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Widget Of The Week

Prinz TCR20 Portable BW TV & AM/FM Radio, 1982

Normally it takes between five and ten years for a consumer technology to become totally extinct but there’s one product category that went the way of the Dodo almost overnight. Portable TVs suffered a devastating double whammy; the most serious one was the digital switchover in the early noughties and although analogue TVs can be kept going by connecting them to digiboxes, this makes little sense for an old-school black and white portable TV. The more recent nail in the coffin was the smartphone and tablet PC. Nowadays if you want to watch TV or a film on the move then one way or another just about anything you might want to see is available over the Internet on your portable device.    


These developments probably wouldn’t have affected many Prinz TCR20’s though, as this 4.75-inch portable monochrome TV & radio came and went long before the advent of digital broadcasting and Internet streaming. Although this one still works, if memory serves Prinz products were never noted for reliability of longevity. Incidentally, Prinz is not the name of the manufacturer; the Hong Kong firm that made it has long since vanished into obscurity, but Prinz products were moderately popular as it was one of Dixons (now Currys PC World) house brands from the 1950s to the mid 1990s. 


The TCR20 just about qualifies as a genuinely portable TV – as opposed to a transportable TV -- as it can operate independently of a mains supply on a set of 8 1.5 volt D cells. However, unless you were prepared to shell £10 or so out for expensive alkaline cells, ordinary torch batteries tend not to last much longer than an episode of a weekday soap opera. In addition to the black and white CRT-based TV there’s also a two-band (medium wave and FM) radio built in. What makes it a bit different, though, is the inclusion of a LCD clock with timer functions, for turning the TV or radio on at a preset time, or switching it off automatically, by pressing the ‘Sleep‘ button. The styling is quite eye-catching and at a distance it makes a passable attempt at mimicking the look of a professional/industrial video monitor. Leaving aside it’s unhealthy appetite for batteries it can also be powered by a 230VAC mains supply, and there’s a socket for a 12-volt DC supply, which would prove useful to caravan owners and campers. In both cases they would have to park, or pitch up fairly close to a TV transmitter, as the on-board telescopic aerial needs a good strong signal to produce a decent TV picture. There is a socket on the back panel for an external aerial, but carting one around with you wouldn’t be much fun on a camping holiday.


It’s very easy to use with rotary tuning controls linked to a pair of circular channel displays. If the picture gets a bit wobbly there’s manual vertical and horizontal hold controls on the back panel, along with brightness and contrast adjustments. The clock/timer has a row of buttons all to itself on the right side of the front panel and bonus features include the sturdy carry handle, that doubles up as a tilt stand, and on the right side of the cabinet there’s a earphone socket for personal listening. The batteries live in a compartment in the back panel and there’s a space for a single AA cell, which provides power for the LCD clock.


My brother, who is fast developing a keen eye for vintage technology, found this for me at a large car boot sale on the South coast. I haven’t had the bill yet but I suspect that he nabbed it for around a fiver as it was in a fairly shabby state. Luckily it was mostly just shed or garage grime and it cleaned up fairly easily, though removing the many paint specks took a while. Other than that it was good to go and worked first time on a mains supply, as you may just be able to see from the photo it produces a decent enough picture from a VCR playing an episode of Dad’s Army.


What Happened To It?

The portable TV market has always been fairly small -- in more ways than one -- but when it comes down to it relatively few people need such things. Ultra small pocket TVs are virtually unwatchable for more than a few minutes at time – unless you already have a squint – and larger models, like this are just about okay for use in a caravan, providing there’s only one or two people watching, but the novelty soon wears off. The radio and alarm functions are quite useful, though. The point is, though, small TVs were always expensive, and given the limited appeal, relatively short lifespan, and now an inability to receive TV broadcasts without an external digital adaptor, suggests that not many of them are still around. Sadly in this case comparative rarity doesn’t translate into rising prices, not yet at least. One day perhaps really well kept examples might increase in value, but as always, the main criteria are condition and working order; bear in mind if you come across a really cheap non-runner many parts are no longer available and the folks who can repair these things are a dying breed.  


First seen                   1982

Original Price            £50?

Value Today              £10 (0915)

Features                    125mm/4.75in B/W screen, UHF tuner (chans 21-69), MW & VHF/FM mono radio, LCD clock with alarm & timer functions, telescopic antenna, folding carry handle/stand, RF external aerial socket, 3.5mm earphone jack, controls (rear) vertical & horizontal hold, contrast & brightness, (front) rotary tuning & volume, TV/band selector, power, push-button LCD clock timer functions

Power req.                     230VAC, 12VDC, 8 x 1.5v D Cells & 1 x 1.5v AA cell (clock)

Dimensions:                   290 x 250 x 123mm

Weight:                          3.8kg

Made (assembled) in:    Hong Kong

Hen's Teeth (10 rarest):  6




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