How to charge your Jabra Solemate from a power outlet in South Africa

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your Jabra Solemate from a South African power outlet by using USB Type B connector and a three pinned Schuko Type F power charger, powering the Jabra Solemate using a double pin Type C Europlug USB charger and how to recharge the Jabra Solemate using a 3 pinned Type M power plug

South African power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning on visiting a different country especially if you've never been there before. If you are planning a vacation to South Africa this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your Jabra Solemate using the standard Type M, C, F or N 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of South Africans normally use the Type M plugs in their power outlets. If travelling to South Africa from another country check your Jabra Solemate can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up.

Ensure you have download version 1.34 or greater of the latest Jabra Solemate firmware from the official Jabra Solemate support site [2]. After you have set up the speaker you can turn off the default 'Solemate is connected' announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate in South Africa

Can the Jabra Solemate be used in South Africa?

You can use the Jabra Solemate in South Africa by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for the Jabra Solemate in South Africa?

When you are travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate and visiting more than one country then the best travel charger for South Africa to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [12]. There are four different standards of wall outlets that South Africans use (types M, C, F and N) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your Jabra Solemate can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers plus additional compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your South African trip. Only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Jabra Solemate at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [12] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for South Africa

The 4 port USB travel charger [12] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Jabra Solemate, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both South Africa and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to South Africa.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting South Africa.
What is the best power charger for the Jabra Solemate in South Africa?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a South African power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type C power adapter to charge your Jabra Solemate from a South African power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Jabra Solemate using a South African 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. Firstly insert the Type C USB power adapter into the South African power outlet. The wall supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Type B connector into the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate during the charging process.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a South African power outlet

Powering the Jabra Solemate with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type F power adapter to charge your Jabra Solemate from a South African power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Jabra Solemate from the South African power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins go and a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Type B connector into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate during the charging process.
Powering the Jabra Solemate with a South African power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type M power charger to charge the Jabra Solemate from a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate using the South African power outlet you'll need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type M USB power adapter in the power supply. This wall outlet, technically known as a Type M power outlet [8], looks like three large holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port is located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate during the charging process.
Powering the Jabra Solemate with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Charging the Jabra Solemate from a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Using micro USB Type B cord and a 3 pinned Type N power charger to recharge the Jabra Solemate with a South African power outlet.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate using a South African power outlet you'll need to use a Type N USB power adapter [11] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type N USB power adapter in the South African power outlet. You can recognise this hexagon shaped plug outlet by the 3 large round holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate whilst charging.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa - South Africa Wikipedia web page
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate#/#100-97100000-60 - official Jabra Solemate 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
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeM.htm - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type M mains power outlet
  10. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeN.htm - Type N power outlet
  11. Type N USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type N mains power outlet
  12. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters