Monday deal roundup: Save on Speck backpacks, wireless chargers, a family password manager and more
You can also score $5 magazine subscriptions, $15 USB-C earbuds and a Nintendo Switch Lite deal.
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Happy Monday, fellow money-savers! Here are a few deals that should be on your radar, followed by a password-manager exclusive and some crazy-good wireless-charger discounts:
Today only, and while supplies last, Speck is offering two of its backpacks for just $15.99 each: The eight-pocket Turbo and stylish-looking Ruck. Regular price: $39.99. I really like the look of the olive-colored Ruck, which also has the all-important water-bottle side pocket that so many modern backpacks seem to lack.
Not everybody loves wireless earphones, in part because they have batteries that can die at inopportune moments. If you like the idea of keeping a wired set on hand, look no further than this deal: Save 30% on the Bolle & Raven Thore USB-C wired earphones with promo code BN8F35J5. They're available in black ($14.90 after discount), pink and red ($13.64 after discount). These are noise-isolating in-ear 'buds with three sets of ear tips, inline controls and a microphone.
Sure, you're using a password manager, because you're crazy-smart. Ah, but what about the rest of your family? Your spouse? Parents? Kids? They should be using one, too, and there's something to be said for getting everyone under the same password roof.
As a longtime Dashlane user who's been increasingly frustrated with that service (starting with price: It's now $60 annually for a single user), I'm ready to make a change. And because I have aging parents who are constantly dealing with frustrating password issues, I can see the appeal of being able to manage their accounts.
That said, I haven't used 1Password myself. If you have, hit the comments and let me and your fellow cheapskates know what to expect.
Super inexpensive wireless charging pads for your phone, AirPods and whatnot
Are you the proud owner of a new phone that supports wireless charging? How about AirPods or other true-wireless earbuds that come with a wireless-charging case? Sounds like you could use a Qi (pronounced "chee") pad or stand. Good news: A company called Lecone is offering substantial discounts on a variety of them.
Note: In addition to the promo codes listed for each product, some of these also have on-page coupons (look for the little orange coupon flag). The prices shown here reflect the use of both, but don't be surprised if those coupons disappear at some point. That happens sometimes when a vendor forgets it offered two simultaneous (but separate) promotions.
This simple, fast-charging pad is just about perfect for earbud wireless-charging cases, though of course it works fine with phones as well. The big perk is the built-in wraparound USB cable, which makes this a particularly good choice for your travel bag.
Clip the 5%-off coupon and then apply promo code S5NW9SZX to get this deal.
Most Qi charging stands are rather ugly black slabs. Lecone's combines a stylish silver base with a stand that's covered in fabric, resulting in something that's really quite pretty. Just take note that it's BYO USB port, so you'll need to plug it into your computer or find a USB AC adapter.
Every desk needs a little cup for pens, scissors and the like, so why not get one that's also a Qi charging stand? That's what you'll get here with the 10%-off coupon and promo code DYCKJ2Z5. It's covered in gray fabric, too, so it actually looks nice on your desk.
Like the others above, however, you'll have to supply the USB port to deliver power to the stand.
Got more things to charge or power than just your phone? This little charging station offers not only a Qi stand, but also three USB ports and two three-prong AC outlets. So you can also plug in a lamp, your watch charger and plenty of other stuff.