How to charge a Beats Pill when planning a trip to Zimbabwe

The Wiki Connections guide on how to power a Beats Pill with a Zimbabwe power outlet with type B Micro USB connector with a Type G power adapter and charging a Beats Pill using a Type D power adapter.

Zimbabwe power outlet

If packing for a holiday it's helpful to know if you can charge your common gadgets that you are bringing along with you. Without knowing which power socket is being used in Zimbabwe you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable charger on arrival which might be incompatible. Varying different standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to stop visitors worrying if they can charge their Beats Pill abroad.The following step by step guide will show how to power the Beats Pill when you are travelling to Zimbabwe using their types G or D Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type G wall outlets will be used by most Zimbabweans. If travelling to Zimbabwe from another region check the Beats Pill can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If it was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning on staying at a place like Harare or Masvingo we also recommend referring to the Zimbabwe Wikipedia web page [1] for further information.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to your Zimbabwe power outlet. Please note that this page refers 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 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Zimbabwe

Can you use a Beats Pill in Zimbabwe?

Yes, you can connect a Beats Pill to a Zimbabwe power outlet.

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

When travelling with more than your Beats Pill and visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Zimbabwe to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different standards of plug sockets that Zimbabweans use (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your model of Beats Pill supports 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 means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional power outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single international travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without needing an additional wall outlet.

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 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Zimbabwe

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Zimbabwe 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from North America going to Zimbabwe using type B American 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Zimbabwe.
What is the best power charger for recharging a Beats Pill in Zimbabwe?

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

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type G power adapter to charge a Beats Pill from a Zimbabwe power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Beats Pill using the Zimbabwe power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it in the power supply. This power outlet (sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [3]) can be identified by three slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle pattern.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B cable into the USB mains charger 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 next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will blink red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about 3.5 hours and the Beats Pill playback time 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 with a Zimbabwe power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Type D power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Zimbabwe power outlet

The Wiki Connections guide on how to recharge a Beats Pill with a Zimbabwe power outlet with type B USB connector with a Type D USB adapter.

  1. To power the Beats Pill from a Zimbabwe 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. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type D USB power adapter into the Zimbabwe power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains 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 to the right of the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the Zimbabwe power outlet.
  5. The power in port will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around around three to four hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is around 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 D power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Zimbabwe power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe Wikipedia web page
  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