How to charge a Beats Pill 2 in South Africa

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet using micro USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type F power adapter, how to charge a Beats Pill 2 using a Type C USB adapter and powering a Beats Pill 2 using a three pin Type M power plug

South African power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the Beats Pill 2 . These guidelines have been written to help prepare travellers wanting to power their Beats Pill 2 abroad.This step by step guide will show how to charge your Beats Pill 2 in South Africa by using their Type M, C, F or N South African 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of South Africans typically use the Type M sockets in their wall outlets. If travelling to South Africa from a different region make sure the Beats Pill 2 can be used with a 240v supply. If the Beats Pill 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up.

This list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your South African power outlet. Please note that this page refers to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, please visit the Beats page on WikiConnections.org for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before you connect Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2.0 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats updater tool.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in South Africa

Can the Beats Pill 2 be used in South Africa?

Yes, you can use a Beats Pill 2 in South Africa.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in South Africa?

If travelling with more than just your Beats Pill 2 the best travel power adapter for South Africa is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. South Africans use four different standards of power outlets (M, C, F and N) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As 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 Beats Pill 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your South African trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your Beats Pill 2 at the airport or on a flight. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for South Africa

The 4 port USB travel charger [13] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill 2, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting South Africa.
  • 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 functionality 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting South Africa.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in South Africa?

Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet using USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type C power adapter.

  1. To power the Beats Pill 2 using a South African power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the South African power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the playback time after a complete charge is roughly 7 hours. After 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet using micro USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type F power adapter.

  1. In order to power a Beats Pill 2 from the South African power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. This recessed circular wall outlet (sometimes known as a Type F power outlet [7] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two large holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the Beats Pill playback time after a complete charge is roughly 7 hours. After 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet

Using USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type M power charger to charge a Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to charge a Beats Pill 2 using the South African power outlet you'll need a Type M USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First plug in the Type M USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 large round holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the Beats Pill playback time after a complete charge is roughly 7 hours. After 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type M power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet

How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your Beats Pill 2 with a South African power outlet with USB micro type B cord and a Type N USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your Beats Pill 2 using the South African power outlet you'll need a Type N USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type N USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped power supply (known as the Type N power outlet [11]) can be identified by the 3 large round holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in jack can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The power in port will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about 3.5 hours and the battery life after a complete charge is around 7 hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the jack will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type N power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a South African power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa - South African Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, between $10 to $15.
  6. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices, under $10.
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  10. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet, costing between $10 to $15.
  11. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeN.htm - Type N power outlet
  12. Type N USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type N mains power outlet, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.