Rugged Stories March 14, 2016

expiredSmartphone Accessories: Kmashi 15,000mAh Power Bank $13, Aukey Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker $15, more

Update (3/14 12:30pm): Sunvalleytek (98% feedback rating from 196,860 buyers) via Amazon offers a 3-ft RAVPower MFi Apple-Certified Lightning Cable for $3.99 Prime shipped when you enter coupon code VSLDMVJH during checkout. Note: you must select the $11.99 listing sold by Sunvalleytek for the discount to work.

eCase via Amazon offers the Kmashi 15,000mAh Dual-USB Power Bank for $12.50 Prime shipped after you use the code 5MMDPK5C at checkout. That’s $7 less than our mention from last month and $36 off the original list price. It features a 2-amp USB port, 1-amp USB port, status LED lights, and a microUSB cable. Rated 4.3/5 stars from over 5,500 Amazon shoppers.

More USB Power banks:

Misc. Accessories:

Aukey Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker $15 w/code FB7I6554 (Orig. $22) | Amazon

  • Tronsmart 5-Port USB Charger Charging Station $24 w/code USBTITAN (Orig. $38) | Amazon
  • Kingtop 3-Port USB Car Charger $7 w/ code 8VCFM9ET (Orig. $12) | Amazon
  • OnTek Bluetooth Receiver with Microphone $10 (Orig. $50) | Groupon
  • Cambond 10-ft. Nylon MFi Lightning Cable: $11 w/ code EQWI88GH (Reg. $17) | Amazon
  • 6.6ft Reversible USB A to USB C Cable $8 w/ code Q2KEJS8N (Orig. $12) | Amazon
  • 5-Pack of Galaxy S6 Cases $8 w/ code 54FON594 (Reg. $10) | Amazon

Rugged Stories September 23, 2015

I-Venstar via Amazon offers its Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $34.99. When you use the coupon code D7WOZK62 the price drops to $25.99 Prime shipped. That’s $9 off the sale price and the lowest it’s been offered at Amazon. This heavy duty Bluetooth and NFC speaker is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof. The powerful 3600mAh built-in lithium battery provides up to 10 hours of playback time and a standard USB jack lets you use it as a power bank. It received 4.4/5 stars from over 300 Amazon shoppers. 

Altec Lansing The Jacket Bluetooth Speaker iMW455We also found at Tanga The Jacket Bluetooth Speaker by Altec Lancing for $39.99 + $3.99 shipping. That’s more than half off the original list price, $10 less than Amazon and the lowest we can find. It has an on-board microphone for hands-free calling, a 3.5mm AUX in connector for non-Bluetooth devices, and a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery that provides 8 hours of battery life. Also it includes rugged interchangeable rubberized jackets in black and red. Amazon shoppers gave it 4.3/5 stars.

Here are a few others we found today:

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Rugged Stories September 4, 2015

expirediPhone 6 Rugged Supcase w/ holster and screen protector (multiple colors) from $9 Prime shipped (Reg. $20)

We have a few discounted iPhone 6 case today starting with the iPhone 6 Supcase Rugged Holster Cover with Built-in Screen Protector for $8.99 with free shipping for Prime members or on orders over $35. You’ll also find the white/gray, green and blue models for $10.99 each Prime shipped.

That’s around 50% under the regular $20 listings and the best we can find for all three. These cases are for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and feature a built-in screen protector, dual layer polycarbonate hard shell and flexible TPU to withstand accidental drop, bump and shock accidents. All of your iPhone’s features are accessible and it comes with a belt clip holster.

These cases have received a 4.3/5 stars from nearly 2,800 Amazon customers.

Rugged Stories December 3, 2014

expiredECOXGEAR Rugged/Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in black $60 shipped (orig. $130)

Amazon is offering the ECOXGEAR Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker in black (ECOXBT) for $59.99 shipped. That’s $70 or 54% under the original listing, between around $20 and $40 below the average selling prices and the lowest we’ve seen on this particular model.


  • Stream music up to 33-Feet/10 m.
  • Pairs easily to your iPhone, Android devices, Kindle Fire, laptops
  • 100% waterproof acoustically engineered and sealed speaker enclosure
  • Up to ten-hours straight of unplugged music
  • The ECOXBT is a fantastic Bluetooth speaker and a crystal clear speakerphone. Utilize the built in waterproof microphone and enjoy hands free calls anywhere in your home, office, car, and even on your outdoor weekend adventure.

This model has received a 4.2/5 star rating from nearly 1,000 Amazon customers. You’ll find more speakers in Amazon’s Cyber Week offerings.

More on the ECOXGEAR Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker:

If you enjoy your music wherever you go then Grace Digital’s ECOXGEAR line of products is the choice for you. Looking for a wireless Bluetooth speaker system then the ECOXBT is your perfect portable solution. The ECOXBT wirelessly connects to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop providing a rugged and waterproof mobile Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone solution. The ECOXBT is not just water resistant but actually 100% waterproof. So don’t worry if it gets knocked in the pool, falls off the boat, drops into the river, lake or ocean. It even floats! An Aux-in jack on the back of the unit provides the option to physically connect any iPhone, smartphone, mp3 player or any audio source with an audio out jack.

Wireless Sound Anywhere

There is really no place that the ECOXBT speaker will not go. Take it to the beach, hiking and backpacking, or on your camping or boating trip. If you can get there, the ECOXBT will be there with you. The ECOXBT features Bluetooth EDR 2.1 that delivers audio wirelessly to the two built-in full-range stereo speakers and microphone, allowing you to listen to your favorite tunes or take a phone call, wherever you are.

Bluetooth and Wired Connectivity

The ECOXBT will additionally play music from non-Bluetooth-enabled portable devices via the 1/8″ (3.5mm) auxiliary in jack located on the rear of the ECOXBT. The Aux-in jack connects your audio source to the full-range stereo speakers. (Note: the ECOXBT’s phone function is not active when your device is only connected via the Aux-in jack.)

Rugged Industrial Design

The rugged industrial design protects the built-in speakers from the elements when you’re outdoors. The polycarbonate outer shell and rubber over mold make the ECOXBT waterproof and shock resistant while the black stainless steel speaker grill cover protects the speaker cones from damage.

Detachable Carabineer

The ECOXBT comes with a carabineer to clip on to your backpack to keep your hands free. Clip the case to the top of your tent, to a tree while sitting by the camp fire, or basically wherever you can click it.

How It Works

The ECOXBT runs on a built-in rechargeable Lithium 1800mAh battery, as well as on the included USB to AC power adapter. The rechargeable battery provides over 10 hours of listening at average volume, and fully recharges in only 2 hours. Top panel LED indicators share information about power status, Bluetooth pairing, and charging status.

Rugged Stories October 8, 2014

Newegg offers the rooCASE heavy duty stand case for the iPhone 6/6 Plus (your choice of color) for a low $6.99 shipped. They also offer a variety of other cases at the same discounted price. That’s 65% off the regular price and $13 less than most other retailers.

The rugged stand case features a dual layer polycarbonate hard shell with flexible TPU inner core that provides protection from drops and scratches. Also, it includes a built-in kickstand. The case is designed specifically for the iPhone 6 (4.7-Inch) and is constructed out of a shock absorbent, shatterproof, and anti-scratch material.  You still have access to all buttons, connectors, speakers and the camera. Also, there is a built-in kickstand on the back for easy landscape viewing.

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Rugged Stories August 16, 2014

expiredDaily Deals: Philips 40″ 1080p Smart TV: $255, Urchin Bluetooth Speaker: $55, 4 USB port power station: $15, more

The Daily Deal Roundup pulls the best Daily Deals (meaning you only have until Midnight) from our Daily Deal finder every morning at 9am.


Westinghouse 55″  LED 1080p 120Hz HDTV $449.99 (Reg. $549.99) | Best Buy

TOCCs 7800mAh Quad Power Station with 4 USB Charging Ports, Overcharge Protection & Double Polished Design for USB Devices $15 (Reg. $50) | Daily Steals
Philips 40″ LED 1080p Smart TV refurb $250+$5 shipping (Reg. $350) | Meh
Urchin Water Resistant Bluetooth Speaker $49.99+$5 shipping (Reg. $149.99) | Woot
Samsung 1000W 5.1 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System refurb $149.99 (Reg. $329.99) | Electronics.Woot
Sony Splash-Proof Portable Bluetooth Speaker $59.99 (Reg. $128) | WorldWide Stereo
Rugged Case + Shatter Proof Screen Protector for iPhone 5/5s, Assorted colors $9.99 (Reg. $39.99) | Staples
Aduro U-Grip Easy-Grip Universal Tablet Stand $9.99 (Reg. $50) | Groupon

Remember all these items are on sale until midnight only! We’ll continue to curate the top 10 or so best deals we can find from our Daily Deal finder and have them on the site at 9am ET/6am PT.

Deals still alive from yesterday:

Rugged Stories April 12, 2014

expiredKlipsch Image S4i Rugged In-ear Headphones $40 shipped (Reg. $100)

Today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day on Amazon is the Klipsch Image S4i Rugged In-ear Headphones for only $39.99 shipped. That’s $60 off the list price and with free shipping, one of the lowest prices we’ve seen. (We’ve seen it for as low as $25 shipped but that deal sold out quickly and only included the red model)

They feature rubber moldings and an all-weather design to keep them protected in any season. An extra-large three-button remote lets you precisely control iPhone calls and music whether you’re wearing bulky gloves or are simply on the go. And even with an exterior that’s built tough, these in-ear headphones have patented oval ear tips to keep you comfortable. Rock the S4i earbuds in yellow, orange, blue, or red.

Rugged Stories November 23, 2013

expiredKlipsch Image Rugged In-Ear Headphones $40, Harman Kardon Noise Isolating Headphones $35 shipped

Today’s Woot is the Klipsch Image S4i Rugged In-Ear Headphones with In-Line 3 Button Mic & Remote for only $34.99 + $5 shipping. That’s 65% off the list price and $30 less than Amazon’s current listing.

They feature a 3-button iPhone/iPod control (VOL+, VOL-, ANSWER/PLAY/PAUSE/SKIP+/SKIP-) and oval ear tips for longterm comfort and sound-isolation & seal. They also include three sizes of oval eartips (Small, Medium and Large). They are available in blue, yellow, or orange.Also today, is offering the Harman Kardon In-Ear Noise Isolating Headphones for only $29.99 + $5 shipping. That’s $60 off the list price and $40 less than Amazon’s current listing.

They feature passive noise-reduction, a 3-button remote and mic with support for Apple devices, and 9mm drivers for exceptional sound. It also includes a carrying case. This offer ends today.

Rugged Stories October 28, 2013

expiredPyle Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Marine Grade Portable Bluetooth Speaker $45 shipped (Reg. $145)

Today’s Woot is the Pyle Rugged and Waterproof Wireless Marine Grade Portable Bluetooth Speaker for only 39.99 + $5 shipping. That’s 72% off the original list price ($145) and the lowest price we’ve seen for these waterproof Bluetooth speakers. Amazon carries them for $65 and their customers gave it a 4/5 star rating with positive reviews.

The Pyle lets you easily stream and play music from virtually any Bluetooth enabled device quickly and easily. Rugged waterproof and shock resistant design makes this portable speaker perfect for visits to the beach, hiking and just about any outdoor activity. Features include built-in rechargeable battery, easy-push button controls, outstanding bass output and plenty more to add some audio to any occasion.

The wireless Bluetooth speaker comes with USB charging cable and a 1-year warranty from Pyle.

Rugged Stories June 28, 2013

MacMall is offering some solid deals on manufacturer refurbished LaCie Thunderbolt drives today. You can pick up the 1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt refurb for $139.99 with free shipping. This drive goes for as much as $219 new from most trusted retailers and is up to $40 off the next best refurb. price. MacMall also has the 3TB LaCie d2 Thunderbolt Series refurb for $189.99 with free shipping. This 3TB d2 Thunderbolt is listed for as much as $300 new and is up to $100 lower than other refurb prices. More specs below the fold:

1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt refurb: $140 (Reg. $200 new) 3TB LaCie d2 Thunderbolt Series refurb: $190 (Reg. $289 new)

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Rugged Stories May 8, 2013

MacMall is offering the 1TB LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt series portable hard drive refurb. for $149.99. This bus powered drive features a 5400 rpm HD, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity as well as a protective shell with a four foot drop resistance. New, the Rugged Thunderbolt series drive will normally run you $215 on Amazon.

1TB LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt series mobile hard drive refurb. $149.99

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Rugged Stories March 7, 2013

MacMall has the LaCie 1TB Rugged Triple Interface Portable Hard Drive on for $89.99 with free shipping. The refurbished drive, incased in a durable, rubberized enclosure, is 55% off right now and features FireWire-800/400 and USB 2.0 connectivity.

LaCie 1TB Rugged Triple Interface Portable Hard Drive $89.99

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