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    Power Supplies In Foreign Countries

    Hi guys, having recently left my job, I'm considering moving abroad, (specifically to Switzerland) however everything is so expensive there! It may be a daft question, but if I take my PC with me, will I simply be able to buy a new power cable and plug it in to my existing PSU, or will I need to buy a whole new PSU? Cheers

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    Re: Power Supplies In Foreign Countries

    You can just buy the mains cable with the swiss 2 or 3 pin plug on the end.

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    Re: Power Supplies In Foreign Countries

    Both use the same mains voltages so as above, you'll just need a new kettle lead.
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    Re: Power Supplies In Foreign Countries

    As someone said you need to make sure the mains supply identical which it is in Switzerland.

    This image shows the wattage in different parts of the world. As you can see across europe it is pretty standard.

    I am also think that some power supplies have switches on the back so you use them in the US and Europe, however you will get different efficiencies as usually the power supply was natively designed for one part of the world I guess (could be wrong though).

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    Re: Power Supplies In Foreign Countries

    Almost all PSU's will work on 100-240volts 47-63Hz without having to manually switch the voltage on them.

    EDIT: I mean the ones without a switch - If it has a switch it must be set to the correct position before plugging in.
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    Re: Power Supplies In Foreign Countries

    Well all aPFC ones do active Power Factor Correction automatically adjusts to the AC voltage coming in.
    If it's a pPFC then you need to flick the red switch at the back to manually select the correct voltage before you turn it on or it will go bang

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    Re: Power Supplies In Foreign Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Well all aPFC ones do active Power Factor Correction automatically adjusts to the AC voltage coming in.
    If it's a pPFC then you need to flick the red switch at the back to manually select the correct voltage before you turn it on or it will go bang
    Yes, that is what I meant. I do know someone who switched the PSU to the 100volt position while it was plugged in - Lets just say, It woke them up pretty quickly

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    Re: Power Supplies In Foreign Countries

    Lucky I've still got the box for the PSU, it's holding assorted cables atm. THE PSU does have aPFC (Hiper Type R 580W) so all is well! Thanks guys

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