Charging the Jabra Solemate when planning a trip to Switzerland

A guide showing how to power the Jabra Solemate from a Swiss power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a Europlug Type C power adapter and powering the Jabra Solemate using a 3 pin Type J power adapter.

Swiss power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning to stay in another country especially for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to buy in advance to power your Jabra Solemate . These instructions have been specifically written to stop travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the Jabra Solemate when they are abroad.If you're planning a holiday to Switzerland this page contains useful instructions showing powering the Jabra Solemate by using the Type J or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware Type J plug outlets will be used by a majority of Swiss. If you are visiting Switzerland from another country ensure your Jabra Solemate can be charged using a 240v supply. If the Jabra Solemate was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 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 whilst powering it. If you intend on staying in a destination such as Z├╝rich read the Switzerland Wikipedia page [1] for further information.

Ensure you have download version 1.34 or greater of the latest Jabra Solemate firmware from the official Jabra Solemate support site [2]. After you have set up the speaker you can turn off the default 'Solemate is connected' announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate in Switzerland

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in Switzerland?

Yes, you can connect the Jabra Solemate to a Swiss power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the Jabra Solemate in Switzerland?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Jabra Solemate then the best travel adapter for Switzerland is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Swiss use (J and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Jabra Solemate is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers. By only bringing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. 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 phones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Switzerland we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Switzerland

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] 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 the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting 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 option for travellers originating from America going to 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 from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Switzerland.
What is the best travel adapter for the Jabra Solemate in Switzerland?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Swiss power outlet

A guide showing how to power the Jabra Solemate from a Swiss power outlet using Type B USB Micro cable and a Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the Jabra Solemate using the Swiss power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it in the Swiss power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port is located on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate during the charging process.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Swiss power outlet

Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Swiss power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type J USB adapter

Learn how to recharge your Jabra Solemate with a Swiss power outlet using USB Type B connector with a Type J USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the Jabra Solemate using the Swiss power outlet you will need to use a Type J USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type J USB power adapter into the wall supply. The squashed hexagon shaped power supply, technically called the Type J power outlet [6], looks like 3 large holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Swiss power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate whilst charging.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from 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. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate#/#100-97100000-60 - official Jabra Solemate support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. 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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  7. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters