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Sabrina 12.02.2020 13:30

Electronics from USA
 
Hello All,
Can we bring electronics like I-MAC, TV, Laptop from USA. Will it work in same volts over there or do we need to also bring stepup/down convertor ?


Thanks in advance

Sabrina.

Chemmie 12.02.2020 13:40

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sabrina (Post 3147444)
Hello All,
Can we bring electronics like I-MAC, TV, Laptop from USA. Will it work in same volts over there or do we need to also bring stepup/down convertor ?


Thanks in advance

Sabrina.

Usually the power cable has a built in convertor (the box on the cable). On that box it should have the allowable input voltage range. Usually that range covers US and Europe--but you will have to check. As well a physical plug adaptor.

venetian 12.02.2020 14:25

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Due to their mobile nature, the power supplies of objects like laptops, phone chargers, hairdryers etc will usually accept both US and European voltages, and you will only need a mechanical converter for the plug.

I have doubts on the TV... the signal decoders are quite different even within Europe so it's rarely useful to move those objects. It depends on what you want to do with it, but if it's your old TV from a US home I suggest to sell it and buy a new one, while if you're planning to buy across the ocean you should double-check the specs (and also customs import procedures: a laptop can fit a small luggage, while a TV...)

Axa 12.02.2020 14:34

Re: Electronics from USA
 
The iMac and the laptop should have no problems. They both work with 110 or 220 volts and 50-60 Hz. You just need one adapter like this one to connect them to a Swiss outlet https://www.digitec.ch/en/s1/product...apters-7499899

TV? They're bulky. Perhaps it's almost as expensive to transport and insure it compared to buying one here.

Treverus 12.02.2020 15:16

Re: Electronics from USA
 
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Originally Posted by venetian (Post 3147471)
I have doubts on the TV... the signal decoders are quite different even within Europe so it's rarely useful to move those objects.

Really? Even my cheap spare TV runs entirely on software these days. Those "but my TV is NTSC" is something of the past thanks to digital input from set/top boxes be it cable, satelite or internet TV... besides the trend that most people just use it as a screen for Netflix anyways...

starDeMer 12.02.2020 15:32

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Originally Posted by Treverus (Post 3147511)
Really? Even my cheap spare TV runs entirely on software these days. Those "but my TV is NTSC" is something of the past thanks to digital input from set/top boxes be it cable, satelite or internet TV... besides the trend that most people just use it as a screen for Netflix anyways...

so your TV is only used as a monitor.
In your exemple the setup box is the tuner and not necessary compatible from one country to another.

starDeMer 12.02.2020 15:36

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sabrina (Post 3147444)
Hello All,
Can we bring electronics like I-MAC, TV, Laptop from USA. Will it work in same volts over there or do we need to also bring stepup/down convertor ?


Thanks in advance

Sabrina.

I would normally not bother with a converter (110~240 or 50~60Hz)

It's easy to convert the plug.
Check the Stickers on your laptop ...
If it's 110-220 (or 240) V and 50~60Hz its fine

FCBarca 12.02.2020 16:26

Re: Electronics from USA
 
My advice for new residents of Suisse it to sell all of your electronics/appliances that do not conform to 230V. Adapters are easy to contend with, converters are problematic and tech gets outdated too quickly for it to justify the expense to import it in the first place

Buy local, Suisse is expensive but most electronics are quite similar to elsewhere, especially the US

Laptops or iMacs are surely 230V compliant (Most are up to 240V), just need an adapter

ThomasSSS 12.02.2020 16:34

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Read the fine print on the charger, or whatever the wall power first goes into. If it says it'll take 230V (e.g. 100-240V), you just need a plug adapter, or replacement power cord.

Recent phone and laptop chargers shouldn't be a problem, but it never hurts to check. Other items are very hit and miss.

st2lemans 12.02.2020 16:56

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by starDeMer (Post 3147518)
so your TV is only used as a monitor.
In your exemple the setup box is the tuner and not necessary compatible from one country to another.

Nobody uses the internal tuner anymore, as there are no longer any analog transmission (at least not in Switzerland), so not an issue.

Tom

starDeMer 12.02.2020 17:07

Re: Electronics from USA
 
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Originally Posted by st2lemans (Post 3147579)
Nobody uses the internal tuner anymore, as there are no longer any analog transmission (at least not in Switzerland), so not an issue.

Tom

this is why there is digital tuner.

anyway, there is no point to debate for hours , it's not the topic ;)

Captain Greybeard 12.02.2020 18:11

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by venetian (Post 3147471)
Due to their mobile nature, the power supplies of objects like laptops, phone chargers, hairdryers etc will usually accept both US and European voltages, and you will only need a mechanical converter for the plug.

It would be great if things were that simple.

Most low-power electronic gadgets like phone chargers, lap top power supplies etc. sold in Europe in the last, say, 10 or 15 years, can cope with anything between 110 and 240V AC. More power-hungry devices such as hair dryers or slow-cookers usually don't, because their wattage would require a pretty lumpy and heavy transformer.

An the other hand, most low-power chargers etc. sold in the USA even these days cover only US voltage. I dunno, maybe they think that's a patriotic thing to do. I have about 15 such devices bought in the USA in the last 5 years, of which only one (bought a month ago) can "go Europe." Among my more than two dozen up to 15 year-old low-power devices I brought over from Europe, only three cannot get along with the US voltage. Looks like the US is way behind in this respect.

Phil_MCR 12.02.2020 18:35

Re: Electronics from USA
 
depends on the gadget, but most low voltage gadgets now use switch mode power supplies capable of taking a wide input voltage.

Colorado 12.02.2020 21:29

Re: Electronics from USA
 
In order to be sure look at all your electronics if you can find on the power brick (or device itself) somewhere if they support 220V. Pretty much all laptops will work but then it gets more difficult.
Hairdryers tend not to work (some models have a manual switch) and most kitchen appliances also don't work. Gas grills have a different connector (we converted our Weber). We gave a lot of stuff away and bought new especially in the kitchen.
I am still using our (at the time almost new) multi function color laser printer with a converter. Our move was paid for so packing it well and transporting it was not a problem vs buying new.
They are not that expensive but only worth if it the equipment is expensive.
Also if you have a lot of stuff that are located close to each other bring some US power strips along so you only need 1 adapter for the wall plug.

Riana22 18.02.2020 16:23

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Hi everyone,


I need counsel re. purchasing or not this laptop:


https://shopping.myus.com/shop/elect...an/0000168734/


Is it worth investing in it? In the description, nothing is mentioned about voltage; so I wonder if it's compatible with the Swiss one.


The OS seems ok, just for how many more years?


TIA

Guest 18.02.2020 16:53

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Riana22 (Post 3149390)
Hi everyone,


I need counsel re. purchasing or not this laptop:


https://shopping.myus.com/shop/elect...an/0000168734/


Is it worth investing in it? In the description, nothing is mentioned about voltage; so I wonder if it's compatible with the Swiss one.


The OS seems ok, just for how many more years?


TIA

You might need a new powercord or plug on the charger. (Or use an adapter)

The big question should be if you really want to spend $430,- on an 8 year old laptop with a slow processor and the absolute minimum of Ram.

venetian 18.02.2020 19:00

Re: Electronics from USA
 
I think we have one of those at home, it's become slow to the point of not being usable anymore.

In our case when we moved to Switzerland we just replaced the cord with a Swiss one. The power supply accepts 100 to 240 V as input and the power cord is detachable.

starDeMer 18.02.2020 19:21

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sabrina (Post 3147444)
Hello All,
Can we bring electronics like I-MAC, TV, Laptop from USA. Will it work in same volts over there or do we need to also bring stepup/down convertor ?


Thanks in advance

Sabrina.

I understand people are busy when moving, but I sometime wonder if they take the time to read the answers to there questions.

Sabrina 19.02.2020 04:43

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Thank you all for the valuable inputs. I will be packing my I-Mac as I just took it last Thanks giving sale along with my new phones. As I understand from this thread that I need to buy adapter or power cord for them to work.



I have dropped the idea of bringing my TV(too bulky and not worth it) and other elctronic stuff which can be bought from Swiss at almost same price.


Thanks again everyone.

Sabrina 19.02.2020 04:45

Re: Electronics from USA
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Axa (Post 3147477)
The iMac and the laptop should have no problems. They both work with 110 or 220 volts and 50-60 Hz. You just need one adapter like this one to connect them to a Swiss outlet https://www.digitec.ch/en/s1/product...apters-7499899

TV? They're bulky. Perhaps it's almost as expensive to transport and insure it compared to buying one here.

Thx for the link.


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