Battery holder and dispensing package

  • US 8,267,252 B2
  • Filed: 10/12/2007
  • Issued: 09/18/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/02/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. In combination, a battery holding and dispensing apparatus for holding and dispensing household batteries, and a plurality of batteries each having a first end, an opposite, second end and a lengthwise body between the first and second ends with an electrical terminal provided on the first end or both ends, with the body being free of electrical terminals, the battery having a lengthwise centerline oriented to intersect centers of the first and second ends, the battery holding and dispensing apparatus comprising:

  • a first frame including a plurality of compartments, each compartment sized and configured to hold one of said plurality of batteries and having a bottom wall, an open end, and a surrounding sidewall defining a space within the compartment between the open end and the bottom wall and a compartment centerline oriented to intersect a center of the open end and centered in the space defined by the surrounding sidewall, the compartment centerline being collinear with the lengthwise centerline of the battery when inserted into the compartment through the open end, each said surrounding sidewall sized to have a length along said respective compartment centerline that is equal to or greater than a length of a corresponding battery along said battery centerline such that the battery fits in the compartment, said first frame composed of molded plastic; and

    a plurality of detents, one detent protruding into a respective open end of each said compartment in order to retain a battery in said compartment, each detent resiliently displaceable from the respective open end to allow removal of the battery from the respective compartment through the respective open end, each detent being composed of molded plastic and formed in unitary fashion with the first frame.

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