How to charge the Beats Pill when staying in The United Kingdom

The WikiConnections page on how to power your Beats Pill from a UK power outlet with type B USB cord and a Type G power adapter.

UK power outlet

Complicated frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to prevent people worrying if they can power the Beats Pill when going to The United Kingdom.If you're travelling to The United Kingdom the following instructions show charging your Beats Pill using their 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the British will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. When you are visiting The United Kingdom from a different country check your Beats Pill can be used with a 240v supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the UK power outlet. Please note that this page refers 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 connecting 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 The United Kingdom

Can the Beats Pill be used in The United Kingdom?

You can connect a Beats Pill to a UK power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Beats Pill in The United Kingdom?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for The United Kingdom is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7].

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Beats Pill can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to The United Kingdom or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for The United Kingdom

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The United Kingdom and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to The United Kingdom using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The United Kingdom.
What is the best power charger for a Beats Pill in The United Kingdom?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a UK power outlet

The WikiConnections page on how to power your Beats Pill from a UK power outlet with type B USB connector and a three pin Type G USB adapter.

  1. To supply power to a Beats Pill using a UK power outlet you will need a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power adapter in the UK power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by the 3 slots in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B micro USB connector into the mains USB adapter 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 to the right of the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the UK power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is about 3.5 hours and the playback time at full power capacity is around 7 hours. After 20% battery life the port will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a UK power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - UK Wikipedia page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters