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Apparatuses and methods for coupling DC power tools to external DC power sources Patent #: 6007373
AbstractMethod and apparatus for providing multi-power source for power tools. The apparatus includes (a) a multi-functional power block capable of being powered from multiple energy sources including, but not limited to, AC mains, DC power or fuel cell, and (b) a multi-functional battery module capable of receiving power from the multi-functional power block and fit into the recess in the tool which receives the power pack. The multi-functional power block includes an AC to DC converter, a voltage input selector, a DC to DC converter, an auto voltage selector, and a solid state power monitor which automatically sets the voltage and current to be delivered to power connectors integral to the multi-functional power block. The multi-functional battery module includes batteries, a battery charger which uses power from the multi-functional power block to recharge the battery, a power distributor, and a power monitor which monitors operation of the tool's motor so that the power distributor can automatically deliver the required voltage and current to the tool's motor from one or a combination of battery power and the multi-functional power block to produce the required operational driving torque. The apparatus also includes an AC mains plug and a first flexible line running from the AC mains plug to the multi-functional power block, a DC connector and a second flexible line running from the DC connector to the multi-functional power block, a third flexible line with attached DC plugs at both ends, and a series of adapters designed to fit into recesses in the multi-functional power block and in the tool.