I’m just going to say it: The New Wave Toysis the coolest thing I’ve seen all year. But it’s also incredibly useful. And, for Cheapskate readers, it’s on sale. Trifecta!
Just add it to your cart and apply promo code CNET20, which saves you 20% and brings the price down to $32 — right in the ballpark of what you’d pay for similar mobile chargers that aren’t anywhere near as cool.
This thing looks exactly like the Sony Walkman cassette player of my youth. It even has buttons and sliders on the side that you can press and slide (though they don’t actually do anything).
Inside there’s a 16,000-mAh battery that can charge up to three devices simultaneously: one via a Type-A USB 3.0 port that supports QuickCharge, one via a USB-C port and one via Qi wireless charging. Those are some surprisingly advanced options for a device you’d think would get by on looks alone.
There’s even a little LED flashlight that turns on or off when you hold down the power button. A short-press illuminates tiny LEDs that show how much power is remaining.
I’m madly in love with this thing. And I think it would make a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift for any mom or dad who has equally fond Walkman memories.
Read more: CNET Mother’s Day 2020 gift guide
Save 20% on another sweet retro gadget
While you’re checking out the Hotline, look at theas well — also 20% off with that same code. It’s a six-port USB power station that looks exactly like the classic arcade change machine. It even has an out-of-service LED that lights up and little mini tokens that sit in the change tray.
Something like that would be right at home alongside the company’s RepliCade mini-arcade machines or the bigger retro coin-ops from Arcade1Up.
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