With Switch Patents (Class 362/205)
  • Patent number: 10371326
    Abstract: A portable lantern light is configured to be operated in a range of selectable operational modes to provide flexible illumination solutions in both stationary and portable situations. The lantern light includes an elongated central body with a plurality of external longitudinal ribs, longitudinal channels positioned between a pair of external ribs, a lighting element residing within the channel, and a lens overlying the lighting element that acts as a primary optic. A power source that includes a battery cartridge is removably inserted within a receiver of the central body. The lantern light includes an operating mode selector assembly to control which lighting elements are illuminated during operation of the portable lantern light, and a luminosity selector assembly to selectively control the lumen output (brightness) of the lighting elements. The lantern light also includes a retractable stabilization assembly that can be deployed to stabilize the light on a support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Promier Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Cody Duane Grandadam
  • Patent number: 10321530
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a gravity sensing flashlight, including a lamp holder, a cylindrical body and a tail cover, the lamp holder and tail cover being connected to the cylindrical body, a storage battery being provided in the cylindrical body, a switch being mounted on a side wall of the cylindrical body, a circuit board being mounted in the switch, a gravity sensor and an indicator light being provided on the circuit board; the lamp holder includes a shell cap, a shell body and a shell base which are in threaded connection to each other, a lens, a lens holder, an LED lamp bead and a lamp bead fixing frame being mounted in the shell body, a current chip controller being mounted on the lamp bead fixing frame, the current chip controller being connected to the LED lamp bead and the gravity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NINGBO FUTAI ELECTRIC LIMITED
    Inventor: Fujun Qiu
  • Patent number: 10240758
    Abstract: A storage compartment for a flashlight with a cylindrical barrel, a tail cap and a conductive spring fitted to the tail cap. The conductive spring is removed from the tail cap and fitted to the barrel end of a cylindrical compartment which has an outer diameter substantially the same as that of the barrel and then the tail cap is threaded into a tail cap end of the cylindrical compartment, thus sealing off an inner compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: MAG INSTRUMENT, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony Maglica
  • Patent number: 10228116
    Abstract: Switches, devices, systems, and methods for using a conductive pull chain on an overhead light where physically touching the chain can turn on and off the light as well as provides dimming levels of the overhead light, and for converting overhead light fixtures to have a pull chain that can become touch sensitive to turn on and off and have different light dimming levels. The pull chains can also be consecutively pulled to different brightness levels with three switch controls. The overhead lights can be wall mounted lights, ceiling mounted lights and/or ceiling fans with light fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Palm Coast Imports, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Burns, Brendan P. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9816672
    Abstract: A light source can comprise an optical element, one or more light emitting diodes, and an adjustment. The light emitting diode or diodes can emit light. The optical element can process the emitted light to produce an illumination pattern. The adjustment can change the relative positions of the optical element and the light emitting diodes or diodes, for example by moving some aspect of the optical element or some aspect of the light emitting diode or diodes. The positional change can change the illumination pattern. The adjustment can comprise settings so that the light source can be readily configured to meet predefined application parameters, for example according to IESNA roadway classifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventor: Kevin Charles Broughton
  • Patent number: 9810413
    Abstract: A torch (flashlight) and a method for producing a torch housing and a torch head provides a torch which is of simple design and is robust. The torch has a rotary switch, in which torch clear classification of the selected function is possible, so that regular function monitoring can be dispensed with. The torch housing and the torch head can be connected in a captive manner and so as to be rotated in relation to one another to form a rotary switch having different switching states. Markings are arranged on the housing and on the lamp head. The markings allowing clear classification of the switching states. After the torch is first assembled and after the torch is first switched on, to clearly define the switching states by in each case a torch-head-side and a housing-side marking for subsequent switch-on processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: ZWEIBR√úDER OPTOELECTRONICS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Erich Buhl
  • Patent number: 9801256
    Abstract: A flashlight uses a reverse battery protection circuit to prevent current from flowing in a power control circuit when at least one battery is held in a reversed orientation, rather than a correct orientation, in a battery compartment of the flashlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: MAG INTSTRUMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Maglica, Stacey West
  • Patent number: 9775505
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laryngoscope insertion section having a curved superior surface and a curved inferior surface, and a channel extending from the proximal end the channel having an inferior internal surface with a greater curvature than the curvature of the inferior surface. The insertion section is compatible with laryngoscope hardware optimized for indirect viewing, yet enables direct viewing. Additionally, the distance between the inferior and superior surfaces is at a maximum within the intermediate portion, and enables the dimensions of the proximal and distal portions to be minimized. Thus, the intermediate portion, which is located in the patient's oral cavity in use, is provided with greatest depth and therefore strength where the greatest forces are received, whereas the distal and proximal portions are of reduced dimensions to as to minimize trauma to the patient's airway and mouth areas, respectively, in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: AIRCRAFT MEDICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Matthew John Ross McGrath, Peter Douglas Colin Inglis
  • Patent number: 9772079
    Abstract: A flame simulating device includes an upper part, a light source, a container and an oscillation device. The upper part has a flame element which freely swings relative to the upper part, and the light source located in the upper part emits light toward the flame-shaped portion. The container is located below the upper part and contains liquid therein. The oscillation device is located at the underside of the container and oscillates the liquid in the container to generate liquid vapor and liquid droplets, the liquid droplets hit and irregularly swing the flame element. The liquid vapor provides a foggy environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Wen-Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 9540064
    Abstract: A lamp with a housing; a battery mounted within the housing; an illumination LED or array thereof mounted on the housing; a status display LED array mounted on the housing; an inertial sensor for sensing change of position and/or orientation of the housing; circuitry adapted to control the lamp between a quiescent state when no LED is ON, an active state when the status display LED array is ON and an illumination state when at least one illumination LED is ON and to: switch from the quiescent state to the active state on detection via the inertial sensor of a position/orientation user action of a first type alone, switching ON one or more status LED and to switch from the active state to the illumination state on detection via the inertial sensor of a position/orientation user action of a second type alone, switching ON one or more illumination LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Roger Lionel David Sparrow
  • Patent number: 9506640
    Abstract: Switches, devices, systems, and methods for using a conductive pull chain on an overhead light where physically touching the chain can turn on and off the light as well as provides dimming levels of the overhead light, and for converting overhead light fixtures to have a pull chain that can become touch sensitive to turn on and off and have different light dimming levels. The pull chains can also be consecutively pulled to different brightness levels with three switch controls. The overhead lights can be wall mounted lights, ceiling mounted lights and/or ceiling fans with light fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Palm Coast Imports, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Burns, Brendan P. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9458987
    Abstract: A light assembly may include a reflector having a focal point in space, and a first light source configured to generate a first light at a first wavelength proximate to the focal point during a first illumination mode. The first light reflects off the reflector as a first collimated beam at the first wavelength. One or more second light sources are configured to direct one or more second light beams at one or more different wavelengths towards the focal point during a second illumination mode. The different wavelength(s) differ from the first wavelength. At least a portion of the second light beam(s) reflects off the reflector as one or more second collimated beams at the different wavelength(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas R. Jungwirth, Anton M. Bouckaert
  • Patent number: 9453624
    Abstract: A portable light may comprise: a light body having a light source module disposable in an external opening having a given cross-sectional shape and size for receiving the light source module therein. The light source module may comprise: a light source, a reflector and a heat sink thermally coupled to the light source. The light source module may include a circuit board between the reflector and the heat sink for supporting the light source and being thermally coupled to the heat sink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Sharrah, Matthew B. Dalton
  • Patent number: 9374860
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a first light source composed of first LEDs each configured to emit light with a first color temperature, a second light source composed of second LEDs each configured to emit light with a second color temperature lower than the first color temperature, a lighting circuit, and a control circuit. The number of second LEDs is less than that of the first LEDs. The lighting circuit is configured to cause the first and second light sources to light on by supplying first and second drive currents to the first and second light sources, respectively. The control circuit is configured to control lighting conditions of the first and second light sources so that: total light intensity of the first light source varies in response to a dimming signal; and total light intensity of the second light source is kept constant independently of the dimming signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Kadotani, Minoru Maehara
  • Patent number: 9360198
    Abstract: A solid-state lighting device has user-engageable actuator physically manipulable by a user and accessible from an exterior of the device to adjust an amount of light output. The user-engageable actuator may take the form of a knob, slider, lever, or other manipulable surface or structure. The user-engageable actuator may extend partially or fully from a housing, or alternatively be recessed or otherwise within the housing with access provided via an aperture, slot or opening. Access may be directly by the user (e.g., finger) or via a tool (e.g., screw driver, Allen wrench, socket) manipulated by the user. The actuator may form part of an adjustment component (e.g., potentiometer, rheostat) which supplies an adjustable output to a drive circuit or electronics. The adjustment component may be electrically coupled to either a primary or secondary side of a transformer, which forms part of a power converter (e.g., flyback).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: EXPRESS IMAGING SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: William G. Reed
  • Patent number: 9222633
    Abstract: A portable light includes a light stand having a longitudinal axis and a light assembly section attached to the light stand. The light assembly section is adapted to be connected to a power source and includes a support having a support axis being rotatable and linearly displaceable relative to the longitudinal axis of the light stand; a light panel holder tiltably attached to the support such that the light panel holder is tiltable relative to the support axis; and a light panel removably connected to the light panel holder and tiltable relative to the support axis. The light panel contains a rechargeable battery and a light selectively electrically connectable to at least one of the power source and the rechargeable battery when the light panel is connected with the light panel holder and being powered by the rechargeable battery when the light panel is removed from the light panel holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Mathew Inskeep
  • Patent number: 9217558
    Abstract: A modular illumination device having an electronics assembly, an inner body portion extending from a first end to a second end and defining an interior cavity, wherein the inner body portion is formed so as to accept the electronics assembly within the cavity; a head assembly removably attached or coupled to the first end of the inner body portion; a tail cap portion removably attached or coupled to the second end of the inner body portion, wherein the tail cap portion includes a button assembly having a depressible button; and at least one body sleeve extending from a first end to a second end and defining an interior cavity, wherein the body sleeve is formed so as to accept the inner body portion within the cavity of the body sleeve and to be assembled between the head assembly and the tail cap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Vista Outdoor Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kurtis J. Sparing, Robert A. Kincaid, Birten L. Todd, Thomas M. Gregory, Craig Adam Lamb, Matt S. Leach
  • Patent number: 9157622
    Abstract: An LED linear light with a rotational mounting including a base plate adapted for attachment to a surface and a rotating connection member. The rotating connection member is attached to the base plate by a hinge means to permit rotation of the rotating connection member relative to the base plate. When attached to the housing of the LED linear light, rotation of the rotating connection member relative to the base plate, the illumination direction of the LED linear light is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Cledlight Semiconductor Lighting Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Liu Yanping
  • Patent number: 9119255
    Abstract: A LED light source comprising a LED strip supplied by a switch mode power supply is disclosed. The LED light source has a low power dissipation and is to a large extent independent of the magnitude of the DC voltage supplying the switch mode power supply. The LED light source allows arbitrary positioning of a light or a presence detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Fetze Pijlman, Theodorus Johannes Petrus Van Den Biggelaar
  • Patent number: 9073192
    Abstract: A pocket driver tool having a longitudinal housing with a multisided socket at one end of the tool and extending along part of a longitudinal axis of the pocket driver tool, and stalls for drivers extending transversely to the longitudinal axis. A lumination device can illuminate the work place in which the pocket driver tool is to drive a fastener into or out of a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: INTERDESIGN, INC.
    Inventors: Bennett S. Rubin, Richard C. Adamany
  • Patent number: 8998439
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for connecting a portable electronic device to a power source. The apparatus comprises a light that illuminates the charging port receptacle into which the connecting tip is inserted. In the field of devices that connect electronic devices to power sources, it is often difficult to see the charging port receptacle, especially in low light applications. It would therefore be desirable to have a light that shines on the charging port receptacle to facilitate inserting the connecting tip into the charging port receptacle. The apparatus comprises a housing, having a light, a connecting tip, a cord, and a connection to a power source. The light shines in the direction of the connecting tip, and thus, on to the charging port receptacle into which the connecting tip is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wireox
    Inventor: Haroon Ahmad Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 8979298
    Abstract: A flashlight with a sidelight structure is provided and is for use in illumination in dim environments or at night. A sidelight is peripherally disposed at a predetermined position on the flashlight and emits light in a second direction different from the direction of light emitted from a frontlight of the flashlight such that, depending on the required direction of irradiation, a user presses a frontlight switch to turn on the frontlight or presses a sidelight switch to turn on the sidelight. Therefore, the flashlight provides illumination broadly and flexibly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Day Sun Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Shih-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 8960949
    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 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Greg W. Koch, Bruce K. Bangerter, Kevin E. Collier, Darrell B. Steinicke
  • Patent number: 8939602
    Abstract: Disclosed is a work light with convertible configurations. First is a light head mounted upon a stand with an extendable neck. The second is a flashlight. A third is presented when the neck is extended in the flashlight mode. The stand is ideally a tripod with legs collapsible into a central body to form the flashlight handle, a movable stop being provided to support the legs when deployed. A double linkage hinge is also provided the head and neck. Magnets may be applied at both the head and the end of an extendable retainer cap such that the work light may be used as an extendable pick up tool with the magnet in the head and it may be mounted solely by the magnet in the cap, even against the pull of gravity. The extendible retainer cap may also be utilized as an extra center leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Elmer A. Wessel
  • Patent number: 8911113
    Abstract: A laser pointer suitable for a touch display panel is provided. The laser pointer includes a main body, a laser diode and a wave plate. The main body has a containing space. The laser diode is disposed in the containing space and has a light emitting end. The wave plate is disposed on the light emitting end, wherein the laser diode is suitable for emitting a laser beam having linear polarization from the light emitting end, and the wave plate is suitable for transforming the laser beam having linear polarization into a laser beam having circular polarization, such that the laser beam is suitable for being an input signal for the touch display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Intergrated Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yang-Hui Chang, Shen-Tai Liaw, Nae-Jye Hwang
  • Patent number: 8905573
    Abstract: A portable light may comprise: a light body having a light source near one end for emitting light in a substantially transverse direction; a switch actuator near the end of the light body for controlling the light source; and a stowable hanger affixed to the light body near the end thereof. The light body may have an external opening and a given cross-sectional shape and size for receiving a light source module having an exterior of the given cross-sectional shape and size. The light source module may comprise: a light source, a reflector, a heat sink thermally coupled to the light source, a lens, reflector, and a lens ring holding the lens. The portable light may also comprise: a clip extending adjacent the light body in a longitudinal direction, wherein the clip is rotatably mounted so as to be movable about the light body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Sharrah, Matthew B. Dalton
  • 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: 8894234
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a receptacle receiving a processing device and a battery and a light controlling device, the processing device is coupled to the battery and the light controlling device, two light members are coupled to the light controlling device for generating flashlights of different colors, the processing device is coupled to the light members for generating the flashlights, a switch device is coupled to the battery for controlling the processing device to actuate the light members, a control button is coupled to the processing device for operating the light controlling device to operate the light members to generate the flashlights of different colors, and a stick is attachable to the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Sheng Kuang Kuo
  • Patent number: 8882292
    Abstract: A multi-spectrum emitting device includes one or more emitters configured to emit in a first spectrum and a second spectrum, a switching mechanism with at least two switching elements. configured to change an emitted light from a first spectrum to a second spectrum, and to change a blink pattern of emitted light. The first spectrum may be a non-visible light spectrum and the second spectrum may be a visible light spectrum. Devices may also include a unitary housing extending substantially upward and inward from a base of the device, the housing configured to emit light therethrough and to receive a power source for the device therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: S & S Precision, LLC
    Inventors: Johnny E. Swan, Michael Aaskov, Andrew C. Borland, David Rogers
  • Patent number: 8876340
    Abstract: A personal lighting device includes a first housing including a light projection portion including an inner threading and a first protrusion. It further includes a second housing including a lighting mechanism cavity, an outer threading, a second protrusion, and a third protrusion; the second and third protrusions having a first space and a second space between the second and third protrusion, the second housing interconnected with the first housing via the threading, the first protrusion having a first and second position, the first position between the second and third protrusion in the first space, and the second position in the second space. The personal lighting device further includes a battery, a printed circuit board, and a light emitting diode such that when the first protrusion is in the first position, the LED is not activated; and when the first protrusion is in the second position, the LED is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nite Ize, Inc.
    Inventors: Parker S. Ellenburg, Howard S. Ellenburg, Barbara Kay Ellenburg
  • Patent number: 8870408
    Abstract: In a portable light and/or a light source adapter therefor, the open end of a light body has one or more features, and a light source includes an adapter base for being disposed in the open end of the light body. The adapter base has one or more features in an asymmetric pattern complementary to that of the features of the light body, so the adapter base seats in the light body only with the complementary features in a predetermined rotational relationship for mating. The light source may be connected to an electrical connection of the adapter base that mates with the electrical connection of the light body when the adapter base is seated in the predetermined rotational relationship for mating. The light source may preferably be retained in the light body by a retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Sharrah
  • Publication number: 20140268713
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a battery compartment configured to alternatively receive a rechargeable battery or a non-rechargeable battery, a battery-type indicator located within the battery compartment, the indicator movable between a forward position and a rear position, wherein the indicator is biased to the rear position, and a switch that is closed by the indicator in the forward position, wherein the closed switch allows a battery inserted in the battery compartment to be recharged. With a rechargeable battery inserted in the battery compartment, the rechargeable battery engages the indicator and moves the indicator to the forward position, thereby closing the switch and allowing the rechargeable battery to be recharged while in the battery compartment. With a non-rechargeable battery inserted in the battery compartment, the indicator is in the rear position and the switch is not closed, thereby preventing the non-rechargeable battery from being recharged while in the battery compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Matthew Unger, Mark Allen Neubauer
  • Patent number: 8833963
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flashlight with a cylindrical housing and a battery cartridge housed therein so that at least one battery can be removably retained. In order to provide a flashlight in which a faulty slide switch can be fitted or replaced simply and without any extra cost, according to the invention a slide switch is proposed with a slide mounted movably on the housing and a switch lever arranged on the battery cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Zweibrueder Optoelectronics GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rainer Opolka
  • Patent number: 8783908
    Abstract: A flashlight with light emitting diode (LED) sources that produce at least two different colors and at least two other activatable components. The colored LEDs and activatable components cycle on and off using two or three separate switches. One switch cycles preferably white LEDs on and off. Another switch preferably cycles between a non-white LEDs and two other activatable components and combinations thereof. The activatable components include strobes, sirens, GPS tracking, emergency calling, radio, weather notification, laser light, and light not visible to humans. A third switch disposed on the exterior surface(s) of the body that is operable to asynchronously cycle through the functions of the white light source, wherein the functions include blinking, strobe, pre-programmed varying visible intensity, and Morse code messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: PowerTech, Inc.
    Inventors: Barbara R. Gross, Danny Joe Holmes
  • Publication number: 20140104822
    Abstract: A battery-conserving flashlight and method thereof are provided. The flashlight includes a body having a first end and a second end, the first end including an illumination source and the second end including an opening for accessing an interior of the body; at least one battery disposed in the body via the opening in the second end, the at least one battery coupled to and configured for powering the illumination source; and a controller disposed in the body configured to determine if the body is in motion, wherein if the body is not in motion for a predetermined period of time, the controller decouples the at least one battery from the illumination source to conserve energy in the at least one battery. Optionally, the flashlight may include a visual or audible indicator to alert a user that the flashlight will shutdown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 8690379
    Abstract: A personal light including a battery power source connected in series with a light-emitting diode (LED) light source and a switching mechanism configured for non-contact actuation are disposed within a housing assembly. Linear, or rotational, switch actuation element movement may be employed. A holder for the personal light is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Robert L. Canella
  • Patent number: 8690378
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a flashlight with a bezel configured to be moved relative to a body of the flashlight to adjust the focus of the light. A locking assembly may be disposed within the bezel and configured to switch between an unlocked position and a locked position if the bezel is rotated with respect to the body. The locking assembly may include a ring-shaped outer component having first and second curved walls separated by a gap. The locking assembly may further include an inner component coupled with the light assembly, the inner component including a nub configured to be disposed in the gap if the locking assembly is in the unlocked position, and to radially push an outer surface of the outer component against the inner surface of the bezel if the locking assembly is in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Coast Cutlery Co.
    Inventors: Kam Fu Choo, Gregory David Windom
  • Publication number: 20140063791
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a flashlight may include a tubular body and a finger rotation feature disposed on the tubular body. In other embodiments, a flashlight accessory may include a flashlight connector to removably attach to a flashlight, a finger rotation feature, and a finger trigger to activate the flashlight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew G.C. Frazier
  • 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: 8646938
    Abstract: A portable distress light including a plurality of light emitting diodes (LED's) and a light mode switch to power the diodes so as to provide at least one of, and preferably at least two of, a flashing white light, a flashing infrared light, a flashing blue light, a flashing colored light, a steady colored light, and a steady white light. The LED's are segmented into two circuits, each circuit strobing the respective LED's, where the additive illumination of the LED's creates a single extended illumination period and a respective single dark period. The single extended illumination period can be generated by a series of quick illuminating cycles of the LED's of each of the two circuits, thus providing multiple illuminating pulses to create the single extended illumination period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Morton Sunshine
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8628210
    Abstract: A portable light is disclosed including a housing having an upper end, a lower end and a cavity for receiving a power source therein. The housing further includes at the upper end a channel having channel walls and a plurality of LED lights in the channel. The channel walls have a height greater than the height of the LED lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Walter R. Tucker Enterprises, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark H. Tucker, Yalin Liu
  • Patent number: 8596812
    Abstract: A flashlight switching structure is provided. To turn on or off a flashlight, an annular element mounted around a neck of the flashlight is manually rotated, thereby driving a magnet connected to the annular element to a position where a reed switch connected to a positioning element in the flashlight is subjected to magnetic attraction of the magnet. Once the annular element is released, the restoring force of a resilient element pushes the magnet back in place. Hence, by rotating and releasing the annular element, the flashlight can be switched between predetermined lighting modes, such as a strong light, weak light, flashing, and turned off mode. When a protruding block connected to the outer periphery of the annular element is pushed downward and partially into a corresponding recess on the flashlight, the annular element is prevented from rotation, and the flashlight from being inadvertently triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Day Sun Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Hsueh-Chu Yeh
  • Patent number: 8545044
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flashlight with a flashlight casing and a push switch, latching switch or rotary switch contained in an end cap having a switch housing in which a first and a second contact engage. According to the invention, the first contact is a leaf spring engaging in direct electrical connection directly against the electrically conductive flashlight casing or directly against the electrically conductive end cap that is also detachably connected to the flashlight casing, the second contact being a bent leaf spring outside the switch housing directly connected to a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zweibrueder Optoelectronics GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rainer Opolka
  • Publication number: 20130223050
    Abstract: An illumination lamp with integrated switch and alarm functions includes a main body (1), batteries (2), a conductive seat (3), a controller (4), a light source assembly (5), an end cover (6) and an alarm (8). The alarm (8) is disposed within the inner cavity of the end cover (6), and the housing of the alarm (8) slidably matches the inner cavity of the end cover (6). The alarm (8) is electrically connected to the controller (4). The bottom of the alarm (8) works together with a light-touch switch (7), and the top of the alarm (8) is an operation end. During use, the alarm (8) is pressed downwards to touch and activate the light-touch switch (7), thereby realizing lighting function or alarming function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: GUANGDONG JETFAST PORTABLE LIGHTING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yun-Zhao Liu
  • Patent number: 8507819
    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: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Mag Instrument, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell B. Steinicke, Kevin E. Collier, Bruce K. Bangerter, Greg W. Koch
  • Patent number: 8491151
    Abstract: A lighting device is generally illustrated having a light body having forward facing light sources including a visible white light source, visible colored light source and an infrared light source. Additionally, a side facing light source is provided. The light body also includes switches for activating the visible light sources and a three-position switch for activating the IR light source and the side facing light source. At least one switch is provided for turning at least one of the light sources on and off and further adjusting light intensity of the light source. The light source of the lighting device may further be controlled based on a detected chemistry composition of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: EVEREADY Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Spartano
  • Patent number: 8491152
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lighting device having a battery housing to hold a battery, a light housing having a light source and a lens assembly into which said light source will emit light when activated, said battery and said light source being in circuit with a switch to open and close said circuit, said light housing being moveable relative to said battery housing to motivate said switch to open and/or close said circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Dalton, John R. Brown, Timothy J. Rugendyke
  • Patent number: 8485686
    Abstract: A multi-spectrum emitting device including one or more emitters configured to emit in a first non-visible light spectrum and a second visible light spectrum, and a switching mechanism with at least two switching elements. The switching mechanism is configured to require simultaneous activation of the at least two switching elements in order to change emissions from the first spectrum to the second spectrum. A tactile feedback mechanism is included to provide different tactile feedback for different emission modes of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: S & S Precision, LLC
    Inventors: Johnny Swan, Andrew Borland, David Rogers, Michael Aaskov
  • Patent number: 8469540
    Abstract: A switch assembly that is utilized as a tail cap of a lighting device. The switch assembly comprises a depressible switch that allows the user to activate the lighting device. In an illustrative, non-limiting embodiment, the switch assembly has four channels, providing for at least three different light functions and a locking channel. Different channels are defined by the axial position of the rotatable portion relative to the lighting device body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Alliant Techsystems Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Gregory, Robert A. Kincaid, Craig Adam Lamb, Birten L. Todd, Clifton L. Cook, Eric M. Yeates, Thomas A. Marx