Dan DeSilva

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October 6

Best Buy takes 25% off your order when you buy at least 3 eligible smartphone, computer and tablet accessories ($10+). There are literally thousands of different products to choose from so you shouldn’t have any problem reaching the 3 item requirement.

Most notably, official Apple accessories qualify for the discount, while headphones, speakers, Bose products and clearance/open-box items are on the exclusions list. Other eligible standouts include popular products from big names like Belkin, Logitech and mophie. The extra savings will be automatically applied to your order as soon as you add 3 (or more) eligible accessories to your shopping cart. Many of these items (especially the Apple ones) are very rarely discounted, if at all.

Just bought a new iPhone, iPad or Mac? Use today’s offer to buy some must-have accessories. Here are some of the best deals we’ve found so far (again, you must order at least 3 items to get these sale prices):

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October 5

Amazon’s Kindle lineup is the gold standard of E-readers. And right now Prime members can save up to $50 on all Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage models. The discount is automatically applied during checkout for eligible shoppers.

Bookworms rejoice! This morning Amazon announced that Prime members now receive unlimited access to thousands of books, magazines, comics and more. If you’re not yet a Prime member, head over to this promo page to kick-start a free trial.

Use your savings to take advantage of Amazon’s latest Kindle eBook discounts or subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

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October 4


Not everyone is comfortable using an ultra-thin case or full-body skin to protect their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Sometimes you need extra drop protection and you’ll only get that with a case like OtterBox. Despite being released just a few weeks ago, Amazon currently has three OtterBox iPhone 7/Plus cases available at solid discounts. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on orders of at least $49. Here’s the breakdown:

For iPhone 7:

  • OtterBox Defender Series (Black): $37.99 (Reg. $50)
  • OtterBox Commuter Series (Black): $35.99 (Reg. $40)
    • *It was cheaper yesterday, but today’s price is the best currently available

For iPhone 7 Plus:

Rough on your gear? Use your savings from today’s deal to buy Anker’s extra tough braided Lightning cable. It’s one of our favorites.

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October 3

September 30

For most Apple fans, the decision to upgrade to iPhone 7 is a no-brainer. But deciding how to protect it? Well, that’s an entirely different story. If you’re a minimalist who likes a bit of protection while not hiding the iPhone’s sleek design, you may want to consider going with a skin. We’ve partnered with Slickwraps to bring 9to5Toys readers an exclusive 35% discount on the company’s entire lineup of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus skins. Just enter coupon code 9to5 during checkout to activate your savings.

Choose from a range of designs including carbon fiber, wood, metal, stone, glow-in-the-dark (!) and many others. There’s even a clear skin available in gloss or matte finish, which is as close to going naked as you’ll get while still having some protection. A full front and back iPhone 7 skin sells for $22.95, but today’s deal drops it down to just $14.91. Shipping will run you about $3.

Looking to protect and add some style to your other gadgets? Today’s coupon code will work on any Slickwraps skin (MacBook, iPad, Beats, etc).

Related: The best ultra-thin iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus cases

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September 28

Just days after Roku announced its latest lineup and on the cusp of a new Chromecast, Amazon has taken the wraps off an updated Fire TV Stick. Amazon’s new streamer costs $40 and now comes with an Alexa Voice Remote. The previous model was priced at $35 or $45 with the Voice Remote. It also received a big upgrade in the speed department (up to 30% faster) going from a dual-core to quad-core processor and 802.11a/b/g/n to 802.11ac Wi-Fi. No doubt, it’ll be popular with cord cutters looking to bring streaming content into more rooms of their house on the cheap.

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is now available for pre-order and is slated to begin shipping on October 20. Streaming media players aren’t usually a hot product to pre-order but you may want to consider it this time around. Amazon is offering free content worth up to $65 to anyone who buys and activates their Fire TV Stick by October 31. The free content isn’t just fluff either, being anchored by a $10 Amazon Video credit and also including one month of Sling TV plus 2 months of Hulu. Full promo terms can be found on the Fire TV Stick product page.

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Apple’s iPhone 7/Plus can withstand water, but they are still just as prone to scratches and screen breakage as previous generations (even more so for Jet Black!). Its gorgeous, slim design makes it super tempting to use without a case, but we all know that’s just asking for trouble. To that end, you don’t have to cover your iPhone 7 in a bulky case.

We’ve sifted through nearly every iPhone 7 case currently on the market and plucked out the thinnest options. Here’s what we’ve found:

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September 21

Now that you’ve finally gotten your mitts on iPhone 7, it’s high time that you pick up some fresh Lightning cables. Today you can get a 3.3-ft Apple-certified MFi Lightning cable by Mpow for just $3.99 Primed shipped when you enter coupon code 5OIJ4SYW at checkout. Or buy a 2-pack for $7.99 Prime shipped with coupon code HZ4AQL26. While you’re on Amazon, go ahead and buy this 5-pack of Aukey Micro-USB cables for $2.99 with coupon code AU5CABLE to keep your Android devices juiced up.

Don’t hesitate to take a chance on these cables. Mpow is known for making high-quality gadgets and accessories.

Also available: Key 3.4A Dual Travel Wall Charger w/ 3.2-ft MFi Lightning Cable $5.49 (Reg. $10) w/ coupon code LNLRW29F.

And be sure to check out our previous roundups if you’re looking for a specific style Lightning cable:

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Update (9/21 5:515pm): You may need to select Amazon as the seller to get the discounted price of $39.49 for the Black model.

The arrival of watchOS 3 has drastically improved Apple’s wearable. So much so that you’ve probably fallen back in love with Apple Watch and are going to bring it everywhere with you now. That’s where the Twelve South TimePorter comes into play. Currently on sale for just $39.49 in Black or White, this Apple Watch travel case and charging stand typically sells for $50. This deal is the first meaningful price drop we’ve seen since it was released earlier this year. Free shipping is available for Prime members and on all orders of at least $49.

TimePorter is a practical travel case for Apple Watch, safely storing a charging cable, extra bands (prices have really fallen), USB charger and other small accessories. When you get to a hotel just insert your charging puck into the top opening and TimePorter turns into a multi-angle charging stand. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars from Amazon reviewers.

While it doesn’t include a power source, you can use your savings from today’s deal to buy this mini USB power bank that’ll fit right inside TimePorter.

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September 20


September 19

Under Armour is taking an extra 25% off its Outlet items for men, women and kids. The sale features a variety of athleisure wear including t-shirts, hoodies, sports bras, long sleeve shirts, training shoes and various workout accessories. It’s not often that we see sweeping discounts on Under Armour apparel. Fall has already arrived and winter will be here before you know it. Take advantage of these sale prices to get ready for cold-weather activities. Free standard shipping is available for all orders (no minimum!). Popular styles and sizes are beginning to sell out so don’t wait to complete your order. Here’s a look at our top picks for men:

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Amazon offers the Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker in a range of colors for $149.99 with free shipping. Also available via Walmart and Best Buy. Today’s deal is $50 less than the regular price and a match of the best we’ve seen. This speaker is one of our must-haves thanks to its waterproof design, impressive battery life and huge sound. Its companion mobile app allows you to pair multiple speakers, set music alarms and run updates so you can grab new features as soon as they roll out. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 700 Amazon reviewers.

Missed it? The smaller, yet also waterproof UE Roll 2 is currently being discounted. Get it for $79.99 shipped (Reg. $100) via Amazon.

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