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

Instructions showing how to power your Beats Pill with a Bulgarian power outlet by using micro USB Type B cord and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger and charging a Beats Pill using a Schuko Type F USB charger.

Bulgarian power outlet

Differing voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Beats Pill when you're in going to Bulgaria.This page contains step by step instructions which shows what you'll need to charge the Beats Pill when staying in Bulgaria by using the F or C type Bulgarian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. If travelling to Bulgaria from another country check your Beats Pill 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. If you are planning to visit a Bulgarian place such as Sofia or Plovdiv please read the Bulgaria country page on Wikipedia [1] for more information prior to the location.

The following instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Bulgarian 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 you connect Beats Pill 2 speakers to anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Bulgaria

Can you use a Beats Pill in Bulgaria?

Yes, you can use a Beats Pill in Bulgaria.

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

If travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than just your Beats Pill the best international travel power adapter for Bulgaria is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Bulgarians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the plugs over. If your model of Beats Pill is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and suitable for charging your Beats Pill at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose travel adapter like this online, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Bulgaria

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Bulgaria 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 option for travellers originating from North America visiting Bulgaria using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Bulgaria.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in Bulgaria?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Bulgarian power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your Beats Pill with a Bulgarian power outlet by using micro USB Type B cord and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. To charge the Beats Pill from a Bulgarian power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Bulgarian power outlet. The wall supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the two round adjacent holes.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Type B connector into the USB power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the Bulgarian power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash 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.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Bulgarian power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill with a Bulgarian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using type B Micro USB connector with a Type F USB adapter to recharge your Beats Pill from a Bulgarian power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Beats Pill using the Bulgarian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Insert the Type F USB power adapter in the Bulgarian power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  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 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 Bulgarian power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will blink red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the playback time at full capacity is roughly seven hours. After 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Bulgarian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgaria - Bulgaria country page on Wikipedia
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  8. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F 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