Charging the Beats Pill 2 when planning a trip to Spain

Using Micro USB Type B cord with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your Beats Pill 2 with a Spanish power outlet and recharging a Beats Pill 2 using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

Spanish power outlet

If you are planning to travel it's useful to know if you can use any common electronics such as mobile phones or cameras that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which plug socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your Beats Pill 2. Complicated combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. The following useful guide will show exactly what you'll need to power your Beats Pill 2 when staying in Spain using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Spaniards will use the Type F power outlets. When visiting Spain from a different country please check the Beats Pill 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Beats Pill 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to the Spanish power outlet. Note that this page refers 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 connecting 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 firmware updater.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in Spain

Can you use a Beats Pill 2 in Spain?

Yes, you can connect a Beats Pill 2 to a Spanish power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Spain?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Beats Pill 2 then the best travel charger for Spain to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different types of power outlets that Spaniards use (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your type of Beats Pill 2 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Spanish trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Spain we suggest searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Spain

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Spain using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost 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 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Spain.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Spain?

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Spanish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using Micro USB Type B cord with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your Beats Pill 2 with a Spanish power outlet.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill 2 from a Spanish 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply is identified by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in socket can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about between three to four hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Spanish power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a Spanish power outlet

Using type B Micro USB connector and a 3 pin Type F USB charger to charge your Beats Pill 2 with a Spanish power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Beats Pill 2 using the Spanish power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Spanish power outlet. This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger 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 next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the port will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a Spanish power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain - Wikipedia.org web page about Spain
  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, priced 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, 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, estimated cost 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.