Dan DeSilva

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Today only, as one of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers Belkin’s 3-Outlet Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP/10 Watt) for $13.99. Free shipping is available for Prime members (free trial) and on all orders of at least $49. It generally sells for around $20, carries a list price of $30 and today’s deal is a match of the lowest we’ve ever tracked.

Literally everyone has a need for this handy gadget. It’s an ideal travel and bedside companion thanks to its compact design, 360-degree rotating plug, surge protection (918 joules) and two powered USB ports. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from more than 2,000 Amazon reviewers.

To check out our roundup of the best full-size power strips with USB ports, click here.

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August 29

Amazon is currently discounting its Fire TV streaming media player. Prices start at $84.99 for just the player and run up to $124.99 for the Gaming Edition. These are the best deals we’ve seen since Prime Day back in mid-July.

*Also available via Best Buy

Amazon Fire TV offers support for 4K Ultra HD video thanks to a quad-core processor, 2GB of memory and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It also has 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 200GB. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from nearly 16,000 Amazon reviewers.

It doesn’t include an HDMI cable, but that’s not a big deal since you can pick up one for only $5.

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August 26

The cost of college tuition in the U.S. is completely out of hand and soaring textbook prices are just adding insult to injury. Amazon wants to help you fight back by taking an extra $15 off new textbook orders of $100 or more when you apply coupon code TEXT15 during checkout. You can place a single order with multiple books in it to help you hit the $100 threshold. It’s not a huge amount of savings, but every little bit helps. Amazon sells textbooks for a range of subjects including business, computer science, law, education and more.

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August 25

Amazon has set out to make your next car purchase a little less painful. While not going all-in and actually selling cars directly (imagine ordering a Tesla with Prime shipping?!), it is looking to insert itself squarely into the pre and post purchase experience for car buyers.

Amazon Vehicles is “a car research destination and automotive community” with loads of specifications, high-quality images, reviews, pricing details and more for new and classic cars.

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Nomad offers its Pod portable Apple Watch battery pack in Silver for $29.99, but when you enter coupon code BTS25 at checkout your final price drops to just $22.47 shipped. Thats a substantial drop from its original price of $60. Instead of juggling a traditional USB power bank and lengthy cables while on-the-go, Nomad’s 1800mAh Pod provides a compact, all-in-one portable charging solution for your Apple Watch. During our review we found it to be a suitable solution for overcoming the disappointing 1-day battery life of Apple Watch.

The aforementioned coupon code (BTS25) will also take 25% off Nomad Plus for iPhone and Roadtrip car charger/battery with USB-C. More big discounts can be found in Nomad’s Outlet Sale.

ICYMI: Amazon has Nomad’s aluminum Apple Watch Stand on sale for $30 right now.

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