Charging the Beats Pill when visiting Zambia

Instructions showing you how to recharge your Beats Pill with a Zambian power outlet using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Europlug Type C power adapter, recharging a Beats Pill using a 3 pin Type G power charger and powering a Beats Pill using a three pin Type D power adapter

Zambian power outlet

If packing for a holiday to Zambia it can be helpful to know in advance if you can power any common electronics such as mobile phones or cameras when you arrive. But by not knowing which plug socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you're there that could be incompatible. Various combinations of region codes and plugs can often be daunting when planning to stay in a new country, especially if you've never been there before. These guidelines were specifically written to prevent travellers worrying if they'll be able to charge the Beats Pill when staying in Zambia.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to charge the Beats Pill when you're travelling to Zambia using the Type G, C or D Zambian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Zambians typically use Type G plugs in their plug outlets. If visiting Zambia from a different country please check the Beats Pill can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your Beats Pill 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 up. If you plan to stay in a Zambian city like Lusaka or Kitwe please refer to the Zambian country Wiki page [1] for more indepth information.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to your Zambian power outlet. Please 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 from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Zambia

Can you use a Beats Pill in Zambia?

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

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

When travelling with more than just your Beats Pill the best international travel charger for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different types of power outlets that Zambians use (types G, C and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the included plugs over. If your type of Beats Pill supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters. By only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Zambia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill, but for those also wanting 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 converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zambia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Zambia using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Zambia. [11] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill in Zambia?

Charging a Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your Beats Pill with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type G USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall outlet by three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about between 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Charging a Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge your Beats Pill with a Zambian power outlet using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to power a Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. This ungrounded plug supply (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet

Using USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type D power adapter to power a Beats Pill with a Zambian power outlet.

  1. In order to power your Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Zambian power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [9], looks like 3 round holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Then 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 power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Zambian power outlet.
  5. The USB port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Zambian power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambian country Wiki page
  2. Beatsbydre - official Beats Pill support site
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Beatsbydre - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, costing between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / around C$10).
  7. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  9. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  10. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costing between $10 to $15 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$15).
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).