How to charge the iPhone 3GS from a power outlet in Moldova

Using the 30 pin Apple cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Moldovan power outlet and charging the iPhone 3GS using a 2 pinned Type F USB charger.

Moldovan power outlet

Various voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country if you've never visited before. This page has been specifically written to stop you worrying if you'll be able to charge the iPhone 3GS when abroad.If you are going to travel to Moldova the following instructions show charging your iPhone 3GS using their standard types F or C Moldovan 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When you are travelling to Moldova from another region please ensure that the iPhone 3GS can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the iPhone 3GS was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional power transformer to avoid the device from being damaged during charging. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 6 or greater on the iPhone 3GS.

Charging the iPhone 3GS in Moldova

Can you use the iPhone 3GS in Moldova?

Yes, you can use the iPhone 3GS in Moldova.

What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Moldova?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best travel adapter for Moldova to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Moldovans use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of iPhone 3GS can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for charging your iPhone 3GS at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile travel adapter at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign 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 wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular compact 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 travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Moldova. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel adapter for recharging the iPhone 3GS in Moldova?

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

Using an Apple 30 pin cable with a 2 pinned Type C USB adapter to recharge your iPhone 3GS from a Moldovan power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the iPhone 3GS from the Moldovan power outlet you will need to buy a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5] - Apple should usually supply this USB cable with your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the Moldovan power outlet. The plug outlet can be identified by the two round holes next to each other.
  3. Then connect one end of the USB to Apple 30 pin cable into the USB power charger and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Switch on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right corner of your phone screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the phone is charging which should take roughly 60-240 minutes to recharge.
Powering the iPhone 3GS 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 3GS from a Moldovan power outlet

Instructions showing how to recharge the iPhone 3GS with a Moldovan power outlet by using the 30 pin Apple connector and a two pin Type F USB adapter.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 3GS from the Moldovan power outlet you'll need to use a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple 30 pin cable [5], Apple will usually supply this cable when you first purchase your iPhone 3GS.
  2. Start the process by inserting the Type F USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This sunken circular plug outlet (called a Schuko outlet or Type F power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two pins sit, plus a pair of grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the dock connector on the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3GS dock connector can be found at bottom of the iPhone 3GS.
  4. Turn on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the iPhone 3GS will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPhone 3GS is charging which typically takes roughly 1 to 4 hours to fully recharge to 100% capacity.
How to use a Schuko Type F power charger for charging your iPhone 3GS from a Moldovan power outlet

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Moldovan Wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPhone 3GS 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 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  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 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$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, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).