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1. WO2017138973 - HANDHELD COMPUTER CASE HAVING INTEGRAL LIGHTER

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A handheld computer case having an integral lighter, comprising:

a case body defining a housing sized to fit a conventional handheld computer, wherein said case body includes an internal battery electrically connected to an electrical switch;

a lighter housing integral with the case body, wherein said lighter housing includes an electrically operated heating element which is electrically connected to said electrical switch; and a lighter actuator integral with the case body and operatively connected the electrical switch, wherein said lighter actuator is configured to selectively cause the electrical switch to direct electricity from the internal battery through the heating element and interrupt the flow of electricity through the heating element.

2. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 1, wherein said lighter housing includes a movable door selectively movable between a base position in which the heating element is covered and a lighting position in which the heating element is exposed.

3. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 2, wherein said movable door defines at least one panel operative to hinge between the base position and the lighting position.

4. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 2, wherein the lighter actuator is configured to cause the movable door to move to the lighting position whenever causing the electrical switch to direct electricity from the internal battery through the heating element.

5. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 4, wherein the lighter actuator is spring biased to maintain the movable door in the base position and interrupt the flow of electricity through the heating element in the absence of manual actuation.

6. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 2, wherein said movable door is constructed of a material having a low thermal conductivity.

7. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 1, wherein said case body includes an electrical port that is electrically connected to the internal battery, thereby enabling electricity from an external source to be supplied to the internal battery.

8. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 1, wherein said case body includes a solar panel that is electrically connected to the internal battery, thereby enabling electricity generated from light to be supplied to the internal battery.

9. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 1, wherein said case body includes an indicator light that is electrically connected to the internal battery and adapted to provide a visual notification related to the internal battery.

10. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 1, wherein said heating element is constructed of a nichrome wire.

11. A handheld computer case having an integral lighter, comprising:

a case body defining a housing sized to fit a conventional handheld computer, wherein said case body includes an internal battery electrically connected to an electrical switch;

a lighter housing integral with the case body, wherein said lighter housing defines an insulated enclosure with a movable door and includes an electrically operated heating element positioned therein;

said heating element being electrically connected to said electrical switch and said movable door selectively movable between a base position in which the heating element is covered and a lighting position in which the heating element is exposed; and

a lighter actuator integral with the case body and operatively connected the electrical switch, wherein said lighter actuator is configured to selectively cause the electrical switch to direct electricity from the internal battery through the heating element and interrupt the flow of electricity through the heating element.

12. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 11, wherein said lighter housing includes at least one exhaust aperture.

13. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 11, wherein said movable door defines at least one panel operative to hinge between the base position and the lighting position.

14. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 11, wherein the lighter actuator is configured to cause the movable door to move to the lighting position whenever causing the electrical switch to direct electricity from the internal battery through the heating element.

15. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 14, wherein the lighter actuator is spring biased to maintain the movable door in the base position and interrupt the flow of electricity through the heating element in the absence of manual actuation.

16. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 11, wherein the insulated enclosure which defines the lighter housing is constructed of a material having a low thermal conductivity.

17. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 11, wherein said case body includes an electrical port that is electrically connected to the internal battery, thereby enabling electricity from an external source to be supplied to the internal battery.

18. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 11, wherein said case body includes a solar panel that is electrically connected to the internal battery, thereby enabling electricity generated from light to be supplied to the internal battery.

19. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 11, wherein said case body includes an indicator light that is electrically connected to the internal battery and adapted to provide a visual notification related to the internal battery.

20. The handheld computer case having an integral lighter of claim 11, wherein said heating element is constructed of a nichrome wire.