Charging your Jabra Solemate from a power outlet in North Korea

A guide showing how to recharge your Jabra Solemate with a North Korean power outlet with USB type B connector and a Type C Europlug USB charger, powering the Jabra Solemate using a double pinned Type A power charger and charging the Jabra Solemate using a two pin Schuko Type F power adapter

North Korean power outlet

Varying complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the Jabra Solemate . These guidelines have been specifically written to help assist visitors wanting to power the Jabra Solemate when they are visiting abroad.If you're visiting North Korea the following useful instructions show how to supply power to the Jabra Solemate using the Type F, A or C North Korean 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets. When visiting North Korea from another country make sure the Jabra Solemate can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your Jabra Solemate is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it.

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 North Korea

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in North Korea?

You can connect the Jabra Solemate to a North Korean power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel adapter for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. North Koreans use three different standards of plug sockets (types 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 plugs and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads. If your type of Jabra Solemate supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power chargers on your North Korean trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, 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 best selling portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to North Korea using 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 travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting North Korea.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in North Korea?

Powering the Jabra Solemate with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using USB Type B cord with a Type A USB charger to power the Jabra Solemate from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Jabra Solemate using a North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it into the North Korean power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the two thin slots next 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 North Korean 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 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 Jabra Solemate from a North Korean power outlet

A guide showing how to recharge your Jabra Solemate with a North Korean power outlet with USB type B connector and a Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate from the North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the North Korean power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two adjacent holes where the twin pins go.
  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 North Korean 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 during the charging process.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a North Korean power outlet

Powering the Jabra Solemate with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB connector with a three pinned Type F power adapter to power your Jabra Solemate with a North Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Jabra Solemate using a North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the North Korean power outlet. This sunken circular wall outlet can be recognised by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other, plus two thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable 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 North Korean 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 during the charging process.
Powering the Jabra Solemate 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 Korean 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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, priced around $10.
  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, between $5 to $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, priced between $10 to $15.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet, estimated price between $10 to $15.
  10. 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.