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are the plug sockets in zurich the same as uk or 2 pins?
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Old 28.04.2014, 16:18
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Re: plug sockets

Neither. They are three pin. Scroll down you'll see a list of three or four other threads about it.

Converting a plug socket
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Re: plug sockets

Two or three round pins, but a completely different shape to UK plug sockets.
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Two or three round pins, but a completely different shape to UK plug sockets.
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Old 28.04.2014, 16:27
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Re: plug sockets

no, those will work for Germany/Austria and maybe a few other EU countries.

this is what you need:

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Attachment 80484i have bought these will it be ok?
Only if you appliance doesn't need an earth.
If it does, these adapters don't have one (that works here), so if there's a problem, then you will become the quickest way to ground current.

EDIT: an easy option to get you started, is to buy one or more trailing socket banks in UK, and just change the end plug to a Swiss one, once here.
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Only if you appliance doesn't need an earth.
If it does, these adapters don't have one (that works here), so if there's a problem, then you will become the quickest way to ground current.
will a tv need earth?? i know nothing bout that
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Old 28.04.2014, 16:34
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No. The round bit on the two pin European plug will not fit the recessed Swiss socket and the pins are often thicker as well even if you find a non-recessed socket.
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No. The round bit on the two pin European plug will not fit the recessed Swiss socket and the pins are often thicker as well even if you find a non-recessed socket.
oh maybe its best to buy them when i get there
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Re: plug sockets

Europlug pins are like this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug

They will go in the swiss sockets and generally work.

Schuko plugs are thicker:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuko
These have ground connection in their dedicated socket, but will not fit in the swiss sockets anyway.

In many EU countries, Europlugs and Schuko plugs will fit in the sockets, but in Switzerland only the Europlugs will reliably go in.

If your adapters have Europlug pins (thin) I think they will serve most of your purposes if you find sockets that are completely flat. They look like Schuko though, because they have the shape associated with it (which as MiniMia said, will obstruct it when trying to put in a recessed swiss Socket - for that matter, even Europlugs won't go into some of the recessed Swiss sockets as the plastic part is shaped differently).
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Europlug pins are like this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug

They will go in the swiss sockets and generally work.

Schuko plugs are thicker:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuko
These have ground connection in their dedicated socket, but will not fit in the swiss sockets anyway.

In many EU countries, Europlugs and Schuko plugs will fit in the sockets, but in Switzerland only the Europlugs will reliably go in.

If your adapters have Europlug pins (thin) I think they will serve most of your purposes. But if you can return them and get Swiss ones (shown in other posts, 3 round pins) it would be better.
thank you. i have bought 10 of them today my partner is going to zurich soon so he will try it out and see if not ill just return them i buy them when i get there
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Re: plug sockets

tv doesn't need an "earth" afaik. But the big round plugs you have won't fit in a Swiss plug if said switchplate is receeded

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non-receeded:



Note: I am not an electrician, just speaking with my practical "layman" knowledge. I hope and think that if you use the type of plug adapter that you show in your post for an appliance that doesn't need the 3rd prong, it should be ok as long as it fits (ie you have a flat plug plate). Because I believe I am doing that in my kids room for a night light and if it is not safe, I guess I better find out!
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will a tv need earth?? i know nothing bout that
Normally, not.

If unsure about any plug requiring an earth, just unscrew the plug cap,and if there is no yellow/green wire going to the centre terminal, then there is no earth.
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tv doesn't need an "earth" afaik. But the big round plugs you have won't fit in a Swiss plug if said switchplate is receeded

example of what I call receeded:


non-receeded:



Note: I am not an electrician, just speaking with my practical "layman" knowledge. I hope and think that if you use the type of plug adapter that you show in your post for an appliance that doesn't need the 3rd prong, it should be ok as long as it fits (ie you have a flat plug plate). Because I believe I am doing that in my kids room for a night light and if it is not safe, I guess I better find out!
thank you so much very helpful
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Re: plug sockets

There are a few (relatively obvious, but perhaps worth pointing out) things you can do and probably were already going to do.

If you are bringing a lot of UK plug stuff, bring also some plug extensions from the UK (UK plug, several UK sockets). This way with 1 adapter you can use several appliances at the same time.

Some stuff you can just get a different power cable (Desktop PCs are notable for this, but many monitors also have the same type of power supply cable).
This 2-prong one is also commonly used in several appliances I've encountered:
http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/fr...rd_2_prong.JPG
If you do this, do check if the Voltage/Current is ok before frying something

I never saw a Swiss plug extensions with non-receded sockets (Swiss plug, several Swiss sockets), so if your house doesn't have the flat wall-sockets you may have a hard time even with the "compatible" Europlugs.
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I never saw a Swiss plug extensions with non-receded sockets
I have several that I use daily at work, but they are older.

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