US 3245233 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
April 1965 R. REICHERT 3,245,233
LIGHTER Filed May 23, 19 3 lll 9 FIG. I
INVEN TOR. RAYMON D REIOHERT United States Patent 3,245,233 LIGHTER Raymond Reichert, 606 W. 8th St., Erie, Pa. Filed May 23, 1963, Ser. No. 282,766 1 Claim. (Cl. 67-71) This invention relates to lighters of the type frequently used by smokers and has, for its general object, the provision of a lighter which is an improvement upon those which are now commonly in use.
Lighters which are now commonly in use either require the operator to push open the cap and then rotate the striking wheel manually in two separate operations or they have complicated mechanisms to coordinate these motions. These mechanisms are subject to operational and maintenance problems.
It is, accordingly, an object of the present invention to provide an improved lighter.
Another object of the invention is to provide a lighter which will automatically strike when the cap is open, yet has a simple mechanism incorporated therein.
A further object of the invention is to provide a lighter which is simple in construction, economical to manufacture, and simple and efficient to use.
With the above and other objects in View, the present invention consists of the combination and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully described, illustrated in the accompanying drawing and more particularly pointed out in the appended claim, it being understood that changes may be made in the form, size, proportions, and minor details of construction without departing from the spirit or sacrificing any of the advantages of the invention.
In the drawing:
FIG. 1 is a cross sectional view taken on line 1-1 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 2 is a side view partly broken away showing a lighter according to the invention;
FIG. 3 is an isometric view of a part of the lighter; and
FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view taken on line 4-4 of FIG. 2.
Now with more particular reference to the drawing, the lighter shown has a body which is of a familiar shape open at the top and containing the usual wicking for carrying a lighter fluid.
A cover 11 is swingably connected to the top by means of an axle 12 which extends through ears 13. The ears 13 are integral with the sides of the body of the container. The axle 12 extends through the ears 13 and holds the .cover 11 in place. The cover, when closed, is held by a fastener 21 which cooperates with a member 28 in the cover.
A helical spring 32 is disposed around the aXle 12. One end of the helical spring 32 rests on the body 10 at 33. The other end rests in the cover 11 at 34. Thus, the cover 11 is urged to open position. A sleeve 35 is disposed around the spring 32 and forms an enclosure for it.
A chimney 14 extends upwardly from the body or liner and it may be an integral part of the liner. The chimney 14 may also be integral with the sides of the body. This chimney has perforations 15 in the side for ventilation and it surrounds a Wick 24 which is in communication with the inside of the body as aforesaid. The wick 24 could be replaced by a suitable source of hydrocarbon gas or the like.
A striking wheel 16 is supported bewteen the sides of the chimney 14 and is carried on an axle 18. The striking wheel 16 has laterally extending, pin like lugs spaced along the side edges thereof. It is preferred to use three pins in order to have proper spacing. The spacing of three pins has been discovered to be approximately 3,245,233 Patented Apr. 12, 1966 "ice optimum for this type of lighter to give the wheel a rapid rotation when the cover is opened.
A lever 19 is in the form of a U-shaped member which is attached to the cover 11 by a pin 22. A hook 20 always underlies one of the pins 17 when the cover 11 is closed.
The flint is disposed below the striking wheel 16 and urged into engagement with the striking wheel with a suitable spring arrangement familiar to those skilled in the art.
A spring 25 may be a leaf spring which is fixed to the top of the lighter adjacent the wick 24 and which extends toward the wheel 16 on each side thereof. The spring 25 will urge the lever 19 under the laterally extending pins 17 and when the notch or hook registers with a pin and the hook is under the spring, the hook 20 will be urged up to surround one of the pins 17. When the operator pulls the cover to the position shown, the wheel 16 will be rotated and its roughened surface will strike the flint as it rotates. The sparks thereby generated will automatically light the fuel.
A tube 30 is fixed to the cover 11 at 31. This tube surrounds the wick 24 and collects and retains gas therefrom when the lighter is closed. This gas forms a combustible mixture with air in the tube 30. This causes the flint to immediately ignite the wick 24.
A sleeve 134 is concentric to the tube 30 and telescopically received therein. The sleeve 134 is urged outwardly by a spring 135. The sleeve 134 surrounds the wick 24 and is urged to seat firmly around the wick. Thus, it retains all gas fumes therearound so that the wick will be lit promptly by the spark from the flint. The sleeve 134 has a groove 38 therein which receives a detent 137 and limits the sliding movement of the sleeve 134 in the tube 30.
An insert sleeve 37 is a wear insert. It is disposed in a counterbore in a tube 23. The insert sleeve 37 prevents wear of the tube 23. The tube 23 which supports the flint has the insert sleeve 37 fixed to the upper end thereof. The insert sleeve 37 receives the flint and holds it in positive location while it is abraded by the wheel 16.
The foregoing specification sets forth the invention in its preferred practical forms but the structure shown is capable of modification within a range of equivalents without departing from the invention which is to be under stood is broadly novel as is commensurate with the ap pended claim.
The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:
A lighter comprising a hollow body open at the top,
a cover on said body swingably attached thereto to swing about an axis from open to closed position,
a flint in said body,
a wheel having a roughened surface attached to said body to rotate around an axis parallel to said axis about which said cover swings,
said axis about which said wheel rotates being disposed on the side of said flint remote from said axis about which said cover swings,
means to urge said flint into engagement with said roughened surface of said wheel,
spaced, laterally extending lugs on a side of said wheel and spaced from the axle thereof,
a lever swingably attached to said cover at a position spaced from said axis about which said cover swings,
the distal end of said lever being rounded and having an upwardly directed notch therein,
an elongated leaf spring attached to said body adjacent said Wheel between said wheel and said axis of said cover and extending upwardly and toward said axle of said wheel and below said lugs,
said lever moving between said spring and one said lug when said cover is closed,
said spring urging said notch in said lever into engagement with a said lug when said cover is'fully closed,
said lever engaging said notch and rotating said wheel when said cover isswung to open position,
a wick disposed on said body adjacent said Wheel,
and a chimney in the form of spaced, upwardly extending, perforated members surrounding said wick,
said Wheel being disposed between two'sides of said chimney and having its axle supported on said chimney.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,647,383 8/1953 Florman 677.1 2,713,255 7/1955 Hubel 677.1 3,143,871 8/1964 Schmitz 677.1
FOREIGN PATENTS 651,191 10/1928 France. 999,221 10/1951 France. 408,916 4/1934 Great Britain.
FREDERICK L. MATTESON, IR., Primary Examiner.
EDWARD J. MICHAEL, ROBERT A. OLEARY,