How to charge the Jabra Solemate when planning a trip to Italy

A guide showing you how to power your Jabra Solemate with an Italian power outlet with type B USB cable with a three pin Type F Schuko power charger, recharging the Jabra Solemate using a Type C USB adapter and powering the Jabra Solemate using a three pin Type L USB plug

Italian power outlet

Various combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never visited before. These guidelines were specifically written to help assist travellers wanting to power the Jabra Solemate when they're staying abroad.When you're visiting Italy this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your Jabra Solemate by using the L, C or F type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you'll find a majority of Italians will use Type L plug outlets. If visiting Italy from a different country ensure the Jabra Solemate can accept a 240v supply. If the Jabra Solemate came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the Jabra Solemate is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. If you are planning on staying in a destination such as Rome we recommend reading the Italy Wikipedia web page [1] for more indepth information.

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 Italy

Can the Jabra Solemate be used in Italy?

Yes, you can use the Jabra Solemate in Italy by using the correct power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just your Jabra Solemate the best travel power adapter for Italy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three standards of power outlets in Italy (types L, C and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of Jabra Solemate can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Italian trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your Jabra Solemate at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile travel charger similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Italy

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, 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 most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Italy using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Italy.
What is the best travel charger for the Jabra Solemate in Italy?

Charging the Jabra Solemate from an Italian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type C Europlug USB charger to power the Jabra Solemate with an Italian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Jabra Solemate from an Italian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the Italian power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of the mains USB 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. Turn on the Italian 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.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from an Italian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

A guide showing you how to power your Jabra Solemate with an Italian power outlet with type B USB cable with a three pin Type F Schuko power charger.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate using the Italian power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify the plug outlet by two large circular holes 19 mm apart from each other along with two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains 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. Switch on the Italian 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 an Italian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate with an Italian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using Type B USB micro cord and a Type L power adapter to charge your Jabra Solemate from an Italian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to your Jabra Solemate from the Italian power outlet you will need a Type L USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type L USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The flattened hexagon shaped wall outlet (known as the Type L power outlet [8]) can be identified by the three holes forming a line. Note there are two different variations of Type L wall outlet, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB adapter 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. Switch on the Italian 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 an Italian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy - Italy Wikipedia web 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, priced 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, costs 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, around $10.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  9. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet, between $10 to $15.
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under $15.