Ever notice how car chargers are mostly terrible? In my experience, built-in USB ports deliver only a trickle charge, and a lot of cigarette-lighter adapters are the same way. Modern phones and tablets need more juice.
Meanwhile, ever notice how? In my experience, unless they're MFi certified, you're lucky to get a couple weeks before they just flat-out stop working. Alas, the MFi-certified cables tend to sell at a premium.
Enter today's deal, a great two-fer if ever there was one: Hisgadget (via Amazon) has the iClever four-port USB car charger and iClever 6-foot MFi-certified Lightning cable for $16.99. That's after adding both to your cart and applying coupon code VPBCQKJ4 at checkout. Shipping is free for Amazon Prime subscribers.
Update: Sorry, folks, it appears this offer is sold out. Keep in mind that vendors typically offer a limited quantity, and although there's no way to tell what that quantity is or when it will run out, I guarantee you there was availability when I posted the deal this morning. Needless to say, this was a sufficiently popular offer that the vendor burned through its supply fairly quickly.
What makes this car charger better than most? Aside from the obvious -- four ports instead of just one -- it produces 2.4 amps per port, meaning it'll charge your smartphone(s) and even tablet(s) at a much faster rate.
And you can't ignore the 170-plus user reviews, which average out to an amazing 4.8 stars. Granted, some of them are related to the two- and three-port versions of this same product, but it stands to reason the four-porter is just as good.
The only wrinkle might be its size, especially if your car's cigarette lighter is crammed into a tight area.
As for the Lightning cable, it has an average 4.7-star rating from nearly 250 buyers. It's the freebie in this deal, as the charger normally sells for $16.99, while the cable runs $13.99. Pretty sweet pairing if you ask me!
Bonus deal: Game time! Regular readers know of my fondness for the Lego game series, which offers great action and puzzle-solving for kids without all the gore and violence found in many video games. So this is a total no-brainer buy: Bundle Stars has the Lego Super Heroes Bundle for $14.99, a price that includes three full games -- Lego Batman, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Lego Marvel Super Heroes -- and two DLC packs. To put that in some perspective, Lego Marvel Super Heroes sells for $19.99 all by itself.