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I am planning for a trip to India, and would like to know if there are good branded voltage converters (110v to 220v) that are available in the US for my Philips Soniccare and Waterpik.

(BTW I have some non-branded voltage converters for my camera charger, but...) Since these appliances are on direct use when powered on, (+water contact) I am afraid to use any non-branded stuff.

The instruction manual on Philips Soniccare (110v) and Waterpik (110v) also state that "Voltage converters DO NOT guarantee voltage compatibility".

Any suggestion, recommendation?

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Can you define branded ? –  happybuddha Mar 11 at 4:19
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You should probably leave them at home and use a simple toothbrush. –  Habi Mar 11 at 13:18

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You would rather need a 220 to a 110 converter. I have been using this converter(on a daily basis for over a month now) in Australia (India and Australia have the same voltage/power levels I am told) and all my US appliances work well. It has a little bit of a fan noise in a very quiet room, but that doesn't bother me.
Also, you need this only if your toothbrush does not have a symbol which says it will work between X to Y (usually 110~220) voltages

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The toothbrush says only 110v –  oneworld Mar 11 at 4:32

You may be better off with a 220V certified rated charger, rather than converter. They should be freely interchangeable with 110V ones, as long as toothbrush is concerned.

For Sonicare:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-Sonicare-FlexCare-Toothbrush-Genuine/dp/B00DGTGTXY

For Waterpik:

http://waterpikukonline.co.uk/replacement-parts/wp-450-chargers

The problem with Waterpik appears to be that there's no easy way to locate the p/n of Indian/euro power brick variety of their power supply (the link above leads to British variety, which, albeit being 220v, will not fit into Indian wall socket).

Why this is important:

Any sort of wall socket adapter is inherently unsafe, especially when used in bathroom environment. Even more so, voltage converting adapters are heavy and thus prone to partially falling out from a socket, exposing live leads.

Having said that, many hotels around the world do have an "universal" shaver outlet in the bathroom with 110v setting selectable by a switch (so American equipment can be used as is).

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