Charging the Beats Pill 2 when planning a trip to Switzerland

Simple instructions showing how to power a Beats Pill 2 from a Swiss power outlet by using USB Type B cord with a Type C Europlug power adapter and charging a Beats Pill 2 using a Type J power adapter.

Swiss power outlet

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you can use any important electrical devices like mobile phones or tablets at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used in Switzerland you may pack the wrong power charger, meaning needing to buy a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to the Beats Pill 2. Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. If visiting Switzerland this page has instructions showing charging the Beats Pill 2 by using their standard Type J or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type J power outlets will be used by a majority of Swiss. If you are visiting Switzerland from another country make sure your Beats Pill 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If your Beats Pill 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it.

This list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your Swiss 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 Update tool for Beats.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in Switzerland

Can you use a Beats Pill 2 in Switzerland?

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

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Switzerland?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Beats Pill 2 then the best travel charger for Switzerland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Swiss use two different standards of wall outlets (types J and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your Beats Pill 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

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 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 useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Switzerland 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 power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Switzerland.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to 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 Switzerland.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Switzerland?

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

Simple instructions showing how to power a Beats Pill 2 from a Swiss power outlet by using USB Type B cord with a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge a Beats Pill 2 from a Swiss power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the 2 round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in socket can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a dead 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 jack will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Charging a Beats Pill 2 from a Swiss power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

The WikiConnections page showing how to charge your Beats Pill 2 with a Swiss power outlet using Micro USB type B cord with a 3 pin Type J power adapter.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill 2 from a Swiss power outlet you'll need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type J USB power adapter into the Swiss power outlet. You can identify the squashed hexagon shaped power supply by the three round holes in a flattened triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in socket can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The USB port will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the jack will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland - Switzerland Wikipedia 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/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