Charging the Beats Pill 2 when planning a trip to France

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Beats Pill 2 with a French power outlet using USB Type B cord with a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to power a Beats Pill 2 using a 2 pin Type E power adapter.

French power outlet

If you are packing for a holiday to France it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices like cell phones or tablets when you reach your hotel. However by not knowing which power supply is used in France you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy a suitable adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible and cause problems with your Beats Pill 2. Various combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning to stay in another country especially for the first time traveller. When you are planning a holiday to France this page contains useful instructions showing powering the Beats Pill 2 by using their Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of French typically use Type E plugs in their wall outlets. If you are travelling to France from a different region please check that the Beats Pill 2 can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Beats Pill 2 was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on visiting a French city like Paris read the France page on Wikipedia [1] for further information.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your French power outlet. Please note that these instructions refer to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, visit the Beats page on WikiConnections.org for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before you connect Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2.0 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool for Beats.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in France

Can you use a Beats Pill 2 in France?

You can use a Beats Pill 2 in France by using a power adaptor.

What is the best power adapter for a Beats Pill 2 in France?

When travelling with more than just your Beats Pill 2 the best international travel adapter for France is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. There are two different types of power outlets that French use (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your Beats Pill 2 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers. Only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for France

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 2, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both France 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to France using 3 pin type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs. This gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting France.
What is the best power adapter for a Beats Pill 2 in France?

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

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Beats Pill 2 with a French power outlet using USB Type B cord with a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. To power your Beats Pill 2 from a French 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. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the French power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the type B micro USB connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in socket can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about between three to four hours and the Beats Pill playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using Type B micro USB connector with a Type E USB charger to charge your Beats Pill 2 with a French power outlet.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill 2 from a French power outlet you'll need a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type E USB power adapter into the French power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a single metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in socket can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the French power outlet.
  5. The power in port will blink red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a French power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France - France page on Wikipedia
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - 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 - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  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/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E 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