Charging your Jabra Solemate from a power outlet in Ethiopia

A step by step guide showing how to power your Jabra Solemate with an Ethiopian power outlet with USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type C Europlug power charger, charging the Jabra Solemate using a double pinned Type E power charger and recharging the Jabra Solemate using a Type F USB charger

Ethiopian power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge the Jabra Solemate . These instructions were specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the Jabra Solemate abroad.This simple guide tells you how to charge your Jabra Solemate when staying in Ethiopia by using their types E, C, F or L 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. If you are visiting Ethiopia from a different country please check that your Jabra Solemate can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Jabra Solemate came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up.

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 Ethiopia

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in Ethiopia?

You can connect the Jabra Solemate to an Ethiopian power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Ethiopia?

When travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for Ethiopia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. There are four different standards of plug sockets in Ethiopia (types E, C, F and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your model of Jabra Solemate is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being suitable for recharging your Jabra Solemate at an airport or on your flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel often we suggest buying a versatile power charger of this nature online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Jabra Solemate, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ethiopia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America visiting Ethiopia using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically 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 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Ethiopia?

Charging the Jabra Solemate from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using Type B USB cable and a Type C USB charger to power the Jabra Solemate with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Jabra Solemate from an Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. This plug supply (sometimes known as a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Type B cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port is located on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian 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.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide on how to charge the Jabra Solemate from an Ethiopian power outlet by using Type B USB cable and a Type E power adapter.

  1. To power the Jabra Solemate using an Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type E USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the power supply by the two circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit with a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Type B cord into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port is located on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian 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.
Powering the Jabra Solemate with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Charging the Jabra Solemate from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

A step by step guide showing how to power your Jabra Solemate with an Ethiopian power outlet with USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. To power the Jabra Solemate using the Ethiopian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the power supply. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral and a pair of two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter 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. Switch on the Ethiopian 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.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge the Jabra Solemate from an Ethiopian power outlet using Type B Micro USB cable with a three pinned Type L power adapter.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Jabra Solemate from an Ethiopian power outlet you'll need to use a Type L USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can identify this flattened hexagon shaped wall outlet by the three large adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground pins. There are two types of Type L wall supply rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug outlet has 4mm thick round pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be located on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian 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.
Powering the Jabra Solemate with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia - Ethiopian Wikipedia web page
  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, under $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, under $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet, costs around $10.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  10. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet, between $10 to $15.
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $10 to $15.