Moldova power adapters - what plugs are used in Moldova?

Moldovan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Moldova?

You need to use a Type F plug adapter for Moldova if your plug won't fit into a Moldovan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Moldova all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Moldovan power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Be prepared for regular power blackouts in Moldova in certain areas therefore you should bring a portable charger if you wish to keep your phone battery fully charged whilst abroad during a power outage.
  • If you're planning on visiting Moldova from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Moldovan power outlet. As the voltage is different in Moldova you also need to pack a power converter for Moldova if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Moldovan power outlet then you can use it in Moldova without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Moldovan power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Moldova such a Type F plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Moldova (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Moldova, but won't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Moldova to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Moldova if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Moldova[4]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Moldova please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Moldova power adapters

Power adapters for Moldova

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Moldova. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Moldova by using the F or C type Moldovan 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover that power sockets will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Moldova?

The best power adapter for Moldova will be a Type F power adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance. [4]

What is the best power adapter for Moldova?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Moldovan power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[10]

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Moldova?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Moldova along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in Moldova?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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Do European plugs work in Moldova?

There is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in a Moldovan power outlet because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

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What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Moldova simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Moldova

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Moldova

Power adapters are most likely be available in major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Moldova

Travel USB Wall Chargers

USB chargers are useful when returning home

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Travel USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models should also include a built in surge protector.
  • When you return to your home country it should still work.
  • The interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Moldova.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB devices. [2]
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electrical appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / around C$25).
  • Some types of travel power strips have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still function in Moldova by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal models will also include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain areas can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage your delicate electrical items. Some power strips will include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return home it should still work.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Moldova.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal voltage converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of items that need powering. [11]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Most models function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design. Both lightweight and small, under $15 USD (under £20 GBP / around C$25).
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which have multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector to prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit into a Moldovan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with any high powered appliances - for example hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The pins, shutters and internal moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily break.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • They don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-220 volt appliances in Moldova. [12]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, with prices under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Straightforward design makes this plug adapter simple to use.
  • Using a Type F plug adapter will work in Moldova.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One plug adapter per device - for every appliance you will also need to bring a separate power adapter.
  • Adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Moldovan power outlet and doesn't change the voltage, so if your appliance doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Moldova then you might need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • You'll also need to pack a separate USB charger if you wish to power a USB device.
  • Some hotel rooms in Moldova might only have one power outlet available, so you will only be able to power a single appliance at a time. [4]
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapter types costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Moldovan power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to different locations a plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Moldova.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual plug adapters to bring.
  • Having only one working power adapter the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set has one which is compatible in Moldova.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Moldovan power outlet but not the actual voltage. [13]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 220 volts in Moldova and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Moldovan power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable power adapter for Moldova.
  • The normal weight of most models of voltage converters makes them way too bulky for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Moldova.
  • Usually much cheaper to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, between $25 to $30 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$110-C$120).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Moldova

Type F Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Moldova Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F Moldovan power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Moldovan power outlet Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in Moldova Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20) between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / almost C$80)
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Moldova power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Moldova?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Moldova?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Moldova, types F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed power socket can be recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall socket by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips at the top and bottom. [4]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Moldova?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Moldova.

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What frequency is used in Moldova?

The frequency found in a Moldovan power outlet is 50 Hz. [15]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country
Does a European plug fit in a Moldovan power outlet?

Tourists in Europe

Does a European plug fit in a Moldovan power outlet?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with a Moldovan power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you intend on travelling to more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set which contains various types of power adapters, or a single international travel plug adapter as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.   [12] [13] [13]

Are there power outages in Moldova?

Moldova reports power cuts once a month.

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Is there good access to electrical power in Moldova?

Access to electricity in Moldova is excellent which covers the entire country.

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Do I need a portable charger for Moldova?

A USB power bank for charging smartphones

Do I need a portable charger for Moldova?

Because of potential power cuts in Moldova visitors should pack alternate charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as mobile phones dependably.

  • During a trip increased use of smart phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social networks, sat nav and web browsing can drain power before the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your accommodation.
  • Packing a portable charger for Moldova alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone charged on the move, especially when visiting a country with frequent power outages.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can store enough electricity to power around 3 full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average smart phone powered for around seven days. The mAh value describes the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of how many recharges the portable charger can achieve.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of your laptop in Moldova. Be aware that some airlines won't let you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts such as Moldova.    [9] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]
How well do solar chargers work in Moldova?

Solar bag in the sun

How well do solar chargers work in Moldova?

The climate in Moldova may be suitable conditions for a solar power bank but is likely to take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger cells used on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, and could also generate power during overcast weather.
  • Phones that are plugged directly into the USB charging port of a backpack will gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Moldova, but could prove inconvenient to have it constantly tethered to the bag should it be used frequently. So it is recommended to plug in a normal power bank into a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards you can power up your phone from the power bank.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for Moldova should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles making them ideal for domestic, work and travel use. The flexible and durable panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels.  [9] [21] [22]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Moldova chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Moldova?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Moldova to buy is a multiple USB port charger 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 will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the included heads over. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple travel chargers. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world. [2]

What USB charger do I need for Moldova?

Why use a travel USB charger for Moldova?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Europe which are likely to use different outlets to Moldova.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Moldova.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Moldova along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Moldova might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Moldova could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Moldovan power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Moldovan power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet. [2]

What is the best USB charger for Moldova?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids 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 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 - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Moldova. [2]

Power converters for Moldova

What does a power converter for a Moldovan power outlet do?

Power converters for Moldova allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Moldova. [23]

Do I need a power converter for Moldova?

If you are travelling to Moldova from a different country please ensure your device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used with 220 volts run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Moldova which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [14]

What converter do I need for Moldova?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Moldova you will need a step down power converter[14]

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Moldova before plugging that into a Moldovan power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Moldovan power outlet. [14]

What voltage is used in Moldova?

Moldova uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets. [8]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

The best way to tell if a appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Moldova?

Which type of adapter do I need to bring to Moldova?

The plug adapter which is best to use in Moldova depends on your requirements, prior to deciding the right adapter to use we recommend using the following checklist:

How many electrical devices are you taking to Moldova?

How many electrical items are you taking

How many electrical devices are you taking to Moldova?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Moldova (such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, eReaders, hair dryers and curling irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is an increasing number of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones as well?
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB electronics

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

A USB powered phone

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB devices which can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones and tablets.
  • When you only need to bring along just USB powered devices to Moldova you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring one lightweight charger along with appropriate existing charging cables and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices (such as laptops), however won't work with high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion.

Do your devices and appliances work with 220 volt power outlets?

Is Moldova the only place you'll be visiting?

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Moldova?

Are multiple outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Moldova?

  • Your hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall, this will be an issue when recharging more than one device overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to swap every few hours.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [11]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) which charges only one device from a Moldovan power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 220 volts), but investing in roughly between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Will it take you a long time to get to Moldova?

Arriving at an airport

Will it take you a long time to get to Moldova?

  • For much longer journeys it's worth considering packing an appropriate airport-suitable power charger that can be used with different outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy trip.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend bringing a travel portable charger for recharging on the go. After landing in Moldova you could need to rely on a phone for making telephone calls, receiving text messages, using sat nav to find accomodation or reading an itinerary; make sure that your phone will have ample charge remaining. [9]

What can I connect to a Moldovan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Moldovan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Moldovan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Moldovan power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Moldovan power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Moldovan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Moldovan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Moldovan power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Moldovan power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Moldova, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[24]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

See also

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Moldova.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  4. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, priced between $45 to $50 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$20).
  6. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, under $150 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, priced at under $60 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  8. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, priced at between $45 to $50 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$50).
  10. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  11. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  12. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  13. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, around $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  14. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, between $25 to $30 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$120).
  15. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  16. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, under $100 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$200-C$210).
  17. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25 USD (around £30 GBP / under C$60).
  18. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costs between $30 to $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$40).
  19. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $45 to $50 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$50).
  20. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, between $120 to $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$130).
  21. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced at under $100 USD (£110-£120 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  22. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costing between $20 to $25 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$60).
  23. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$80).
  24. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -