Charging a Beats Pill when visiting America

Using USB micro type B cable and a three pinned Type A USB charger to power a Beats Pill with an American power outlet and how to charge a Beats Pill using a three pinned Type B power plug.

American power outlet

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to help assist visitors wanting to power the Beats Pill when they are staying abroad.If travelling to America the following instructions show how to charge the Beats Pill using their standard types B or A 120 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type B power outlets will be typically used by most Americans. If your Beats Pill doesn't power up or recharges slowly when you are visiting America from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Typically devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, check the Beats Pill is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the American power outlet. 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 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats updater tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in America

Can you use a Beats Pill in America?

Yes, you can connect a Beats Pill to an American power outlet.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your Beats Pill and visiting more than one country the best travel power adapter for America is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Americans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Beats Pill is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your Beats Pill at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for America

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, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both America and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting America using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting America.
What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill in America?

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

Using Type B USB micro cord and a Type A power adapter to charge a Beats Pill from an American power outlet.

  1. To power the Beats Pill using an American power outlet you will need to use a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The wall supply, technically known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the 2 slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around around 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is around seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the jack will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from an American power outlet

Charging a Beats Pill from an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using Micro USB type B connector and a three pinned Type B power charger to recharge a Beats Pill with an American power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Beats Pill using the American 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. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the American power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 thin slots with a single hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one 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. The power in socket can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about between 3 to 4 hours and the battery life at full capacity is around 7 hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
Charging a Beats Pill from an American power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://www.visittheusa.co.uk/ - Visit The USA
  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