Charging the Beats Pill when planning a trip to Cuba

A guide showing how to power a Beats Pill from a Cuban power outlet with USB Micro type B connector with a three pin Type B power adapter, how to power a Beats Pill using a 2 pin Type A power charger and recharging a Beats Pill using a Europlug Type C power charger

Cuban power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and region codes can often be confusing when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge your Beats Pill when travelling to Cuba.This page has step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to the Beats Pill when you're visiting Cuba using the types C, A or B 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please note Type C power outlets will be used by a majority of Cubans. If your Beats Pill slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Cuba from a different country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts can take longer to charge or won't power up, check that your device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to ensure proper use.

This list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Cuban power outlet. 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 you connect Beats Pill 2 speakers to any device we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Cuba

Can you use a Beats Pill in Cuba?

You can use a Beats Pill in Cuba.

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

If you are travelling with more than your Beats Pill or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Cuba is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. There are three different types of power outlets that Cubans use (C, A and B) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your Beats Pill can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Cuban trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Beats Pill at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

For those travelling to different places we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Cuba

The 4 port USB travel charger [11] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the Beats Pill, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Cuba using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Cuba.
What is the best travel charger for recharging a Beats Pill in Cuba?

Powering a Beats Pill with a Cuban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

Using micro USB type B cord with a Type A USB charger to charge your Beats Pill with a Cuban power outlet.

  1. To charge a Beats Pill from a Cuban power outlet you'll need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter into the Cuban power outlet. The wall outlet (technically called the Type A power outlet [3]) is identified by the 2 slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  3. Plug in one end of the Type B USB Micro cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port is found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will glow red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around 3.5 hours and the battery life at full power capacity is roughly 7 hours. When you have reached 20% battery life the socket will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Cuban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type A USB adapter

How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Cuban power outlet

A guide showing how to power a Beats Pill from a Cuban power outlet with USB Micro type B connector with a three pin Type B power adapter.

  1. In order to supply power to the Beats Pill using the Cuban power outlet you will need to use a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type B USB power adapter into the wall supply. The wall outlet (technically called the Type B power outlet [7]) is identified by the 2 thin slots next to each other where the short twin plug outlet blades slide into with a semicircle hole below for the earth pin.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the jack will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type B power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Cuban power outlet

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

Using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type C USB charger to recharge your Beats Pill with a Cuban power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to your Beats Pill using the Cuban power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Begin by taking the Type C USB power adapter and plugging it in the wall supply. This ungrounded plug supply (sometimes called the Europlug or Type C power outlet [9]) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Turn on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The power in jack will flash red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is about around 3 to 4 hours and the playback time after a complete charge is around seven hours. After 20 percent battery life the jack will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Beats Pill from a Cuban power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuba - Cuban country wikipedia page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - official Beats Pill support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeA.htm - Type A power outlet
  4. https://www.beatsbydre.com/uk/support/how-to/power-pill - instructions for charging the Beats Pill
  5. Type A USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type A 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/typeB.htm - Type B power outlet
  8. Type B USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type B mains power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  10. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  11. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters