Accumulator exchanging apparatus

Application Number: 00108963
Application Date: 2000.05.24
Publication Number: 1277414
Publication Date: 2000.12.20
Priority Information: 1999/5/25 JP 144909/1999; 1999/5/25 JP 144910/1999; 1999/5/25 JP 144911/1999
International: G07F15/00;H01M2/10;H01M10/46
Applicant(s) Name: Honda Giken Kogyo K. K.
Inventor(s) Name: Tsuboi Shoji
Patent Agency Code: 11038
Patent Agent: ma jiangli
Abstract A battery exchange apparatus having a structure which allows a battery to be easily taken in or out of the battery exchange apparatus and to provide a small-size battery exchange apparatus suitable to be used in an indoor facility. The battery exchange apparatus has a plurality of slots, and batteries inserted in the slots are charged by chargers. The battery thus charged is rented to a user in accordance with instructions. Upon rental of the battery, a battery lock provided on a retaining mechanism is released, and the battery projects forwardly more than an adjacent battery not to be rented. The slot holding the battery includes a first interior section, innermost in the slot for securing the battery, and a second interior section that is wider than the first interior section. The second interior section allows a user to easily hold the end portion of the battery. Further, the battery itself has a palm-size cross-sectional shape, allowing a user to easily hold the battery.