Charging a Beats Pill from a power outlet in Mexico

The WikiConnections page showing how to recharge a Beats Pill from a Mexican power outlet using Type B USB cable and a Type A power adapter and how to power a Beats Pill using a Type B USB adapter.

Mexican power outlet

Complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country if you've never visited before. This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill when you're in travelling to Mexico.If travelling to Mexico these useful instructions show how to power your Beats Pill by using their types B or A 127 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type B plug outlets are typically used by most Mexicans. Type A electrical sockets aren't as commonplace but still used by some hotels in Mexico. Power sockets will change depending on which region you travelling to so please read our WikiConnections global power sockets page where you'll find a full list showing countries. If the Beats Pill does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Mexico from a different country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't power up, so check the Beats Pill is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Mexican power outlet. Please note that these instructions refer to the Beats Pill 2 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, visit the Beats page for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before connecting Beats Pill 2 speakers to any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Mexico

Can the Beats Pill be used in Mexico?

Yes, you can connect a Beats Pill to a Mexican power outlet by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling with more than just your Beats Pill or visiting more than one country then the best travel power adapter for Mexico is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Mexico (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your Beats Pill can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and suitable for charging your Beats Pill at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Mexico

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Mexico using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 Mexico.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill in Mexico?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Mexican power outlet

Using USB micro type B cable and a Type A power adapter to power your Beats Pill with a Mexican power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge a Beats Pill from the Mexican power outlet you will need to buy 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 in the Mexican power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by two adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral blades. Note that Type A power outlets might not be as commonplace however are still found in some hotels in Mexico.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The power in port will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is roughly 7 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 recharging your Beats Pill from a Mexican power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill with a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A step by step guide showing how to power your Beats Pill with a Mexican power outlet with type B USB micro connector with a three pin Type B power charger.

  1. To power the Beats Pill using a Mexican power outlet you'll need a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. The power supply, technically called a Type B power outlet [7], is identified by the two slots adjacent to each other with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the longer grounded pin. The most commonly found outlets in Mexico are Type B plug outlets.
  3. Connect one end of the Type B USB cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Mexican power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the Beats Pill playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Mexican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://www.visitmexico.com/en - Visit Mexico Web Site
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - 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 - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  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
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters