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

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your Jabra Solemate from a Cuban power outlet by using micro USB Type B cord and a 3 pinned Type B power charger, recharging the Jabra Solemate using a Type A power plug and powering the Jabra Solemate using a double pin Type C Europlug USB plug

Cuban power outlet

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. This guide was specifically written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your Jabra Solemate abroad.If you are planning a vacation to Cuba this page has instructions showing how to supply power to your Jabra Solemate by using the standard C, A or B type 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type C power outlets are typically used by a majority of Cubans. If the Jabra Solemate charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Cuba from a different region check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check that the device is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter 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 Cuba

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in Cuba?

Yes, you can connect the Jabra Solemate to a Cuban power outlet.

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

When you are travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Cuba to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [10]. Cubans use three different standards of power outlets (C, A and B) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your Jabra Solemate is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and suitable for recharging your Jabra Solemate at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [10] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Cuba

The 4 port USB travel charger [10] 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 converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Cuba using type B US 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 the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet for 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 Cuba.
What is the best power charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Cuba?

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

Using USB Type B cord and a three pinned Type A power charger to recharge the Jabra Solemate with a Cuban power outlet.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate using the Cuban 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. Begin by plugging the Type A USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B USB micro cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port is located on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Cuban 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 whilst charging.
Powering the Jabra Solemate 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 Jabra Solemate from a Cuban power outlet

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge your Jabra Solemate from a Cuban power outlet by using micro USB Type B cord and a 3 pinned Type B power charger.

  1. To power the Jabra Solemate from a Cuban power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly insert the Type B USB power adapter into the Cuban power outlet. You can identify the plug supply by two thin slots with a single hole below for the longer earth pin.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Cuban 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 Cuban power outlet

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Cuban power outlet

Learn how to charge the Jabra Solemate from a Cuban power outlet with Micro USB type B cable with a three pin Type C Europlug USB charger.

  1. If you want to charge the Jabra Solemate using a Cuban power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type C USB power adapter in the Cuban power outlet. You can identify this plug outlet by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug outlet pins go.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be located to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Cuban 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 C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a Cuban power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuba - Cuban wikipedia 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  9. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  10. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters