US 9,812,880 B2
Cradle for rechargeable lighting devices
Anthony Maglica, Ontario, CA (US); Eric Melton, Ontario, CA (US); and Erik Terberg, Ontario, CA (US)
Assigned to MAG INSTRUMENT, INC., Ontario, CA (US)
Filed by Mag Instrument, Inc., Ontario, CA (US)
Filed on Jan. 13, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/153,850.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/751,930, filed on Jan. 13, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2014/0197781 A1, Jul. 17, 2014
Int. Cl. H02J 7/00 (2006.01); H02J 7/14 (2006.01); F21L 4/08 (2006.01)
CPC H02J 7/0042 (2013.01) [H02J 7/0044 (2013.01); H02J 7/0047 (2013.01); F21L 4/085 (2013.01); H02J 7/0045 (2013.01); H02J 7/0052 (2013.01); H02J 7/0068 (2013.01)] 2 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A charger cradle for recharging a flashlight having a barrel, comprising:
a base;
a housing attached to the base; and
a clamping system configured to receive the barrel and hold it in place in the cradle until it is released, said clamping system comprising:
two opposing cradle arms;
a release button;
a cradle arm stop operatively connected to the release button; and
a spring;
wherein the housing has a pair of cutouts configured to receive the two opposing cradle arms and a third cutout configured to receive the release button;
wherein the two opposing cradle arms are comprised of a rigid material that resists bending or flexing and are configured to extend outwardly through the pair of cutouts when the housing is attached to the base;
wherein each of the two opposing cradle arms are configured to rotate in opposite directions about a cradle arm axis to move between an open position in which the barrel is inserted into the cradle between the two opposing cradle arms and a closed position in which each of the two opposing arms hold the barrel and the cradle arm stop engages the two opposing cradle arms and prevents the two opposing cradle arms from releasing the barrel;
wherein each of the two opposing cradle arms has a bottom which rests on a top surface of the cradle arm stop in the open position while the spring applies an upward pressure on a bottom surface of the cradle arm stop to keep the two opposing cradle arms in the open position;
wherein the spring locks the cradle arm stop between the two opposing cradle arms in the closed position; and
wherein the release button is configured to disengage the cradle arm stop from the closed position and allow the two opposing cradle arms to move to the open position when the release button is activated.