It’s that time of year again, where the temperatures drop, the leaves start changing color, and every retailer on the planet starts emailing you about Black Friday deals.
While many of the so-called deals aren’t anything to get excited about, there are always a few worth jumping on. This year, I’ve decided to keep a running list of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that come across my inbox.
The focus is on consumer tech, whether that’s hardware, software, or services, with an eye towards travel and remote work. In other words, think of things like laptops, drones, and VPN subscriptions rather than televisions or smart fridges.
Here’s what I’ve found so far. I expect even more deals to show for the rest of this week and over the weekend, so assuming they’re worth talking about, I’ll add them here once they’ve live.
- Anker is giving some big discounts across its wide range of chargers, batteries, cables, and everything else it sells: up to 60% in some cases. We talk about Anker stuff all the time on the site, and I doubt there’s a day that passes when I don’t use one of its accessories.
- Likewise with Soundcore (Anker’s audio brand): up to 60% off. As examples, there’s $50 off the Sleep A10 earbuds that I’ve been using every night for the last few weeks (mentioned here), and a cool $85 off the Liberty 3 Pro noise-canceling buds that I take with me pretty much whenever I’m outside the house (mentioned here).
- On the topic of sleep earbuds, QuietOn is discounting the new 3.1 model (our current top pick in this category) by fifty dollars, pounds, or euros, depending on where you live. I use these buds whenever I’m sleeping in a noisy room, and they work wonders.
- Autel drones are discounted by up to 35% (e.g. EVO Nano+ Premium Bundle for $709, EVO Lite+ Standard Bundle for $1079).
- My current pick for best VPN service, ProtonVPN, is significantly discounted: the Plus plan (which is the one I use) works out at $3.99/month over a 30-month subscription, or $4.79/month over fifteen months. That’s around 40% off the usual price, and it’ll renew at the same rate in the future if you continue your subscription.
- I used Airalo eSIMs while traveling internationally earlier this year, and was impressed with how easy it was to get connected before I’d even got off the plane (review here). New customers get 20% off with the code HOLIDAY20 or BF20, while existing customers get a 15% discount with the code (you guessed it) HOLIDAY15 or BF15.
- Amazon has slashed the price of its Fire TV sticks, which are great little devices for streaming your favorite content on a hotel or Airbnb TV. With half off, I'd go for the 4K version, but there are other discounted models to choose from as well.
- If you’re in the US, Best Buy has already kicked off its sales (although I’m sure there’ll be plenty more in the next couple of weeks). For now, the best deals include:
- My preferred cloud backup service, Backblaze, is offering new customers 20% off from Black Friday (November 25) through Cyber Monday (November 28). Discounts are rare on this, so if you’re in the market for a good backup system that’s zero-effort once set up, jump on this next week.
- You’ll get 10-34% off Jackery portable electric power stations and solar panels from November 24-28. We were really impressed with the model that we reviewed: it’s a game-changer if you spend a lot of time camping or RV’ing off-grid. They’re giving away discount coupons of up to 90% at the moment as well, so sign up now to try and get one of those, then go back to buy the generators next week.
- Speaking of camping, Biolite makes some really cool off-grid tech accessories (I’ve talked about the camp stove that can charge your phone in the past) that are currently discounted by 25%.
- Mujjo, one of our favorite makers of premium cases for Apple laptops and phones, is having a sitewide sale: you’ll get 20-80% off across the board until November 28. There’s no coupon code required.
If you’ve seen any particularly great deals yourself, feel free to drop them in the comments. Happy bargain hunting!
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