Electric Cigarette Lighter and Charger Therefor
An electric cigarette lighter using rechargeable battery and a charger therefor. The lighter is small enough to fit in the cigarette box. It also has light indicator that shows the available charge in the battery. The lighter comes with an adapter that charge the lighter using USB cable. The adapter also has a light indicator that shows the current charging progress.
As shown in Fig.1, the electric cigarette lighter 10 is a cigarette lighter that is dimensioned and configured to simulate a cigarette C, thus allowing the cigarette lighter 10 to be easily carried within a conventional pack of cigarettes P. As shown in Figs 2 and 3, the electric cigarette lighter 10 includes a cylindrical housing 18 having opposed upper and lower ends, 20, 22, respectively, and an electric heating element 14 mounted on the upper end 20. At least one rechargeable battery 40 is disposed within the cylindrical housing 18. The at least one rechargeable batter 40 is in electrical communication with the electric heating element 14 for selective operation thereof. A switch 26, which may be any suitable type of switch, is preferably mounted on a sidewall of the housing 18 for selective actuation of the heating element 14. It should be understood that at any suitable type of rechargeable battery and any suitable type of electrical heating element may be utilized.
A first indicator light 28 is mounted on the sidewall of the cylindrical housing 18 for visually indicating remaining charge of the at lease on rechargeable battery 40. A charging socket 24 is mounted in the lower end 22 of the cylindrical housing 18 for electrical connection to the contacts 32 of an external battery charger 12. The charging socket 24 is in electrical communication with the at least one rechargeable battery 40. It should be understood that the cigarette lighter 10 and the external battery charger 12 may be sold together in a kit, or may be provided separately. It should be further understood that the battery charger 12 may be any suitable type of battery charger. Battery chargers for rechargeable batteries are known in the art, and any suitable type of charger along with any suitable type of socket-type connection may be utilized The battery charger 12 may be powered by suitable external electrical power supply V, such as conventional wall socket or the like.
Preferably, a second indicator light 30 is also mounted on the sidewall of the cylindrical housing 18 for visually indicating the charging status of the at least one rechargeable battery 40 when the charging socket 24 is engaged by the external battery charger 12. The indicator lights 28, 30 may be light emitting diodes (LEDs). In use, when the first light 28 indicates that the charge is running low, the user connects the cigarette lighter 10 to battery charger 12 via the socket 24 to recharge the at least one rechargeable battery 40. The second light 30 indicates charging status. For example, while charging, the second light may flash a red light, and when fully charged, the second light 30 may provide a steady green light to indicate full charging. The lighter 10 may then be removed from battery charger 12 for direct use, or for storage within a cigarette pack P.
Additionally, a cap 16 may be provided for covering the heating coil 14 mounted on the upper end 20 of the cylindrical housing 18. Preferably, to prevent accidental loss of the cap 16, the cap 16 is pivotally secured to upper end 20 by a hinge 42 or the like.
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