Charging the Jabra Solemate from a power outlet in France

Simple instructions showing you how to power the Jabra Solemate from a French power outlet by using USB Type B cord with a Europlug Type C USB charger and charging the Jabra Solemate using a Type E USB charger.

French power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your Jabra Solemate . These instructions have been specifically written to help assist people wanting to power their Jabra Solemate when staying abroad.When you're visiting France this page has instructions showing you charging the Jabra Solemate by using their standard Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of French normally use the Type E power outlets. When you are travelling to France from another country ensure that your Jabra Solemate can be charged using a 240v supply. If the Jabra Solemate was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging 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 France

Can the Jabra Solemate be used in France?

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

What is the best power adapter for the Jabra Solemate in France?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than your Jabra Solemate then the best travel charger for France to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. French use two different types of wall outlets (types E and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of Jabra Solemate is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility 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 smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for France

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Jabra Solemate, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable 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 France 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting France.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting France.
What is the best power adapter for the Jabra Solemate in France?

Powering the Jabra Solemate with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power the Jabra Solemate from a French power outlet by using USB Type B cord with a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. To charge the Jabra Solemate from a French power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the French power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the French 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 French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge the Jabra Solemate from a French power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a Type E USB charger.

  1. If you want to power your Jabra Solemate using the French power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the power supply. The circular wall outlet can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into and a single metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B Micro USB cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter 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. Turn on the French 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 French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France - Wikipedia.org web page about France
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate#/#100-97100000-60 - official Jabra Solemate support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, estimated cost under $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, between $5 to $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet, between $10 to $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $10 to $15.