Charging the iPhone 3G when staying in Moldova

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Moldovan power outlet using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type C USB charger and powering the iPhone 3G using a two pinned Type F power charger.

Moldovan power outlet

Various combinations of standards and plug types can all be daunting when planning on staying in a different country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge the iPhone 3G . These instructions have been written to stop people having to worry if they can charge their iPhone 3G when they are going to Moldova.This page has useful instructions telling you exactly what you'll need to charge the iPhone 3G when you're visiting Moldova by using their types F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. If travelling to Moldova from a different country ensure that your iPhone 3G can be used with a 240 volt supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double check your iPhone 3G is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from overloading during charging. If you plan to visit a place like Chisinau or Tiraspol read the Wikipedia.org entry about Moldova [1] for more indepth details on travelling to the location. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 4 or greater on the iPhone 3G.

Charging the iPhone 3G in Moldova

Can you use the iPhone 3G in Moldova?

You can connect the iPhone 3G to a Moldovan power outlet by using the correct power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Moldova?

When you are travelling with more than your iPhone 3G the best travel charger for Moldova is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of wall outlets in Moldova (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your iPhone 3G can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter means you can power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones and using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Moldova

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which is necessary for visitors of regions with unreliable or unstable power supplies 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 adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to 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 from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with one 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Moldova. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPhone 3G in Moldova?

Powering the iPhone 3G with a Moldovan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

A guide showing how to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Moldovan power outlet using the 30-pin Apple connector with a 2 pin Type C USB charger.

  1. If you want to supply power to your iPhone 3G from a Moldovan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] (Apple should typically include this cable when you buy your iPhone 3G).
  2. Firstly you'll need to plug the Type C USB power adapter into the wall supply. The power supply, sometimes known as a Europlug or Type C power outlet [3], can be recognised by the two adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  3. Plug in one end of the Apple cable into the USB mains adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Turn on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of your cellphone will display a charge icon to indicate that the mobile is recharging which should take around one-four hours to recharge to 100% capacity.
Powering the iPhone 3G with a Moldovan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type C Europlug USB adapter

How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Moldovan power outlet

Using the USB 30-pin Apple connector with a two pin Type F USB charger to recharge the iPhone 3G from a Moldovan power outlet.

  1. In order to power the iPhone 3G from the Moldovan power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple usually supply the cable with the iPhone 3G.
  2. Start the process by taking the Type F USB power adapter and inserting it in the Moldovan power outlet. You can recognise the wall outlet by the two circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug outlet pins sit, plus thin grounding clips above and below.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3G. The iPhone 3G dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3G.
  4. Switch on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the phone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the mobile is powering up and takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3G from a Moldovan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Wikipedia.org entry about Moldova
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3G 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, priced 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, 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, priced under $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.