How to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini when staying in South Africa

Instructions showing you how to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini with a South African power outlet with USB type B cable with a Schuko Type F power charger, how to recharge the Jabra Solemate Mini using a double pin Europlug Type C USB adapter and how to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini using a Type M power plug

South African power outlet

Complicated voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to prevent people worrying if they can charge their Jabra Solemate Mini abroad.These simple instructions will show you exactly how to power the Jabra Solemate Mini when travelling to South Africa by using the standard Type M, C, F or N 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note that Type M plug outlets are normally used by most South Africans. When you are visiting South Africa from a different country check your Jabra Solemate Mini can be used with a 240v supply. If the Jabra Solemate Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the Jabra Solemate Mini is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it.

Ensure you have version 1.14 or greater of the Jabra Solemate Mini firmware, visit the official Jabra Solemate Mini support site [2] to download the latest version. You can switch off the default 'Connected' and other announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate Mini until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini in South Africa

Can the Jabra Solemate Mini be used in South Africa?

You can connect the Jabra Solemate Mini to a South African power outlet by using a power convertor.

What is the best power charger for the Jabra Solemate Mini in South Africa?

If travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate Mini then the best international travel charger for South Africa is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four standards of wall outlets in South Africa (types M, C, F and N) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your Jabra Solemate Mini supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters on your trip to South Africa. Because you are only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for South Africa

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 compact power adapter for travellers originating from America visiting South Africa.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting South Africa. [12] [AD]
What is the best power charger for the Jabra Solemate Mini in South Africa?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a South African power outlet

A page on how to power your Jabra Solemate Mini from a South African power outlet with Type B micro USB cord and a Europlug Type C USB adapter.

  1. To power your Jabra Solemate Mini from the South African power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Type B Micro USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port can be located to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 3 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini whilst you are charging.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a South African power outlet

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini from a South African power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using USB type B cable with a 3 pinned Schuko Type F power charger to power your Jabra Solemate Mini from a South African power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the Jabra Solemate Mini using a South African power outlet you will need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the South African power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by two round adjacent holes next to each other and metal grounding clips above and below.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port is located on the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take three hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini during the charging process.
Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini from a South African power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

A step by step guide showing you how to recharge the Jabra Solemate Mini from a South African power outlet with USB type B cable with a Type M power charger.

  1. In order to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini using a South African power outlet you will need a Type M USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start by inserting the Type M USB power adapter in the South African power outlet. The plug outlet (sometimes known as a Type M power outlet [8]) looks like three large round holes forming a triangular shape.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the micro USB Type B connector into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port is located to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 3 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini whilst you are charging.
Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type M USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

Instructions on how to recharge your Jabra Solemate Mini from a South African power outlet with micro USB Type B connector and a Type N power charger.

  1. In order to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini from the South African power outlet you'll need to buy a Type N USB power adapter [11] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type N USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet (technically known as a Type N power outlet [10]) looks like three large circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Type B Micro USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port can be located to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the South African power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate Mini will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 3 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate Mini whilst you are charging.
Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a South African power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type N USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - South Africa country entry on wikipedia.org
  2. Jabra - official Jabra Solemate Mini support site
  3. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, costing under C$20.
  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, C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Type F USB chargers are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costs C$15-C$20.
  8. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  9. Type M USB power adapter - South African Type M USB chargers have three large circular pins in a triangular shape with the top earthed pin longer and larger in diameter, around C$15.
  10. iec.ch - Type N power outlet
  11. Type N USB power adapter - The three 4mm rounded pins on a grounded Brazilian Type N USB charger form a flattened triangular pattern, priced under C$20.
  12. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.