How to charge the Jabra Solemate when staying in Egypt

A step-by-step guide showing you how to recharge the Jabra Solemate from an Egyptian power outlet with USB type B cable with a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and how to recharge the Jabra Solemate using a Type F power charger.

Egyptian power outlet

If you are packing for a vacation it can be useful to know in advance if you can power your important devices when you get there. However without knowing which power socket is used in Egypt you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prepare visitors wanting to charge their Jabra Solemate when going to Egypt.If you are going to travel to Egypt the following instructions show charging your Jabra Solemate using their Type F or C Egyptian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F power outlets are used by most Egyptians. When you are travelling to Egypt from another region please ensure the Jabra Solemate can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Jabra Solemate originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you intend on staying at an Egyptian destination such as Cairo or Mansoura we suggest referring to the Wikipedia entry about Egypt [1] for further information on visiting the area.

Ensure you have download version 1.34 or greater of the latest Jabra Solemate firmware from the official Jabra Solemate support site [2]. After you have set up the speaker you can turn off the default 'Solemate is connected' announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate in Egypt

Can the Jabra Solemate be used in Egypt?

You can connect the Jabra Solemate to an Egyptian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the Jabra Solemate in Egypt?

If travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate then the best international travel power adapter for Egypt to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Egyptians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your Jabra Solemate supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your Jabra Solemate at an airport or on the flight. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Egypt

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Egypt and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Egypt using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Egypt.
What is the best travel charger for the Jabra Solemate in Egypt?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate from an Egyptian power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge the Jabra Solemate with an Egyptian power outlet by using type B USB connector and a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the Jabra Solemate from the Egyptian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the Egyptian power outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Micro Type B connector into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate whilst charging.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate from an Egyptian power outlet

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate from an Egyptian power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to charge the Jabra Solemate with an Egyptian power outlet with USB type B cable with a 3 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to the Jabra Solemate using an Egyptian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken round power outlet can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other and grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B micro USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port is located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Egyptian power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate whilst charging.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate from an Egyptian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt - Wikipedia entry about Egypt
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate#/#100-97100000-60 - official Jabra Solemate support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, between $10 to $15.
  5. 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, costs under $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $10 to $15.