How to charge your Beats Pill 2 from a power outlet in America

Using type B Micro USB cord and a Type A power charger to recharge a Beats Pill 2 with an American power outlet and how to charge a Beats Pill 2 using a three pin Type B USB charger.

American power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This guide was written to assist visitors wanting to charge the Beats Pill 2 when visiting abroad.This page contains a guide showing what you'll need to power the Beats Pill 2 in America by using their B or A type American 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most Americans will typically use the Type B sockets in their plug outlets. If your Beats Pill 2 charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to America from a different region check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that the device is dual-voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to the American power outlet. Please note that these instructions refer to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, please visit the Beats page on WikiConnections.org for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before you connect Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2.0 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in America

Can the Beats Pill 2 be used in America?

You can use a Beats Pill 2 in America by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill 2 in America?

When you are travelling with more than just your Beats Pill 2 then the best international travel charger for America is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Americans use two different types of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type A. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your Beats Pill 2 is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your trip to America or using up additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being suitable for recharging your Beats Pill 2 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for America

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting America.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 America.
What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill 2 in America?

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with an American power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord and a Type A power charger to recharge a Beats Pill 2 with an American power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Beats Pill 2 from the American power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be identified by the two thin slots next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the micro USB Type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in jack can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the American power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about three and a half hours and the battery life after a complete charge is roughly 7 hours. After 20% battery life the socket will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with an American power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from an American power outlet

A guide showing you how to charge your Beats Pill 2 from an American power outlet using USB type B cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to charge your Beats Pill 2 using an American power outlet you'll need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly insert the Type B USB power adapter into the American power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots next to each other where the short live and neutral blades sit with a single hole below for the slightly longer ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port can be found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the American power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the playback time at full capacity is roughly seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the jack will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type B power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from an American power outlet

See also

  1. https://www.visittheusa.co.uk/ - Visit The USA
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters