YS is on a business trip to Switzerland, where he is installing some specialized computer equipment in Zurich. Today he sent us some photos.
Photo The First:
That photo, of course, led to questions, particularly about the three CAFFE LATTE and the weird outlets.
Excerpts from emails between Smokey and YS:
YS to Smokey:
Dad, close guess, but looking at the labels the hotel put on them, I’d guess they are actually 230v 😉
I wonder if normal circuits like this are only 7.5-10 amperes to give the same wattage of standard North American outlets.
Actually, I just checked, and 16A seems to be standard, so they pass around twice as much power down their wiring than we do.
Smokey to YS:
Thanks for the technical explanations. Power blinds: what a concept. They could be hooked up to a sensor to close when room light got too bright or they could be wired to your alarm clock to gently open when it was time to get up.
I wonder if the power is doubled. A 110v 30 amp circuit requires #10 wire and to run wire that heavy to all receptacles and switches would be expensive and overkill to power lighting and small appliances.
And that is how my family geeks out with travel photos.