Patent Number: 6,168,881

Title: Latch mechanism for a battery operated power tool

Abstract: A battery operated power tool having a power tool housing, a battery pack and a battery latch mechanism. The power tool housing has a recess and a latching surface formed into the outer surface of the housing. The battery pack holds battery cells to power the tool. The battery latch mechanism removably attaches the battery pack to the power tool housing and includes a latching member and a spring to bias the latching member between an engaged position where the latching member is connected to the power tool housing and a release position when the latching member is disconnected from the power tool housing. The latching member includes an inner and an outer side with a latch flange on the inner side at one end. Towards an opposing end, the latching member includes a pushing surface on the outer side.

Inventors: Fischer; Ernest (Skokie, IL), Williams; Alston (Chicago, IL)

Assignee: S-B Power Tool Company

International Classification: B25F 5/00 (20060101); B25F 5/02 (20060101); H01M 2/10 (20060101); H01M 002/10 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018