Moldova power adapters - what plugs are used in Moldova?

Moldovan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Moldova?

You need to use a Type F plug adapter [4] for Moldova if your plug won't fit into a Moldovan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Moldova all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Moldovan power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Be prepared for regular power blackouts in Moldova in certain areas therefore you should bring a portable charger [9] if you wish to keep your phone battery fully charged whilst abroad during a power outage.
  • If you're planning on visiting Moldova from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Moldovan power outlet. As the voltage is different in Moldova you also need to pack a power converter for Moldova if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Moldovan power outlet then you can use it in Moldova without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Moldovan power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Moldova such a Type F plug adapter [4]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Moldova (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Moldova, but won't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Moldova to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Moldova if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Moldova.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Moldova please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Moldova power adapters

Power adapters for Moldova

Complicated standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Moldova. This page contains links to useful instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when you are travelling to Moldova by using the Type F or C Moldovan 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You will find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Moldova?

The best power adapter for Moldova will be a Type F power adapter [4] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Moldova?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Moldova to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Moldova?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Moldova.

Do I need a power adapter in Moldova?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Moldova then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Moldova if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Moldova as an American plug won't physically fit into a Moldovan power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Moldova if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Do European plugs work in Moldova?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't work in Moldova because there are so many different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Moldova allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Moldova by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Moldova power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Moldova?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Moldova?

There are two different types of power supply used in Moldova, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed round wall socket, technically called a type F power outlet, can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go along with two thin grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Moldova?

No - an American plug won't work in Moldova because it doesn't fit in a Moldovan power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Moldova if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Moldova the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Moldovan power outlet is 220 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Moldovan power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

Are outlets in Moldova the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Moldovan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Moldova. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Moldova and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Moldova?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Moldova you will need a step down power converter.

What frequency is used in Moldova?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Moldovan power outlet is 50 Hz.

Do European plugs work in Moldova?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Moldova?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with a Moldovan power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [12] consisting of various types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.

Are there power outages in Moldova?

Moldova reports power cuts once a month.

Is there good access to electrical power in Moldova?

Access to electricity in Moldova is excellent which covers the entire country.

Do I need a portable charger for Moldova?

Because of potential power cuts in Moldova visitors should pack alternate charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as mobile phones dependably.

  • During a trip increased use of smart phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social networks, sat nav and web browsing can drain power before the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your accommodation.
  • Packing a portable charger [9] for Moldova alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone charged on the move, especially when visiting a country with frequent power outages.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [9] which can store enough electricity to power around 3 full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh power bank [16] should keep an average smart phone powered for around seven days. The mAh value describes the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of how many recharges the portable charger can achieve.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of your laptop in Moldova. Be aware that some airlines won't let you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are designed for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts such as Moldova.
Do I need a portable charger for Moldova?
How well do solar chargers work in Moldova?

Backpack with integrated solar panel

How well do solar chargers work in Moldova?

The climate in Moldova may be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [19] but is likely to take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger cells used on a solar backpack [18] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, and could also generate power during overcast weather.
  • Phones that are plugged directly into the USB charging port of a backpack will gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Moldova, but could prove inconvenient to have it constantly tethered to the bag should it be used frequently. So it is recommended to plug in a normal power bank [9] into a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards you can power up your phone from the power bank.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for Moldova should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles making them ideal for domestic, work and travel use. The flexible and durable panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Moldova chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Moldova?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Moldova to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two different types of wall outlets in Moldova (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility 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 under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Moldova?

Why use a travel USB charger for Moldova?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Europe which are likely to use different outlets to Moldova.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Moldova.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Moldova along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Moldova might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Moldova could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Moldovan power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Moldovan power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Moldova?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Moldova 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 Moldova.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Moldova.

Power converters for Moldova

What does a power converter for a Moldovan power outlet do?

Power converters for Moldova allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [20] will transform a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Moldova.

Do I need a power converter for Moldova?

When travelling to Moldova from another region check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [21] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Moldova in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Moldovan power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Moldova from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Moldova is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Moldova?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Moldova you will need to buy a step down power converter [21].

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [21] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Moldova before plugging that into a Moldovan power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet.

What voltage is used in Moldova?

Moldova uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

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Travel appliances which can connect to a Moldovan power outlet

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Mobile phones that can connect to the Moldovan power outlet

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Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Moldova, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [22].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldova - wikipedia.org entry about Moldova.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  6. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  13. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  20. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  21. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets