Insulated Casing With Switch Between Fixed Conductors Patents (Class 362/204)
  • Patent number: 9310173
    Abstract: An arrow system includes a hollow arrow shaft having a front end and a rear end. A nock is disposed on the rear end of the arrow shaft. An arrowhead disposed at the front end of the arrow shaft. The arrowhead has a forward tip end and a rearward shaft end. A light source is provided to the arrow and arranged to illuminate the nock. A battery is provided to the arrow and coupled to the light source. A flight data sensor is provided to the arrow. A microprocessor is provided to the arrow and coupled to the light source, the flight data sensor and the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Clean-Shot Archery, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry R. Bay
  • Patent number: 9279649
    Abstract: A lighted nock system includes a lighted nock assembly and a plurality of adaptors. The lighted nock assembly includes a shaft insertion portion having a shaft outer shape and shaft outer dimension. The first adaptor includes an internal opening having an internal size and internal shape configured to mate with the shaft insertion portion of the lighted nock assembly. The second adaptor includes the same internal opening size and shape as the first adaptor. The outer diameter of the second adaptor is different than the outer diameter of the first adaptor. A plurality of adaptors having different sized outer diameters, but the same internal configurations, can be provided in a single package with the lighted nock assembly. The lighted nock assembly can include a rotatable lockout collar to prevent unintended activation of the lighted nock assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Clean-Shot Archery, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry R. Bay
  • Patent number: 9234645
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a body, a light emitting module disposed on the body, an optical member disposed on the light emitting module and configured to be movable up and down, and a reflector disposed between the body and the optical member; a shape of the reflector being changed by moving the optical member, such that the light distribution angle and range of light reflected by the reflector and passing through the optical member are adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byeong Guk Min, Kyung Il Kong
  • Patent number: 9127831
    Abstract: A portable light emitting apparatus includes: a tube-like grip held by the hand; a light emitting unit that is attached to one end of the grip, houses LEDs to, and outputs light of at least three different colors individually or in a mixture; and three color switches to that are disposed at positions pressed by a first finger, a second finger, and a third finger on the grip and operate a first function that carries out on/off control of light of the different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: LAPIN CREATE, INC.
    Inventor: Masaru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8899777
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described that use one or more thermally responsive current-controlling elements to regulate current flow to an electrical component, particularly a light source such as an LED. Examples of such thermally responsive current-controlling elements include thermistors, inductors, and capacitors. for treating conditions or disorders which can be alleviated by reducing food intake are disclosed which comprise administration of an effective amount of a purine analog, alone or in conjunction with other compounds or compositions that affect satiety. The methods are useful for treating conditions or disorders wherein appetite reduction would be beneficial, including obesity and binge-eating disorder. Pharmaceutical compositions for use in the methods of the invention are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Underwater Kinetics, LLP
    Inventors: Alan K. Uke, Elmer Frederick Fischer, David M. Giuntoli, Richard H. Gunderson
  • Patent number: 8662701
    Abstract: An electrical light or flashlight may comprise: a housing for receiving a battery; an electrical light source in the housing; an electrical switch including an electrically conductive flexible dome providing a switch contact; a controller for selectively energizing and de-energizing the electrical light source, wherein said controller is programmable responsive to closures or openings or both of the electrical switch, or to a time therebetween, or to continuous closure or opening thereof, or to a combination thereof, for operating the light source in predetermined operating states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Sharrah, Peter J. Ziegenfuss, Mark W. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8641227
    Abstract: The present invention provides an anti-pressing apparatus for flashlight, comprising a space provided on one end of the flashlight, a dialing piece inserted into a slot adjacent to the space, a pressing piece provided on a perforation having the dialing piece inserted therein, a restraining piece corresponding to an outer end of the pressing piece on the central perforation of the flashlight in order to restrain the pressing piece to move upward and downward only; whereby during use of the anti-pressing assembly of the flashlight, only the push portion of the dialing pieces is required to be dialed to another side to drive the blocker of the dialing piece to rotate to a lower position underneath the protruding section of the pressing piece in order to restrain the downward movement of the pressing piece and accidental pressing down on the power of the flashing can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Shih-Hao Wang
    Inventor: Hsueh-Chu Yeh
  • Publication number: 20130208456
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, an electronic device includes a first electrical conductor located in a shell. The first electrical conductor has a vertical portion and a horizontal portion at the bottom of the vertical portion. A cap has a second electrical conductor and can be mated with the shell. After mating, the second electrical conductor contacts the horizontal portion of the first electrical conductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Winvic Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Winvic Sales, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8408951
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, an electronic device includes a first electrical conductor located in a shell. The first electrical conductor has a vertical portion and a horizontal portion at the bottom of the vertical portion. A cap has a second electrical conductor and can be mated with the shell. After mating, the second electrical conductor contacts the horizontal portion of the first electrical conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Winvic Sales Inc.
    Inventor: Mathieu Chartrand
  • Patent number: 8395066
    Abstract: A flashlight is described comprising a flashlight body comprising a tube with a first end and a second end, the tube configured to hold at least one battery; a bulb holder for holding an illumination source at the first end of the tube; and a circuit interruption and completion device forming a complete circuit between the illumination source and the battery, when the device is in a closed mode, the device comprising a pushbutton switch which is manually actuated between at least a first closed mode and a second mode. The switch controls multiple functions of the flashlight. The switch requires at least one of a force of less than about 1000 gf and a stroke of less than 4 mm to be operably actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Mag Instrument, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg W. Koch, Bruce K. Bangerter, Kevin E. Collier, Darrell B. Steinicke
  • Patent number: 8388169
    Abstract: A light device is provided that includes a light source and electrical circuitry for supplying electrical power to the light source. The light device also includes a housing having first and second ends and a hollow interior defining a compartment for holding a power source. The housing comprises a woven fiber thermoset composite. The housing is made by applying woven fibers to a mandrel and impregnating the woven fibers with an epoxy and curing the epoxy impregnated woven fibers to form the thermoset composite housing. An electrical interconnect is provided within the housing having first and second resilient contacts for providing an electrical connection between the power source and the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignees: Eveready Battery Company, Inc., Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Crawford, Thomas D. Boris
  • Patent number: 8382312
    Abstract: A light device is provided that includes a light source and electrical circuitry for supplying electrical power to the light source. The light device also includes a housing having first and second ends and a hollow interior defining a compartment for holding a power source. The housing comprises a woven fiber thermoset composite. The housing is made by applying woven fibers to a mandrel and impregnating the woven fibers with an epoxy and curing the epoxy impregnated woven fibers to form the thermoset composite housing. An electrical interconnect is provided within the housing having first and second resilient contacts for providing an electrical connection between the power source and the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignees: Eveready Battery Company, Inc., Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Crawford, Thomas D. Boris
  • Patent number: 8360598
    Abstract: An electrical light or flashlight may comprise: a housing for receiving a battery; an electrical light source in the housing; an electrical switch including an electrically conductive flexible dome providing a switch contact; a controller for selectively coupling electrical power from a battery to the electrical light source, responsive to the electrical switch for selectively energizing and de-energizing the electrical light source, wherein said controller is programmable responsive to closures or openings or both of the electrical switch, or to a time therebetween, or to continuous closure or opening thereof, or to a combination thereof, for operating the light source in predetermined operating states, and wherein the light source is selectively energizable and de-energizable in predetermined operating states responsive to the electrical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Sharrah, Peter J. Ziegenfuss, Mark W. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8348454
    Abstract: A flashlight having a handle with a clamp integrated therein, so that the flashlight can be used in either hands-free or in a portable mode. The handle of the flashlight can comprise clamp arms that are biased in a closed position, and can form a clamp, which can be affixed to an object. A battery housing can be disposed between the clamp arms, or one or both of the clamp arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Blackbeam LLC
    Inventors: Louis F. Henry, Justin Cohen
  • Publication number: 20120236551
    Abstract: A portable light or device may comprise: a light source or operative element; a switch for controlling energization of the light source or operative element; and a housing supporting the light or operative element and the switch. The housing has a compartment having a relatively larger transverse dimension in one region for receiving a battery having a corresponding larger transverse dimension and has a relatively smaller transverse dimension at least at one end thereof for receiving a battery having a corresponding smaller transverse dimension. At least one electrical contact in the compartment is movable for making electrical connection to batteries having a relatively shorter length and a relatively longer length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Raymond L. SHARRAH, Thomas D. Boris, Brian Orme, Mark W. Snyder
  • Patent number: 8240874
    Abstract: A multi-mode portable illumination device includes a switch structure featuring a substantially planar member and a mechanical switch which requires a relatively small amount of force and a short stroke distance to actuate. The mechanical switch is attached to a member which contains circuit(s) adding additional functionality to the multi-mode portable illumination device. The member has conductive springs attached to either end that are used to complete the electrical circuit with the battery and the lamp, while their compressive force is absorbed by a housing protecting the switch structure. A conductive strip is used to improve the conductivity of the circuit in a metal multi-mode portable illumination device which has been provided with an electrically resistive protective coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Mag Instrument, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg W. Koch, Bruce K. Bangerter, Kevin E. Collier, Darrell B. Steinicke
  • Patent number: 8210710
    Abstract: A flashlight is described holding at least one battery and an illumination source. A circuit interruption and completion device is provided forming a complete circuit between the illumination source and the battery, when the device is in a closed mode. The device comprises a switch which is manually actuated between at least a first position which causes the device to enter the closed mode and a second position. A switch holding structure comprises a member with means for making an electrical connection associated with the member; and at least one conductive spring is attached to the member to make electrical contact with the means for making an electrical connection with the battery. The switch controls multiple functions of the flashlight including a strobe and a momentary mode. A pushbutton switch may control the multiple functions by multiple pushes on the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Mag Instrument, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg W. Koch, Bruce K. Bangerter, Kevin E. Collier, Darrell B. Steinicke
  • Patent number: 8182109
    Abstract: Various lighting device implementations and related methods may be used to selectively provide various types of light in response to user-actuated controls. In one example, a lighting device includes a plurality of light sources, a body, a head, and one or more controls adapted to adjust operation of the light sources. The body includes a housing. The head includes a bezel adapted to rotate relative to the body to select between at least a first one of the light sources and a second one of the light sources. The head also includes a lens adapted to rotate eccentrically relative to a centerline of the head in response to rotation of the bezel. The lens includes a light inlet adapted to be selectively positioned over the first light source, the second light source, or neither of the light sources as the lens rotates eccentrically relative to the centerline of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Matthews, Michael D. Picciotta, William Wells
  • Patent number: 8147089
    Abstract: Various structures are provided that may be advantageously used in one or more illumination device designs. In one example, a lens is movable among a plurality of light sources to facilitate selection of which light source is used to provide light for the illumination device. In another example, electric power is provided only to the light source that is used to provide light for the illumination device. Rotation of a bezel of the light source can determine which light sources provides light for the light source and which light source receives electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Matthews, Michael D. Picciotta, William Wells
  • Patent number: 8128255
    Abstract: A structure for securing a conductive strip of a flashlight includes a flashlight main body formed therein with a receiving space for receiving batteries. The receiving space has a lateral surface formed with a groove whose cross-section tapers toward the center of the receiving space and is configured for receiving the conductive strip coupled to a switch assembly, along with an insulating element corresponding in width to the conductive strip and having a predetermined length. Once installed in the flashlight main body, the conductive strip is separated from the batteries in the receiving space, thereby preventing the batteries from overheating, which might otherwise result from direct contact with the conductive strip. The main body further has a rear end coupled with a pressing portion formed of a pliable material such that a switch of the switch assembly is switched on or off by pressing the pressing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Day Sun Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Hsueh-Chu Yeh
  • Patent number: 7959317
    Abstract: A lighting device in the form of a handheld flashlight is provided that includes a plurality of light sources. The lighting device also has a tail cap that engages the main body by way of a cam lock wheel to provide a closure to the battery compartment. A ribbon having four traces couples a bottom switch and negative contacts to control circuitry. The lighting device further includes multiple modes of operation having a plurality of switches that provide control in various lighting modes. The lighting device is configured to be powered by one number of batteries supplying a first voltage output and is configured to be powered by a second different number of batteries supplying a second different voltage output, and the batteries are installed in battery compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David A Spartano, Frank F Huang, Waikwong Lam
  • Publication number: 20110063827
    Abstract: A light system is provided. It includes a lamp in a light assembly. The light assembly is pivotally mounted to a mount device by a pivot assembly. The light assembly may be pivoted about two different axes of rotation to direct the light at an area of interest. With the light system mounted on a person, movement by the person can redirect the light beam as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Cristoforo
  • Publication number: 20110058363
    Abstract: An illumination device includes a housing and a lamp supported by the housing. The lamp includes one or more LEDs. The candle further includes a battery disposed within the interior of the housing and electrically connected to the lamp for providing power to the lamp. A first cover covers the lamp and is removably supported by the housing. The first cover has the shape of a flame so as to allow the electronic candle to simulate a live flame when the lamp is activated. A second cover is removably supported by the housing and is disposed above the first cover in spaced relation, wherein a weather-proof seal is formed between the second cover and the housing. The candle also includes a manual switch connected to complete a circuit with the battery and thereby energize the lamp and permit a plurality of operating modes of the lamp to be selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony Fattizzi
  • Patent number: 7810946
    Abstract: A lighting lamp having an enclosure housing a DC power source and contact parts for connection to a printed circuit card connected with a light-emitting diode. The contact parts comprise first contact elements electrically connected with the power source and second contact elements designed to pass successively through a pair of holes situated in a tight intermediate wall of the enclosure and a through a pair of slots of the card. Soldering of the second contact elements onto the card, in addition to electric connection of the power source, enables a tightly sealed compartment to be achieved in the enclosure around the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Sebastien Jarzac, Stephane Huguenin, Paul Petzl
  • Patent number: 7806555
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a body, a battery pack held in the body, a rear cover joined on the body, and a push-button switch in the rear cover; the push-button switch includes positive and negative electrodes, and a button part facing a through hole of the rear cover; the battery pack includes a casing, a battery set in the casing, and a socket facing a through hole of the casing; the battery pack includes positive and negative electrodes, which are connected to positive and negative electrodes of the socket; a first elastic component is positioned between and connected to the positive electrodes of the push-button switch and the battery pack; a second elastic component is positioned between and connected to the negative electrodes of the switch and the battery pack; the battery pack can be charged through a charger plugged in the socket while it is still held in the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Yun-Zhao Liu
  • Patent number: 7618154
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus providing a compact illumination device with interchangeable adaptable insert components and a light source heat sink feature are disclosed. A compact illumination device generates high quality illumination with interchangeable insert components enabling the illumination device to functioning independently or in conjunction with existing devices. The heat sink feature includes a heat sink module adaptable to single or multiple LED configurations to provide optimal light quality for differing applications. The heat sink feature provides optimal heat dissipation from the light source and circuitry to maximize functional life of both the components. The illumination device has multiple operational modes that are customizable for application-specific requirements and controlled through mechanisms fully integrated into the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Keith M. Rosiello
  • Patent number: 7562997
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a shell, a battery device held in the shell, a light emitting member installed on a front end of the shell, and a tail cap for the shell; the battery device includes a casing, and several single-part batteries held in the casing; the casing comprises two covering parts, which are joined together; the battery device further includes a socket on the casing; positive and negative poles of the battery device are exposed through front and rear ends of the casing respectively, and they are electrically connected with the sockets; a circuit board is secured in the tail cap, and electrically connected with the battery device; the circuit board has a built-in microcomputer controller to control power to the light emitting member; after a plug of a charger is inserted in the socket of the battery device, the batteries together will be charged through the charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Yun-Zhao Liu
  • Patent number: 7562996
    Abstract: A flashlight has a switch housing in between the battery compartment and reflector. The neck of the switch housing holds a lamp support at a central position within a reflector. An o-ring on the rear of the switch housing seals the battery compartment. The switch housing partially floats within the flashlight tube to allow for a slight adjustment of the lamp relative to the reflector to insure centering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: MAG Instrument, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Maglica
  • Patent number: 7549765
    Abstract: A flashlight has a body containing control circuitry, with a lamp connected to the body and to the control circuitry. A photodetector is connected to the body and the control circuitry, and faces the lamp to sense an operating condition of the lamp. The control circuitry operates the lamp in a start up mode until signaled by the photodetector that the lamp is properly operating. After this, the lamp is operated in a normal mode. The flashlight may have a switch with a button that moves through a range of positions. The switch may have several contact elements, and the button may have an actuator registered with each of the contact elements. The actuators may be of different heights, to provide a sequence of switch operation. Some of the actuators may be movable to allow the button to be actuated further after an initial contact is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: SureFire, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Y. Kim, William A. Hunt, Lai Chang Tang
  • Patent number: 7347583
    Abstract: A flashlight and holder cooperate to automatically turn the flashlight on when the flashlight is removed from the holder and turn the flashlight off when the flashlight is returned to the holder. The flashlight includes a bottom cap with a magnetically actuated switch. The holder includes a magnet which cooperates with the switch to turn off the flashlight. The magnet also provides some degree of attraction for retaining the flashlight in the holder. The holder may be a stationary holder for holding a flashlight in a home or workplace, or may be a holster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventor: Boyd Britt
  • Patent number: 7293894
    Abstract: A switch device of a flashlight includes a tubular switch housing disposed in a barrel, abutting against a coupling ring mounted fixedly in the barrel, and having an outer circumferential surface formed with an engaging groove corresponding to a positioning groove in the inner surface of the barrel. The engaging groove has a depth that gradually increases toward an open end of the barrel. A switch unit is housed in the switch housing, and includes an operating member extending outwardly of the barrel through an opening in the switch housing and a through hole in the barrel. A wedge member engages the positioning groove in the barrel and the engaging groove in the switch housing, and has a thickness that gradually increases toward the open end of the barrel so as to prevent movement of the switch housing in the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Wen-Chin Shiau
  • Patent number: 7281814
    Abstract: A car flashlight structure, which can be plugged into a car charger, consisting of a cylindrical body, a cap disposed on a front end of the cylindrical body, a casing cover socket joined to the cap and an illumination assembly disposed within the cylindrical body. The illumination assembly is provided with at least one accumulator unit, at least one LED light, and configured with a contact switch. According to the aforementioned structure, the car flashlight can be plugged into a conventional car charger to replenish electric power, and is taken out directly from the charger to use, whereupon the cap is pushed forward to actuate the contact switch and provide an electric current to the LED light of the illumination assembly, thereby furnishing the user with auxiliary illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: Tieng-Teng Sheen
  • Patent number: 7186002
    Abstract: A flashlight having a lamp, a power storage element, a switch, and an electronic controller. The controller has a switch input connected to the switch and operates in response to the input to deliver power from the power storage element to the lamp. The controller may be directly connected to each of the lamp, source, and switch. The switch may include several separate contact elements operating sequentially in response to movement of a switch actuator. The controller may provide different illumination levels and functions in response to different pressures and durations of actuation. The flashlight may include a dimmer level control to establish an intermediate “dimmed” output level, and operate to provide the selected dimmed output when the switch is depressed by an intermediate amount, and to provide a greater maximum output level in response to full actuation of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Surefire LLC
    Inventors: John W. Matthews, William A. Hunt
  • Patent number: 7178939
    Abstract: An electronic simulation candle includes a housing, a lamp shade, a battery box, a circuit board, and a bottom cover. Thus, the electronic simulation candle is operated lively and safely so as to replace the traditional candle. In addition, the lamp shade has a candle flame shape and the two light emitting members light or blink in a special manner to simulate the lighting state of a real candle, thereby enhancing the aesthetic quality of the electronic simulation candle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hsinn Inn Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Tien Tsai
  • Patent number: 7125140
    Abstract: A flashlight with unique flashlight electrical connections, including a switch structure featuring a switch requiring a small amount of force, and a short stroke distance to actuate, attached to a member on which a circuit adding additional functions to the flashlight may be located. The member has conductive springs attached to either end that are used to complete the electrical circuit with the battery and the lamp, while their compressive force is absorbed by a housing protecting the switch structure. A conductive strip is used to improve the conductivity of the circuit in a metal flashlight which has been provided with an electrically resistive protective coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: MAG Instrument, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg W. Koch, Bruce K. Bangerter, Kevin E. Collier, Darrell B. Steinicke
  • Patent number: 7066619
    Abstract: A LED picture light. The housing is positionable adjacent to a picture in order to illuminate the picture. In some embodiments, the LED's can illuminate the picture without emitting substantial amounts of heat and without emitting substantial amounts of ultraviolet radiation. The picture light can include white and yellow LED's. The picture light can include a level sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Michael A. Waters
  • Patent number: 7040778
    Abstract: An image locking jewelry device designed to hide a customized image from view until the wearer reveals the image. The image unlocking jewelry device includes a lens mated to a casing and housing a liquid crystal display; a light emitting diode; circuitry placed inside the casing and capable of sending signals to the liquid crystal display and the light emitting diode; and an image positioned between the lens and the circuitry. Voltage is sent from the circuitry to the liquid crystal display and the light emitting diode in order to reveal the image held underneath the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: Jose I. Villarreal, Linda F. Villarreal
  • Patent number: 6994446
    Abstract: A light emitting rotary double refill pen comprises an upper tube and a lower tube. The lower tube is installed with a refill switching unit for switching two refills. A light emitting set is installed at and secured to a lower end of an inner wall of the positioning tube. The light emitting set is installed with a light emitting body and a battery set. A spring is installed between the light emitting set and the stop cap. A top of the refill switching unit of the lower tube is fixed with an electric disk and is conductive to the light emitting set. A top of the electric disk is installed with a conductive spring and a conductive plate. When the lead is in contact with the conductive plate on the electric disk. The light emitting body lights up, otherwise, the light emitting body extinguishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventor: Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 6971761
    Abstract: A protective flashlight case includes left and right pieces with front and rear ends. The rear ends of the two case pieces are formed in a closed loop shape so as to enclose a key ring clip of a flashlight. A hollow space defined by the walls of the loop permits the case, with the flashlight enclosed, to be attached to a key chain, article of clothing, or other support. The case protects flashlights from harsh, rugged conditions as well as from water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Armament Systems and Procedures, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Parsons
  • Patent number: 6945667
    Abstract: A flashlight having a light-emitting diode light source with first and second leads extending therefrom, a power source, a power source frame enclosing at least a portion of the power source; a housing containing the light source and power source, a switch located adjacent the power source and operable to close a circuit including the light source and the power source, and wherein one or all of the following may be included 1) a keyring extension extending from a power source frame or the housing with the keyring extension having an opening whereby an article can be attached to the keyring extension and includes a keyring lock wherein upon exerting a force against the keyring lock, the keyring lock is opened to permit the article to be attached to the keyring extension; 2) the housing is comprised of translucent material; and 3) the housing includes at least one side cover which is not integral with the housing and the at least one side cover being selected from anodized aluminum, anodized metal, anodized met
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Armament Systems & Procedures, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin L. Parsons
  • Patent number: 6942359
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a flashlight are provided. In one representative embodiment a flashlight includes a light source, a housing and at least two battery locations inside the housing. Each battery location inside the housing can accommodate at least one of at least two batteries, each of which can be a different size. The flashlight also includes an electro-mechanical structure that prevents a closing of an electrical circuit that electrically couples the batteries to the light source, when one of the at least two batteries in the flashlight is a different size than another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Furth, Richard H. Chapman, Scott W. Osiecki, David R. Dalton
  • Patent number: 6854861
    Abstract: A pleated bellows universal flashlight comprises a handle, a post and an illuminator. A battery and a power switch is installed in the handle; an upper side of the handle is extended with the post. An interior of the post is received with a conductive wire; the conductive wire has a section for extending a length of the conductive wire. A middle section of the post is installed with a pleated bellows portion which is both a telescopic and bendable snake-like tube. A connecting end of the post is installed with a retaining seat. One end of the retaining seat is connected to the conductive wire and another end thereof is connected to and fixes light emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Miao Li Chao
  • Patent number: 6840650
    Abstract: A miniature flashlight includes a high intensity light source supported on a non-conductive battery frame that defines a recess opening outwardly of the battery frame and adapted to receive a replaceable modular self-contained power source, such as a modular battery pack. The battery frame includes a switch side plate which supports a switch slide plate for movement between an “off” position, a first position enabling momentarily closing of a circuit including the light source and battery pack, and a second circuit closing position to continuously energize the light source in response to actuation of an externally exposed switch push button. Side covers are retained on opposite sides of the battery frame and have outer exposed surfaces for receiving indicia thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Armament Systems and Procedures, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Parsons, W. Clay Reeves
  • Patent number: 6808290
    Abstract: An LED flashlight assembly includes a body, a battery seat mounted in the body and provided with a plurality of LEDs, and a lamp seat mounted on the body and formed with a plurality of through holes for passage of the LEDs of the battery seat. The lamp seat is formed with an arcuate catch edge encompassing the periphery of the through holes. Thus, the arcuate catch edge encompasses the periphery of the through holes, so as to refract the beams of refracted and dispersed light emitted from the LEDs, so that the beams of refracted and dispersed light emitted from the LEDs are concentrated, collected and integrated into the beams of flat and smooth light, thereby enhancing the brightness of the LED flashlight assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Wen-Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 6796675
    Abstract: A miniature flashlight consists of a housing, a light emitting diode (LED), a pair of batteries, and a flexible cover and a contact device that acts as both a momentary contact and a conventional switch. The LED is received in a seat formed in the housing with the head portion of the diode received in an aperture in the side wall of the housing. A longer contact arm is captured in a channel formed in the bottom wall. A shorter contact arm rests on a shoulder that forms part of the LED seat. A pair of coin cell batteries are received within another seat formed in housing. The lower battery sits on top of the longer contact arm captured in the channel of the bottom wall. A resilient plastic cover is assembled with the housing to maintain the diode and the batteries within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Robert D. Galli
  • Patent number: 6788201
    Abstract: A motion sensitive device for causing an electronic signal to be sent to one or more output devices, comprising a printed circuit board, a battery connected to the printed circuit board, electrical circuitry connected to the printed circuit board, a motion sensitive switch connected to the printed circuit board, electrical output devices such as light emitting diodes connected to the printed circuit board and electrical circuits all providing means whereby the motion sensitive switch causes a signal to be transmitted to the output device when movement is sensed by the switch. The device is small enough to be used in wearing apparel and can provide safety vis-à-vis increased visibility for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Skechers U.S.A., Inc. II
    Inventors: Wen-Hsien Chen, Grant Tsao, Alex Kotoff
  • Publication number: 20040095759
    Abstract: A flashlight with unique flashlight electrical connections, including a switch structure featuring a switch requiring a small amount of force, and a short stroke distance to actuate, attached to a member on which a circuit adding additional functions to the flashlight may be located. The member has conductive springs attached to either end that are used to complete the electrical circuit with the battery and the lamp, while their compressive force is absorbed by a housing protecting the switch structure. A conductive strip is used to improve the conductivity of the circuit in a metal flashlight which has been provided with an electrically resistive protective coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: Greg W. Koch, Bruce K. Bangerter, Kevin E. Collier, Darrell B. Steinecke
  • Publication number: 20040095758
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a body which is composed of a first section and a second section. The first section includes a cap and a bulb and reflection hood assembly connected to a first end thereof and a second end of the first section is retractably received in the second section. Batteries are received in the first section and the second section. A spring is connected to a first conductive plate received in the second section and biases the batteries to contact a tail end on the end so as to form a circuit to light up the bulb. The number of batteries can be adjusted by retractably moving the first section relative to the second section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsien
  • Patent number: 6679616
    Abstract: Flashlight activated by external pressure on one end of its casing to energize the lamp. The flashlight includes a casing for holding a battery and the contact portion a lamp, a front cap positioned on the front of the casing to secure the lamp protruding through an aperture, and a rear cap made of resilient material. A resilient spacer is positioned within the casing, intermediate the lamp and the battery to retain these two components out of contact in the nonilluminated state. External depression of the resilient rear cap urges the battery forward and the resilient spacer compressed to allow contact between the battery and base of the lamp. Contact wire electrically connects the lamp and battery to complete a circuit. Release of the rear cap allows the resilient spacer to expand, breaking contact between the battery and lamp, to turn off the flashlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: MOCAP, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph T. Miller
  • Patent number: 6644825
    Abstract: A nail-driving tool includes a body and an illumination device detachably mounted to the body. The body includes a plurality of engaging members formed thereon, and the illumination device includes a casing having an engaging groove for releasably engaging with one of the engaging members of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Hwai-Tay Lin