(19)
(11)EP 3 439 986 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
02.09.2020 Bulletin 2020/36

(21)Application number: 17716492.8

(22)Date of filing:  04.04.2017
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B65D 81/32(2006.01)
B65D 47/18(2006.01)
A24B 15/16(2020.01)
B01L 3/02(2006.01)
B65D 25/08(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/EP2017/058005
(87)International publication number:
WO 2017/174590 (12.10.2017 Gazette  2017/41)

(54)

REFILL CONTAINER FOR REFILLABLE ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICES

NACHFÜLLBEHÄLTER FÜR NACHFÜLLBARE ELEKTRONISCHE VAPING-VORRICHTUNGEN

RÉCIPIENT DE RECHARGE POUR CIGARETTES ÉLECTRONIQUES RECHARGEABLES


(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: 04.04.2016 US 201615089808

(43)Date of publication of application:
13.02.2019 Bulletin 2019/07

(73)Proprietor: Philip Morris Products S.A.
2000 Neuchâtel (CH)

(72)Inventors:
  • KARLES, George
    Richmond Virginia 23233 (US)
  • MARCQ, Pauline
    Richmond Virginia 23220 (US)
  • OGBONLOWO, Tracy
    Moseley Virginia 23120 (US)
  • TIPTON, Lawrence
    Colonial Heights Virginia 23834 (US)

(74)Representative: Spencer, James Michael 
Reddie & Grose LLP The White Chapel Building 10 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 8QS
London E1 8QS (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 0 806 371
GB-A- 854 163
US-A1- 2004 188 465
US-A1- 2010 242 975
US-A1- 2015 196 059
US-A1- 2016 050 976
GB-A- 738 927
US-A- 3 779 372
US-A1- 2006 071 000
US-A1- 2011 278 298
US-A1- 2015 245 654
US-A1- 2016 052 686
  
      
    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


    [0001] The present disclosure relates to a refill vial for a refillable electronic vaping or e-vaping device.

    [0002] Some electronic vaping devices include reservoirs that may be refilled with pre-vapor formulations. The pre-vapor formulations may be contained in bottles.

    [0003] US 2013/146485 A1 discloses a system relating to mixing a plurality of substances. In an embodiment, the system comprises a container containing a first substance and sealed by a seal. The container also comprises at least one sub-container rigidly attached to the container and contained within the container. The at least one sub-container comprises a second substance. The at least one sub-container is sealed by at least one seal. The seal of the container is connected via at least one tether to the at least one seal of the at least one sub-container. Opening at least one seal of the at least one sub-container is responsive to the opening of the seal of the container.

    [0004] At least one example embodiment of the invention relates to a container for separately containing pre-vapor formulation ingredients prior to filling a reservoir of an electronic vaping device.

    [0005] According to the present invention, there is provided a container for separately containing pre-vapor formulation ingredients prior to filling a reservoir of an electronic vaping device, and a method of increasing the shelf life of a pre-vapor formulation, as set out in the attached claims.

    [0006] In at least one example embodiment, a container for separately containing pre-vapor formulation ingredients prior to filling a reservoir of an electronic vaping device includes a container body having a first opening, a first compartment in the container body, a second compartment in the container body, a first seal between the first compartment and the second compartment, and a lid configured to cover the opening. The first compartment contains at least a first ingredient. The second compartment contains at least a second ingredient. The first seal is a frangible seal and is substantially impermeable. The lid is connected to the first seal.

    [0007] In at least one example embodiment, the first seal is formed of at least one of a plastic or a metal foil coated with an inert substance. In at least one example embodiment, the container and the first seal are formed of the same material. The first seal may be about 50 microns to about 1000 microns thick.

    [0008] In at least one example embodiment, the container may also include a third compartment in the container body. The third compartment contains at least a third ingredient. A second seal separates the third compartment from at least one of the first compartment and the second compartment. The second seal is frangible and substantially impermeable.

    [0009] In at least one example embodiment, the second seal is formed of the same material as the first seal. The second seal may be connected to the first seal. The second seal may be coated with an inert substance.

    [0010] In at least one example embodiment, at least one of the container body, the lid, and the first seal is coated with an inert substance.

    [0011] In at least one example embodiment, the lid is a screw-top lid.

    [0012] In at least one example embodiment, the first compartment contains at least one of an aerosol former, nicotine and a first flavorant and the second compartment contains at least one of an aerosol former, an acid, a second flavorant, and water. The first flavorant may be the same or different than the second flavorant.

    [0013] In at least one example embodiment, the first seal extends substantially horizontally between the first compartment and the second compartment.

    [0014] In at least one example embodiment, a seal connector is attached to the first seal and attached to the lid, such that when the lid is removed from the container, the seal connector pulls the first seal to break the first seal.

    [0015] In at least one example embodiment, the first seal extends substantially vertically between the first compartment and the second compartment.

    [0016] At least one example embodiment relates to a container for separately containing pre-vapor formulation ingredients prior to filling a reservoir of an electronic vaping device.

    [0017] In at least one example embodiment, the container includes a container body having an opening therein, a first compartment in the container body, a lid covering the opening, and a dropper extending from the lid into the first compartment. The first compartment contains at least a first ingredient. The dropper contains at least a second ingredient. The dropper including a dropper opening. The dropper opening is covered with a covering. The covering is removable and substantially impermeable.

    [0018] In at least one example embodiment, the dropper includes measurement markings on a side thereof. The measurement markings include indicia indicating amounts of the second ingredient.

    [0019] In at least one example embodiment, the covering is formed of at least one of a plastic or a metal foil coated with an inert substance.

    [0020] At least one example embodiment relates to a method of increasing a shelf-life of a pre-vapor formulation.

    [0021] In at least one example embodiment, a method of increasing shelf-life of a pre-vapor formulation includes storing at least a first ingredient in a first compartment of a container, and storing at least a second ingredient in a second compartment of the container. The first compartment is separated from the second compartment by a first seal. The first seal is frangible and substantially impermeable. The first seal is attached to a container lid. The first seal is configured to be removed upon opening of the container.

    [0022] The various features and advantages of the non-limiting embodiments herein may become more apparent upon review of the detailed description in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. The accompanying drawings are merely provided for illustrative purposes and should not be interpreted to limit the scope of the claims. The accompanying drawings are not to be considered as drawn to scale unless explicitly noted. For purposes of clarity, various dimensions of the drawings may have been exaggerated.

    [0023] FIG. 1 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment and a second compartment according to at least one example embodiment of the present invention.

    [0024] FIG. 2 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment, a second compartment, and a third compartment according to at least one example embodiment of the present invention.

    [0025] FIG. 3 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a substantially horizontally extending seal separating a first compartment and a second compartment according to at least one example embodiment of the present invention.

    [0026] FIG. 4 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment and a dropper.

    [0027] FIG. 5 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment, a second compartment, and a dropper according to at least one example embodiment of the present invention.

    [0028] FIG. 6 is an illustration of a seal between a first compartment and a second compartment being broken according to at least one example embodiment of the present invention.

    [0029] FIG. 7 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment and a second compartment according to at least one example embodiment of the present invention.

    [0030] Some detailed example embodiments are disclosed herein. However, specific structural and functional details disclosed herein are merely representative for purposes of describing example embodiments.

    [0031] Accordingly, while example embodiments are capable of various modifications and alternative forms, example embodiments thereof are shown by way of example in the drawings and will herein be described in detail. Like numbers refer to like elements throughout the description of the figures.

    [0032] It should be understood that when an element or layer is referred to as being "on," "connected to," "coupled to," or "covering" another element or layer, it may be directly on, connected to, coupled to, or covering the other element or layer or intervening elements or layers may be present. In contrast, when an element is referred to as being "directly on," "directly connected to," or "directly coupled to" another element or layer, there are no intervening elements or layers present.

    [0033] It should be understood that, although the terms first, second, third, and so forth may be used herein to describe various elements, components, regions, layers or sections, these elements, components, regions, layers, or sections should not be limited by these terms. These terms are only used to distinguish one element, component, region, layer, or section from another element, component, region, layer, or section. Therefore, a first element, component, region, layer, or section discussed below could be termed a second element, component, region, layer, or section without departing from the teachings of example embodiments.

    [0034] Spatially relative terms (for example, "beneath," "below," "lower," "above," "upper," and the like) may be used herein for ease of description to describe one element or feature's relationship to another element or feature as illustrated in the figures. It should be understood that the spatially relative terms are intended to encompass different orientations of the device in use or operation in addition to the orientation depicted in the figures. For example, if the device in the figures is turned over, elements described as "below" or "beneath" other elements or features would then be oriented "above" the other elements or features. Therefore, the term "below" may encompass both an orientation of above and below. The device may be otherwise oriented (rotated 90 degrees or at other orientations) and the spatially relative descriptors used herein interpreted accordingly.

    [0035] The terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing various example embodiments only and is not intended to be limiting of example embodiments. As used herein, the singular forms "a," "an," and "the" are intended to include the plural forms as well, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. It will be further understood that the terms "includes," "including," "comprises," and "comprising," when used in this specification, specify the presence of stated features, integers, steps, operations, elements, or components, but do not preclude the presence or addition of one or more other features, integers, steps, operations, elements, components, or groups thereof.

    [0036] Example embodiments are described herein with reference to cross-sectional illustrations that are schematic illustrations of idealized embodiments (and intermediate structures) of example embodiments. As such, variations from the shapes of the illustrations as a result, for example, of manufacturing techniques or tolerances, are to be expected.

    [0037] Unless otherwise defined, all terms (including technical and scientific terms) used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which example embodiments belong. It will be further understood that terms, including those defined in commonly used dictionaries, should be interpreted as having a meaning that is consistent with their meaning in the context of the relevant art and will not be interpreted in an idealized or overly formal sense unless expressly so defined herein.

    [0038] At least one example embodiment relates to a container for separately containing pre-vapor formulation ingredients prior to filling a reservoir of an electronic vaping device.

    [0039] FIG. 1 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment and a second compartment according to an example embodiment.

    [0040] In at least one example embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, a container 10 for separately containing pre-vapor formulation ingredients includes a body 15. The body 15 has an opening 25 therein. The body may also include a first compartment 35 and a second compartment 40 therein. A first seal 30 is positioned between the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40. The container 10 also includes a lid 20 configured to cover, seal, or cover and seal the opening 25 of the container 10.

    [0041] In at least one example embodiment, the first compartment 35 may be the same size, volume, or size and volume as the second compartment 40. In at least one example embodiment, at least one of the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40 has a volume ranging from about 1 milliliter to about 200 milliliters. In at least one example embodiment, the first compartment 35 has a larger or smaller size or volume than the second compartment 40.

    [0042] According to the invention, the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40 each contains some ingredients of a pre-vapor formulation.

    [0043] The pre-vapor formulation is a material or combination of materials that may be transformed into a vapor. For example, the pre-vapor formulation, the pre-vapor formulation ingredients, or both, may be in the form of at least one of a liquid, a solid, or a gel. The pre-vapor formulation ingredients include, but are not limited to, water, beads, solvents, active ingredients, ethanol, plant extracts, natural or artificial flavors, nicotine, vapor formers such as glycerin and propylene glycol, water, acids, and combinations thereof.

    [0044] In at least one example embodiment, the first compartment 35 may contain different pre-vapor formulation ingredients from the second compartment 40. Therefore, nicotine at least is contained in the first compartment 35 and the vapor formers may be contained in the second compartment 40 to prevent or minimize chemical reactions prior to refilling a reservoir of an electronic vaping device. In addition, maintaining ingredients in separate compartments may increase shelf-life by at least about 1 week (for example, at least 2 weeks, at least one month, at least three months, at least six months, at least nine months, or at least one year).

    [0045] For example, in at least one example embodiment, flavors may also be contained in the first compartment 35 and vapor formers may be contained in the second compartment 40. Some flavors may be unstable in vapor formers, such as propylene glycol. Therefore, separately storing these ingredients increases stability, shelf-life, or both.

    [0046] For example, in at least one example embodiment, acids may be contained in the first compartment 35 and vapor formers may be contained in the second compartment 40 to avoid or minimize reactions between the flavors and vapor formers.

    [0047] In another example embodiment, the first compartment 35 may contain ingredients in powder form, while the second compartment 40 contains ingredients in liquid form, gel form, or both.

    [0048] In at least one example embodiment, the first seal 30 is a frangible seal 30 that may be broken to expose ingredients in the first compartment 35 to ingredients in the second compartment 40. The first seal 30 is substantially impermeable, such that the ingredients contained in the first compartment 35, the second compartment 40, or both, cannot pass through the first seal 30.

    [0049] In at least one example embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, the lid 20 is connected to the first seal 30, such that when the lid 20 is removed, the first seal 30 is broken and the ingredients in the first compartment 35 are mixed with ingredients in the second compartment 40.

    [0050] In at least one example embodiment, the lid 20 is a screw-top lid. In some example embodiments, the lid 20 may be a child-resistant lid. In other example embodiments, the lid 20 may have a snap-fit (or other type) connection about the opening 25 of the container 10.

    [0051] In at least one example embodiment, the first seal 30 is formed of at least one of a plastic and a metal foil coated with an inert substance. In at least one example embodiment, the container 10 and the first seal 30 are formed of the same material. In other example embodiments, the container 10 and the first seal 30 are formed of different materials. The first seal 30 is about 50 microns to about 1000 microns thick. In at least one example embodiment, the first seal 30 is thick enough to withstand pressure applied during shipment and storage, but thin enough to easily break when the lid 20 is removed from the container 10 or action is taken to break the seal as described in FIG. 6 described below. In at least one example embodiment, the structure in FIG. 1 may be made out of an insert plastic material, such as polyethylene terephthalate or polystyrene using extrusion molding, blow molding, or thermoforming techniques. The individual compartments may be made in a single process step or the compartments may be formed in separate steps and brought together to create the structure of FIG. 1.

    [0052] In at least one example embodiment, at least one of the body 15, the lid 20, or the seal 30, may be coated with an inert substance so as to prevent or minimize reactions between the ingredients of the pre-vapor formulation with the materials that form at least one of the body 15, the lid 20, or the seal 30. The inert substance may be a plastic coating. For example, the seal 30 may be formed of a metal foil coated with a plastic or another inert substance.

    [0053] In at least one example embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, the seal 30 is positioned substantially vertically between the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40.

    [0054] FIG. 2 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment, a second compartment, and a third compartment according to an example embodiment.

    [0055] In at least one example embodiment, as shown in FIG. 2, the container 10 is substantially the same as the container of FIG. 1, but the container 10 also includes a third compartment 45 in the container body 15. The third compartment 45 contains at least a third ingredient, which may be the same or different than ingredients contained in the first compartment 35, the second compartment 40, or both.

    [0056] In at least one example embodiment, a second seal 43 separates the third compartment 45 from at least one of the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40. The second seal 43 is frangible and substantially impermeable, and may be formed of the same or a different material than the first seal 30. The second seal 43 may also include an inert coating thereon.

    [0057] In at least one example embodiment, the second seal 43 is positioned substantially vertically within the body 15 of the container 10. In other example embodiments, the second seal 43 may be horizontally positioned while the first seal 30 is vertically positioned (not shown).

    [0058] In at least one example embodiment, the second seal 43 is connected to one or more of the lid 20 and the first seal 30.

    [0059] FIG. 3 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a substantially horizontally extending seal separating a first compartment and a second compartment according to an example embodiment.

    [0060] In at least one example embodiment, as shown in FIG. 3, the container 10 is substantially the same as the container of FIG. 1, but the first seal 30 extends substantially horizontally between the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40. In addition, a seal connector 50 may extend between the lid 20 and the first seal 30 so as to connect the lid 20 to the first seal 30. Therefore, when the lid 20 is removed, the seal connector 50 pulls the first seal 30 so as to break the first seal 30.

    [0061] At least one example embodiment relates to a container for separately containing pre-vapor formulation ingredients prior to filling a reservoir of an electronic vaping device.

    [0062] FIG. 4 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment and a dropper.

    [0063] In this refill vial, as shown in FIG. 4, a container 10 includes a container body 15 having an opening 25 therein, a first compartment 35 in the container body 15, a lid 20 covering the opening 25, and a dropper 55 extending from the lid 20 into the first compartment 35. The first compartment 35 contains at least a first ingredient. The dropper 55 contains at least a second ingredient. The dropper 55 including a dropper opening 70. The dropper opening 70 is covered with a covering 60. The covering 60 is removable and substantially impermeable.

    [0064] The dropper 55 includes measurement markings 65 on a side thereof. The measurement markings 65 include indicia indicating amounts of the second ingredient contained in the dropper 55. The measurement markings 65 may indicate amounts in mL or in other measurements. Once the dropper 55 is removed, a desired amount of the ingredient contained in the dropper 55 can be ejected from the dropper 55 into the ingredients contained in the first compartment 35. Therefore, the pre-vapor formulation may be tailored to contain a desired amount of nicotine, acids, flavors, and combinations thereof.

    [0065] The covering 60 is formed of at least one of a plastic and a metal foil coated with an inert substance. The covering 60 may extend over the dropper opening 70 and along sides of the dropper 55. The covering 60 may include a tear strip or other gripping portion (not shown), which can be grasped to remove the covering 60.

    [0066] FIG. 5 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment, a second compartment, and a dropper according to an example embodiment.

    [0067] In at least one example embodiment, as shown in FIG. 5, the container 10 is generally the same as in FIG. 4, except that the container 10 includes a second compartment 40. The second compartment 40 contains at least a third ingredient. The container 10 may also include a first seal 30 between the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40. The first seal 30 is frangible and substantially impermeable. The first seal 30 may be connected to at least one of the lid 20 and the dropper 55, such that the first seal 30 is broken when the lid 20, the dropper 55, or both, is removed from the container 10. Therefore, ingredients separately contained in at least one of the first compartment 35, second compartment 40, or the dropper 55 may be mixed upon opening of the container.

    [0068] FIG. 6 is an illustration of a seal between a first compartment and a second compartment being broken according to at least one example embodiment.

    [0069] In at least one example embodiment, as shown in FIG. 6, the seal may extend vertically through the container to form the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40. The perforated lines indicate weak points in the seal that may be formed by altering a thickness of the seal at selected points for ease of breaking the seal.

    [0070] In at least one example embodiment, if a lid is rotated as shown, the seal would break and contents of the first compartment 35 and the second compartment 40 may mix. The lid could be reapplied once the seal is broken so that the container could be shaken to induce further mixing.

    [0071] FIG. 7 is a side, cross-sectional view of a refill vial including a first compartment and a second compartment according to at least one example embodiment.

    [0072] In at least one example embodiment, as shown in FIG. 7, the seal 30 may form a bottom of the first compartment 35 and separate the first compartment 35 from the second compartment 40. In this example embodiment, the second compartment 40 may be filled first, then the seal 30 may be inserted over the second compartment 40, and the first compartment may then be filled. A seal connector 50 may be connected to the seal 30 to enable breaking of the seal 30 once the container is opened.

    [0073] The invention also relates to a method of increasing a shelf-life of a pre-vapor formulation.

    [0074] The method of increasing shelf-life of a pre-vapor formulation includes storing at least a first ingredient in a first compartment of a container, and storing at least a second ingredient in a second compartment of the container. The first compartment is separated from the second compartment by a first seal. The first seal is frangible and substantially impermeable. The first seal is attached to a container lid. The first seal is configured to be removed upon opening of the container.

    [0075] In at least one example embodiment, the method includes increasing shelf-life of the pre-vapor formulation, the ingredients thereof, or both, by at least about 1 week (for example, at least about 2 weeks, at least about 3 weeks, at least about 4 weeks, at least about 2 months, at least about 3 months, at least about 6 months, at least about 9 months, or at least about 1 year).

    [0076] In at least one example embodiment, the method also includes mixing a desired amount of the first ingredient with the second ingredient.

    [0077] While a number of example embodiments have been disclosed herein, it should be understood that other variations may be possible within the scope of the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A container (10) for separately containing pre-vapor formulation ingredients prior to filling a reservoir of an electronic vaping device, the container (10) comprising:

    a container body (15) having a first opening (25);

    a first compartment (35) in the container body (15), the first compartment (35) containing nicotine;

    a second compartment (40) in the container body (15), the second compartment (40) containing at least one of an aerosol former, an acid, and water;

    a first seal (30) between the first compartment (35) and the second compartment (40), the first seal (30) being substantially impermeable;

    a lid (20) configured to cover the opening (25), the lid (20) connected to the first seal (30), such that removal of the lid (20) breaks the first seal (30); and

    a seal connector (50) attached to the first seal (30) and attached to the lid (20), such that when the lid (20) is removed from the container (10), the seal connector (50) pulls the first seal (30) to break the first seal (30).


     
    2. The container (10) of claim 1, wherein the first seal (30) is formed of at least one of a plastic and a metal foil coated with an inert substance.
     
    3. The container (10) of claim 1 or 2, wherein the container (10) and the first seal (30) are formed of the same material.
     
    4. The container (10) of claim 1, 2 or 3, wherein the first seal (30) is about 50 microns to about 1000 microns thick.
     
    5. The container (10) of any preceding claim, further comprising:

    a third compartment (45) in the container body (15), the third compartment (45) containing at least a third ingredient; and

    a second seal (43) separating the third compartment (45) from at least one of the first compartment (35) and the second compartment (40), the second seal (43) being substantially impermeable.


     
    6. The container (10) of claim 5, wherein the second seal (43) is formed of the same material as the first seal (30) and removal of the lid (20) breaks the second seal (43).
     
    7. The container (10) of claim 5 or 6, wherein the second seal (43) is connected to the first seal (30).
     
    8. The container (10) of claim 5, 6 or 7, wherein the second seal (43) is coated with an inert substance.
     
    9. The container (10) of any preceding claim, wherein at least one of the container body (15), the lid (20), and the first seal (30) is coated with an inert substance.
     
    10. The container (10) of any preceding claim, wherein the lid (20) is a screw-top lid.
     
    11. The container (10) of any preceding claim, wherein the first compartment (35) contains a flavorant in addition to the nicotine.
     
    12. The container (10) of any preceding claim, wherein the first seal (30) extends substantially horizontally between the first compartment (35) and the second compartment (40).
     
    13. The container (10) of any of claims 1 to 11, wherein the first seal (30) extends substantially vertically between the first compartment (35) and the second compartment (40).
     
    14. A method of increasing shelf-life of a pre-vapor formulation, the method comprising:

    Storing nicotine in a first compartment (35) of a container (10); and

    storing at least one of an aerosol former, an acid, and water in a second compartment (40) of the container (10), the first compartment (35) separated from the second compartment (40) by a first seal (30), the first seal (30) being substantially impermeable, the first seal (30) attached to a container lid (20), a seal connector (50) attached to the first seal (30) and attached to the lid (20), such that when the lid (20) is removed from the container (10), the seal connector (50) pulls the first seal (30) to break the first seal (30), and the first seal (30) configured to be removed upon opening (25) of the container (10).


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Behälter (10) zur separaten Aufnahme von Vordampfformulierungsbestandteilen vor dem Füllen eines Vorratsbehälters einer elektronischen Dampfvorrichtung, wobei der Behälter (10) aufweist:

    einen Behälterkörper (15) mit einer ersten Öffnung (25);

    eine erste Kammer (35) in dem Behälterkörper (15), wobei die erste Kammer (35) Nikotin enthält;

    eine zweite Kammer (40) in dem Behälterkörper (15), wobei die zweite Kammer (40) mindestens eines von einem Aerosolbildner, einer Säure und Wasser enthält;

    eine erste Dichtung (30) zwischen der ersten Kammer (35) und der zweiten Kammer (40), wobei die erste Dichtung (30) im Wesentlichen undurchlässig ist;

    einen Deckel (20), der konfiguriert ist, die Öffnung (25) abzudecken, wobei der Deckel (20) mit der ersten Dichtung (30) verbunden ist, sodass ein Entfernen des Deckels (20) die erste Dichtung (30) bricht; und

    einen Dichtungsverbinder (50), der an der ersten Dichtung (30) befestigt ist und an dem Deckel (20) befestigt ist, sodass, wenn der Deckel (20) von dem Behälter (10) entfernt wird, der Dichtungsverbinder (50) die erste Dichtung (30) zieht, um die erste Dichtung (30) zu brechen.


     
    2. Behälter (10) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die erste Dichtung (30) aus mindestens einem von einer Kunststoff- und einer Metallfolie, die mit einer inerten Substanz beschichtet ist, gebildet ist.
     
    3. Behälter (10) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei der Behälter (10) und die erste Dichtung (30) aus dem gleichen Material gebildet sind.
     
    4. Behälter (10) nach Anspruch 1, 2 oder 3, wobei die erste Dichtung (30) ungefähr 50 Mikrometer bis ungefähr 1000 Mikrometer dick ist.
     
    5. Behälter (10) nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, ferner aufweisend:

    eine dritte Kammer (45) in dem Behälterkörper (15), wobei die dritte Kammer (45) mindestens einen dritten Bestandteil enthält; und

    eine zweite Dichtung (43), welche die dritte Kammer (45) von mindestens einer von der ersten Kammer (35) und der zweiten Kammer (40) trennt, wobei die zweite Dichtung (43) im Wesentlichen undurchlässig ist.


     
    6. Behälter (10) nach Anspruch 5, wobei die zweite Dichtung (43) aus dem gleichen Material wie die erste Dichtung (30) gebildet ist und das Entfernen des Deckels (20) die zweite Dichtung (43) bricht.
     
    7. Behälter (10) nach Anspruch 5 oder 6, wobei die zweite Dichtung (43) mit der ersten Dichtung (30) verbunden ist.
     
    8. Behälter (10) nach Anspruch 5, 6 oder 7, wobei die zweite Dichtung (43) mit einer inerten Substanz beschichtet ist.
     
    9. Behälter (10) nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei mindestens eines von dem Behälterkörper (15), dem Deckel (20) und der ersten Dichtung (30) mit einer inerten Substanz beschichtet ist.
     
    10. Behälter (10) nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei der Deckel (20) ein Schraubverschlussdeckel ist.
     
    11. Behälter (10) nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei die erste Kammer (35) zusätzlich zu dem Nikotin einen Geschmacksstoff enthält.
     
    12. Behälter (10) nach einem der vorstehenden Ansprüche, wobei sich die erste Dichtung (30) im Wesentlichen horizontal zwischen der ersten Kammer (35) und der zweiten Kammer (40) erstreckt.
     
    13. Behälter (10) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 11, wobei sich die erste Dichtung (30) im Wesentlichen vertikal zwischen der ersten Kammer (35) und der zweiten Kammer (40) erstreckt.
     
    14. Verfahren zum Erhöhen der Haltbarkeit einer Vordampfformulierung, wobei das Verfahren aufweist:

    Speichern von Nikotin in einer ersten Kammer (35) eines Behälters (10); und

    Speichern von mindestens einem von einem Aerosolbildner, einer Säure und Wasser in einer zweiten Kammer (40) des Behälters (10), wobei die erste Kammer (35) von der zweiten Kammer (40) durch eine erste Dichtung (30) getrennt ist, wobei die erste Dichtung (30) im Wesentlichen undurchlässig ist, wobei die erste Dichtung (30) an einem Behälterdeckel (20) angebracht ist, wobei ein Dichtungsverbinder (50) an der ersten Dichtung (30) angebracht ist und an dem Deckel (20) angebracht ist, sodass, wenn der Deckel (20) von dem Behälter (10) entfernt wird, der Dichtungsverbinder (50) die erste Dichtung (30) zieht, um die erste Dichtung (30) zu brechen, und die erste Dichtung (30) ausgelegt ist, beim Öffnen (25) des Behälters (10) entfernt zu werden.


     


    Revendications

    1. Récipient (10) destiné à contenir séparément des ingrédients de la formulation pré-vapeur avant le remplissage d'un réservoir d'un dispositif de vapotage électronique, le récipient (10) comprenant :

    un corps de récipient (15) ayant une première ouverture (25) ;

    un premier compartiment (35) dans le corps du récipient (15), le premier compartiment (35) contenant de la nicotine ;

    un deuxième compartiment (40) dans le corps du récipient (15), le deuxième compartiment (40) contenant au moins l'un d'un formateur d'aérosol, un acide et de l'eau ;

    un premier joint (30) entre le premier compartiment (35) et le deuxième compartiment (40), le premier joint (30) étant sensiblement imperméable ;

    un couvercle (20) configuré pour couvrir l'ouverture (25), le couvercle (20) étant raccordé au premier joint (30), de telle sorte que le retrait du couvercle (20) brise le premier joint (30) ; et

    un connecteur de joint (50) fixé au premier joint (30) et fixé au couvercle (20), de telle sorte que lorsque le couvercle (20) est retiré du récipient (10), le connecteur de joint (50) tire le premier joint (30) pour briser le premier joint (30).


     
    2. Récipient (10) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel le premier joint (30) est formé d'au moins l'un d'un plastique et d'une feuille métallique recouvert d'une substance inerte.
     
    3. Récipient (10) selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel le récipient (10) et le premier joint (30) sont formés du même matériau.
     
    4. Récipient (10) selon la revendication 1, 2 ou 3, dans lequel le premier joint (30) a une épaisseur d'environ 50 microns à environ 1000 microns.
     
    5. Récipient (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, comprenant en outre :

    un troisième compartiment (45) dans le corps du récipient (15), le troisième compartiment (45) contenant au moins un troisième ingrédient ; et

    un deuxième joint (43) séparant le troisième compartiment (45) d'au moins un du premier compartiment (35) et du deuxième compartiment (40), le deuxième joint (43) étant sensiblement imperméable.


     
    6. Récipient (10) selon la revendication 5, dans lequel le deuxième joint (43) est formé du même matériau que le premier joint (30) et le retrait du couvercle (20) brise le deuxième joint (43).
     
    7. Récipient (10) selon la revendication 5 ou 6, dans lequel le deuxième joint (43) est relié au premier joint (30).
     
    8. Récipient (10) selon la revendication 5, 6 ou 7, dans lequel le deuxième joint (43) est recouvert d'une substance inerte.
     
    9. Récipient (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel au moins l'un parmi le corps du récipient (15), le couvercle (20), et le premier joint (30) est recouvert d'une substance inerte.
     
    10. Récipient (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le couvercle (20) est un couvercle vissé.
     
    11. Récipient (10) selon une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier compartiment (35) contient un aromatisant en plus de la nicotine.
     
    12. Récipient (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans lequel le premier joint (30) s'étend sensiblement horizontale entre le premier compartiment (35) et le deuxième compartiment (40).
     
    13. Récipient (10) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 11, dans lequel le premier joint (30) s'étend sensiblement verticale entre le premier compartiment (35) et le deuxième compartiment (40).
     
    14. Procédé pour augmenter la durée de conservation d'une formulation pré-vapeur, le procédé comprenant :

    le stockage de la nicotine dans un premier compartiment (35) d'un récipient (10) ; et

    le stockage d'au moins l'un d'un formateur d'aérosol, d'un acide et de l'eau dans un deuxième compartiment (40) du récipient (10), le premier compartiment (35) étant séparé du deuxième compartiment (40) par un premier joint (30), le premier joint (30) étant sensiblement imperméable, le premier joint (30) étant fixé à un couvercle du récipient (20), un connecteur de joint (50) étant fixé au premier joint (30) et fixé au couvercle (20), de telle sorte que lorsque le couvercle (20) est retiré du récipient (10), le connecteur de joint (50) tire le premier joint (30) pour briser le premier joint (30), et le premier joint (30) configuré pour être retiré lors de l'ouverture (25) du récipient (10) .


     




    Drawing

















    Cited references

    REFERENCES CITED IN THE DESCRIPTION



    This list of references cited by the applicant is for the reader's convenience only. It does not form part of the European patent document. Even though great care has been taken in compiling the references, errors or omissions cannot be excluded and the EPO disclaims all liability in this regard.

    Patent documents cited in the description