Most Prime Day deals help you save hundreds, but only if you spend hundreds first. You've probably already bought any major purchases during Day 1 of the Big Deals event; today is all about impulse buys, future stocking stuffers, accessories, and other knick-knacks.
So let's not waste any more time on this preamble. You want reliable, high-quality Prime Day deals that don't sound like real investments — things you can add to your cart in seconds because you know you can use one, or one more.
We have the answers! We'll highlight our favorite Prime Day deals under $30, while also providing quick product links to other devices we think you'll appreciate.
Prime Day smart home deals under $30
Amazon Echo Dot (5th Gen):
$50 $22.99 at Amazon (54% off)
Our number two pick for best Alexa speaker, this petite orb is one of the best smart speakers across all brands that'll fit on any shelf and give you easy access to news, package updates, and music. Our review runs through all of the reasons we like it, primarily the solid speaker quality. Our #1 pick, the larger Echo 4th Gen, has better sound, but at $54 ($45 off), it's a bit too costly for this list.
Blink Video Doorbell HD:
$60 $29.99 at Amazon
It's rare to be able to protect your porch against package thieves for this low of a price. Our smart home expert called it "the only $50 doorbell you'll need" in his review last year, and now the only difference is that you can snag one for even less, thanks to Prime Day! It has reliable motion detection, long battery life, and good-quality footage during both day and night.
- Amazon Blink Mini:
$35$14.99 at Amazon; one of our writers bought 3 Blink Minis for $40, while praising their trustworthiness.
- Amazon Echo Glow:
$30$16.99 at Amazon: This cute multicolored smart lamp is designed for kids but can work as a nightlight, mood light, or party light for anybody.
- Amazon Echo Pop:
$40$17.99 at Amazon: Our Echo Pop review praised its unique design and decent sound, along with an even smaller footprint than the Echo Dot!
- Govee 100ft LED strip lights:
$25$14.99 at Amazon: Govee is one of the best brands for smart lights out there, and you'll get a ton of lights with this deal to cover your whole house (or close to it)
- Kasa Smart Bulb 2-pack:
$25$13.99 at Amazon: These smart bulbs are both full color and dimmable, and will work with your Alexa or Google Assistant speaker
- Kasa Smart Plugs (4-pack):
$30$21.48 at Amazon: Also, Echo or Google Home compatible, these smart plugs will essentially turn your dumb electronics into something smart and controllable by voice.
Prime Day chargers, cables, and power banks under $30
Anker PowerCore Slim 10K:
$17.99 $12.59 at Amazon
Anker makes some of our favorite power banks, but they're mostly on the pricey side. This lightweight and affordable model should squeeze out enough power for two phone recharges before needing charging itself. It's not the fastest charging option, but you can look at our next pick for that!
INIU Portable Charger, 22.5W 20000mAh:
$40 $28.91 at Amazon
Our number two pick in our best power banks round-up, the INIU charger beats the Anker above with twice the capacity and much faster speed, thanks to Power Delivery 3 and Quick Charge 4 support. It also has multiple ports and both in & out charging. The main issue is that it's not as compact as the Anker Slim, but if you want a backpack charger option instead of a pocket one, this is your best choice.
- AINOPE 240W 90-Degree USB C to USB C Cable:
$12.99$8.99 at Amazon; AC's Jerry Hildenbrand highlighted this cable as a great option if you like to use your phone while it's charging.
- Anker USB-C to USB-C 3.1 Gen 2:
$20$15.99 at Amazon: This is our #1 pick on our list of the best USB-C cables.
- Energizer AA Batteries (32 count):
$20$14 at Amazon: I personally bought these for my energy-guzzling Xbox Wireless controller.
Prime Day phone case deals for our favorite phones
CaseBorne protective case for Pixel 8 Pro:
$40 $24.98 at Amazon
This rugged case comes with a screen protector, MagSafe compatibility, and kickstand built-in. CaseBorne promises that it will withstand 21-foot drops thanks to "4X MIL-STD 810G-516.6" protection. You'll also find other great Pixel 8 Pro cases on sale for Prime Day, if this isn't the look you're going for.
Other great Prime Day tech deals under $30
SAMSUNG EVO Select 128GB microSDXC:
$20 $9.99 at Amazon
Our top pick for the best microSD cards out there today, this Samsung card is 50% off and will give you extra storage for your phones, tablets, security cameras, or other devices with that handy microSD slot. The 256GB and 512GB versions are also on sale for under $30, but this has the best discount and is probably enough for most people.
Syntech 16FT Meta Quest 3 PC link cable:
$25.99 $16.99 at Amazon
Are you a Quest 2 or future Quest 3 owner looking to play PC VR games? A USB-C cable is the best way to maintain a steady connection to your gaming rig, and this cable is long enough to give you plenty of play space, has a 90-degree connector so it won't tear out of your Quest's USB-C port, and is about 1/5 the price of the official cable.
KIWI Design Head Strap for Quest 2:
$50 $29.99 at Amazon
The Quest 2's default strap doesn't provide enough comfort and support, which is why we recommend third-party head strap alternatives that you can install in its place. This particular model is one of our favorites; we typically recommend the battery pack version to double your playtime (currently $50) but this is your best bargain-priced option.
Maxone 500GB Slim External Hard Drive:
$34.60 $27.68 at Amazon
Most of our favorite external hard drives are discounted for Prime Day, but still fall closer to the $50-and-up range. If price is your main focus here, this popular hard drive will give you plenty of space in a compact package for half the price you'd normally pay.
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Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.