Charging the Jabra Solemate when planning a trip to New Zealand

How to connect a New Zealand power outlet to the Jabra Solemate

New Zealand power outlet

Varying different voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially if you've never been there before. When you are planning a holiday to New Zealand this page contains useful instructions showing powering the Jabra Solemate by using a standard 230 volt 50Hz Type I plug outlet, the New Zealanders will use a special AS/NZS 3112 plug for wall outlets. You'll find power will vary from country to country therefore we suggest reading the Oceania page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to New Zealand from a different country please double check the Jabra Solemate can accept a 240 volt supply. If your Jabra Solemate came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure your Jabra Solemate is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional power converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it.

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 New Zealand

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in New Zealand?

You can use the Jabra Solemate in New Zealand by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in New Zealand?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your Jabra Solemate then the best travel charger for New Zealand to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Jabra Solemate is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your New Zealand trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying an adaptable travel charger like this online - the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for New Zealand

The 4 port USB travel charger [6] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips 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 both New Zealand and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to New Zealand using 3 pin type B 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting New Zealand.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in New Zealand?

How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a New Zealand power outlet

Using Type B USB Micro cable and a 3 pin Type I power adapter to recharge the Jabra Solemate with a New Zealand power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the Jabra Solemate using the New Zealand power outlet you will need to use a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the wall supply. You can recognise this plug supply by the three slots forming an upside-down triangular shape with the top two slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and ground blades.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Micro type B connector into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the New Zealand 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.
How to use a Type I power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate from a New Zealand power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand - New Zealand 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/typeI.htm - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type I 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters