Tire Inflating Device
1. A tire inflating device to inflate, maintain, and monitor the condition of a vehicle tires is comprising of:
- a carrying case having a housing;
a control head assembly configure within the housing;
wherein the control head assembly is further comprising of;
a program control module configured to control the operations of the tire inflating device and to allow programming of the tire inflating device;
an auto level manifold configured to allow connection of all the tires of vehicle together in parallel to bring all of them at same PSI;
a plurality of output modules configured within the auto level manifold to provide pressurized air for tire inflation;
an air release valve configured to evenly decrease the tire air pressure by releasing undesired air pressure;
a pressure release valve configured to prevent the tires from being overinflated;
a plurality of buttons and switches configured to select the modes, adjust the PSI, manipulate the operation of device etc.; and
a display unit;
an air compressor coupled with the control head assembly and configured to provide compressed air for tire inflation activity;
a hose assembly configured to detachably connect the plurality of output modules of the control head assembly to the tires of the vehicle to inflate; and
a plurality of power adapters configured to connect the tire inflating device with a power source;
Wherein the tire inflating device comprises different modes of operations as auto level mode, inflate mode, maintainer mode with auto off, auto on, and periodic pound per square inch (PSI) check at different time interval mode.
The present invention is an apparatus for tire inflation designed to allow users to properly inflate, maintain, and monitor the condition of vehicle tires. The tire inflation device of present invention is comprising of: a carrying case having a housing, a lid attached to the housing using a hinge, a plurality of locking latches to lock the lid over the housing and a handle configured over the lid to allow easy transport of the tire inflating device. The tire inflation device further comprises, a control head assembly to control the working of the device, an air compressor coupled with the control head assembly to provide compressed air for inflation of tires, a hose assembly to connect the device with the vehicle tires and a plurality of power adapters to connect the device with the power source. The control head assembly of the inflation device is further comprising of, a program control module, an auto level manifold, a plurality of output modules, an air release valve, a pressure release valve, a plurality of buttons and switches, and a display unit.
- 1. A tire inflating device to inflate, maintain, and monitor the condition of a vehicle tires is comprising of:
a carrying case having a housing; a control head assembly configure within the housing;
wherein the control head assembly is further comprising of;
a program control module configured to control the operations of the tire inflating device and to allow programming of the tire inflating device; an auto level manifold configured to allow connection of all the tires of vehicle together in parallel to bring all of them at same PSI; a plurality of output modules configured within the auto level manifold to provide pressurized air for tire inflation; an air release valve configured to evenly decrease the tire air pressure by releasing undesired air pressure; a pressure release valve configured to prevent the tires from being overinflated; a plurality of buttons and switches configured to select the modes, adjust the PSI, manipulate the operation of device etc.; and a display unit; an air compressor coupled with the control head assembly and configured to provide compressed air for tire inflation activity; a hose assembly configured to detachably connect the plurality of output modules of the control head assembly to the tires of the vehicle to inflate; and a plurality of power adapters configured to connect the tire inflating device with a power source; Wherein the tire inflating device comprises different modes of operations as auto level mode, inflate mode, maintainer mode with auto off, auto on, and periodic pound per square inch (PSI) check at different time interval mode.
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This application claims priority from U.S. Patent Application No. 62/661,790 filed on Apr. 24, 2018, which is incorporated by reference herein in its entirety.
The present invention generally relates to tire inflating tools. More specifically, the present invention is an apparatus designed to inflate, regulate, and maintain the air pressure in tires of various sizes.
Storing vehicles for extended periods of time without driving is not uncommon. Cars can become a valuable investment over time if kept in original condition, especially models that are unique, and with limited production numbers. As various models become more and more desirable and the overall supply decreases, the demand for such vehicles increases, ultimately driving the price up. Enthusiasts prefer a vehicle that has been kept in the best possible position. Furthermore, to make sure the vehicle is operable, both the electrical and mechanical systems must be maintained even if the vehicle is unused for prolonged periods of time. According to the National Highway Traffic System Administration (NHTSA), under or over inflated tires have an increased risk of failure. Not only will they wear out prematurely but if under inflated, the increased rate of deterioration can lead to reduced traction and tire blowouts which may end in catastrophic accidents. In addition to the safety aspect of these tires there is an environmental and economic benefit to maintain tires at correct pressures. As a general rule gas mileage may be reduced by 0.2% by every 1 PSI (pound per square inch) the tire pressure drops below the recommended manufacturer level. Based on this analysis, by keeping the tires inflated at the correct pressure one could save up to 3% in fuel, depending on the specific vehicle and driving habits.
A tire may deflate due to various reason, including punctures or improper installation. Temperature variation is another reason as to why a tire may lose pressure over time. Most conventional tires are filled with pressurized air, which is susceptible to temperature variations. In climates where temperature fluctuations are frequent, it is not uncommon for tire pressures to vary to various degrees. If a car is stored for extended periods of times the tires will eventually loose their ability to hold air pressure. Flat spotting occurs when a vehicle is parked for extended periods of time. At first the user experiences a bumpier ride than usual, and after a few miles the problem may or may not disappear. Tires are manufactured out of rubber elastic materials with integrated nylon or wire structural elements, as such any variations in temperature and air pressures directly correlate to the overall performance of the tire.
Even if a vehicle is equipped with matching tires all around, not all wheels will deflate at the same exact rate. Uneven inflation can lead to irregular driving conditions which may further impact the ride quality of the vehicle, prematurely wear suspension component, thus leading to an overall unpleasant driving experience. Mismatched tire pressure is commonly the cause for what is known in the industry as heel/toe wear and alternate lug wear on drive tires, along with numerous flat spot wear and erratic depression wear on trailer tires. Improper tire wear may not seem as an immediate problem that has to be addressed, however factored over time and at a larger scale application such as fleet vehicles it can cause significant financial loss to companies in tire longevity and fuel economy.
Automobiles equipped with four-wheel drive systems must have matching tires inflated at equivalent pressures, otherwise the vehicle may experience significant drivability problems. Examples include shudder on acceleration, driveline and transfer case noise as well as axle problems. Some modern systems allow the user to change the vehicle dynamics into four-wheel traction while driving, and irregular tires may hinder the system from correct operation. The present invention aims to solve this problem by disclosing an apparatus designed to maintain a pre-set tire pressure at all tires of the vehicle. In addition, the present invention is self-regulating, and includes a plurality of features for the user.
This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further disclosed in the detailed description of the invention. This summary is not intended to identify key or essential inventive concepts of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended for determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
The present invention is an apparatus designed to allow users to properly inflate, maintain, and monitor the condition of vehicle tires. The present invention comprises a control unit with programmable on-board control module with a variety of functions and features, including but not limited to auto-level mode, inflate mode, maintainer mode and auto OFF, and auto ON. The control module may or may not be controlled manually or accessed remotely with an app via a phone or other device over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or other wireless data communication means. In addition, due to the prolonged hours of operation which the present invention may experience, the apparatus includes various integrated safety features, including electrical breakers, safety arrests, thermal protection, and pressure release valves. Furthermore, the present invention is versatile, can be portable and may be adapted for use on tires of various sizes. The present invention may provide other features including a battery saver functionality, a safety lighting and mobile device charging. In addition, a permanently mounted solution may also be adapted depending on the preference of the user.
The foregoing summary, as well as the following detailed description of the invention, is better understood when read in conjunction with the appended drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the invention, exemplary constructions of the invention are shown in the drawings. However, the invention is not limited to the specific methods and structures disclosed herein. The description of a method step or a structure referenced by a numeral in a drawing is applicable to the description of that method step or structure shown by that same numeral in any subsequent drawing herein.
The embodiment herein and the various features and advantageous details thereof are explained more fully with reference to the non-limiting embodiments and detailed in the following description. Descriptions of well-known components and processing techniques are omitted so as to not unnecessarily obscure the embodiments herein. The examples used herein are intended merely to facilitate an understanding of ways in which the method and embodiments herein may be practiced and to further enable those of skill in the art to practice the embodiments herein. Accordingly, the examples should not be construed as limiting the scope of the embodiments herein.
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The carrying case 100 may be water resistant to prevent potential damage to the internal components of the device, as such the present invention further comprises a seal (not shown). The seal is positioned between the housing the lid ensuring the components of the present invention are protected from the elements, and the opening is watertight when the lid 102 is closed. The lid 102 is connected to the housing 101 via the plurality of hinges 106, as seen in
In the present embodiment the air compressor 300 may further comprises a motor, a pressure switch, an air pump, and a thermal switch. Various types of air compressors 300 may be used and as such the present invention is not limited to one particular option. In the preferred embodiment the air compressor 300 is positioned at the bottom of the housing 100 as seen in
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The Maintainer Mode is ideal for when storing a vehicle for any length of time. In this mode there are two settings, Auto OFF PSI and Auto ON PSI. The Auto Off PSI setting allows user to set desired PSI he/she want the tires of vehicle to maintain while sitting and this mode automatically turns the air compressor 300 off, once the tires reaches the desired PSI. The Auto ON PSI setting is the PSI the user sets when he/she wants the compressor to turn back on and fill up to the preset Auto OFF PSI level or in this mode, the device turns compressor 300 on when tires have been deflated to user preset PSI level and turns off once the PSI level reaches to the preset Auto off PSI setting. Further, the Auto On PSI mode has three user modes to choose from which are: PSI, Timed PSI Check, and Hold PSI or continuous mode. In the PSI mode, the user determines what PSI the tires can reach before turning on the compressor 300. In Times PSI check mode, user can set time intervals for when the control module 200 monitors the PSI and if the control module 200 finds tire deflation during a Timed PSI check, the compressor 300 gets turned on and inflates the tires to the Auto Off PSI setting and then gets turn off until the next Timed PSI check. In the continuous mode, the air compressor 300 turns on as soon as there is decrease of 1 psi from the preset Auto Off PSI setting.
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According to one another aspect of the invention, a battery maintenance device can be incorporated into the invention that when secured to a vehicle'"'"'s battery will monitor the battery and charge it only when the voltage has dropped below a preset level, thus preventing overcharging, dead and/or damage. When it senses the voltage has dropped, the battery tender will resume charging. Because of this the battery tender can be left connected indefinitely.
According to one another aspect of the invention, the invention can include a battery booster or jumper battery for starting a vehicle with a discharged or dead battery.
Although the invention has been explained in relation to its preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that many other possible modifications and variations can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.