Method and apparatus for charging a battery

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6329793
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09577421

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An apparatus for charging a battery, includes a first electrical connector configured to couple to a positive terminal of the battery and a second electrical connector configured to couple to a negative terminal of the battery. The first and second connectors are used to charge the battery. A microprocessor is configured to test the battery and provide an encrypted output related to the battery test.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
Midtronics, Inc.WILLOWBROOK, IL153

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bertness, Kevin I Batavia, IL 147 9120
McShane, Stephen J Oak Brook, IL 22 1792

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