Power Stories March 8, 2016

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

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

Power Stories July 1, 2015

expiredCheck your iPhone battery levels from your Apple Watch for free with Power app (Reg. $1)

It didn’t take long for Power – the iPhone battery monitoring app for Apple Watch – to see a price drop. After being released two weeks ago for $0.99, it is available today for free for the first time in celebration of Canada Day.

This handy app allows Apple Watch users to see the battery levels of their iPhone on their wrist, either as a glance or within the app. It is a simple app that comes in handy particularly when charging your iPhone in another room, as Apple Watch can still communicate with its paired device when on the same Wi-Fi network. As we noted when Power was first released, this takes the guess work out of knowing the battery levels of your iPhone, something that was previously not possible from Apple Watch.

Power has been rated 4/5 stars by iOS users since its release.

Be sure to visit our daily game/app roundups for all the best deals across every platform including a new free iOS app courtesy of Apple and the Free App of the Week.

Power Stories June 22, 2015

Today only, Woot has the Cuisinart Stainless Steel Hollow Handle 15-piece knife block set (C77SS-15PK) for $49.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $25+ under the original listing, $15 below Amazon, within $5 of the lowest we’ve seen it go for and best current price available.

It has carbon stainless steel blades, ergonomic stainless steel handles, and includes a sharpening steel, kitchen shears, paring knives and much more. This set includes a Limited Lifetime warranty from Cuisinart and has received a 4.5/5 star rating from over 130 Amazon customers.

Amazon has the Oral-B PRO 1000 Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush for $24 with free shipping for Prime members (free trial) or on orders of $35 or more. That’s more than $35 under the original listing, around $10 under the lowest average selling prices and the best we can find.

This simple rechargeable toothbrush features a pressure sensor/indicator, in-handle timer and is “clinically proven to remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.” It has a 4.5/5 star rating from over 2,000 customers. You can save up to $30 on a wide selection of toothbrushes from Oral-B right now Amazon, plus savings on brush replacements and more.

Down below you’ll find the rest of today’s best home deals including kitchen faucets, Amazon gift cards, LED bulbs, cookware, portable generators and more: expand full story

Power Stories December 4, 2014

expiredHome: Oral-B Bluetooth electric toothbrush $80 (orig. $130), Dyson Hot+Cool fan (refurb) $150 (orig. $400), more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering the Oral-B Pro 5000 SmartSeries with Bluetooth Electric Rechargeable Power Toothbrush for $79.99 shipped. That’s over $53 or 40% under the original listing, between $25 and $50 under the next best prices and the lowest we’ve seen on this smart electric toothbrush.

As “the worlds first of its kind,” the Oral-B SmartSeries toothbrush communicates over Bluetooth with your smartphone. It offers real-time feedback to help you focus on your most important areas, notifications for when you brush to hard, and tracks your habits over time to provide “helpful oral care tips.”

It has received a 4.4/5 star rating from nearly 60 Amazon customers. For other options, Best Buy has the Philips Sonicare 2 Series Bonus Pack for $39.99 shipped (orig. $70, lowest we can find), and you can also grab up to $30 off select Oral-B and Crest products right now as part of Amazon’s Cyber Week sale.

Woot has the factory refurbished Dyson AM04 Hot + Cool fan/heater in blue or white for $149.99 + $5 flat rate shipping. That’s $445 under the original listing, $166 under Amazon’s new price and the lowest we can find.

The AM04 uses Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology which provides reliable operation as well as being safe for kids and cleaning with no blades or exposed heating elements. It has “precise” temperature settings in cool and hot conditions using an “intelligent thermostat.” While reviews seem to be somewhat split at 3.4/5 stars from 120 Amazon customers, this is the lowest we’ve seen a Dyson Hot + Cool fan go for, which still sell for up to $300 and $400 brand new.

Head below for for the rest of today’s deals including safes, electric shavers, cookware and more:

Power Stories September 30, 2014

uNu DX iPhone 5/5s 2300mAh MFi protective battery case (multiple colors) $40 shipped (Reg. $80)

Amazon has the uNu Power DX external protective battery case for iPhone 5/5s in black, red or white for $39.99 shipped. That’s around $40 or 50% under the original listing, $39 under the going rate direct from uNu and matching the best prices we’ve ever seen outside of a one day sale when it was $4 less. This is the lowest price Amazon has ever offered this highly rated case.

The MFi DX cases come with a 2300mAh built-in battery for an “additional 10 hours of talk time” and features a 1A powerful output, integrated charging switch, battery level LED indicators and a bonus screen protector. Wirecutter ranks this battery case as its second best option. The $48 Lenmar Meridian battery case took top honors.

It has received a 3.8/5 star rating from nearly 1,000 Amazon customers. With your savings, uNu has a number of additional battery packs for even more juice on the go. Looking for iPhone 6 accessories? Here are a couple roundups for the best case and dock options for Apple’s latest.

More from uNu:

Our (2300mAh) battery brings you power like never before. With the ability to charge the iPhone 5 an additional 100%, the DX-5 gives you an additional 10 hours of talk time or 8 hours of additional web-browsing. The DX-5 has got your power concerns covered.

We dropped the phone on this one…thousands of times, to ensure that every conceivable effort has been made to make the DX-5 a complete 360° of protective armor. With an additional lip that surrounds the screen, extra-strength corner protection, and a provided screen protector, the DX-5 is ready for almost anything.

Our (2300mAh) battery brings you power like never before. With the ability to charge the iPhone 5 an additional 100%, the DX-5 gives you an additional 10 hours of talk time or 8 hours of additional web-browsing. The DX-5 has got your power concerns covered.

Combining geometrical shapes and the anatomy of the human body, our designers created the perfect blend of beauty and function. With an ergonomic hand-feel, subtle color tones, and easy-to-use functionality, the DX-5 has the style to impress just about anyone.

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