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Power adapters for Switzerland

If you are packing for a holiday to Switzerland it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your gadgets when you get there. By not knowing which wall socket is used in Switzerland you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning having to buy a potentially overpriced charger on arrival. Varying different standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Switzerland. This page has links to useful instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Switzerland by using their types J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Swiss typically use the Type J wall outlets. Power adapters will vary depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Switzerland?

The best power adapter for Switzerland is a Type J power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Switzerland?

What is a power adapter for a Swiss power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a Swiss power outlet to accept a power plug from a different country.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Swiss power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Swiss power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need a step down power converter for Switzerland.

Do I need a plug adapter in Switzerland?

If the shape of the Swiss power outlet is different to the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Switzerland from America?

A US plug won't fit into a Swiss power outlet therefore you will need to bring a power adapter for Switzerland, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Switzerland to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their electrical devices in Switzerland simply by changing the shape of the plug.

Do European plug adapters work in Switzerland?

As there are eight different power outlet types in Europe there is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe won't work in Switzerland.

Where to buy a power adapter in Switzerland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Switzerland

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Switzerland in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Switzerland in the US

Switzerland to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US International airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as Hudson News or Brookstone, but expect to pay more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - wikipedia.org entry about Switzerland.
  2. Type J plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type J power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price around $5.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor