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Old 04.04.2009, 17:27
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Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

Hello,

I hope I'm posting this in the right area.

We are planning our move to Zug from Canada later this month and I'm trying to figure out if I should bring all my North American small household appliances and computer equipment. Is there some type of electrical transformers we could buy in Switzerland?

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Old 04.04.2009, 17:37
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

There are converters that you can buy at perhaps Radio Shack, but seriously
I wouldn't bother except for a computer.
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Old 04.04.2009, 17:43
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

Agree with ^^^. You would need mega transfo's to run even the smallest of appliances.
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

We just moved from the US and only brought our computers with converters and my sewing machine (just because I am so used to using it) which we had to buy a transformer for online before we came. All other electronics we are buying over here.
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Old 04.04.2009, 17:52
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

I think most computers can use 110 to 220 voltage anyway but check the transformer inside of your computer to be sure.
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

Check the power rating on your computer or on its power brick - if it says universal voltage 110-240V 50-60Hz, that will work fine here. Most/all computers will.

If it's a household appliance and it is low-power e.g. a printer, but not a hair-drier, then buy a step-down voltage converter. About $10 on Amazon, or you can buy them here. That will convert Switzerland's 230V to 110V (nearly) and stop you frying the appliance.

If it's a household appliance and it is high-power e.g. a hair-drier or an electric kettle, then you could buy a transformer. As other people say though, it's not worth it - transformers are expensive and they hum. Better to dump the old appliance and get a new one.
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Old 04.04.2009, 18:34
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

I did and blew up my steamer, blender, egg beaters and food processor.

Sell them and buy new stuff here.
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

Thanks for all the great advice!
Your all terrific here, I'm so glad I found this forum!

We have a great espresso machine that I'd like to keep. Other than that and the computers I guess we are looking at a having big garage sale.


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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

When we moved here from Texas, we brought DVD player, DVD recorder, VCR, receiver, computer, laser printer, and some smaller kitchen appliances (boat motor, mixer). 2 mid/size converters and some U.S. power strips later, and all is well. Some of the items like Internet routers have power supplies that can handle 110-240V, so they just need a small adapter. The PC can be switched 110/220. The laser printer started smoking when I accidentally plugged it into 220V. Oh well.
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Old 05.04.2009, 08:24
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

Welcome to CH from another Canuck.
The power supply unit in your pc can be easily changed (make and model dependant) which range from Fr. 50 to a few hundred.

For your other items, I would leave them as the transformers are heavy and rather inconvenient at times. Pricing for electronics is quite cheap here or in the neighboring countries (cord caps need changing).
Good luck with your move.

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Old 05.04.2009, 09:07
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Re: Bring North American Appliances and computers or not?

If your PSU for your PC, for some reason, isn't switchable, when you buy a new one, make sure that the power (wattage) matches, or exceeds the old one.
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