Charging a Beats Pill in Japan

Using Type B Micro USB connector with a three pin Type A USB charger to power a Beats Pill with a Japanese power outlet and recharging a Beats Pill using a Type B power adapter.

Japanese power outlet

When packing for a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can use all your vital electronics that you'll be bringing along with you. But, without knowing which wall socket to expect you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you arrive. Various standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power the Beats Pill in Japan. This page was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill when you are travelling to Japan.This page contains step-by-step instructions showing exactly what you'll need to charge the Beats Pill when going to Japan by using their types B or A Japanese 100 volt 60Hz power outlets, a majority of Japanese typically use the Type B sockets in their wall outlets. If your Beats Pill does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Japan from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts can take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your device is dual voltage (normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Japanese 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 you connect Beats Pill 2 speakers to any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Japan

Can you use a Beats Pill in Japan?

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

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

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Japan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Japanese use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of 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 support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your Beats Pill at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility 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 under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Japan

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Japan using 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill in Japan?

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

Using micro USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type A power charger to recharge a Beats Pill from a Japanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Beats Pill from a Japanese 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. First you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. You can recognise this power outlet by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket is found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is about 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 port will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Japanese 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 Japanese power outlet

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to recharge a Beats Pill with a Japanese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge your Beats Pill using the Japanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the Japanese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB micro Type B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket is found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the battery life 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 B power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Japanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan - Wikipedia.org entry about Japan
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters