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Get a Mophie Juice Pack external iDevice battery for $17.95

This pocket-size power pack sells for as much as $60 elsewhere. Also today: a dual-band Wireless-N router for $19.99.

The Mophie Juice Pack Boost offers supplemental power to iDevices.
The Mophie Juice Pack Boost offers supplemental power to iDevices. Laalo

Today's post is dedicated to my father-in-law, Don Whalen, an incredibly skilled, larger-than-life man I loved and admired. He passed away suddenly last night.

iPhone battery problems got you down? Or perhaps you have an older iPod or iPad with a battery that just doesn't hold a charge like it used to. Whatever the case, it's always a good idea to pack a power pack.

Today only, and while supplies last, Laalo has the Mophie Juice Pack Boost external battery for $17.95, plus $4.95 for shipping. The Mophie has a built-in, retractable connector for iPod, iPad, and iPhone--and sells for upwards of $60 elsewhere.

Laalo's version is new but open-box. (No warranty information is provided.) If you prefer "new" new, Amazon has the Mophie Juice Pack Boost for $19.99 shipped free--when you pad your cart to $25. (Otherwise, the shipping charge puts you a little over $25, so you might as well score something good for five bucks.)

The Mophie features a "high-output" 1,500mAh battery that promises ultra-fast device charging. It has four status LEDs that show how much juice is remaining, plus an extra-bright fifth LED you can use as a flashlight.

It's about the size of a pager, so it's pretty easy to keep in a pocket or even on a keychain. The smattering of user reviews on Amazon are mostly positive, though it should be noted that the charger blocks the headphone jack on some iPods.

Though it would be nice if the Mophie could charge other gizmos as well, the retractable iDevice connector is nice because it eliminates the need to bring along a sync cable. It's literally a plug-and-play--make that plug-and-charge--solution.

Bonus deal: Also today only, 1SaleADay has the refurbished Netgear WNDR3300 dual-band Wireless-N router for $19.99, plus $5 for shipping. I've seen routers that low before, but very few of them were dual-band.