Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini when planning a trip to Ethiopia

Instructions showing how to power the Jabra Solemate Mini from an Ethiopian power outlet with Type B USB Micro connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter, recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini using a two pin Type C USB plug and charging the Jabra Solemate Mini using a Type E USB plug

Ethiopian power outlet

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. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini . These instructions have been specifically written to help assist people wanting to power their Jabra Solemate Mini when staying in Ethiopia.When you are visiting Ethiopia these instructions show how to supply power to the Jabra Solemate Mini by using their standard E, C, F or L type Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling to Ethiopia from a different country please check the Jabra Solemate Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your Jabra Solemate Mini is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging.

Ensure you have version 1.14 or greater of the Jabra Solemate Mini firmware, visit the official Jabra Solemate Mini support site [2] to download the latest version. You can switch off the default 'Connected' and other announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate Mini until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Ethiopia

Can you use the Jabra Solemate Mini in Ethiopia?

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

What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Ethiopia?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your Jabra Solemate Mini then the best travel charger for Ethiopia is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. Ethiopians use four different types of wall outlets (types E, C, F and L) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because 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 changing the heads. If your type of Jabra Solemate Mini 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, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help 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 chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ethiopia

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Ethiopia 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 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 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 Ethiopia.
What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Ethiopia?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini from an Ethiopian power outlet

Using USB Type B cord with a three pin Type C USB charger to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Jabra Solemate Mini using the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the type B Micro USB connector into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port is located on the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take three hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini whilst you are charging.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini from an Ethiopian power outlet

Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using Type B USB Micro cable and a Type E USB charger to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To power your Jabra Solemate Mini using the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type E USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm apart from each other where the two plug outlet pins sit with a metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular shape.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port can be found to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 3 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini during the charging process.
Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using USB Type B cord with a Schuko Type F power charger to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. To charge the Jabra Solemate Mini from an Ethiopian 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. Insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Ethiopian power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one 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 Mini. The USB charging port can be found to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take three hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini whilst you are charging.
Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type L power adapter to recharge your Jabra Solemate Mini with an Ethiopian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Jabra Solemate Mini using the Ethiopian power outlet you will need to use a Type L USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type L USB power adapter into the power supply. The hexagon shaped wall outlet, sometimes known as the Type L power outlet [9], looks like 3 large circular holes forming a line. Note there are two types of Type L power supply, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp power outlet has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins spaced 8mm apart.
  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 Mini. The USB charging port can be found to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Ethiopian power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 3 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini during the charging process.
Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini from an Ethiopian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type L USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia - Ethiopia Wiki page
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate-mini#/#100-97300000-60 - official Jabra Solemate Mini 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, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  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, costs under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  7. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet, costs around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  10. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet, under $15 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).