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Outlet splitters / power bars

Hey all, looking for splitters/power bars. We just moved and have the 3-socket outlets that are indented into the wall:
e.g. https://ewtcdn-dt7ryijmgirh.netdna-s...cal-socket.jpg

But we're looking for something (i.e. splitter, power bar) with a flat face so we can plug in our step-down converter and various electronics. We could even renovate the outlet and install a flat-faced outlet instead. But everywhere we've looked (Ikea, Coop, Migros, FNAC, Digitec, etc...) seems to exclusively stock indented sockets.

Has anyone seen flat-faced splitters/power bars anywhere? Importantly, they'd need to plug in to an indented socket. Any hardware stores with flat-faced outlets?

Thanks for any recommendations
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Re: Outlet splitters / power bars

Like these?







These are old fashioned but you can still find them at Hornbach & Jumbo


As for a powerbar, not sure I've ever seen them come in any form other than recessed
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Re: Outlet splitters / power bars

Yeah, that style of cover plate exactly. Good to know about Hornbach and Jumbo. If it comes to installing new plates, we'll at least have somewhere to go.

Online I found some cheap adapters that look like they'd work:
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/9loAA...at/s-l1600.jpg
Though shipping'd be anywhere from 2 weeks to a month, so finding a local solution would still be better.
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Re: Outlet splitters / power bars

I think you need more than the plate. The gubbins behind need to be changed as well. I am not so certain you can get those anymore.

A local solution could involve an electrician. Tell them what you want to do and they can give you a solution.
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Re: Outlet splitters / power bars

Ah... yeah I kinda figured that if they sold the plates they’d also sell the electrical box that the nubbins are fitted in. But maybe not. Thanks for the heads up!
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Re: Outlet splitters / power bars

Unfortunately the sale of the T12 non-recessed socket was banned in Jan 2017 for safety reasons. You should be able to get the plates but not the workings.

There’s only the T13 recessed socket available now.
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Re: Outlet splitters / power bars

You'll need a CH to US plug converter, then plug your converter into that.
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Re: Outlet splitters / power bars

Thanks all for the info and suggestions.

Knowing that the recessed outlets were only a recent change, we looked into thrift stores like the Salvation Army and flea markets, and found an extension cord with a flat-faced end that worked for our purposes So I guess I can recommend trying second-hand if you're looking for a flat-faced outlet yourself!

We also ended up ordering some outlet adapters online that will allow us to plug in either flat-faced swiss plugs or NA plugs.

Cheers!
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We also ended up ordering some outlet adapters online that will allow us to plug in either flat-faced swiss plugs or NA plugs.
Those will NOT fit into the recessed outlets as the shape is wrong!

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Those will NOT fit into the recessed outlets as the shape is wrong!

Tom
Those outlet adapters just arrived and indeed fit recessed outlets just fine, for anyone interested.
Example here

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Those outlet adapters just arrived and indeed fit recessed outlets just fine, for anyone interested.
Example here

Cheers,
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But you lose two sockets out of the three!
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But you lose two sockets out of the three!
You get that with quite a few consumer items - anything with a moulded plug integrated into a transformer, powerline adaptors.
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Re: Outlet splitters / power bars

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But you lose two sockets out of the three!
They do have 3 NA outlets (one grounded) instead I mean... whatever works, haha. I just provided the pic as an example, and st2lemans was convinced they wouldn't work for some reason.

Edit - Re: the original thread:

If you're looking for some local flat-faced outlet conversion options, check thrifts stores! We found an extension cord with a flat faced-end at our local Salvation Army which was able to plug into recessed outlets. Alternatively, can just buy online, like the splitter I linked above that seems to be working just fine, and provides 3 NA outlets.
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Those outlet adapters just arrived and indeed fit recessed outlets just fine, for anyone interested.
Example here
Oh, see Mr. Fancy Pants which has a triple 16 Amps outlet.

PS: Simplest is to cut of the plugs and mount proper Swiss ones. Could also be done with a foreign power strip. If I am abroad I do it the other-way round, I mount a local plug to a Swiss power strip.
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