Charging the Beats Pill when planning a trip to Vietnam

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Beats Pill with a Vietnamese power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter, charging a Beats Pill using a Type G USB plug and powering a Beats Pill using a Europlug Type C power charger

Vietnamese power outlet

Varying different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to help assist visitors wanting to power their Beats Pill when they're travelling abroad.When you are planning a holiday to Vietnam these useful instructions show powering the Beats Pill by using their standard Type G, A or C Vietnamese 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Vietnamese normally use Type G plugs in their plug outlets. If visiting Vietnam from a different region please check that the Beats Pill can accept a 240 volt supply. If your Beats Pill was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to stay in a tourist destination such as Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi we also suggest reading the Vietnam Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

The following instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to your Vietnamese 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 anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Vietnam

Can you use a Beats Pill in Vietnam?

You can use a Beats Pill in Vietnam by using a power adaptor.

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

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Beats Pill then the best travel charger for Vietnam to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. Vietnamese use three different types of wall outlets (types G, A and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Beats Pill is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Vietnamese trip. Only packing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Beats Pill at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online - the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Vietnam

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Vietnam and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Vietnam using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Vietnam.
What is the best power adapter for a Beats Pill in Vietnam?

Powering a Beats Pill with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide showing how to power a Beats Pill from a Vietnamese power outlet with USB Micro type B cord with a Type G USB charger.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill from a Vietnamese power outlet you'll need a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type G USB power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the three rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the Type B USB Micro connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The USB port will blink red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

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

Learn how to recharge your Beats Pill with a Vietnamese power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill from a Vietnamese power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply, technically called the Type A power outlet [7], can be recognised by 2 thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Vietnamese 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 around between three to four hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Vietnamese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Vietnamese power outlet

Using USB Micro type B connector with a Europlug Type C power adapter to recharge a Beats Pill with a Vietnamese power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Beats Pill using the Vietnamese power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the Vietnamese power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Vietnamese power outlet.
  5. The power in port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around between three to four hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Vietnamese power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam - Vietnam Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  8. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  10. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters