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Old 17.07.2007, 18:41
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Re: More questions about swiss plug sockets!

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believe me, I know Switzerland isn't a member of the EU - but the Swiss have the tendency to adopt pretty much everything the EU introduces (be it laws or the size of your dish-washer...)

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erm EU-norm -vs- Swiss - 60cm -vs- 55cm for kitchen appliances?
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Old 17.07.2007, 18:52
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erm EU-norm -vs- Swiss - 60cm -vs- 55cm for kitchen appliances?
new kitchens are built according to EU norms but nobody is expecting you to pull out your old one because of that :-)
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Re: More questions about swiss plug sockets!

Hi!
I have a related question. Where in Bern can I find a 3 pin North America to 3 pin Swiss adapter? I have been to InterDiscount, Coop, Migros and everywhere in the train station, without any luck or suggestions.
Thanks!
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Old 16.10.2008, 18:16
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Re: More questions about swiss plug sockets!

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Hi!
I have a related question. Where in Bern can I find a 3 pin North America to 3 pin Swiss adapter? I have been to InterDiscount, Coop, Migros and everywhere in the train station, without any luck or suggestions.
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You might need to go to MediaMarkt at Lyssach for something like this or a Jumbo. I doubt if an Interdiscount would have one.
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they're also slightly closer together.

New plugs are 1-2 francs in price and easily fitted. For the supremely lazy I'll-probably-go-back-expat, you can bring an extension cable from your homeland and change fewer plugs. I can remember years after leaving Germany and moving to England that we still had German extension cables all over the house...!
This is also potentially easier than re-wiring a load of those silly "moulded onto the cable" plugs you generally get on computing equipment.

It's my solution of choice for most of the things in my flat.
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Re: More questions about swiss plug sockets!

Bring a multi adaptor from your home country, buy a Swiss plug for the end and then use all your normal leads.....surely the chf 1.75 for a Swiss plug wont break the bank.
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Re: More questions about swiss plug sockets!

We've just moved to CH and have loads of stuff with "Schuko" plugs (on equipment bought from all over continental Europe).
I bought the adaptors at Migros to fit into Swiss holes and this worked fine so far.
Now I used this for the washing machine and wash dryer and in both cases after having worked briefly the machine just stopped and it turns out in both cases the adaptor doesn't work anymore with anything.
Being of the non-technical persuasion I wonder is this because the adaptors are good for "light" equipment and the washing and drying machnies are too "heavy"?? How big are the odds that two adaptors which worked well before suddenly both fail...
Anyone with this experience? Solutions? "Heavy duty" variant of adaptor maybe, and if so, where would that be found?
I know a solution would be just to cut off the moulded-on plug and replace with Swiss plug, but apart from probably being beyond my technical capabilities it also is a bit too definitive.
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Re: More questions about swiss plug sockets!

OK, I changed all my English plugs to Swiss - not a problem.
When I need to go back to the UK for a couple of days where do you get adaptors for 3 pin Swiss plugs -> English?.
Not in the UK thats for sure.
Do I need to buy one here?
the 3 pin Swiss plug does not work in Universal adaptors, its just the wrong size............
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Re: More questions about swiss plug sockets!

Buy the adaptors you need in the country where your current plugs come from, and you shouldn't have a problem.

Therefore, if you have stuff with Swiss plugs and will be taking them to another country, then look for the appropriate adaptors in Swiss electronics stores.

If you have stuff with plugs from another country and will be taking them to Switzerland, then look for the appropriate adaptors in that other country. However, be careful because as stated above, "European" plugs are not the same as "Swiss" plugs, so if the adaptor doesn't say Switzerland on it then don't bother getting it. Because of this, it is possible to get adaptors within Switzerland to go from another country's plug TO a Swiss socket, although these are normally the more "universal" kind and so are more expensive and more bulky than the dedicated adaptors.

If you have computer equipment then don't even bother with the adaptors. You can just buy new cables that plug into the back of the computer, monitor, and printer and have a Swiss plug on the other end. You can get these at any computer or electronics shop for a few francs, but Swiss people often have extra ones lying around, or you can find a Salvation Army / thrift store who normally have a bin of used ones that will be no more and 1 franc each.
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