Plug adaptor for personal devices in Switzerland

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Apr 14, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Do I need to purchase new adaptor to use our Mobile Chargers/Power Bank and Personal Shavers etc.?

Last year we were in Rome (Italy) and purchased two adaptors from there. Whether we can use the same adaptor in Switzerland?

Devender Khurana

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Apr 14, 2019 - 10:41 PM in reply to Devender

Switzerland uses a J-type plug/socket. You will need a new adapter. See discussion at rum/topic/power-adapter.

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Apr 15, 2019 - 12:34 AM in reply to Devender

As usual, Rockoyster has qucikly given you the answer.

I'll add that - since the shapes are similar- European plugs will often work in Switzerland...Of course, at the most critical moment, they won't. ;-(


Last modified on Apr 15, 2019 - 12:35 AM by Slowpoke
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Apr 15, 2019 - 4:58 AM in reply to Devender

Hi Devender,

In addition to the input already received please check here for more information:
- outswitzerland/practic al/swissoutlet


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Apr 15, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Enclosed is the pin details for your reference

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6175 posts
Apr 15, 2019 - 10:45 AM in reply to Ajittipnis

Thanks Ajittipnis -

It is nice to have data.

The hexagonal plug surround is the key.

Some European plugs, ( with a rounded, not hexagonal, surround) will fit in the hexagonal openings. The pins align OK. Sometimes, except at critical moments. ;-(

It is best to get the correct Swiss design.

They can be purchased at many Kiosk or Aperto convenience stores, and the electronics store at Zürich main station ( Interdiscount) would surely have them. There is an Interdiscount at Zürich airport, as well.

They also come in a two- pin variation, as well as the 3- pin with ground(earth) version. Many older buildings in Switzerland have receptacles with 2 holes, not 3. Some have a multiple hole outlet that will accept both.


Last modified on Apr 15, 2019 - 10:52 AM by Slowpoke

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