Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini when planning a trip to North Korea

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini with a North Korean power outlet with type B USB Micro cable and a Type F Schuko power adapter, how to power the Jabra Solemate Mini using a 2 pin Type A USB charger and charging the Jabra Solemate Mini using a double pinned Europlug Type C USB plug

North Korean power outlet

Various combinations of region codes and sockets can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what to purchase in advance to power your Jabra Solemate Mini . This guide has been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini when staying abroad.If visiting North Korea this page has useful instructions showing charging the Jabra Solemate Mini by using the types F, A or C 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets. If you are visiting North Korea from another country ensure that your Jabra Solemate Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If your Jabra Solemate Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you intend on taking a trip to a North Korean city like Pyongyang or Hamhung read the North Korea Wiki page [1] for more indepth information.

Ensure you have version 1.14 or greater of the Jabra Solemate Mini firmware, visit the official Jabra Solemate Mini support site [2] to download the latest version. You can switch off the default 'Connected' and other announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate Mini until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini in North Korea

Can you use the Jabra Solemate Mini in North Korea?

You can use the Jabra Solemate Mini in North Korea by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini in North Korea?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your Jabra Solemate Mini then the best travel power adapter for North Korea is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. North Koreans use three different types of power outlets (types F, A and C) and using a travel adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of Jabra Solemate Mini is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a flexible power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for North Korea

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Jabra Solemate Mini, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both North Korea and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting North Korea using type B American 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting North Korea.
What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini in North Korea?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a North Korean power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type A power adapter to recharge your Jabra Solemate Mini with a North Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Jabra Solemate Mini using the North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the two thin slots next to each other where the two plug outlet blades go.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port can be located on the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take three hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini during the charging process.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a North Korean power outlet

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini from a North Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using USB Type B cord with a three pinned Type C USB charger to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini with a North Korean power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini from a North Korean power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter in the North Korean power outlet. The wall outlet (sometimes called the Type C power outlet [6] or Europlug) is identified by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port can be found to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 3 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini during the charging process.
Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini from a North Korean power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a North Korean power outlet

Using USB Type B cord with a Schuko Type F power charger to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini with a North Korean power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Jabra Solemate Mini using the North Korean power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type F USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. The circular power supply (sometimes called the Schuko outlet) can be identified by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port is located to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the North Korean power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 3 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini during the charging process.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a North Korean power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea - North Korea Wiki page
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate-mini#/#100-97300000-60 - official Jabra Solemate Mini support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  9. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  10. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters