Repairing portable radio, AC works, batt doesn't

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Joined Oct 29, 2019
I am new at this and have the same problem with 3 ac/dc transistor radios. I am not following exactly what contacts are being shorted out. Is it the + and - contacts on the AC? I marked up photo with arrows would take the guesswork out for me.


Joined Jun 4, 2014
If it has an AC/DC switch then that is where to start (and is most probably the problem part).
Contacts in switches get corroded over time. There are three possible solutions.
1. Vigorously move the switch back and forward many times. This makes the contacts rub over each other and may be sufficient to fix the problem.
2. Use some switch cleaner and get it inside the switch.
3. Replace the switch but it may be difficult to get an identical replacement switch.


Joined Jun 22, 2012
Looking at that radio, it has a built in transformer, so probably no jack socket maybe an AC/DC switch, if neither then it will be a diode in series with the batteries.


Joined May 3, 2013
Repairing portable radio, AC works, batt doesn't. I have 2 radios from the 1960s-70s. Both are VISCOUNT 1860.

It has a direct AC plug-in with a two-prong connection. The AC works fine but the batteries do not work at all. It has an AC/DC switch, but switching it does not help. Both radios have the exact same issue.View attachment 190113
Some AC plug in's have an auxiliary contact that disconnects the battery. Have you tried unplugging the AC connector?