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Restored A Philips Radio That Got Spilled With DOSA BATTER

By on May 21, 2019
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This Radio and its AC Adapter (in a battered condition – with double meaning) was brought to me by a close friend of mine. The story goes that this Radio and the ACA was kept inside a bag along with Dosa Batter inside a tin, by his Dad, who traveled in a long distance Bus. When a sudden break was applied, the bag rolled over, spilling its contents around, and also battered the ACA to pieces. Well, for us it might look funny, but for his age old Dad, it was too much to bear with. The batter had already dried up well when the Radio was brought to me.

I opened the set and look at what I found:

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I removed the grill of the speaker, as the batter had entered into the sides. Did a thorough cleaning of each and every part. Cleaned and lubricated the connectors, controls and switches.

The result of the cleaning will be evident from the following: (The ACA was working too!)

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Tried after giving power and found the Radio to be still working very well! So, assembled it back. Fixed the broken screw lugs of the ACA properly.

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No components replaced! A job well done and qualified to be passed on to the Satisfaction Bag!

This article was prepared for you by Parasuraman Subramanian from India. He is 69 years old and has more than 30 years’ experience in handling antique equipment like Valve Radio, Amps, Reel Tape Recorders and currently studying latest tech-classes conducted by Kerala State Electronics Technicians’ Association. He has done graduation in BBA degree, private diploma in Radio Engineering and retired as MD of a USA company. Presently working as Consultant to Hospital and other institutions.

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  1. Albert van Bemmelen

    May 21, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Sad that Philips no longer is a core manufacturer of consumer electronics seeing this device was very well repaired without having to replace any of the original parts. I believe it was not the first Philips device that was completely restored to its original working condition again after a big internal leakage. (It was a television set before that was completely wet after a heavy monsoon rain?).

    • Parasuraman Subramanian

      May 21, 2019 at 11:08 pm

      Yes, your memory of my track record is good! Many thanks too!

  2. Ghashaan

    May 21, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    It started out as a storm but it ended turning out to be gentle breeze. It encourages me not to get scared just by seeing things with the first glance. Things usually are simpler than they appear.

    Good article Parasuraman! Inspiring like always.

    • Henrique J. G. Ulbrich

      May 22, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      Sure, Ghashaan. Life is simple. The problem is that some people dwell on complicating it.

  3. Robert Calk Jr.

    May 21, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Good job, Parasuraman. Is that batter like what Americans call pancakes or flapjacks?

    • Parasuraman Subramanian

      May 22, 2019 at 7:24 am

      Yes! It is! You can see it all here:

  4. Henrique J. G. Ulbrich

    May 22, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Very good, Parasuraman. In spite of your excellent knowledge and skills in electronics were not used in this case.

  5. Yogesh Panchal

    May 24, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Good job!
    Sad to see Dosa Butter cleaning instead on in the Plate.....
    nice cleaning job Sir!

  6. Joel Gamah

    January 17, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Hi, my Philips DC200/12 it's not giving sound but I can see tracks playing. I suspect there is a problem with sound ic. Is there any chance i can find a spare part.

    Thanks in advance.

  7. Pranav

    June 19, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    The adaptor is a superstar which provides 7 different voltage output s


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