Great deal on this hand-crank coffee grinder

Only a few minutes remain on this deal - a $9 hand-cranked conical burr grinder. Good for travel. I bought one for an upcoming five-week stay in Japan. Read the rest

Rechargeable Sonicare toothbrush for $12

I went to the dentist for the first time in about 10 years, because I had a cracked tooth. The dentist told me my teeth looked good but said I should get an electric toothbrush. I asked what kind, and he said he liked Sonicare. I got one for about $60, but now I see Amazon has one one sale for $12 Read the rest

Stanley flask for $12

This is probably the lowest price for the Classic Stanley Flask -- 11.90 on Amazon. I've admired my friend's for a while, and now I'm getting one for myself. Don't forget to pick up a flask funnel, too! Read the rest

Lowest price on the Anker Astro candy-bar sized battery pack

I have a few different phone charging batteries, and the 6700mAh Anker Astro candy-bar sized battery is my favorite, because it's the perfect combination of itty-bittyness and high-capacity. It'll charge an iPhone 7 twice. My wife adopted mine so I just bought another. The price is $13.19, an all-time low on Amazon. Read the rest

These digital calipers are on sale for under $10

I bought some digital measurement calipers mainly as a tool for 3D printing, But I quickly learned that it was useful measuring other things - pipe diameters (inner and outer), screw diameters, small pieces of wood, and so on. If you're interested in 3D printing or model making, I'd say getting one of these for $10 is a no-brainer. Read the rest

This is one reason why laser printers are better than inkjets - supercheap cartridges

Unless you really love crappy color printouts, get rid of your inkjet printer and buy a cheap wireless laser printer, like this one: the Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer. I've had a similar one for years and the best thing about it is the cheap 3rd party toner cartridges. I buy them using Amazon Prime. Here's a 2-pack for $11. I've never had an incompatibility, leakage, or smearing problem with this brand. Read the rest

Great deal on Philips OneBlade

The Philips Norelco OneBlade hybrid electric trimmer and shaver is regularly $35. Amazon is selling it for $17.47, which is lower than it's ever been. I've heard good things about it, so at this price I bought one. Read the rest

Tiny flush-fit dual USB adapter for cars for $9

I've been using Aukey's Flush Fit Dual Port USB adapter since early 2016. Once you push it into the car's "cigarette lighter" hole, it's close to a flush fit. It could be a chore to pull it out, but I've never had a reason to. Read the rest

Boing Boing's Andrea James interviewed about her favorite tools

It was a treat to have my friend and regular Boing Boing contributor Andrea James on the Cool Tools Show podcast. Andrea is a writer, director, producer, and activist. Her last film, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, aired on SHOWTIME. She's developing a talk show called Conversations with Coco and will direct the film Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps in 2018.

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Braun Silk-épil 9 ($110)

"I own one of the oldest websites on hair removal, and that came out of some work I've done helping transgender women with consumer issues. And when I started on the Internet it was the Wild West and there were a lot of scams, and so I just started answering questions and putting them online, and now it’s 1300 pages of information. …This is a kind of rotary tweezer. So it’s a rotating head like an electric shaver, but it has tweezers on it, and as they spin they open and close and can tweeze much more quickly than a standard one-at-a-time or two-at-a-time tweezer. And the reason that this Braun Silk-épil 9 is really great is that they’ve added a little LED light on it so you can see the hairs, which is really helpful for someone like me who has very fine blonde hairs on my legs and things like that, and I can see them much easier as I use this."

Streamlight ProTac Tactical Flashlight ($60)

"I had a detached retina a few years ago, so my night vision is not great in one eye, and so I've become quite the connoisseur of flashlights. Read the rest

Good deal on adjustable folding utility table

I've been waiting for the price to drop on this adjustable folding utility table. It's usually $40, but right now on Amazon it's S26 so I just bought it. The price is bound to go up soon. It has three height settings (22-Inch, 29-Inch and 36-Inch) and can be compactly folded and carried with a built-in handle.

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Good deal on this padded foldable picnic blanket

We got this picnic blanket in 2016 and use it every time we go to the beach. It folds out to 60" x 78", and folds up to a 12.5" x 10.6" rectangle complete with handle. The bottom is made of some kind of tough waterproof material and the top is easy to wipe clean. It's padded, and the top surface feels nice and has a pretty leaf pattern.

It was $27 when we got it but if you use coupon code BQ9PEOCY you can get it for $16.

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A motion detecting light for your mailbox

Last year I bought this mailbox light. You stick it inside your mailbox (it's got peel-off sticky tape). Two sensors - light and motion - sense what's happening. If they sense darkness and no motion (door closed) nothing happens. If they sense light and motion (opening the box in the day) nothing happens. If they sense darkness and motion (opening the box at night) the light goes on for a couple of minutes, allowing you to see the mail.

It runs on 3 AAA batteries, which last months. When it is time to change the batteries, just pull on the case to release it from the magnetic back cover (which is attached to the mailbox with the sticky tape).

At 2 for $15 (give one to a friend or install in a cabinet) this is worthwhile convenience. Read the rest

Good deal on this LED headlamp

I bought this LED headlamp in 2015 and I use it a lot: walks at night, barbecuing, reading, fixing stuff, going under the crawl space. It's basically a flashlight that you don't have to hold. It's got plenty of light on the brightest setting. Right now it's $6.79 on Amazon with free same day shipping for Prime members. Read the rest

Price reduction on dual USB wall outlet: $15.29

I bought this wall outlet with 2 USB chargers for $17. It's now on sale for $15.29 on Amazon. This one also includes wallplates, which mine didn't come with. Read the rest

AmazonBasics adjustable tablet stand for $8

This tablet stand was just what we needed for our kitchen iPad, which we use for recipes and streaming video. It's easily adjusted to any angle, and feels solid. It also folds to a compact size for travel. At $9, it's a good deal. Read the rest

Good deal: Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote + Echo Dot

We use our Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote multiple times a day. The Dot is in our kitchen and we use it to get news updates (NPR), play podcasts and audiobooks, and to get the weather forecast. I also like to ask it the price of bitcoin. The Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is great if you are an Amazon prime member. It also streams HBO, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and most other streaming services.

Amazon has a good deal today: $60 for a Fire TV Stick and an Echo Dot. Read the rest

This Dremel rotary tool clone is a great deal at $21

I've been using this Wen rotary tool for a few months and I'm really happy with it. It accepts Dremel bits, which I already have in abundance. If you don't have any Dremel bits, no problem -- it comes with a good starter assortment. The flexible shaft is an added bonus, because it gives you more control than holding the tool itself. It's a great way to rough out the shape of wooden spoons I've been whittling:

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