Charging the Beats Pill from a power outlet in Germany

Learn how to recharge a Beats Pill from a German power outlet with type B Micro USB cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to power a Beats Pill using a Type F Schuko power adapter.

German power outlet

When organizing a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your essential electronics such as mobiles and cameras when you get there. Without knowing which power socket is used you may pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore needing to buy a potentially expensive charger when you're there that could be incompatible and damage the device. Various combinations of standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country if you've never been there before. If planning a vacation to Germany the following useful instructions show how to power your Beats Pill by using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F plug outlets will be used by a majority of Germans. Most power supplies change depending on which area you are visiting so please read the power supplies and Europe page for a full list of countries. When travelling to Germany from a different region ensure that your Beats Pill can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Beats Pill was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your Beats Pill is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the German power outlet. 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 Pill 2 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats updater tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Germany

Can you use a Beats Pill in Germany?

You can use a Beats Pill in Germany.

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

If you are travelling with more than your Beats Pill the best international travel charger for Germany to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Germans use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of Beats Pill supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your Beats Pill at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Germany we recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Germany

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Germany using 3 pinned type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and offers the same set of features 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Germany.
What is the best power adapter for a Beats Pill in Germany?

Charging a Beats Pill from a German power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Learn how to recharge a Beats Pill from a German power outlet with type B Micro USB cable and a Type C Europlug power adapter.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill from the German power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Plug the Type C USB power adapter into the German power outlet. You can identify the wall outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Type B USB cable into the bottom of 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 LED.
  4. Switch on the German power outlet.
  5. The USB 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 playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Charging a Beats Pill from a German power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

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

Using micro USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Schuko Type F power adapter to power a Beats Pill from a German power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Beats Pill from a German power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the German power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains 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 German power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the jack will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a German power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany - German Wikipedia web 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