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Wi-Fi smart plugs: Get 4 for $18

These app-powered plugs can also be controlled via smart speakers. Plus: two bonus deals!

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Bestek

My last few attempts to share smart-plug deals have ended in rapid sellouts. Here's hoping this one is different... though I have my doubts.

That's because, for a limited time (and while supplies last), Bestek's four-pack of smart plugs (with USB ports) is $17.99 with promo code PRCD7XGR. Regular price: $35.99. 

Update, 6:38 a.m. PT: Sigh... yep, they're gone as well. I promise you I'll find a smart-plug deal with more inventory!

See it at Amazon

If you click through and see something other than that four-pack, it means Bestek's inventory is gone -- which is exactly what happened with the slightly different two-pack that was also in this post until about 5 minutes ago. I'm desperately hoping these don't also disappear within minutes.

These plugs are on the bulky side, but that's because each one has a pair of USB ports. Handy, to be sure, but unfortunately, they're down-facing ports, which can be inconvenient. Same goes for the overall size of the plug: If you jack it into the top socket, it'll block the bottom one.

If you've never used outlets like these before, they connect to your home Wi-Fi network, giving you control via an Android or iOS app. You can set schedules and timers -- great if you want to switch lamps on or off at designated times or if you've got a crock pot you want to kick on midway through the day.  

Also of note: These are compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, meaning you can say things like, "Alexa, turn on the lamp in the living room."

The plugs are ETL-listed, according to Bestek, which is akin to UL certification. And they come with an 18-month warrranty. 

One thing regarding the user reviews, which average out to an impressive 4.5 stars: Bestek actually has several different products on this same listing page, and it's impossible to say which ratings apply to which products. This is kind of a big fail on Amazon's part -- but I guess the overall-positive collective rating is good, at least?

I'll just leave it at this: If you've been waiting on a way to join the smart-home revolution, here's your chance to add smarts to lamps, appliances and whatnot for cheap. Really, really cheap.

Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: Amazon's stupid-good Fire 7 tablet is normally $50. Right now it's on sale for $35. So that makes it... stupid-better?

Bonus deal No. 2: Never tried Pandora Premium before? Courtesy of Groupon, here's another chance to get three months absolutely free.


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