Conventional canister-type vacuum cleaners comprise a cord reel assembly for winding a power cord
inside the cleaner body. Conventional upright-type vacuum cleaners tend to require a relatively longer power cord, and thus use a cord holderinstead of a cord reel assembly. The power cord is wound around the cord holder on the outside of the cleaner body.
The present invention provides a power cord arranging device for a vacuum cleaner which enables a user to safely stow a power cord on a cord holder of a cleaner body without concern about being contaminated by impurities or being hurt byfrictional heat.
In that case, a user must manually grasp and wind the power cord on the cord holder in order to hold the power cord on the cord holder on the outside of the cleaner body. During this operation, however, the power cord is often dragged on thesurface being cleaned, and is thus contaminated by impurities and dust. As a result, the user's hands may also become dirty while grasping and winding the power cord. Furthermore, when the user winds the power cord hastily, frictional heat generatedbetween the power cord and the user's hand may hurt the user.
In an exemplary embodiment, the hinge member may comprise a pair of shaft receptacles mounted on the first and second cord grip, and a hinge shaft mounted so as to be inserted into the shaft receptacles. In an exemplary embodiment, the resilientmember may comprise a torsion spring supported by each of the pressure levers.
According to an exemplary aspect of the present invention, there is provided a power cord arranging device for a vacuum cleaner, comprising first and second cord grips which are pivotably coupled and moveable between opened and closed positionsabout a hinge member, and have at least two openings configured to receive a power cord when the cord grips are closed, and a resilient member biasing the first and second cord grips closed.
In an exemplary embodiment, the openings may have a cylindrical shape and may face each other, when the first and second cord grips are closed. In an exemplary embodiment, a pair of pressure levers may be mounted at a position adjacent to thehinge, and a grip handle may be mounted on the first cord grip.
In an exemplary embodiment, the openings may comprise a front opening, and a rear opening having a greater diameter than the front opening. Additionally, a guide ring may be mounted on the front opening in order to prevent abrasion.
In an exemplary embodiment, the guide ring may be made of at least one of steel and brass, and may be separated and assembled on the front opening formed on the first and second cord grips. In an exemplary embodiment, the guide ring may beformed with a greater diameter than the power cord
. In an exemplary embodiment, the first and second cord grips may have a section with interlocking teeth of fixed width at one end.