How to charge your Jabra Solemate from a power outlet in Germany

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pin Type C Europlug USB adapter to charge the Jabra Solemate from a German power outlet and charging the Jabra Solemate using a 2 pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

German power outlet

Complicated voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially for the first time traveller. If you're visiting Germany this page contains instructions showing you how to power the Jabra Solemate using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll discover most Germans will normally use Type F sockets in their power outlets. Most power supplies will vary depending on which area you visiting therefore we suggest that you read the WikiConnections travel power sockets list for a full list showing regions. If travelling to Germany from another region double check your Jabra Solemate can be used with a 240v supply. If your Jabra Solemate originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the Jabra Solemate is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it up.

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 Germany

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in Germany?

Yes, you can use the Jabra Solemate in Germany.

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

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing along more than just your Jabra Solemate the best travel charger for Germany is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Germans use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your Jabra Solemate supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers this means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Germany

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but 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 necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 option for travellers originating from North America going to 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 America using type B plugs. This is a much 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 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Germany.
What is the best travel charger for the Jabra Solemate in Germany?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a German power outlet

Using Type B USB cord and a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your Jabra Solemate from a German power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Jabra Solemate using the German power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the German 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 German power outlet

Charging the Jabra Solemate from a German power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your Jabra Solemate from a German power outlet with Type B USB cord and a three pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge the Jabra Solemate from the German power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it into the German power outlet. You can recognise the plug outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB type B connector into the power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the German 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 German power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany - German Wikipedia page
  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, 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 between $5 to $10.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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, costs under $15.