How to charge the Beats Pill when staying in Netherlands

Using Type B Micro USB connector and a Type C power charger to power your Beats Pill from a Dutch power outlet and powering a Beats Pill using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB charger.

Dutch power outlet

Differing combinations of voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. These simple instructions will show you exactly how to charge the Beats Pill when visiting Netherlands by using the standard types F or C Dutch 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note that Type F plug outlets are normally used by most Dutch. Power sources will change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets list where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different countries. If travelling to Netherlands from another country please ensure that the Beats Pill can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the Beats Pill originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the Beats Pill is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Dutch 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 connecting Beats Pill 2 speakers to any device 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 Netherlands

Can the Beats Pill be used in Netherlands?

You can connect a Beats Pill to a Dutch power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling with more than just your Beats Pill or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Netherlands is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Dutch use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included plugs. If your Beats Pill supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual travel adapters on your trip to Netherlands. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Netherlands

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Netherlands and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Netherlands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Netherlands.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in Netherlands?

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

Using Type B Micro USB connector and a Type C power charger to power your Beats Pill from a Dutch power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Beats Pill using a Dutch 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. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the Dutch power outlet. You can recognise the power outlet by 2 round adjacent holes.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Dutch power outlet.
  5. The USB port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is about 3.5 hours and the playback time at full power capacity is around 7 hours. After 20% battery life the jack will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Dutch power outlet

Charging a Beats Pill from a Dutch power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

The WikiConnections page on how to power your Beats Pill from a Dutch power outlet with micro USB type B connector with a 3 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power your Beats Pill using a Dutch power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply (known as the Type F power outlet [7]) can be recognised by the two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the type B micro USB cord into the USB 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 next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Dutch power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around around 3 to 4 hours and the battery life after a complete charge is roughly seven hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the port will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill from a Dutch power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands - Netherlands country Wikipedia page
  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