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power plug in Canada fit into the outlet in Lausanne?

Just curious if any of my electronic appliances will even be able to plug into the outlet in Lausanne. Or will I have to get an adaptor?

In Canada, we use the NEMA 5-15 plug. Looks like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEMA_connector#NEMA_5

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Re: power plug in Canada fit into the outlet in Lausanne?

oh dude, I will save you from the scathing replies that will be inevitable. No it will not fit. None of your plugs will fit without an adaptor. Trust me, before you ask this type of easily googled question on EF, stop, then decide not to do it and just look it up on google.

In Vancouver there is a store on Broadway called Foreign Electronics (look them up as they have a website with their address and phone number) and they can hook you up with adapters, converters even some other items if you want to buy things with the proper plugs and power. We got a few adaptors (ask for the deep reaching ones) and a couple power bars that act as adaptors as well, plus a converter that could handle a couple of our small things that we wanted to bring over.
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Re: power plug in Canada fit into the outlet in Lausanne?

Swiss 10 A/250 V ( ASE1011/1959 SW10A-R )

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Voltage is not the same as in North America ( to use Canadian equipment here, you would need an adaptor for the plug head AND a step-down transformer or risking frying the equipment ).
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Re: power plug in Canada fit into the outlet in Lausanne?

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oh dude, I will save you from the scathing replies that will be inevitable. No it will not fit. None of your plugs will fit without an adaptor. Trust me, before you ask this type of easily googled question on EF, stop, then decide not to do it and just look it up on google.

In Vancouver there is a store on Broadway called Foreign Electronics (look them up as they have a website with their address and phone number) and they can hook you up with adapters, converters even some other items if you want to buy things with the proper plugs and power. We got a few adaptors (ask for the deep reaching ones) and a couple power bars that act as adaptors as well, plus a converter that could handle a couple of our small things that we wanted to bring over.
My apologies. And thank you for answering my question so directly.
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Swiss 10 A/250 V ( ASE1011/1959 SW10A-R )

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Voltage is not the same as in North America ( to use Canadian equipment here, you would need an adaptor for the plug head AND a step-down transformer or risking frying the equipment ).
For most things here there is no need for a step-down transformer. Most modern electronics are configured to accept the range of voltages and frequencies that are used in both NA and Europe. The adapter is fine unless the op is interested in using their hairdryer or vacuum.

Canadian Tire and Walmart sell those travel kits and I believe you get two adapters for use in Europe, however they are not shaped the same as the Swiss deep sockets so you can only use them on non receeded sockets.
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Re: power plug in Canada fit into the outlet in Lausanne?

I'm definitely gonna need an adaptor for my laptop... I hope that will be safe enough to use with an adaptor?

I really don't want to set any buildings on fire while I'm staying in Switzerland..
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I'm definitely gonna need an adaptor for my laptop... I hope that will be safe enough to use with an adaptor?

I really don't want to set any buildings on fire while I'm staying in Switzerland..
What does the power block say?

100-240 VAC, then all is fine, otherwise, not.

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Re: power plug in Canada fit into the outlet in Lausanne?

What is it they say? ..... You can't fit a square peg into a round hole.
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What is it they say? ..... You can't fit a square peg into a round hole.
You can if you've a big enough hammer!

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What does the power block say?

100-240 VAC, then all is fine, otherwise, not.

Tom
Should look something like this


As a general rule all appliances that are expected to travel have universal power input, but it is wise to check them individually.
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Re: power plug in Canada fit into the outlet in Lausanne?

The easiest thing to do with your laptop once you get here is to go get a Swiss cord for it. Should cost about CHF 20 (depending on the brand). Much easier than trying to futz around with a US/Can to CH plug adapter wherever you go.

Most standard cords can be found at a store called Interdiscount (think Future Shop). If it is a Mac, you can get the CH plug at any Apple store.

I should add that it is very bad form to use a plug adapter in a coffee shop (Starbucks) because it blocks all three outlets so other people can not plug in :-(

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I should add that it is very bad form to use a plug adapter in a coffee shop (Starbucks) because it blocks all three outlets so other people can not plug in :-(

This is a problem everywhere. In a previous thread on this topic someone suggested using a power outlet stripper


and plugging multiple North American plugs into it, using a single plug adapter. It worked well for me last year.
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What does the power block say?

100-240 VAC, then all is fine, otherwise, not.

Tom
It says:
"Input: 100-240V; ~1.5A; 50-60Hz"
"Output: 19V; 3.42A

Is this alright?
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The easiest thing to do with your laptop once you get here is to go get a Swiss cord for it. Should cost about CHF 20 (depending on the brand). Much easier than trying to futz around with a US/Can to CH plug adapter wherever you go.

Most standard cords can be found at a store called Interdiscount (think Future Shop). If it is a Mac, you can get the CH plug at any Apple store.

I should add that it is very bad form to use a plug adapter in a coffee shop (Starbucks) because it blocks all three outlets so other people can not plug in :-(

A swiss cord? I have a Toshiba laptop, and I woulda expected the cord would be a lot more expensive. Is it really only CHF 20? That would actually be the best idea then.
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This is a problem everywhere. In a previous thread on this topic someone suggested using a power outlet stripper


and plugging multiple North American plugs into it, using a single plug adapter. It worked well for me last year.
Hey would you mind taking a look at this? Would something like this work for me?
http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-s...AdIdZ395887142
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It says:
"Input: 100-240V; ~1.5A; 50-60Hz"
"Output: 19V; 3.42A

Is this alright?
Yes, it's fine.

Go to Dollarama and get a plug adapter (North American to Europe) for CA$1.

Or you can find a simple plug adapter at Migros here for 5 CHF.
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