If you’re an Amazon Prime Member, today is your day. Amazon Prime Day is promised to be the biggest sale day of the year for the online mega-mall giant. Sure, more people are out shopping in person on Black Friday, clogging the shopping malls and causing chaos on the highway, but who needs that? Tomorrow, July 15th, Amazon Prime Day is open exclusively to Amazon Prime Members. Don’t have a Prime Membership? Here are three reasons why we love Prime.
1. At $99 per year, it is less expensive than ANY other streaming service that offers music, TV and movies (without commercials).
2. Prime Members get numerous FREE shipping discounts through the year. We saved over $500 in shipping charges alone this year.
3. Discounts. Prime Day isn’t the only day members get deals. There are special Prime discounts throughout the year.
As much as we love buying from small Brick & Mortar shops, there are a lot of items we just can’t get quickly and easily in person. In order to help you get some good stuff, we’ve assembled a list including products we’ve shared with you in the past and several from our personal stash.
Now for some new items! Below is a collection of products we own, have owned, currently testing, or tested in the past. All of which we favor or we wouldn’t suggest them!
ZAGG Rugged Book Case for iPad Air 2 – We’ve been traveling with our iPad in the ZAGG case for about a month. Everything is working great, the backlit keys are nice, they have a great tactile feeling when pressed and the case is extremely well built. Aside from it being on the heavy side, it’s one of the better iPad keyboard cases we have used. Look for a more in-depth review to come soon. $149. Buy here. (Recommended by Jordan)
Anker 13,000 mAh 3A High Capacity Portable Charger – With over 6,000 customer reviews and 4.5 stars, this Anker battery pack has risen to the top of the charts for portable power. It kept our phones charged for an entire weekend of chasing friends around the Leadville 100, with juice left to top off the iPad on the flight home. As important as the capcity, is how long it’ll hold that charge, and Anker battery packs have proven to be winners in that regard as well. You won’t need to charge the pack overnight every time you want to use it, it’s high end cells are stable and reliable. Buy here. (Recommended by Adam)
SunJack Waterproof Lightstick – Like a personal lightsaber, the SunJack Lightstick has been great during our recent road trips. It is completely waterproof, lights up a vehicle cabin, tent or small area very well, will also charge your smartphone and handles drops with ease. Look for a thorough review to follow along with a review of SunJack’s solar panel system. It looks like its out of stock on Amazon right now. Add it to your wish list and look for it later. Buy here. (Recommended by Jordan)
Leviton 15 Amp, 120 Volt Surge Supressor Receptacle – Often mistaken as surge protectors, many bargain priced power strips offer nothing in the way of protection for your expensive electronics. Not only that, but bulky power strips don’t always match the decor of some of the more convenient charging locations, such as the kitchen counter. Enter the in wall surge suppressor outlet! Even the least experienced wanna be handyman can replace an outlet, just triple check that you’ve turned off the correct breaker! Buy here. (Recommended by Adam)
Koomus Magnetos Universal CD Slot Car Holder for Smartphones – Testing as many cases as we do throughout the year, we are always searching for better ways to mount them in our vehicles. A few months ago we dropped $15 on the Koomus magnet mount and we’ve been loving it. It installs into your CD slot (which we don’t use anymore because, Bluetooth), and connects to your phone or case via a thin metal back plate. It ships with 2 back plates, one uses 3M tape to attach to your device, the other has no stick. We’ve been sliding the no stick piece into various cases behind the phone and it works like a charm. $16.99. Buy here. (Recommended by Jordan)
Kano Aerokroil Penetrating Oil – Most people will reach for WD-40 when they need to break loose a frozen bolt, but they’re wrong! WD stands for water displacement, and while it does indeed perform admirably in light lubrication situations, you’re better off using the correct tool. Next time you’re one bolt away from glorious success, impress your lady friend by soaking it in our go to, a real life penetrant used in the aerospace industry. $32. Buy here. (Recommended by Adam)
Movo Deluxe Lavalier Lapel Clip-On Microphone – Looking for a small, portable, great sounding lavalier microphone without spending a lot of dough? For only $25, you can pickup the Movo microphone to make your VLOGS or Podcasts sound much better than your smartphones built-in microphone. Doing an interview and want to make sure your audio is clear? Getting the microphone close to your subject is crucial. We grabbed a pair of these a few months back and they work great. There are more robust and expensive models out there but we have yet to encounter any issues with these. They pickup good sound and don’t require any batteries. Buy here. (Recommended by Jordan)
The Arsenal of Democracy – Written by the author of another of our favorites detailing a special period of American motorsports history (Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans), AJ Baime delves deep into the unique American innovation that helped Ford transform Detroit from “Motor City”, to an assembly line tens of thousands of workers strong, producing bombers that would help the allies to win the second World War. $10-$22. Buy Here. (Recommended by Adam)
Wasabi 2-Pack Batteries & Charger for Fuji X Cameras – Earlier this year, our Editor Jordan, switched from shooting Canon to Fujifilm. He’s been loving the quality of the cameras & lenses, the incredible Fuji colors and how much lighter his camera bag weighs. Whenever you buy a new camera, you inevitably need to buy more batteries. OE batteries can cost you a bundle, so we suggest you give these Wasabi batteries a go. This 2-pack is great and inexpensive. Comes with a charger that works better than the OE Fuji model, a plug to charge in your car and international adapters. All this for $23.99. You can’t even buy 1 new Fuji battery for that. Buy here. (Recommended by Jordan)
Battery Tender Quick Disconnect Plug with USB Charger – The Battery Tender is often one of the first accessories recommended for new motorcycle owners, and this USB adapter has just increased it’s usefulness even more. This adapter is a quick and easy way to keep your smart phone topped off while enjoying two wheeled freedom for an already low price. $11. Buy here. (Recommended by Adam)
Boveda 2-Way Humidity Control Packs – Okay cigar friends, you probably already have some of these stashed in your humidor. No? Do yourself a favor and grab a few packs to keep on hand. We usually keep a 4-pack around just in case we need to setup a new humidor. Unlike other humidor packs and sticks that require you to add water, these work straight out of their packaging. Toss one in your travel humidor and keep your cigars fresh on the road. If you’re heading to ICPCR this week you better make sure you have some on hand to keep all the sticks you score nice and fresh to smoke later. $16.88. Buy here. (Recommended by Jordan)
The Art Of Fixing Things – With shop classes disappearing from high school curriculum, many basic tips, tricks and skills aren’t being passed down, resulting in more waste as devices are replaced, not repaired. Be a winner and amaze your pals as you demonstrate proper usage of hand tools, remove frozen nuts with a chisel, pinpoint automotive electrical problems, and more than 150 other simple but important life skills. FREE on Kindle Unlimited or $11. Buy here. (Recommended by Adam)
Kershaw Cryo II Folding Knife – We grabbed one of these from Bass Pro Shops ($55 now only $30 on Amazon) about 2 months ago needing a small, good looking, speed assisted folder for travel. Something small enough that it wouldn’t cause California police to get up and arms about carrying it yet still large enough to complete our daily tasks. After looking over our price range for a budget folder, we decided on the Cryo II. So far its performed well, comes extremely sharp and the action is smooth and controlled. Keep in mind this is a budget blade, so don’t expect it to outlast your $500 customs. With that said, its doing its job well and holding up fine. Look for our full Budget Blade Comparison Test coming in the next few months. We’re pitting the top pocket-sized blades against each other in a battle royal. Soon. Buy here. (Recommended by Jordan)
Wera Kraftform 334/6 Screwdriver Set with Rack & Laser Tip – There are a few things that the Germans just ‘get’, and tools are one of them. Our cache of inexpensive screw drivers has been disposed of shortly after getting these form fitting tools in hand. A more comfortable fit with more surface area means a more secure grip. Combined with micro laser serrations on the gripping surface, and you have the ultimate screwdriver. Tools are high on the list of items to invest in, and these are an inexpensive way to start a high end collection of your own. $32. Buy here. (Recommended by Adam)
Milwaukee 2403-22 M12 Fuel 1/2″ Drill/Driver 12V Kit – While extra battery capacity is always welcomed, the extra heft of an 18v cordless drill isn’t always necessary for many home improvement projects. The more efficient brushless motor in Milwaukee’s M12 Fuel lineup of tools brings real power to a wide selection of lightweight devices. If the lower capacity but quick charging lithium ion batteries aren’t enough for you, extended capacity options are available that will keep your hammer drills boring, you reciprocating saws cutting, and your impact wrenches snugging. Our kit has been through a number of construction projects, motorcycle builds, car mods and countless home improvement tasks and still works as good as the day it came home. $145. Buy here. (Recommended by Adam)
Just in case you were wondering what else is going to be on sale today, here are just a few items. These deals will be popping up throughout the day.
- Fire TV Stick, fastest selling Amazon device of all time, $15 off
- Kindle, $30 off
- Fire HD 7, $60 off
- Fire HD 7 Kids Edition, $60 off
- 32-inch LED TV, $75
- 40-inch 1080p LED TV, $115
- Brand-name 32-inch Smart HDTV, under $200
- 50-inch 4K TV bundle, under $1000
- Bose headphones at the lowest price ever on Amazon
- Chromebook laptop, only $199
- Over 50% off two Nikon COOLPIX cameras
- Highly rated binoculars, under $120
- Two security camera-kits, $279.99
- Save up to 50% on select tools for the DIY auto enthusiast
- Connected Car and Scan Tool products starting at 60% off
- Road-trip-ready automotive products starting at 50% off
It’s a little early, but now wouldn’t be a bad time to get some Holiday presents out of the way! Happy Shopping Prime Members.