Charging the iPad when visiting Moldova

Instructions on how to charge the iPad from a Moldovan power outlet using a USB 30 pin Apple cable with a Type C USB adapter and powering the iPad using a two pin Type F USB charger.

Moldovan power outlet

Differing combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. When you're travelling to Moldova this page has useful instructions showing how to charge your iPad by using the F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sources vary regionally therefore please read our Wiki Connections global power sockets guide for a complete list of regions and countries. When you are visiting Moldova from a different region please ensure your iPad can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it. If you intend on taking a trip to a place like Chisinau we also recommend referring to the Moldova Wikipedia web page [1] for further information on the location. This page details the original iPad first generation, visit the Apple category page for the latest range of Apple iPads. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 5 or greater on the iPad.

Charging the iPad in Moldova

Can you use the iPad in Moldova?

Yes, you can connect the iPad to a Moldovan power outlet.

What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Moldova?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad then the best travel adapter for Moldova to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Moldovans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs. If your model of iPad supports Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Having a 4 port charger will also allow you to power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Moldova

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Moldova 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 best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Moldova.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This offers practically 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 Moldova. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for the iPad in Moldova?

Charging the iPad from a Moldovan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

A guide showing how to power the iPad with a Moldovan power outlet with a USB 30 pin connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to your iPad from a Moldovan power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], usually already included with your device by Apple.
  2. Firstly you'll need to insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Moldovan power outlet. This unearthed power outlet, sometimes called a Type C power outlet [3], is identified by two round holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the bottom of the iPad.
  4. Turn on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right corner of your iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is powering up which typically takes between 60 to 240 minutes to recharge to 100% capacity.
Charging the iPad from a Moldovan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering the iPad with a Moldovan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

Using an Apple USB 30-pin connector and a two pinned Type F power charger to recharge the iPad with a Moldovan power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the iPad from the Moldovan power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple typically supply the USB cable when you purchase your iPad).
  2. Begin by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the Moldovan power outlet. The sunken round power outlet (known as the Schuko outlet) can be identified by two large holes 19 mm apart from each other and two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect one end of the cord into the mains USB charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPad. The iPad dock connector is found at the base of the iPad.
  4. Switch on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
Powering the iPad with a Moldovan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Moldova Wikipedia web page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  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, between $10 to $15.
  5. USB to Apple 30 pin cable - This connects compatible iPhones, iPods and iPads to a USB port for charging, syncing and playing music, priced at between $5 to $10.
  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, under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15.