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Uk appliances,change plugs or use adaptors?

If you use adaptors, buy in ch or in uk before departure?? What did established efs do, did it work?
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Re: Uk appliances,change plugs or use adaptors?

Adapters aren't much more expensive here, I don't think, but I'd still bring them with you for convenience. Make sure they're for Swiss sockets not the two-pin Euro ones.

Actually, what I did was bring a 6-way UK extension socket and swap the plug for a Swiss one once I arrived here, and I plug all my UK stuff into that.
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Adapters aren't much more expensive here, I don't think, but I'd still bring them with you for convenience. Make sure they're for Swiss sockets not the two-pin Euro ones.

Actually, what I did was bring a 6-way UK extension socket and swap the plug for a Swiss one once I arrived here, and I plug all my UK stuff into that.
Started out that way, but gradually, as things have been replaced or upgraded, pretty much dispensed with UK extensions. I think there's one in the bedroom with a couple of two-pin plugs jammed into it, and a UK-socket long extension reel, although I can't for the life of me think that there's anything these days I'd use it for...

Oh yeah, the old UK black&decker drills that I use very occasionally with circular saw and other attachments. And I think I've got an inspection lamp with a UK plug on too, plus one or two dc adaptors still in use.

The specific plug adaptors have always seemed a rip-off to me, especially given that as well as travelling we have homes in France and CH, so I always try and use those, preferably free (at conferences, etc.) anything-to-anything multiway adaptors.Much better, IMO, and often difficult to find and/or incredibly overpriced in airport shops.

Ebay seems to be good in this respect r

Oh, and the OP should be aware that 99% of the adaptors will not include an earth connection, so other precautions should be taken if appropriate.
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Re: Uk appliances,change plugs or use adaptors?

InterDiscount carries adapters with a ground. They are pricey (@14CHF) so the idea of an extension with multiple outlets makes sense for low draw things such as computers and peripherals.
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Re: Uk appliances,change plugs or use adaptors?

I went for the committed approach and changed all the plugs to CH ones (which are really cheap in coop bau und hobby and other DIY places). Everything has worked fine except for the kettle, which is understandable since it draws alot of power.
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Re: Uk appliances,change plugs or use adaptors?

We bought a whole load of Swiss plugs on a visit over (60 I recall - a mixture of 2 pin and 3 pin variety - 3 pin needed for things with an earth) and I invited my prenatal Mums group round with the kids and the kids played in the garden and we changed 60 plugs!

All of them work absolutely fine - even the kettle. A couple of things I could not change because they were plugs with integral adapters (mobile phone plugs etc) so we still needed about 4 UK to CH adapter plugs.

I bought a pair of wire strippers which made the process much faster as the most difficult part was pruning the plastic wire coating after getting the wires to the right length for the new CH plug.
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Re: Uk appliances,change plugs or use adaptors?

We changed most plugs but also changed a couple of english 6 gang extension leads. As the years have gone on we're still use one but keep the others for visitors so that they don't need to buy converters when they visit.

I have bought a couple of the really expensive swiss multi converter plugs but they all had defects or stopped working. And hubby keeps losing the receipts so I can't return them under guarantee.
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