How to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini when planning a trip to Hong Kong

Using Micro USB type B connector and a 3 pinned Type G power charger to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini from a Hong Kong power outlet.

Hong Kong power outlet

If packing for a holiday it's helpful to know in advance if you can use all your vital electronics such as cell phones and laptop computers when you arrive at your hotel. Without knowing which power socket is used in Hong Kong you could end up either weighing your luggage down with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Different voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Jabra Solemate Mini in Hong Kong. These instructions have been written to prevent you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini when you are going to Hong Kong.If you're staying in Hong Kong the following instructions show how to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini using a standard 220 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, the Hongkongers will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. When travelling to Hong Kong from another country check the Jabra Solemate Mini can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your Jabra Solemate Mini is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it. If you're planning to visit a Hong Kong city such as Kowloon please refer to the Hong Kong wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Ensure you have version 1.14 or greater of the Jabra Solemate Mini firmware, visit the official Jabra Solemate Mini support site [2] to download the latest version. You can switch off the default 'Connected' and other announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate Mini until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Hong Kong

Can the Jabra Solemate Mini be used in Hong Kong?

Yes, you can use the Jabra Solemate Mini in Hong Kong by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Hong Kong?

If travelling with more than just your Jabra Solemate Mini then the best travel charger for Hong Kong to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your Jabra Solemate Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Hong Kong

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Hong Kong.
  • 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 just 1 less AC outlet for almost half 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Hong Kong.
What is the best power adapter for recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Hong Kong?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Hong Kong power outlet

Using USB micro type B cable and a three pinned Type G power charger to recharge the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Hong Kong power outlet.

  1. To charge the Jabra Solemate Mini using a Hong Kong power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Hong Kong power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB type B cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port can be found on the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Hong Kong power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 3 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini during the charging process.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Hong Kong power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong wikipedia page
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate-mini#/#100-97300000-60 - official Jabra Solemate Mini support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters