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Keep cool with this handheld rechargeable fan for $10 (Update: Sold out)

Normally $17, it's simple, affordable way to beat the heat. Plus, the best AfterShokz Air deal ever: Just $65.

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Rick Broida is the author of numerous books and thousands of reviews, features and blog posts. He writes CNET's popular Cheapskate blog and co-hosts Protocol 1: A Travelers Podcast (about the TV show Travelers). He lives in Michigan, where he previously owned two escape rooms (chronicled in the ebook "I Was a Middle-Aged Zombie").
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This rechargeable fan can go where you go, but it can also sit on a table or nightstand.


Good morning, fellow cheapskates! (Or, as I like to call you, "cheeps.") Hope you all had a safe and relaxing holiday. The highlight of mine: Watching Hamilton on Disney Plus. Folks, I am not a musical guy. I like Singing in the Rain and Chicago and that's it. But Hamilton is utterly amazing, a work of art packed with earworm songs. And now you can see it without spending hundreds of dollars on tickets; just seven bucks buys you a month of Disney Plus.

On to business. Here in Michigan, it's been hot. Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot. (Name the movie reference!) Whether you're indoors or out, it's a relief when you can get a little cool air. Especially for such a little price: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon seller LeconeDirect has the Lecone USB Handheld Fan for $10.19. That's after clipping the on-page 10%-off coupon and then applying promo code CQJP4DLS at checkout. (If the coupon disappears, your final price will be $11.89 -- still a very solid deal.) Update: Sold out!

At first glance, I was like, "Meh, a rechargeable handheld fan." But then I saw that it has four speed settings and an adjustable 180-degree hinge, meaning you can set it on a table, desk or nightstand for hands-free cooling. Sweet!

The built-in battery is good for up to 16 hours of operation, according to Lecone, and you can recharge it via any powered USB port. Meanwhile, the front cover is detachable, so you can easily clean the fan blades if necessary.

This is a new product (or at least a new listing), which explains why there are no user reviews. But what's not to like? It can keep you cool on the go or in place, and it doesn't chew through disposable batteries. I'm in for one.

Your thoughts?

The best AfterShokz Air deal to date: $65 (less for new customers!)


The AfterShokz Air (previously known as the Trekz Air) is an excellent option for runners and bikers.

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I like to listen to music or podcasts when I run or bike, but wearing traditional sport headphones poses a problem: The earbuds block outside noise, making it hard to hear cars, scooters and other potential hazards. So how can I enjoy my audio while still maintaining "situational awareness"?

Answer: Bone-conduction headphones, which sit in front of your ears instead of over or in them and produce sound by way of your cheekbones. (True story.) AfterShokz pretty much owns this product category, and with good reason: The headphones work really well.

They're pricey, though, and sales are rare -- especially a sale this good. Today only, and while supplies last, HSN has the AfterShokz Air Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones for $64.99. That's the lowest price I've seen, and it can potentially get lower: New customers can save an additional $5 with promo code HSNFIVE. Last time I shared an Air deal: $96!

I've been an AfterShokz user (and fan) for years, mostly using this very model. I don't often write about them because, as noted, they're pricey and rarely go on sale.

Meanwhile, my wife and brother-in-law both started using AfterShokz for the first time just recently, and they both love them. His unsolicited comment to me not long ago: "[These are the] best thing that ever happened to me -- after marriage and kids, of course."

Watch this: AfterShokz Trekz Air: A surprisingly compelling wireless sports headphone

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