CHEAP WIRECUTTER PICKS YOU CAN BUY RIGHT NOW

We predict $0.00 of regrets.
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    The Best Pen: uni-ball Jetstream http://wrctr.co/1RW20lj
    For an affordable pen that writes smoothly; dries quickly and indelibly; won’t bleed, skip or feather; and has the best ink flow of any non-fountain pen; grab yourself the uni-ball Jetstream. Available in a number of sizes and colors, it’s the best affordable pen around for taking notes at school or a meeting. [$11]
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    The Best Mechanical Pencil: uni-ball Kuru Toga http://wrctr.co/1U3kXnT
    The Kuru Toga sets itself apart with an internal mechanism that slightly rotates the lead every time you write, making sure that you’re always presenting the sharpest possible line to the page. [$4]
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    The Best Umbrella: Lewis N. Clark Automatic Travel Umbrella http://wrctr.co/1RW2zM6
    Unlike other sub-$20 umbrellas, the plain-looking and plain-feeling Automatic Travel Umbrella has spring-loaded spines that help it open and close reliably and snappily at the push of a button (most others in this price range will open but not close with a button, or will be completely manually operated). [$14]
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    The Best Lightning Cable: Anker Lightning to USB Cable http://wrctr.co/1TGGrtI
    Anker’s cable is very similar to Apple’s standard Lightning to USB cable (1 m), which costs about $10 more. The 34.5-inch-long Anker option is about the same diameter as Apple’s, with a stress-relief collar that’s molded together with a plastic plug housing, meaning it should be sturdier than most of the competition. It charges any iPad or iPhone at its fastest possible rate and has stunningly high customer ratings on Amazon.com. [$8]
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    Best In-Ear Headphones Under $40: AKG Y 20U http://wrctr.co/1pFAHEf
    After researching hundreds of headphones in this price range, seriously considering 244, and testing 108 with our panel of audio experts (68 in the last two rounds, and 40 this round), we’re confident that the AKG Y 20U are the best purchase for the money. [$30]
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    The Best Selfie Stick for Smartphones: Looq DG http://wrctr.co/1RW3090
    The Looq DG has a solid clamp that works on even the largest, heaviest phones around—we tested mostly with an iPhone 6 Plus in a case. While some selfie sticks rely on a Bluetooth connection to communicate with your smartphone, the Looq DG uses a cable that plugs into your smartphone’s headphone jack to replicate the volume-up-button shutter-release feature of both iOS and Android. [$17]
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    The Best Multiport USB Wall Charger: Anker 36W 4-Port USB Wall Charge http://wrctr.co/1VF3Uvi
    After surveying more than 1,100 Wirecutter readers and using six iPads to test 19 top models, we can safely say that Anker’s 36W 4-Port USB Wall Charger Travel Adapter with PowerIQ Technology is the best USB wall charger for most people. At only $20, it’s essentially the same price as Apple’s single-port 12W USB Power Adapter, but the Anker model can push out three times as much power and can charge four devices at once. [$17]
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    The Best Smartphone Car Mount: TechMatte MagGrip CD Slot http://wrctr.co/23pWEGj
    Although it may not be what you’d envision when you think of a car mount, the MagGrip CD Slot proved to be a simple, compact, and affordable option that’s a great fit for most cars. Compared to the other models we tested, the style allows for the easiest insertion, removal, and repositioning and does not sacrifice a secure hold. [$11]
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    The Best Water Bottle: Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottle http://wrctr.co/1SFfPEq
    The Klean Kanteen is our overall favorite bottle. It’s stainless steel so unwanted smells and tastes are kept to a minimum. Plus, it has a loop cap so you can attach it to a carabiner or backpack or whatever. [$17]
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    The Best USB Car Charger: Scosche USBC242M reVOLT dual http://wrctr.co/1V8zPpv
    Although it is incredibly small, the reVOLT dual is not so tiny that it’s difficult to remove. It stood up to every device we threw at it, including multiple iPhones, iPads, a OnePlus One, and a Samsung Galaxy S5, charging each at full speed. Compared to the competition, it offers the best balance of power and price, and it comes from a reputable company. And the price of this multi-port charger is so low that there’s no reason to consider a single-port model. [$15]