How to charge the iPad Mini when staying in Moldova

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini with a Moldovan power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger and charging the iPad Mini using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter.

Moldovan power outlet

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can all be daunting when planning to visit a foreign country if you've never visited before. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPad Mini when going to Moldova.If you are staying in Moldova the following instructions show powering your iPad Mini using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When you are visiting Moldova from a different region make sure that the iPad Mini can accept a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the iPad Mini is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to prevent the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Moldova

Can the iPad Mini be used in Moldova?

You can use the iPad Mini in Moldova.

What is the best power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Moldova?

When you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Moldova to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Moldovans use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters on your trip to Moldova or occupying additional power outlets. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying an adaptable power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world 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 who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These travel converters come 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 travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Moldova using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 power adapter for recharging the iPad Mini in Moldova?

How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Moldovan power outlet

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini with a Moldovan power outlet by using the Lightning Apple connector and a Type C power charger.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini using a Moldovan power outlet you will need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5], Apple will typically include the USB cable with your iPad Mini.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Moldovan power outlet. You can identify this wall supply by 2 holes next to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Switch on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that appears in the top right hand corner of the iPad Mini will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to completely recharge.
How to use a Type C power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Moldovan power outlet

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

A step-by-step guide showing you how to charge the iPad Mini with a Moldovan power outlet by using a USB Lightning cable and a Type F power charger.

  1. In order to charge the iPad Mini from the Moldovan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple normally include the USB cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Begin by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This round wall supply, also called a Type F power outlet [6], can be recognised by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes and grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector is situated at the bottom of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging and takes between 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPad Mini with a Moldovan power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type F Schuko USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Moldovan Wiki 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, under £10.
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port, £10-£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, £10-£15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost around £10.