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Amazon Alexa 3rd Gen Dot Power

I have a few 2nd gen Echo Dot's around the house, which connected with a usb charging cable to 9W, which I basically plugged into a Swiss Apple plug, with no problems.

I just received a 3rd gen Echo Dot, which has changed the system to a 15W UK plug (12v 1200A).

Aside from getting an adapter, which looks ugly, I thought it would be easy to get a simple power cable replacement but Migros and Interdiscount were not too helpful and only had a universal adapter thing for chf 40... more than my Alexa cost.

1) So, would something like this do, or any other cheaper solution?

https://www.digitec.ch/de/s1/product...pplier=3013528

2) Alternatively, would this cable then allow me to once again just connect it to a typical Swiss apple wall plug?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DigitCont-C...sr=1-1-catcorr

Just asking on here in case anyone has already done this here or knows what they are talking about, unlike me!
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Old 20.03.2019, 13:59
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Re: Amazon Alexa 3rd Gen Dot Power

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I have a few 2nd gen Echo Dot's around the house, which connected with a usb charging cable to 9W, which I basically plugged into a Swiss Apple plug, with no problems.

I just received a 3rd gen Echo Dot, which has changed the system to a 15W UK plug (12v 1200A).

Aside from getting an adapter, which looks ugly, I thought it would be easy to get a simple power cable replacement but Migros and Interdiscount were not too helpful and only had a universal adapter thing for chf 40... more than my Alexa cost.

1) So, would something like this do, or any other cheaper solution?

https://www.digitec.ch/de/s1/product...pplier=3013528

2) Alternatively, would this cable then allow me to once again just connect it to a typical Swiss apple wall plug?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/DigitCont-C...sr=1-1-catcorr

Just asking on here in case anyone has already done this here or knows what they are talking about, unlike me!
Both ideas will work. With the former, you need to ensure that the connector barrel outside and inside (hole) diameters are the same as that for the Echo dot.

The one from Digitec in your link is no good. It has an OD of 5.5mm and you need around 4mm OD.

It could be a Type C: 3.8 mm OD, 1.4 mm ID or a Type E: 3.4 mm OD, 1.3 mm ID.

Not sure. You'd have to google the exact spec to be sure. (or measure the diameter of the DC plug you have using some vernier calipers).

For the second, it's okay but, as you say, a bit messy.

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Re: Amazon Alexa 3rd Gen Dot Power

Is an Amazon Alexa usable in Switzerland? I had read up on Amazon that they weren't in Switzerland. Does that mean they just aren't sold in CH or cannot be connected in a home wifi network? Thanks for any info.
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Old 06.06.2019, 04:37
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Is an Amazon Alexa usable in Switzerland? I had read up on Amazon that they weren't in Switzerland. Does that mean they just aren't sold in CH or cannot be connected in a home wifi network? Thanks for any info.
It does work, but you have to download the app from a 3rd party source (Which is risky).

I don't do much with mine. I was disappointed to discover that nothing happens when I say "Alexa, please make dinner."
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It does work, but you have to download the app from a 3rd party source (Which is risky).
This isn't true.

You can download the app from a third-party source if you want some of the advanced functionality such as using 'routines' that is offered in the U.S., but not in Europe.

Otherwise, most things work fine. What you won't be able to do is any location-specific stuff such as checking local weather and shopping online will be a problem too.

I guess it depends on what you want to do with it.
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Re: Amazon Alexa 3rd Gen Dot Power

Hi

Alexa works in Swizerland as long as you have an Amazon account in the UK or Germany. You can download the Amazon app from Google play and from itunes. This is not a third party supplier. As normal you just need a google id or apple id that can used for the Uk,USA or German app stores. Also you will most likely need a smart dns or vpn. The same applies to Google Home, though I did read that Switzerland was finally being officially supported by Google.

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