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Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

Hi again,

I just bought a World Power Travel Adapter for my Laptop and it says its good for Power rating of 100-250 VAC, 2.5 A max.

And my powercord says 100-240 V, 1.6 A

So I guess this would be the right one? right?

Or maybe I should buy an adapter in Switzerland?
What would you recommend?

Thanks
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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

As long as the world power adapter fits the swiss sockets, there is no issue. If it doesn't still you can get the adapters or computer cables for around 10 Fr. on digitec.ch.
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Old 15.05.2010, 21:18
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Or maybe I should buy an adapter in Switzerland?
What would you recommend?
Finding a plug adapter here isn't a problem but it most likely will be cheaper if you bought it in the States. Or.. if you're planing on staying long term then just chop off the USA plug and put a Swiss one on it for a Frank or so.
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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

OK, I am not an Electrician, LOL.
Sounds scary!!!
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Old 15.05.2010, 21:34
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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

May I ask what it is for a laptop..? If the power cord is set up right you might be able to just buy the Swiss plug/cable combo. Does the power adaptor have a separate (2 or 3 poll) cable that goes from it to the wall..?
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Old 15.05.2010, 21:48
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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

Pictures from the OP will help ( of the adapter, plug etc. )
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Yeah I know but I don't have a digital camera anymore.
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And my powercord says 100-240 V, 1.6 A
If your power cord looks like one of the following then you're in luck as these are available with the Swiss plug at most electronic stores.



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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

If you bought a POWER adaptor, then it's quite expensive as it needs to step-down & step-up the voltage.

Your laptop charger itself is probably good for 110 AND 240 V.Most laptops come with this capability these days - check the details in your laptop charger. In this case, you just need a PLUG adapter to fix the plug incompatibility. It will cost you about 5 dollars at a radioshack or a buck at an electrical store. Even in CH i paid 1-2 francs for this. In my experience, if you want a PLUG solution, always go to an electrical store and not an electronics store - its always cheaper.
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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

I was thinking about this this morning.

What have others down with their electronics situations when moving to CH from the UK or US (or elsewhere?) I had initially thought to get rid of everything and just reconstitute my electronics once I arrive. But Now I'm wondering if there's not some way to buy a power strip for my entertainment center that will just plug into the swiss wall and take all of my US gadgets.

So... how have others tackled this issue? (aside from buying an adapter for each device)

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I was thinking about this this morning.

What have others down with their electronics situations when moving to CH from the UK or US (or elsewhere?) I had initially thought to get rid of everything and just reconstitute my electronics once I arrive. But Now I'm wondering if there's not some way to buy a power strip for my entertainment center that will just plug into the swiss wall and take all of my US gadgets.

So... how have others tackled this issue? (aside from buying an adapter for each device)
Many people buy a power strip from their home country (you can get them with anything from 2 to 9 or maybe even more outlets), then just cut the "foreign" plug off the cord and replace it with a Swiss plug. If you don't want to wire your own plug on (and it really is very, very easy to do), then buy one adapter to convert the foreign plug to Swiss. As described above, it'll cost a couple of francs.

WARNING!!! Do NOT use this solution for 110-120V equipment (such as from USA or Canada) unless the equipment is also rated for 220-240V. A power strip will not step the Swiss voltage of 220-240V down to 110-120V! For equipment manufactured to run on 110-120V, you need a step-down transformer. You can still plug a US/Canadian/whatever power strip into such a transformer (and if you buy the appropriate transformer you won't need to change the plug on the power strip), but you need to make sure that the wattage output of the transformer is sufficient for all the appliances you may need to run simultaneously off the transformer.

This information might help for US-->CH moves.
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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

The plug problem can be solved by using a simple adapter. You can by them in every electronics store (and even post office!!) here in switzerland. But the key thing to look out for is the difference in voltage! We have 220 vs. 120 in the States! Make sure your equipment is also suitable for the higher voltage...
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I was thinking about this this morning.

What have others down with their electronics situations when moving to CH from the UK...
I bought a new TV, but needed a new one anyway. Otherwise, just swapped the plugs for Swiss ones. The key point being - UK, unlike US, voltage and frequency is the same as Swiss. (or near enough not to make any difference).
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Hi again,

I just bought a World Power Travel Adapter for my Laptop and it says its good for Power rating of 100-250 VAC, 2.5 A max.

And my powercord says 100-240 V, 1.6 A

So I guess this would be the right one? right?

Or maybe I should buy an adapter in Switzerland?
What would you recommend?

Thanks
I just made the move myself (former Cali guy as well, Culver City).

There are really two classes of problems here:

Group 1: Dual-rated equipment

What they are: This is usually your sophisticated electronics, the stuff that usually has a "power brick" somewhere along the line. Since the actual thing you want to operate runs on DC, not AC, it has the brick there to convert whatever comes out of the wall into whatever your thing acutally needs. 90%+ of this stuff can handle the 50Hz 240V juice coming out of Swiss walls, no problem. Just look at the small print on the brick, and see what it is rated to. If it says 110-240 or some such, you're good.

What to do: Get a "plug adapter." This is just a simple piece of plastic with a US socket on one side and European prongs on the other. All it does is make your existing plug fit in the new socket. I think I bought a dozen for $5.99 on amazon. You can have a couple if you want.

Group 2: Single voltage equipment

What they are: these are typically small electric appliances. These are actually designed to use the AC voltage out of the wall, and they have simply power cords. Think hair dryers, shavers, blenders, and the like. If you check the small print (usually on the bottom or back near where the cord is) it will say 110-120V.

What to do: Buy a "voltage adapter." This is a heavy brick, usually with a long cord going to the wall and an outlet on it. It actually contains a transformer to convert the wall power into what your US appliances expect. If you were to use a "plug adapter" your appliance would shortly begin giving off smoke and reeking, assuming it was not properly fused. These are typically more expensive, though I found some on amazon for about $20 (weighing two pounds a piece). i have an extra one of these, too, but you'd have to pay for it.

Now, if you plug something from Group 1 into a "voltage adapter," you'll be fine. Absolutely nothing bad will happen. You will only have wasted money and weight bring something you don't need, but your doohickey will be safe.

Our strategy was to bring only the very high-dollar items (our laptops) and replace our small electrics here. If I had it to do again, I might bring one or two of my nicer small electrics with us (my electric shaver comes to mind), but overall I'm fairly happy with it. You're not going to get crushed replaced your $20-$30 hair dryer with a 40CHF one, and you'll have the convenience of not lugging that bloody transformer around. Plus, the lower amperages on the electricity mean most European power cords can be thinner than their American counterparts.

Good luck.
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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

That's a good response from dmay.

However, I'd just like to point out that not only small electrical appliances are manufactured (for the US market) to run on a single voltage (110V). Many TVs and stereo/entertainment systems (home theatres, DVD players, speaker systems, etc) are also single voltage. Check the sticky label on the back of the equipment! If they're 110V and you want to bring them to Switzerland, you'll need a (or a few) transformer(s).

By the way, electronics in Switzerland aren't ridiculously expensive, not in the same league as everything else, anyway.

My other comment is that almost all laptop computers are designed to run or recharge on anything from 110-240V (some even lower, like 12V car batteries). Again, check the label!

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Re: Power adapter question ( US -> CH )

My general rule of thumb was if it had an electric motor I left it in the US (vacuum, blender etc). Those devices rarely (I've only heard of one) do dual voltage / hz and they can be really hard on transformers as they often take a lot of watts especially when you first turn them on. For example ever notice that with a powerful vacuum cleaner when you first flip it on the lights may flicker? Thats because its using a big spike of power when you first flip it on.

I did figure that the devices with "power bricks" would be OK but I just found that my wireless router is only listed for 110 and the same for my cordless drill. Are there any stores around that sell generic power bricks (ac to dc)?
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