circumferential edge of the circuit board 9 and correspondingly engaged with the notch 21. In such case, the number and respective position of the protruding and extending part 91 correspond to the number and respective position of the notch 21, and the width of the protruding and extending part 91 equals to that of the notch 21, such that the protruding and extending part 91 can be stuck in the notch 21. Consequently, a rotation of the circuit board 9 along the circumferential direction of the connecting sleeve 2 is avoided, and convenient assembly of the circuit board 9 to the connecting sleeve 2 is facilitated. Bulges 22 are arranged on the inner wall of the end of the connecting sleeve 2 which is arranged with the notch 21, so as to retain the circuit board 9 and prevent the circuit board 9 from axially moving towards the outside of the connecting sleeve 2.

    [0027] Referring to FIGs.9-13, in order to improve sealing performance, the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch is made of soft plastic materials, silica gel or rubber materials. A plurality of circumferential bulges 81 are radially arranged on the outer wall of the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch, so as to improve the sealing between the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch and the inner wall of the connecting sleeve 2. The sealing component 8 for the air flow switch is axially arranged with a wiring channel 82, through which the electric wires for connecting the circuit board 9 with the inner and outer electrodes can pass. Inside the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch, a receiving cavity 83 for snugly receiving the air flow switch 7 is provided at its one end. An inner circumferential bulge 84 is radially arranged at the opening of the receiving cavity 83 so as to retain the air flow switch 7 and prevent it from getting out. At the other end of the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch, a protruding hollow circular truncated cone 86 is formed in the center and an annular-shaped groove 85 is formed in the periphery. Herein, a central aperture 87 is provided in the upper surface of the circular truncated cone 86, so as to communicate with the hollow part of the circular truncated cone 86 and the receiving cavity 83.

    [0028] Referring to FIGs. 11-13, in the case that the end of the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch which is arranged with the circular truncated cone 86 is mounted inside the connecting sleeve 2, a cavity 88 is formed between the bottom parts of the inner electrode 5 and the insulation sleeve 6, the inner wall of the connecting sleeve 2, and the annular-shaped groove 85. When an electronic cigarette user smokes, the produced vapor may flow back from the vaporization stick to the connecting end 41 of the battery stick, and then flow into the cavity 88 through the through-hole 51 of the inner electrode 5. In such case, the vapor that flows back can be buffered in the cavity 88, and the moisture thereof can be swirled and condensed on the outer wall of the circular truncated cone 86. Hence, the circuits and electronic components and the like arranged on the air flow switch 7, on the circuit board 9 and on the battery 3, can be prevented from corrosion damages caused by the vapor containing moisture which is directly entered into the air flow switch 7, the circuit board 9 and the battery 3 and accumulated for a long time.

    [0029] Referring to FIGs.2 and 13, in the battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to the embodiment of the present invention, the connecting sleeve 2 may be made of plastic light-guide materials, and the circuit board 9 is arranged with an LED indicator 92 for emitting light when an electronic cigarette user smokes. The light can be transmitted through the wall of the connecting sleeve 2 to the shoulder 23, thereby lighting up the shoulder 23 as schematically shown in FIG.13. In the battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to the embodiment of the present invention, since the circuit board 9 is positioned in the middle part of the electronic cigarette, the lamp cap which is usually arranged on the outer tube at the front end of the battery stick can be omitted. In such case, the lamp cap which provides the light-indication function is replaced by the shoulder 23 of the connecting sleeve 2 which is arranged on the side surface of the electronic cigarette. With such arrangement, it is convenient for the users to observe light emitting working states of the electronic cigarette by themselves. Furthermore, the light which escapes through the side surface is attenuated and would not be glaring, which renders soft light with elegant visual feeling and brings better user experience for the users of the electronic cigarette.

    [0030] As described above, the connecting sleeve 2 may be made of plastic light-guide materials, and the light emitted by the LED indicator 92 exits from the shoulder 23. In such case, the notch 21 of the connecting sleeve 2 has another function of facilitating the arrangement of the LED indicator 92 on the protruding and extending part 91 of the circuit board 9. In such case, the bright light emitted by the LED indicator 92 can be axially directly projected to the radial section of the wall of the connecting sleeve 2 which is formed with the notch 21, so as to allow more lights to be axially transmitted through the wall of the connecting sleeve 2 to the shoulder 23.

    [0031] Referring to FIGs.2, the battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to the embodiment of the present invention can be connected with a vaporization stick of the electronic cigarette to form the electronic cigarette with working principles as follows. When an electronic cigarette user smokes by his mouth, the negative pressure generated in the mouthpiece and the vaporization stick is transmitted to the battery stick. Due to the suction, outside-air flows in through the air inlet aperture 13, and then through the space between the battery 3 and the inner wall of the outer tube 1, through the notch 21 of the connecting sleeve 2, through the air flow switch 7, through the central aperture 87 of the sealing component 8 for the air flow switch, and through the through-hole 51 of the inner electrode, such that the air flow path 10 for channeling the air flow is formed. The air flow path 10 is illustrated by the arrows in FIG.2, and the direction of the arrows indicates the air flow direction. When air flows through the air flow switch 7, smoking action of the electronic cigarette user can be detected and an electronic signal can be sent to the circuit board 9 by means of the air flow switch 7. After the identification by means of the circuit board 9, a control signal can be sent so as to switch on the battery power for the vaporization unit or the heating coil inside the vaporization stick, and the electronic cigarette liquid is heated and vaporized to produce vapor by means of the heated heating coil or the heated vaporization unit. Meanwhile, the light emitted by the LED indicator 92 of the circuit board 9 is transmitted to the shoulder 23 through the inner wall of the connecting sleeve 2, such that the light escaped through the shoulder 23 indicates working states of the electronic cigarette.

    Industrial applicability



    [0032] All the above are merely the preferred embodiments of the present invention, but are not to limit the invention in any form. The present invention is intended to cover all changes, various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the scope of the present invention as defined by the claims.


    Claims

    1. A battery stick of an electronic cigarette, comprising an outer tube (1) having a closed end (12) and an opening end (11), and a connecting sleeve (2), wherein a battery (3) is disposed inside the outer tube (1), an air inlet aperture (13) is provided in a wall of the outer tube (1), an inner wall of the opening end (11) of the outer tube (1) is sleeved on an outer wall of the connecting sleeve (2), an inner wall of one end of the connecting sleeve (2) corresponding to the opening end (11) of the outer tube (1) is sleeved on and connected with an outer electrode (4), an inner wall of the other end of the connecting sleeve (2) is sleeved on and mounted with an air flow switch (7), a sealing component (8) for the air flow switch and a circuit board (9), the outer electrode (4) is arranged with connecting means, an inner electrode (5) is arranged inside the outer electrode (4), and an insulation sleeve (6) is arranged between the inner electrode (5) and the outer electrode (4) to separate them from each other.
     
    2. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 1, wherein the sealing component (8) for the air flow switch and the circuit board are successively mounted in the connecting sleeve (2), and the air flow switch (7) is mounted inside the sealing component (8) for the air flow switch.
     
    3. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 2, wherein a notch (21) which is rectangular in cross section is formed in a wall of the connecting sleeve (2) at a position where the circuit board (9) is mounted, a protruding and extending part (91) is arranged at a circumferential edge of the circuit board (9) and correspondingly engaged with the notch (21), and a bulge (22) is arranged on an inner wall of one end of the connecting sleeve (2) which is arranged with the notch (21), so as to retain the circuit board (9).
     
    4. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 1, wherein a circumferential protruding shoulder (23) is radially arranged on one end of the connecting sleeve (2) which is arranged with the outer electrode (4), wherein an outer diameter of the shoulder (23) equals to that of the outer tube (1), or the difference therebetween is less than ±2mm.
     
    5. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 4, wherein the connecting sleeve (2) is made of plastic light-guide materials, the circuit board (9) is arranged with an LED indicator (92) for emitting light when an electronic cigarette user smokes, and the light can be transmitted through a wall of the connecting sleeve (2) to the shoulder (23) and light up the shoulder (23).
     
    6. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 1, wherein the outer electrode (4) comprises a connecting end (41) and a fixed-connecting end (42), wherein the connecting end (41) is tubular shaped and exposed from the connecting sleeve (2), the connecting end (41) has a smaller outer diameter than the connecting sleeve (2), and the connecting means is internal thread (43) provided on an inner wall of the connecting end (41); wherein the fixed-connecting end (42) is fixedly connected to an inner wall of one end of the connecting sleeve (2), an inner wall of the fixed-connecting end (42) adjacent to the connecting end (41) is aligned with an inner wall of the connecting end (41), and inner diameter of another part of the inner wall of the fixed-connecting end (42) sharply decreases, the inner electrode (5) is sheathed with an insulation sleeve (6) and then mounted on the inner wall of the fixed-connecting end (42) at a position where the inner diameter is decreased.
     
    7. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 6, wherein an annular groove (45) is formed on an outer wall of the fixed-connecting end (42) of the outer electrode (4), and an inner protruding shoulder which can be correspondingly engaged with the annular groove (45) is formed on an inner wall of the connecting sleeve (2), and the fixed-connecting end (42) of the outer electrode (4) is engaged with the connecting sleeve (2) by in-mold integral molding.
     
    8. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 1, wherein a metal sleeve (46) is arranged between the outer electrode (4) and the insulation sleeve (6).
     
    9. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 1, wherein circumferential bulges (81) are radially arranged on an outer wall of the sealing component (8) for the air flow switch, the sealing component (8) for the air flow switch is axially arranged with a wiring channel (82), a receiving cavity (83) for snugly receiving the air flow switch (7) is provided inside one end of the sealing component (8) for the air flow switch, an inner circumferential bulge (84) is radially arranged at an opening of the receiving cavity (83) so as to retain the air flow switch (7); wherein, at the other end of the sealing component (8) for the air flow switch, a protruding hollow circular truncated cone (86) is formed in the center and an annular-shaped groove (85) is formed in the periphery, and a central aperture (87) is provided in an upper surface of the circular truncated cone (86), so as to communicate with a hollow part of the circular truncated cone (86) and with the receiving cavity (83).
     
    10. The battery stick of the electronic cigarette according to claim 1, wherein the sealing component (8) for the air flow switch is made of soft plastic materials, silica gel or rubber materials.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette, umfassend ein äußeres Rohr (1) mit einem geschlossenen Ende (12) und einem offenen Ende (11) und eine Verbindungshülse (2), wobei eine Batterie (3) im Inneren des äußeren Rohrs (1) angeordnet ist, eine Lufteinlassöffnung (13) in einer Wand des äußeren Rohrs (1) vorgesehen ist, eine Innenwand des offenen Endes (11) des äußeren Rohrs (1) auf eine Außenwand der Verbindungshülse (2) aufgeschoben ist, eine Innenwand von einem Ende der Verbindungshülse (2), die dem offenen Ende (11) des äußeren Rohrs (1) entspricht, auf eine äußere Elektrode (4) aufgeschoben ist und mit dieser verbunden ist, eine Innenwand des anderen Endes der Verbindungshülse (2) auf einen Luftströmungsschalter (7), eine Dichtungskomponente (8) für den Luftströmungsschalter und eine Leiterplatte (9) aufgeschoben und mit diesen montiert ist, die äußere Elektrode (4) mit Verbindungsmitteln angeordnet ist, eine innere Elektrode (5) im Inneren der äußeren Elektrode (4) angeordnet ist und eine Isolierhülse (6) zwischen der inneren Elektrode (5) und der äußeren Elektrode (4) angeordnet ist, um diese voneinander zu trennen.
     
    2. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Dichtungskomponente (8) für den Luftströmungsschalter und die Leiterplatte nacheinander in der Verbindungshülse (2) montiert sind und der Luftströmungsschalter (7) im Inneren der Dichtungskomponente (8) für den Luftströmungsschalter montiert ist.
     
    3. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 2, wobei eine Nut (21), die einen rechteckigen Querschnitt aufweist, in einer Wand der Verbindungshülse (2) an einer Position gebildet ist, an der die Leiterplatte (9) montiert ist, ein vorstehendes und sich streckendes Teil (91) an einer Umfangskante der Leiterplatte (9) angeordnet ist und entsprechend in die Nut (21) eingreift und eine Wölbung (22) an einer Innenwand eines Endes der Verbindungshülse (2) angeordnet ist, die mit der Nut (21) angeordnet ist, um die Leiterplatte (9) zu halten.
     
    4. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 1, wobei eine umlaufende vorstehende Schulter (23) radial an einem Ende der Verbindungshülse (2) angeordnet ist, die mit der äußeren Elektrode (4) angeordnet ist, wobei ein äußerer Durchmesser der Schulter (23) gleich dem des äußeren Rohrs (1) ist oder die Differenz zwischen diesen weniger als ±2 mm beträgt.
     
    5. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 4, wobei die Verbindungshülse (2) aus Kunststoff-Lichtleitermaterialien hergestellt ist, die Leiterplatte (9) mit einem LED-Indikator (92) zum Emittieren von Licht angeordnet ist, wenn ein Benutzer der elektronischen Zigarette raucht, und das Licht durch eine Wand der Verbindungshülse (2) an die Schulter (23) übertragen werden kann und die Schulter (23) beleuchten kann.
     
    6. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 1, wobei die äußere Elektrode (4) ein Verbindungsende (41) und ein Festverbindungsende (42) umfasst, wobei das Verbindungsende (41) rohrförmig ist und von der Verbindungshülse (2) freigesetzt ist, wobei das Verbindungsende (41) einen kleineren Außendurchmesser als die Verbindungshülse (2) aufweist und das Verbindungsmittel mit einem Innengewinde (43) an einer Innenwand des Verbindungsendes (41) versehen ist; wobei das Festverbindungsende (42) fest mit einer Innenwand von einem Ende der Verbindungshülse (2) verbunden ist, eine Innenwand des Festverbindungsendes (42) neben dem Verbindungsende (41) an einer Innenwand des Verbindungsendes (41) ausgerichtet ist und sich ein Innendurchmesser eines anderen Teils der Innenwand des Festverbindungsendes (42) deutlich reduziert, wobei die innere Elektrode (5) mit einer Isolierhülse (6) ummantelt ist und danach an der Innenwand des Festverbindungsendes (42) an einer Position montiert ist, an der der Innendurchmesser reduziert ist.
     
    7. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 6, wobei eine ringförmige Rinne (45) an einer Außenwand des Festverbindungsendes (42) der äußeren Elektrode (4) gebildet ist und eine innere vorstehende Schulter, die entsprechend in die ringförmige Rinne (45) eingreift, an einer Innenwand der Verbindungshülse (2) gebildet ist und das Festverbindungsende (42) der äußeren Elektrode (4) in die Verbindungshülse (2) durch aufgepresstes integrales Formen eingreift.
     
    8. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 1, wobei eine Metallhülse (46) zwischen der äußeren Elektrode (4) und der Isolierhülse (6) angeordnet ist.
     
    9. Batteriestab einer elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 1, wobei umlaufende Wölbungen (81) radial an einer Außenwand der Dichtungskomponente (8) für den Luftströmungsschalter angeordnet sind, die Dichtungskomponente (8) für den Luftströmungsschalter axial mit einem Verdrahtungskanal (82) angeordnet ist, ein Aufnahmehohlraum (83) zum festsitzenden Aufnehmen des Luftströmungsschalters (7) im Inneren eines Endes der Dichtungskomponente (8) für den Luftströmungsschalter vorgesehen ist, eine innere umlaufende Wölbung (84) radial an einer Öffnung des Aufnahmehohlraums (83) angeordnet ist, um den Luftströmungsschalter (7) zu halten; wobei am anderen Ende der Dichtungskomponente (8) für den Luftströmungsschalter ein vorstehender hohler kreisförmiger Kegelstumpf (86) im Zentrum gebildet ist und eine ringförmige Rinne (85) im Umfang gebildet ist und eine zentrale Öffnung (87) in einer Oberfläche des kreisförmigen Kegelstumpfes (86) vorgesehen ist, sodass sie mit einem hohlen Teil des kreisförmigen Kegelstumpfes (86) und mit dem Aufnahmehohlraum (83) in Verbindung steht.
     
    10. Batteriestab der elektronischen Zigarette nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Dichtungskomponente (8) für den Luftströmungsschalter aus Weichplastikmaterialien, Silicagel oder Kautschukmaterialien hergestellt ist.
     


    Revendications

    1. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique, constitué d'un tube extérieur (1) avec une extrémité close (12) et d'une extrémité ouverte (11), ainsi que d'un manchon de raccordement (2), dans lequel la batterie (3) est placée à l'intérieur du tube extérieur (1), une ouverture d'admission d'air (13) est située sur l'une des parois du tube extérieur (1), la paroi intérieure de l'extrémité ouverte (11) du tube extérieur (1) est emmanchée à la paroi extérieure du manchon de raccordement (2), la paroi interne située à l'extrémité du manchon de raccordement (2), correspondant à l'extrémité ouverte (11) du tube extérieur (1), est emmanchée et connectée à une électrode externe (4), la paroi interne de l'autre extrémité du manchon de raccordement (2) est emmanchée et équipée d'un interrupteur de débit d'air (7), d'un dispositif d'étanchéité (8) pour l'interrupteur de débit d'air et du circuit imprimé (9), l'électrode externe (4) est agencée grâce à des dispositifs de raccordement, une électrode interne (5) est placée à l'intérieur de l'électrode externe (4), et une gaine isolante (6) est placée entre l'électrode interne (5) et l'électrode externe (4) afin de les séparer.
     
    2. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 1, dans lequel les dispositifs d'étanchéité (8) de l'interrupteur de débit d'air et du circuit imprimé sont successivement fixés au manchon de raccordement (2), l'interrupteur de débit d'air (7) est fixé à l'intérieur du dispositif d'étanchéité (8) de l'interrupteur de débit d'air.
     
    3. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 2, dans lequel une encoche (21) de section rectangulaire est créée dans la paroi du manchon de raccordement (2) à l'emplacement de la fixation du circuit imprimé (9), une pièce saillante et allongée (91) est placée sur le bord de la circonférence du circuit imprimé (9) et est ainsi alignée avec l'encoche (21), un créneau (22) situé sur la paroi interne d'une extrémité du manchon de raccordement (2) est enclenché dans l'encoche (21), de sorte à maintenir en place le circuit imprimé (9).
     
    4. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 1, dans lequel un gradin circonférentiel saillant (23) est placé radialement à une extrémité du manchon de raccordement (2) qui est relié à l'électrode externe (4), le diamètre extérieur du gradin (23) correspondant à celui du tube extérieur (1), ou la différence entre les deux étant inférieure à ± 2mm.
     
    5. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 4, dans lequel le manchon de raccordement (2) est fabriqué en matière plastique avec guide-lumière, le circuit imprimé (9) comporte un indicateur LED (92) qui émet un signal lumineux lorsque l'utilisateur fume sa cigarette électronique, et la lumière peut être transmise à travers la paroi du manchon de raccordement (2) vers le gradin (23), pour allumer le gradin (23).
     
    6. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 1, dans lequel l'électrode externe (4) comprend une extrémité de raccordement (41) et une extrémité de raccordement fixe (42), l'extrémité de raccordement (41) est de forme tubulaire et dépasse du manchon de raccordement (2), l'extrémité de raccordement (41) possède un diamètre extérieur inférieur à celui du manchon de raccordement (2), et les dispositifs de raccordement sont constitués d'un filetage interne (43) placé sur la paroi interne de l'extrémité de raccordement (41), l'extrémité de raccordement fixe (42) est connectée de manière fixe à la paroi interne d'une extrémité du manchon de raccordement (2), et la paroi interne de l'extrémité de raccordement fixe (42) adjacente à l'extrémité de raccordement (41) est alignée avec la paroi interne de l'extrémité de raccordement (41), le diamètre interne de l'autre partie de la paroi interne de l'extrémité de raccordement fixe (42) diminue fortement, l'électrode interne (5) est enveloppée d'une gaine isolante (6) et est ensuite montée sur la paroi interne de l'extrémité de raccordement fixe (42), dans une position où son diamètre interne décroit.
     
    7. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 6, dans lequel une rainure annulaire (45) est créée sur la paroi extérieure de l'extrémité de raccordement fixe (42) de l'électrode externe (4) et un gradin intérieur saillant, qui peut être enclenché dans la rainure annulaire (45), est formé sur la paroi interne du manchon de raccordement (2), l'extrémité de raccordement fixe (42) de l'électrode externe (4) est enclenchée avec le manchon de raccordement (2) grâce à un moulage intégral.
     
    8. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 1, dans lequel un manchon métallique (46) est placé entre l'électrode externe (4) et la gaine d'isolation (6).
     
    9. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour une cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 1, dans lequel des créneaux circonférentiels (81) sont placés radialement sur la paroi externe du dispositif d'étanchéité (8) de l'interrupteur de débit d'air, le dispositif d'étanchéité (8) de l'interrupteur de débit d'air est placé de manière axiale par rapport à un canal de câblage (82), un logement (83) permettant d'attacher solidement l'interrupteur de débit d'air (7) est prévu à l'intérieur d'une des extrémités du dispositif d'étanchéité (8) de l'interrupteur de débit d'air, un créneau intérieur circonférentiel (84) est agencé radialement par rapport à l'une des ouvertures du logement (83), de sorte à retenir l'interrupteur de débit d'air (7), a l'autre extrémité du dispositif d'étanchéité (8) de l'interrupteur de débit d'air, un tronc de cône creux et circulaire, saillant (86) est créé, au centre, et une rainure annulaire (85) est créée autour, une ouverture centrale (87) située sur la surface supérieure du tronc de cône circulaire (86) permet de communiquer avec la partie creuse du tronc de cône circulaire (86) et avec le logement (83).
     
    10. Bâtonnet formant batterie pour la cigarette électronique tel que décrit dans la revendication 1, dans lequel le dispositif d'étanchéité (8) de l'interrupteur de débit d'air est fabriqué en matière plastique souple, en gel de silice et en caoutchouc.
     




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