How to charge the Beats Pill in Spain

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge a Beats Pill with a Spanish power outlet by using Micro USB type B connector with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger and how to recharge a Beats Pill using a double pin Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Spanish power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially for the first time traveller. These instructions were written to stop visitors worrying if they can power the Beats Pill abroad.When visiting Spain this page contains useful instructions showing you how to charge the Beats Pill using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll discover most Spaniards will typically use the Type F sockets in their power outlets. When you are visiting Spain from a different country double check your Beats Pill can accept a 240 volt supply. If the Beats Pill originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it. If you are planning to stay in a Spanish destination like Madrid we suggest referring to the Spain Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on visiting the area.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to your Spanish power outlet. Please 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 any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Spain

Can the Beats Pill be used in Spain?

You can connect a Beats Pill to a Spanish power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Beats Pill in Spain?

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Spain to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Spaniards use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your Beats Pill is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers or using up additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Spain

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 wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Spain and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Spain.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Spain.
What is the best power charger for a Beats Pill in Spain?

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Spanish power outlet

Using type B USB connector and a 3 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter to recharge your Beats Pill from a Spanish power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Beats Pill using a Spanish 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 taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it into the power supply. This wall supply (sometimes known as the Europlug) can be identified by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in socket is found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around around 3 to 4 hours and the battery life after a complete charge is roughly seven hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the jack will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Spanish power outlet

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

The WikiConnections page on how to recharge a Beats Pill with a Spanish power outlet by using Micro USB type B connector with a 3 pinned Schuko Type F power charger.

  1. In order to charge the Beats Pill from the Spanish 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 inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the Spanish power outlet. The recessed circular plug outlet (sometimes known as the Type F power outlet [7]) can be identified by two large circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Type B Micro USB cord into the 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 to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the Spanish power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is about three and a half hours and the playback time at full power capacity is around 7 hours. After 20 percent battery life the socket will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
Charging a Beats Pill from a Spanish power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

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