Power adapter for a surgical instrument

  • US 10,245,028 B2
  • Filed: 02/27/2015
  • Issued: 04/02/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/27/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A surgical instrument system, comprising:

  • a handle, comprising;

    a pistol grip;

    a handle housing;

    a handle battery cell positioned in said handle housing;

    a handle electrical circuit, wherein said handle battery cell is configured to supply power to said handle electrical circuit; and

    a handle electrical connector in communication with said handle electrical circuit; and

    a supplemental battery selectively engageable with said handle, wherein said supplemental battery comprises;

    a battery housing engageable with said handle housing;

    a battery electrical circuit;

    a supplemental battery cell positioned in said battery housing, wherein said supplemental battery cell is configured to supply power to said battery electrical circuit;

    a battery electrical connector in communication with said battery electrical circuit, wherein said battery electrical connector is engageable with said handle electrical connector when said supplemental battery is engaged with said handle to place said battery electrical circuit in communication with said handle electrical circuit; and

    a receptacle defined in said battery housing, wherein said pistol grip of said handle is configured to be received within said receptacle to attach said supplemental battery to said handle,wherein said handle further comprises a connector cover configured to selectively cover said handle electrical connector, wherein said connector cover is movable by said battery housing when said pistol grip is received within said receptacle between a first position in which said connector cover inhibits accidental contact with said handle electrical connector and a second position in which said connector cover permits said battery electrical connector to engage said handle electrical connector, and wherein said connector cover is biased into said first position by a spring member.

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