Switzerland power adapters - what plugs are used in Switzerland?

Swiss power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Switzerland all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Swiss power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Swiss power outlet then it can work in Switzerland.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Swiss power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Switzerland such a Type J plug adapter [5]. A plug adapter for Switzerland (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Switzerland, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Switzerland to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Switzerland if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type J plug adapter.
  • If you only need to charge USB devices such as a cell phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type J plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Switzerland.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in Switzerland you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Switzerland please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

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. We suggest reading the Switzerland Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Switzerland power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Switzerland?

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use and the country you are travelling from. If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Switzerland as American plugs won't physically fit in a Swiss power outlet, 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 is the best power adapter for Switzerland?

The best power adapter for Switzerland will be a Type J plug adapter [5] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Switzerland?

Switzerland power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Switzerland?

There are two types of power outlets used in Switzerland, these are type J and C with the primary power supply being type J:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type J - This flattened hexagon shaped wall supply, technically known as a type J power outlet, can be identified by three holes forming a flattened triangle configuration.
What kind of outlets are in Switzerland?

What voltage is used in Switzerland?

The residential voltage used in Switzerland is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Switzerland the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Swiss power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Switzerland which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Are Swiss power outlets the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Swiss power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Switzerland. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Switzerland and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What is the frequency used with a Swiss power outlet?

The frequency from a Swiss power outlet is 50Hz.

Switzerland USB chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Switzerland?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Switzerland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Swiss use two different standards of wall outlets (types J and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Switzerland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Switzerland?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Europe which will probably use different power outlets to Switzerland.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Switzerland.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Switzerland plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Switzerland only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure lounges are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Switzerland could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Swiss power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Swiss power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Switzerland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Switzerland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Switzerland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland.

Power converters for Switzerland

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [9] will transform a 230 volt Swiss power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Switzerland.

Do I need a voltage converter for Switzerland?

When you are visiting Switzerland from another region please check that your device can accept a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Switzerland from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Swiss power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Swiss power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Swiss power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Swiss power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Swiss power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Swiss power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Swiss power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Swiss power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - wikipedia.org entry about Switzerland.
  2. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  4. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  5. Type J plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type J power outlets without converting voltage.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  8. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  10. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  11. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.