Patent Number: 6,296,459

Title: Electric air pump having multiple impellers and method

Abstract: An electric air pump having multiple impellers parallel mounted on the same motor shaft and typically employed for providing a source of low pressure, high volume air for charging inflatable devices. The multiple impellers provide improved motor efficiency in heat dissipation and air volume delivery when compared to a single impeller motor operating at the same RPM, and exhibits a near zero True Indicator Reading (TIR). In its most fundamental embodiment, the electric air pump having multiple impellers exhibits a construction including an outer housing having an air intake port and an air exhaust port. An electric motor is mounted within the outer housing and includes a rotating output shaft. A plurality of air impellers each parallel mounted on the rotating output shaft is employed for drawing a volume of air through the air intake port and across the electric motor. An air compressor chamber is positioned between the electric motor and the air impellers for collecting the air while the air impellers compress and exhaust the air through the air exhaust port for providing a supply of pressurized air.

Inventors: Saputo; Richard A. (Tarazana, CA), Lin; Hua Hsiang (Kowloon, HK)

Assignee: Intex Recreation Corp.

International Classification: F04D 17/16 (20060101); F04D 17/00 (20060101); F04D 017/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018