Charging the Beats Pill 2 when planning a trip to Russia

The Wiki Connections page showing how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 from a Russian power outlet with Type B USB Micro cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter and charging a Beats Pill 2 using a Type F Schuko power charger.

Russian power outlet

If packing for a holiday to Russia it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your important electronics that you'll be bringing along. However, by not knowing which wall socket is being used in Russia you may pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your Beats Pill 2. Complicated combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This page is a step by step guide showing exactly how to supply power to the Beats Pill 2 when you're travelling to Russia using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Russians will use the Type F plug outlets. If you are visiting Russia from another region check that the Beats Pill 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Beats Pill 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your Beats Pill 2 is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.

This list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your Russian power outlet. Please note that these instructions refer 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 any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2.0 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats firmware updater.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in Russia

Can you use a Beats Pill 2 in Russia?

You can use a Beats Pill 2 in Russia by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for a Beats Pill 2 in Russia?

When travelling with more than just your Beats Pill 2 the best international travel charger for Russia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Russians use (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your Beats Pill 2 can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Russian trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your Beats Pill 2 at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated 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 Russia

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact option for travellers originating from America going to Russia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one 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 Russia.
What is the best power adapter for a Beats Pill 2 in Russia?

Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a Russian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using USB Type B cord with a Europlug Type C USB charger to charge your Beats Pill 2 with a Russian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the Beats Pill 2 using the Russian power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B Micro USB cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in jack is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The power in port will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a Russian power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a Russian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using Micro USB Type B cord with a Type F Schuko power charger to recharge your Beats Pill 2 with a Russian power outlet.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill 2 from a Russian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Russian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the Micro USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Russian power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. After 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a Russian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia - Russia Wiki page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - 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 - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  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