Charging your Beats Pill from a power outlet in Taiwan

A guide showing how to power a Beats Pill with a Taiwanese power outlet using USB micro type B cord with a 3 pin Type A power charger and recharging a Beats Pill using a Type B USB adapter.

Taiwanese power outlet

Varying different voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the Beats Pill . This page was written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill abroad.When you're staying in Taiwan the following useful instructions show how to charge the Beats Pill by using their types B or A 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Taiwanese. Most power changes depending on which country you are in so we recommend reading the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of countries. If the Beats Pill does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Taiwan from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to your Taiwanese 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 any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Taiwan

Can you use a Beats Pill in Taiwan?

You can use a Beats Pill in Taiwan.

What is the best power adapter for a Beats Pill in Taiwan?

When you are travelling with more than your Beats Pill the best travel charger for Taiwan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Taiwan (B and A) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your Beats Pill can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your Taiwanese trip. By only needing a single travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your Beats Pill at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to Taiwan we recommend buying a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Taiwan

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Taiwan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Taiwan using type B American 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 from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan.
What is the best power adapter for a Beats Pill in Taiwan?

Charging a Beats Pill from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Using type B USB micro cable and a Type A power adapter to power a Beats Pill with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Beats Pill using a Taiwanese 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. Plug the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. This ungrounded power outlet (known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the jack will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Charging a Beats Pill from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

Charging a Beats Pill from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using Micro USB type B cord with a three pin Type B power adapter to charge your Beats Pill with a Taiwanese power outlet.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill using the Taiwanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by inserting the Type B USB power adapter into the Taiwanese power outlet. This power outlet (known as a Type B power outlet [7]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the twin blades go with a single semicircular shaped hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Taiwanese power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the battery life at full capacity is around seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill from a Taiwanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwanese entry on Wikipedia.org
  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