|Publication number||US1226727 A|
|Publication date||May 22, 1917|
|Filing date||Mar 4, 1916|
|Priority date||Mar 4, 1916|
|Publication number||US 1226727 A, US 1226727A, US-A-1226727, US1226727 A, US1226727A|
|Original Assignee||Charles Wachtel|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (4), Classifications (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
POCKET FLASH LIGHT. APPLICZATIOII FILED MAR. 4. I9I6-v 1,226,727. Patented May22,1917.
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cHAnLEs WACHTEL, or JAMAICA, NEW Yoan.
-. ing a hinged cover, and to provide a device which will serve as a means for vmaking and breaking the light circuit, and also' as a locking means to lock the hinged cover closed.
Another object of the invention is to provide a pocket flashlight with. a casing having outwardly projecting ianges between which the lamp bulb and the contact-Inakin'g-and-bre-aking device are located', whereby the said flanges form guards or protecting means for said parts.
Another object of the invention is to provide a flashlight in which thebattery is Y contained within a case having a hinged cover, the lamp circuit-making-and-breaking device serving to lock the cover closed, means being provided whereby upon a partial rotation of the contact-making-andbreaking device the cover may be released and the case opened for the removal of the batteryfor for any other pur ose.
There are other objects an advantages of the invention, due to the details of con- -struction, all of which will hereinafter appear.
view of the device;
Fig. 2 a side elevationthereof, the cover being open;
Fig. 3 a transverse sectionalview on thel line 4III-III of Fig.` 2, the l cover 'being closed and locked; y v
Fig. 4 a vertical -orlon `tudinal sectional view taken on the line I -IV of Fig. 2;
Fig. 5 a front elevation, the operatin button being removedv andthe shank ho ding said button being shownpin sectional view;
Fig. 6 atop or plan view of the device; 'and i Fig. 7 a detail vertical sectional view on an enlarged scale, showing the lamp-circuit'- making-and-breaking device.
Referring` to the various partsl by numerals, 1 designates thc'body of the case, said In the drawings, lFigure lis a' perspective Specification of Letters Patent. t Patented May 22, 1917, Application inea Marche, 191e. serial No. 82,022.
body consisting of, the frame 2 and theside portion 3 rigidly secured thereto. The side portion 3 extends beyond the frame 2 to form the'protecting flanges 4 and 5. The frame 2 is comprised of the front wall or part 6, the bottom wall and the top wall 8, the top and bottom walls being integral with the front wall. One side of the case 1s hinged at 9 to form a cover 10, and said cover extends beyond the frame 2 to form the protecting langcsll and 12 which eXtendbeyond the front wall and the top and bottom walls of said frame. The back of the casing is rounded as at 13, the hinge 9 being formedl down the middle of the said rounded portion. The top and bottom walls of they frame are rounded at their ends to fit the rounded portions of the side 3 and the cover portion l0. The hinge 9 joins the cover portion to the rigid side portion.-
Secured in the top wall ofthe frame, and
extending into the case, is a lamp socket 14 adapted to contain a lamp bulb 15.` Also secured to the top wall ofthe frame, adjacent the lamp socket, .is an insulating plate 16. This plate extends into the case and 1s slotted at its inner end,as'shown at.17. In y this slot is secured a contact strip 18 .by means ofa terminal contact pin 19 which passes through the insulating plate and through the contact strip. The head of the contact pin is adjacent to the front wall of l thecase and vis .rounded to adapt it to be engaged by la contact point, as will be more `Afully hereinafter described. The battery 20 is provided with the Ausual upstanding .con-
tact'point 21, which is adapted to lit in the slot of the insulating plate and to engage the contact strip therein.. The batteryns also provided with the spring contact polnt 22 which is adapted "to engage the lamp terminal 23, as shown. By means 'of the arrangement of the contact points and s trip described a considerable latitude of ad]ust ment is provided, so that the battery connections may be brought intoproper engagement with vthe terminals 1n the' case,
even though the batteries or battery termi*V nals may vary slightl in length. This avoids the necessity o springs forv malntaining thebattery contacts in engagement with the lampfterminals. Y
Slidably mounted on the inner side of the front wall of-the case is a contact plate`24,
which is provided atI itsl u per end with a v contact point 25 which isa apted to engage..
said stud being oblong in cross section. The
slot `28 in the front wall of the casing,
fthrough'which said stud extends, has two widthsthe upper portion 29 being broader than the lower portion 30. The upper portion of the slotis broad, enough to receive the stud whenthe button isturned' to bring the longer diameter ofthe stud transversely by the-length of the broader-portion of the ofthe slot. A In this position oli' the stud the shding movementof the button is limited slot. `The narrower portion of the slot is only broad enough to receive the stud when the shorter diameter of the stud is transverse of said narrow portion of the slot. In
ythis position 4of the stud the sliding movement ofthe button is only limited by the l,
entire length of the slot. It is, therefore, manifest that by` properly arranging the button the contact plate may be given a lshorter or longer sliding movement.
elliptical in shape and itis secured to the s tudin .such manner that the longer diameter of the". stud will be transverse of the button. By means-of this arrangement the ycontact plate will have its limited movement when vthe longest diameter of the button. is vertical, Iand said plate will have its longer movement when the longestdiameter of the button is transverse of the front wall of the case. The Contact pointand the terminal contact pin 19 are so arranged that they will be in engagement when the button is at the lowermost point of its limited movement, so that when the button is arranged with its longer diameter vertical the lamp circuitwill be completed when said button is Vforced downwardly to the limit of its movement, and said circuit will be .broken when the button is forced to the upper limit of its movement. The contact plate-is slotted jat its lower end, as at 31, to receive a guide v in 32 secured to the front wall of the casing. The contact plate springs 'inwardly sufficiently to hold the button frictionally `engaged with the front wall of the case, so that it will not be accidentally rotated.
On the edge of the Contact plate, close t0 the ved e of the front wall of thecase, are forme flanges 33, vone near the top of the case and the other Anear the bottom thereof. On the cover portion 10 of the case are secured two locking lugs 34, said lugs being spaced from the cover part a slight distance in order to permit the locking flanges to engage said lugs and lie between them and the cover.
The Y contact button 26 is substantially oval or two inwardly extending locking for shiftingthe contact plate operab The locking lugs and the lockingl flanges are so arranged with respect to each other that the flanges will be free of said lugs when the button has been moved downwardly to the limit of the narrow portion of the Slot, but will be engaged to lock the coverin its closed position when thebutton is locked in the broader portion 29 of ton is turned to permit the stud to pass down into the narrow portion of the slot, the locking flanges can be moved downwardly and freed from the locking lugs, thereby permitting the coverto be opened. From the foregoing it is manifest that the slidable button performs the double .function of a" contact maker andcbreaker and a lockoperating device. Thecontact performs the loilible function of a contact device and What I claim is:
1. A ashlight comprising a casing composed of abo'dy part, a cover hinged thereto, lamp terminals in the body part, a sliding `contact plate, means exterior of the casing for moving the contact plate to make and break the lamp circuit, and means whereby the contact plate locks the cover in its closed position during the circuit making and breaking operations and/holds the cover closed while the lamp is'lighted.
2. A. flashlight comprisinga casing formed with a body part and a cover hinged to said body part, lamp terminals in the bod part,
a slidable contact plate within the bo y part'A adapted to open and close the lamp circuit and formed with a cover-locking flange, `a
lug on the cover adapted to be engaged by said liange'to lock the cover closed,fan operating device for shifting the contact plate operable from the exterior of the casing and rotatably secured to said plate, and coperating stops on said rotatable device and the casing adapted to limit the sliding move-` ment of the contact plate when the operating device is reciprocated while in one rotatably adjusted position to open andvclose the lam circuit without releasing the cover.
3. A ashlight comprising acasing formed of a body part and a cover hinged to the 'body part, lamp terminals in the body at, 0 y
a shiftable contact plate within the part,- interlocking devices carried by JL lle cover and contact plate, an operating device e from the exterior of the casing and rotatably secured -to said plate, and coperatin'g stops on said rotatable device and the casing adapted to limit the extent of movement of the contact plate when the operating device is actuated while in one rotatably adjusted position to open and close the lamp circuit y without releasing the cover.
4. A flashlight comprising a casing formed cuit-closing position, saidJ stop and contactplate-moving means being relatively shiftable whereby said means may be operated to move the plate to unlocking position.
5. A flashlight comprising a casing formed with a body part and a cover, lamp terminals in 'said casing, a contact plate, a locking flange carried by said plate, a locking lug carried by the cover and adapted to be engaged by said locking flange, a rotatable button on the outer side of the casing and connected to the contact plate, means for limiting the movement of the contactplate when the button is in one position to complete the lamp circuit Without releasing they cover, said contact platebeing capable of ,a greater movement when the button is rotated to another position whereby the locking flange maybe disconnected froml the locking lugs to release the cover.
6. Amlashlight comprising acasing formed with a body part and a cover, lamp terminals in said casing, a movable contact plate, and interlocking connections between the contactl plate and `the coveradapted to release the cover upon extended movementl of said plate and" normally holding the cover closed, said platel being shiftable to close the lamp circuit without releasing the cover.
.7. .A ashlight comprising a casing formed with a body part and a cover, lamp terminals therein, a contact plate, a slidable rotatable button on the outerside of the casing, a stud oblong in cross section connecting said button to the contact plate through a slot formed in the casing, said slot being of two widths whereby the button in one and of the slidable button.
position will have a limited movement in the broader yportion of the slot, and in another position may be moved the entire length of the slot, a locking device carried by the contact plate, and 'a corresponding locking device carried by the cover, said locking devices being disengaged through the longer movement of the contact plate.
8. A iashlight comprising a casing, a cover therefor, a lamp socket adapted to receive a lamp, an insulatin plate secured to the casing adjacent the amp socket and formed with a slot, a contact plate mounted in said slot, a terminal contact pin extending through said insulation and securing said plate in position, a slidable contact plate mounted in the casing, and means'for moving said plate to engage the termlnal contact pin.
9. A flashlight comprisinga casing formed with a body part and a cover, a lamp socket in the .top thereof adapted to receive a lamp bulb, a contact plate, a slidable button on the outer side of the casing and connected to said contact plate, and outwardly extending flanges around the edges of the casing on opposite sides of the lamp socket 10. A flashlight comprising a casing formed with a body part and a cover, .lamp terminals in said casing, a movablecontact plate, interlocking connections between the contact plate and the cover adapted to release the cover upon an eiitended movement;A
of sai-'d plate and normally'holding the cover closed, an -adjustable operatm device ,for
ymoving the contact plate opera le from` the exterior of the casing, and means .for limting the extent of movement of s ald operating device when said device 1s actuated while in one adjusted position to open vand close the lamp circuit without releasing the cover.
Intestimony whereof I hereunto Yaiix my signature.
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