How to charge the Jabra Solemate when planning a trip to Barbados

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the Jabra Solemate with a Barbadian power outlet with USB micro type B cable with a three pin Type A USB charger and powering the Jabra Solemate using a three pin Type B USB charger.

Barbadian power outlet

Different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited before. When visiting Barbados these instructions show how to power the Jabra Solemate using the standard Type B or A 115 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Bajans will typically use Type B wall outlets. Most power sources vary regionally therefore please read our Wikiconnections world power sockets guide for a full list of regions and countries. If your Jabra Solemate slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are visiting Barbados from another region then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check the Jabra Solemate is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power transformer to ensure proper use.

Ensure you have download version 1.34 or greater of the latest Jabra Solemate firmware from the official Jabra Solemate support site [2]. After you have set up the speaker you can turn off the default 'Solemate is connected' announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate in Barbados

Can the Jabra Solemate be used in Barbados?

You can use the Jabra Solemate in Barbados by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Barbados?

When travelling to more than one country the best international travel charger for Barbados is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Bajans use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. 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 can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage as well as being convenient for recharging your Jabra Solemate at the airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature 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 Barbados

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, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unstable power grids. These travel converters 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Barbados.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Barbados.
What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Barbados?

Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Barbadian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

The WikiConnections guide showing how to power the Jabra Solemate with a Barbadian power outlet with USB micro type B cable with a three pin Type A USB charger.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate using the Barbadian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type A USB power adapter into the Barbadian power outlet. This unearthed wall outlet (sometimes known as the Type A power outlet [3]) can be recognised by the 2 slots adjacent to each other where the twin blades go.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port is located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate during the charging process.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Barbadian power outlet by using a two pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Barbadian power outlet

Instructions showing how to power your Jabra Solemate with a Barbadian power outlet with type B USB cable with a Type B USB adapter.

  1. To power the Jabra Solemate from a Barbadian power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet blades go with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Barbadian power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate during the charging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Barbadian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbados - Barbados Wikipedia web page
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate#/#100-97100000-60 - official Jabra Solemate support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B 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