Charging the Beats Pill when planning a trip to South Korea

A guide showing how to power a Beats Pill from a South Korean power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to power a Beats Pill using a 2 pin Type F USB plug.

South Korean power outlet

When packing for a trip to South Korea it can often be helpful to know in advance if you can power any common electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to the Beats Pill. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your Beats Pill . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill when staying abroad.When you are planning a holiday to South Korea this page contains useful instructions showing powering the Beats Pill using the types F or C 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of South Koreans. If you are visiting South Korea from another country ensure your Beats Pill can accept a 240 volt supply. If your Beats Pill was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it.

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

Charging a Beats Pill in South Korea

Can you use a Beats Pill in South Korea?

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

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill in South Korea?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Beats Pill then the best travel charger for South Korea is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different types of power outlets that South Koreans use (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included plugs over. If your type of Beats Pill is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to South Korea we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for South Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both South Korea and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to South Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting South Korea.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill in South Korea?

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

A guide showing how to power a Beats Pill from a South Korean power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge a Beats Pill from a South Korean power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the South Korean power outlet. This unearthed power supply, sometimes called the Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit. These outlets might not be as commonplace in South Korea as Type F sockets.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The USB port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the jack will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Charging a Beats Pill from a South Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using Micro USB type B cord with a Schuko Type F power charger to recharge your Beats Pill with a South Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Beats Pill using the South Korean power outlet you will need to use a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins, plus two metal grounding clips above and below. These are the most common outlets found in South Korea.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the South Korean power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill from a South Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. http://www.visitkorea.com.my/ - Korea Tourism Organization site
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - 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 - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  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
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters