How to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini when planning a trip to Germany

Using USB type B connector and a three pinned Europlug Type C power charger to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini from a German power outlet and charging the Jabra Solemate Mini using a Schuko Type F USB charger.

German power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need to purchase in advance to power your Jabra Solemate Mini in Germany. This guide was written to prevent people needing to worry if they'll be able to power their Jabra Solemate Mini abroad.The following simple guide shows exactly how to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini when you are travelling to Germany by using the F or C type German 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Germans. When visiting Germany from another country please double check your Jabra Solemate Mini can accept 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 a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to stop the device from overloading during charging.

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 Germany

Can you use the Jabra Solemate Mini in Germany?

Yes, you can connect the Jabra Solemate Mini to a German power outlet.

What is the best power charger for the Jabra Solemate Mini in Germany?

When you are travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate Mini and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Germany to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Germans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of Jabra Solemate Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate travel adapters for your German trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Germany

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Jabra Solemate Mini, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Germany 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 America visiting Germany.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Germany.
What is the best power charger for the Jabra Solemate Mini in Germany?

Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a German power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

Using USB type B cord and a 3 pinned Type C power adapter to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini from a German power outlet.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate Mini using the German power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type C USB power adapter in the German power outlet. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B connector into the mains USB charger 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. Switch on the German 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 whilst you are charging.
Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a German power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

Using Type B USB micro cord and a Type F power adapter to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini from a German power outlet.

  1. To power the Jabra Solemate Mini from a German power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type F USB power adapter in the German power outlet. This circular plug supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other along with thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect one end of the USB type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port is located on the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the German 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 whilst you are charging.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a German power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany - wikipedia web page about Germany
  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/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C 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/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters