Charging the iPhone 5S when planning a trip to Moldova

Instructions showing how to power the iPhone 5S from a Moldovan power outlet with the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and how to power the iPhone 5S using a 2 pin Schuko Type F power adapter.

Moldovan power outlet

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country for the first time traveller. This page was written to help prepare visitors wanting to power their iPhone 5S abroad.These step-by-step instructions will show you what you'll need to charge your iPhone 5S when travelling to Moldova using the Type F or C Moldovan 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover power sockets change depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the travel power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Moldova from a different country please check that your iPhone 5S can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your iPhone 5S is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to prevent the device from overheating during charging. If you're planning to visit a destination such as Chisinau read the Wikipedia.org web page about Moldova [1] for further details. These instructions assume that you have installed Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5S.

Charging the iPhone 5S in Moldova

Can you use the iPhone 5S in Moldova?

You can use the iPhone 5S in Moldova by using a power adaptor.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Moldova?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than your iPhone 5S then the best travel charger for Moldova to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two different types of power outlets that Moldovans use (F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs. If your iPhone 5S can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your iPhone 5S at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

If you travel to different places we suggest searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Moldova

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices such as the iPhone 5S, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Moldova using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and gives practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the 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 suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Moldova.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPhone 5S in Moldova?

Charging the iPhone 5S from a Moldovan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Using the Apple USB Lightning connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter to recharge your iPhone 5S with a Moldovan power outlet.

  1. If you want to power the iPhone 5S using the Moldovan power outlet you will need to use a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple usually include this USB cable with the iPhone 5S).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type C USB power adapter into the Moldovan power outlet. The wall outlet, also known as a Type C power outlet [3], can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other where the two plug outlet pins sit.
  3. Plug in one end of the USB to Apple Lightning cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. You can find the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S situated at the bottom of the iPhone 5S.
  4. Turn on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of the mobile will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPhone 5S is powering up and takes around one to four hours to completely recharge to full capacity.
Charging the iPhone 5S from a Moldovan power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Moldovan power outlet

Learn how to recharge the iPhone 5S from a Moldovan power outlet with the USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type F Schuko power adapter.

  1. If you want to power your iPhone 5S from a Moldovan power outlet you'll need a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] - Apple will normally supply the cable with the iPhone 5S.
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type F USB power adapter into the power outlet. You can recognise this plug supply by the two large adjacent holes for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB power adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S Lightning connector is situated at bottom of the iPhone 5S under the home button.
  4. Switch on the Moldovan power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right corner of your iPhone screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the phone is recharging, typically taking between one-four hours to completely recharge.
How to use a Type F power charger for recharging your iPhone 5S from a Moldovan power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldova - Wikipedia.org web page about Moldova
  2. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  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
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters