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Publication numberUS2386255 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 9, 1945
Filing dateJun 7, 1943
Priority dateJun 7, 1943
Publication numberUS 2386255 A, US 2386255A, US-A-2386255, US2386255 A, US2386255A
InventorsMorey Willis R
Original AssigneeMorey Willis R
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Flashlight
US 2386255 A
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Oct. 9, 1945. y w R MQREY Y I 2,386,255 1 FLAsHLIHT Filed June 7, 194:5

@ya @digi ATTORNEY Patented Oct. 9, 194.5v

UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,386,255 FLASHLIGHT Willis R. Morey, Arlington, Va. Application'June 7, 1943, Serial No. 489,974

6 Claims. (Cl. 240-6.45)

ing held in the hand.

The invention provides novel switching means for ashlights of the type indicated, which is moved automatically to on position when a mirror is inserted in the gripping means or the flashlight is hung on the pocket or other portion of the wearing apparel of the user, and is moved to oir position when the mirror is removed or the ilashlight is removed from its position on the wearing apparel. In another form of the invention, means are provided to hold the switching means in on position without the use of a mirror or material, or other means being inserted in the gripping means.

The invention will be understood from the following description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawing forming a part thereof and in which:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a ilashlight embodying the invention, with a mirror in the resilient gripping means;

Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view on line 2 2 of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a longitudinal sectional view on line 3 3 of Fig. 2; A

Fig. 4 is a plan view of the flashlight showing another form of the'invention taken substantially on line ll-li of Fig. 5; and

Fig. 5 is an elevational view of the flashlight shown in Fig. 4.

Like characters of reference refer to the same or to similar parts throughout the several views.

Referring to Figs. l, 2 and 3 of the drawing, the form of flashlight slected for illustration has an elongated case comprising a base I and an upper portion II, the open end of which receives an upstanding ilange I2 on the base having lugs I3 on the ends1 thereof which enter recesses in the wall of the upper portion to retain the two' lparts of the case together.

n A socketI M for an electric light b ulb I is integral with the base at one end thereof, and a metallicstrip I6 constituting an electrical connection, extends from the bottom of the socket I4 along the inner wall of the base I0 to a point near the middle of the base where it is secured to the'base by a rivet I6'.

An extension I1 of the strip I6 projects in an arc appear hereinafter.

from `the inner end of the strip I6 and provides a clip to retain a dry battery I8 in position on the base With its positive pole I9 extending through a slot 20 in the socket I4 and in contact with the metallic part of the bulb I5.

The upper portion II of the case has a circular opening 2l which registers with the bulb I5 and grippingl means comprising a resilient clip 22 having a circular end which is secured to the outer wall of the upper portion Il about the opening 2 I` 'Ihe unsecured portion of the clip extends toward the central part of the case and has an aperture 23 of suitable configuration therein. The clip provides with the case a pocket 22' which is adapted to receive a portion of an object as will A resilient metallic strip 24 is secured by a rivet 25 to the inner wall of the upper portion II and extends longitudinally of the case. One end of the strip 24 has a lateral extension 26 which engages the metallic bottom of the dry cell I8, and the other end of the strip has an inverted V-shaped portion 21 which projects through an aperture 28 in the case part II into the object receiving pocket 22 and in alignment with the aperture 23 in the clip 22. The outer end of the V-shaped portion 2l of the metallic strip 2li normally is disposedadjacent to but in spaced relationship with the clip l'l, and constitutes a switch which is adapted to be moved into contact with the clip to close the batterybulb circuit and light the bulb I5.v

The arrangement is such that when a pocket mirror 29, for example, is inserted between the clip and the case of the ilashlight into the pocket 22y the mirror will engage the switch and move it to closed position and cause the bulb I5 to light. `The switch will remain in closed position until the mirror is removed from the pocket 22', whereupon the switch will move automatically to open position. It will be understood that the switch will be engaged and will be moved to closed position when any suitable article, other than a mirror, is inserted between the clip and the case of the flashlight. Such other articles will include, but will not be limited to, wearing apparel aspreviously mentioned. The switch also may be closed by pressing the. switch with av nger which may be inserted through the aperture 23 in the clip, or any suitable object may be employed in the same manner to move the switch to closed position.

The form of flashlight shown in Figs. 4 and 5 is the same as the form shown in Figs. l, 2 and forms tb the configuration of the end of the case oppositeA the bulb end. and is slidable thereon.

'I'he legs of the operating member terminate short of the base lli, and each has a recess near its outer end which receives a. rib ll on the side of the upper portion Il of the case to retain the operating member on the case. The operating member has an extension 32 which projects toward the switch 21, and engages the switch and moves it to closed position when the operating member is moved forward or toward the bulb end oi' the case. 'I'he under side of the extension has a lip which projects into the case opening 2B and limits the movement ot the operating member 3U when it is moved to open the switch 21. Friction between the operating member 30 and the case will hold the member 30 in position to maintain the switch in closed position until the member is moved by the user of the flashlight to open position. It will be understood that the operating member 30 does not interfere with, or prevent, the insertion of a mirror or other article between the clip and the case of the ilashlight to operate the switch in the manner previously described.

Inasmuch as changes may be made in the form, location and relative arrangement of the several parts of the flashlight disclosed without departing from the principles of the invention, it will be understood that the invention is not to be limited excepting by the scope of the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

l. In a flashlight vcomprising a case having a battery therein, a flashlight bulb in the case in circuit with the battery, and resilient gripping means secured to the outside ofthe case and having a portion spaced from the case to provide an object receiving pocket therewith, a switch in the battery-bulb circuit having a portion projecting into said pocket, the arrangement being such that upon vthe insertion of an object in said pocket said portion of the switch will be engaged by the object and the switch will be moved to closed position and will be maintained in closed position until the object is withdrawn from the pocket, and switch operating means having a portion movable into and out of the pocket and into and out of engagement with said portion of the switch to operate the switch. y

2. In a flashlight comprising a case having a battery therein, a flashlight bulb in the case in circuit with the battery, and resilient gripping means secured to the outside of the case and having a portion spaced from the case to provide an object receiving pocket therewith, a switch in the battery-bulb circuit having a portion projecting into said pocket, the arrangement being such that upon the insertion of an object in said pocket said portion of the switch will be engaged by the object and the switch will be moved to closed position and will be maintained in closed position until the object is withdrawn'from the pocket, and switch operating means comprising a member slidablymounted on the case 'and havhaving a portion spaced from the-case to provide an object receiving pocket therewith, a switch in the battery-bulb circuit having a portion projecting into said pocket, the arrangement being such that upon the insertion of an object in said pocket said-portion of the switch will be engaged by the object and the switch will be moved to. closed position and will be maintained in closed position until the object is withdrawn from the pocket, switch operating means comprising a member slidably mounted on the case and having a portion movable into and out of the pocket and into and out oi engagement with said portion of the switch to operate the switch, and means for limiting the movement of said member in one direction.

4. In a ilashlight comprising a case having a battery therein, a flashlight bulb in the oase in circuit with the battery. and resilient gripping means secured to the outside of the case and having a portion spaced from the case to" provide an object receiving pocket therewith, a switch in the battery-bulb circuit havinga portion projecting into said pocket, the arrangement being such that upon the insertion of an object in said pocket said portion of the switch will be engaged by the object and the switch will be moved to closed povsition and will be maintained in closed position` until the object is withdrawn from the pocket. switch operating means comprising a member slidably mounted on the case and having a portion movable into and out of the pocket and into and out of engagement with said portion of the switch to operate the switch, and means for lim-- iting the movement of said member when it is moved out of engagement with said portion of the switch.

5. In a flashlight havinga case provided with a battery therein and an opening in one side of the case near one end thereof, a flashlight bulb mounted in the case adjacent the opening so as to project its rays through the opening, and a resilient grip attached to the case between the opening and the opposite end of the case to provide an object receiving pocket therewith, the 'grip being disposed adjacent to the flashlight case and the bulb and extending parallel with the case and opening toward the opposite end of the case from the bulb, the case having4 an apt erture opening into the pocket, a switch in the battery-bulb circuit and in the case and having a portion extending through the aperture into the pocket and adapted to be moved in-a direction into and out of the case, the switch being so constructed and arranged that upon the insertion of an object into said pocket, said p or- 'tion of the switch will be engaged by the object and the switch will be moved inwardly of the case to closed position and will be maintained in closed position until the object is withdrawn from the pocket when it will be moved outwardly ing a portion movable into and out of the pocket a of the case to open position, and switch operating means comprising a member slidably mounted on the case and having a portion movable into and out of the pocket and into and out of engagement with said portion of the switch to operate the switch. 1

6. A device of the character defined by claim .5, in which the switch operating means'has means for limiting its movement in one direction.

WILLIS R. MOREY.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification362/197, 362/98, 362/190
International ClassificationF21V33/00
Cooperative ClassificationF21V33/00, F21L15/08
European ClassificationF21V33/00, F21L15/08