Charging the Beats Pill when planning a trip to The Philippines

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Beats Pill with a Filipino power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type B power adapter, how to power a Beats Pill using a 2 pin Type A power adapter and powering a Beats Pill using a Type C Europlug power adapter

Filipino power outlet

When packing for a trip to The Philippines it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which power socket to expect you could pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your Beats Pill. Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This page contains useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to the Beats Pill when you're visiting The Philippines using the types C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of Filipinas will use the Type C power outlets. If you are travelling to The Philippines from another region make sure your Beats Pill can accept a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure your Beats Pill is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.

The following instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to your Filipino 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 anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in The Philippines

Can you use a Beats Pill in The Philippines?

You can use a Beats Pill in The Philippines by using a power adaptor.

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

If you are travelling with more than your Beats Pill or visiting more than one country the best international travel charger for The Philippines to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. Filipinos use three different types of wall outlets (types C, A and B) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your Beats Pill can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. By only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Beats Pill at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both The Philippines 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to The Philippines using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to 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 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill in The Philippines?

Powering a Beats Pill with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Beats Pill with a Filipino power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill from a Filipino 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 taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral. Please be aware that power cables used with type A outlets which are rated at only 125 V shouldn't be used so we recommend checking first.
  3. Plug in one end of the Type B micro USB connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The power in port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about between three to four hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Filipino power outlet

Using USB Micro type B cord with a Type B USB charger to recharge your Beats Pill with a Filipino power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Beats Pill using the Filipino 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two slots adjacent to each other with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin. Note power cords with type B sockets which are rated at less that 240 volts should not be used in The Philippines so please check prior to continuing.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Type B micro USB connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The power in port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about around three to four hours and the playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the jack will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Filipino power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Filipino power outlet

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Beats Pill with a Filipino power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. In order to supply power to the Beats Pill using the Filipino power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. The wall outlet is identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes 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 power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Filipino power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will glow 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 battery life at full power capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Filipino power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - The Philippines Wikipedia page
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  10. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters