How to charge your Beats Pill from a power outlet in Portugal

Using type B USB Micro cord and a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger to recharge a Beats Pill with a Portuguese power outlet and powering a Beats Pill using a Type F Schuko USB charger.

Portuguese power outlet

Various standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Beats Pill abroad.When going to Portugal this page contains instructions showing how to supply power to your Beats Pill by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, Type F plug outlets will be typically used by most Portuguese. Power sources will vary regionally so we recommend that you read the WikiConnections world power connections guide for a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. If you are travelling to Portugal from a different country make sure the Beats Pill can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when charging it.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Portuguese 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 you connect 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 Beats firmware updater.

Charging a Beats Pill in Portugal

Can the Beats Pill be used in Portugal?

You can use a Beats Pill in Portugal by using the correct power adaptor.

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

If travelling with more than your Beats Pill or visiting multiple countries the best travel adapter for Portugal to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Portuguese use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of Beats Pill can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel adapters plus compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers this will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling regularly we recommend buying a versatile travel adapter similar to this online, the power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

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, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 North America going to Portugal using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 from America using type B plugs. This offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Portugal.
What is the best travel adapter for recharging a Beats Pill in Portugal?

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

Using Type B USB connector with a Type C power adapter to charge a Beats Pill from a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the Beats Pill from a Portuguese 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 inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power supply. This power outlet can be identified by the two circular holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the type B USB Micro cord into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in jack can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will blink red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the playback time at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the jack will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Portuguese power outlet

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

The Wiki Connections page on how to recharge a Beats Pill with a Portuguese power outlet with USB micro Type B cord and a three pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. To supply power to a Beats Pill from the Portuguese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. First plug the Type F USB power adapter into the Portuguese power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the two adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB Type B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket is found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The power in port will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around around 3 to 4 hours and the battery life at full capacity is around 7 hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the socket will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
Charging a Beats Pill from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal - Portugal 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters