How to charge your Beats Pill from a power outlet in Russia

Using Type B USB connector with a Type C USB adapter to charge your Beats Pill from a Russian power outlet and how to recharge a Beats Pill using a two pinned Schuko Type F power plug.

Russian power outlet

If you are organizing a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use your electronics like cell phones and cameras when you reach your destination. Without knowing which plug socket is being used in Russia you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival. Varying different standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. This guide was specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill when Russia.This page contains step-by-step instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your Beats Pill when you are visiting Russia using their Type F or C Russian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Russians will typically use the Type F sockets in their plug outlets. When travelling to Russia from another country please check that your Beats Pill can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the Beats Pill was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the Beats Pill is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.

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

Charging a Beats Pill in Russia

Can the Beats Pill be used in Russia?

You can use a Beats Pill in Russia by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in Russia?

If travelling with more than your Beats Pill or visiting multiple countries the best travel charger for Russia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Russians use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the included plugs. If your type of Beats Pill can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your Beats Pill at an airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Russia

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 those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Russia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Russia using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 Russia.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in Russia?

Powering a Beats Pill with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Learn how to power your Beats Pill with a Russian power outlet by using USB Type B cable with a Type C Europlug USB adapter.

  1. In order to power a Beats Pill using a Russian power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the wall outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [3] or Europlug) is recognised by the 2 adjacent holes.
  3. 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. The power in port is found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about three and a half hours and the Beats Pill playback time after a complete charge is roughly 7 hours. After 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Russian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Russian power outlet

Using Type B USB connector with a Type F power adapter to charge a Beats Pill from a Russian power outlet.

  1. To power the Beats Pill from a Russian power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the Russian power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral along with metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB Micro cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will blink red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the playback time at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the jack will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Russian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia - Russian entry on wikipedia.org
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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