How to charge your Beats Pill 2 from a power outlet in Cuba

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type B USB adapter to recharge your Beats Pill 2 from a Cuban power outlet, powering a Beats Pill 2 using a 2 pinned Type A USB plug and how to recharge a Beats Pill 2 using a two pinned Type C Europlug USB charger

Cuban power outlet

When packing for a vacation to Cuba it's helpful to know if you can charge any electrical devices such as cell phones and cameras when you arrive at your destination. But without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying complicated region codes and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially for the first time traveller. If you are visiting Cuba this page contains instructions showing how to charge your Beats Pill 2 using their types C, A or B Cuban 110 volt 60Hz wall outlets, a majority of Cubans normally use the Type C plug outlets. If the Beats Pill 2 does not power up or charges slowly when travelling to Cuba from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Normally electrical devices which come from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 240 volts) can take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use.

The following instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2.0 speakers to your Cuban power outlet. Note that these instructions refer to the Beats Pill 2.0 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, please visit the Beats page on WikiConnections.org for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before connecting 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 Update tool for Beats.

Charging a Beats Pill 2 in Cuba

Can you use a Beats Pill 2 in Cuba?

Yes, you can use a Beats Pill 2 in Cuba by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best power charger for a Beats Pill 2 in Cuba?

If you are travelling with more than just your Beats Pill 2 then the best international travel charger for Cuba is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. There are three different standards of plug sockets that Cubans use (types C, A and B) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of Beats Pill 2 can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your Beats Pill 2 at an airport or on a plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

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 2, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cuba and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Cuba using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cuba.
What is the best power charger for a Beats Pill 2 in Cuba?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a Cuban power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type A USB adapter to recharge your Beats Pill 2 from a Cuban power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the Beats Pill 2 from the Cuban power outlet you will need a Type A USB power adapter [5] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the Cuban power outlet. The power supply, sometimes called a Type A power outlet [3], can be identified by 2 slots next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in jack can be found at the rear of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Switch on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The power in port will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is about between 3 to 4 hours and the battery life after a complete charge is roughly seven hours. After 20% battery life the jack will glow red and it will need charging again soon.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your Beats Pill 2 from a Cuban power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Cuban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter to power your Beats Pill 2 from a Cuban power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Beats Pill 2 using a Cuban power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type B USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can recognise the power supply by 2 thin slots where the twin plug outlet blades go with a semicircular hole below for the slightly longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the power charger and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in jack can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth LED.
  4. Switch on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The power in port will glow red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a dead battery the charging time is around around 3 to 4 hours and the battery life after a complete charge is roughly 7 hours. After 20% battery life the port will turn red and it will need charging again soon.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Cuban power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

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

Using Type B Micro USB cord and a three pinned Type C Europlug USB charger to power your Beats Pill 2 from a Cuban power outlet.

  1. If you want to supply power to a Beats Pill 2 using a Cuban power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [6].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes known as a Type C power outlet [9] or Europlug, is recognised by two round holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B USB Micro cord into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill 2. The power in socket is found at the back of the speaker to the right of the Bluetooth light.
  4. Turn on the Cuban power outlet.
  5. The USB port will flash red while charging and glow green when fully charged. From an empty battery the charging time is around three and a half hours and the playback time at full power capacity is around seven hours. When you have reached 20 percent battery life the socket will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill 2 with a Cuban power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuba - Cuba country Wiki page
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill2 - 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 - charging instructions for the Beats Pill 2
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters