How to charge the Jabra Solemate when planning a trip to The Philippines

Instructions showing how to power your Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet by using USB Type B connector and a three pinned Type B USB charger, charging the Jabra Solemate using a Type A USB adapter and how to charge the Jabra Solemate using a two pinned Europlug Type C power plug

Filipino power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Jabra Solemate . If you're going to The Philippines this page has instructions showing how to charge your Jabra Solemate using the standard Type C, A or B 220 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Filipinas typically use the Type C plugs in their power outlets. If travelling to The Philippines from another country check your Jabra Solemate can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a Filipino destination such as Quezon City or Manila we also recommend referring to the The Philippines Wikipedia web page [1] for further information.

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 The Philippines

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in The Philippines?

Yes, you can use the Jabra Solemate in The Philippines.

What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in The Philippines?

When you are travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for The Philippines to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. There are three different standards of power outlets that Filipinas use (C, A and B) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the supplied plugs. If your type of Jabra Solemate can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. Because you are only needing to pack a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter similar to this online, the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for The Philippines

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, 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 is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied 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 international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to The Philippines using type B American 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. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting The Philippines.
What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in The Philippines?

Powering the Jabra Solemate with a Filipino power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using Type B USB cable with a Type A power adapter to charge your Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Jabra Solemate from the Filipino power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the two thin slots next to each other. Please note power cables with type A sockets which are rated at less that 240 volts shouldn't be used in The Philippines so we suggest checking prior to continuing.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Filipino 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.
Powering the Jabra Solemate 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 Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet by using USB type B cable and a three pin Type B USB adapter.

  1. If you want to charge the Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the wall outlet. The plug supply (technically known as a Type B power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the 2 slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the longer earth pin. Please be aware that power cords used with type B sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used so please check first.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Filipino 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 B power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type C power adapter to charge the Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your Jabra Solemate using a Filipino power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Filipino power outlet. The wall supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by two circular adjacent holes where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into 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 Filipino 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 Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate from a Filipino power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines - The Philippines Wikipedia web page
  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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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