How to charge the Beats Pill 2 when staying in Germany

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Beats Pill 2 with a German power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter and how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 using a Type F power plug.

German power outlet

If you are planning a holiday to Germany it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power your essential gadgets when you reach your destination. By not knowing which power supply is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what to purchase in advance to charge your Beats Pill 2 in Germany. This page has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their Beats Pill 2 abroad.This page contains step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power the Beats Pill 2 when staying in Germany by using the standard types F or C German 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you'll discover most Germans will typically use the Type F wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Germany from another country please ensure the Beats Pill 2 can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Beats Pill 2 originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure the Beats Pill 2 is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it.

This list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your German power outlet. Note that these instructions refer to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, please visit the Beats page on WikiConnections.org for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before you connect Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in Germany

Can the Beats Pill 2 be used in Germany?

You can connect a Beats Pill 2 to a German power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Germany?

When you are travelling with more than just your Beats Pill 2 or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Germany to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Germany (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included heads over. If your model of Beats Pill 2 supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Germany. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Germany

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Germany 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Germany.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 Germany.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Germany?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from a German power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge a Beats Pill 2 with a German power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your Beats Pill 2 using a German power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This unearthed power supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) can be identified by two round holes adjacent to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port can be found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the German power outlet.
  5. The USB port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about three and a half hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is around 7 hours. After 20% battery life the jack will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from a German power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a German power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using type B USB cord and a Type F power charger to power your Beats Pill 2 from a German power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Beats Pill 2 from the German power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it into the German power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type F power outlet [7]) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port is found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the German power outlet.
  5. The power in port will blink red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around between 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is roughly seven hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the port will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a German power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany - Wikipedia entry about Germany
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - 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 - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet, estimated price between $10 to $15.
  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, estimated cost under $10.
  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, costs between $10 to $15.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under $15.