Charging your Beats Pill from a power outlet in Greece

A step by step guide showing how to power your Beats Pill with a Greek power outlet with USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type C Europlug power adapter and recharging a Beats Pill using a Type F USB charger.

Greek power outlet

Varying different frequencies and region codes can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially for the first time traveller. This step by step guide will show you exactly what you'll need to supply power to the Beats Pill in Greece using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type F power outlets are typically used by most Greeks. If you are visiting Greece from a different region please check that your Beats Pill can be charged using a 240v supply. If your Beats Pill came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you plan to stay somewhere like Athens or Thessaloniki we also recommend referring to the Wikipedia.org entry about Greece [1] for more details.

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

Charging a Beats Pill in Greece

Can you use a Beats Pill in Greece?

You can connect a Beats Pill to a Greek power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill in Greece?

When you are travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your Beats Pill the best international travel charger for Greece to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Greeks use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of Beats Pill supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Greek trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Greece we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Greece

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial when visiting regions with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These power converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Greece and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Greece.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Greece.
What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill in Greece?

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

Using Type B USB cable and a Type C USB charger to power a Beats Pill from a Greek power outlet.

  1. To power the Beats Pill using a Greek power outlet you'll need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify the wall supply by the 2 circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB 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 indicator.
  4. Turn on the Greek power outlet.
  5. The power in port will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about around three to four hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. After 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Greek power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

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

A step by step guide showing how to power a Beats Pill with a Greek power outlet with micro USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge a Beats Pill using the Greek 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. Start by plugging the Type F USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise this power outlet by two large round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the Micro USB type B connector into the bottom of the mains power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Greek power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the Beats Pill playback time after a complete charge is around 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the jack will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Greek power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece - Wikipedia.org entry about Greece
  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