Title:
Flashlight holder
United States Patent 2084162


Abstract:
My invention relates to a holder, more particularly to means for holding small electric lamps of the portable type which are usually provided with a battery and appear on the market in a plurality of standard sizes. One object of my invention is to provide for holding a flashlight in any position...



Inventors:
Packard, Granville F.
Application Number:
US71815534A
Publication Date:
06/15/1937
Filing Date:
03/30/1934
Assignee:
Packard, Granville F.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
248/174, 248/175, 248/313
International Classes:
F21V21/14
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Description:

My invention relates to a holder, more particularly to means for holding small electric lamps of the portable type which are usually provided with a battery and appear on the market in a plurality of standard sizes.

One object of my invention is to provide for holding a flashlight in any position with reference to the base of the holder.

Another object of my invention is to provide for holding a flashlight in any angular position with reference to a base constituting a part of the holder.

Another object of my invention is to provide a flashlight holder that is simple in structure, consisting of a minimum number of parts, that may be readily manufactured, and that shall be inexpensive.

A still further object of my invention is to provide a flashlight holder constructed of bent wire structures and other elements that are of standard make and may be readily purchased on the open market.

Other objects and advantages of my invention will become more apparent from a study, of the following specification when such study is made in conjunction with the accompanying drawings constituting part of the description of my invention, and, in which: Fig. 1 illustrates one embodiment of my invention showing a flashlight supported by the movable member thereof; Fig. 2 is a side view of the embodiment shown in Fig. 1 showing the parts in collapsed position; Fig. 3 is a plan view of the subject matter shown in Fig. 2; Fig. 4 is an exploded perspective view of the embodiment shown in Figs. 1, 2, and 3; Fig. 5 is a modification of my invention showing the movable member in the form of a bent wire structure and the support as a plate; Fig. 6 is an end view looking from the left toward the right of the modification shown in Fig. 5; Fig. 7 is another modification of my invention somewhat similar to the embodiment shown in Figs. 1 to 4, inclusive, except that a spring structure is utilized to provide for the necessary frictional force for retaining the movable member in 50 a given position; Fig. 8 is a further modification of my invention showing a structure having only two parts; Fig. 9 is a detail of the frictional retaining means for the movable or adjustable member shown in Fig. 8; Fig. 10 shows a one piece metal plate provided with the necessary lines to show how my holder may be manufactured from a single piece of material; Fig. 11 is an end view looking from the left toward the right of the modification shown in Fig. 12 and embodying a structure made from a single plate such as is indicated in Fig. 10; Fig. 12 is a plan view of the subject matter shown in Fig. 11; and Fig. 13 is a side view of the modification shown in Figs. 10, 11, and 12 showing the structure in collapsed position for transportation.

Frequently a user of a flashlight finds that he needs both hands to attend to the operations he is performing and thus finds it impossible to properly illuminate his working region. This is particularly distressing when some repair has to be made to an automobile at night.

My invention, as generally stated in the objects hereinbefore recited, provides a support for a flashlight, whereby the flashlight may be positioned on the ground, or floor, or hung on a part of an automobile, or hung on a suitable support or carried like a lantern and the flashlight with the movable member of the structure may be so changed in position that the working region is properly illuminated.

Referring more particularly to Figs. 1 to 4, inclusive, of the drawings, I designates a base formed of a single loop of wire, which may be rectangular, as shown, or have any other shape, as for instance the wire bail of a paint bucket.

The base or bail I has a pair of eyelets 4 bent at right angles to the plane of the bail, or base. A generally U-shaped member 2, constructed of a single piece of wire, is provided with a pair of eyelets 5 at the end portions of the U. These eyelets 5 are of substantially the same shape and size as the eyelets 4 of the base i. The U-shaped member, at the bight of the U, has an arcuate portion 8 bent at right angles to the plane of the U-shaped member. The U-shaped member is also provided with a pair of arcuate lugs or projections 6 near the mid-portions, of each leg of the U, which projections, in a sense, constitute merely a kink in the wire structure.

The projections 6 extend in an opposite direction from the member 2 frori the arcuate portion 8.

The generally U-shaped member 2 is designed to conform in its dimensions to the dimensions of a standard flashlight. The bent portion 8 at the bight of the U constitutes a loop-like or hammock-like support for the flashlight without providing for a frictional engagement with the flash-, light, whereas the projections 6 grip the flashlight in such a manner as to firmly hold it in the support 8. It should be noted that the upper or outer ends of the projections 6 are above the center line of the flashlight 3 and, in view of their arcuate character, conform substantially to the circumferential dimension of the flashlight in the region of the projections to firmly hold the flashlight down against the arcuate supporting loop 8.

To adjustably mount the flashlight holder or U-shaped member 2 on the base I, a bolt 9 is passed through the eyelets 4 and 5 and through a spacing sleeve 7 held in position by thumb screw 10. By appropriate adjustment of the thumb screw 10 a desirable frictional engagement is effected between the eyelets 4 and 5 and the sleeve 7 so that the U-shaped member 2 may be held in any adjusted position by a frictional force acting between the end of the bolt 9, the eyelets 4 and 5, the spacing sleeve 7 and the thumb screw 10. The length of the spacing sleeve 7 is so selected with reference to the particular flashlight that is to be supported that the bottom of the flashlight could not pass through the Ushaped member 2 at or near the ends of the member. In other words, the distance between the substantially parallel side members of the Ushaped member 2 at or near the support is less than the diameter of the flashlight. This structure clearly prevents the possibility of having the flashlight pivot about the outer or gripping ends of the lugs or projections 6, even though the distance between the side members at or near the supporting loop 8 may be greater than the diameter of the flashlight.

It should be noted that the embodiment shown in Figs. 1 to 4, inclusive, when in the collapsed position as shown in Figs. 2 and 3, may be very readily transported, in fact may be placed in the side pocket of an automobile, the overcoat pocket of the user, or any other convenient place without taking up space unnecessarily.

In the modification shown in Figs. 5 and 6 the base 11 is a plate having an aperture 13 for suitably hanging the holder on a nail or hook. In the modification shown in Fig. 5 the dimensions of the sleeve 7 may be slightly greater than the dimensions of the sleeve 7 shown in Figs. 1, :2, 3, and 4 so that the flashlight can be passed between the side members by flexing of the Ushaped member 12. The flashlight thus rests on the base II at the bottom, and at the outer end rests in the arcuate support 18. The side members are provided with eyelets 14 cooperating with the projections or lugs 15 of the plate I 1.

By an appropriate adjustment of the screw 20, the necessary frictional force may be provided for holding the member 12 in any given angular position with reference to the base II.

Some flashlights have metal cases that are fluted longitudinally thereof. To provide for a firm gripping of the flashlight having such a case the projections may be designed as shown at 16 in Figs. 5 and 6. The projections are provided with sheaths 16' of rubber or some other suitable material.

The modification shown in Fig. 7 is in every respect, except one, like the embodiment shown in Figs. 1 to 4, inclusive. The Ć½dffference -here shown is that instead of utilizing a sleeve as shown in the first four figures, a spring 17 is -utilized. By a proper selection of 'the size-and the resilient qualities of the spring 1i7 the frictional force for retaining the member '2 in any-given position remains substantially constant even though the eyelets 4 and 5 may have become worn a considerable extent through use.

Furthermore, by shifting the thumb screw on the bolt 9 adjustments can be made for different sized flashlights. The other modifications I disclosed herein are, however, not necessarily limited to a single sized flashlight, since a mere flexing of the substantially parallel side members, or the projections only, provides a support for different sized flashlights as long as the variation in dimension is not too great.

The modification shown in Fig. 8 is probably the simplest type of structure that could be devised for accomplishing the novel results of my invention. It will be noted that the base 21 consists of a single wire loop and that the adjustable. light supporting or holding member 22 also consists of a single wire loop. The end portions of the base 21 are bent toward each other to be in line and engage each other. If desirable as may be the case in some instances, a drop of solder 29 may be utilized to hold the ends 25 in position. The ends may also be spot-welded together.

The end portions 25 are further provided with a -25 plurality of bends to provide a waved or undulating effect in the structure. The end portions 24 of the support 22 on the other hand are wound in the form of a helical spring to be disposed over the waved end structures 25. The ad-2 0 justable member 22 is thus held in any given position by reason of the fact that the waved portion, coacting with the spring-like structure 24, produces a frictional engagement. The frictional force is determined by the size of the un-:- 5 dulations of the structure and the strength, or weight of the wire used for the base 21 and the adjustable member 22.

Fig. 10 shows a plate of metal of the sheet type that is provided with a heavy irregular line 33 . indicating the region at which the plate is to be cut in the process of manufacture to manufacture my adjustable holder for a flashlight. It should be noted that dotted lines are also shown, as at 41 and 42, which indicate the places where 5 the material may be flexed or bent to produce the lugs or projections 34 and the legs 43 for the base 31 and the lugs 35 on the member 32 for cooperating with the lugs 34.

The adjustable member 32 has the tabs or pro- jections 36 which may be bent into arcuate members to conform to the flashlight structure to frictionally hold the flashlight in the member 32. A sleeve 37 is disposed intermediately of the lugs 34 and 35 and a bolt 39 is passed through the openings in these lugs and the sleeve and is held in position by a nut 40. By appropriately adjusting the tension in bolt 39 by operation of the nut 40 a frictional force is produced between the engaging parts so that support 32 may be ci held in any selected position.

When the member for holding the flashlight is cut from the base 31 a hole is produced in the base having an elliptical portion at the right hand end. This elliptical portion provides a'.0 structure that may very conveniently be hung on a support, on a hook or nail as may be needed.

I am well aware of the fact that the modifications hereinbefore disclosed are not exhausted in illustrating my invention but that others, after having had the benefit of the teachings of my invention, can devise other structures for accomplishing the results hereinbefore specified. I do not wish to be limited to the specific structures shown but wish only to be limited by the scope of the appended claims and the pertinent prior art.

I claim as my invention: 1. A flashlight holder comprising a base, a pair of lugs provided with openings projecting at right angles from the base, a generally U-shaped resilient article supporting member having openings at the ends of the U-shaped member adapted to be positioned in alinement with the openings in the lugs, resilient article engaging portions on the U-shaped member adapted to resiliently yet firmly hold the article to be positioned thereon, a bolt adapted to be inserted through the openings of the lugs and spring the ends of the U-shaped member and means for causing frictional engagement between the lugs and the ends of the U-shaped member to hold the article supporting member in any adjusted position with reference to the base.

2. A flashlight holder comprising a single loop of wire provided with a pair of eyelets disposed at right angles to the plane of the loop of wire, a second loop of wire provided with a pair of eyelets adapted to be placed in alinement with the eyelets on the first named loop of wire, securing means passing through the eyelets in the two loops of wire and self-adjustable means for causing a frictional engagement between the two loops of wires, whereby one loop of wire may be disposed at any angle with reference to the other loop of wire.

3. A flashlight holder comprising a base formed of a single piece of material, and having a hole therein and a pair of lugs projecting therefrom, a generally U-shaped piece of wire having eyelets at the ends thereof and adapted to engage the lugs projecting from the base, means for holding the lugs and eyelets in engagement, and self-adjusting frictional means for causing the engagement to be by a substantially constant frictional force regardless of the wear of the engaging surfaces so as to permit of an angular adjustment of the piece of wire with reference to the piece of material.

4. A flashlight holder comprising a single piece of wire having the ends bent back against each other, a pair of eyelets formed at the ends thereof and projecting at right angles to the plane of the bent portion of wire, a second generally Ushaped portion of wire provided with eyelets at the ends of the U, a securing member adapted to pass through the eyelets, self adjusting frictional means for holding the U-shaped member in any position of adjustment with reference to the plane of the first named piece of wire, said U-shaped member being provided with a pair of projections near the mid-portion of each leg of the U for frictionally engaging a flashlight.

5. The subject matter of claim 4 in combination with, an arcuate supporting loop at the bight of the U disposed at right angles to the plane of the U whereby the flashlight rests in the arcuate support and is frictionally engaged by said pair of projections. 6. A holder for a flashlight, in combination, a base having an eyelet projecting at right angles to the base, a flashlight holding arm having one eyelet disposed adjacent to the eyelet of the base, and a securing element passing through the eyelets, adjustable resilient means adapted to urge said eyelets toward each other to frictionally secure the arm to the base at the eyelets and to vary the frictional engaging force between the eyelets whereby the arm may be retained in any ;30 angular position with reference to the base.

7. A flashlight holder having a wire formed base provided with an eyelet whose face lies in a plane at right angles with the plane of said base; an adjustable flashlight supporting mem- :. ber having an eyelet whose face lies parallel and in frictional contact with the eyelet on said base; a bolt passing through both of said eyelets; and a compressing spring mounted on said bolt and adapted to force the faces of said eyelets together whereby said supporting member is firmly secured in any adjusted position.

GRANVILLE F. PACKARD.