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Today's Best Deals: Anker PowerCore II, Joule Sous-Vide, Mohu Leaf, and More

Anker’s newest battery pack, $20 off the Joule sous-vide circulator, and your last chance to score Father’s Day discounts on Amazon gadgets lead off Friday’s best deals.

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Anker PowerCore II Slim 10000, $28 with code SLIMQUIK
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Anker’s PowerCore line has long been our readers’ favorite brand of USB battery packs, and you can save a few bucks on the newest model, while supplies last.

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The PowerCore II Slim appears to be the first PowerCore battery pack to include Anker’s new chipset, which delivers the fastest possible charging speeds to every USB device you own, including Quick Charge 3.0. That said, you’ll notice it’s not actually a Qualcomm-certified Quick Charge 3.0 product; it just replicates the tech on Anker’s own chip. That means less internal circuitry, and more room for battery, resulting in one of the thinnest 10,000mAh battery packs ever made.

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Curious about 360 video, but not so curious that you want to drop a ton of money? B&H is selling open-box LG 360 cameras for a mere $70 right now, easily the best price we’ve ever seen on a spherical camera. Open up that video above in Chrome or on your mobile device’s YouTube app, and you’ll get a good idea of what it’s capable of.

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Open Box Mohu Leaf 50, $28 with code Flash30
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We see deals on leaf-style HDTV antennas pretty frequently, but if you won’t settle for anything less than the brand that started the trend, you can score a huge deal on the amplified Mohu Leaf 50 today.

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The Leaf 50 is rated for 50 miles, but keep in mind that that’s only are under ideal circumstances, and your actual range will likely be lower. But still, it’s just about the most powerful omnidirectional antenna you can get that doesn’t require outdoor or attic installation, and $28 is the best price we’ve ever seen, assuming you don’t mind buying an open-box model. Just be sure to use promo code Flash30 at checkout to save $12.

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Update: These deals expire tomorrow, so place your orders now.

Amazon’s Father’s Day device deals just went live, including $20 discounts on the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Voyage, extra savings on various Kindle bundles, and less common deals on Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers. Alexa does know some great dad jokes, so that part makes sense.

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There are too many deals to list here, but head over to this post to see them all.

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In celebration of pool season, Amazon’s offering all-time low prices on Sony’s new line of Bluetooth speakers, each of which includes IPX5 water resistance, great battery life, and the ability to connect multiple speakers together for room-filling sound. To help you understand the differences though, we’ve broken them all down below.

Sony XB10

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The XB10 is basically a standard single-driver Bluetooth speaker, but with a few additional features like NFC pairing, the ability to connect two together for stereo sound, and a 16 hour battery. $48 is an all-time low, and roughly $10 less than usual.

Sony XB20

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For $20 more, you get dual drivers (at the cost of battery life, which clocks in at 12 hours here), a single-color lightstrip that accents the speaker, and the ability to connect up to 10 (!!) speakers at once. It typically retails for around $100.

Sony XB30

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The XB30 doubles your battery life to 24 hours, and upgrades the light strip to include multiple colors and a strobe feature, all controlled via an app. It usually sells for about $50 more.

Sony XB40

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And finally, the XB40 adds additional lighting around the speaker cones, but otherwise seems to be exactly like the XB30. $148 is, amazingly, a ~$100 discount.


Aukey SoundTank Bluetooth Speaker, $33 with code AUKEYSK3
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If you demand a lot out of your Bluetooth speakers, this discounted Aukey SoundTank might be just what you’re looking for.

Very few Bluetooth speakers can run for 30 hours on a charge, nevermind ones that cost $33. This model is also splash-proof, and features dual 5W drivers, meaning it should be loud enough for most occasions indoors or out. Just be sure to use promo code AUKEYSK3 at checkout to save $12.

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$80 is generally the going rate for a 2TB external hard drive, but today, that’ll get you 3TB. That’s 1000 extra GB worth of music, videos, photos, and games.

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Anker 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit, $10 with code A7300011
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Phone cameras will never have true interchangeable lenses, but you can still take fisheye, wide angle, and macro photos with this 3-in-1 clip-on lens kit from Anker. Be sure to check out the sample photos uploaded by customers to get an idea of what this kit is capable of.

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1 Year NordVPN, $48 with code VIP70 | 2 Year Plan, $72 with code 2YSpecial2017
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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.

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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!

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You don’t need to pay Apple $160 to enjoy truly wireless earbuds: These SoundPEATS look nearly identical to the AXGIO earbuds that I tried out last year, but with updated Bluetooth tech (4.2 vs. 4.1) and a lower price tag. They’re not as sleek as some other truly wireless headphones on the market like AirPods or the Bragi Dash, but you can’t beat that price.

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SONOS discounts only come around once in a blue moon, but for a limited time, you can save $50 off the purchase of two SONOS PLAY:1s, and $100 off the SONOS SUB, both of which offer stellar sound and dead-simple setup and operation.

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If you want a Big Green Egg charcoal grill, but don’t want to cash in your 401(k) to buy one, this Char-Griller alternative is down to $270 on Amazon today. That’s the lowest price in months, and a great investment for meat lovers everywhere.

The Char-Griller Akorn Kamado Kooker features a 306 square inch cast iron cooking surface (which is most similar to the $829 large Big Green Egg), and traps heat inside a heavily-insulated stainless steel body. Our deal researcher, Corey, owns a BGE, and I asked him about it on Slack:

And I use my BGE for about 70% of meat meals.

Probably 90% during the warm months.

Best Father’s Day gift I’ll ever get.

Lana jokes that she’s the one who benefits most because I cook on it all the time.

Worth the price just for its ability to cook pizza, IMO.

But pork chops, lions, tenderloin are beyond incredible on it.

Obviously, this isn’t the “real thing,” but the consensus among Amazon reviewers is that it’s at least nearly as good, which sounds like a decent compromise considering it’s less than 1/3 of the price, and comes with a stable cart and folding shelves, both of which you’d need to buy separately with the Egg.

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Amazon’s new Dash Wand has Alexa built right in, and lets you order groceries and other household goods just by scanning a barcode or using your voice. The best part though? It’s basically free.

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The Dash Wand will set you back $20 upfront (not bad considering it’s a full-featured Alexa voice assistant), but once you register it, you’ll get a $20 credit in your Amazon account automatically. It’s basically the same value proposition behind Amazon’s $5 dash buttons, but the Wand seems infinitely more useful and flexible.

Plus, if you live in a city with Amazon Prime Fresh, buying the wand will get you a 90 day trial membership, so you can fully immerse yourself in Amazon’s lazy vision of the future.

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Cotton is one of the softest things you can sleep on, but it comes at a price. Amazon is thankfully helping you out there with their sale on 100% cotton, 1000 thread count sheets from EL&ES Bedding Collections. Grab a queen set for $71 or a king (and California king) for $79, with your choice from seven different colors. While you’re gonna want to sleep on these sheets, don’t sleep on this deal because it ends today.

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Anova dominates the sales charts, but in many ways (raw heating power, looks, size, software quality), the Joule sous-vide circulator is actually the superior product, and Amazon’s running a rare $20 discount on it, for a limited time.

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Promo code SOUSVIDETIME will take $20 off the original Joule White/Stainless Steel and the new Joule White. The White model is $20 cheaper to begin with, the only difference being the absence of steel accents; performance should be identical.

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If you don’t have any idea what the hell I’m talking about or why you might want to buy this, Lifehacker has a great sous-vide explainer here. Spoiler alert: It’s incredibly simple, and the results are fantastic.

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3-Pack Etekcity Zap Outlet Switches, $16 with code JDQCJCD7
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You can’t control these power outlet switches with your smartphone, or tie them to IFTTT recipes like the Belkin WeMo line, but they sell for a tiny fraction of the cost of their smarter brethren, and can be controlled from across the room via the included remote. It’s only a half-measure towards creating a smart home, to be sure, but they might be worth a look at the price.

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Char-Broil Infrared Grill2Go, $79 for Prime Members
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Char-Broil’s Grill2Go is exactly what it sounds like; a grill that you can take to picnics, camping trips, tailgates, or anywhere else. Just hook up a portable propane tank, and the infrared heating elements will lock in your food’s moisture while preventing any flare-ups.

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These measuring spoons are color-coded to help you find the right one more easily, but more importantly, they snap together so they won’t fly apart in your drawers. Amazon has them listed as a $5 add-on item right now, but as of this writing, there’s a third party seller offering them for the same price with free (non-Prime) shipping as well.

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Aukey 300W Inverter, $19 with code AUKEYPA4 | Aukey 150W Inverter, $15 with code AUKEYPA3
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Everyone should keep an inverter in their glove box for powering laptops and other electronics in the car, and you can choose from two different deals from Aukey today for $19 or less. The more expensive model puts out 300W, while the 150W version is designed to fit in your cupholder, which is cool I guess?

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Ecobee3 Lite, $159 | Ecobee4, $249 | Both include two extra remote sensors
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While they don’t have the brand recognition of Nest’s learning Thermostat, Ecobee’s smart thermostats one-up their popular competitor by pairing with wireless remote sensors that you can place elsewhere in your house, giving them a more accurate picture of your home’s overall temperature. Plus, they work with Siri and Alexa, and the new Ecobee4 actually has Alexa built-in, meaning it’s basically an extra Echo Dot on your wall.

For a limited time, Home Depot’s throwing in two free remote sensors with the purchase of the new Ecobee4 or Ecobee3 Lite. That’s roughly an $80 value, making this is one of the best Ecobee deals we’ve ever seen, if you’re in the market.

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If you enjoy eating at Chili’s, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s, or On The Border, this discounted Brinker gift card is basically a free entree.


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I freely admit that not everybody needs a miter saw. In fact, most people probably shouldn’t own one. But if you’re in the market, Amazon’s top seller is marked down to $99 today, within a few bucks of an all-time low. In addition to the #1 seller designation, the Hitachi C10FCE2 also carries a 4.5 star review average from nearly 1,500 customers, so there’s no need to measure twice here.

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OxyLED’s T-02 Minis are, you guessed it, the smallest version of the company’s popular line of motion-sensing stick-anywhere lights. They’re great for cabinets and small closets, and you can get two for $12 with promo code KINJA2MI today.

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Note: These don’t include built-in batteries, so you’ll need two AAAs. Luckily, Amazon’s rechargeable ones are still on sale.

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TCP LED Bulb 6-Packs: Soft White, $10 | Daylight, $10
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If you’re ready to take the plunge into LED lighting, this 6-pack of bulbs from TCP is down to just $10 on Amazon right now in both daylight and soft white temperatures. They aren’t dimmable, so you won’t want to put them in certain fixtures, but they’re great bulk packs for the price.

Once you’ve got them, check to see if your local utility company offers rebates for purchasing LEDs. If so, it’s possible these could pay for themselves even quicker than they would otherwise.

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Individual Philips Hue light bulbs have been frustratingly resistant to discounts over the years, so if you have a chance to save 10% on the latest model, you should probably swallow your pride and pull the trigger.

This third generation bulb features richer blues and greens than previous models, and this is the first time Amazon’s discounted it below the usual $50. The deal is available on both the Frustration Free and standard packaging options, so if one sells out, be sure to try the other.

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Top Lifestyle Deals

Amazon Beauty Sample Box, $12 with $12 credit
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This Amazon Beauty Sample Box will only set you back $12 (plus a $12 credit on select beauty items) and includes e.l.f. lipstick, facial wipes from Acure and simple, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Gel, and more. Note, it’s exclusive to Prime members only.

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Honestly, beauty sample boxes are the best way to try out new beauty buys, without spending way too much money on something you don’t know if you like.


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The Philips Norelco OneBlade was the most exciting new shaving product of 2016, and Amazon’s offering a rare deal on it today if you’re curious to try it out.

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Most of the people on our team (except Jillian) are converts to this thing, and Shane shared his thoughts about it on Lifehacker Gear:

I’m pretty blown away by the Philips OneBlade. I was expecting a deconstructed electric razor or a souped up Gillette Power-style situation, but the OneBlade is more like the next evolution of beard trimmers.

The OneBlade can be used to get a close shave, edge, or trim down to your preferred length. It’s also washable and rechargeable, and the replaceable blades that last an estimated four months are already available on Subscribe and Save.

The OneBlade can be used in the shower or over the sink, with or without shaving cream or oil. To be clear, this is not going to give you a straight razor-close shave, but it’s going to get you 99.5% of the way there in no time and with no irritation.

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The OneBlade has sold for $35 almost exclusively since launch, so $4 qualifies as a solid discount. I paid full price a couple months ago, and have zero regrets.

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Note: If the Frustration Free packaging option sells out, try the standard packaging, which is currently listed at the same price.


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It’s that time again. Nordstrom Rack has brought back their Clear the Rack sale and it’s full (and I mean FULL) of really incredible deals. Designer clothing, brands you’ve never heard of, everything an extra 25% off. Today’s the first day of the sale, so what are you waiting for?


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Our readers have long been fans of the FitDesk 2.0 for getting some exercise while working, and the brand new 3.0 model just got its first major discount.

Compared to the 2.0, the 3.0's big advantage is a much larger desk area, which now includes a pop-up tablet stand and a cup holder, so you can stay hydrated while you fill out expense reports. Plus, it still folds up for easy storage in a closet, and includes a basic stat tracker and eight magnetic resistance levels.

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 Today’s $205 deal is an all-time low, and it’s actually $45 less than a Gold Box deal Amazon promoted just a few months ago.

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Look, I’m not saying you should be giving yourself a haircut. I’m merely suggesting that with this $40 Wahl kit, you could. That price is one of the lowest ever listed, by the way. 

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ThinkGeek is celebrating 30 years of Predator with a massive, up to 60% off sale. And while (oddly) there isn’t any Predator gear to pick up on sale, there are a ton of different kinds of geeky paraphernalia from all fandoms to choose from.


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Amazon sample boxes are one of the only good things to come out of 2016, and they’re back at it again with a $10 box full of men’s grooming gear, plus a $10 credit to spend on over 130 select men’s grooming products on your next order. Assuming you use the credit, that basically means you got eight or more name-brand products for free.

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Laptop bags that protect your computer during transport are usually all function and no form. And rightfully so. But this 15" Lifewit bag is actually incredibly attractive and functional, with durable genuine leather, a padded interior, and five pockets for things like your phone, chargers, and more. Use the code PLTAXKZI and pick it up for $42.

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I’m not exactly sure why this sale is called “In The Bag,” but I won’t complain about clothing for as low as $10. Both men’s and women’s styles at Urban Outfitters are marked down, with a whole landing page dedicated to help you sift through it all.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t exactly magical, but Harry Potter completionists will want to own it anyway, and it’s already down to $12 complete with a digital copy.

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Xbox Live Gold is basically a requisite add-on for your Xbox One, but don’t get suckered into paying the full $60. While supplies last, here’s an entire year for $44.


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If you’ve already finished Zelda and gotten bored of Mario Kart, Amazon’s marked several tier-two Switch games down to $40 today.

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And though it’s not part of this sale, Prime members can still get ARMS for $48 (discount shown at checkout).

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Update: PlayStation Plus members can get it digitally for $27.

Battlefield 1 is one of the best AAA shooters released in years, and it’s back down to $30 today, matching Amazon’s all-time low. Now if they’d just get around to adding a Wonder Woman DLC pack.

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Update: Zelda Chess is a few bucks cheaper on Amazon.

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Board games are more fun when Nintendo’s involved. Today at GameStop, save 20% on Super Mario Bros. Monopoly and Legend of Zelda Chess, plus free shipping with promo code SAVER. Those should help keep you busy until Super Mario Odyssey comes out.


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Whether you buy your games from the Nintendo eShop, Xbox Live, the PlayStation Store, Steam, or even GameStop, you can save 10% when you buy $100 or more worth of gift cards from eBay. The cards all come in $50 increments, so you can buy two or more of the same, or mix and match to get the deal. Just note that you’ll have to pay with PayPal to see the discount at checkout.

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