Electronic devices and adapters in Switzerland

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Regularbrad
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Mar 8, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Hi again and thanks for your past help.

We are travelling from the United States to your beautiful country and will be staying in different hotels in

some major cities. We would only have our I Phone to charge and is it typical that the hotels would have adapters and/or changing stations to charge the I Phone? without any further equipment being necessary?

If not , from what I am reading , I may heve to purchase C type 2 pin adapters and J type 3 pin adapters.

Is that correct and do the ones purchased over the internet from a site like Amazon work generally?

Any advice would be helpful.

Thank you

Brad

rockoyster
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Mar 9, 2019 - 2:07 AM in reply to Regularbrad

Hello Brad,

A little light reading. I got a universal adapter off ebay.

Maria
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Mar 9, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Hi Brad

You can read more about the adapters on this link: www.myswissalps.com/ab outswitzerland/practic al/swissoutlet

When you buy one, make sure the adapter is for Switzerland. I have bought so-called universal adapters in the UK and they don't include Switzerland, you really have to check. Otherwise there are adapters when you land at the airports, then you can be sure they're the right ones :)

Maria.

JaneEB
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Mar 9, 2019 - 11:35 AM

We were travelling to and from Austria via Basel last year. We stayed in the Ibis and Motel One Hotels and were able to borrow Swiss adaptors from the reception desks at both hotels. I imagine a lot of people get caught out and don't have the correct adaptor with them, but it can't be guaranteed that all accommodation will offer this service.

Regularbrad
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Mar 9, 2019 - 3:08 PM in reply to rockoyster

Thank you for your help.

Brad

Regularbrad
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Mar 9, 2019 - 3:11 PM in reply to Maria

Thank you for your reply and the link.

I think my safest bet would be to buy both the C and J adapters (both 2 pin and 3 pins) unless you otherwise suggest only buying one for whatever reason.

Thanks again

Brad

Regularbrad
Regularbrad
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Mar 9, 2019 - 3:13 PM in reply to JaneEB

Thank you for your input.

I think the safest way would be to buy the adapter(s) in advance and hope they are the right ones.

If need be hopefully the hotel would have an adapter to borrow.

Thank you

Brad

Maria
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Mar 9, 2019 - 4:17 PM in reply to Regularbrad

Hi again Brad

I don't think you need more than 1 adapter unless you have more than one appliance you want to use at the same time... Both the two and three pin ones work here. The two pin can also be used elsewhere in Europe (that's what I do with my iPhone charger when I'm travelling) so it may be more useful to get that one.

They're not expensive though so I guess being on the safe is also ok, but really they are available everywhere here (any supermarket or shop would sell them if you're in touristy areas).

Maria.

Regularbrad
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Mar 9, 2019 - 5:11 PM in reply to Maria

Everybody is so helpful.

Thank you for the additional information.

Brad

1960man
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Mar 10, 2019 - 1:47 AM

Nearly all accomodation in Switzerland has the modern type of 'lozenge' recessed socket.

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You must have this version of plug on whatever adapter you buy. The multiple universal adapters usually include it:

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This is the sort I use

rockoyster
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Mar 10, 2019 - 2:00 AM in reply to 1960man

They have a handy World to Switzerland USB thingy at www.skross.com/en/prod ucts/country-travel-adapters.

Danielsan
Danielsan
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Mar 11, 2019 - 8:22 AM in reply to Regularbrad

Hi Regularbrad,

Before I spent two weeks in Switzerland, I went to Best Buy and purchased a package of adaptor's for Europe. I believe it was about $25. It had everything in it I needed in one small box. I believe it was INSIGNIA. It took all of ten minutes in the store, including asking someone for help. Best thing I could have bought before my trip. No worries about anything, or having to ask hotels for help in that regard. Enjoy your trip.

Danielsan

Regularbrad
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Mar 11, 2019 - 10:03 PM in reply to Danielsan

Thank you very much for your input and suggestion.

Brad

Danielsan
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Mar 12, 2019 - 7:22 AM in reply to Regularbrad

No problem Brad, have a good trip.

Danielsan

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