Charging a Beats Pill in Puerto Rico

Using micro USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type A power charger to recharge a Beats Pill with a Puerto Rican power outlet and charging a Beats Pill using a Type B USB adapter.

Puerto Rican power outlet

Varying different region codes and sockets can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. These instructions have been written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the Beats Pill abroad.If you are going to Puerto Rico the following instructions show how to charge the Beats Pill using the standard B or A type 120 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type B plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Puerto Ricans. Most power supplies will vary depending on which area you are travelling to therefore please read the North America page for a full list of countries. If your Beats Pill slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Puerto Rico from another country please check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Devices which originate 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 your device is a dual voltage device (usually indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power converter to ensure proper use. If you plan to stay somewhere like San Juan or Rio Grande please read the wikipedia page about Puerto Rico [1] for more indepth details.

These instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the Puerto Rican power outlet. Please note that these instructions refer 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 update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats update tool.

Charging a Beats Pill in Puerto Rico

Can you use a Beats Pill in Puerto Rico?

Yes, you can connect a Beats Pill to a Puerto Rican power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill in Puerto Rico?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Puerto Rico to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [9]. Puerto Ricans use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type A.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of Beats Pill supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Puerto Rican trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to Puerto Rico we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [9] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Puerto Rico

The 4 port USB travel charger [9] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Puerto Rico and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 America visiting Puerto Rico.
  • 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 and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Puerto Rico.
What is the best travel charger for a Beats Pill in Puerto Rico?

How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Using micro USB Type B cable and a three pinned Type A power charger to recharge a Beats Pill with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. In order to power a Beats Pill using the Puerto Rican 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 inserting the Type A USB power adapter into the Puerto Rican power outlet. This ungrounded wall outlet (technically known as a Type A power outlet [3]) is recognised by two slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains 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 next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The power in socket will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around between three to four hours and the playback time at full capacity is roughly 7 hours. After 20% battery life the socket will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
How to use a Type A power charger for charging your Beats Pill from a Puerto Rican power outlet

Powering a Beats Pill with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type B USB charger to recharge a Beats Pill with a Puerto Rican power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the Beats Pill from a Puerto Rican 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. First you'll need to insert the Type B USB power adapter in the power supply. This plug outlet, sometimes called the Type B power outlet [7], is identified by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  3. Connect the USB end of the Micro USB type B cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the power in on a Beats Pill. The power in port can be found at the rear of the speaker next to the Bluetooth indicator.
  4. Turn on the Puerto Rican power outlet.
  5. The USB socket will blink red while charging and turn green when fully charged. From a flat battery the charging time is around around three to four hours and the playback time at full capacity is roughly seven hours. After 20% battery life the socket will turn red and it will soon need charging again.
Powering a Beats Pill with a Puerto Rican power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico - wikipedia page about Puerto Rico
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters