5 affordable ways to give back-to-school an upgrade for 2015 [Deals]

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The Jorg Messenger Bag adds a 11,000mAh charger to a sleek and stylish carryall.
The Jorg Messenger Bag adds a 11,000mAh charger to a sleek and stylish carryall.
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School’s changed a lot in recent years, as technology keeps creeping into every aspect of learning along with our lives. Time to get with the times — whether it’s keeping your cash and cell phone in one place, getting a bag that can charge your devices while you walk, or a cyber-secured lock for your locker, we’ve got some of the best deals for making 2015’s back-to-school actually feel like 2015.

FYL Built-In Charger Bags – 49% off

Despite the classic and rugged look, this ain’t your grandparents’ book bag. The Jorg Messenger Bag includes a 11,000-mAh battery pack that can charge a smartphone 4 to 7 times, with a laptop-ready padded compartment and two exterior side pockets for mobile devices. Plus, it comes in multiple colors and design styles.

Get a messenger bag that’s 21st century-ready for just $79.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

This easy-to-set-up antenna offers HD digital TV  without the need to sign up for a service contract.
This easy-to-set-up antenna offers HD digital TV without the need to sign up for a service contract.

1byone Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna –  63% off

With 1byone’s indoor digital antenna, moving into a dorm doesn’t mean you can’t relax after class with your favorite TV programs. If you’re within 25 miles of a broadcast tower, just place the antenna in your space, plug it in, and immediately begin scanning for channels in crystal clear HD. By avoiding expensive TV service contracts, you’ll be left with a lot more lunch money.

Start watching TV essentially for free, this antenna is just $12.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

This super tough key-free padlock is opened with a cell phone, card, or ring, and lets you decide who else you want to grant access.
This super-tough, key-free padlock is opened with a cellphone, card or ring, and lets you decide who else you want to grant access.

The QuickLock – 18% off

School these days means storing lots of expensive technology in a locker, so it should be sealed with a lock that’s up to the challenge. Made of a die-cast zinc alloy, this Terminator-tough padlock forgoes standard keys and combination tumblers in favor of digital access through a card, smartphone, or separately sold fob or ring. Plus, it can be made accessible to whomever else you want via up to 50 wireless NFC keys and an unlimited number of phones.

Guard your locker with this high-tech lock for just $48.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

The HUSKK keeps your phone and wallet slimly and securely in one place.
The HUSKK keeps your phone and wallet slimly and securely in one place.

HUSKK Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case – 49% off

The less stuff you carry around, the less stuff you’re likely to lose. HUSKK’s sleek wallet phone case-and-wallet-in-one can hold up to 7 of cards and a wad of cash while still fitting easily into your pocket. With a face-down screen guard and a hidden magnetic clasp, you can be sure your phone and your cash are secure and easily accessible.

Downsize and upgrade your wallet for $24.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

The Layze Phone Holder keep your phone out of hand but always within reach.
The Layze Phone Holder keep your phone out of hand but always within reach.

Layze Phone Holder – 49% off

These day the smartphone is a constant companion to any student. Whether typing a report, taking notes, or just rubbing the sleep out of your eyes during a late night study session, the Layze Phone Holder will keep your phone in sight and within reach at all times. It’s tough, simple to use, and completely flexible phone mount is perfect for watching movies, voice calls, taking pictures or making verbal notes.

Free your hands from your phone for $24.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.