As I understand consumer safety regulations, if you provide an
externally accessible fuse holder you still must have an internal,
soldered-in fuse that is not user changeable. I believe it may be of
higher value than what is in the user-accessible holder, but it still
must provide protection against the unit burning up. In the past that
was sometimes taken care of by installing a fusible link in the power
transformer that would render the transformer inoperative and you'd have
to replace the entire transformer. There have been different variations
of this over time, and different scenarios are probably acceptable, but
having a user-replaceable fuse as the only protection is not considered
protection at all. Even if the codes did not require it, I would suspect
the manufacturer's risk analyst/attorney would...unless the attorney was
an outside one looking for more defence work <smile>.
On 2012-01-31 10:15 AM, Frank Strauss wrote:
> I discovered that the fuse was
> soldered in. It's toward the back left. It indeed was blown. I cut it
> out and put in a fuse holder/fuse from Radio Shack. The radio has worked
> well since then. I am puzzled why they would solder the fuse in. I guess
> they want you to send it back for repair.
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