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jbarn
jbarn
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Aug 28, 2022 - 8:10 PM

What electrical adapters should we bring from the United States? Does anyone have a picture of what type of sockets we're most likely to encounter in our hotels? 3-pin Type J? Are most outlets recessed into the wall? We have 2-pin adapters but will those fit into recessed outlets? Do we need to be concerned with the voltage required for devices, such as my hair curler? Thank you for your help!

EASW
EASW
62 posts
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Aug 28, 2022 - 11:03 PM

The type J outlets were the ones we encountered in Luzern, Wengen, Zermatt and Geneva. We had type C adapters, which supposedly fit into the J outlets, but the outlets had an indentation that the adapter wouldn't fit all the way into, so we had to go to the local Coop store in Luzern to get the appropriate adapter. So yes, type J adapters.

1960man
1960man
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Aug 28, 2022 - 11:56 PM in reply to jbarn

Some years ago this was discussed extensively - MODERATORS - can you find the discussion as it had images linked?

Yes, you need an adapter . Like most of Europe Swiss voltage is in the 220 - 240v dc range, not the 110 used in North America

Swiss sockets (since about 20 years ago) are nearly all recessed, so you must have the 'lozenge' type plug.

www.ceptics.com/products/switzerland-travel-adapter-type-j-dual-usb-ctu-11a

Most multi-version international adapters have this included nowadays (my home type is UK three pin, but I have quite a compact lightweight adapter that has settings for all European 2 and three pin, plus 'Swiss' lozenge, plus American 'thin' pins)

Last modified on Aug 28, 2022 - 11:57 PM by 1960man
Anna
Anna
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Aug 29, 2022 - 3:51 AM in reply to jbarn

Hi Jbarn,

We use Type-C and Type-J plugs in Switzerland.

You can find further information here: www.myswissalps.com/aboutswitzerland/practical/swissoutlet

Regards,

Anna

jbarn
jbarn
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Aug 30, 2022 - 12:35 AM in reply to Anna

Thank you to you both, 1960man and Anna! You've been very helpful!

CMarie
CMarie
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Aug 30, 2022 - 9:12 AM in reply to jbarn

Hi Jbarn!

We've been in Switzerland several weeks and before leaving from the USA on our trip, we purchased these from Amazon. They have two places to plug into one adapter. It's very difficult to expect to use 2 adapters in onexof their outlets because the adapter "base" is so wide. I've included the Amazon link and pictures of our current hotel's outlet.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy your upcoming trip!

Switzerland Power Plug Adapter by OREI with 2 USA Inputs - Travel 3 Pack - Type J (US-11A) Safe Grounded Use with Cell Phones, Laptop, Camera Chargers, CPAP, and More https://a.co/d/iSRG7fa

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CMarie
CMarie
17 posts
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Aug 30, 2022 - 9:15 AM in reply to jbarn

Jbarn,

My Amazon link may not show, so I've included a screen shot

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jbarn
jbarn
16 posts
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Aug 30, 2022 - 12:54 PM

So helpful, CMarie! Thank you!

Last modified on Aug 30, 2022 - 12:55 PM by jbarn
CMarie
CMarie
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Aug 30, 2022 - 2:02 PM in reply to jbarn

Jbarn,

Glad to help! We just checked into our next hotel and I wanted to show how we plugged 2 items into it. Granted, you’ll see USB plugs available but that has been a very rare thing for us to see on our travels.

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Njk50
Njk50
69 posts
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Aug 31, 2022 - 1:08 AM in reply to CMarie

Hi. I was looking for these adapters on amazon but they are temporarily out of them. Is this all you need. Do you just plug the adapter into the outlet and then plug your device into the adapter? Do you need something that converts the voltage?

Hope this makes sense. thank you

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Aug 31, 2022 - 12:55 PM in reply to Njk50

Hi Njk50,

as far as I know, you do not need anything else, just one adaptor.

Have you tried the Amazon links here: www.myswissalps.com/aboutswitzerland/practical/swissoutlet?

Ildiko

Njk50
Njk50
69 posts
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Aug 31, 2022 - 2:32 PM in reply to Ildiko

thank you

CMarie
CMarie
17 posts
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Aug 31, 2022 - 3:06 PM in reply to Njk50

Jbarn,

A converter is only needed if your electronics cannot accept the dual voltage. For example, my Samsung Galaxy 6 phone is dual voltage compatible. That means, I only need a plug that fits the international plug configuration. I took a picture of the specs shown on our USB adapter plug. It shows input "input 100-240V" and that is compatible with Switzerland. In fact, see the picture, I've attached of a warning note included with our Amazon purchased adaptor plugs.

We checked all of our electronics (specs) in advance to verify they are dual voltage capatible. Laptop, curling iron, portable headset, etc. Most of our electronics only need to be plugged in with an adapter. On my blow dryer, there is a switch I need to change "before" plugging it in. I've included a screenshot of my blow dryer. I like to carry it only because it's so small, so light, and works great.

I hope this helps and not too wordy!

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Njk50
Njk50
69 posts
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Aug 31, 2022 - 8:08 PM in reply to CMarie

perfect. thank you

CMarie
CMarie
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Sep 1, 2022 - 5:47 AM in reply to Njk50

Njk50,

SorryI used the wrong "name" when I replied to you ;-)

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