Handheld surface cleaning apparatus

  • US 10,842,330 B2
  • Filed: 07/06/2017
  • Issued: 11/24/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/06/2017
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A hand vacuum cleaner having a front end having a dirty air inlet, a rear end, an upper end, a lower end and first and second laterally spaced apart sides and comprising:

  • (a) an air flow path extending from the dirty air inlet to a clean air outlet;

    (b) a handle having a longitudinally extending hand grip portion having a longitudinally extending hand grip portion axis that is parallel to the handle and is oriented substantially vertically, an upper end of the handle is positioned forwardly of a lower end of the handle, the handle being positioned at the rear end of the hand vacuum cleaner;

    (c) a cyclone chamber positioned in the air flow path and having a cyclone air inlet, a cyclone air outlet and a cyclone axis of rotation that extends in a forward/rearward direction, wherein the cyclone axis of rotation is centrally located in the cyclone chamber;

    (d) a pre-motor filter positioned downstream of the cyclone chamber and upstream of the suction motor; and

    ,(e) a suction motor positioned in the air flow path upstream of the clean air outlet, wherein the suction motor has a suction motor axis of rotation that extends in a forward/rearward direction, wherein the suction motor is located at the upper end of the handle, and wherein the suction motor axis of rotation is vertically displaced from the cyclone axis of rotation, wherein the suction motor axis of rotation and the cyclone axis of rotation are substantially parallel.

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