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United States Patent Application 20180115125
Kind Code A1
HSU; JUNG-HUI ;   et al. April 26, 2018

OUTLET DEVICE

Abstract

An outlet device for hanging on a plate includes a counterweight portion, a hanging portion arranged distant from the counterweight portion, an extending portion having two ends respectively connected to the counterweight portion and the hanging portion, and a power core connected to the counterweight portion. Each of the counterweight portion and the hanging portion has an outlet unit electrically connected to the power core. The outlet device is configured so that the counterweight portion is arranged under the plate and the hanging portion is arranged on the plate, and the hanging portion remains hung on the plate by using the weight distribution of the outlet device, thereby maintaining the outlet device in a static balance state.


Inventors: HSU; JUNG-HUI; (NEW TAIPEI CITY, TW) ; PENG; SU-YING; (TAIPEI CITY, TW)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

POWERTECH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.

NEW TAIPEI CITY

TW
Family ID: 1000002705818
Appl. No.: 15/612614
Filed: June 2, 2017


Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: H01R 25/006 20130101; H02G 3/081 20130101; H01R 2103/00 20130101; H02G 3/18 20130101; H01R 24/66 20130101
International Class: H01R 25/00 20060101 H01R025/00; H02G 3/08 20060101 H02G003/08; H01R 24/66 20060101 H01R024/66; H02G 3/18 20060101 H02G003/18

Foreign Application Data

DateCodeApplication Number
Oct 26, 2016TW105134550

Claims



1. An outlet device for being hung on a plate, comprising: a counterweight portion including a first outlet unit; a hanging portion arranged distant from the counterweight portion and including a second outlet unit; an extending portion having two opposite ends respectively connected to the counterweight portion and the hanging portion, wherein a free end of the hanging portion is arranged distant from the extending portion by a lateral distance, the extending portion has a width parallel to the lateral distance, and the width is less than or equal to the lateral distance; and a power cord electrically connected to the first outlet unit and the second outlet unit, wherein the power cord has an end connected to the counterweight portion and an opposite end used for detachably inserting into an external power supplying outlet, wherein the outlet device is configured so that the counterweight portion is arranged under the plate and the hanging portion is arranged on the plate, and the hanging portion remains hung on the plate by using the weight distribution of the outlet device, thereby maintaining the outlet device in a static balance state.

2. The outlet device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the counterweight portion includes a first case, the first outlet unit is disposed in the first case, the hanging portion includes a second case, the second outlet unit is disposed in the second case, the extending portion includes a third case, the third case has a first end and an opposite second end, and the first end and the second end are respectively and perpendicularly connected to the first case and the second case.

3. The outlet device as claimed in claim 2, wherein the first end and the second end of the third case are integrally connected to the first case and the second case, and the first case, the second case, and the third case surround to form a U-shaped hanging slot for receiving a part of the plate.

4. The outlet device as claimed in claim 3, further comprising a limiting structure movably disposed on the first case, wherein the limiting structure is arranged in the U-shaped hanging slot for abutting against the plate.

5. The outlet device as claimed in claim 4, wherein the limiting structure includes an abutting member and an elastic member, an end of the abutting member is disposed on the first case by cooperating with the elastic member, and an opposite end of the abutting member is arranged apart from the first case by a vertical distance, and wherein when the abutting member is pressed to cause reduction of the vertical distance, the elastic member stores an elastic force tending to recover the vertical distance.

6. The outlet device as claimed in claim 4, wherein an accommodating slot is recessed in an inner surface of the first case and is in air communication with the U-shaped hanging slot, and the limiting structure is movable toward the accommodating slot when being pressed.

7. The outlet device as claimed in claim 2, wherein the first end of the third case is movably connected to the first case, and the second end of the third case is integrally connected to the second case.

8. The outlet device as claimed in claim 7, wherein the first case having an elongated shape defines a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the lateral direction and the width.

9. The outlet device as claimed in claim 3, wherein a corner of the first case arranged distant from the third case has a notch, and the power cord is rotatable to be arranged in the notch of the first case.

10. An outlet device, comprising: a counterweight portion including a first outlet unit, and the first outlet unit including at least one AC power outlet; a hanging portion arranged distant from the counterweight portion and including a second outlet unit, wherein the second outlet unit includes at least one DC power outlet, and an opening of the at least one DC power outlet is formed on a surface of the hanging portion arranged distant from the counterweight portion; and an extending portion having two opposite ends respectively connected to the counterweight portion and the hanging portion, wherein the extending portion is provided without any outlet unit, a free end of the hanging portion is arranged distant from the extending portion by a lateral distance, the extending portion has a width parallel to the lateral distance, and the width is less than or equal to the lateral distance.
Description



BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

[0001] The present disclosure relates to an outlet; in particular, to an outlet device for hanging on a plate.

2. Description of Related Art

[0002] The structure of a conventional outlet device has not undergone any significant changes in recent years, thus limiting the functions thereof. For example, when the conventional outlet device is applied to a desk, the device is either disposed on the desk or under the desk. Therefore, the single conventional outlet device cannot satisfy a condition where an outlet is needed both over and under the desk.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0003] The present disclosure provides an outlet device to solve the drawback associated with conventional outlet devices.

[0004] The present disclosure provides an outlet device for being hung on a plate. The outlet device includes a counterweight portion, a hanging portion, an extending portion, and a power cord. The counterweight portion includes a first outlet unit. The hanging portion is arranged distant from the counterweight portion and includes a second outlet unit. The extending portion has two opposite ends respectively connected to the counterweight portion and the hanging portion. A free end of the hanging portion is arranged distant from the extending portion by a lateral distance. The extending portion has a width parallel to the lateral distance, and the width is less than or equal to the lateral distance. The power cord is electrically connected to the first outlet unit and the second outlet unit. The power cord has an end connected to the counterweight portion and an opposite end used for detachably inserting into an external power supplying outlet. The outlet device is configured to arrange the counterweight portion under the plate and to arrange the hanging portion on the plate, and the hanging portion remains hung on the plate by using the weight distribution of the outlet device, thereby maintaining the outlet device in a static balance state.

[0005] The present disclosure also provides an outlet device including a counterweight portion, a hanging portion, and an extending portion. The counterweight portion includes a first outlet unit, and the first outlet unit includes at least one AC power outlet. The hanging portion is arranged distant from the counterweight portion and includes a second outlet unit. The second outlet unit includes at least one DC power outlet, and an opening of the at least one DC power outlet is formed on a surface of the hanging portion arranged distant from the counterweight portion. The extending portion has two opposite ends respectively connected to the counterweight portion and the hanging portion. The extending portion is provided without any outlet unit. A free end of the hanging portion is arranged distant from the extending portion by a lateral distance. The extending portion has a width parallel to the lateral distance, and the width is less than or equal to the lateral distance.

[0006] In summary, the outlet device of the present disclosure can satisfy a condition where an outlet is simultaneously needed both over and under a plate by disposing the hanging portion on the plate to provide the first outlet unit under the plate and the second outlet unit above the plate.

[0007] In order to further appreciate the characteristics and technical contents of the present disclosure, references are hereunder made to the detailed descriptions and appended drawings in connection with the present disclosure. However, the appended drawings are merely shown for exemplary purposes, and should not be construed as restricting the scope of the present disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0008] FIG. 1 is a schematic view showing an outlet device hanging on a plate and electrically connected to a power supplying outlet according to the present disclosure;

[0009] FIG. 2 is a perspective view showing the outlet device according to a first embodiment of the present disclosure;

[0010] FIG. 3 is a planar view of FIG. 2;

[0011] FIG. 4 is a planar view showing the outlet device of FIG. 2 hanging on a plate;

[0012] FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing the outlet device according to a second embodiment of the present disclosure;

[0013] FIG. 6 is a planar view of FIG. 5;

[0014] FIG. 7 is a planar view showing the outlet device of FIG. 5 hanging on a plate;

[0015] FIG. 8 is a perspective view showing the outlet device according to a third embodiment of the present disclosure;

[0016] FIG. 9 is a planar view of FIG. 8;

[0017] FIG. 10 is a planar view showing that the counterweight portion and the extending portion of FIG. 8 are rotatable relative to each other;

[0018] FIG. 11 is a planar view showing that the counterweight portion and the extending portion of FIG. 8 are retractable relative to each other; and

[0019] FIG. 12 is a planar view showing the outlet device of FIG. 8 hanging on a plate.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0020] Reference is made to FIGS. 1 to 12. FIG. 1 illustrates a schematic view of the present disclosure, and FIGS. 2 to 12 illustrate a first embodiment, a second embodiment, and a third embodiment of the present disclosure. References are hereunder made to the detailed descriptions and appended drawings in connection with the present disclosure. However, the appended drawings are merely provided for exemplary purposes, and should not be construed as restricting the scope of the present disclosure.

[0021] As shown in FIG. 1, the present disclosure provides an outlet device 100 for being hung on a plate 200 (e.g., a desk, an office table, or a counter), but the present disclosure is not limited thereto. The outlet device 100 includes a counterweight portion 1, a hanging portion 2 arranged distant from the counterweight portion 1, an extending portion 3 connected to the counterweight portion 1 and the hanging portion 2, and a power cord 4 connected to the counterweight portion 1.

[0022] Specifically, the extending portion 3 has two opposite ends (i.e., the bottom end and the top end of the extending portion 3 as shown in FIG. 1) respectively connected to the counterweight portion 1 and the hanging portion 2. The connection of the extending portion 3 and the counterweight portion 1 (or the hanging portion 2) can be, but is not limited to, an integral connection, a detachable connection, a slidable connection, or a rotatable connection.

[0023] Moreover, the counterweight portion 1 includes a first outlet unit 11, and the hanging portion 2 includes a second outlet unit 21. The outlet device 100 is configured to hang on the plate 200 by adjusting the weight distribution of the counterweight portion 1, the hanging portion 2, and the extending portion 3. The outlet device 100 can be firmly hung on the plate 200 by adjusting the size proportion of the hanging portion 2 and the extending portion 3. For example, a free end of the hanging portion 2 (i.e., the right end of the hanging portion 2 as shown in FIG. 1) is arranged distant from the extending portion 3 by a lateral distance D, the extending portion 3 has a width W parallel to the lateral distance D, and the width W is less than or equal to the lateral distance D.

[0024] The power cord 4 has an end connected to the counterweight portion 1 and an opposite end used for detachably inserting into an external power supplying outlet 300. The power cord 4 is electrically connected to the first outlet unit 11 and the second outlet unit 21, thereby transmitting power from the external power supplying outlet 300 to the first outlet unit 11 and the second outlet unit 21. The connection of the power cord 4 and the counterweight portion 1 can be, but is not limited to, a fixed connection, a detachable connection, or a rotatable connection.

[0025] Accordingly, the outlet device 100 is configured to arrange the counterweight portion 1 under the plate 200 and to arrange the hanging portion 2 on the plate 200, and the hanging portion 2 remains hung on the plate 200 by using the weight distribution of the outlet device 100, thereby maintaining the outlet device 100 in a static balance state. Thus, the outlet device 100 of the present disclosure can satisfy a condition where an outlet under the plate 200 and an outlet on the plate 200 are needed at the same time by disposing the hanging portion 2 on the plate 200 to provide the first outlet unit 11 under the plate 200 and the second outlet unit 21 above the plate 200.

[0026] The common features of the outlet device 100 of the present disclosure have been disclosed in the above description, and a designer can use the above common features to form different embodiments of the outlet device 100. However, since the present disclosure cannot disclose all possible embodiments of the outlet device 100, the following description describes only some embodiments of the outlet device 100, but the present disclosure is not limited thereto.

First Embodiment

[0027] Reference is made to FIGS. 2 to 4, which illustrate a first embodiment of the present disclosure. The difference between the first embodiment and the above common features is disclosed as follows.

[0028] The counterweight portion 1 includes a first case 12, and the first outlet unit 11 is disposed in the first case 12. In other words, the first case 12 and the components arranged in the first case 12 in the present embodiment are co-defined as the counterweight portion 1. The first outlet unit 11 includes at least one AC power outlet 111, and an opening of the at least one AC power outlet 111 is arranged on a surface of the counterweight portion 1 (i.e., a side surface of the first case 12 as shown in FIG. 2) which does not face the hanging portion 2, but the present disclosure is not limited thereto.

[0029] The hanging portion 2 includes a second case 22, and the second outlet unit 21 is disposed in the second case 22. In other words, the second case 22 and the components arranged in the second case 22 in the present embodiment are co-defined as the hanging portion 2. The second outlet unit 21 includes at least one DC power outlet 211 (i.e., a USB outlet), and an opening of the at least one DC power outlet 211 is formed on a surface of the hanging portion 2 (i.e., a top surface of the second case 22 as shown in FIG. 2) which is arranged distant from the counterweight portion 1, but the present disclosure is not limited thereto.

[0030] Moreover, the hanging portion 2 in the present embodiment further includes a switch unit 23 for controlling the second outlet unit 21 and/or the first outlet unit 11 to supply electricity. The switch unit 23 is disposed on the surface of the hanging portion 2 (i.e., the top surface of the second case 22 as shown in FIG. 2) which is arranged distant from the counterweight portion 1, so that a user can conveniently operate the switch unit 23.

[0031] The extending portion 3 includes a third case 31. The third case 31 and the components arranged in the third case 31 in the present embodiment are co-defined as the extending portion 3, and the extending portion 3 in the present embodiment is preferably provided without any outlet unit. The third case 31 has a first end and an opposite second end, and the first end and the second end are respectively and perpendicularly connected to the first case 12 and the second case 22. Specifically, the first end of the third case 31 (i.e., the bottom end of the third case 31 as shown in FIG. 3) is integrally connected to the first case 12, and the second end of the third case 31 (i.e., the top end of the third case 31 as shown in FIG. 3) is integrally connected to the second case 22.

[0032] The length of the first case 12 in the present embodiment is substantially equal to that of the second case 22. The first case 12, the second case 22, and the third case 31 surroundingly define a U-shaped hanging slot O. Moreover, the width W' of the first case 12 is substantially equal to the width W'' of the second case 22, and the width W of the third case 31 is smaller than the width W' of the first case 12.

[0033] In addition, a corner of the first case 12 (i.e., the right-lower corner of the first case 12 as shown in FIG. 2) arranged distant from the third case 31 has a notch 121, and the power cord 4 is rotatable to be arranged in the notch 121 of the first case 12, so that a user can conveniently adjust the position of the power cord 4.

Second Embodiment

[0034] Reference is made to FIGS. 5 to 7, which illustrate a second embodiment of the present disclosure. The difference between the second embodiment and the first embodiment is disclosed as follows.

[0035] The outlet device 100 of the present embodiment further includes a limiting structure 5 movably disposed on the first case 12. The limiting structure 5 is arranged in the U-shaped hanging slot O for abutting against the plate 200. The following description discloses the features of the limiting structure 5, but the present disclosure is not limited thereto.

[0036] The limiting structure 5 includes an abutting member 51 and an elastic member 52 (i.e., a torsion spring). An end of the abutting member 51 (i.e., the bottom end of the abutting member 51 as shown in FIG. 6) is disposed on (i.e., pivotally connected to) the first case 12 by cooperating with the elastic member 52, and an opposite end of the abutting member 51 (i.e., the top end of the abutting member 51 as shown in FIG. 6) is arranged apart from the first case 12 by a vertical distance H. Specifically, a distance between the abutting member 51 and the first case 12 is gradually increased in a direction from bottom to top (i.e., a direction from right side to left side as shown in FIG. 6), and the vertical distance H is the maximum distance between the abutting member 51 and the first case 12.

[0037] Moreover, an accommodating slot 122 is recessed in an inner surface of the first case 12 (i.e., a surface of the first case 12 faces the second case 22) and is in air communication with the U-shaped hanging slot O. The accommodating slot 122 is configured to receive the limiting structure 5, and the abutting member 51 of the limiting structure 5 is movable toward (or movable into) the accommodating slot 122 when being pressed.

[0038] In more detail, when the abutting member 51 is pressed to cause reduction of the vertical distance H, that is to say, the top end of the abutting member 51 as shown in FIG. 7 movers toward the accommodating slot 122, the elastic member 52 stores an elastic force tending to recover the vertical distance H, so that the abutting member 51 can abut against the plate 200 by the elastic force generated from the elastic member 52.

Third Embodiment

[0039] Reference is made to FIGS. 8 to 12, which illustrate a third embodiment of the present disclosure. The difference between the third embodiment and the first embodiment is disclosed as follows.

[0040] The first case 12 in the present embodiment having an elongated shape defines a longitudinal direction L, which is perpendicular to the lateral direction D and the width W. The first end of the third case 31 (i.e., the bottom end of the third case 31 as shown in FIGS. 8 and 9) is movably connected to the first case 12, and the second end of the third case 31 (i.e., the top end of the third case 31 as shown in FIGS. 8 and 9) is integrally connected to the second case 22. Moreover, the connection of the first end of the third case 31 and the first case 12 in the present embodiment can be, but is not limited to, a rotatable connection as shown in FIG. 10 or a retractable connection as shown in FIG. 11.

[0041] Specifically, the first outlet unit 11 includes a plurality of AC power outlets 111 arranged in one row parallel to the longitudinal direction L. The counterweight portion 1 has a switch unit 13 disposed on a bottom of the first case 12 for controlling the first outlet unit 11 and/or the second outlet unit 21 to supply electricity. The hanging portion 2 in the present embodiment is provided without any switch unit. Moreover, the power cord 4 is connected to an end of the counterweight portion 1 (i.e., the bottom end of the first case 12) arranged distant from the hanging portion 2.

The Effects of the Present Embodiments

[0042] In summary, the outlet device of the present disclosure can satisfy a condition where an outlet is needed both over and under a plate at the same time by disposing the hanging portion on the plate to provide the first outlet unit under the plate and the second outlet unit above the plate.

[0043] Moreover, the outlet device of the present disclosure can be firmly hung on a plate, which may have different thickness, by forming the limiting structure in the U-shaped hanging slot and using the limiting structure to abut against the plate.

[0044] In addition, the connection of the extending portion and the counterweight portion can be a movable connection, so that the outlet device of the present disclosure can be applied to different environments and can satisfy a user's different needs.

[0045] The descriptions illustrated supra set forth simply the preferred embodiments of the present disclosure; however, the characteristics of the present disclosure are by no means restricted thereto. All changes, alterations, or modifications conveniently considered by those skilled in the art are deemed to be encompassed within the scope of the present disclosure delineated by the following claims.

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