Heated air freshener for 12V receptacle

  • US 9,042,712 B2
  • Filed: 03/13/2013
  • Issued: 05/26/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/23/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An air freshener device configured to be carried by a cigarette lighter style power outlet of an automobile having a bottom terminal and at least one lateral terminal, the device comprising:

  • a) a housing with a stem and a head with a cavity therein, the stem sized and shaped to be inserted into the cigarette lighter style power outlet of the automobile, and the stem having a bottom tip terminal and at least one lateral terminal corresponding to the bottom terminal and the at least one lateral terminal of the cigarette lighter style power outlet;

    b) a scent capsule disposed in the housing and having a chamber containing a fragrant material and having a permeable membrane through which a fragrance of the fragrant material can permeate over time; and

    c) a heat source disposed in the housing adjacent and opposing the permeable membrane of the scent capsule capable of being powered by the power outlet of the automobile to heat the fragrant material in the scent capsule and accelerate permeation of the fragrant material through the permeable membrane of the sent capsule.

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