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  • hey guys welcome back to how to switzerland sarah  here today and today's video is another one in  

  • our switzerland basics series so this is episode  number three if you have not seen the other ones  

  • i will link them right here as well  as in the description box down below

  • so the whole switzerland basics series is really  designed for those of you that are interested in  

  • moving to switzerland and you want to know the  real basics about life here and how to handle  

  • kind of everyday situations so in today's video  i thought we would talk all about you know  

  • electronics plugs electricity so although this  is not that exciting i feel like it is actually  

  • really important because when i first moved here  i was super confused about how things worked and  

  • i just felt like a lot of things that i read  online kind of confused me so i thought i will  

  • put it in this video as simple as i can for you  all right we'll just keep it real simple here  

  • this is a swiss outlet so it looks like this  of course sometimes there's slightly different  

  • configurations here but this is a typical  outlet now you have two plugs that you will see  

  • a lot of in switzerland so this is a typeas you can see it is a mounted plug so it has  

  • three prongs on it so this is what you'll see  on like you know laptops and i guess other like  

  • i don't know how you say like high you know  energy using types of electronics and then  

  • this is the other type this is a type c plug and  as you can see it doesn't have the mount so this  

  • is actually similar to in the us you know you  have some plugs that are like really thick and  

  • then some that are more you know like everyday use  i guess so i guess i'll do a demonstration here  

  • goes in like this so actually you can fit  three electronics not with this this is  

  • actually as you can see this is an adapter  um but you can fit three of this for example  

  • in here so it's kind of interesting actually  probably not with this the goal is that you  

  • can fit a three let me see so here we have one  two and then you could put a third one uh like  

  • so so as you can see actually here i have  an adapter this is my curling iron and  

  • you can see underneath here is a us  plug and then i have this adapter over  

  • the top here so let's talk about that quickly so  if you are traveling in switzerland or relocating  

  • to switzerland and you plan to bring electronics  from a foreign country there are a lot of things  

  • you need to keep in mind and the first one is  that in switzerland the electricity is 220 to 240  

  • volts versus in the us what is it 100 to 120  well 110 to 120 so it's much lower it's half  

  • in the united states so you really need to keep  that in mind because you want to make sure you're  

  • only bringing electronics that are dual voltage  which means that they work like this curling iron  

  • for example is dual voltage it will work in the  united states and it will work in europe or in  

  • switzerland and the way that you can tell is  by looking at the product here so as you can  

  • see right here it is printed on ac 110 to 240 so  that's how you can tell that it is dual voltage  

  • because of that range so that means i can use this  curling iron really anywhere and i only need an  

  • adapter i do not need an electricity converter so  there is a difference if this curling iron was not  

  • dual voltage if i looked and it just said you know  110 and it didn't go up to 240 that means it's not  

  • dual voltage and you could technically bring that  with you to europe but you're gonna need to use  

  • a converter on the end so a converter i don't  actually have one but they look like this  

  • they can be pretty small and these are supposed to  you know protect your appliance and make it work  

  • um when you have different voltage so this you  know the electricity here is double in strength  

  • excuse me for using the wrong words to describe  this but basically it's twice as strong so if you  

  • plug your non-dual voltage curling iron even if  you have an adapter on it into the wall it will  

  • basically uh fry if not the first time it will fry  over time and in my experience i have brought over  

  • a lot of non-dual voltage electronics and  i tried to use an electricity um converter  

  • with an adapter and i found that within a few  months they all died even with the converter so  

  • i recommend only bringing with you dual voltage  electronics or electronics um that can handle  

  • the voltage here in switzerland so things that  are typically dual voltage are your cell phone  

  • your laptop a lot of like razors like buzzers  those are typically designed for travel  

  • so usually they're dual voltage but you  know it's best just to check you know i  

  • just actually went around and here like this uh  canon battery charger it says right on the back  

  • 100 to 240 oh sorry it's totally out of focus but  you'll have to trust me there so i can pretty much  

  • use this anywhere and if you are moving to  switzerland and say you have a laptop okay this  

  • is laptop charger you can see it has an american  grounded plug at the end i would recommend  

  • that you don't buy a universal um how you say plug  adapter because look at how massive and bulky this  

  • is it's they're also usually pretty expensive they  can do every country which is great for travel  

  • but if you are relocating you're going to want  to get yourself a smaller one because you'll find  

  • if you are in a coffee shop or in a library or  something a lot of the times these are too bulky  

  • to maneuver into where the plugs are and it can  be a real problem so if you are moving here get  

  • some of these little guys because you can put  this on your laptop charger and it's really not  

  • i don't think it's a whole lot bigger and  this tends to be a lot more handy you can  

  • leave it on it doesn't fall off and all that  kind of stuff whereas this is like a massive  

  • thing but i will link um down below links for all  these plugs that are going to work in switzerland  

  • and i would recommend that you buy them make sure  you buy them if you're moving here buy them before  

  • you come here because it's a little bit harder to  find like this is a specific u.s to switzerland  

  • plug which is a lot harder to find once you're  here obviously it's easier to buy this in the us  

  • and in the us you also have amazon we don't have  amazon in switzerland so it's super easy to get  

  • these kind of niche products for super cheap and  just buy a bunch and just stock up on them because  

  • you are going to need them especially i love these  little guys here they're very very small you can  

  • put an you know a regular us plug and uh that  lives on a whole bunch of my electronics and i  

  • hardly even notice it's there but make sure  you really check which plug you are getting  

  • because we know switzerland they like to do things  differently they're not in the eu they're not in  

  • the euro zone and their plugs are different  than the surrounding countries so if you get  

  • the wrong plug and look at this here pop quiz is  this a swiss plug is this what was it a type j  

  • it's actually not it looks very or sorry it  looks very similar to this one the sea right  

  • but it looks almost the same look at that but  this will not work in switzerland this is what  

  • i think they use i'm not an expert in all of the  countries but i i take this when i go to germany  

  • or france or like spain um most of europe uses  a plug like this now it's a little bit strange  

  • because if you have if you're coming from like  germany or france or whatever your plugs are too  

  • thick for the swiss outlets so if you're swiss or  if you have a swiss plug and you go abroad this  

  • will fit in a german plug because it's small right  it will fit whereas if you're going the other way  

  • around this will not fit because it's just likecan show you it's just too wide it just doesn't go  

  • in um but again the other way around does work so  if you have a swiss plug thing this will work in  

  • germany france etc but keep in mind this will not  uh the three prong will not which is why i have  

  • this and just a small tip here let's say you're  moving to switzerland from the u.s or from germany  

  • whatever you might want to bring with you a power  strip from your home country these are swiss  

  • plugs obviously but you could bring one of these  with american plugs and then you only need one  

  • adapter on the end so you could just get your  one swiss adapter and then you could plug  

  • all your american electronics in here without  having to have plug adapters on each thing that is  

  • a good little tip and i have one other note here  about what is called country coding or country  

  • um locked appliances basically so this  sounds completely silly and ridiculous  

  • but when i first moved to switzerland um to go  to college i brought my inkjet printer with me  

  • okay i was a totally broke college kid and i'm  like whatever i have from the us that's like  

  • kind of expensive i'm gonna bring it with me in  my suitcases because i don't want to have to buy  

  • that stuff in switzerland so i had a pretty small  inkjet printer that fit right in the bottom of my  

  • checked luggage and i think it was actually dual  voltage and i only needed to get an adapter so i  

  • got an adapter put it on there got my printer all  ready thought i was going to save so much money  

  • and i got to switzerland and it definitely  worked the printer worked no problem but  

  • when i ran out of ink i went and i got more  ink and when i put it in the printer it said  

  • uh country coated locked and it did not allow  me to print which was really annoying because  

  • obviously i had already opened the ink cartridge  and i could not return it to the store anymore  

  • um so i had just spent like 40 swiss francs on ink  and then when i installed it the printer said like  

  • the printer basically knew i was using swiss ink  and an american printer and it locked me out and  

  • i couldn't figure out how to unlock it and thenbasically had to get rid of the printer couldn't  

  • even sell it because nobody wants a locked printer  so that is an item i know is country coded and you  

  • should not bring with you unless they've changed  that hopefully they've changed that um also back  

  • in the day it was the same with dvds i couldn't  use like american dvds and swiss dvd players  

  • obviously people don't use dvds anymore but  just check anything that has like components  

  • that go into it just double check that before  you move over here that they are not country  

  • coded and you're gonna get locked out so i hopebasically covered it let me summarize if you have  

  • swiss plugs and you go abroad your two-prong ones  will work in eu plugs but the three-prong ones  

  • will not and if you have standard european  plugs the prongs are too thick for switzerland  

  • and make sure you get all this sorted before you  come here because it's just going to be a lot more  

  • affordable less stressful it's very hard to find  these kinds of niche products in switzerland  

  • surely there are websites that sell them but  there's definitely ways to do it cheaper so that's  

  • it for today's video i will link my favorite plug  converters down below the ones that i use like on  

  • a daily basis that i bought years ago maybe 10  years ago never had a problem with it and i hope  

  • this video was helpful in some way you guys if you  like this video leave it a thumbs up comment down  

  • below what you'd like to see next we love doing  this switzerland basic series but i want to know  

  • what you want to know so leave your request down  below and i'll talk to you guys very soon bye

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