Correlation Of Fuel Or Power Supply With Component Movements In A Disabling And Enabling Sequence Patents (Class 431/153)
  • Patent number: 10731854
    Abstract: A blow torch includes a casing, an igniter received within the interior, and a safety control device for preventing the actuator being operated from an unactuated position to an actuated position movably coupled to the casing and connected to the igniter. The safety control device includes an actuator movably coupled to the casing, a release movably coupled to the actuator, a first biasing member positioned between the actuator and the release, a retainer movably coupled to the actuator, and a second biasing member positioned between the actuator and the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jian-Jhang Shen
  • Patent number: 10371380
    Abstract: An igniter with a safety protection device (5) and an ignition control method therefor. The igniter comprises an ignition switch (3) and an energy supply module (4). The safety protection device (5) comprises a safety switch (51), a trigger module (52) and a wireless transceiver module (53), wherein the wireless transceiver module (53) can transmit a wireless request signal, receive a wireless response signal from an external device (2) and transmit the received wireless response signal to the trigger module (52), and the trigger module (52) triggers the safety switch (51) according to the wireless response signal to enable the safety switch (51) to act, so that ignition can be realized, and the ignition cannot be realized even the ignition switch (3) is actuated when the wireless transceiver module (53) does not receive the wireless response signal. The igniter can effectively prevent children or disabled persons from accidentally using the igniter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WENZHOU UNICLEVER GIFT INNOVATION CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jinli Liao
  • Patent number: 10305628
    Abstract: A transmission frame generating device generates a transmission frame. The generating device includes a control information signal generator which generates a modulation method control signal indicating a modulation method used for a data signal and an error correction method control signal indicating an error correction method used for the data signal and a frame former which forms the transmission frame by arranging a training signal, the data signal, the modulation method control signal and the error correction method control signal on a plurality of subcarriers on a frequency axis. The modulation method control signal being repeatedly and discretely arranged on a first multiple of the plurality of subcarriers on the frequency axis and the error correction method control signal being repeatedly and discretely arranged on a second multiple of the plurality of the subcarriers on the frequency axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yutaka Murakami, Katsuaki Abe, Masayuki Orihashi, Akihiko Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10088158
    Abstract: A portable lighter device adaptable to move in a plurality of extended positions, in a plurality of angular positions and in a retracted position. The portable lighter device comprises a shield member having a flame directing nozzle, a housing, a first shield slot, a second shield slot, a left lug and a right lug. A sliding movement of the left lug and the right lug enables the flame directing nozzle to move in the plurality of extended positions and in the retracted position. At least one groove of the shield member comfortably accommodates the flame directing nozzle within the housing while the nozzle is tilted in at least one of the plurality of angular positions according to the user's comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Rahbar
  • Patent number: 9784446
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas combustor having detachable combustion device, which includes: a housing having the interior installed with a base, and a combustion device. When the combustion device is inserted in an insertion slot of the housing, the upstream end of a mix pipe of the combustion device is airtightly inserted in a sleeve opening of the base, and a pair of locking sheets of the combustion device are moved along a pair of stopping protrusions of the housing and cross the pair of stopping protrusions, so a first spring between a lock button and a positioning seat of the combustion device is allowed to respectively be compressed for storing energy or stretched for releasing energy, and the pair of locking sheets are enabled to be abutted against inner edges of the pair of stopping protrusions, so an interference is generated for forming a locking and combining status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Chin-Lin Tsai
  • Patent number: 8845325
    Abstract: An apparatus for lighting an oxygen candle within a drum and for sealing the drum of an oxygen candle furnace. The apparatus includes a housing member for positioning the ignition assembly on a lid of the drum. The housing member having an upper portion, a lower portion and a borehole extending through the upper and lower portions. An ignition nail is placed in the borehole and housing member is structured to hold prevent the ignition nail from moving laterally, and to automatically align the nail with the oxygen candle within the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Matthew J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8585397
    Abstract: A hot air generator comprising a handle (12), an elongated nozzle (14), flame generating means (6), a venturi (4), a gas conduit (162) intended to bring a combustible gas into the elongated nozzle (14) and at the flame generating means (6), an air conduit (164) intended for bringing compressed air into the elongated nozzle (14) and downstream from the venturi; characterized in that the generator further comprises a servocontrolled pressure regulator (2) controlling a gas pressure (Pd.g) in the gas conduit (162) depending on an air pressure (Pd.a) in the air conduit (164).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Guilbert Express
    Inventors: Yves Guillou, Christophe Le Drappier
  • Patent number: 8556623
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a hand tool with an incorporated burner comprising: a casing; a burner housed in the casing and connected to an electrically conducting component; a trigger apt to move on the casing; an ignition abutment; and a piezoelectric igniter; wherein the trigger and the piezoelectric igniter form a unit which may be disassembled by detachment of the trigger from the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Guilbert Express
    Inventors: Yves Guillou, Christophe Le Drappier
  • Publication number: 20130164698
    Abstract: A gas lighter that includes a reservoir for holding a flammable gas, a valve mounted on a top surface of the reservoir for allowing a release of the gas from the reservoir, a valve actuator having a push button on a first end and a connector at a second end for connecting the valve actuator to the valve; a first spring biased against a lower surface of the push button actuator and a wall of the reservoir; a spark wheel coaxially mounted with corresponding cheeks that are capable of rotating; a hood disposed completely or partially over the spark wheel and cheeks; at least two support arms, each arm having a first end coaxially mounted with the cheeks and a second end having a pivoting connection to bearings located on the reservoir; a sleeve disposed under the under the spark wheel; a second spring disposed in the sleeve; and a flint stone disposed in the sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Guy Lefebvre, Yann Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 8449291
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gas combustor, which comprises a storage tank, a connect seat allowing an ignition device and a combustion device to be installed, and a housing. The rear of the connection seat is formed with an accommodation slot in sequence allowing a piezoelectric device of the ignition device and a pressable button member to be installed and positioned, the front of the button member is protruded with a push sheet. Two clamp arms at the front of the connection seat define an insertion slot allowing an insertion tenon fixed at the rear of a mixing tube of the combustion device to be inserted and positioned, such that the mixing tube and the piezoelectric device are in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Chih-Lin Tsai
  • Patent number: 8449290
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gas combustor, which comprises a housing in which a base seat is installed, an engagement pipe at the front of the base seat is connected to a flame device exposed at the front of the housing, wherein the rear portion of the base seat is pivoted with a swing sheet, the inner surface thereof is adjacent to a gas intake control valve fastened in the base seat, and a convey pipe is connected between the gas intake control valve and a pivotal connection device installed at the rear of the housing; and a safety mechanism, installed at the bottom of the housing and including a latch button, a connection rod and a control button; through pressing the latch button, one end of the connection rod is raised, the latch end at the other end of the connection rod is inwardly retracted for releasing the locking state of the control button, so the control button is enabled to be pressed, and the extrusion part extrudes the swing sheet, and the gas intake control valve is formed to an openin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Chih-Lin Tsai
  • Patent number: 8303298
    Abstract: A gas torch is provided that includes an auto-ignition system disposed within the gas torch, a preheat oxygen conduit array extending through the gas torch, a fuel gas conduit array extending through the gas torch, and a cutting oxygen conduit array extending through the gas torch. At least one safety device is disposed within the gas torch, such as check valves and flashback arrestors, by way of example. The gas torch also includes a cutting oxygen trigger and an ignition trigger operable to start preheat gas flow and to ignite the gas torch. The ignition trigger is configured for automatic disengagement of the auto-ignition system when the ignition trigger is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Victro Equipment Company
    Inventors: John E. Talkington, Nhyanh Duyet Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20120244480
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gas combustor, which comprises a storage tank, a connect seat allowing an ignition device and a combustion device to be installed, and a housing. The rear of the connection seat is formed with an accommodation slot in sequence allowing a piezoelectric device of the ignition device and a pressable button member to be installed and positioned, the front of the button member is protruded with a push sheet. Two clamp arms at the front of the connection seat define an insertion slot allowing an insertion tenon fixed at the rear of a mixing tube of the combustion device to be inserted and positioned, such that the mixing tube and the piezoelectric device are in contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Chih-Lin TSAI
  • Patent number: 8241033
    Abstract: A safety flint lighter is provided that an adult is allowed to easily make an ignition with a single action without allowing a child to easily lean how to ignite a flame. A safety flint lighter has an ignition device using a flint and a sparking file wheel and structured not permitting a child to ignite a flame. An axial hole, rotatably supporting a rotary shaft of a sparking file wheel, is in a form permitting the rotary shaft, at an axis thereof, to directly move between a first position the rotary shaft is normally hold and distant from a tank body, a second position established closer to the tank body than the first position and on an axis of a flint and a third position established oppositely to a nozzle with respect to a straight line connecting between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Aya Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20120183912
    Abstract: A gas lighter with safety mechanism comprising an inner frame mounted on top of a fuel reservoir and provided with a valve for releasing fuel contained in the fuel reservoir; an outer frame mounted on top of the inner frame and having two supports each of which is provided with a L-shaped supporting hole including a vertical section and a horizontal section; a lever sandwiched between the two supports and pivotable with respect to the outer frame to actuate the valve; a flint disposed between the two supports; a friction wheel rotatably sleeved on a shaft between the two supports, the shaft are movably supported in the supporting holes, the friction wheel is separate from the flint when the shaft is moved to the vertical sections while contacts the flint to enable to generate sparks by rotating the friction wheel when the shaft is moved to the horizontal sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: TIEN SUNG ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Ka Wai MOK
  • Publication number: 20120141945
    Abstract: A gas lighter that includes a valve that connects to a nozzle, a lever for controlling the opening of the valve, a piezoelectric system that includes a first and second electrode, where the first electrode is arranged downstream and on the side in relation to the nozzle, and a control member adapted to drive the opening of the valve and the creation of an electric arc when it is actuated. The second electrode is formed by a projection integral with the lever, the projection being made of electrically-conductive material. The top of the projection is arranged downstream of the nozzle and is substantially opposite the first electrode in relation to the central axis (Z) of the nozzle during the actuation of the control member in order to be at a distance from the first electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: SOCIETE BIC
    Inventors: Jordi Muste, Eloi Gonzalvo, Josep Altes
  • Patent number: 8087927
    Abstract: A hand-held torch includes a housing. A fuel flow path is defined within the housing. A plunger is movable within the housing to control fuel flow through the fuel flow path. An engagement portion is coupled to the plunger. A latching element is movable to engage the engagement portion when the plunger is positioned to allow fuel flow through the fuel flow path. An actuator is coupled to the latching element and exposed for manipulation by a user to move the latching element into engagement with the engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Zippo Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Louis V. Aronson, II, Adam Grabicki
  • Patent number: 7976305
    Abstract: A cigarette lighter includes a reservoir for storing fuel and a head formed on the reservoir. Moreover, the cigarette lighter includes a valve for releasing the fuel from the reservoir, a nozzle put in the head for spraying the fuel from the valve, an ignition device for igniting the fuel sprayed from the nozzle, a cover for covering the head and an alarm for providing only one round of a message every time the cover is lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Pro-Iroda Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Arlo H. T. Lin
  • Patent number: 7967601
    Abstract: A device for creating an electrical potential, such as a piezoelectric igniter, is connected to a conductor that conducts current to a burn tube to create a spark that ignites the fuel in the burn tube. In one embodiment a gap is formed in the conductor. An insulator is located in the gap such that is can be selectively moved between an insulating position where the flow of electricity over the gap is prevented such that no spark is created in the burn tube and a non-insulating position where electricity is allowed to flow over the gap such that a spark is created in the burn tube. In another embodiment the piezoelectric igniter forms part of the electrical circuit and is in electrical conductive contact or proximity to an electrical conductor that forms part of the ignition circuit. An insulator may selectively located between the igniter and the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: Michael R Johnston, Thomas A. Burdsall
  • Patent number: 7942665
    Abstract: An igniter can include a safety mechanism which is easily operated by an adult but is difficult for a child to release. In particular, an igniter can include: a nozzle section which emits a flame; a fuel introduction section; an ignition section which ignites the introduced fuel, wherein the ignition section is configured in such a manner that the fuel is ignited by movement of an ignition operating section to an ignition position; a movement restricting section having restricting sections which restrict the movement of the ignition operating section; and a permitting section which permits movement. When moving the movement restricting section, either the restricting sections or the permitting section can be disposed so as to correspond to the direction of movement of the ignition operating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Iwatani Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kotani
  • Publication number: 20110097675
    Abstract: A safety lighter includes double rotating wheels provided on each side of a sparking wheel, with a buffer wheel between one of the double rotating wheels and the sparking wheel and received around an axle portion of the one rotating wheels. The buffer wheel hinders rotation of the rotating wheels and sparking wheel, idling freely and shielding one of the rotating wheels from a young/small user. Upon sufficient adult force downward on the buffer wheel, however, the axle and aperture surfaces will mate/grip sufficiently to allow the force on the buffer wheel to drive the rotating wheel. Also, some adults will be able to press the buffer wheel (to engage with the axle) and both of the two rotating wheels at the same time to drive the wheel set. The buffer wheel may be included in a common double-wheel lighter wheel system, with little if any change to the total axial length of the wheel assembly, and, hence, little if any change to the lighter structure other than the wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: WEICHENG DENG
  • Publication number: 20110091827
    Abstract: A lighting fixture lighter includes a frame body including a light transmitting window, a flame generator, and an illumination fixture built-in with the lighter for generating illumination light for illumination purpose. The illumination fixture includes a power source, a light source unit supported within a light compartment and aligning with the light transmitting window, and a light button to activate the light source unit for generating an illumination light, so that the illumination light is emitted out of the light transmitting window for illumination purpose. In order to enhance the light intensity of the light source unit, a light reflector is further provided within the light compartment for reflecting the illumination light from the light source unit, such that the lighter not only provides the traditional ignition function, but also provides an added on illumination function in the single compact lighter housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Simon Luo
  • Publication number: 20110091826
    Abstract: A lighting fixture lighter includes a frame body including a light transmitting window, a flame generator, and an illumination fixture built-in with the lighter for generating illumination light for illumination purpose. The illumination fixture includes a power source, a light source unit supported within a light compartment and aligning with the light transmitting window, and a light button to activate the light source unit for generating an illumination light, so that the illumination light is emitted out of the light transmitting window for illumination purpose. In order to enhance the light intensity of the light source unit, a light reflector is further provided within the light compartment for reflecting the illumination light from the light source unit, such that the lighter not only provides the traditional ignition function, but also provides an added on illumination function in the single compact lighter housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Ying Wen Luo, Xing Wen Luo
  • Publication number: 20110091825
    Abstract: The child resistant gas lighter of the invention has an ignition sleeve having a slit defined therein and an integrated safety cap having a press surface, an opposite slide surface, a direction bar formed on the slide surface which is inserted in the slit and is able to make the safety cap slidable in the slit. In use, a user has to move the safety cap against a bias spring by his thumb until the safety cap is no longer blocked by a top surface of a flame cover and then press down the safety cap. The invention is hard for children to get understand how to ignition thus making it safer for children, and needs a smaller pressing force thus making the gas lighter more adult user friendly without sacrificing child resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Xinhua Huang
  • Patent number: 7914281
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gas combustion apparatus, composed by a storage tank, a combustion gas setting device, an ignition device, a housing, a combustion device and an outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Chih-Lin Tsai
  • Patent number: 7850446
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hand-held gas combustion apparatus, comprises a gas storing tank, a gas discharging device, a housing, an ignition system and a flame device. The flame nozzle of the flame device and the metal sleeve tube are respectively in contact with the conductive wire and the electricity-guiding wire of the ignition system, so a static electricity spark is generated between the inner folding edge of the metal sleeve tube and the flame nozzle, so mixed combustion gas ejected from the flame nozzle is ignited, a gas combustion apparatus is therefore obtained, and the electricity-guiding wire is provided between the metal sleeve tube and the ignition system so the high-voltage static electricity can be guided back to the ignition system for forming a circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Chih-Lin Tsai
  • Publication number: 20100273119
    Abstract: An igniter having a rod-like extension that can be rotated to change the direction of the flame port in a free state and locked when the igniting action is to be done.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Takayuki Suzuki, Tetsuya Mochizuki, Makoto Sato
  • Publication number: 20100216081
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bar lighter comprising a novel safety mechanism for securing the bar lighter from being accidentally actuated. A safety lever (4) is pivotally connected to an actuating element (2) which can be moved relative to a housing between a starting position and an actuating position. Said safety lever (4) is preloaded so as to be pressed into a locking position in which the safety lever (4) engages with a locking element (15) that cannot be moved relative to the housing, thus preventing the actuating element (2) from moving from the starting position into the actuating position. A releasing mechanism (3) is provided which presses the safety lever (4) into a releasing position when being actuated so as to release the actuating element (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2006
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: PI-DESIGN AG
    Inventor: Peter Huang
  • Patent number: 7771191
    Abstract: A device for creating an electrical potential, such as a piezoelectric igniter, is connected to a conductor that conducts current to a burn tube to create a spark that ignites the fuel in the burn tube. The safety mechanism disables the operative connection between the trigger and the igniter such that the safety mechanism does not lock the trigger (the trigger may move relative to the torch body) but the movement of the trigger does not actuate the igniter. An actuating button is provided such that the user manually controls the position of the disabling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Irwin Industrial Tool Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Johnston, Thomas A. Burdsall
  • Patent number: 7767935
    Abstract: A thin battery powered lighter, which has superior portability and usable as an advertising medium, is provided. The lighter includes a thin flat case (2); a sheet type battery (3) provided within the case (2); a heating element (4) connected to the battery (3); and a power switch (5) for establishing an electrical connection between the battery (3) and the heating element (4). The case (2) includes a slide member (6) for opening and closing an ignition window (21), which is provided at a position that the heating element faces (4), and an operating button (51) for operating the power switch (5). When the ignition window (21) is closed by the slide member (6), a portion of the slide member is interposed between contact points of the switch, precluding an operation of the operating button (51). The electrical connection is enabled by operating the operating button (51) in a state in which the ignition window (21) is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kashoji, Noriyuki Serizawa
  • Publication number: 20100190121
    Abstract: A foldable lighter having a safety mechanism for preventing inadvertent ignition. The foldable lighter comprises a body that has an operating member for igniting the lighter, and a swing-arm pivotally connected to the body by a swing-mount. The locking mechanism comprises an arcuate protrusion on an annular wall of the swing-mount, which interferes with operation of the operating member through a predetermined rotation of the swing-arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Tetsuya Mochizuki, Takayuki Suzuki, Makoto Sato
  • Publication number: 20100178623
    Abstract: A gas switch capable of adjusting fire intensity finely includes a gas switch capable of adjusting fire intensity finely, comprising a switch body inside which a guide is installed, a fastener set that revolves inside the switch body and includes a hollow fastener and a fastener rod moving elastically through the faster, a drive component installed inside the switch body, which contains a rotating rod that can move along and rotate round the same shaft of the fastener set, a guide rod placed on the rotating rod and leaning on the guide, a regulating block installed movably at one end of the rotating rod and leaning against the fastener rod, and a connecting component for linking the drive component with the fastener set flexibly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Pao-Chi Chang, Sen-Yu Wu, Shu-Mei Liu
  • Patent number: 7748977
    Abstract: An igniter includes an igniter body provided with a liquefied gas reservoir, and a rod-like extension, which extends from the igniter body and has a flame port ejecting gas flame therethrough on its leading end. The base portion of the rod-like extension is supported for rotation with respect to the igniter body so that the angle made between the igniter body and the rod-like extension can be changed to change the direction of the flame port in a free state and locked when the igniting action is to be done.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventors: Tetsuya Mochizuki, Makoto Sato, Takayuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 7744368
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lighter which a user actuates by at least two different modes of operation. In the first mode, a plunger member is positioned to allow a biasing member to oppose movement of an actuating assembly so that a user releases fuel and ignites the lighter only if a high-actuation-force is applied to the actuator. In this first mode, the lighter resists operation by unintended users by requiring a user to have a predetermined level of strength to actuate the lighter. In the second mode, the plunger member is moved to a different position so that the biasing member does not oppose movement of the actuating assembly to the same extent as the first mode so that a user may release fuel and ignite the lighter if a low-actuation-force is applied to the actuator. Moving the plunger member from the first position to the second position preferably requires the user to have a predetermined level of cognitive abilities and/or physical characteristics in order to resist use by unintended users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventors: Rene D. Frigiere, Paul Adams, Anthony Sgroi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7736144
    Abstract: A safety control switch comprises a slide base movably mounted on the housing of a gas-fired ignition device, a push button positioned in a through hole of the slide base, a brake block fixed to the push button for inserting into a space between the slide base and the housing, and a locking piece movably mounted on the slide base and engaged with the through hole of the slide base, the locking piece being moved relative to the slide base between a first position to prevent the push button and the slide base from being operated by blocking the through hole and a second position to allow the push button and the slide base to be operated by removing the blockage of the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Hui-Ming Sun
  • Publication number: 20100112501
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gas combustion apparatus, composed by a storage tank, a combustion gas setting device, an ignition device, a housing, a combustion device and an outer tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Chih-Lin TSAI
  • Patent number: 7708554
    Abstract: A safety structure of a gas burner is disclosed formed of a slide, a stop device and a housing. When pressed the slide, a third spring member is compressed to lower the stop device and to further disengage the retaining blocks of the stop device from respective retaining grooves of the slide, thereby releasing the stop device from the constraint of the slide. When the user keeps pressing the slide at this time, the retaining blocks are moved to a bottom side of the guide ribs of the slide and the frame base is forced to squeeze a first spring member to release the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Chih-Lin Tsai
  • Patent number: 7704071
    Abstract: Disclosed is an actuator for a piezoelectric cigarette or utility lighter with a LED penlight incorporated as an independent light source. The actuator is located at the top of a standard piezoelectric lighter behind the lighter's burner. The actuator activates the lighter when it is depressed and makes contact with a piezoelectric unit that initiates release of gas into the burner while simultaneously emitting a spark in the area of the burner to ignite the gas. The penlight feature consists of an LED light assembly incorporated into the actuator's top cap situated so as to depress the piezoelectric unit. The LED light assembly consists of a light emitting diode mounted on a platform, the whole of which is configured to fit within the LED top cap whereby the platform is a bottom wall of the LED top cap and contains a power source in the form of a battery holder that fits between the piezoelectric unit and the outer casing of the lighter. A pressure switch on the actuator operates the penlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventors: Lily Liu, ZhanGen Wei
  • Publication number: 20100099053
    Abstract: A lighter, in the form of a tubular shape in particular, is provided with a safety button. The lighter includes an ignition button having a surface to which the safety button is mounted. The surface of the ignition button defines a slot in which the safety button is received. The safety button is biased by a spring to have a pin engaging a notch defined in an inside wall of a casing of the lighter to set the lighter in a locked status. The safety button can be manually moved against the spring to disengage the safety pin from the notch to thereby release the locked status, and then the ignition button can be pressed down to set a fire at a fire outlet orifice that receives fuel from a fuel container accommodated in the casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventor: I-Hsuan Lai
  • Patent number: 7699601
    Abstract: A hand-held torch includes a housing. A fuel flow path is defined within the housing. A plunger is movable within the housing to control fuel flow through the fuel flow path. An engagement portion is coupled to the plunger. A latching mechanism having at least one claw is movable to engage the engagement portion when the plunger is positioned to allow fuel flow through the fuel flow path. An actuator is coupled to the latching mechanism and exposed for manipulation by a user to move the latching mechanism into engagement with the engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Zippo Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Louis V. Aronson, II, Adam Grabicki
  • Publication number: 20100092899
    Abstract: A dislocation-type safety lighter the invention is disclosed. The dislocation-type safety lighter includes a main body, a wheel racket, a file wheel, a metal cap, and a lever. The lever includes a pressing part, a base, and a slipping hole. Each side of the base furnishes a salient part used to be the pivot point C of the lever. The salient parts are fitted in the securing holes near the bottom of the file-wheel seats, and the securing holes) are used as pivot seat for bearing the salient parts. The metal cap is capped on the top of the wheel racket to cover the file wheel and the lever. The height H between the elevation of the “point A” of exerting force P and the elevation of the pivot point C is in the range (?)H?*H*(?)H? where the height H? is equal to the diameter of the file wheel (3). The larger the height H, the more laborious it is to turn the file wheel (3) by the thumb of the user that makes the children whose exerting force is relatively weak harder to ignite the lighter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Shao-Shun Hsu
  • Patent number: 7682148
    Abstract: A foldable lighter that prevents inadvertent ignition by erroneously pressing the operating button when folding the swing-arm to make the lighter compact. A foldable lighter 1 that comprises a lighter body 2 that contains a fuel tank, a piezoelectric unit 102, an operating button 8, and a swing-arm 4 connected with free swinging to one end of lighter body 2 and that incorporates a locking mechanism to prevent accidental depression of operating button 8. The locking mechanism consists of a projecting portion 74 formed in a predetermined range of cylindrical walls 26a and 26c made integrally with swing-arm 4 and a hook 8b that extends from the operating button along a portion of the cylindrical walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: Tetsuya Mochizuki, Takayuki Suzuki, Makoto Sato
  • Publication number: 20100062383
    Abstract: Pocket lighter with a child resistance mechanism, of the type comprising a liquated gas reservoir, a combustion chamber, a valve connecting liquated gas reservoir to combustion chamber, a lever that activates valve, a flint, a toothed wheel mounted in rotation around an axis and which rubs against said flint and at least one thumb wheel coaxial with axis and integral with toothed wheel. Thumb wheel has on its periphery a plurality of radial projections alternated with seating areas with respect to which said radial projections project. There are between three and ten radial projections, and they are free from any contact with any other element of the lighter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: FLAMAGAS S.A.
    Inventor: Víctor Domínguez Esteban
  • Publication number: 20100047729
    Abstract: A childproof windshield for a disposable lighter, includes a U-shaped surrounding wall mounting on two supporting walls of the disposable lighter respectively, and a pair of safety shells for coaxially positioning with a striker wheel and facing two outer sides of two driving wheels of the striker wheel respectively. The safety shells are respectively extended integrally from the two sides of the U-shaped surrounding wall upwardly and rearwardly. Thereby, the safety shells form a physical barrier to prevent a thumb of a user from fully engaging the striker wheel. A slant ceiling surface of the childproof windshield is downwardly inclined from the two safety shells towards a front end of the childproof windshield adapted for increasing a striking route of the thumb of the user against the pair of safety shells and the driving wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: John Jiin Chung Yang
  • Publication number: 20100021854
    Abstract: An igniter can include a safety mechanism which is easily operated by an adult but is difficult for a child to release. In particular, an igniter can include: a nozzle section which emits a flame; a fuel introduction section; an ignition section which ignites the introduced fuel, wherein the ignition section is configured in such a manner that the fuel is ignited by movement of an ignition operating section to an ignition position; a movement restricting section having restricting sections which restrict the movement of the ignition operating section; and a permitting section which permits movement. When moving the movement restricting section, either the restricting sections or the permitting section can be disposed so as to correspond to the direction of movement of the ignition operating section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kotani
  • Patent number: 7641471
    Abstract: A piezoelectric type of lighter, with a flame generation device (30), including a gas jet release mechanism (36) and a piezoelectric mechanism for generation of a spark (50), characterized in that the lighter includes two actuators (32, 34) which are displaced following a pivoting movement under the action of a force applied by a user, between a first position called rest position and a second position called the active position, whereby at least one of the actuators, called the first actuator, can be displaced independently of the second actuator and acts on at least one of the mechanisms, called the first mechanism. The lighter can produce a flame from the lighter when the two actuators have been pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Polyconcept Holding
    Inventor: Aman Kai Man Chung
  • Patent number: 7625203
    Abstract: A folding lighter that does not injure a finger or inadvertently ignite at pressing of the operating button at time of folding the swingarm to make the lighter compact. A folding lighter comprising body 2 housing a fuel tank 106 and a piezoelectric unit 102 and possessing on a side surface operating button 8, and swingarm 4 connected with free swinging to one end of body 2, and possessing a safety mechanism to prevent folding of swingarm 4 when foreign object 134 interposes between swingarm 4 and operating component 8 at time when swingarm 4 is being folded. The safety mechanism possesses swing preventer 120 that oscillatingly shifts by operation of operating component 8, and swing preventer 120 possesses first arm 121 that is pressed by pressing inward operation of operating component 8, and on the opposite side of axle socket 122 possesses second arm 123 that prevents swingarm 4 from being folded when first arm 121 is pressed by pressing inward operation of operating component 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventors: Tetsuya Mochizuki, Takayuki Suzuki, Makoto Sato
  • Patent number: 7625202
    Abstract: The present invention relates to disposable cigarette lighters which have a latch member which is intended to resist inadvertent operation and to make undesirable operation by unintended operators more difficult. The lighter preferably includes a latch member which in its initial condition blocks movement of the actuator in order to resist operation of the lighter. The latch member is movable to a ready position so that the actuator may be depressed in order to produce a flame. It is preferred that the lighter contain additional or alternative forces on the latch member to improve the ability of the latch member to return to the blocking position over the life of the lighter and to improve the consistency of the latch member's movement and return. In some of the embodiments, this additional or alternative force is provided by a bending moment or flexing force preferably applied to the latch member through a flexing mechanism to flex the latch along at least a portion of its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventors: Enrique Nollas Amoros, Michel Doucet
  • Patent number: 7614874
    Abstract: A foldable lighter that prevents inadvertent ignition by erroneously pressing on the operating button at time of folding the swing-arm to make the lighter compact. A foldable lighter 1 that comprises a lighter lighter body 2 that contains a fuel tank, a piezoelectric unit 102 and an operating button 8, and swing-arm 4 connected with free swinging to one end of lighter body 2 and that incorporates a locking mechanism that prevents accidental depression of the operating button 8. The locking mechanism consists of a projecting portions 74 formed in a predetermined range of the cylindrical walls 26a, 26c made integrally with a swing-arm 4 and a hook 8b that extends from the operating button along a portion of the cylindrical walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventors: Tetsuya Mochizuki, Takayuki Suzuki, Makoto Sato
  • Patent number: RE42750
    Abstract: A safety apparatus of a piezoelectric lighter includes a pressure absorbing device disposed in a cap cavity of a casing of the piezoelectric lighter, a holding means integrally affixed to an interior surface of a thumb-push cap for rigidly holding one end of the pressure absorbing device in position, and a receiving means provided in the cap cavity for receiving and supporting another end of the pressure absorbing device in position. Therefore the pressure absorbing device is vertically held between the thumb-push cap and the ceiling of the casing for urging the thumb-push cap at an upper normal position thereof and providing an additional press resistance to the thumb-push cap, so as to resist a downwardly press force applied by an under age child on the thumb-push cap while an adult is capable of pushing down the thumb-push cap easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignees: Calico Brands, Inc., Honson Marketing Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Ping Hua Lee