TOP TECH DEALS
If you travel with any regularity, this versatile little gadget may just be your new best friend. They call it the RAVPower FileHub Plus, but that name doesn’t do it justice, because it’s really three gadgets in one:
- Travel Router: Turn any ethernet jack you find into a Wi-Fi hotspot, which can still come in handy at certain hotels and conventions.
- 6,000mAh USB Battery Pack: Keep your phone and tablet charged during a long day away from any power outlets.
- File Hub: Transfer files and wirelessly stream content from an SD card, hard drive, or flash drive to all of your devices. Imagine loading a cheap SD card up with movies for a long trip, instead of, say, buying a more expensive iPad with extra local storage.
We all own so many USB-powered devices these days, it only makes sense to replace our AC power receptacles with USB-equipped versions.
Anker’s SoundCore blew away the competition to take the title of your favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker, and today, you can pick one up for $25 right now on Amazon, the best price we’ve seen since Prime Day.
I’ve owned this thing for over a year, and I feel like I never charge it. If anything, its quoted 24 hours of battery life is a conservative estimate. It also sounds fantastic for a speaker of its size.
This 64GB flash drive has a retractable USB-C connector on one end for your newer devices, and a retractable standard USB port on the other for older computers. If that’s something you could use, $22 is within a few cents of an all-time low.
If you’ve been meaning to wall-mount your TV, this highly-rated mount will only set you back $12 today. This particular model doesn’t articulate left and right, but it can hold TVs anywhere from 23" to 55", and it even includes a bonus HDMI cable.
There aren’t a whole lot of USB-C chargers out there that can output enough juice to charge a MacBook at full speed, but this iClever BoostCube can handle it, and then some.
Its single USB-C port can push out 45W of power, which is squarely between the 12" MacBook’s 29W and the 13" MacBook Pro’s 61W. That means it’ll charge the former at full speed, and should charge the latter fairly quickly considering it’s only $22 with code ICCPD45W, compared to the $69 Apple charges for a 61W power supply.
A good HDTV antenna is essential gear for any cord cutter, and will let you watch a ton of football games this season for free. $17 is a fantastic price for a an amplified antenna, and you’ve got three to choose from today. The black model includes a stand and a unique design, but in terms of specs, they should all be pretty similar.
Not sure if this is for you? Check out Lifehacker’s guide to finding and using an HDTV antenna to help you get started.
At $70, the new Amazon Fire TV is a pretty incredible value: You get 4K at 60 frames per second, HDR, and an Alexa remote for just $70, compared to the $179 Apple is charging for their new Apple TV. Granted the Apple TV supports the superior Dolby Vision HDR standard, but it doesn’t (yet) have Dolby Atmos like the Fire TV. And did I mention it costs over $100 more?
So if $70 for the Fire TV is a great price, then $80 for the Fire TV plus an Echo Dot (normally $50) is absolutely unreal. We aren’t sure if this is a limited time promotion or a permanent bundle, but getting an Echo Dot essentially for $10 is as good as it gets.
For the rest of Amazon’s new devices, check out this post from yesterday.
Three years after the original model launched to little fanfare, the new Amazon Echo is here. Complete with improved speaker quality, a refreshed design, and the ability to customize it with different face plates, it’s available now for $99, or $80 less than the previous model.
For $50 more, you can opt for the Echo Plus, which looks like a silver-clad version of old Echo, but it supports better microphones and Dolby sound, and acts as a universal smart home hub for over 150 smart home devices. You also get a free Philips Hue bulb to get you started, which would cost about $50 on its own anyway.
<Takes a deep breath> In addition, Amazon announced the new Echo Spot, which is a $129 device with a 2.5" circular screen. It seems designed to be used as a very fancy alarm clock, but with Alexa and a video chat camera built in, there are a ton of possibilities. This one won’t ship until December, but you can preorder now.
On the home theater front, Amazon also unveiled a new Fire TV dongle that supports 4K at 60 frames per second, Dolby Atmos, HDR, and of course, Alexa. It’s $69, which is absolutely insane, and also nice.
You can (and probably should) bundle the new Fire TV with an Echo Dot for just $10 more (link not yet available). Or swap in the old Fire TV Stick, and get both for $59.
Deep cuts: The Echo Connect will launch in December, and lets you connect your landline to your Echo. I suspect none of you will buy it, but we’re completionists. We’re also waiting on a product link for Echo Buttons, which are literally buttons that connect to your Echo to play games, and supposedly some other stuff too.
New Amazon devices often sell out quickly, so if you want to get your hands on one of these before the second batch rolls off the assembly line, go get your orders in now.
VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason. So if you’re curious to sign up and start protecting your browsing history and personal data (or, you know, getting around websites’ geoblocks), NordVPN charges less per month than a typical trip to Starbucks.
NordVPN has long been one of the most popular and reliable VPN providers out there, and if you sign up for a one-year membership, promo code VIP70 will drop your annual price from $69 to $48. If you’re sure you want to commit, use this link instead to get a special two year plan for $79 with code 2YSpecial2017. Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!
TOP HOME DEALS
At $275, Makita’s dual battery starter kit isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s a lot more palatable when you get to pick two bare tools to go with it for free. Just be sure to add the BL1850B2DC2X kit to your cart, and then select the “Makita Starter Kit Promotion” tab at the top of the page to see the eligible free tools.
The shower head that came preinstalled in your home or apartment is probably terrible, but if you don’t have the cash to upgrade it to a Delta In2ition, the Delta 75152 is a fantastic option for just $17.
Aside from a single switch that toggles between 2.5 and 1.85 gallons per minute, this showerhead doesn’t have any notable features to speak of. But I can tell you from years of experience that its water coverage is beyond excellent. Each of the four valves uses Delta’s H2Okinetic system to agitate the water and create a full, perfectly dispersed wall of water, rather than four individual streams. It’s a difficult sensation to describe, but I absolutely recommend you try it for yourself, especially at this price.
Today, only Amazon’s offering a trio of SONGMICS clever home storage solutions for all-time low prices in the Gold Box. The most unique option here is an over-door locking jewelry cabinet, but the ottoman and lap desk are sure to be crowd pleasers as well.
If you’re one of those people that only decides to clean out the fridge when something smells (check the vegetable drawer. It’s always that bag of lettuce you forgot about), maybe you should invest in these storage bins. Pick up a set of 6 for only $30.
Speaking of bringing your lunch to work, these Rubbermaid Brilliance containers are perfect for salads, sandwiches, and other solid foods, and two different configurations are cheaper than ever today.
If your home or apartment doesn’t have screen doors installed, this easy-to-install magnetic curtain will achieve the same effect, meaning you can let in some fresh air, while keeping out the bugs.
No one really cares what brand of light bulbs they buy. And today, these AmazonBasics dimmable light bulbs are cheaper than ever, and by cheaper, we mean like almost half price.
If you’ve got the cash and the counter space, Amazon’s top-selling espresso machine is down to an all-time low $460 today, $140 less than its usual selling price.
AmazonBasics makes some of your favorite clothes hangers, and you can get 50 of them for $18 today, one of the best prices we’ve ever seen.
Jet.com is offering 20% off groceries you were going to buy anyway with code SEPTGROCERY20- everything from cereal and salad dressings to coffee and cake mix.
Let me tell you from experience as a kid; getting shocked by an electrical outlet is not pleasant. So if you’re ever planning on doing any electrical work around your house, you’ll want this affordable voltage tester. Just place the tip near wire or outlet, and it’ll light up if it detects current running through it.
Important life questions: what are you going to do with all that junk, all that junk inside your trunk? Well, put it all into this handy organizer for $8 with code 6ACYE68P. It has big compartments for umbrellas, jumper cables, first aid kits, and all that stuff we’re supposed to keep in our cars and will prevent stuff from rolling around back there.
It’s so nice to not have to fumble for keys in the dark when you get home at night. This motion sensor light for $6 (with code KCEP5INC) has a dozen lights, compared to the eight you’d find in most competitors, and picks up motion from 15 feet away.
It’s perfect for apartments or rental houses because it’s solar powered and requires no wiring, just hang up in a spot with some sunlight and it’s good to go.
Plus, it’s cheaper than ever today, so grab one while the deal still on!
Forget trying to find quarters under your car seat and paying way too much for 3 minutes of air, and get this $21 tire inflator with code IVVIFA4X. You can fill up your tires whenever and wherever you please for free. Keeping your tires properly inflated helps improve gas mileage so this guy will basically pay for itself. It would also be great for bike tires.
It can be annoying to make a one-off trip to pet store to buy that speciality food for your furry friends. So skip the trip and stock up on some discounted pet food with 30% off a variety of different brands from Jet with code LATESTLICKS30.
They have both dog and cat foods plus some treats mixed in, which scratches our deal itch right behind the ears.
TOP LIFESTYLE DEALS
This Philips Norelco electric shaver works wet or dry, cleans itself, and is down to its lowest price of the year on Amazon.
If you missed out on our earlier Privé Revaux exclusive discounts over the summer in the summer, here’s another chance to pick from 35 great-looking frames for just $21-$24 each.
It’s the best time of year to go for a run, and you can motivate yourself to get out there by buying some discounted running shorts.
Embrace the season change and get ready for sweater weather. J.Crew Factory is having a Buy One, Get One Free sale on all their sweaters, for both men and women. Cardigans, pull-overs, and more are included, so get your new sweaters and get ready for the temperature drop.
The silver lining of SilverSocks is the.... silver lining, which wicks moisture and combats odor, so you can wear them for multiple days, own less, and pack less. SilverSocks’ current Kickstarter preorder price is $25 for two pair, but for 48 hours only, our readers can grab three pair for the same price.
The benefits of silver in clothing have some overlap with those of merino, which we constantly recommend. Silver no-show socks aren’t new- Mack Weldon, one of our favorite makers of men’s basics, sells them for $18/pair, which was part of the reason why we made sure to secure a very competitive price just for you.
In addition to the silver, SilverSocks also feature heel grips to keep your no-shows in place, similar to our favorite pair of socks in the category from Tommy John, which are $15 for a two pack with no silver or merino.
Take this opportunity to stock up.
You probably already got your Bean boots from last year and are ready for whatever 2017 throws at you (weather-wise, at least). But if you need to replace a few things, or stock up on some trans-seasonal styles, L.L.Bean is giving you an additional 25% off everything on sale with the code EXTRA25.
In case you weren’t already aware, Urban Outfitters has a pretty extensive shoe collection. Brans like PUMA, Adidas, Jeffrey Campbell, Blundstone and more are housed in this hipster haven, and right now, they’re all 20% off. No need for a code, just find the new pair of kicks you’ve been eyeing and add them to your cart for the discount.
BioLite, maker of our favorite camping stoves and lighting, is back with a FirePit we’ve been psyched about since we saw it in action back in December. Their Kickstarter launched today and is already... on fire.
The BioLite FirePit is easy to transport, minimizes smoke, is see-through for maximum fire viewing, uses wood or charcoal, and doubles as a hibachi grill. The secret here is an advanced circulation system that’s powered by a removable battery pack (which you can plug your phone into, natch), but unlike some of BioLite’s other products, the flames won’t recharge that battery themselves.
That said, Kickstarter preorders include a solar cover for free that will recharge the battery when the pit isn’t in use, but about a third of the units available at the $199 level are already gone, so don’t let this one smolder.
TOP MEDIA DEALS
Hey, listen. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia doesn’t come out until next April, but the ultimate 320 page compendium for any Zelda fan is $16 off on Amazon if you preorder. And with Amazon’s Preorder Price Guarantee, you’ll automatically get the best price they list between now and launch day.
If it’s Sunday, it’s Kindle ebook sale day. Pick from 20 different titles for just $1-$3 each, today only.
Star Trek is back, but if you want to catch up on the origins of the series, all three seasons of The Original Series are just $10 each on Amazon Instant Video.
TOP GAMING DEALS
Nintendo branding makes any game better, even Monopoly. Play as Mario, Yoshi, Peach, or Donkey Kong for an all-time low $22. Sorry, Luigi fans.
Update: The Super Mario Odyssey Edition is also up for preorder now!
I know the Switch isn’t the Nintendo console that people are most excited about this week, but if you haven’t managed to get your hands on one yet, Amazon has it back in stock for $300. Also available in Neon.
Don’t forget the games!
The Last of Us was originally a PS3 game, but its remastered edition is still one of the best titles you can play on your PS4,