Charging a Beats Pill 2 when staying in Italy

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 from an Italian power outlet using Type B USB micro connector with a three pin Europlug Type C power adapter, charging a Beats Pill 2 using a double pin Schuko Type F power adapter and recharging a Beats Pill 2 using a three pinned Type L power charger

Italian power outlet

If you are planning to travel it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any vital devices like mobiles and cameras that you'll be bringing with you. Without knowing which power supply is being used in Italy you could pack the wrong adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival. Various standards and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what to purchase in advance to charge the Beats Pill 2 in Italy. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill 2 when you're in travelling to Italy.This page contains a step by step guide showing exactly what you'll need to supply power to the Beats Pill 2 when you are in Italy by using their standard types L, C or F 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you'll find a majority of Italians will use the Type L plugs in their plug outlets. If visiting Italy from a different country please ensure your Beats Pill 2 can accept a 240 volt supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the Beats Pill 2 is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up. If you're planning on staying somewhere such as Rome or Milan read the Italian Wikipedia web page [1] for further details on travelling to the location.

The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your Italian power outlet. Note that this page refers to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, visit the Beats page on WikiConnections.org for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before you connect Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2.0 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats updater tool.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in Italy

Can the Beats Pill 2 be used in Italy?

Yes, you can use a Beats Pill 2 in Italy.

What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Italy?

When travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just your Beats Pill 2 then the best international travel charger for Italy to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. Italians use three different standards of power outlets (L, C and F) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your Beats Pill 2 is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers on your Italian trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your Beats Pill 2 at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to different continents we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Italy

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Italy using 3 pinned type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same set of features as 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 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Italy.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill 2 in Italy?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from an Italian power outlet

The WikiConnections guide showing how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 from an Italian power outlet using Type B USB micro connector with a three pin Europlug Type C power adapter.

  1. If you want to charge a Beats Pill 2 using the Italian power outlet you will need 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. The power supply (sometimes called a Europlug) can be recognised by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker next to the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The power in jack 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 Beats Pill playback time at full power capacity is roughly seven hours. After 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from an Italian power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using Micro USB type B cable and a Type F USB adapter to power a Beats Pill 2 with an Italian power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to the Beats Pill 2 from an Italian power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter into the Italian power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral and two grounding clips above and below.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in port is found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will blink 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 need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with an Italian power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type L power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from an Italian power outlet

Using Type B USB micro cord with a 3 pin Type L USB charger to recharge a Beats Pill 2 from an Italian power outlet.

  1. To charge your Beats Pill 2 using the Italian power outlet you'll need a Type L USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type L USB power adapter into the Italian power outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped wall supply, technically called a Type L power outlet [9], can be recognised by 3 large round holes forming a line. Note that there are two variations of Type L plug outlet rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in jack is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the Italian power outlet.
  5. The USB jack will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around around three to four hours and the playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. After 20 percent battery life the port will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type L power charger for charging your Beats Pill 2 from an Italian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy - Italian Wikipedia web page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - 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 - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeL.htm - Type L power outlet
  10. Type L USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type L mains power outlet
  11. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters