Vaporization device systems and methods

  • US 10,117,466 B2
  • Filed: 11/16/2017
  • Issued: 11/06/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/23/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An apparatus comprising:

  • a cartridge having a longitudinal dimension along a first axis passing from a top end of the cartridge to a bottom end of the cartridge, the top end of the cartridge opposite the bottom end of the cartridge, the cartridge having a first transverse dimension perpendicular to the longitudinal dimension, the cartridge having a second transverse dimension perpendicular to the longitudinal dimension, the second transverse dimension shorter than the first transverse dimension, the cartridge having second degree rotational symmetry about the first axis such that the cartridge is symmetrical about a 180°

    rotation around the first axis, the cartridge comprising;

    a storage compartment configured to hold a vaporizable material;

    a heating chamber disposed proximate to the bottom end of the cartridge, the heating chamber comprising a heating element configured to heat the vaporizable material to generate an aerosol;

    a first electrical contact exposed proximate to the bottom end of the cartridge; and

    a second electrical contact exposed proximate to the bottom end of the cartridge; and

    a vaporization device body comprising;

    a power supply;

    a receptacle configured to receive and couple to the cartridge such that the bottom end of the cartridge is inserted into a bottom end of the receptacle in a first orientation or a second orientation, the first orientation and the second orientation resulting from the 180°

    rotation of the cartridge about the first axis, the receiving and coupling comprising the bottom end of the cartridge and the heating chamber being inserted into the receptacle;

    a third electrical contact disposed within the receptacle; and

    a fourth electrical contact disposed within the receptacle;

    wherein the third electrical contact is configured to electrically couple to the first electrical contact and the fourth electrical contact is configured to electrically couple to the second electrical contact to complete an electrical circuit when the cartridge is coupled to the receptacle in the first orientation;

    wherein the third electrical contact is configured to electrically couple to the second electrical contact and the fourth electrical contact is configured to electrically couple to the first electrical contact to complete the electrical circuit when the cartridge is coupled to the receptacle in the second orientation;

    wherein the electrical circuit comprises the heating element, the power supply, the first electrical contact, the second electrical contact, the third electrical contact, and the fourth electrical contact, and wherein the electrical circuit is configured to provide current to the heating element when the cartridge is coupled to the receptacle in either the first orientation or the second orientation.

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