Charging the Beats Pill 2 from a power outlet in Costa Rica

Instructions showing how to power a Beats Pill 2 from a Costa Rican power outlet by using type B Micro USB cable and a Type A USB charger and powering a Beats Pill 2 using a 3 pin Type B power charger.

Costa Rican power outlet

Varying complicated region codes and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to buy in advance to charge the Beats Pill 2 in Costa Rica. This guide has been written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill 2 abroad.If you're planning a holiday to Costa Rica these instructions show powering the Beats Pill 2 by using their types B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Costa Ricans will normally use Type B plugs in their wall outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power supplies list for a complete list of regions and countries. If the Beats Pill 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Costa Rica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your Beats Pill 2 is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your Costa Rican power outlet. Please note that these instructions refer to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, 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 Pill 2.0 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats updater tool.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in Costa Rica

Can you use a Beats Pill 2 in Costa Rica?

You can use a Beats Pill 2 in Costa Rica.

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

If travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Costa Rica is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Costa Rica (B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your Beats Pill 2 can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Costa Rican trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your Beats Pill 2 at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Costa Rica

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill 2, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Costa Rica and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Costa Rica.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Costa Rica.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Costa Rica?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from a Costa Rican power outlet

Using USB Micro type B cord with a three pin Type A power adapter to recharge your Beats Pill 2 with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Beats Pill 2 using a Costa Rican power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet (known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican 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 around 3.5 hours and the battery life at full capacity is around seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from a Costa Rican power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using micro USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type B power charger to charge your Beats Pill 2 with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. To charge your Beats Pill 2 using the Costa Rican power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type B USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can identify this plug supply by the 2 thin slots for live and neutral blades with a semicircle hole below for the long grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in jack is found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will blink red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the Beats Pill playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. After 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - Costa Rica Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet, between $20 to $25.
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs under $15.