USB-C Stories August 1, 2017

With Apple’s MacBooks moving from special MagSafe connectors to universal USB-C ports for charging, it’s now possible for accessory makers to easily make battery packs for expanding laptop power. Mophie’s new $149.95 Powerstation USB-C XXL is a high-capacity external battery that promises to charge new MacBooks…

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USB-C Stories July 11, 2016

Griffin’s BreakSafe adapter brings MagSafe to MacBook’s USB-C port for $20 Prime shipped

One of Apple’s most beloved features of its MacBooks is its proprietary magnetic charging cable known as MagSafe. That, however, was removed on the 2015 and 2016 12-inch MacBook models in place of a single USB-C port. The good news is you can add back a magnetic charging connector by using Griffin’s BreakSafe cable adapter for USB-C, currently on sale (review). Today the product goes to its lowest price yet, with a 50% discount on the usual retail price bringing it down to just $20 shipped.

Amazon has the Griffin BreakSafe for 50% off ($20 shipped) for Prime members or orders over $50.

USB-C Stories May 24, 2016

Aukey display adapters with Prime shipping: USB-C to HDMI $14 or VGA $13, VGA to HDMI $9

Aukey Direct via Amazon offers its USB 3.1 Type C to HDMI Adapter for $19.99, but if you use the code JQBLKFNR the price drops to $13.99 Prime shipped. That’s $6 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen since before the holidays last year.

This adapter lets you connect most USB-C devices like the new MacBook or the Chromebook Pixel to a monitor or TV with an HDMI connection. You can mirror the display or use as a second monitor. It supports 1080P and 4K full HD. Rated 4.1/5 stars from 45 Amazon customers.

If you don’t have an HDMI monitor, Aukey has a USB 3.1 Type C to VGA Adapter for $12.99 Prime shipped when you use the code 9VH9BRKA at checkout. You can even pick up an HDMI to VGA Adapter for $8.99 Prime shipped with the code PO96MVCG. Like most Aukey products, these adapters have all received 4/5 star ratings and great reviews.

USB-C Stories April 19, 2016

Just this morning Apple refreshed its 12-inch MacBook with a faster processor and improved battery life. Whether you’re springing for the new models released today or going refurbished, you’ll likely need a few key accessories to round out your setup. While the MacBook has an attractive thin design, it comes at the cost of a single USB-C port. Additionally, it can be a tough sell as an everyday machine without some external input devices. Head below for a roundup of some of our favorite accessories for the 12-inch MacBook.

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USB-C Stories April 13, 2016

expiredJackery USB Power Banks: 6000mAh w/ MFi Lightning Cable $20 (Reg. $30), 20100mAh USB-C $36 (Reg. $50)

Jackery Inc. (100% positive feedback from 14,000+) via Amazon is discounting a pair of its latest power banks today. You’ll find two types of discounts that are perfect for Apple and Android devices. Each of these deals are the best price that we’ve seen.

First up, you can grab the new Jackery Bolt Aluminum 6000mAh Power Bank with built-in MFi Apple-Certified Lightning and microUSB Cables for $29.99. Applying coupon code BOLT0412 drops the final price to $19.99 Prime shipped. This 6000mAh battery pack is perfect for any Apple user with its built-in MFi Lightning Cable and aluminum shell design. There is also a traditional USB port and microUSB cable. It is capable of charging your device at speeds up to 2.4A. You can expect three full charges of an iPhone 6/s with this battery pack.

Next, Jackery’s 20100mAh USB-C/A Quick Charge 2.0 Power Bank can be had for $49.99. But if you add coupon code JKTITANS at checkout your price will be reduced to $35.99 Prime shipped. This battery pack offers three USB ports for charging your device including a 3A USB-A/C plus another Quick Charge 2.0 18W. The 20100mAh capacity has enough juice to power a smartphone multiple times and an iPad as well. Rated 4.6/5 stars by 312 Amazon customers.

Be sure to swing by our daily smartphone accessories roundup for more deals.

USB-C Stories April 12, 2016

In what the company is calling the “world’s first USB-C sport earphone with noise cancellation and adaptive noise control,” JBL has today announced a pair of earbuds alongside the HTC 10 that are powered completely by the new USB Type-C standard…

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USB-C Stories April 8, 2016

Amazon offers the GOgroove BlueSYNC Bluetooth speaker for $24.99. However Coupon Code BLUESYNC drops the price to $19.99 Prime shipped. That’s tied for an all time low on this attractive square speaker that features a sleek, gunmetal cube styling and back-lit LED glow on the front panel, gets 4.5 ratings from Amazon reviewers and features NFC pairing, AUX and USB inputs and charging and great sound from 2 3W speakers. It also includes a 1 year manufacturer warranty.

More Accessories:

  • The Ultimate Accessory Bundle for iPhone 6/s $13 (Orig. $50) | Tanga
  • Yubi Power 16 Port Universal USB Family Charging Tower Station $30 (Orig. $70) | Amazon
  • Apple MFi Certified OLALA 13000mAh Charger $32 w/code N8OIH8UR (Reg. $36) | Amazon
  • Spigen 10000mAh Premium External Battery Power Bank $11 w/code N9LBYT72 (Reg. $20) | Amazon
  • JETech 2-Pack iPhone SE Screen Protector Free w/ code F6FL3YMO (Reg $6) | Amazon
  • Harman Kardon Noise-cancelling In-ear Headphones with Microphone $30 (Reg. $50) | Newegg
  • Aukey 20W Solar Charger Dual USB Port $39 w/ code Z26YFLPY (Reg. $47) | Amazon
  • Argom 3-Outlet Wall Adapter and Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports $10 (Reg. $20) | Groupon

Deals still alive from yesterday:

  • iClever 18W  Quick Charge 2.0 AC Wall Charger $9 w/ code GDSZCTUO (Reg. $13)| Amazon
  • Mpow Grip Pro 2 Universal CD Slot Car Mount $14 (Reg. $24) | Amazon
  • Aukey Rugged Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker $15 w/ code Y33JFKJF (Reg. $22) | Amazon
  • Aukey 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet Port $12 w/ code M5BK4BC8 (Reg. $19) | Amazon
  • iPhone 6/s Plus Case Benuo Folio Case $13 w/ code GDKTRAL3 (Reg. $27) | Amazon

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USB-C Stories April 6, 2016

expiredAukey Aluminum USB-C Hubs w/ Prime shipping: 7-ports for $19 or 4-ports for $8

Aukey Direct via Amazon offers the Aukey USB-C Hub, 7-Port USB 3.0 with an Aluminum Body for $19 Prime shipped when you use the code 8QAHJ8Q6 at checkout. That’s $6 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for it. Features include:

  • Solid aluminum body with attractive rounded cylinder and ultra compact design makes it a perfect match to your new MacBook 12 Inch, 2015 Google ChromeBook Pixel, etc.
  • Seven USB 3.0 ports makes it a perfect USB splitter to match your USB Type-C devices. USB 3.0 supports ultra-fast data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps (10 times faster than USB 2.0); backward compatible with 2.0, and 1.0.
  • Provides the power adapter to avoid current shortage when plugging in large power consumption devices.
  • No driver needed, plug-and-play, support hot-swapping. Has over-current protection built into each port to protect both connected devices and your hub from power surges.

Rated 4.6/5 stars from 14 Amazon shoppers.

Also available is the Aukey USB-C Aluminum 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub for $10.99, but if you use the code TNOTS2CV the price drops to $7.99 Prime shipped. That’s $3 off and the lowest we’ve seen. With it, you can add four USB 3.0 ports to your USB Type-C devices. Plus, the USB 3.0 ports support “ultra-fast data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps (10 times faster than USB 2.0).” Rated 4.6/5 stars from 14 Amazon shoppers. 

We also have the following cables on sale from Amazon:

USB-C Stories March 31, 2016

External storage is basically an essential to any setup in 2016. With 4K video and higher resolution files becoming more prevalent and our devices slimming down, the need for a little extra room is a necessity. We see plenty of deals on portable and desktop hard drives here at 9to5Toys. Each type offers its own positives and negatives, depending on what you’re in need of. Portable hard drives do not require a separate power source but are often limited in storage capacity. Desktop options flip the script but can be a hassle (and dangerous to your data) to move around frequently.

Seagate claims to have solved this problem with the “world’s first USB-powered desktop drive”. The Innov8 (clever name) uses USB 3.1 technology to provide enough juice for 8TB of storage. Full details on this technology and pricing below.

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expiredSmartphone Accessories: 1byone 9000mAh 12V Power Bank and Portable Car Jump Starter $51 shipped (Reg. $77), more

1byone Products Inc. via Amazon offers the 1byone 9000mAh 12V Multi-Function Smart Portable Car Jump Starter for $50.99 shipped when you use the code WMR28BMW at checkout. That’s $20 off the regular price and the lowest we’ve seen for it at Amazon. This multifunction power bank can recharge your USB devices on-the-go. It has a built-in LED that you can use as a flashlight, it can send out SOS distress signals and it easily fits in your backpack or glove box for convenience. Rated 4/5 stars by over 450 Amazon shoppers.

Ecandy Solid Aluminum Desktop Stand for Smartphones or Tablets: $3 Prime shipped w/ code 6GZKNB8B (Reg. $8) | Amazon

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USB-C Stories March 25, 2016

expiredSmartphone Accessories: Aukey 3-Port USB-C/A Car QuickCharger: $16, iPhone 6 Wallet Case: $13, more

Aukey Direct via Amazon has the Aukey 49.5W 3-Port Type C USB Car Charger for $15.99 Prime shipped when you use the code DQVJY365 at checkout. That’s $5 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen at Amazon. With Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices, you can get up to 75% faster charges compared to standard chargers and the USB-C port lets you directly charge MacBooks, Chromebook Pixels and a growing number of tablets and smartphones at optimal speed.

Don’t need USB-C? Grab the AUKEY CC-S1 4.8A Dual USB Car Charger for just $5.99 w/ code CQMSYTSI (Reg. $10) | Amazon

More Accessories:

Trend Matters Card-Storage Case for iPhone 6 $9 + $4 shipping (Orig. $42) | Groupon

Trianium Samsung Galaxy S7 Case: Free w/ Prime shipping w/ code NKDXUFRV (Reg. $15)

  • Mpow Grip Magic 360 Degree Air Vent Car Mount $10 w/ code ZQL8AP8R (Reg. $14) | Amazon
  • JBL OnBeat Rumble Bluetooth Speaker Dock w/ Lightning Connector $120 (Orig. $400) | JBL
  • AUKEY 10400mAh Portable External Battery $15 w/ code JEOSBZMP (Reg. $20) | Amazon
  • Universal Portable Xiaomi USB LED Light $1 (Orig. $5) | eBay

Deals still alive from yesterday:

  • KMASHI 20000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 Power bank $23 w/ code T3VNP7N7 (Reg. $40) | Amazon
  • Lumsing Portable 10050mAh External Power Bank $10 w/ code XI9OQYJI (Reg. $14) | Amazon
  • EC Technology 22400mAh Power Bank $19 w/ code J29D3UMJ (Reg. $35) | Amazon
  • Lumsing 12W 2-Port 5V 2.4A USB Wall Charger $4 w/ code DPGARFUH (Reg. $8) | Amazon
  • Mpow Seashell Bluetooth 4.1 Running Sports Headphones $37 (Orig. $60) | Amazon

USB-C 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.

USB-C Stories February 21, 2016

Today, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, SanDisk has announced a new line of flash drives for USB-C devices. With Apple and Google both introducing this new connector over the last year, it’s no surprise that SanDisk has made this move. More below.

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USB-C Stories January 18, 2016

expirediOrange MFi Apple-Certified Lightning Cables: 10-ft. $9 (Reg. $15), more

Update (1/19 12:15pm): Omars via Amazon offers its 3-ft. MFi Lightning Cable for $2.99 Prime shipped.

iOrange via Amazon is discounting a handful of MFi Apple-Certified Lightning Cables this morning. You’ll find deals on 6 and 10-ft. varieties with aluminum connectors. These longer lengths are ideal for bedside charging or refueling Apple’s new Siri Remote. iOrange has passed Apple’s MFi certification process, so you know each cable is safe to use with your device. The entire collection is rated 4.4/5 stars by over 300 Amazon customers. Free shipping is available for Prime members or on orders of $35+.

Lightning Cable Deals:

You’ll find more Lightning cable options, with braided designs or built-in car chargers, in our previous roundup.

Need USB-C for your MacBook, Chromebook or Android Device? You can snag this Cambond 6-ft. braided option for $8.99 (Reg. $13) w/ code AUKR5BN8. Rated 4.8/5 stars bv 227 Amazon customers. There’s also the 6.6ft USB-C to USB-C iOrange-E cable available at Amazon for $10.99 Prime shipped w/ code IOSQL6KB. Rated 4.5 stars by 775 Amazon customers.

Keep everything organized with a few of these handy 3-inch Nite Ize Gear Ties.

USB-C Stories January 6, 2016

Today at CES Satechi announced two new essential USB-C accessories geared towards users of Apple’s 12-inch MacBook. Satechi’s updated USB-C Hub includes an integrated pass-through USB-C charging port. That may seem like an obvious feature for this type of mobile accessory, but it’s one that early models from Satechi and many other manufacturers lacked. Now MacBook users don’t have to sacrifice battery life when putting the hub’s two USB 3.0 ports and SD/microSD memory card slots to work. It’s priced at $39.99 on Amazon and is available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray aluminum to match the finish of your MacBook.

Satechi Type-C Card Reader

The other new accessory unveiled by Satechi is a USB-C Card Reader with support for SD and micro SD memory cards. It’s ideal for transferring images and video from your DSLR or GoPro action camera while traveling. Both memory card slots are can be used simultaneously. Just like the new USB-C hub, this card reader is also available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray aluminum. Order it now from Amazon for $19.99. expand full story

USB-C Stories January 5, 2016

expiredKableDirekt 1 or 3-ft Lightning Cables in white or black $2.55 Prime shipped, more

Update: Want to save a few more pennies? Amazon has KableDirekt supposedly MFi certified 1 or 3 foot Lightning cables in black or white for $2.55 after 50% off code 4G6PRC3O

Spigen via Amazon offers its 3.3-ft MFi Apple-certified Lightning Cable for $9.99, but applying coupon code DJ733RG4 during checkout drops your final price down to just $2.99. Available with Prime or free standard shipping depending on which listing you choose. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars from 408 Amazon reviewers.

The C10LS lightning cable is essential for charging and syncing the latest Apple mobile devices. The connector head is smaller than others to fit all cases. It features a flexible strain reliever that withstands excessive bending around the connectors. With the help of its interior copper mesh, the wires stay intact for long-lasting use.

Here are a few more notable Spigen iPhone/Mac accessories on sale right now (the same shipping situation above applies to these deals as well):

  • Spigen USB-C to USB cable in black $2 (Reg. $10)
    • Using code F2PAZ99Y at checkout
  • Spigen USB iPhone/Android Car Charger in black $3 (Reg. $10)
    • Using code EBHOGHBU at checkout
  • Spigen 4-port USB Desktop Charger in black $6 (Reg. $15)
    • Using code GHVQ2LUL at checkout

USB-C Stories December 29, 2015

Update: 1/13 11AM: All the cables listed below are still available at the sale price, but now there is no need to use a coupon code for them.

TechMatte via Amazon offers its 3-ft USB C to USB A Cable for $8.99, but when you use the coupon code X63CJZ9D the price drops to $5.99 Prime shipped. That’s $3 off the regular sale price and the lowest it’s been sold for at Amazon. “Featuring USB Type C and Type A connectors, this cable is designed for fast charging and syncing of your USB Type C devices, such as Nexus 5X, 6P, through standard USB type A port.” 

Also available is the 5-ft USB C to USB A Cable for $9.99. If you use the code 4N4GQVAL the price drops to $6.99 Prime shipped. That’s a savings of $3 off the regular sale price and the lowest we’ve seen for it. Both cables received 4.7/5 stars from Amazon shoppers.

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USB-C Stories December 28, 2015

expiredApple 12-inch MacBook w/ Retina display 1.2GHz/8GB/512GB from $1,400 or $1,350 w/ .EDU (Reg. $1,599)

Update (12/29 11:50pm): Best Buy is now offering the below model 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display (in Space Gray or Silver only) at an all-new low: $1399.99 shipped. That’s $199.01 below the regular listing, $40 under the previous price (below), and the best price we have ever tracked on this model without a student discount. For those with access to a .EDU email address, you can knock an extra $50 off the total bringing it to only $1349.99 shipped. That’s by far the lowest we have seen on this model and only $50 more than the regular price of the smaller 256GB model.

Electronics valley via eBay Daily Deals has Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display  1.2GHz/8GB/512GB in Space Gray or Gold (MK4N2LL/A, MJY42LL/A) for $1439.99 shipped. That’s $159.01 below the regular price, $10 below our previous mention on the high-end model and the best price we can find. While we did see the new MacBook go for $300 off over the holidays, that deal is now long gone and was only available on the smaller 256GB model.

This is Apple’s latest model laptop with Retina display (2304 x 1440), the redesigned keyboard and Force Touch trackpad. Expect 512GB of on-board flash storage, 8GB of RAM, a 1.2 GHz processor, USB-C port, Intel HD Graphics 5300 and more.

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