How to charge the Beats Pill when staying in Ghana

Using type B micro USB connector and a Type G power charger to recharge your Beats Pill from a Ghanaian power outlet and how to recharge a Beats Pill using a Type D power plug.

Ghanaian power outlet

Different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially for the first time traveller. This page has been specifically written to help prepare people wanting to charge their Beats Pill abroad.This page contains step-by-step instructions demonstrating exactly how to power the Beats Pill when travelling to Ghana by using the standard types G or D Ghanaian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the WikiConnections world power supplies page for a full list showing regions and countries. If travelling to Ghana from another country please ensure that the Beats Pill can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Beats Pill originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the Beats Pill is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. If you are planning to stay at a Ghanaian destination like Accra please read the Wikipedia entry about Ghana [1] for more information on visiting the area.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to your Ghanaian power outlet. 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 anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats updater tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Ghana

Can the Beats Pill be used in Ghana?

You can connect a Beats Pill to a Ghanaian power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in Ghana?

When you are travelling with more than just your Beats Pill or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Ghana to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of power outlets in Ghana (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of Beats Pill can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Ghana or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your Beats Pill at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Ghana

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Ghana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in Ghana?

Powering a Beats Pill with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Using type B USB cord and a Type G power charger to power your Beats Pill from a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Beats Pill from the Ghanaian power outlet you'll need to use a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Ghanaian power outlet. The plug outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [3], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes with plastic shutters forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The USB port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about three and a half hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is around 7 hours. After 20% battery life the port will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Ghanaian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Ghanaian power outlet

Using type B USB cord and a Type D power charger to power your Beats Pill from a Ghanaian power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Beats Pill using a Ghanaian power outlet you will need to buy a Type D USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 3 holes in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket is found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Ghanaian power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around around 3 to 4 hours and the battery life after a complete charge is roughly seven hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the socket will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Ghanaian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana - Wikipedia entry about Ghana
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  8. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D 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