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Power adapters for Switzerland

When packing for a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can power all your indispensable electronics that you'll be bringing along with you. But, without knowing which wall socket is used you may end up either having to bring unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible. Different combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Switzerland. This page contains links to instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when you are travelling to Switzerland by using the Type J or C Swiss 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Swiss normally use the Type J sockets in their plug outlets. Power adapters vary depending on which region you in therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters page where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for Switzerland?

The best power adapter for Switzerland will be a Type J power adapter [2] which will allow 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.

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 UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Switzerland in the UK

Switzerland to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

  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, £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor