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Aug. 23, 1938.
J. SINKO
2,128,016
CIGAR LIGHTER
Filed May 10, 1934
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Aug. 23, 1938.
J. SINKO
2,128,016
CIGAR LIGHTER
Filed May 10, 1954
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Patented Aug. 23, 1938
2,128,016
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,128,016 '
CIGAR LIGHTER,
John Sinko, Chicago, 111.
Application May 10, 1934, Serial No. 724,849
13 Claims. (Cl. 219-32)
My invention relates to electric cigar lighters
Fig. 8 is the device of Fig. '1 but with the ig
of the type used on automobiles, and has to do
more particularly with those commonly known as
wireless lighters in that the igniting or lighting
unit may be removed from the base or holder and
thereby be electrically disconnected from the
base, for lighting a cigar, cigarette or pipe.
In my particular designs as illustrated herein,
the igniting unit is removably held in the base
and normally out of electrical circuit, but by
pressing the unit into the base against a spring
resistance, it closes the circuit for the heating ele
ment and then by relieving the pressure on the
unit it automatically opens the circuit and may
be pulled out for use.
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niter unit removed;
Fig. 9 is a sectional view of the lighter with
‘the parts in their normal positions;
Fig: 10 is a sectional view along the line 10-10
of Fig. 9;
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Fig. 11 is a sectional view along the line 11--11
of Fig. 9;
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Fig. 12 is a sectional view along the line 12--12
of Fig. 9; and _
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Fig. 13 shows the contact unit removed from
the casing.
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Referring now more particularly to the form of
my invention shown .in Figs. 1 to 6, I provide a
base or socket member comprising an outer tubu
One of the objects of my invention is to "pro
vide an improved lighter of the above character,
lar shell 20 carrying contact elements therein.
simple in construction, cheap to manufacture,
is insulatingly attached a contact spider having
and positive in operation.
To this end I provide a cupped base 2| to which
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a plurality of arms 22, preferably three in num
ber. A second contact spider is provided having 20
a plurality of ‘yielding contact arms 23, prefer
ably three in number, which arms extend up
20
One of the features of my invention is the pro
vision of a lighter of the above character in which
I provide light indicating means in the form of
an annular passage around the igniter plug ex
tending from the heating element to an annular
’ opening at the face of the base through whichthe
from the cup-like base portion 24. The two con
tact spiders 22 and 23 are attached to the base
2| by means of a shouldered stud 25, suitable in
, incandescence of the heating element may be ob
sulating plates 26 and 21 being interposed to in
served. I carry this feature out further by pro
viding a protective translucent or transparent
annular collar over this opening, through which
the lighting effect may be observed.
sulate the spiders from each other.’
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* This contact spider element is thus assembled
as a unit and slipped into the outer shell 20, be
‘ Another feature is the provision of a light ring‘
around the plug readily observable while the
?nger is pressing the plug into the socket.
There are other features to my invention, and
these will be more particularly pointed out in the
ensuing part of the speci?cation and appended
claims.
For va better understanding, of my invention
ing held in place by a plurality of inwardly bent
tongues 28 formed out of the walls of the shell
20. The base of the shell is reinforced by a me
tallic washer 29, a threaded sleeve 30 passing
through the base and washer and curled over the
latter. Thus a fastening yoke as 3! may be used
for securing the lighter in the dash of the car, a
clamping nut 32 being provided to hold the parts
in place.
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reference isto be had to the accompanying draw
A number of openings as 33 are provided in
4 O ings in which Figs. 1 to 6 illustrate one form of
the wall of the- casing to permit heat from the 40
my invention, and Figs. 7 to 12 another form.
lighting element to escape and form ventilation
Fig. 1 is' an assembled view of the ?rst form;
for the interior of the casing.
Fig. 2 is the device of Fig. 1 but with the ignit
At the upper end of the casing or base I pro
vide a supporting sleeve for holding the igniting
ing‘ unit removed from the socket or base;
Fig. 3 is a transverse sectional view of the de
vice with the parts in their normal position;
Fig. 4 is a sectional view along the line 4.—4
of Fig. 3;
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Fig. 5 is a sectional view along ‘the line 5-5
of Fig. _3; and
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Fig. 6 is a sectional view along the line 2-6
of Fig. 3.
Fig. 7 is an assembled view of the other form
of my invention;
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unit consisting of a sleeve portion 34 having a
?ange portion 35 having a number oi’ openings
38 therein through which the light from the in
candescent heating element may be observed.
A rim 31 surrounds the ?ange and is curled at 38
under the ?ange‘ of the outer shell or base. The 50
sleeve 38 has a yielding ?nger 39 (Fig. 2) sprung
inwardly slightly to assist in holding the igniting
unit in the base.
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As to the removable plug or igniting unit, this
‘ includes a cup-shaped element holder 40 having 7
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a central current carrying stud 4|, a spiral heat~
ing element being attached at one end in a slot
in the stud 4| as shown in Fig. 5, and having its
other end secured in the annular rim of the
holder at 42.
The cup 40 is perforated so as to permit the
light from the incandescent heating element to
pass around to the annular window and to
this end a number of perforations 43 are made
10 around the cup. The plug portion of the ignit
ing unit includes a metallic tip or contact maker
44 to which the cup 40 of the heating element
is insulatingly applied. However, the central post
4| extends through the tip 44 and is secured by
through the opalescent ring 56. By then releas
ing the pressure upon button 48 the resiliency
of the contact arms 41 forces the plunger back
into the position shown in Fig. 3, thereby inter
rupting the circuit to the heating element, and the
plug may be withdrawn from the socket and
passed around for use.
Referring now to the form of invention as
shown in Figs. 7 to 12, this differs from the first
form described in respect to some details, one of 10
them being that the protective translucent collar
through which the light rays are observed is
carried by the socket or base of the device rather
than by the igniter unit, and also in that the
the post into electrical contact with tip 44. An
igniter unit is pressed back into normal position 15
after being operated by a spring actuated collar
annular groove 46 in the tip 44 receives a rounded
rather than the spring contact arms.
15 suitable means, preferably a nut 45 which brings
portion 41 of the spider contact arms and the
Considering this form more in detail, it in
parts are so related as to maintain the rim of
20 the cup 40 out of contact with the arms 22 of
cludes an outer shell or casing 60 having a con
the otherspider as indicated in Fig. 3.
The
ends 52 of the’ contact springs pass up over the
sleeve 34 and are normally slightly separated
therefrom, but when the plug or igniting unit is
25 withdrawn from the socket, these ends 52 engage
the collar 34 so as to prevent the contact springs
23 from moving inwardly too far as the tip 44 is
withdrawn therefrom.
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The tip 44 is connected to the actuating button
30 48 by a sleeve 48 which threads onto the tip 44
and the button 48.
As previously‘referred to, I provide a translu
cent or transparent annular covering over the
light emitting openings 36, and to this end I
place a collar 50 of suitable material between
' the sleeve 48 and the button 48. Thus when the
heating element is brought to incandescence the
light emanating therefrom passes through the
openings 43 in the heater cup, through the an
40 nular chamber 5| around the plug, through the
‘openings 36 and where they may be observed
through the collar 58. This collar 58 may or
may not be used, as desired, but it is preferably
employed, thereby normally acting as a protec
tive cover for the openings 86. Translucent
Bakelite is preferably employed.
In assembling the device the unit consisting of
the contact spiders 22 and 23 is slipped down
into the casing or shell 20, and the ears 28 bent
inwardly to hold this unit in place. The plug
holding sleeve 34 is then secured at the top‘ of
the casing 28 after which the plug or igniting
unit is pushed into the socket to the position
shown in Fig. 3.
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In installing the device the outer shell acts as
one terminal in the electric circuit, this being
ordinarily connected to the grounded side of the
circuit through the frame of the car. This shell
then is in electrical contact with the spider con
tact-unit assembly (Fig. 13) setting in the bottom 20
of the casing including a base 62 having ears
61 setting in slots in a washer 59 secured to the
base of the casing. These ears prevent the base
62 from turning in the casing. A center contact
spider 6| is fastened to base 62 by center stud 63
which receives a pigtail 68 for connecting con
tact 6| with the ungrounded or live terminal of
the current supply. An outer sleeve or contact
member 64 is slidably supported upon the base
62 being normally pressed against the insulation 30.
plate 58 by spring 65 which rests in the annular
cupped ?ange 66 at the bottom of base 62. The
plate 58 insulates contact 6| from the base 62
and also acts as a stop to limit the upper move
ment of sleeve 64.
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Spring 65 tends to press the sleeve 64 upwardly,
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which sleeve 64 acts as a restoring member for
the igniting unit and also to connect the grounded
casing 60 to the central post of the heating ele
ment as will be more fully described.
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Referring again to the restoring and contact
member 64, this is slidingly supported in the
lower or small end of the shell 60 and has a plu~
rality of' openings 69 disposed around the cir
cumference thereof. These openings act as a 45
ventilator for the inside of the cup 64 and also
serve to permit the light rays from the igniting
element to travel up through the outer annular
passage 10 to the transparent or translucent ring
1| which in this form of the invention is carried
by the shell instead of on the ignition unit as in
the first form. This ring 1| is held between an
outer rim 12 and an inner sleeve 13. In assem
bling ‘this face end of the base or socket the
inner sleeve 13 is pressed over the inner shoulder 55
of the ring 1|, after which this assembled ele
ment is placed against the top of the casing 68
and the outer rim 12' pressed down over the outer
shoulder of the ring 1|, thereby holding the parts
tact arms 23. The other contact elements 22 are _ securely together, providing a suitable support 60
then connected through a pigtail 53 which was
previously permanently connected to the device
through the central stud 25.
With the igniter unit in its normal or inopera
tive position as shown in Fig. 3, the central or
live spider contacts 22 are out‘of contact with
the rim of the cup carrying the heating element.
By now pressing inwardly upon the button 48
against the tension-of the contact springs 23, the
rim of cup 40 contacts with the arms 22, thereby
completing the circuit for the heating element.
As soon as it reaches incandescence the light rays
therefrom will be transmitted upwardly through
the openings 43 of the cup and through the outer
annular chamber 6| and the openings 36 to show
for the igniting unit and also providing a pro
tected outer light conducting annular passage 10.
As to the igniter unit or plug, this includes a
metallic body portion 15 carrying the igniter ele
ment 16 at the lower or inside end, the latter 65
being supported in a‘ cup 11 having openings 18
through which the light rays from the heater ele
ment 16 pass directly into the light passage 1|].
The cup 11 is secured to the plug body by the
central rivet 19 which also acts as one terminal 70
for the heater element 16, the other end of which
is secured to the rim of the cup. The cup itself
is insulated from the plug body so that only the
center terminal ofthe heating element is con
nected to ‘the plug.
The electrical connection to ‘
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this terminal is made through the plug body 15
and the rim 16 of the sleeve 64 which engages an
annular shoulder on the body 75 as indicated in
Fig. 9. The plug 715 is connected to the operating
button 80 by a sleeve 8! of heat-proof insulating
material such as Bakelite, and is slidable in the
inner sleeve ‘it which has a yielding tongue 82
pressing against the body of the plug so as to re
movably hold it in the socket.
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In the operation of the device the plug is nor
mally in an inoperative position as shown in
Fig. 9, and by pressing upon the button 80 it is
pressed inwardly against the tension of the
spring 65 until the rim of the cup 71 engages with
15 the contacts M.
This closes a circuit through
the heating element 16 traced from the live con
ductor 68, center stud 63, contacts 6!, the rim
of the cup, heating element 76, center stud T9,
plug body 15, outer contact sleeve 16-454. and
20 the outer shell or casing 60 to the grounded frame
of the automobile,
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When the igniting element 76 reaches incan
descence the light rays are passed directly up
wardly through the opening 18 to the light pas
25 sage 10 and to the translucent window ‘H Where
they are observed by the operator. The plug is
then withdrawn and may be passed around for
use.
I claim:
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luIn a cigar lighter, a socket including a tubu
lar casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movableinsertion in. the casing and having an
igniting ‘element at the innerend thereof, a sup
35 port for the unit positioned to provide an annu
lar passage around the plug between the plug
and casing and extending along the outside of
the plug from the igniting element to the face
of the casing to permit passage of light from
the igniting element to the face of the casing,
said casing having a light emitting opening
around the plug at the entering opening and
connecting with the light passage, and a translu
cent collar positioned around the plug covering
said light emitting-opening.
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at the entering opening and connecting with
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the light passage, and a translucent collar car
ried by and surrounding the plug for covering
said light emitting opening while the plug is in
the socket.
4. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tubu
lar' casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, aplug igniting unit for re
movable insertion in the casing and having an
igniting element at the inner end thereof, a sup 10
port for the unit positioned to provide an annu
lar passage around the plug between the plug
and casing and extending along the outside of
the plug from the igniting element to the face of
the casing to'permit passage of light from the
igniting element to the face’ of the casing, said 15
casing having a light emitting opening around
the plug at the entering opening and connecting
with the light passage, and a translucent collar
carried by the casing and surrounding the plug '20
covering the light emitting opening.
5. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tubu
lar casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re?
movable insertion through‘ the openinginto the
casing, an igniting element, means for support 25
ing the igniting element at the inner end of the
plug so as to permit passage of light from the
element directly around the outside of the plug,
and a supporting sleeve for removably holding 30
the plug in the casing and providing an annular
light conducting passage between the said sleeve
and casing extending to the said frontiace
thereof.
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6. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tubu
lar casing having an entering opening at the 35
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movable insertion through the opening into the
casing, an igniting element, means for support
ing the igniting element at the inner end of the
plug so as to permit passage of light from the 40
element directly around the, outside of the plug,
means for removably supporting the plug in the
casing to provide an annular light conducting
passage between the plug and casing extending
2. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tubu
45
lar casing having an entering opening at the to the said front face thereof, and a translucent
window
surrounding
the
plug
and
covering
the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movable insertion in the casing and having an light conducting passage at the face of the casing.
7. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tu
50 igniting element at the inner end thereof, a sup
bular casing having an entering opening at the
port for the unit positioned to provide an annu
50
lar passage around the plug between the plug . front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movable
insertion
through
the
opening
into
the
and casing and extending along the outside of >
the plug from the igniting element to the face of casing, an igniting element, means for support
ing the igniting element at the inner end of the
55 the casing to permit passage of light from the
igniting element to the face of the casing, said plug so as to permit passage of light from the 55
casing having a light emitting opening around
the plug at the entering opening and connecting
with the light passage, a translucent collar posi
60 tioned around the plug covering said light emit
ting opening, and an opaque shield around the
collar to substantially prevent emission of light
except through the collar.
3. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tubu
65 lar casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movable insertion in the casing and having an
igniting element at the inner end thereof, a sup- '
port for the unit positioned to provide an annu
70 lar passage around the plug between the plug and
casing and extending along the outside of the
plug from the igniting element to the face of the
casing to permit passage of light from the ignit
ing element to the face of the casing, said casing
having a light emitting opening around the plug
element directly around the outside of the plug,
a fixed sleeve in said casing for removably sup
porting the plug in the casing to provide an
annular light conducting passage between the
sleeve and casing extending to the said front
face thereof, a contact element in the casing for 60
connecting with one terminal of the igniting ele
ment, and a’second contact element extending
along the light passage for normally connecting
through the plug with another terminal of the
igniting element.
65
8. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tu
bular casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movable insertion through the opening into the 70
casing, an igniting element, means for support
ing the igniting element at the inner end of the
plug so as to permit passage of light from the
element directly around the outside of the plug,
means for removably supporting the plug in the
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casing to provide an annular light conducting
passage between the plug and easing extending
to the said front face thereof, a central ?xed con
tact in the bottom of the casing but insulated
therefrom for connecting with one terminal of
the igniting element, and a spring actuated con
tact member supported in the bottom of the cas
ing surrounding the ignition element and ex
tending into the light passage for normally con
10 necting through the plug with the other ter
minal of the igniting element, and having spaced
openings to permit light passage from the igni
tion element to the annular passage.
9. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tu
15 bular casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movable insertion in the casing, and having an
igniting element at the inner end thereof, a
handle protruding from the outer end thereof,
20 a translucent member at the base of said handle
and extending substantially around the periph
cry of said plug in such position as to be visible
even when said handle is held in the hand of a
user, and means for holding said igniting ele
25 ment and forming a passage for light to pass
therefrom to' the inner surface of said trans
lucent member; said inner surface being of such
shape and position that the majority of light
reaching it from said igniter element passes
through said surface to cause said translucent
member to glow.
10. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tu
bular casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movable insertion in the casing, and having an
igniting elementv at the inner end thereof, a
handle protruding from the outer end thereof,
a translucent member at the base of said handle
and extending substantially around the periph-_
cry of said plug in such position as to be visible
even when said handle is held in the hand of a
user, and means for holding said igniting ele
ment and forming a passage for light to pass
therefrom to the inner surface of said trans
lucent member, said translucent member having
inner and outer walls approximately normal to
the path of light reaching them from said ig
niting element to cause the majority of light
striking said walls to pass therethrough.
11. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tu
bular casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re
movable insertion in the casing, and having an
igniting element at the inner end thereof, a
translucent handle protruding from the outer
end thereof and having at its base a translucent
annular ?ange extending substantially around the
periphery of said plug in such position as to be
visible even when said handle is held in the hand
of a user, and means for holding said igniting
element and forming a passage for light to pass
therefrom to the inner surface of said trans
lucent ?ange, said translucent ?ange having in 10
ner and outer walls so shaped and positioned
with respect to the path of light reaching them
from said igniting element as to cause the ma
jority of said light to pass therethrough and
make said flange glow, and said translucent 15
handle also being so positioned and shaped as
to receive su?icient light to make it glow.
12. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tu
bular casing having an entering opening at the
front face thereof, a plug igniting unit for re 20
movable insertion in the casing, and having an
igniting element at the inner end thereof, a_
translucent handle protruding from the outer
end thereof and having at its base a translucent
annular ?ange extending substantially around the
periphery of said plug in such position as to be
visible even when said handle is held in the hand
of a user, and means for holding said igniting
element and forming a passage for light to pass
therefrom to the inner surface of said trans 30
lucent ?ange, said translucent flange having in
ner and outer walls so shaped and positioned
with respect to the path of light reaching them
from said igniting element as to cause the ma
jority of said light to pass therethrough and 35
make said ?ange glow, and said translucent
handle also being so positioned and shaped as
to receive sufficient light to make it glow, the glow
of said ?ange being substantially as great in
intensity as the glow of said handle.
13. In a cigar lighter, a socket including a tu
bular casing having an entering opening at the
front end thereof, a plug for removable insertion
through the opening into said casing, a cup
mounted on the inner end of said plug and hav
ing light openings in its rear wall, an igniting
element mounted in said cup so as to permit
passage of light from the element outwardly
through the cup and between the plug and tubu
lar casing, the inner end of said plug being ta-_ 50
pered towards the igniting element.
JOHN sINKoI
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