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One cable, three connectors, lifetime warranty, 11 bucks

Anker's hydra-headed cord gives you Micro-USB, Lightning and USB-C plugs. Plus: Last chance to get one of my favorite three-in-one products.

Rick Broida Senior Editor
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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Charge all the things -- just not at the same time.


What would you rather have in your travel bag: One cable or three cables? Thought so.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, you can get the Anker Powerline II 3-in-1 3-foot cable for $11.24 with promo code ANKER846. Note that the listing currently shows an in-stock date of Oct. 2.

The Powerline II is a Micro-USB cable with a pair of in-line dongles: One each for Lightning and USB-C. When you need one of the latter, just pop it on the Micro-USB plug and you're good to go.

The cord supports 2.4A charging for Micro-USB and Lightning and 3A for USB-C (provided you've plugged it into a charging port that can produce that much amperage, of course). The Lightning connector is MFi-certified.

Here's the best part: Anker backs this with a lifetime warranty. To me that says this is a well-made cable, one that's designed to go the distance. But if it doesn't, you'll get a replacement.

Here's the worst part: You can't use the cable to charge more than one device at a time. That's not really a surprise, but it's sort of a letdown all the same.

Still, it's handy if you've got multiple devices that require different cable types. And for just $11? With a lifetime warranty? Yes, please.


This is your last chance to get my favorite 6-pack.

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Bonus deal: Ode to a Pen.

Not content to be mightier than the sword,
This pen yields two more conquering lords,
The first, Lord Tip, to draw upon thy screen,
The second, Lord Stand , that Netflix be more easily seen,
And what comfort lay in this sturdy writing barrel, 
What colors splay across its diverse apparel,
Six pens, six colors, three functions each,
But this, the last time to your fingers may reach,
For the product, a favorite, is no more,
With this final batch sold, it fades into lore,
So apply this coupon code 8C27KDSD,
And for just $7 receive these marvelous pens of three.

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