Charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a power outlet in Costa Rica

Learn how to recharge the Jabra Solemate Mini from a Costa Rican power outlet with type B Micro USB cable and a Type A USB charger and charging the Jabra Solemate Mini using a three pin Type B power adapter.

Costa Rican power outlet

Differing combinations of region codes and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country for the first time traveller. If staying in Costa Rica the following useful instructions show how to power your Jabra Solemate Mini by using their standard Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, Type B plug outlets will be used by a majority of Costa Ricans. You'll discover that power sockets differ depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the list of World power supplies for a complete list of regions and countries. If the Jabra Solemate Mini doesn't power up or recharges slowly when travelling to Costa Rica from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from a country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) may take longer to charge or won't turn on, check that your Jabra Solemate Mini is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

Ensure you have version 1.14 or greater of the Jabra Solemate Mini firmware, visit the official Jabra Solemate Mini support site [2] to download the latest version. You can switch off the default 'Connected' and other announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate Mini until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Costa Rica

Can the Jabra Solemate Mini be used in Costa Rica?

Yes, you can connect the Jabra Solemate Mini to a Costa Rican power outlet by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power adapter for the Jabra Solemate Mini in Costa Rica?

When travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate Mini or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Costa Rica to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Costa Ricans use two different standards of wall outlets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of Jabra Solemate Mini supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port adapter will allow you to power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Costa Rica

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 Mini, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Costa Rica 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 most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Costa Rica.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Costa Rica.
What is the best power adapter for the Jabra Solemate Mini in Costa Rica?

Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using micro USB Type B cord with a 3 pin Type A power adapter to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the Jabra Solemate Mini using the Costa Rican power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can identify this plug supply by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port is located on the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take three hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini whilst you are charging.
Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Costa Rican power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Costa Rican power outlet

Using micro USB Type B cord and a 3 pin Type B power charger to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini with a Costa Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate Mini from a Costa Rican power outlet you'll need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it in the Costa Rican power outlet. You can identify the power supply by the two slots for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle hole below for the longer grounded pin.
  3. Plug in one 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 Mini. The USB charging port can be located on the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Costa Rican power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take three hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini during the charging process.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Costa Rican power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica - Costa Rica entry on wikipedia
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate-mini#/#100-97300000-60 - official Jabra Solemate Mini 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