How to charge your Beats Pill from a power outlet in France

Simple instructions showing how to recharge your Beats Pill from a French power outlet with USB Micro Type B connector and a Type C Europlug USB adapter and charging a Beats Pill using a 2 pinned Type E power plug.

French power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and sockets can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to help prepare travellers wanting to power the Beats Pill abroad.The following simple guide shows how to power the Beats Pill when visiting France by using the E or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most French use Type E wall outlets. If travelling to France from another country please double check your Beats Pill can be used with a 240v supply. If the Beats Pill originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overloading when charging it.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the French power outlet. Note that these instructions refer 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 anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in France

Can the Beats Pill be used in France?

You can connect a Beats Pill to a French power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for a Beats Pill in France?

If travelling with more than your Beats Pill or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for France is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that French use (types E and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of Beats Pill can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for France

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to France.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting France.
What is the best travel adapter for a Beats Pill in France?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a French power outlet

Simple instructions showing how to charge your Beats Pill from a French power outlet with USB Micro Type B cable with a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. To power the Beats Pill from the French power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the French power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the Micro USB type B connector into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about 3.5 hours and the playback time at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a French power outlet

Charging a Beats Pill from a French power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge a Beats Pill with a French power outlet by using Type B USB connector with a 3 pinned Type E power charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Beats Pill using the French power outlet you'll need to use a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type E USB power adapter in the French power outlet. The recessed circular power supply (called a CEE 7/7 outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other where the twin plug outlet pins go along with one metal grounding pin protruding from the top forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Micro type B connector into the USB adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket is found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the playback time at full power capacity is around seven hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
Charging a Beats Pill from a French power outlet by using a two pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France - wikipedia.org entry about France
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E 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