An Arduino starter kit, an anime sale, a better-than-Black-Friday price on Destiny 2, and a whole lot more kick off Wednesday’s best deals.

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If any of the approximately 17 million Arduino projects that Lifehacker has posted over the years have piqued your interest in the affordable electronics board, Amazon’s selling starter kits for $28 today, about $7-$12 less than usual.

This beginner-friendly set includes 67 components and 120 resistors to get you started, and a PDF tutorial to get you up and running.


Anker PowerCore Fusion | $20 | Amazon

Our readers’ favorite USB travel charger pulls double duty as a USB battery pack, and you can get one for an all-time low $20 right now on Amazon.

I’ve had the Fusion since it first came out, and it quickly became my favorite Anker product ever, mostly because it’s the only Anker battery pack that you can charge by plugging straight into the wall. You can read all of my impressions here, and then head over to Amazon to get yours for an all-time low price.


Sonos PLAY:1 | $149 | Sonos
Sonos PLAY:3 | $249 | Sonos

If you missed out on Sonos’ Black Friday discounts, their $50 discounts on the PLAY:1 and PLAY:3 speakers are still available. Sonos speakers hardly ever go on sale, so if you’ve been wanting one for yourself, or plan to give one as a gift, I wouldn’t recommend waiting.

Sony’s WH1000XM2s put the noise-canceling headphone world on notice when they were released earlier this year, and now, you can get them at a discount for the first time ever. They’re still an investment at $298, but if you spend any significant amount of time in planes, trains, or just a noisy office, they’ll probably be the best thing you buy this year.


If that’s just a tad out of your price range, the H900Ns are also on sale for an all-time low $248. They use a less-advanced noise cancellation system than the WH1000XM2s, but they should still sound and feel great.

Echo Dot | $30 | Amazon

Most of Amazon’s Cyber Monday/Black Friday gadget discounts have expired, but they are still offering the Echo Dot for $30, an all-time low. If you have anyone to shop for who refuses to give you any gift ideas, just give them one of these, they’ll like it.

Boogie Board Sync | $81 | Amazon
Boogie Board | $16 | Amazon


The original Boogie Board LCD writing tablet was one of our most popular items on Black Friday, and today, the larger Boogie Board Sync is on sale for $81 right now, which while not an all-time low price, is the best deal we’ve seen since August.

Unlike the original (which is still on sale for $16), which had no ability to save or sync your drawings, this one can do both, with enough internal memory to store over 1000 images, and Bluetooth to connect to your phone or computer.

RAVPower USB-C Power Delivery Battery Pack | $52 | Amazon | Promo code PB058BCM
RAVPower USB-C Wall Charger | $14 | Amazon | Promo code RPPC17TY

There are only a handful of USB battery packs out there with USB-C Power Delivery, and this is one of the best prices we’ve ever seen on one of them.


$52 gets you RAVPower’s 26,800mAh battery pack, complete with a 30W USB-C port that can power a MacBook or Nintendo Switch at basically full speed, plus two regular USB ports as well. That should be enough power to get you through pretty much any long flight.

This doesn’t come with a USB-C wall charger to recharge it at full speed though, so you’ll want to add this one to your cart for $14. It features Power Delivery just like the battery, and also has a standard USB port for devices that can’t take advantage of USB-C.

TOPGREENER 15A/4.8A USB Charger Receptacle | $16 | Amazon | Promo code TGUKINJA

These days, you probably charge as many things over USB as you do over standard AC outlets, so it only makes sense to add some semi-permanent USB ports to your home.


We’ve seen USB outlet receptacles for slightly less in the past, but this model boasts 4.8A of power shared between the two USB ports, compared to 4A on most alternatives. That means your high-draw devices like tablets will charge up faster as you use them. Just be sure to use promo code TGUKINJA at checkout to save about $7.

Anker SoundBuds Slim | $18 | Amazon | Use code KINJA379

Anker’s SoundBuds are our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth headphones, and the newest version just dropped to an all-time low $18.

Note: As of the time of this post, the SoundBuds Slim are available as an $18 Lightning deal. If that expires though, you’ll still be able to get that price with promo code KINJA379.


The SoundBuds Slim are, as you might have gleaned from the name, far smaller than the originals. Heck, they look like a small set of wired earbuds; you might never guess there were batteries and Bluetooth radios in there. Despite the size, these buds are still rated for seven hours of battery life, and recharge fully in just 90 minutes.

Anker SoundCore 2 | $31 | Amazon | Use code KINJA989

With its 24 hour battery life, iumpressive bass, and crystal clear sound quality, the Anker SoundCore has long been our readers’ favorite affordable Bluetooth speaker, and its water-resistant speaker is down to its best price ever today with promo code KINJA989.

The SoundCore 2 still includes dual drivers and that amazing 24 hour battery; the only real differences are a slightly tweaked design and the aforementioned water resistance. That means you can take it to the pool, the beach, or even the shower without fear. Yes, that code is only for $1 off, but the $32 list price is already an all-time low, and $8 less than usual.


1 Year NordVPN, $48 with code VIP70
2 Year Plan, $72 with code 2YSpecial2017
3 Year Plan, $99 with code 3ydeal

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 to get a special two year plan for $79 with code 2YSpecial2017, or this link to get three years for $99 with code 3ydeal. Lifehacker has recommended Nord in some previous guides, but if you have any firsthand experience with the service, sound off in the comments!


It’s still very early to be thinking about taxes, but if you buy your software early, you stand to save big.

Those crossed out MSRPs you see? Those are the prices H&R Block actually charges, so we’re talking about serious savings here. If you need help deciding which tier to buy, H&R Block has a handy comparison chart here.

The best part? When you file through this software, you can opt to receive all or a portion of your refund in the form of an Amazon gift card, which will net you a 5% bonus (sadly down from last year’s 10%). So a $1,000 refund could become $1,050 in your Amazon account, which would more than make up for the cost of the software.

Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, so don’t miss out.


If you missed the white noise machine Gold Box yesterday, well you’re in luck, because Amazon has more white noise machines on sale today. These machines are the crazy-popular Marpac Dohm, Marpar Dohm-DS and travel-sized Rohm.

Unlike traditional white noise machines, these do not make chirping cricket or waves noises; these produce rhythmic fan noise to lull you into sleep. The DS in Dohm-DS stands for dual speed which means the machine has two different noise speeds, so you can pick.

I’ve had multiple family members buy these for their babies and then ended up buying another for themselves because they couldn’t sleep without it. These usually sell for $45, so today’s prices under $32 are what dreams are made of.


Oak Leaf Mechanical Bidet | $22 | Amazon | Use code LRBL9CPC

A lot of people are reflexively appalled by the idea of a bidet, which makes no sense, because they’re amazing. Today on Amazon, you can score one from Oak Leaf for $22 with promo code LRBL9CPC, one of the best prices we’ve ever seen on one of these.

That’s basically nothing for a product you’ll use (hopefully) every day, but this deal could sell out any time though, so purchase or get off the pot.


Squatty Potty, 7-inch | $20 | Amazon | After 20% off coupon
Squatty Potty, 9 inch | $20 | Amazon | After 20% off coupon

Did you know you’ve been pooping all wrong? It’s true! Luckily, the obscenely popular Squatty Potty is designed to lift your legs into an ideal bowel movement position, and you can get one for 20% off on Amazon today.

Note: the coupon’s discount won’t show up until checkout and there are two different sizes, so you can select the one that fits your toilet.


If you’ve ever had to pour wine down the drain because it’s gone bad before you had a chance to drink it, then you know it’s a sad, sad moment. To prevent that happening in the future, make a small investment in one of these vacuum wine sealers.

It removes the air from an opened bottle of wine and can extend the life of your bottle for up to a week! This $8 set includes one vacuum pump and two sealers. Even if you only use it to save two half bottles of wine, it will have already paid for itself. Plus, they make great stocking stuffers for adults.

Zippo Pipe Lighter | $11 | Amazon
Zippo Spectrum | $12 | Amazon
Zippo “Tree of Life” | $17 | Amazon
Zippo Brushed Chrome | $12 | Amazon

In addition to a Zippo hand warmer, Amazon is also discounting select Zippo lighters today. These lighters normally sell for $16 - $20, but now are all around $11 - $12. The more ornate Tree of Life lighter typically sells around $20 and is priced at $17. Maybe grab one for yourself and one as a gift before the deal is extinguished.


Essential Oils Set of 8 | $12 | Amazon | Use code KLP5FLYX

I was in the camp of people who felt like essential oils and aromatherapy diffusers were glorified Glade plug-ins. And to some extent, they are. But the fact you can use natural essential oils to create the scent, rather than whatever Glade uses is a real game changer. This 8-pack of essential oils is on sale today for just $12 with promo code KLP5FLYX.


The peppermint and eucalyptus scents can help with migraines, the lavender can calm you and make you sleepy, and the orange scents can be used for cleaning. So, $12 isn’t bad when you consider all the different ways you can use it.

Deep-cleaning your carpets and upholstered furniture can be an eye-opening experience, especially after you host a bunch of guests for holiday get-togethers. So if you’re sick of renting carpet washers every time you spot a new stain, you can buy your own for just $99 today. The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe has a squeaky-clean 4.3 star review average from over 10,000 customers, and this is the best price Amazon’s listed all year.


Unlike those disposable hand warming packets, this $22 Zippo hand warmer will keep your hands toasty for two hours and then can be charged with the included USB cord and reused over and over again. It’s down from it’s usual $29 price tag, just in time for the winter chill.

If you’ve ever eaten at a nice steakhouse, you were probably eating sous-vide meat. Here’s a secret though: It’s really easy to get those kinds of results yourself, and Amazon’s here to help with a $99 deal on Anova’s Bluetooth sous-vide circulator.


Lifehacker has a great explainer on Sous-Vide cooking for you to check out, but the basic idea is that you seal the food in plastic bags, and then cook it in precisely heated water over a longer period of time. It sounds weird and kind of sterile, but the result is meat that’s cooked to the exact right temperature all the way through.

Update: If you missed this brief $60 deal over the weekend, it’s back down to $63 right now, which is still an insanely good price.

Hands down, Nespresso is the easiest way to make decent espresso at home. Their space-saving Inissia model is down to an all-time low $60 right now, even lower than it was on Black Friday. You could spend hundreds of dollars to buy a 40 pound behemoth that makes slightly better coffee, sure, but if the Inissia is good enough for Boris Diaw, it’s probably good enough for you.


Mercer Culinary Genesis 6-Piece Forged Knife Block Set | $95 | Amazon | After 10% off coupon

Just $3 away from its historic-low price, this Mercer knife set is discounted twice. First, Amazon lowered the price to $105, down from its usual $135, and then they tacked on a 10% off coupon, bringing it to just $95.

Especially if bulky, wood knife blocks aren’t you thing, this sleek glass knife set would be a nice addition to your kitchen. Plus, it has a great 4.7-star rating with over 700 reviews.


Samsung POWERbot R7040 | $299 | Amazon

If you didn’t pick up a robotic vacuum during Deals Week, the Samsung POWERbot R7040 features a ton of vacuuming power, a suite of nine sensors that help it map out your room, and mercifully, a washable filter. $299 is an all-time low price for this model, which also includes Wi-Fi, Alexa support, and scheduling.

Heat Resistant Cooking Gloves | $8 | Amazon | Promo code M47S6WVN

These $8 gloves let you grab a hot pan out of the oven, pull meat right off a grill, or even turn logs in an active campfire without getting burned, like some kind of kitchen superhero. We’ve seen silicone barbecue gloves for less than this in the past, but these are rated for much higher temperatures, and should be more flexible as well.


Eufy String Lights | $8 | Amazon

Anker’s home goods brand, Eufy, is blowing out 33' strands of copper string lights for just $8 each for the holidays, so go make Pinterest proud.

FoodSaver 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System | $126 | Amazon
FoodSaver GameSaver Outdoorsman Vacuum Sealing System | $66 | Amazon

We’ve all had to throw away leftovers or cuts of meat and cheese that spent a little too much time in the fridge or freezer, but vacuum sealing your foods can keep them safe from freezer burn pretty much indefinitely, and dramatically extend their shelf life everywhere else.

It sounds like an expensive proposition, but today, Amazon’s selling this well-reviewed FoodSaver 4840 Starter Kit for $126, its best price since January. There are cheaper FoodSaver models out there, but the 4840 justifies its cost with a retractable vacuum sealing hose, allowing it to vacuum seal specially designed zipper bags, in addition to the usual heat-seal bags.


Of course you can use this to store meats in the freezer for a long time, but it can also keep cheese from molding, lettuce from wilting, or cookies from going stale, just to name a few examples. Think about how much food you throw away, and you’ll get a sense of just how quickly this purchase could pay for itself.

Note: The video above isn’t the exact same model, but the features presented are identical to the 4840.

If you’re looking for a smaller FoodSaver, the FoodSaver GameSaver is also on sale today for $66, the best price we’ve seen since July.


Update: Now down to $21, making it a really great deal.

A slightly fancier cousin to our best-selling Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid set, this 34-piece set has four locking tabs to keep your leftover super secure. Like the other Rubbermaid containers, these are microwave, dishwasher, and freezer-safe, and all lids and bases snap together for easy storage. This set hasn’t been under $30 in 6 months, so, at $21 today, you should lock these down.

After the $100 Thermapen, our readers’ rated this Taylor Precision Probe Thermometer as their favorite meat thermometer. So if your current thermometer left a lot to be desired this Thanksgiving, you can grab this new one for just $10, the cheapest it’s ever been. Here’s what our readers said about it:

On my second one (got 10 years out of the first one, only replaced it because I lost it in a move). $15. Does the job. This isn’t rocket surgery. - shelwood


Yup, same here. It’s not rocket science AND even if it’s off by a degree or two, it doesn’t matter. Bacteria are killed by a combination of temperature and time, so the extra minute or two that it’s at temperature will easily make up for any discrepancy in accuracy. - Kumico

Oxyled LED projector | $30 | Amazon | Promo code OxyPLOMN

Thanksgiving is over and the leftovers have all been eaten, which means it’s officially time to decorate for the holidays.


This $30 waterproof LED projector from OxyLED comes with 12 different themes like spooky Halloween characters, Santa Claus, snowflakes, falling leaves, and Valentine’s Day hearts, so it won’t necessarily have to gather dust come 2018. Just plug it in, set the timer, and automate your holiday spirit indoors or out.

This Iris pet food container isn’t exactly exciting but it’ll get the job done and keep bugs away. The containers designed to hold 25, 35, and 54-pounds are all discounted between $7 - $9 today, so pick which one works best for you.


Our readers have bought tens of thousands of OxyLED’s stick-anywhere motion lights, but now’s your first chance to save on this 20 LED model with warm lights. Cool LEDs have their place, but this softer light would be much more flattering in a closet, and more aesthetically pleasing in, say, a kitchen.

If you missed out on half price Amazon Dash buttons over the weekend, their post-Cyber Monday deal might actually be even better. For a limited time, if you order one button for $5, you can pick two others for free. The first time you use each one, you’ll still get a $5 Amazon credit, so assuming you actually use them, this is basically like $10 of free money.


Moose Designs Laptop Bag | $109 | Kickstarter

Update: Only a few days left on this campaign!

Working at a coffee shop or in an economy airplane seat doesn’t usually come with the expectation of privacy, but that’s exactly what the Moose laptop bag gives you, and then some.

When it’s closed, the Moose looks like pretty much any compact laptop bag, albeit a very attractive one. Once you open it up though, two panels can fold out and snap to the side of the bag, creating, effectively, a private nook for your laptop with tons of storage space and pockets for accessories. It may look a little silly, but if you don’t want your seat mate peeking at your screen, it’ll definitely get the job done.

The passthrough USB port in action. Normally, the battery pack would live inside that back pocket.

My favorite little touch is the Moose’s USB charging port. Stick a USB battery pack into the pocket at the back of the bag and plug in the built-in USB cord, and it’ll pass the power through to a USB port on left flap. It’s not completely necessary, but it is really cool.


A few early bird preorders are available for $109, after which preorders will go up to $140 (sorry, we didn’t get the sample until yesterday evening). It’s expected to retail for $199 when it comes out early next year though, so you’re getting a solid deal either way by preordering.

We sort through the noise of Kickstarter to find you preorder discounts worth taking advantage of. Someone on our team has tested a prototype (or final version) of every Kickstarter we cover.

Gerber’s suspension multi-plier features 12 tools in one package, meaning you’re spending less than $2 per function today.


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Update: This sale has been extended!

Zappos is basically a one-stop shoe destination already, but right now, they’re having an actual sale, something they haven’t done in years. It’s only going on through Monday, so you’d better hurry and grab discounted shoes and apparel from Columbia, Sam Edelman, Frye, SOREL, Asics, Nike, The North Face, Hunter and more for men and women. And, if you’re part of their rewards program, get free expedited shipping on the over 70,000 items on sale.

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