The mercury is rising, which means most of us are spending more time outside. So our deals post today is all about technology that allows you to bring the luxuries of your living room outside — or just to the backyard. For example, if you’re sick of mosquitoes ruining your otherwise relaxing time in your backyard, Thermacell is currently lowering its Liv Smart Mosquito Repellent System by 25 percent; just use the code FREEDOM25 at the cash register.
The base model of the Liv system comes with three repeller stations priced at $699.00 (about $525 with the coupon) and can accommodate up to 945 square feet. The harmless repeller stations can be controlled with Alexa or Google Assistant and can also be programmed with your phone to work on a set schedule. The repellent cartridges supplied with the starter kit last up to 120 hours and are safe to use around children and pets. While the initial cost is a bit of a drag, and the repellent takes about 15 minutes to work, Liv’s repellent is a remarkably effective deterrent against those unwelcome little leeches. Read our review†
When you’re an hour or two away from the nearest outlet, the last thing you want to worry about is how you’re going to charge your phone. But the Anker 523 PowerHouse provides adequate insurance for such a scenario. Normally $359.99, the Anker 523 is currently on sale at Amazon for $199.99 when you use the code POWERHOUSE32 at the cash register.
The Anker 523 has a maximum capacity of 289 Wh, which is more than enough to fill most phones about 20 times or the same for a laptop about four times. The Anker 523 has a total of three USB-A ports, a single USB-C port, a power outlet and an additional car jack, so you can charge virtually any device when you’re away from a stable power source.
With a handy digital readout, you can keep an eye on the battery’s charge level, wattage distributed and an estimated run time based on the consumption of the devices you’re charging. The Anker 523 even includes a built-in high-intensity flashlight to illuminate your surroundings.
Normally $179.95, Amazon has discounted the JBL Charge 4 in its black livery to just $114.95, one of the better prices we’ve seen on the last generation Bluetooth speaker. The strong, versatile device lasts up to 20 hours on a single charge and is more than capable of withstanding the elements thanks to its IPX7 waterproof rating. It also uses USB-C for charging so you can wrap it up quickly, and even has a built-in USB-A port for charging phones, tablets and other devices.
In addition to the ability to pair with up to two Bluetooth sources at once, the Charge 4 includes a 3.5mm audio jack to pass through older audio sources. You can even daisy-chain the waterproof speaker with other JBL devices with JBL Connect Plus, allowing simultaneous playback between devices. Fortunately, the speaker offers good sound for its size, whether you use it alone or as part of a pair.
The aptly named JBL Clip 4 normally retails for $79.99, but is currently on sale for just $59.99 at Best Buy and Amazon† The Clip 4 is one of our favorite Bluetooth speakers, in part because it comes equipped with a built-in carabiner that allows you to hook it to backpacks, belt loops, or any surface narrow enough.
Like many of JBL’s portable speakers, the Clip 4 features IP67 weather resistance, allowing it to withstand the elements with confidence. It’s also USB-C rechargeable and can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, giving it the longevity needed for longer trips. The Clip 4 isn’t the largest or loudest Bluetooth speaker available, but it manages to offer an acceptable compromise between size and sound quality.
Of course, if you’d rather stay indoors, both Nintendo and Steam have kicked off their summer sales event, discounting thousands of digital titles on their respective storefronts. For an overview of what’s worth checking out, we’ve put together a post with some highlights.
A few more deals worth checking out…
- The lightweight SteelSeries Aerox 3 wireless gaming mouse is currently discounted at its lowest price ever at Best Buy in its ghostly translucent colorway. The Aerox 3 normally costs $99.99, but retails for $50.99† In addition to an 18K DPI sensor, the Aerox 3 can pair with devices via Bluetooth or 2.4Ghz wireless and has a total of six programmable buttons.
- I don’t know who is brave enough to give a kid a Bluetooth speaker, but the JBL JR Pop speaker is almost too cute to pass up. Currently, you can get this pocket-sized speaker in one of the pastel colorways at Best Buy for $19.99, which is half the original price. The robust speaker is not only waterproof, but also lights up so that your child does not lose sight of it in the dark.
- They may not have wireless charging, but the current discount on the ultra-comfortable Sony LinkBuds S shouldn’t be ignored. Normally $199.99, Best Buy and B&H Photo discounted the solid pair of noise-cancelling earbuds to $179.99. Read our review†