How to charge your Beats Pill 2 from a power outlet in Japan

Instructions showing how to power your Beats Pill 2 from a Japanese power outlet by using Type B USB connector with a Type A power charger and how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 using a three pinned Type B USB charger.

Japanese power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation to Japan it is useful to know in advance if you can power all your common electrical devices when you arrive. But without knowing which power supply to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you need it. Varying complicated standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to stop visitors worrying if they can charge their Beats Pill 2 when they are visiting abroad.This page contains simple instructions which shows exactly how to charge your Beats Pill 2 when you're visiting Japan by using the standard B or A type 100 volt 60Hz power outlets, Type B plug outlets will be typically used by a majority of Japanese. If the Beats Pill 2 slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Japan from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that your device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on taking a trip to places such as Tokyo please refer to the Japanese entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more information.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your Japanese power outlet. Please note that this page refers to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, visit the Beats page on WikiConnections.org for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before you connect Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2.0 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in Japan

Can the Beats Pill 2 be used in Japan?

You can connect a Beats Pill 2 to a Japanese power outlet.

What is the best power charger for a Beats Pill 2 in Japan?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel power adapter for Japan to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of power outlets that Japanese use (types B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your Beats Pill 2 supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip to Japan. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your Beats Pill 2 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Japan

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill 2, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power supplies 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 Japan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Japan.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs and gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Japan.
What is the best power charger for a Beats Pill 2 in Japan?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from a Japanese power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your Beats Pill 2 from a Japanese power outlet by using Type B USB connector with a Type A power charger.

  1. In order to charge the Beats Pill 2 using a Japanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type A USB power adapter in the Japanese power outlet. This ungrounded wall supply (sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by the two thin adjacent slots where the twin plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B Micro USB cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around around 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is around 7 hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the socket will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from a Japanese power outlet

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from a Japanese power outlet

Using Type B USB connector with a Type B power charger to charge a Beats Pill 2 with a Japanese power outlet.

  1. To supply power to your Beats Pill 2 from 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 by taking the Type B USB power adapter and plugging it into the wall outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by the 2 slots next to each other with a semicircle shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port is found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the Japanese power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about 3.5 hours and the Beats Pill playback time after a complete charge is roughly seven hours. After 20% battery life the jack will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from a Japanese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan - Japanese entry on wikipedia.org
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - 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 - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  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