Charging the Jabra Solemate when visiting Ukraine

Simple instructions showing you how to power the Jabra Solemate from a Ukrainian power outlet using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type C USB charger and charging the Jabra Solemate using a Schuko Type F USB plug.

Ukrainian power outlet

Varying complicated standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country for the first time traveller. When you are travelling to Ukraine these instructions show how to supply power to the Jabra Solemate by using their standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling to Ukraine from a different country please check the Jabra Solemate can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overloading when powering up. If you plan on travelling to a Ukrainian city like Kiev or Kharkiv please refer to the wikipedia entry about Ukraine [1] for more indepth 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 Ukraine

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in Ukraine?

You can use the Jabra Solemate in Ukraine by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Ukraine?

If you are travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate the best international travel adapter for Ukraine is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Ukrainians use (F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your type of Jabra Solemate is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Ukrainian 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 while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Ukraine we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger like this online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Ukraine

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Ukraine 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Ukraine using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 Ukraine.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Ukraine?

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

Simple instructions showing you how to power the Jabra Solemate from a Ukrainian power outlet using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to power the Jabra Solemate from a Ukrainian power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Ukrainian power outlet. This unearthed plug supply is recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter 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 Ukrainian 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.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Ukrainian power outlet

Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Ukrainian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Simple instructions showing you how to power the Jabra Solemate from a Ukrainian power outlet using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type F USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Jabra Solemate using the Ukrainian power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the Ukrainian power outlet. This recessed round plug supply (sometimes known as a Type F power outlet [6] or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter 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 Ukrainian 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.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Ukrainian power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine - wikipedia entry about Ukraine
  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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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