Adaptable electric accessory system for containers, receptacles, and the like

  • US 6,637,909 B1
  • Filed: 01/18/2002
  • Issued: 10/28/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/12/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A receptacle with an adaptable electric accessory system for powering an electronic device, comprising:

  • a receptacle having an interior compartment;

    an illumination assembly for illuminating the interior compartment of the receptacle, the illumination assembly comprising at least one illumination panel mounted on the receptacle in the interior;

    a power supply assembly for providing power to an electronic device other than the illumination assembly, the power supply assembly including an accessory power connector being removably connectable to a power input on the electronic device to provide power to the electronic device for operating the electronic device and charging any battery associated with the electronic device;

    a power source assembly for providing power to the illumination assembly and the power supply assembly, the power source assembly comprising;

    a rechargeable battery;

    a battery charger for charging the battery; and

    a power charging jack for connecting to an external power source to provide power to the battery charger, the power charging jack being mounted on the receptacle in a manner permitting access to the power charging jack from an exterior of the receptacle.

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