BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to baton devices and more specifically it relates to a baton coupler system for a flashlight for converting a conventional flashlight into a combination flashlight-baton device.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Conventional flashlights have been in use by law enforcement personnel for years. A conventional flashlight has tubular body for storing a plurality of batteries within, a cap threadably attached to an open end of the tubular body for retaining the batteries within, and a light housing having a light bulb electrically connected to the batteries via a switch for emitting light. The cap typically includes a compression spring within for both maintaining the batteries in electrical connection with an upper electrode within the tubular body and for providing an electrical connection to the batteries opposite of the first electrode for providing a circuit when the switch is closed.
The main problem with conventional flashlights is that they are not suitable for usage as a baton. Conventional flashlights are easily damaged when utilized to strike an object or a subject. In addition, convention flashlights are typically constructed of sharp corners which can cause severe bodily injury to a subject. In addition, law enforcement personnel must carry an addition baton/nightstick with them in addition to the flashlight adding the already bulky accessories carried.
Examples of patented flashlight and baton related devices which are illustrative of such prior art include U.S. Pat. No. 6,139,165 to Crowe; U.S. Pat. No. 5,647,591 to Parsons; U.S. Pat. No. 5,363,285 to Wideman; U.S. Pat. No. 3,737,649 to Nelson et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 5,287,255 to Strodtman; U.S. Pat. No. 5,347,436 to Clyde et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 5,502,625 to Peng; U.S. Pat. No. 5,086,377 to Roberts; U.S. Pat. No. 5,060,123 to Arnold; U.S. Pat. No. 5,016,148 to Kohm; U.S. Pat. No. 4,479,171 to Mains; U.S. Pat. No. 5,529,215 to Banks et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 5,105,309 to Baravaglio et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 5,477,431 to Curameng, Jr..
While these devices may be suitable for the particular purpose to which they address, they are not as suitable for converting a conventional flashlight into a combination flashlight-baton device. Conventional flashlights are difficult to utilize as a baton and are not designed to be utilized as a baton.
In these respects, the baton coupler system for a flashlight according to the present invention substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of the prior art, and in so doing provides an apparatus primarily developed for the purpose of converting a conventional flashlight into a combination flashlight-baton device.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known types of flashlights and batons now present in the prior art, the present invention provides a new baton coupler system for a flashlight construction wherein the same can be utilized for converting a conventional flashlight into a combination flashlight-baton device.
The general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a new baton coupler system for a flashlight that has many of the advantages of the batons and flashlights mentioned heretofore and many novel features that result in a new baton coupler system for a flashlight which is not anticipated, rendered obvious, suggested, or even implied by any of the prior art batons and flashlights, either alone or in any combination thereof.
To attain this, the present invention generally comprises a coupler having a first threaded end that is threadably engagable to a flashlight and a second threaded end, and an engaging member having an interior threaded portion for threadably engaging the second threaded end of the coupler. The coupler includes an end cavity within the first threaded end for receiving a compression spring. The end cavity is formed within a metal material for providing an electrically connected circuit for the flashlight. The engaging member may be constructed of a solid material such as wood, plastic, nylon or metal. The engaging member may also include an interior cavity within for receiving a weight within.
There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are additional features of the invention that will be described hereinafter and that will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of the description and should not be regarded as limiting.
A primary object of the present invention is to provide a baton coupler system for a flashlight that will overcome the shortcomings of the prior art devices.
A second object is to provide a baton coupler system for a flashlight for converting a conventional flashlight into a combination flashlight-baton device.
Another object is to provide a baton coupler system for a flashlight that fits various sizes of flashlights.
An additional object is to provide a baton coupler system for a flashlight that allows a flashlight to be utilized as a baton.
A further object is to provide a baton coupler system for a flashlight that does not severely injure a subject.
Another object is to provide a baton coupler system for a flashlight that save money by converting existing flashlights into a combination flashlight-baton.
Another object is to provide a baton coupler system for a flashlight that increases the force of an impact against a subject.
Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become obvious to the reader and it is intended that these objects and advantages are within the scope of the present invention.
To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, this invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only, and that changes may be made in the specific construction illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.