How to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini when planning a trip to Bhutan

A guide on how to recharge the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet with Micro USB type B connector and a three pinned Type D power charger, recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini using a Type G power charger and recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini using a double pin Type C Europlug power plug

Bhutanese power outlet

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning to visit another country especially to the first time traveller. These instructions have been written to stop you needing to worry if you'll be able to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini when you are visiting Bhutan.When you are staying in Bhutan this page has useful instructions showing powering your Jabra Solemate Mini by using the G, C, D, F or M type Bhutanese 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sources will vary from region to region therefore please read our Wiki Connections global power sockets guide for a complete list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Bhutan from a different region please ensure your Jabra Solemate Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the Jabra Solemate Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the Jabra Solemate Mini is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up. If you are planning on staying in a city like Thimphu we recommend reading the Bhutan Wiki page [1] for more indepth information.

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 Bhutan

Can the Jabra Solemate Mini be used in Bhutan?

You can use the Jabra Solemate Mini in Bhutan by using the correct power convertor.

Bhutan

What is the best power adapter for recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Bhutan?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Bhutan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are five standards of wall outlets that Bhutanese use (types G, C, D, F and M) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your Jabra Solemate Mini supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling often we recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Bhutan

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Bhutan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Bhutan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This offers the same functionality as the BESTEK with one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for most travellers from around the world visiting Bhutan. [14]
What is the best power adapter for recharging the Jabra Solemate Mini in Bhutan?

Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

A guide on how to recharge the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet with Micro USB type B cable and a three pin Type G USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type G USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Micro USB type B connector into the mains USB charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port can be located on the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Bhutanese 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.
Charging the Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

How to use a Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using type B USB cable with a three pin Type C Europlug USB charger to recharge the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. To power the Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type C USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. The plug supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB type B cord into the bottom of the mains USB charger 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 Bhutanese 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 Europlug Type C power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet

Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet with USB micro type B cable with a three pin Type D USB charger.

  1. To supply power to your Jabra Solemate Mini from the Bhutanese power outlet you will need a Type D USB power adapter [9] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug in the Type D USB power adapter in the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 3 circular holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB micro type B cable into the USB adapter 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. Switch on the Bhutanese 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 whilst you are charging.
Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using USB type B connector and a three pinned Type F power adapter to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. In order to power the Jabra Solemate Mini using the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [11] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type F USB power adapter into the Bhutanese power outlet. This round plug outlet (sometimes known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins sit and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate Mini. The USB charging port can be found to the bottom right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Bhutanese 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.
Powering the Jabra Solemate Mini with a Bhutanese power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

How to use a Type M power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cord with a Type M power adapter to charge your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the Jabra Solemate Mini using the Bhutanese power outlet you'll need to buy a Type M USB power adapter [13] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Begin by plugging the Type M USB power adapter in the Bhutanese power outlet. The power supply, sometimes known as the Type M power outlet [12], looks like three holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB mains 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 Bhutanese 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.
How to use a Type M power charger for charging your Jabra Solemate Mini from a Bhutanese power outlet

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Bhutan Wiki page
  2. Jabra - official Jabra Solemate Mini support site
  3. iec.ch - Type G power outlet
  4. Type G USB power adapter - A Type G USB charger has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced C$4-C$5.
  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, estimated cost C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type C power outlet
  7. Type C USB power adapter - European Type C USB chargers are unearthed and have two 4mm rounded pins spaced 19mm apart, priced at under C$5.
  8. iec.ch - Type D power outlet
  9. Type D USB power adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D USB chargers have large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, C$4-C$5.
  10. iec.ch - Type F power outlet
  11. 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, priced under C$5.
  12. iec.ch - Type M power outlet
  13. 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, under C$5.
  14. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.