Tech News Dealmaster: Get an MFi-certified Anker USB-C to Lightning cable for $12

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Ars Staff
– Aug 13, 2019 5: 50 pm UTC

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a nice discount on Anker’s PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning cable, the three-foot variant of which is down to $11.99 at Amazon when you use the code “ANPL2CL3” at checkout. This cable dropped about 50 cents lower during a one-day lightning deal last month, but otherwise this price is tied for the lowest we’ve seen. It normally retails for $18. If you want a longer cable, meanwhile, the six-foot variant is down to $15.99 with the code “ANPL2CL6”. That’s tied for an all-time low from its usual price of $20.
Either way, these kind of USB-C to Lightning cables are what you’ll need to take advantage of the fast-charging capabilities of newer iPhones and iPads. While there are rumors that Apple may include such cables and USB-C chargers in the box with its forthcoming iPhones, currently it requires iOS users to buy these accessories separately. The company sells three-foot and six-foot cables for $19 and $35, respectively, so you currently save a good chunk of change by going third-party.
Crucially, these Anker cables are also MFi-certified by Apple to work safely with iPhones and iPads. The Dealmaster has actually had the six-foot version on hand for the past few months and hasn’t had any issues with durability or fraying. In fact, the rubberized housing around the cable is thicker than that of Apple’s own cables, and if something does go wrong, Anker says the product is covered by a lifetime warranty. Just remember that you’ll need an appropriate USB-C charger to actually get these faster charges, one with that supplies at least 18W for a newer iPhone or at least 29W for a newer iPad Pro—Anker’s own PowerPort Speed PD 30 is a good USB-IF certified choice, but there are plenty of others as well.
If you don’t need any new charging gear, this week we also have deals on GPS + Cellular versions of the Apple Watch Series 3, new Vizio 4K TVs, a solid Xbox One S bundle, Bose audio gear, and much more. Have a look at the full rundown for yourself below.
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Table of Contents

Top 10 deals of the day

Laptop and desktop PC deals

Video game deals

Gaming deals

TV and home entertainment deals

Electronics deals

Audio deals

Accessories deals

Top 10 deals of the day

Anker PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning Cable (3ft) – MFi certified for $11.99 at Amazon (use code: ANPL2CL3 – normally $17.99).
Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm, GPS + Cellular) for $229 at Walmart (normally $299.99).
Bose QuietComfort 25 wired noise-cancelling headphones for $129 at Amazon (normally $179).
Bose SoundLink Micro portable Bluetooth speaker for $79 at Amazon (normally $99).
Anker Soundcore Spirit X Bluetooth sports earphones for $21.99 at Amazon (normally $35.99).
50-inch Vizio M507-G1 M-Series Quantum 4K HDR LED TV for $369.99 at Google Express (normally $449.99).
Microsoft Xbox One S (1TB) + Madden NFL 20 + The Division 2  for $229.99 at Newegg (normally $299.99).
PowerA Wireless GameCube Style Controller for Nintendo Switch for $36.99 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $49.99).
Amazon Fire TV Recast (500GB) over-the-air DVR for $129.99 at Google Express (normally $229.99).
SteelSeries QcK mouse pad – XXL, Thick for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $29.99).

Laptop and desktop PC deals

Dell Vostro 5481 laptop – Intel Core i7-8565U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GeForce MX130 for $599 at Dell (use code: BIZLT599 – normally $949).
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th-gen) laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,148.95 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBIGSALE – normally $1,599.99).
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (4th gen) 2-in-1 laptop – Intel Core i5-8265U, 14-inch 1080p, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD for $1,253.45 at Lenovo (use code: THINKBIGSALE – normally $1,749.99).
Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2019) laptop – Intel Core i9-9880H, 15.4-inch 2880×1800, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Radeon Pro 560X for $2,499.99 at Amazon (normally $2,699.99).
Microsoft Surface Laptop – Intel Core i7-7660U, 13.3-inch 2256×1504, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $899.99 at Newegg (normally $1,199.99).

Video game deals

Buy one, get one at 50% off for various games at Amazon (discount applies to lowest-cost item).
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (PS4, XB1) for $33.74 at Newegg (use code: EMCTDTD33 – normally $47.99).
PS Plus only: Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4) for $15.99 at PlayStation Store (normally $24.99).
Valkyria Chronicles (Switch) for $11.99 at Nintendo eShop (normally $19.99).
Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch, digital) for $17.99 at Nintendo eShop (normally $29.99).
Mega Man 11 (Switch) for $14.97 at GameStop (normally $24.99).
Judgment (PS4) for $39.99 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $59.99).

Gaming deals

Microsoft Xbox One S (1TB) + Madden NFL 20 + The Division 2  for $229.99 at Newegg (normally $299.99).
PowerA Wireless GameCube Style Controller for Nintendo Switch for $36.99 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $49.99).
Splendor board game for $19 at Amazon (normally $32.99).
Pandemic board game for $24.99 at Amazon (normally $35.99).
HyperX ChargePlay Quad Nintendo Switch Joy-Con charger for $14.99 at Amazon (normally $29.99).
Sony PlayStation Plus 1-year membership card for $39.99 at eBay (normally $49.99).
Razer BlackWidow TE Chroma V2 mechanical gaming keyboard – Razer Green for $89.99 at Amazon (normally $129.99).
Cooler Master CK530 mechanical gaming keyboard – TKL, Cherry MX Blue/Brown/Red for $60 at Cooler Master (normally $69.99)

TV and home entertainment deals

50-inch Vizio M507-G1 M-Series Quantum 4K HDR LED TV for $369.99 at Google Express (normally $449.99).
49-inch TCL 49S517 4K LED Roku TV for $299.99 at Walmart (normally $319.99).
50-inch Samsung NU6900 4K LED TV for $327.99 at Walmart (normally $399.99).
Amazon Fire TV Recast (500GB) over-the-air DVR for $129.99 at Google Express (normally $229.99).
Roku TV Wireless Speakers (for Roku TVs only) for $149.99 at Roku (normally $199.99).

Electronics deals

Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm, GPS + Cellular) for $229 at Walmart (normally $299.99).
Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm, GPS + Cellular) for $259 at Walmart (normally $329.99).
Apple Watch Series 4 (40mm, GPS) for $349 at Amazon (normally $399).
10.5-inch Apple iPad Air (256GB) for $599 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $629).
9.7-inch Apple iPad (128GB) for $329 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $399).
Google Pixel 3 (64GB, unlocked) for $499.99 at Amazon and Google Store (normally $699.99).
Google Pixel 3 XL (64GB, unlocked) for $599.99 at Amazon and Google Store (normally $799.99).
Philips Wake-Up Light (HF3520) alarm clock for $75 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $104.99).
Aukey DR02 dash cam – 1080p, 170-degree for $49.69 at Amazon (use code: VQ2A8HNE – normally $69.99).
WD Blue (2TB) internal SATA SSD for $199.99 at Newegg (use code: EMCTDUV28 – normally $229.99).
Garmin Vivosmart 4 fitness tracker for $99.99 at Walmart and Amazon (normally $129.99).
Netgear Arlo Q (2-pack) wired indoor security camera – 1080p for $227.99 at Amazon (normally $269.99).
Ecobee 4 (2-pack) smart thermostat for $299 at Home Depot (normally $399.99).
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB USB turntable for $229 at Amazon (normally $299).
CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 dock – 2x Thunderbolt 3, 5x USB-A, 2x USB-C, 1x UHS-II SD, 1x DisplayPort for $249.95 at Apple (normally $309).

Audio deals

Bose QuietComfort 25 wired noise-cancelling headphones for $129 at Amazon (normally $179).
Bose SoundLink Micro portable Bluetooth speaker for $79 at Amazon (normally $99).
Bose SoundSport wired sports earphones for $39 at Walmart (normally $49.95).
Anker Soundcore Spirit X Bluetooth sports earphones for $21.99 at Amazon (normally $35.99).
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless Bluetooth headphone for $99.99 at Amazon (normally $139.99).
Ultimate Ears Boom 3 portable Bluetooth speaker for $119.99 at Amazon (normally $139.99).
Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earphones for $138.37 at Amazon (normally $159.99).
Audio-Technica ATH-M40X wired headphones for $79 at Amazon (normally $99).

Accessories deals

SteelSeries QcK mouse pad – XXL, Thick for $19.99 at Amazon (normally $29.99).
Anker PowerLine II USB-C to Lightning Cable (3ft) – MFi certified for $11.99 at Amazon (use code: ANPL2CL3 – normally $17.99).
Anker Powerline II USB-C to Lightning cable (6ft) – MFi-certified for $15.99 at Amazon (use code: ANPL2CL6 – normally $19.99).
Anker Alkaline AAA batteries (48-pack) for $11.99 at Amazon (clip 20% coupon – normally $18.99).
Anker PowerDrive 2 USB car charger – 24W, 2x USB-A for $7.19 at Amazon (clip 10% coupon – normally $9.99).
Anker PowerCore 10000 PD portable battery – 10,000 mAh, 28W, 18W USB-C PD for $29.99 at Amazon (use code: ANKERPD335 – normally $45.99).
Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth FM transmitter and car charger – 2x USB-A for $11.79 at Amazon (clip $2 coupon – normally $16.99).
SanDisk Extreme Plus (128GB, 2-pack) microSDXC card for $39.99 at Costco (normally $84.99).

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