Charging your Beats Pill from a power outlet in North Korea

Instructions showing how to recharge your Beats Pill with a North Korean power outlet with Type B Micro USB cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger, how to power a Beats Pill using a Type A USB charger and charging a Beats Pill using a double pin Type F USB charger

North Korean power outlet

Varying different combinations of frequencies and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country if you've never been there before. When you're travelling to North Korea the following useful instructions show how to charge the Beats Pill by using their types F, A or C 220 volt 60Hz plug outlets. Most power supplies will change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Asia page for a full list of regions and countries. If you are visiting North Korea from another country check that the Beats Pill can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from overheating during charging.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the North Korean 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 connecting 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 North Korea

Can the Beats Pill be used in North Korea?

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

What is the best power adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in North Korea?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best travel adapter for North Korea is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. North Koreans use three different types of power outlets (types F, A and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads over. If your type of Beats Pill supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other chargers this will allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your North Korean trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your Beats Pill at an airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones using just a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible travel adapter online. The multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both North Korea 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to North Korea using type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This offers the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting North Korea.
What is the best power adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in North Korea?

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

Using Type B Micro USB cable and a Type A USB adapter to power a Beats Pill from a North Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Beats Pill from a North Korean 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. Begin the process by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it in the North Korean power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two thin adjacent slots next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB 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. The power in jack is found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is roughly 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 North Korean power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge your Beats Pill with a North Korean power outlet with Type B Micro USB cable and a Europlug Type C USB charger.

  1. To power the Beats Pill using the North Korean power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by two holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the Beats Pill playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill with a North Korean power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a North Korean power outlet

Using USB Micro type B connector and a Type F Schuko power adapter to recharge your Beats Pill with a North Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Beats Pill from a North Korean power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the North Korean power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other along with two grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power 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 to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about between three to four hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a North Korean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea - North Korean Wikipedia web page
  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
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  8. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  10. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters