Charging a Beats Pill 2 in North Korea

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your Beats Pill 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Europlug Type C power adapter, charging a Beats Pill 2 using a Type A USB adapter and powering a Beats Pill 2 using a double pin Type F Schuko power plug

North Korean power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Beats Pill 2 in North Korea. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill 2 abroad.This page contains a useful guide which shows what you'll need to power the Beats Pill 2 when you're travelling to North Korea by using their types F, A or C North Korean 220 volt 60Hz power outlets. If travelling to North Korea from a different region make sure that the Beats Pill 2 can accept a 240v supply. If your Beats Pill 2 came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the Beats Pill 2 is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it.

The following instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your North Korean power outlet. Note that this page refers to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, visit the Beats page on WikiConnections.org for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before you connect Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2.0 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool for Beats.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in North Korea

Can you use a Beats Pill 2 in North Korea?

Yes, you can connect a Beats Pill 2 to a North Korean power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill 2 in North Korea?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your Beats Pill 2 the best international travel charger for North Korea is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. There are three different standards of wall outlets that North Koreans use (F, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your 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 USB power chargers, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your North Korean trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Beats Pill 2 at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel 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 smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. 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 North America visiting North Korea using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting North Korea.
What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill 2 in North Korea?

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Type A power charger to recharge a Beats Pill 2 with a North Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Beats Pill 2 from the North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the North Korean power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B cable into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The power in jack 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 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 soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a North Korean power outlet

Simple instructions showing you how to recharge your Beats Pill 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to charge a Beats Pill 2 using the North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one 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 port can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around around 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. After 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a North Korean power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using USB micro Type B cable and a three pinned Schuko Type F power adapter to charge a Beats Pill 2 from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Beats Pill 2 from the North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the North Korean power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB micro Type B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The power in jack 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 port will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea - North Korea Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, priced around $10.
  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, between $5 to $10.
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced under $15.
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  10. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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, estimated cost under $15.