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USB ports are everywhere these days. With more and more devices requiring a little charge here or there, we’ve become a species in constant need of power. But what do you do when you’re away from traditional outlets? There are obviously power banks but those still require to be charged as well. Even solar products are starting to take off.
A new Kickstarter campaign wants to take energy from your bicycle and use it to charge your device. While it’s not a new idea, Spinetics CydeKick aims to refine the solution of two-wheel power generation with it a new slick design. expand full story
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UPDATE 7/24 4PM: Monoprice is celebrating 13 years in business by taking 13% off site wide. This yields a significant savings on MFi Lightning cables there when you use the code: SALE13 at checkout. Shipping costs apply on orders under $14 (usually $2-$3)
- 3-Pack of 6-ft. Lightning Cables $17.39 (Orig. $20)
- 3-ft. Monoprice Lightning Cable $3.47 (Orig. $10)
- 6-ft. Monoprice Lightning Cables $4.34 (Orig. $15)
Amazon has a 1-ft. long Nylon Braided MFi certified Lightning cable for $11.99 Prime shipped after you enter the code: ZR44CC8E at checkout. That’s $2 off the regular sale price and the lowest we can find for this durable and tangle free cable. It comes with a 12-month warranty from Cambond and has a max charging speed of 2.4A. Rated 4.7/5 stars at Amazon.
Next, is the Apple Certified 10-ft long Lightning Cable for $9.99 Prime shipped when you use the code: G9H88GJD at checkout. That’s $4 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for this extra long MFi cable. Rated 4.5/5 stars at Amazon.
We also found these notable cables:
- Sharkk Lightning Cable 3.3ft $4.99 Prime shipped (Orig. $19.99) | Amazon
- Anker Lightning Cable 3ft $5.99 shipped w/ code: JB9ADKV6 (Reg. $8) | Amazon
- Anker Lightning Cable 6ft $7.99 w/code: OV4WPVKS (Orig. $29.99) | Amazon
5200mAh Power bank plus 2 MFi Lightning cables $9.99 (Orig. $19.99) | Monoprice
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Update (7/14 1:00pm): Aukey’s Selfie Stick is currently out of stock at Amazon.
Next, we have the Aukey 12000mAh Portable Power Bank Charger External Battery Pack for $24.99. However, when you use the coupon code: 45ZTSPTU the price drops to only $14.99 Prime shipped. That’s $10 off the regular sale price and the lowest Amazon has ever sold it for. This power bank can charge the iPhone 6 four times, the iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy S6 two times or the iPad Air once. With built in smart technology it can protect against “overcurrent, overvoltage, overload and short circuiting.” It received 4.3/5 stars and great reviews.
We also found the following discounts with codes from Aukey via Amazon:
- Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 42W 3 USB Port Wall Charger $14.99 w/code: FFCAYLOK
- Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 30W 2 Ports Car Charger $9.49 w/code: 6NVT5SPD
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TAOTribe via Amazon has the male or female Vinsic Hi-speed USB C to Standard USB Cable for $10.95 each. But if you use the coupon code: 7MJYP8EO the price drops to only $7.95 Prime shipped for either cable. That’s $3 off the regular price and the lowest we’ve seen for these new cables (Apple charges $19 for just one).
Vinsic USB C cables are made of durable lightweight materials and are safe to use. They fully support data transfer and syncing with no warning messages. Customers rated them with 4.7/5 stars.
We also found at Amazon if you add the Anker 16,000mAh PowerCore Power Bank with the Anker 3,200mAh Astro Mini Portable Charger you can get both for a low $36.99 shipped when you use the code: 8WLFPMG7 at checkout. You’re basically getting the Astro Mini for free ($20 value) at an already low sale price for the Powercore.
This newest Powercore provides Smart charging and more mAhs than its predecessor and it can charge the iPhone 6 six times, the Galaxy S6 four times or the iPad Air more than once. It can safely recharge with a 2 amp output (most phone chargers have 1 amp output). Anker products are highly rated on Amazon and are the best selling chargers as well.
Also, Hisgadget via Amazon has the Intocircuit 11200mAh Dual USB Portable External Battery Charger with LED Flashlight for $22.99. But when you enter the code: PP3DC8UH the price drops to only $14.99 Prime shipped. expand full story
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Sunvalleytek via Amazon is discounting select TripMate travel routers by 20% with coupon code KT7JMSMB at checkout. All of the deals qualify for Prime shipping. If you’re not a Prime member you have two choices to get free shipping: sign up for a free trial or spend at least $35.
Our top pick is the HooToo TripMate Nano Wireless N Pocket Travel Router. Currently priced at $18.99, coupon code KT7JMSMB drops it down to $15.19 Prime shipped. That’s just about $10 below its regular price and within $0.19 of the lowest price we’ve seen. This versatile little box allows you to create a secure wireless network from any cabled Ethernet connection. It’s powered via USB so there’s no need for an AC adapter. Use the built-in USB port to share music, movies and other data with other devices (even iPhone/iPad) on your network. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,868 Amazon reviewers.
These discounted TripMate travel routers have a built-in power bank:
- TripMate w/ 6000mAh Battery Charger: $26.39 w/ coupon KT7JMSMB (Reg. $33)
- Mini w/ 3000mAh Battery Charger: $22.39 w/ coupon KT7JMSMB (Reg. $28)
- Elite w/ 6000mAh Dual-USB Battery Charger: $35.99 w/ coupon KT7JMSMB (Reg. $45)
Update (6/26 11:45am): This Lightning cable deal is now available from a third-party without the need to apply a coupon code.
Update (6/24 2:50pm): Monoprice has Lightning cables for as low as $4.50 w/ coupon code JUNE10. Orders of $50+ ship free otherwise shipping costs vary. For example, we priced out a single 3-ft cable and shipping was $2.32.
EZ Tronix via Amazon has a 3-pack of 3.3 ft. Poweradd Lightning cables for $14.99 shipped. That’s $8 off the regular sale price and tied with our previous mentions for the lowest we can find for an MFi cable. This deal is also $4 less than what apple charges for a single cable.
The cables are MFi certified which means they meet Apple’s performance standards and are safe to use with your iPhone.