Bypass mechanism

  • US 10,651,647 B2
  • Filed: 10/02/2017
  • Issued: 05/12/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/15/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An apparatus, comprising:

  • a junction box comprising a plurality of terminals, the plurality of terminals comprising;

    a first terminal configured to be connected to one or more photovoltaic cells;

    a second terminal;

    a third terminal; and

    a fourth terminal;

    electronics electrically coupled in series between the third terminal and the fourth terminal; and

    a bypass device comprising one or more protrusions, wherein the one or more protrusions are configured to selectively either cause the apparatus to be in a first state by shorting together the first terminal and the second terminal, or to cause the apparatus to be in a second state by electrically shorting together the first terminal and the third terminal and electrically shorting together the second terminal and the fourth terminal, depending upon whether the bypass device is plugged into the junction box.

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