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Hi there, I may be moving to Geneva from London in the coming months and I have a question which is probably really stupid but I'm going to ask it anyway.

Will all my UK consumer electronics work in Geneva? For example my LCD television, dvd player, xbox, microwave, baby steraliser etc etc etc?

Any help would be great
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with the right adapter, yes.
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Yes to all, you'll just need to change the plugs, or buy a load of adapters.
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Re: electronics

Plugs are differenet but overall all should work
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Obviousely with a plug adapter
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Obviousely with a plug adapter
I posted that after your post matey. wasn't being shirty with you
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Re: electronics

Cheers to all for your replies, much appreciated.

Off to lift all euro plug adapters I can find then
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Re: electronics

Get plenty of those 4 way strips, then you can change the plug at the end to a swiss one, 4 done in one.
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Get plenty of those 4 way strips, then you can change the plug at the end to a swiss one, 4 done in one.
yup, that's what i did. then you only need to change one plug and then continue to daisy chain them around the house from a single socket...
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Once you've done that, make sure to get some Swiss ones which you can use in Geneva.
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Cheers to all for your replies, much appreciated.

Off to lift all euro plug adapters I can find then
Be careful there - Switzerland doesn't use the Euro adapter - it has a three prong system. The 2 "prongs" from a Euro one might fit, but often the Swiss sockets are "set in" in an irregular hexagon shape so the euro ones can't "physically" fit.
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Get plenty of those 4 way strips, then you can change the plug at the end to a swiss one, 4 done in one.

Excellent. Thanks very much
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Excellent. Thanks very much

I personally have severe feedback issues when I have my laptop plugged into the same strip as the sound system that it is also plugged into. (did that make sense?)

Sometimes a little isolation is also required.
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Old 17.05.2010, 17:18
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Re: electronics

Manor and the big Coop in Rue de la Confederation both sell Swiss plugs for a couple of CHF's a go. Go and buy a few handfuls of them when you first arrive, and then you can spend a happy evening chopping off the old plugs and wiring up the new ones
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Re: electronics

don't daisy chain muliplugs!! the swiss wiring system isn't a ring main like the uk, so you'll blow a fuse or things will start to go dim!!

in both the places we have rented so far here its been very easy indeed to trip the power by overloading a socket!

get a few swiss plugs (from media mark, coop home and hobby etc), cut the english plug off your multi lead and make a few swiss pluged multileads.
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Re: electronics

One thing to be careful with the TV, is that they may not contain an integrated (analogue) cable tuner, as my Sony doesn't. Cable TV is standard in Switzerland, i.e. your apartment will have a cable TV socket in the wall into which you plug the TV. If the TV can't cope with this you may have trouble.

If you choose to upgrade to digital TV (where you will get a host of English channels) or you bring a Sky box with you, these will connect to the TV via a SCART or HDMI cable, in which case you will have no problems.
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don't daisy chain muliplugs!! the swiss wiring system isn't a ring main like the uk, so you'll blow a fuse or things will start to go dim!!

in both the places we have rented so far here its been very easy indeed to trip the power by overloading a socket!

being Irish ... if you have the old fashion fuses, 10A for instance, then buy a 16A fuse and take the fuse wire out and replace the 10A fuse wire with it.
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