Top Tech Deals
You can seemingly build just about anything with a Raspberry Pi, including your own miniature game console, and here’s a great deal on the newest Raspberry Pi 3. The kit comes with a case, a power supply, and some heatsinks, but you’ll need to provide a microSD card. Get the kit for $37 with promo code 3Z4HRQXZ.
iClever’s USB battery pack/car jump starter is more powerful than most at 600A, enough to get the engine turning over in almost any car. And as an added bonus, it supports Quick Charge 2.0 input and output, allowing you to recharge your phone faster, and then refill the battery pack in half the time it would usually take.
These jump starters are the kinds of things that you never feel an urgent need to purchase, but that you’re really glad you bought when the time comes to use them.
Today only in Amazon’s Gold Box, a trio of DOSS Bluetooth speakers are about $10-$15 off their regular prices.
The most popular of the bunch is the DOSS Touch Wireless, which features 12W stereo audio, 12 hours of battery life, and touch-sensitive controls on top. That 4.4 star review average from over 5,000 customers (!!) is nothing to sneeze at.
In terms of specs though, the DOSS SoundBox is basically a perfect match (minus the capacitive buttons), and about $4 cheaper. You also get to choose from four different designs.
Or you can splurge for a rugged IPX6 water resistant model for $45. This one packs in 20W of audio, a built-in flashlight, and a carrying handle for easy portability. If you want to use your speaker outdoors, this is the one to buy.
Just remember that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, or until sold out.
Anker’s reader-favorite PowerCore battery packs run the gamut from tiny tubes that fit into your pocket to massive blocks of energy that can power your devices for days at a time. Today’s exclusive deal focuses very clearly on the latter.
The PowerCore+ 26800 is one of the few battery packs on the market with USB-C Power Delivery up to 27W. That means it can charge a 12″ MacBook at nearly full speed, a Nintendo Switch at full power while you’re playing Zelda on a plane, or an iPad Pro significantly faster than the charger it came with (if you have a USB-C to Lightning cable).
Power Delivery works both ways too, so you can actually recharge the entire battery pack in just 4.5 hours with the included 27W USB-C wall charger, compared to over 11 hours with a standard 2A USB charger. When you’re trying to juice up before a flight, every minute counts.
The PowerCore+ also includes two high speed standard USB ports that you can use simultaneously, which is good, because this thing has enough power to share. We had a hands on with the pack when it launched back in April, and you can see our impressions here.
This battery cost $100 at launch, and has been selling for $110 as of late. Our exclusive $88 deal is the first promo code they’ve ever offered on this pack, and an all-time low price, so if it’s been on your wish list, don’t hesitate.
Anker’s PowerDrive 2 Elite can output 12W on both ports simultaneously, and its USB ports even light up so you can find them in the dark. Even if you have a car charger you’re happy with already, I like keeping a spare in my luggage for rental cars.
These Aukey USB-C wall chargers will charge your iPhone 8 or X faster, as well as your Nintendo Switch, your MacBook, your iPad Pro, and more. The 27W model is only $18, compared to $49 for the 29W charger Apple ships with the 12″ MacBook. The $28 46W charger doesn’t have a close analog from Apple, but they charge $69 for a 61W charger designed for 13″ MacBook Pros.
$12 is a great price for any 4-port, 34W USB travel charger, but it’s especially noteworthy for one that includes detachable EU and UK plug adapters. Now you can keep your phone running when you travel abroad for vacation and/or flee the country.
Amazon’s entry-level Fire 7 tablet isn’t exactly a powerhouse, but it’s great for kids, or anyone that just wants a cheap portable screen to watch videos on planes or in cars, especially since it includes a microSD card slot for expandable storage. It’s a bargain at its usual $50, but Prime members can get one today for just $35 (discount shown at checkout).
Amazon is also taking $25 off the Fire HD 8 for Prime members now, which is probably the better choice for most of you. An extra $20 gets you a bigger, sharper screen, 50% more battery life, stereo speakers, and double the storage.
Update: As pointed out by Brandon in our Kinja Deals Community Facebook group, you can buy up to four by buying one of each color, skirting the one-per-account limit.
Amazon usually sells certified refurbished Echo Dots for $5 less than new models, but for now at least, that discount has increased to $12. Refurbished Dots still carry the same warranty as new ones, so there’s really no downside to going this route if you want to sprinkle these around your home on a budget.
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
Some people can’t live without their coffee, but for me, it’s fizzy water. Today only in Amazon’s Gold Box, you can get a SodaStream Genesis from Amazon for $59, complete with a small starter CO2 canister, and a mail-in rebate for a free full-sized starter canister, and two carbonating bottles (worth nearly $20 by themselves). If you regularly buy soda or carbonated water at the store, it’ll pay for itself.
I’ve owned the Genesis for several years (and I paid quite a bit more to get it), and I’m extremely happy with it. It doesn’t have all of the features of some newer SodaStreams, but it’s incredibly reliable, works in seconds, and doesn’t require any electricity.
This Amazon Gold Box is ostensibly meant as a back-to-school Thermos sale, but several items in there could appeal to adults who want to pack lunch for work.
Yes, I’m referring to the C-3PO food jar.
Inside, you’ll also find water bottles, food jars, and even a massive 40 oz. double walled container with a lid that doubles as a serving cup. Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, or until sold out.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is your favorite affordable vacuum cleaner, but it’s the step-up Professional model that’s on sale today for $150. Compared to the standard Lift-Away, the Professional includes a longer power cord, a better carpet brush, and a microfiber dusting attachment. It doesn’t suck, is what I’m saying, except in the ways it should. Today’s price is one of the best we’ve seen, and roughly $50 less than usual.
You need dishwasher detergent anyway, so you might as well buy it on sale. While supplies last, Amazon’s offering a $4 coupon on this 78-pack container of Cascade Complete ActionPacs, over a 33% discount on what was already a great price.
You don’t need to run to a pharmacy or <shudders in horror> buy a photo printer to bring your pictures into the real world; Amazon will print up to 50 4×6 photos for free, with free shipping for Prime members. Just click the banner on this page, upload your photos, and use promo code FREE50PRINTS at checkout.
To be sure, the Sensi Wi-Fi thermostat isn’t as sexy looking as a Nest or Ecobee, but it has the same basic feature set for under $100. You can control it via a smartphone app, Apple HomeKit, or even Alexa, so we’re willing to overlook its decidedly average industrial design, especially since today’s price is an all-time low.
Mrs. Meyer’s is a natural brand and is normally much more expensive than the Dawns of the world, but today you can buy a 3 pack of Honeysuckle Dish Soap for just $7, which is just about the lowest we’ve seen.
Plus, this stuff smells like pure heaven, which might actually make you want to wash the dishes every once in a while.
If you aren’t familiar with this amazing little gadget, it’s a surprisingly large indoor grill, a griddle, and a panini press, all rolled into one. I’ve owned it for over a year, and I use it on a weekly basis.
Why stop with just a griddle, grill, and panini press? Add the optional waffle iron plates to your cart, and get even more use out of your new toy.
One of the only downsides of cast iron pans is that they can be a nightmare to clean, but this chainmail scrubber can scrape away caked-on food without hurting your seasoning, or resorting to soap. No wonder one of them is in our bestsellers club. Today’s $7 deal also happens to be the best price we’ve ever seen on one of these.
One of your very favorite water bottles is offering a very rare deep discount. Buy one or more Wide Mouth Hydro Flask water bottles and receive 50% off a tumbler.
Pretty similar to the Phillips Alarm Clock, the sunrise simulation feature will slowly brighten starting 30 minutes before your wakeup time, easing you out of sleep so you can gracefully start your day.
You can also use it as a normal alarm clock with FM radio or nature sounds or even a normal light with light intensity and color options.
This is a great price on this kind of alarm clock, even cheaper than a similar Prime Day version.
Update: This product is also selling at Target for the same price and comes with a $10 gift card with promo code SAVEANOVA.
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 $119 deal on the Anova Bluetooth sous-vide circulator. It’s not the best deal we’ve seen, but it’s pretty damn close.
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.
Do you still use a tape measure, like some kind of caveman? This laser distance measurer takes instant distance readings of up to 164’, and includes several built-in calculation functions, in case your middle school geometry skills are a little rusty.
It’s the cheapest Amazon price for a 24-pack of Ultra Fine Point Sharpies we’ve ever seen. So stock up your home office or craft supply box while the deal lasts.
This Wine Aerator and Decanter Pump takes a simple bottle of wine and turns it into a mini wine fountain dispensing perfectly aerated wine straight into your
mouth glass. You place the telescopic rod into your wine bottle (or spirit or whatever liquid you wish), push a button and then 6 seconds later, it spouts out the dispenser like magic.
This product normally retails for $39, but you can get yours for just $20 with promo code LLFCRZT4, but I really don’t think you can put a price on class like this.
Update: This deal is back again, if you missed the Gold Box over the weekend.
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 FM2435 starter kit for $89, or about $30 less than usual, and an all-time low. There are cheaper FoodSaver models out there, but the 2435 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.
Before you go out and flush $30 down the drain on a Yeti Rambler, check out this X-Chef alternative for just $10 on Amazon today, one of the best deals we’ve ever seen on this kind of thing. It uses the same vacuum-insulated stainless steel construction as a YETI or RTIC, so it should keep ice frozen for hours or even days, and hot drinks hot for as long as you need.
You don’t need a wet/dry vacuum until you really, really need one, so prepare for the leaks life throws your way with this 5-gallon model, marked down to an all-time low $30 today, if you’re willing to wait out a backorder. You might not use this for your every day house cleaning, it’s one of those things that everyone should have in their garage.
No kitchen is complete without a good set of mixing bowls, and this 10-piece stainless steel collection (five bowls and five lids) is a steal at $28. They even have measurements etched on the inside so you end up with <very Great British Bake-Off voice> a good bake.
Top Lifestyle Deals
If reliability is something you crave in a pair of shoes (if it isn’t, you may need to reconsider), I bet you have Cole Haan in your closet. And if you’re looking for a new pair but don’t want to spend the normal asking price, Nordstrom Rack is having a huge sale on everything Cole Haan. Men’s and women’s styles, plus handbags are included, so go ahead and have a field day.
The oral thermometer probably didn’t need to be reinvented, but if you’re the kind of person who likes everything to be smartphone-connected, Kinsa’s smart thermometer works with both iOS and Android, and is down to $10 today.
Kinsa markets this as a kids thermometer, mostly because it only takes 10 seconds to get a reading, and its smartphone app includes a little bubble popping minigame that kids can play while they wait, but it’s a neat little gizmo for sick people of any age.
The app automatically tracks your temperature over time, and you can add your own metadata about symptoms and medication if you want a more complete record of your illness. Plus, if you own an iPhone, the temperature data is compatible with Apple’s HealthKit.
Obviously, nobody really needs this thing, but if you’re intrigued, $10 is the best price we’ve ever seen, and is also not a terrible price for a good oral thermometer, smart or otherwise.
Sephora isn’t known for their discounts and deals like other retailers, but they’re trying something new this year with their Weekly Wow deals. Every Thursday, Sephora will drop a bunch of deals and offers for one week only. This week, it’s Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, Lancôme’s Juciy Shaker, and First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser. They’re already going fast, so you should probably get over there.
Foam rollers are great for loosening up muscles before a workout, or recovering after you’re done, and $15 is a fantastic price for a 13″ model. Just be sure to use promo code KINJAROLLER3 at checkout to get the deal.
Pack your stuff in a new Timbuk2 bag during their End of Season Sale. Get 30% off Fall Favorites when you use code FALL30, which include the ever-popular Commute and Command Bags, and make sure your commute is packed well. There’s everything from one of your favorite carry-ons to your favorite laptop bags.
This inflatable lounger is your portable cushion for land and sea. It normally floats around $30+ on Amazon but is $25 today with promo code RO3ZN276.
It’s sort of like an inner tube, but you inflate by running a few steps with one side open catching the wind, rather than busting out the air pump. Since the whole thing packs into a portable carrying case and weighs under 3 pounds it seems perfect for camping.
Levi’s is a classic American denim brand, and they make your favorite pair of men’s jeans (no surprise there). Right now, they’re giving you 25% off their entire new arrivals section, from denim to outerwear and beyond, with the code FALL25. With prices like these, a Canadian tuxedo may even start to look appealing.
Amazon’s back at it again with another sample box deal. This time around, $8 gets you eight or more protein products from Optimum Nutrition, plus an $8 credit on your next eligible protein purchase from Amazon. If you were going to buy any of these products anyway, then this is a no-brainer.
The Philips Norelco Multigroom is actually a ton of shaving tools in one: A beard trimmer, a hair cutter, and a body groomer. $35 gets you the trimmer, 13 length combs, a precision trimming attachment, a nose hair trimmer, a wide hair-cutting blade, and more. Oh, and the whole thing runs for up to three hours on a charge, so you won’t have to travel with the charger.
Here in New York, the first two weeks of September have become the Running of the
Bulls Models. New York Fashion Week has descended onto this fair city, and in honor of the most questionably-fashionable days of the year, H&M is giving you 30% off any one item you want with the code 2700, from men’s and women’s, to kids and home. Even if you couldn’t care less about Fashion Week, 30% off is 30% off.
In addition to functioning as a normal digital bathroom scale, the BodySense can measure metrics such as body fat percentage and body water, and sync all of that data over Bluetooth to your iOS or Android smartphone. You can see my impressions here, but it’s the most seamless and reliable smart scale I’ve ever personally used, and a great deal at $40, or $10 less than usual.
Note: You’ll need code EUFY9140 to get the deal on the black model, but the white model is available for $40 without a code.
Top Media Deals
iTunes gift card discounts are noticeably less common than they used to be, and while we do see 20% discounts from time to time, a $100 iTunes gift card for $85 is still a solid deal if you pay for apps, movies, Apple Music, or iCloud storage.
If you like to fill your Kindle with romance novels (hey, we’re not judging), here’s a $3 credit you can claim towards your next eligible title. You have to spend it by September 30, but there’s no risk in adding it to your account. You can find all of the eligible books here (there are a lot of them), many of which cost $5 or less before the credit.
If you want to land a tech job, but are constantly held back by being a big ol’ dummy, boy do we have a deal for you today.
Humble’s latest ebook bundle includes 15 “For Dummies” books to help you with every aspect of landing a job, from writing your cover letter to learning basic python. As always, the books are split between three different tiers, but you can name your own price.
A lot of io9’s readers preordered this Die Hard illustrated Christmas book last week, and it just dropped an extra $4, down to $10. Plus, you’ll be covered by Amazon’s preorder price guarantee, so if it drops any lower before release, you’ll automatically get the best price.
Top Gaming Deals
Start your own rebellion with this LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, down to just $35. With 24 different gifts, like Rey’s speeder, an At-ST, a TIE Striker, Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle, and more. Even reenact The Force Awakens with the Jakku playmat (brooding Luke Skywalker on a cliff, not included). They also somehow made BB-8 even more adorable, by giving him a snowboard and hat, which is reason enough to buy this.
Almost every high-end mechanical gaming keyboard out there includes a number pad, but if you’re pressed for desk space, or just don’t want to extend your mouse hand quite as far to the side, Logitech’s G410 Atlas Spectrum is cheaper than ever today, and about $20 less than usual.
As you’d expect from a keyboard in this class, you get custom backlighting for individual keys, Romer-G key switches tested to 70,000,000 presses, and even a smartphone dock and mobile app that can display in-game information and keyboard settings on the fly.
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider comes out tomorrow, and while it seems likely to be closer to DLC in scope than a full Dishonored game, it is getting a physical release, which means it’s eligible for Amazon’s 20% Prime discount. You have to order it today, though.
Humble’s Capcom x SEGA x Atlus bundle is full of, uh, Capcom, Sega, and Atlus games for great low prices. Highlights here include Dead Rising, Resident Evil 4, and Motorsport Manager, just remember that you’ll have to pay at least $12 to unlock all of the games.
At long last, we have a new Metroid game. And it’s good! It officially releases on Friday, which means you only have two days left to save $8 by preordering with Amazon Prime. As always, you won’t see the discount until checkout.
Humble might be best known for its bundles, but its game store is actually pretty great, especially during the End of Summer Sale. A ton of games from various publishers are included, and for 48 hours only, you can even get The Walking Dead: Season 1 completely free, no strings attached.
Highlights of the sale include Civilization VI for $39 and XCOM 2 for $24, but it’s worth browsing the full sale to find everything on your wishlist.