Lightning Stories June 22, 2016

When I reviewed SanDisk’s new Lightning to USB flash drive for iPhone back in April, I noted it was one of the best yet. Today the company is launching a new product that essentially offers the same functionality— extra storage for files that you can access from a companion iOS app— but in the form factor of a sleek iPhone 6/6s case.

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Lightning Stories June 17, 2016

expiredThis flash drive adds another 32GB to your iPhone or iPad thanks to Lightning + USB 3.0 connectivity: $36 (Reg. $50)

Sunvalleytek (100% positive feedback from 80,000+) via Amazon offers the HooToo 32GB USB 3.0 + Lightning Connector Flash Drive for $49.99. Applying coupon code 39HCIMFL drops the final price down to $35.99 Prime shipped. That’s good for a nearly 30% savings and the strongest discount that we’ve seen on this model.

Easily and quickly add portable storage to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for about $20 less than than SanDisk’s alternative. You’ll be able to stream music, movies or photos without clogging up your devices’ internal storage with the free iOS app. Read/write speeds top out at 80/30 MB/s. Rated 4.2/5 stars by 123 Amazon customers.

Lightning Stories June 14, 2016

expiredDon’t wait on the iPhone 7, these Philips headphones have a built-in Lightning cable: $140 shipped (Reg. $240+)

Amazon offers the Philips Fidelio M2L/27 High Resolution Headphones with Lightning Connector for $140 shipped. That’s good for $160 off the original listing, $35 less than our previous mention and the lowest that Amazon has ever sold them for.

With much discussion about Apple dropping the 3.5mm port on the next iPhone, these headphones will get you ahead of the game. There is a built-in digital-to-analog converter and amp for “optimized” sound no matter the source. An acoustically sealed design and 40mm drivers highlight the build alongside memory foam cushions. Rated 3.6/5 stars.

Lightning Stories May 11, 2016

expiredSmartphone Accessories: Apple MFi Certified OLALA 13000mAh power bank w/ built in Lightning cable $30, more

OLALA Gadgets (99% positive feedback) via Amazon offers the Apple MFi Certified OLALA 13000mAh power bank w/ built-in Lightning cable for $35.99, but when you use the coupon code S8JMRMZW the price drops to only $29.99 Prime shipped. That’s $6 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for it.

The built-in Lightning cable means you don’t need to bring an extra cable with you when you go out and the 13000mAh “ensures your Apple devices are fully charged whenever and wherever.” Rated 4.6/5 stars by 34 Amazon shoppers.

eCandy 3.3-ft. MFi Apple-Certified Lightning + microUSB Cable: $8 Prime shipped w/ code FF4CJB4D (Reg. $11) | Amazon

More accessory deals:

Deals still alive from yesterday:

Lightning Stories May 6, 2016

expiredSmartphone Accessories: 12000mAh Car Jump Starter $43, 2-pack RAVPower MFI Lightning Cables $7, more

GOOLOO (100% positive feedback) via Amazon offers its 12000mAh Car Jump Starter for only $42.99 shipped when you use the code ZL4SMI58 at checkout. That’s $27 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen it at Amazon.

This power bank can start up to 3L gas or 2.5L diesel engines up to 25 times with 400A peak current. It also has and LED flashlight you can use in emergencies and it comes with a 18-month warranty from GOOLOO. Rated 4.6/5 stars from 86 Amazon customers.

ICYMI: Charge your iPhone 6/s on-the-go with this RAVPower 3000mAh 2A MFi Battery Case for $24 Prime shipped (Reg. $36).

More accessory deals: 

2-pack of RAVPower Apple MFI Certified Lightning Cables $7 w/code DL5E9Q4D (Reg. $15) | Amazon (NOTE: Seller must be Unifun)

  • 1byone Genuine Leather Wallet Stand Folio Case for iPhone 6/s $10 (Reg. $19) | Amazon
    • w/ code 264IAPXE
  • JLab Crasher Mini Bluetooth Speaker $32 (Reg. $40) | JLab Audio
    • w/ code MYMOMROCKS
  • Definitive Technology Cube 3.1 Channel Bluetooth Speaker $100 (Orig. $400) | Newegg

Deals still alive from yesterday:

  • AUKEY Rugged Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker $26 w/ code LUVMOM55 (Reg. $36)| Amazon
  • AUKEY 3 in 1 Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens $10 w/ code LUVMOM99 | Amazon
  • AUKEY 5-Port Desktop Charging Station $20 w/ code LUVMOM03 | Amazon
  • AUKEY 4.8A Dual Port USB Car Charger $10 w/ code LUVMOM04 | Amazon

We also spotted a handful of glass screen protectors (two-pack, except iPad) over at TechMatte (100% positive feedback) via Amazon. There are item-specific promo codes for each and free shipping is available for Prime members or in orders of $49+.

Lightning Stories April 29, 2016

As someone that often carries around a portable battery or two when on-the-go for extended periods of time (because I don’t particularly like the added bulk of using a battery case), this new MagicMount product from Scosche looks very interesting.

A super slim magnetic pad goes on your phone, and the battery pack then magnetically attaches to it when needed and connects to your iPhone over a built-in Lightning connector or micro-USB for Android. That gives you the benefits of a battery case by having the portable battery attached to the device, but also allows you to easily remove it once you’ve added enough juice to your device.

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Lightning Stories April 27, 2016

expiredJBL OnBeat 50W Bluetooth Speaker w/ Lightning Dock: $115 shipped (Orig. $400)

JBL offers the JBL OnBeat Rumble Bluetooth Speaker with Lightning Connector for $114.99 with free two-day shipping. Today’s deal is $275 off the original MSRP, down $5 from our previous mention and the best price available.

The JBL OnBeat Rumble features Bluetooth connectivity, a Lightning connector for use with compatible Apple products, 50W of power and a down-firing subwoofer. This is an excellent combination speaker and dock for your kitchen, garage or outdoor space. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

Lightning Stories April 22, 2016

expiredDaily Deals: PNY 32GB Duo-Link USB Lightning Flash Drive $35, Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 Camera Bag $40, more

In today’s Daily Deals, we have from Best Buy the PNY 32GB Duo-Link USB Lightning Flash Drive for $34.99 shipped. That’s $25 off the original list price and the lowest we can find. It features a Lightning connector for iPhones and iPads and a slider to adjust between the connectors. Also available in 64GB for $49.99 shipped. That’s $30 off the list price and the lowest we’ve seen. Both drives are highly rated at Best Buy with 4/5 stars each from more than 20 reviewers.

This is similar to the SanDisk’s new iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone & iPad that we detailed yesterday.

More new deals for today:

Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 Camera Bag $40 (Orig. $140) | Best Buy

Continue on for more details on today’s top product and a roundup of our best deals:

Lightning Stories March 23, 2016

expiredSmartphone Accessories: Aukey 3600mAh Power bank with Lightning input $8, Bluetooth headphones $14, more

Aukey Direct via Amazon offers its Aukey 3600mAh Portable Charger External Battery with Lightning input for $9.99, but if you use the code YCOIWN27 the price will drop to $7.99 Prime shipped. That’s $38 off the original listing, $2 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen. 

With this ultra-portable power bank, you can use a single Lightning cable to power your device AND charge the external charger. It provides at least one full charge for most smartphones. Rated 4/5 stars by 117  Amazon shoppers. 

More Accessory Deals:

Pacuwi Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones $14 w/ code JVPDYA8F (Reg. $20) | Amazon

  • AUKEY Wireless FM Transmitter Radio Car Kit $7 w/ code FQ4N694S (Reg. $15) | Amazon
  • AUKEY 54W 5-Port USB Desktop Charging Station $18 w/ code 3PP6COR3 (Orig. $25)  | Amazon
  • GOOLOO 36 LED Work Light and 5-LED Flashlight $14 w/ code IVSYXYJD (Orig. $17) | Amazon
  • Samsung Fast Charging Car Charger with Micro USB Cable $10 (Orig. $40) | Groupon

Deals still alive from yesterday:

  • KMASHI 10,000mAh External Battery Power Bank $9 w/ code DZIBCBG3 (Reg. $14) 
  • Inateck 2-in-1 Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver Adapter $17 w/code 7AJ55NSM (Reg. $22)
  • BESTEK 8-Outlet Surge Protector with 4-Port USB Charger $20 w/code JSWST5DJ (Reg. $26)
  • Masione LED USB Gaming Keyboard $19 w/code NMSYVVPQ (Reg. $26)

Lightning Stories March 17, 2016

Update (3/17 11:30am): eCase via Amazon offers the KMASHI 5-port 50W 10A 5-port Charging Dock for $13.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $17) w/ code 4CS45X27.

ATC via Amazon offers the Lumsing 8,000mAh Portable Li-Polymer Power Bank for $14.99, but if you use the code 7IAHQ9SB the price drops to $9.99 Prime shipped. That’s $5 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for it at Amazon. It has a 5V/2.1A output interface, “ultra-thin brushed aluminum shell”, and a built-in LED flash light. Rated 4.1/5 stars from over 100 Amazon shoppers. 

Here are some other accessories we found on sale today:

TechMatte MagGrip Air Vent Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder

TechMatte MagGrip Air Vent Magnetic Universal Car Mount Holder $5 w/ code GBTVFIE4 (Reg. $7) | Amazon

  • TechMatte MagGrip 360 Air Vent Mount $6 w/ code BZ5IG5M7 (Reg. $10) | Amazon
  • Lumsing Quick Charge 2.0 USB Charger $15 w/code 7HQ6S7N4 (Reg. $20) | Amazon
  • Lumsing 40W 5-Port Desktop USB Charger $12 w/code GNX84M4V (Reg. $20) | Amazon
  • Lumsing Portable 10,050mAh Power Bank $10 w/ code WUYWWJU7 (Reg. $14) | Amazon
  • Apple 3-Ft. or 6-Ft. Lightning Cable with USB Car Charger from $10 (Orig. $45) | Groupon
  • FREMO 13,000mAh Power Bank $12 w/code MRHAG1519 (Reg. $25) | Newegg
  • Xiaomi USB Portable LED Light $1 (Reg. $5) | eBay

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Lightning Stories February 24, 2016

expiredMFi Apple-Certified Lightning cables: 10-foot for $11, 3-foot for $6, more

iOrange-E via Amazon has a 10-ft MFi Apple Certified Lightning cable for $14.99 but when you use the code 6AKB8ERF the price drops to $10.99 Prime shipped. That’s $4 off the sale price and the lowest we can find. It is the ideal length so you can still use your “iPhone or iPad while charging in your bedroom, sofa, office, even when you are on the backseat of the car.” Rated 3.6/5 stars and  a 1-year warranty applies. 

Other Power Deals at Amazon:

  • 10ft Lightning Cable Assorted colors $12 w/code 6CTBQBSR (Reg. $17)
  • Braided Lightning cable 3-ft $6  w/code WONB3PLD (Reg. $10)
  • KMASHI 10,000mAh External Power Bank $9 w/code JDI3KZ3Y (Reg. $13)

We have even more Lightning cables in our power roundup from yesterday. 

Lightning Stories February 23, 2016

expiredPower Deals: USB-C/Lightning Cables from $7 Prime shipped, 3-port 42W Desktop Charger $10 (Reg. $20), more

This morning, we’ve come across a handful of deals focused on powering some of the most popular mobile devices on the market today. From USB-C to Lightning cables, we have you covered.

First up, Cambond via Amazon offers its 6.6-foot Braided USB-C Cable for $12.99. Applying coupon code 8CB8S8E6 drops the final price to $7.99 Prime shipped. That’s a savings of 40% off the regular price and $1 less than our previous braided mention. Aside from being certified in Benson Leung’s program (see his review here), this cable is perfect for Android devices or a 12-inch MacBook. The braided nylon design provides extra protection from bending and wear. Rated 4.8/5 stars by 250 Amazon reviewers. 

More Cable Deals at Amazon:

  • iOrange USB-C 10-ft. Braided Nylon Cable: $9 w/ code LRHO92RD (Reg. $17)
  • iOrange USB-C 1-ft. Braided Nylon Cable: $7 w/ code XRMLKD4V (Reg. $11)
  • F-Color 6-ft. Slim MFi Lightning Cable: $8 w/ code 8BHPNZCD (Reg. $12)
    • white, blue, green, pink, yellow
  • Ace Teah 3-pack Braided Nylon microUSB Cables: $9 w/ code Q7LPI39R (Reg. $13)

Now for the chargers, GeekBuying via Amazon offers the Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 42W 3-port USB Wall Charger w/ 6-foot microUSB cable for $9.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $20) after promo code 3USBWALL is applied during checkout. That’s good for 50% off the regular going rate and the best price available. This Tronsmart wall charger features up to 2.4A charging speeds, is QC 2.0 compatible, and includes a 6-foot microUSB cable. Rated 4.4/5 stars by over 200 Amazon customers.

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We also spotted the Tontec USB Microphone for $4.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $8) w/ code 6EOV9ASE.

Lightning Stories February 17, 2016

expiredAmazon offers the DxO 20.2MP Lightning iPhone/iPad Camera for $380 shipped (Reg. $490+)

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering the DxO ONE 20.2MP Digital Connected Camera for iPhone and iPad for $379.99 shipped (matched on Best Buy’s official eBay Store). That’s $220 below the original $600 price tag, $20 under our previous mention, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best price we can find by $200 or more. Rated 3.7/5 stars from nearly 80 Amazon customers.

Lightning Stories November 16, 2015

iO-Teck-US via Amazon offers the Apple MFi Certified 3.1A 4ft Coiled Lightning Car Charger for $19.99, but when you enter the code GRCIHFU4 at checkout, the price drops to $11.99 Prime shipped. That’s $8 off the regular sale price and the lowest we can find it. With Apple MFi certification you are assured complete charge and sync compatibility with iPhones and iPads. “The retractable coiled cord is made for easy storage, tangle resistance and better cable management”. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.4/5 stars

Omaker-Reversible-Lightning-Cable

Omaker Offivcial via Amazon offers the Omaker 3.3-ft Apple-Certified MFi Nylon Braided Lightning Cable with Reversible USB Port for $10.99. Apply coupon code 8JWSSURK during checkout to drop your final price down to $8.99 Prime shipped. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars from 142 Amazon reviewers. expand full story

Lightning Stories October 31, 2015

expiredApple Certified MFi Lightning cables – lowest ever Monoprice. Stock up on 3′ for $2/ea, 6′ for $3/ea w/$2 flat shipping

If you are like me, you lose iPhone and iPad lightning cables like it’s your job. You literally can’t have enough of these things lying around. From time to time we find deals saving a bunch of money and you might buy one or 2 of these but then you need one again in a few weeks/months.

Monoprice Sale on Lightning cables will fix all of that. The favorite company of techies is selling Apple Certified Lightning cables for unheard of prices this weekend. The way it is laid out means you can really buy in bulk. Grab:

Monoprice will add $1.99 to your order for shipping meaning that you can still get out the door with a $4 lightning cable. But really you want to stockpile here. Buying 10 3-foot cables comes to $19.90 + $2 shipping. That’s what Apple charges for 1 Lightning cable!

Need dem 6-foot cables? Snap up 10 for $29.90 and $2 shipping.

Going big? Awesome! Grab ANOTHER $15 off $75 purchase w/code RTM15

Want to shop at Amazon? NP. 3 MFi cables for $8.97 should sort you out.

Lightning Stories October 27, 2015

expiredOLALA 6,000mAh Ultra Slim Power Bank w/ built-in MFi Lightning Cable $24 Prime shipped (Reg. $30)

OLALA gadgets via Amazon offers its 6,000mah Ultra Slim Power Bank w/ built-in MFi Lightning Cable for $29.99, but when you use the code BL3UY33F the price drops to $23.99 Prime shipped. That’s $6 off the regular sale price and a match to our previous mention for the lowest we’ve seen for it.

The dual output allows you to charge two devices at full speed simultaneously. It can charge the iPhone 6 Plus 1.4 times, iPhone 6 2.3 times, iPhone 5 3 times and iPad mini once. It received 4.9/5 stars from Amazon shoppers and we reviewed it favorably at 9to5Mac. 

Lightning Stories September 8, 2015

expiredAmazon Gold Box – Sandisk SSD, memory card & flash storage up to 60% off: 128GB Flash Drive $30 (Orig. $60), more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering up to 60% off select SanDisk Storage products. At the time of writing there are about 20 different choices of discounted flash drives, solid state drives, memory cards and more. That number will likely dwindle as the day goes on, so be sure to jump on these soon if you’re interested. On top of being the best price we can find, everything in the sale ships free for Prime members or on orders over $35:

Here are our top picks from the sale:

Lightning Stories August 25, 2015

expiredCambond 10-foot braided MFi Apple-certified Lightning cable in black $11 Prime shipped (Reg. $17), more

Cambond via Amazon is offering its 10-foot Apple Certified MFi braided Lightning to USB cable in black for $16.99, but code LV7J8ND7 will drop your total down to $10.99. It ships free for Prime members or on orders over $35. That’s as much as $10 under some bloated listings, $6 under the regular Amazon price and the best we can find.

This MFi cable is compatible with all your iOS devices, has a “rapid” 2.4A max charge and a 12-month warranty. It has a 4.4/5 star rating from over 70 Amazon customers.

iTech Deals also has 10-foot Apple MFi-Certified Nylon Lightning Bungee Cables in multiple colors for $5.75 shipped (Orig. $30) using code MFI8PIN during checkout.

If you’re not into the braid or looking for some other color options, we have more Lightning deals in our previous roundup. You’ll also want to checkout our roundup for the coolest Apple-certified MFi Lightning cables and the the best ultra tough Lightning cables you can buy for your iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Lightning Stories August 7, 2015

expiredDaily Deals: JBL OnBeat Micro Speaker Dock with Lightning Connector $23, Samsung 850 Pro 256GB 2.5″ SATA III Internal SSD $120, more

In this morning’s Daily Deals, we have from Meh the JBL OnBeat Micro Speaker Dock with Lightning Connector for $18+$5 shippingThat’s $13 less than Amazon and the lowest we can find.

It features:

  • Built-in Lightning docking connector
  • JBL full-range transducers
  • Fully digital signal path with digital signal processing
  • Battery and AC Power: Power Up to 5 hours using four AAA batteries, USB Port
  • 1/8-Inch (3.5mm) stereo input

It received 4.4/5 stars from Amazon shoppers.

More new deals for today:

Samsung 850 Pro-Series 256GB 2.5-inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive: $119.99 shipped (Reg. $150) | Adorama via eBay

Continue on for a roundup of our best deals:

Lightning Stories August 5, 2015

expiredDaily Deals: Logitech Harmony Smart Wireless Keyboard $70, JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speakers $30, more

In this morning’s Daily Deals, we have from Best Buy the Logitech Harmony Smart Wireless Keyboard for $69.99 shipped. That’s $80 off the original list price, $19 less than Amazon’s current listing and the lowest we can find. The keyboard can control cable TV, Apple TV, Roku, Sonos, Amazon Fire TV, and more. It received 3/5 stars from Amazon shoppers.

More new deals for today:

Select JBL Clip Portable Bluetooth Speakers $30 (Orig. $50) | Best Buy

Aukey Ultra Slim Synthetic Leather Case for iPad Air $2 w/code U5D7ERCX | Amazon

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Lightning Stories August 4, 2015

There are plenty of options out there for powering your iPhone or iPad. But sometimes a plain old white or black cable won’t do the job. If you’re in need of some more style, we’ve rounded up the best (and coolest) looking Apple-certified MFi Lightning cables out there. We have highlighted many different manufacturers that use a variety of materials such as fabric, leather and nylon to deliver a unique look to help you standout from the crowd. Head below for our top picks.

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Lightning Stories July 23, 2015

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)

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.

Apple Certified Cambond® 8 Pin Data Sync Lightning CableNext, 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:

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Lightning Stories July 22, 2015

expiredZAGG iPhone 6 Speaker Case w/ built-in Bluetooth speaker, battery and mic $60 shipped (Reg. $100)

The new ZAGG Protective + Power & Speaker case for iPhone 6 is getting one of its first discounts since we spotted at CES this year. ZAGG direct is offering its iPhone 6 Speaker Case in black or silver for $59.99 shipped today. That’s $40 off the original $100 price tag and the best we can find.

Not only does it have a removable built-in Bluetooth speaker to amplify your calls and music, it has a mute button, mic, and a rechargeable 1800mAh battery. You can either charge your phone or “share the power to a micro USB or Lightning™ device via the universal USB port.” 

Due to how new this device is, there are very few reviews available, but it made quite a stir when it appeared at CES.

Lightning Stories July 20, 2015

We have all certainly experienced this dreadful feeling at some point: accidentally catching your iPhone or Android’s charging cord with your foot, sending your device helplessly spinning across the room until it strikes the floor. Apple has long had MagSafe technology as a part of its laptop power supplies, although it may be on its way out, but it has yet to find its way to iPhone or iPad. The same is true of Android devices, we’ve come so far and yet our phones are easily turned into sling shots with an accidental trip of the cord.

Enter ZNAPS. A new Kickstarter project that is bringing the same concept of MagSafe to any Lightning or microUSB charging cable. Based on the response from the Kickstarter community thus far, there are a lot of users that desire this type of connectivity.  expand full story

Lightning Stories July 9, 2015

expiredFenix 3-foot MFi Certified Lightning Cable $5 shipped (Reg. $10)

Bastexwireless via Amazon has the Fenix 3-foot MFi Certified Lightning Cable in black for $9.99. Apply coupon code PJ4MGBQV at checkout to drop the final price down to $4.99 shipped. This is one of the best prices that we have ever seen for a 3-foot MFi Certified cable.

Now is the time to pick up some extra cables for your home, office, car or just to stuff in your bag when you’re out on the road. Rated 4.8/5 stars.

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