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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge your Beats Pill from a Swiss power outlet with type B Micro USB cord and a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger and charging a Beats Pill using a Type J power adapter.

Swiss power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to stop visitors worrying if they can power their Beats Pill when they're going to Switzerland.These instructions shows you exactly how to charge your Beats Pill when you're visiting Switzerland by using the J or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type J plug outlets will be typically used by most Swiss. When visiting Switzerland from another country please make sure that your Beats Pill can be used with a 240v supply. If the Beats Pill originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Swiss power outlet. 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 any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Switzerland

Can the Beats Pill be used in Switzerland?

You can use a Beats Pill in Switzerland.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Beats Pill in Switzerland?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Switzerland is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Swiss use (types J and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa 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 recharging times with one of these travel adapters, and support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power adapters or using up additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a flexible travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Switzerland

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting Switzerland using 3 pin type B US 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 from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Switzerland.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Beats Pill in Switzerland?

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge your Beats Pill from a Swiss power outlet with type B Micro USB cord and a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power the Beats Pill from a Swiss power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First you'll need to plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the Swiss power outlet. The power supply (sometimes called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3]) is recognised by 2 adjacent holes 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. The power in jack can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around around three to four hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is around seven hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Swiss power outlet

How to use a Type J power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Swiss power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing how to recharge your Beats Pill from a Swiss power outlet using type B Micro USB cord with a 3 pinned Type J power charger.

  1. If you want to charge the Beats Pill using a Swiss power outlet you will need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type J USB power adapter in the Swiss power outlet. You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet by 3 large round holes forming a flattened triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect the USB 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 socket is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is about between three to four hours and the battery life after a complete charge is roughly 7 hours. After 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type J power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Swiss power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - Switzerland Wikipedia page
  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/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  8. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J 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