Power Stories March 8, 2016

House powered by Prius

The Prius powering our home during Hurricane Sandy

Our town got hit hard during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Our home lost power for almost 2 weeks and I hadn’t purchased a generator for our house. Time to move into a hotel, right?

Nope.

I had a couple of small inverters and a Toyota Prius with a full 10 gallon tank of gas that kept our house lit and computers/phones/internet on for the better part of 2 weeks. I even had enough power for some Halloween lights… expand full story

Power Stories December 15, 2015

expiredAnker USB Power Deals: Astro E7 26,800mAh Power Bank $40 (Reg. $60), Braided Nylon MFi Lightning Cables from $8, more

Anker has launched another round of USB deals as its Holiday Sale at Amazon comes to a close. We have spotted a couple of notable price drops that are all-time lows or matches of Black Friday offerings. If you’re running slim on Christmas ideas, grab a few of these deals, it will be appreciated by your friends and family. As always at Amazon, free shipping is available for Prime members or on orders of $35+.

First, you’ll find the Anker Astro E7 26,800mAh 3-port 4A External Power Bank for $39.99 after promo code XVPW37Z6 is applied during checkout. That’s a savings of $20 off the regular going rate and a match of Black Friday for the lowest price we’ve seen. Features include 26,800mAh of power, 3-port design, up to 3A per port and 4A total plus a 18-month warranty. Rated 4.7/5 stars by nearly 1,300 Amazon customers.

Next, Anker is offering its Nylon Braided MFi Apple-Certified Lightning Cables in three different colors on discount. The 3-ft model is available for $7.99 (Reg. $10) after coupon code S4TK7RQX while the longer 6-ft. can be had for $9.99 (Reg. $14) with code YM3TYP53Note: Rose Gold not eligible for this discount. Anker’s Lightning Cables have gone through Apple’s MFi-certification process, so you know it’s safe to use with your devices. A 18-month warranty is included. Rated 4.6/5 stars by 583 Amazon customers.

Additional USB Power Deals at Amazon:

  • Inateck Dual-USB Charger w/ built-in MFi Lightning Cable: $13 w/ code 5QHLBSPP (Reg. $20)
  • Anker Astro E5 16,000mAh Dual-USB 3A Power Bank: $26 w/ code ANKER1E5 (Reg. $33)
  • Anker PowerCore+ 13,400mAh Dual-USB 4.8A: $30 w/ code R8Q7CDBZ (Reg. $40)
  • Anker PowerPort+ 1 Quick Charge 3.0 18W Wall Charger: $20 w/ code 6IN7TWSI (Reg. $26)
  • Anker PowerDrive 2 4.8A Dual-USB Car Charger: $7 w/ code AFR9OSYQ (Reg. $8)
  • Anker 3-pack PowerLine 3-ft. MicroUSB Cables: $8 w/ code 2SWXFJ3G (Reg. $10)
  • Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 Wall Charger + MicroUSB cable: $6.50 w/ code PICCIE72 (Reg. $15)

Power Stories November 10, 2015

expiredAnker PowerCore Dual-USB Power Banks: 10,400mAh $16 (Reg. $20) or 15,600mAh $23 (Reg. $29)

Update (11/11 2:00pm): Keep your devices charged while on-the-go: Poweradd 4.2A/21W Three USB-Port Car Charger w/ built-in MicroUSB cable $2.99 prime shipped after coupon code 23WPMGYA (Reg. $10). Available in Black or White.

Next up, Anker Direct via Amazon offers a couple of nice deals on its PowerCore High Capacity Portable Power Banks. You can grab the 10,400mAh capacity for $15.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $20) with promo code XCWT4JFT. The larger 15,600mAh model can be had for $22.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $29) when code FS9CBYX9 is applied during checkout.

These power banks have two USB ports and are capable of charging speeds up to 2.4 amps. The smaller model can charge an iPhone 6/s four times, while the larger model can power the same device up to five times. Rated 4.8/5 stars by 570 Amazon customers.

Be sure to grab a couple microUSB cables or a braided Lightning cable to complete your setup.

Power Stories October 29, 2015

expiredPower Bank Deals: Aukey 20,000mAh Dual USB $22 Prime shipped (Reg. $30), more

Aukey Direct via Amazon offers its 20,000mAh Dual USB External Power Bank for $29.99. Applying coupon code XWLOGID4 drops the final price to $21.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders of $35+. That’s good for just over 25% off the regular price and the lowest current offering we can find.

This battery pack has a 20,000mAh capacity, which will charge your iPhone up to nine times and an iPad once. It has a dual USB design with 2A and 1A ports. A charging cable and 18-month warranty are included with purchase. Rated 4.3/5 stars by over 400 Amazon customers.

Other Power Deals at Amazon w/ Prime shipping:

Power Stories October 16, 2015

expiredUSB Power Deals: Anker 15,600mAh Dual USB 4.8A $22 (Reg. $31), more

Aukey Direct via Amazon has its 3,300mAh Aluminum Alloy Portable External Battery Charger for $4.99 with free shipping for Prime members (free trial) or on orders of $35+. It regularly goes for up to $15 and today’s deal is the lowest that Amazon has ever sold it for. This external battery will be a perfect companion to your Apple device with its matching aluminum casing. An 18-month warranty is included. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Next up, AnkerDirect via Amazon offers its PowerCore 15,600mAh Dual USB 4.8A Power Bank in black for $28.99 or white for $31.99.  Applying coupon code VI2VAM27 drops the price on both models to $21.99 Prime shipped. That’s good for up to $9 off the regular price, $1 better than our previous mention and the lowest we’ve seen it go for. Features include 4.8A dual USB output, LED battery level display and a 18-month warranty. Rated 4.8/5 stars by 310 Amazon customers.

The 11,000mAh 400A Portable Car Jump Starter and Power Bank from Bestek is on sale at Amazon for $39.99 shipped when promo code U8RP5AVI is applied at checkout. That’s a savings of $20 off the regular price and the lowest we can currently find it. This best-selling power bank will jump start your vehicle and provide hours of battery life for your electronic devices. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

In need of extra microUSB cables for all your devices? Be sure to grab this five-pack with varying lengths for $4.99 Prime shipped after promo code OTRMS5ZX is applied at checkout.

More Power Deals at Amazon w/ Prime shipping:

Power Stories July 20, 2015

znaps-kickstarter-campaign

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

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