How to charge the Jabra Solemate when planning a trip to Vietnam

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the Jabra Solemate with a Vietnamese power outlet with type B USB connector with a Type A power adapter, powering the Jabra Solemate using a Type G power charger and charging the Jabra Solemate using a Europlug Type C USB adapter

Vietnamese power outlet

If packing for a vacation it's helpful to know in advance if you can charge all your common gadgets at your destination. However, by not knowing which power socket is used in Vietnam you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable charger on arrival. Varying different region codes and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to charge their Jabra Solemate abroad.The following step by step guide shows you how to power the Jabra Solemate when you're in Vietnam using their standard types G, A or C Vietnamese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, you will find most Vietnamese use Type G plug outlets. If travelling to Vietnam from another region double check the Jabra Solemate can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend to stay in a place like Ho Chi Minh City or Can Tho we also recommend referring to the Vietnam Wikipedia web page [1] for further information.

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 Vietnam

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in Vietnam?

Yes, you can connect the Jabra Solemate to a Vietnamese power outlet.

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

If you are travelling with more than just your Jabra Solemate then the best international travel charger for Vietnam is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of power outlets that Vietnamese use (types G, A and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of Jabra Solemate can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for charging your Jabra Solemate at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Vietnam

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These power adapters come 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America going to Vietnam.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best travel charger for the Jabra Solemate in Vietnam?

Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord and a Type G power charger to charge the Jabra Solemate from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Jabra Solemate from the Vietnamese power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 rectangular holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect one end of the micro USB Type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB 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 Vietnamese 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.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge the Jabra Solemate with a Vietnamese power outlet with type B USB connector with a Type A power adapter.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate using the Vietnamese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. The plug outlet (technically known as a Type A power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other where the pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains 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 Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese power outlet

Using type B USB Micro cord and a Type C power adapter to charge the Jabra Solemate from a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. To charge the Jabra Solemate from a Vietnamese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply can be recognised by the 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger 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. Switch on the Vietnamese 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 Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Vietnamese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - Vietnam 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/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply, estimated cost 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, costing under $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  7. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, between $10 to $15.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, under $15.
  10. 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.