21 Early Black Friday Deals: Electric Scooters, Binoculars, and Camera Bags – WIRED | Episode Movies

We have reached November and we are fast approaching the holidays. We’re three weeks away from Black Friday proper, but several stores have already started early Black Friday sales – with the guarantee that prices on select products won’t drop any further during the main event itself. B&H has just started selling too, so we’ve included a few of the items we like from the retailer, as well as a few other discounted goodies like electric scooters and binoculars.

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Electric scooter deals

Niu KQi3 Pro

Photo: Niu

Enter the code WIRED25 at checkout to get $200 off our favorite electric scooter for most people. The KQi3 Pro has perks like lights, bells, and a roomy handlebar so you can add a phone mount for navigation. Julian Chokkattu, editor of WIRED reviews, says it offers the best range for the money, and at 20mph you should get between 15 and 20 miles per charge. It’s heavy at 45 pounds and the handlebars don’t fold down, but it’s relatively easy to carry. (Disclosure: We don’t have much experience with Wellbots, the retailer behind this deal, but they have mostly positive reviews online.)

We like Apollo scooters, and the City (7/10, WIRED recommends) has enough power and range to satisfy. It’s heavy at 57 pounds, so it’s best if you have an elevator or garage. The company started its Black Friday sale early, and it includes bundles where you can get up to $200 worth of accessories for free.

Camera Deals

Nikon Z6 II

Photo: Nikon

If you’re a Nikon fan, this is our favorite mirrorless camera. The Z series cameras have a lens system that lets more light into the corners of the sensors. WIRED Senior Writer Scott Gilbertson says the 24-megapixel full-frame sensor has excellent dynamic range and its phase-detection autofocus system is among the best it’s used. The video quality is also excellent. This offer is also available from B&H and Adorama.

This beefy camera is the best mirrorless option for Canon fans. It’s well built, with a sensor that outputs a warmer tone – which you might like – and fast autofocus. There’s an adapter you can buy if you want to use your old Canon glass with this beast. This offer is also available from B&H and Adorama.

GoPro’s Hero9 action camera is now two generations old, but Hero10 and Hero11 are still quite expensive. If you don’t mind buying an older (but still good) model, then this is a great option. The Hero9 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) can do almost everything the newer models can, especially as it has the same 23.6MP sensor as the Hero10, captures 20MP images and 5.3K videos (excluding stabilization). This offer is also available from B&H and GoPro.

Binoculars deals

Nikon Monarch M5

Photo: B&H

Our favorite binoculars are some of the most popular for bird watching, and the 8×42 magnification is the most versatile (eight is the power of magnification and 42 is the millimeter size of the front lens). They are lightweight and come with a comfortable shank strap. The glass offers bright views with little chromatic aberration, so there is little distortion when viewing in bright sunlight. This offer is also available from B&H.

These are our budget 8×42 binocular recommendations, so that extra discount is welcome. They’re not as bright and clear as the Monarchs above, but they’re excellent for the beginner birdwatcher or casual enthusiast.

Be sure to choose the 8×25 size. The price of these binoculars has hovered around $320 for the past few months, although it occasionally jumps to $350. The Zeiss Terra ED is the compact upgrade choice in our guide to the best binoculars. You get a great sharp picture in a 10.9 ounce package. They also fold up into a nice pocket-sized package and come with a tough, waterproof case.

Laptop and storage deals

MacBook Air (M2, 2022)

Photo: apple

Do you need a laptop? This isn’t the best deal ever (it’s previously dropped to $1,049), but it remains a nice discount. The MacBook Air (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is what most people should buy. It has a beautiful 13.6-inch LCD screen and an elegant redesign, plus the M2 chip offers good performance for everyday tasks. Ports are missing unfortunately. This offer is also available from B&H.

This is the 2020 MacBook Air (9/10, WIRED Recommends), but it’s still excellent, especially at this price point. The battery lasted us through a full workday, and the M1 chip means this machine wakes up instantly from sleep too. It’s great for everyday tasks and a little bit more.

This is the lowest price we’ve ever found for this portable solid state drive. This SanDisk SSD is the fastest of the portable SSDs we’ve tested, and it’s built to last, so it can withstand everyday dings. If you’re in the field and need to back up your work quickly, get this one.

Western digital elements

Photo: Western Digital

If you need storage but not mobility, this is the best hard drive for backup. WIRED senior author Scott Gilbertson recommends incremental backups, typically performed overnight, and this is where it fits best. It requires external power and some desk space, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind. The price for this often fluctuates, but at B&H it is also currently $220.

The Crucial X6 is our top pick for portable SSDs. It’s not as fast as the SanDisk above, but still faster than most of the storage options we tested. They are also light and compact. Unfortunately, the construction is quite plasticky, so it won’t withstand too much abuse.

Deals on backpacks and camera bags

Wander Roam

Photo: Wandrd

Our favorite camera strap is on sale for the first time. This 9 liter bag (which often sells out) fits a bulky camera, extra lenses and other accessories. You can even attach a tripod to the included straps at the bottom of the bag. It’s made from 840 denier and 1680D ballistic nylon with YKK water-resistant zippers – all combined to say it’s durable and very comfortable. We also recommend pairing this with Wandrd’s laptop sleeve (also available for $48), which allows you to store your laptop vertically in the sling and also offers some protection. This offer is also available from B&H.

This 18 liter camera bag doesn’t look like a camera bag at all. The camera is accessible from the side, and you can open the front to access the rest of your gadgets. There’s good organization and a rear compartment with a waterproof zipper to protect your laptop. You can also press down the Velcro on the inside to convert it into a regular backpack for those days when you want to leave the camera at home. This offer is also available at Brevite where you can snag it in a variety of colors.

It doesn’t stand out, looks good, but can stow a mirrorless camera and maybe a spare lens too. There are interior pockets for memory cards and batteries, and the full-grain leather exterior offers a luxurious look and feel.

Wandrd Prvke 2.0

Photo: Wandrd

This is WIRED Reviews editor Julian Chokkattu’s favorite camera bag, and the company just released a wave of fresh colors too. There is a side access pocket and to access all your other camera gear you need to unzip the back panel. There’s an expandable roll-top to store more items in, and plenty of zips and pockets for all those other small gear. A tripod can also be stowed in the side pocket. It’s comfortable and durable. We recommend the 31 liter model, but other sizes are also available. This includes the Photo Bundle with accessory straps, a hip belt and the Essential Camera Cube to efficiently store your camera gear in the bag. This offer is also available from B&H.

This is the best discount we’ve seen for this large backpack, which is ideal for backpackers who tend to carry a lot of gear. WIRED Reviews editor Julian Chokkattu took it on a week-long trip around Iceland and it came out unscathed, its gear protected – even from the elements. He recommends grabbing two of the Camera Cube Essential Plus if you have a lot of gear.

Lo & Sons Hanover 2

Photo: Lo & Sons

This backpack is one of the most versatile we’ve tested thanks to its removable panel. For work, this insert provides expert organization to reach all your notebooks, lip balms and drinks (yes, plural – there are two holders). When you’re spending the day with the kids, take out the pack to replace with a changing station or other small clothes and essentials you might need. It is made from 600 denier recycled polyester.

We also like the Lo and Sons Pearl Crossbody, and that’s a great discount — it’s usually close to $300. You can choose from a range of different leather types, accent colors and interior appointments. Not only is it pretty to look at, it’s an organizer’s dream with multiple large pockets and room for an 11-inch iPad Pro in the middle pocket. Because there’s no flap, it’s also easy to get into these pockets. They are still fully closed to keep your gadgets safe.

It’s not a big sale, but this convertible tote-backpack combo is one of our favorite bags, and it’s also one of the best bags made from recycled materials that we’ve tried. Almost everything about it is recycled, from the 100% recycled polyester interior and exterior to the 100% recycled nylon paracord zippers. A pocket on the back opens to reveal the backpack straps, which attach to sturdy D-rings when your one shoulder needs a rest. It’s water-resistant and padded to securely store a 15″ laptop.

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