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Universal Power strip

I'm in search of a universal power strip
Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/VCT-Universal.../dp/B00H8DGBQE

HOWEVER, I want the powerstrip to plug into a Swiss wall outlet.

I'm not having any luck finding something like this and could really use some help.

Why do I need this.
I have a few items that all need to be powered at the same time, preferably at the same outlet that are from different countries -- like USA, Switzerland, EU, UK.....

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Re: Universal Power strip

I thought the neutral/live wires on a swiss socket were reversed compared to UK which means these 'universal' sockets are not suitable for Swiss plugs.
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I thought the neutral/live wires on a swiss socket were reversed compared to UK which means these 'universal' sockets are not suitable for Swiss plugs.
It doesn't really matter - the appliance can't tell which is which anyway. No adaptor is going to reverse them, so millions of people are using it that way every day.

In this case though, there's no reason not to simply chop the plug off this one and replace it with a Swiss one, so you'd be connecting the wires correctly anyway.
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Re: Universal Power strip

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It doesn't really matter - the appliance can't tell which is which anyway. No adaptor is going to reverse them, so millions of people are using it that way every day.

In this case though, there's no reason not to simply chop the plug off this one and replace it with a Swiss one, so you'd be connecting the wires correctly anyway.
That is what I have done..
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Re: Universal Power strip

Just change the plug as ACE1 said.

Also I see the one you linked has its own circuit breaker at 3500W, you might want to check your installation, but very likely your installation does not have 16A or higher on the wall socket, deeming the circuit breaker in the power strip a useless waste of money.

Unless you plan on emigrating just grab a bunch of these and exchange all your plugs to Swiss ones.

https://www.bauundhobby.ch/maschinen...-t12/p/5615082
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It doesn't really matter - the appliance can't tell which is which anyway. No adaptor is going to reverse them, so millions of people are using it that way every day.

In this case though, there's no reason not to simply chop the plug off this one and replace it with a Swiss one, so you'd be connecting the wires correctly anyway.
are you sure
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Re: Universal Power strip

I was wondering what a universal power trip was. Expected to see pics of Trump and Johnson et al.

Am now left feeling both ever-so-slightly embarassed and relieved.
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Yes. Read up on alternating current.
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Re: Universal Power strip

So am I understanding correctly ---- there is NO way to purchase a product that allows for Swiss plug (to the wall) and universal powerstrip.

I can get by without the UK portion.
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Yes.

In most of the EU, the plugs can even be inserted both ways.

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Re: Universal Power strip

For British visitors I have a UK power strip with a Swiss plug,
For N. American visitors I have a US power strip with a Swiss plug (with a red warning about voltage)

Migros sells the plugs for next to nothing.
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Migros sells the plugs for next to nothing.
Right, CHF 1.- at Migros. Cheaper than Coop and much cheaper than the hardware stores.
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So am I understanding correctly ---- there is NO way to purchase a product that allows for Swiss plug (to the wall) and universal powerstrip.

I can get by without the UK portion.
Probably not. But seriously, as everybody has said, why not simply wire a Swiss plug onto a universal power board from, well, anywhere? If Amazon won't deliver that particular board to Switzerland or a Packstation nearby, there are other sellers who will, and other platforms where you can find these power boards.

Wiring a new plug on is trivially easy. And if you get it wrong, hopefully you'll be in no state to remember that you did.
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Re: Universal Power strip

Here you go, OP. 2x SCHUKO/USA, 2x UK, 1x CN, 1x IT, 3x CH T12. (Chinese plugs have the same formation as Australian/NZ, by the way). Yours for the bargain Swiss price of just CHF 296.-

Or for a less impressive, but still eye-watering CHF 162.-, there's this one that that offers:

- 2 Steckdosen Typ 13 Schweiz
- 2 Steckdosen SchuKo
- 2 Steckdosen China/Australien, Neuseeland, Argentinien
- 2 Steckdosen England
- 2 Steckdosen Italien.

No US plugs, though, unless you can squeeze them (2 pins) into the Schuko outlets.

Or you could buy any international power board from Amazon, Banggood, Gearbest, or any UK/French/German online store, and... change.the.plug. That will cost you CHF 1.- extra, though.
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Re: Universal Power strip

Does anyone do powerstrips with those magic multiplug sockets. The ones that accept three pin UK, EU, AU, CN, and in a few cases CH plugs. Iím sure they must have a name.

Many hotels use the plugs, a powerstrip would be Great!
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Here's another, more flexible idea: buy the longest Swiss power board (Swiss T13 sockets, Swiss T12 plug) you can find. Buy as many SKROSS Combo World to Switzerland adapters (around CHF 14.43 with free delivery) as will fit the board. (You can buy smaller, cheaper adapters if you don't need to cater to European Schuko plugs.) Plug the latter into the former. (Or, obviously, dispense with the power board altogether if you have enough wall sockets for your power-hungry international guests.)



For real flexibility, you could buy the large, complicated, expensive SKROSS World Adapter Pro+ USB variable adapters and take them with you when you travel, but they're large, complicated and expensive at CHF 41.45.

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Does anyone do powerstrips with those magic multiplug sockets. The ones that accept three pin UK, EU, AU, CN, and in a few cases CH plugs. I’m sure they must have a name.

Many hotels use the plugs, a powerstrip would be Great!
That's what our desperate OP is looking for. The answer is no, they're not made with Swiss T12 plugs wired to them.

But you could always source one from pretty much anywhere outside Switzerland (here's a few from amazon.de), cut the plug off, and...
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sorry, but you are wrong. in a typical universal plug arrangement, the live and neutral pins for UK and Swiss sockets are reversed.

in normal operation this will not be an issue, but in case of a fault, the entire appliance could become live.

for a british appliance connected to a swiss socket, this will also mean the fuse on the live pin is no longer connected to the live socket.

it's a common misconception that just because the current is alternating, it doesn't matter about the polarity.
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sorry, but you are wrong. in a typical universal plug arrangement, the live and neutral pins for UK and Swiss sockets are reversed.
German, Italian, and most of the rest of the EU can be inserted either way, so you have a 50/50 chance of them being reversed!

Swiss 2-pin can also be reversed.

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German, Italian, and most of the rest of the EU can be inserted either way, so you have a 50/50 chance of them being reversed!

Swiss 2-pin can also be reversed.

Tom
exactly, so if you plug a universal adapter into an EU socket, you have a 50% chance of reversing the polarity.

if you mix swiss 3 pin and UK 3 pin, they will always be reversed relative to each other (i haven't seen a design for universal socket which allows for this difference).

hopefully, any appliances with 2 prong/reversible plug are designed to be safe when plugged in either way.
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