Charging a Beats Pill when staying in Colombia

Instructions showing how to charge your Beats Pill from a Colombian power outlet by using USB micro type B cord and a Type A USB adapter and powering a Beats Pill using a Type B USB adapter.

Colombian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially to the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to prepare people wanting to charge the Beats Pill abroad.The following step by step guide will show you exactly how to supply power to your Beats Pill when staying in Colombia using their standard Type B or A 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets. If your Beats Pill does not power up or charges slowly when you are visiting Colombia from a different region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that your Beats Pill is a dual voltage device (you'll find these are usually indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Colombian 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 update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats updater tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Colombia

Can you use a Beats Pill in Colombia?

Yes, you can connect a Beats Pill to a Colombian power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging a Beats Pill in Colombia?

When travelling with more than your Beats Pill the best travel charger for Colombia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Colombians use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Beats Pill can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers on your Colombian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your Beats Pill at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Colombia

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Colombia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Colombia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 only 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Colombia.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Beats Pill in Colombia?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Colombian power outlet

Instructions showing how to charge your Beats Pill from a Colombian power outlet by using USB micro type B cord and a Type A USB adapter.

  1. To charge your Beats Pill using a Colombian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly plug the Type A USB power adapter into the power supply. The plug supply (known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the two adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  3. Connect one end of the USB micro Type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The power in port will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about 3.5 hours and the battery life after a complete charge is around 7 hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the jack will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Colombian power outlet

Charging a Beats Pill from a Colombian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

A step by step guide showing how to charge your Beats Pill from a Colombian power outlet by using Type B USB micro cord with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. In order to power a Beats Pill from the Colombian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the power outlet. The power supply (known as the Type B power outlet [7]) is recognised by two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the long ground pin.
  3. Connect one end of the USB micro Type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the Colombian power outlet.
  5. The power in port will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about three and a half hours and the battery life at full capacity is around seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the jack will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill from a Colombian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia - wikipedia page about Colombia
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - 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 - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A mains power outlet, around $10 USD (£10-£15 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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$10).
  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, between $20 to $25 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  9. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).