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Today's Best Deals: Eneloop Batteries, Under Armour Outlet, Mother's Day Gifts, and More

Eneloop batteries, Civilization VI, and the complete Breaking Bad Blu-ray lead off Friday’s best deals.

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Update: Sold out

If you want to start collecting Eneloop batteries (and you should), the best place to start is the 4-pack of AAs with a charger, and you can get it for just $16 right now, the best price we’ve seen since January.

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If you know you’ll need more, $17 is a decent price on the 8-pack as well.

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$70 for a Logitech Harmony remote is a great deal on its face, but the real reason to buy this model is the included Harmony Home Hub.

The Hub allows you to use your iPhone, Android device, or even an Amazon Echo to control everything a Harmony remote can (which is basically any piece of home theater gear you can think of). So even when you inevitably lose the included remote behind the couch cushions, you’ll still have multiple ways to take control of all of your home theater gear.

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Considering the hub alone sells for over $80 right now, getting the hub plus a remote for an all-time low $70 is a fantastic opportunity.

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If you’re still listening to your TV through its built-in speakers, drop whatever you’re doing and check out this Sony Sound Base for an all-time low $118.

Just set your TV on top, plug it in, and you’ll instantly enjoy great-sounding 2.1 audio and Google Cast support. And if you want to get really fancy, you can even add wireless Sony speakers a la carte to build a receiver-free surround sound system.

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These Mackie reference monitors almost always sell for $100 on Amazon, and even at that price are the top-sellers in the “Studio Audio Monitors” category. So if you can get them for $20 off, you should jump at the chance.

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The current iteration is just over a year old at this point, but Apple’s 12" MacBook is still undeniably gorgeous, and Best Buy’s taking a whopping $350 off multiple configurations right now, easily the best deal we’ve ever seen.


Refurb UE MEGABOOM, $130
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Ultimate Ears’ MEGABOOM Bluetooth speaker is the extra large, waterproof version of the best Bluetooth speaker on the market, and you can score a refurb for an all-time low $130 right now.

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Anker SoundCore, $31 with code ANKMAY77 | Anker SoundBuds, $23 with code ANKER233 | Anker SoundBuds NB10, $30 with code ANKER260
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Anker makes our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker and Bluetooth earbuds, and both are on sale today on Amazon.

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The SoundBuds were my go-to Bluetooth earbuds until I got a pair of AirPods, and the SoundCore in particular is notable for its impressive bass and 24 hour battery life.

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Anker SoundCore nano, $19 with code KINANK66. Silver, gray, and pink only.
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Anker’s SoundCore is your favorite Bluetooth speaker, but if you need something a little more portable, they don’t get much smaller than the SoundCore nano.

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With a sole 3W driver and only four hours of battery life, the nano’s not going to blow you away, but its aluminum construction looks fantastic, you can tie it to the outside of a bag, and it’ll get the job done for quick listening sessions on the go.

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Nonda’s original Zus smart car charger was a one-of-a-kind device with two very poorly-placed USB ports, but the newly redesigned Quick Charge 2.0 model fixes that fatal flaw for just $8.

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That’s a great price for any Quick Charge car charger, but Nonda’s has some features you won’t find anywhere else. Most notably, your phone connects to the charger over Bluetooth, and every time the connection drops (meaning your car has turned off), a free app will make a note of your location so you can find your parking spot later.

In addition, you can track your mileage for tax and expensing purposes (free for 60 drives per month, $3/month or $30/year for unlimited), and even monitor the health of your car battery if you sign up for a $1 per month premium subscription. Even if you don’t use those features though, this is well worth the $8 for the parking location feature alone.

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External Bluetooth transmitters and receivers with 3.5mm jacks have been around for years, but Etekcity’s new model raises the bar with support for optical (SPDIF) audio.

The little box can both receive and transmit Bluetooth signals, and includes SPDIF in and out ports to connect it to your TV or high-end audio equipment. Plus, it can even pair to two pairs of headphones simultaneously when transmitting, which would allow two people to, say, listen to the same TV over headphones to avoid waking up someone in the next room. Just be sure to use promo code 65ML8Y3V at checkout to save a few bucks.

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Most smart lighting systems require you to use special bulbs, but Lutron wants to replace your light switches instead.

$120 today gets you two dimmer switches, two remotes, and a bridge to control them. With these installed, you’ll be able to control any built-in light in your house with a smartphone app, Alexa, Google Assistant, or even Siri. This combo normally sells for $40 more, and this price is an all-time low.

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Every modem rental fee you pay to your ISP is padding for their bottom line, and a total rip-off for you. Fortunately, you can buy your own modem for a relatively small upfront cost, and knock a few bucks off your monthly bill.

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There used to be a general consensus that Motorola’s SB6141 was the best modem for most cable internet subscribers, but the newer SB6183 is supports double the maximum download speeds (686mbps), which is important for future-proofing purposes, if nothing else. We’ve seen refurbs on this model in the $50-$60 range, but $40's an all-time low.


iClever USB 3.0 CD/DVD-RW Drive, $21 with code ICDVD008
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Most laptops don’t have CD drives anymore, which is mostly fine, except for that one time that inevitably pops up every year or two where you really wish you had one. Now, you can for just $21, no extra power cable required.

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3-Pack USB-C Adapters, $6 with code iXCC5990
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It’s going to be a few years until all of our gadgets use USB-C exclusively, so in the meantime, you should probably pick up a few cable adapters. $6 today gets you a pair of microUSB to USB-C adapters, plus one USB 3.0 adapter.

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1 Year NordVPN, $48 with code VIP70 | 2 Year Plan, $72 with code 2YSpecial2017
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One day, we might get representatives in Washington that value their constituents’ privacy over corporate profits, but until then, it’s as good a time as any to sign up for a VPN service. Luckily, it costs 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 $72 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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TOP HOME DEALS

15% back on select Mother’s Day gifts with Amazon Prime Store Card
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Amazon’s Prime Store Card automatically nets you 5% cash back on all Amazon purchases, but from now until the middle of May, they’re adding 10% on top of that for select Mother’s Day gifts. Think relaxing candles, fancy baby gear to make life a little easier, and noise cancelling headphones to drown everyone out.

Note that the Prime Store Card is NOT the same thing as the Amazon Rewards Visa. Both cards include 5% cash back, but the Visa is a full-on credit card, while the Prime Store Card can only be used on Amazon.com.

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There are lots of different ways to control your smart home devices, but Logitech’s Pop might be the fastest, not to mention the most fun.

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The Pop is a button. A button that does stuff. Three things in fact, depending on how you press it, and what it does is completely up to you. It can dim your lights. It can control your SONOS system. If you have a Logitech Harmony Hub (ahem), it can even control your home theater. Hell, it can even trigger an IFTTT recipe, meaning it can do basically anything.

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The starter kit (which includes two buttons and a bridge) is down to $60 on Amazon right now, if you’re willing to wait out a backorder. That’s $40 less than usual, and an all-time low.

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Even if you haven’t been to any of these places, The Library of Congress designed these prints to be more fantasy than reality anyway. From landmarks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone to archival activity designs, these beautiful canvas prints are ready to hang, and 50% off from Fab.com.


Zitrades Globe String Light Strand, $15 with code B9PRAZG3
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We see deals all the time on copper string lights, but if you prefer the look of “globe” style incandescents, you can get a 25' strand with 25 bulbs for $15 today. It’s already warm outside, so string these up on your patio and enjoy the outdoors.

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You can’t control these semi-smart power outlets with your phone, or automate them with IFTTT recipes like you can with Belkin’s WeMo line, but you can control them from across your house with a remote control, and they’re incredibly cheap today.

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20% off everything with code VERNALVALUE.
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If your spring cleaning doesn’t involve revamping your home goods, what are you even doing? Add some awesome infographics to your walls with Pop Chart Lab’s 20% off sitewide sale. Get everything from the Connected Characters of Seinfeld to every single bird in North America. Enter the code VERNALVALUE at checkout to see your discount.

Add even more pop art to your life with some housewares, like pint glasses, tote bags, and more at a discount. Not only are they already marked down 20-50% off, the sitewide 20% off works on them as well.

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And if you need an attractive and easy way to hang your new posters, the 20% also works on poster rails.

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Minted doesn’t just make the perfect twee card for any occasion; they also have a ton of art prints and stationary that would make any office or apartment look like an Instagram come to life. Right now, use the code SHINE and get 20% off all foil-pressed items, including photo art, prints, and yes, even cards.


Aukey Foldable Desk Lamp, $20 with code AUKLAMP5
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Just when you thought you’d seen it all in the world of desk lamps, Aukey’s discounting one that folds up to fit in your pocket, and includes a battery to run for a few hours untethered from the wall. Just look at how many different ways you can set it up!

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20-Pack Pant Hangers, $16 with code G5LGSB5O
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I’m not sure I even own 20 pairs of pants, but it never hurts to plan for the future.

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TP-Link Smart Plug Mini, $25 | TP-Link Smart Plug, $18. Discount shown at checkout
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Yesterday, we shared that Belkin’s WeMo Mini Smart Switch was on sale for $30, but TP-Link has blown that deal out of the water with a pair of discounts.

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You can choose from the standard TP-Link Smart Plug for $18, or the functionally identical Mini model for $25, with the discount shown in cart. Those are both the best prices we’ve ever seen, and fantastic deals for anyone looking to dip their toes into home automation. These work almost exactly the same as WeMo switches, with the exception of their lack of IFTTT support.

Before you comment that the prices are wrong, let me reiterate one more time that you won’t see the discount until you get to the checkout screen.

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2-Pack Solar Spotlights, $9 with code VK7FNKCB
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We see a lot of deals on solar-powered motion-sensing outdoor spotlights, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen a 2-pack for under $10. This isn’t a brand we post very often, but it seems basically identical to similar lights we’ve seen.

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Sometimes, a normal water bottle just isn’t enough. This vacuum-insulated vessel from RTIC holds 64 ounces of your favorite fluid, be it water, coffee, or beer from your local tap house, and keeps it cold for up to 24 hours, or hot for six.

I own RTIC can koozies and a tumbler, and their temperature regulation is nothing short of magical, so the bigger the better, as far as I’m concerned. $18 is within $1 of an all-time low price, so grab yours before this deal runs dry.

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TOP LIFESTYLE DEALS

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Mornings when you have to do your hair are always the ones you probably feel most annoyed at the time. But Amazon is marking down a pair of hair straightener brushes to under $30 (which is about 1/4 of what my hair brush and straightener cost together), to help smooth any time management creases you may have.

The $30 model has 6 heat settings (that reaches up to 395 degrees) and a streamlined brush head.

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The $22 model has only 3 heat settings, which works best with people with fine hair.

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$236 might seem like a lot to spend on a set of dumbbells, but these Bowflex adjustable models take up way less room than a full rack of weights, and certainly cost less over time than a gym membership.

These 4.7 star rated weights were on sale for an all-time low $229 over the weekend, but sold out relatively quickly. So if you missed out, this is still a great price.

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What better way to get ready for the better weather than an extra 20% off at the Under Armour Outlet? This sale is full of practically every style you can think of, from the classic Under Armour long-sleeves to training shoes to their Threadborne microthread technology, perfect for running outside in the warmer months.


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The Bouqs is probably the best place to use when sending flowers right now. The bouquets are unique and the blooms are harvested from the side of a freakin’ volcano. And right now, save 30% on select Mother’s Day blooms (without the vase), and forget about the whole ordering flowers last minutes thing. Use the code MOM30 at checkout to save.

FYI: The promo is only valid for new customers, and only works if you set your delivery date between 5/9 and 5/11 and if you don’t add a vase.

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This $20 shiatsu massage pillow includes four rotating massage nodes and infrared heating to knead your aching muscles. It even comes with a car adapter to ease tension during long road trips, or just on your commute home after a tough day in the office.

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TOP MEDIA DEALS

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Update: Grab the hydrofluoric acid and a large plastic container, because this deal is dead.

Breaking Bad, the best television show humanity has ever created, is just $35 on Blu-ray, today only. Is that the best price ever? You’re goddamn right.

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Just to reiterate the purity of this deal, it’s only been below $50 on one prior occasion (around the holiday shopping season last year), so you shouldn’t need to dig up a barrel full of money to afford it.

Some of you may say, “why buy this when it’s on Netflix?” To this I say, you should talk to some Arrested Development fans.

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While supplies last, Amazon’s marked several X-Men Blu-rays down to just $8 each. You don’t need to be Professor Xavier to know that’s a great deal.

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Update: Sold out

We’ve seen a few ~$40 deals on Civilization VI over the last few weeks, but Amazon just dropped it to $30 for the first time ever. We aren’t sure how long this will last, so place your order before Gandhi nukes the deal.

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150 Darts, $7 with code DNE35H8I
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After everyone else in your office has stopped the impromptu NERF gun fighting and gone back to filing expense reports and making sales calls, you alone will be able to continue running around shooting everyone, because you bough 150 extra darts for $7. I recommend wrapping your necktie around your forehead and scribbing some sharpie under your eyes; it projects toughness.

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Titanfall 2 came out at the worst possible time last year to gain a fan base, but it really is a great game, and the campaign alone is worth $24.

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Fidget Spinner, $5 with code 59ZB36Z4
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A few days ago, we posted a $2 deal (still available) on a fidget spinner that was shipping from China sometime in the next month. But if you just can’t wait to get your hands on one of these things, here’s a $5 model that’s eligible for Prime shipping.

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If you need an extra controller for your Xbox One, here’s a chance to pick one up for $39, which is about as cheap as they ever get.

The Xbox One S gamepad improves on the original with a textured grip, double the range, and most importantly, Bluetooth, meaning you can connect it to your PC without an adapter.

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Preorder Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, $48 for Prime Members
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Prime members can preorder and save 20% on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for their Nintendo Switch, which isn’t unusual (that benefit applies to all preorder and new release games), but if recent history is any indication, they could very well sell out of copies prior to launch. As always, you won’t see the discount until checkout.

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