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

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the Jabra Solemate with a Chinese power outlet with USB micro type B cable with a three pin Type I USB charger, powering the Jabra Solemate using a double pin Type A USB charger and charging the Jabra Solemate using a Type C Europlug USB charger

Chinese power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. When you are travelling to China this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your Jabra Solemate by using the I, A or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Chinese will normally use Type I wall outlets. If visiting China from a different country ensure the Jabra Solemate can accept a 240v supply. If your Jabra Solemate originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check the Jabra Solemate is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to prevent the device from overloading when charging it.

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 China

Can the Jabra Solemate be used in China?

You can use the Jabra Solemate in China by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for the Jabra Solemate in China?

If you are travelling with more than just your Jabra Solemate then the best travel adapter for China to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Chinese use three different standards of wall outlets (I, A and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of Jabra Solemate supports Fast Charge (note 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 hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Jabra Solemate at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for China

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Jabra Solemate, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 America going to China 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi has just 2 USB charging ports but offers 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting China.
What is the best travel adapter for the Jabra Solemate in China?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Chinese power outlet

A guide showing you how to power your Jabra Solemate with a Chinese power outlet by using type B USB connector with a Type A USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge your Jabra Solemate using a Chinese power outlet you'll need to use a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the Chinese power outlet. The wall supply, technically known as a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by the 2 adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then 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 USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Chinese 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.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Chinese power outlet

Powering the Jabra Solemate with a Chinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type C Europlug USB charger to power the Jabra Solemate with a Chinese power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Jabra Solemate from the Chinese power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter in the Chinese power outlet. This plug outlet, also called a Europlug, is identified by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Micro USB type 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 Chinese 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 a Chinese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type I power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate from a Chinese power outlet

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the Jabra Solemate with a Chinese power outlet with USB micro type B cable with a three pin Type I USB charger.

  1. To power the Jabra Solemate from a Chinese power outlet you will need to buy a Type I USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type I USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by three thin slots forming an upside-down triangle pattern with the top two slots sloping upward for the live, neutral and ground. Note that the live and neutral blades are reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets therefore check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible with a Chinese power outlet.
  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 USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port is located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Chinese 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.
How to use a Type I power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate from a Chinese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China - wikipedia.org entry about China
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate#/#100-97100000-60 - official Jabra Solemate support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  9. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters