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Daily Deal: Bluetooth Receiver

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up this handy Bluetooth Receiver for only $14 — that’s 29% off the regular price. Apple may have nixed the aux port on its new phones, but that doesn’t mean you need to part ways with your wired headphones. Perfect for speakers, headphones, and even your car’s stereo system, this handy receiver lets you bring Bluetooth functionality to your wired devices. You can enjoy crisp audio with Bluetooth 4.2 technology and connect to up to two Bluetooth devices at the same time with just one receiver. Plus, iLounge readers can use the promo code ___ GREENMONDAY20___ to get an extra 20% off!

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Review: Satechi Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger

Satechi is the latest Apple accessory maker to get into the wireless charging game with its new Qi-certified wireless charger, sporting the company’s signature aluminum design and providing full charging power for both Apple’s latest iPhones as well as other Qi-compatible smartphones. Like most of Satechi’s products, the name of this one is the usual mouthful: the [Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger][1]. It’s available in either silver or space gray to match the Apple aesthetic.

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Gear: Scosche PowerVolt 3.0 USB-C Fast Chargers

With all of Apple’s recent iPhones now supporting fast charging over USB-C, more companies are getting into the game of providing chargers that can juice up an iPhone at maximum speed, and Scosche joins the party with its PowerVolt 3.0 USB-C Fast Charger ($35) and PowerVolt 3.0 USB-C Charger for Cars ($25). Not content just to provide USB-C charging, however, Scosche’s pair of PowerVolt 3.0 adapters also include a 12-watt USB-A port so you can also deliver double the standard power to a second device while also charging your iPhone at maximum speeds from the 18-watt USB-C PD port. You’ll still need to add the appropriate USB-C to Lightning cable to take advantage of the full charging speeds, but the good news is that we’ll very soon be seeing new cables appearing from third-party MFi partners as well.

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Review: Mophie Charge Stream Desk Stand

Mophie has been one of the more prolific MFi partners when it comes to providing charging and power solutions for Apple devices. It was one of the first companies out of the gate with its Wireless Charging Base when Apple announced Qi charging support for the 2017 iPhone lineup, releasing an iterative update six months later in the form of the Charge Stream Pad+ that heralded the beginning of an entire new lineup of wireless charging products from the company, ranging from battery packs to travel kits, all under the “Charge Stream” branding. Today we’re taking a look at another one of Mophie’s recent entries in the family, the Charge Stream Desk Stand, which essentially takes Mophie’s Pad+ and morphs it into a stand so you can charge your iPhone in a more upright orientation.

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Review: TwelveSouth PowerPic Wireless Charger for iPhone

Twelve South has a long history of creating stylish and unique accessories for Apple’s ecosystem, ranging from its venerable BookBook cases to its elegant HiRise Duet stand. So it’s really no surprise that the company has also taken a creative new approach to wireless charging for Apple’s latest iPhones in the form of its PowerPic, which turns a normally pedestrian Qi-enabled wireless charging pad and hides it in a picture frame to give you a place to juice up your iPhone without interfering with the decor of your home or office.

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Daily Deal: Keyboard Maestro Macro Manager

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up the Keyboard Maestro Macro Manager for only $19 — that’s 47% off the regular price. This award-winning productivity software helps you work more efficiently by creating or recording custom macro shortcuts that you can activate at any time with the press of a key. Open documents instantly, type full sentences with the press of a single key, control web applications, and much more. Keyboard Maestro puts your whole Mac only a key away. Plus, right now iLounge readers can get an extra 20% off with the promo code ___ GREENMONDAY20___ at checkout.

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Review: iFi xCan DAC/Amp

Earlier this year, we reviewed a unique headphone amplifier from a unique company — the iFi micro iDSD Black Label — that wowed us with as a portable DAC and amplifier with desktop-class power output. In that review, we couldn’t help but remark about the dizzying array of proprietary features (“XBassII,” “3D++,” “IEMatch,” etc) and iFi’s equally overwhelming website. This fall, iFi launched a new headphone amplifier and a new website, simplifying its lineup and presentation with a new, more mobile-friendly mix of features. We put iFi’s xCAN portable headphone amplifier through its paces, and while it is undeniably still an iFi product, we think it’s quite good.

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Daily Deal: Hudly 10 W Fast Wireless Car Charger & Mount

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Hudly 10 W Fast Wireless Car Charger & Mount for only $32.99 — that’s 34% off the regular price. Wirelessly charge your phone and navigate hands-free with this handy combination charger and car mount. Delivering 10 watts of wireless charging power, this mount lets you energize your Qi-compatible devices while keeping them snug and secure inside its non-scratch silicon arms. Stick it on your air vent, dashboard, or windshield, and give yourself the perfect viewing angle with 360 degrees of rotation. Plus, with an additional USB charging port built in, you can even power up a second device while you drive. Plus, iLounge readers can save an additional 20% off with the promo code GREENMONDAY20.

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Review: PhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer

Did you know your iPhone may actually be up to 18 times dirtier than a public toilet? This is the claim being made by PhoneSoap, and the problem that the company is out to solve with its eponymous PhoneSoap 3 UV sanitizer. While PhoneSoap’s claims may seem shocking on the surface — and perhaps even a little bit self-serving considering that the company sells a cleaning product — when you actually take time to think about the way in which most of us use our iPhones, it may not be that surprising; after all, we handle our iPhones many times a day, every day, in a wide variety of circumstances, and unless you have the hygienic diligence of a germaphobe, chances are that you’ve transferred germs and bacteria to your iPhone from a variety of everyday objects, ranging from toilets handles to gas station pumps and subway turnstiles, even leaving aside the many surfaces you might set your iPhone down.

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Review: IK Multimedia iRig Keys I/O

IK Multimedia has impressed us quite a bit over the years with its lineup of music accessories that make it a priority to provide tight iOS compatibility. It was one of the first companies on the scene to provide music creation solutions that could directly connect to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod in an era when most other companies simply expected users to rely on more convoluted USB connectivity, and even though other manufacturers have started to provide direct iOS interfaces, IK Multimedia is still one of the few that doesn’t treat iOS devices as an afterthought. It’s been a while since we’ve looked at anything from IK Multimedia, which we think speaks to the staying power of many of their products — our iRig Keys is still working just as well for us today as it was when it first arrived six years ago — but there’s always room for bigger and better products, as IK Multimedia proves with its new iRig Keys I/O ($200/$300), a solution that builds on the company’s more straightforward keyboard controllers, expanding the design into a full-fledged music production station.

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