About the Author

Seth Weintraub


Publisher and Editorial Director of the 9to5/Electrek sites.

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Seth Weintraub is an award-winning journalist and blogger who won back to back Neal Awards during his three plus years  covering Apple and Google at IDG’s Computerworld from 20072010.  Weintraub next covered all things Google for Fortune Magazine from 2010-2011 amassing a thick rolodex of Google contacts and love for Silicon Valley culture.

It turns out that his hobby 9to5Mac.com blog was always his favorite and in 2011 he went full time adding his Fortune Google followers to 9to5Google.com and adding the commerce component 9to5Toys.com gear and deals site. In 2013, Weintraub bought one of the Tesla’s first Model S EVs off the assembly line and so began his love affair with the Electric Vehicle and green energy which is now electrek.co.

From 1997-2007, Weintraub was a Global IT director and Web Developer for a number of companies with stints at multimedia and branding agencies in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Madrid and London before becoming a publisher/blogger.

Seth received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California with a minor in Multimedia and Creative Technology in 1997. In 2004, he received a Master’s from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s ITP program.

Hobbies: Weintraub is a licensed single engine private pilot, certified open water diver and spent over a year traveling to 60 cities in 23 countries. Whatever free time exists is now guaranteed to his lovely wife and two amazing sons.

More at About.me.

Tips: seth@9to5mac.com, or llsethj on Wickr/AIM/Skype

July 9

expiredBack-up your whole desktop w/ CyberPower 1500VA 900W 12 Outlet UPS: $125 shipped

Today only, as part of Gold Box, Amazon offers its Prime members the CyberPower monster 1500VA 900W 12 Outlet BRG1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS System for $124.95 shipped. That’s $91 off of list $60 off its normal price and the lowest we’ve ever seen by over $15. This is CyberPower’s flagship with a LCD display, DB9 serial port which also includes coax and network surge protection, and comes with a 5 year warranty on both the electronics and the battery. It also has two 2.1A USB ports to charge your phones/tablets in an outage. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

expiredToday’s Anker Gold Box has a little of everything: High-speed Qi charger $13, USB-PD 5 port $25, more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Anker via Amazon offers its Prime members a variety of Smartphone accessories and more at all time low prices.

Some standouts:

  • Replace your MacBook/Pro power supply with this 29W USB PD AC adapter that also has 4 more high speed USB-A ports: $24.74
  • High-speed wireless Qi charging pad for iPhone 8/plus/X or Samsung/LG/more phones: $12.59
  • Quickly power up devices in the car w/30W dual port USB adapter: $15.99
  • Don’t forget cables! 10-ft. Powerline MFi Lightning cable (red): $12.59
  • Two iPhone 8 charges in your pocket! Powercore 5000mAh “lipstick” form factor battery: $13.99

There’s a lot more here so check it out but hurry because some of these are in low supply.

June 25

expiredGrab that emergency compact laser printer for $88 (Reg. $150), today only

Today only, as part of Amazon’s Gold Box Deals of the Day, you can grab a Lexmark Compact Laser Printer for $88 shipped. That’s 66% off it list price, about half off its going rate and the first time this year it has dropped below $100 at Amazon. Rated 3.8/5 stars.

expiredToday’s the day to green your yard work: 80V Greenworks Pro Lawnmower $161, more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers our favorite ecosystem of green yard equipment for lowest-ever prices. Greenworks “Pro” 80V yard equipment has the power to replace the gas/oil equivalents with room to spare. If you are already in the Greenworks 80V ecosystem with a battery and charger, grab the 21-Inch Cordless Lawn Mower for $161.15 shipped.  I have had this mower for 3 years and love it. Also you can grab the big boy 4Ah 80V battery for $141 shipped. More favorites:

June 18

expiredSave big on Kershaw Cryo folding knives, today only: $16-$24 Prime Shipped

Today only as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers Kershaw Cryo folding knives in a variety of colors and styles for $15.99-$23.99 shipped. These 4.5/5 star rated stainless steel knives are ideal for any backpacker, hunter, wilderness guide, gardener, mechanic, or anyone in need of a sturdy, strong everyday carry.

expiredGet cleaning! Dyson portable stick vacuum: $180 shipped (Cert. Refurb, 25% off)

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Daily Deals, Amazon offers the Dyson V6 Origin Cordless Stick Vacuum refurb in White or Yellow for $179.99 shipped.That’s 25% off and the lowest price we could find on this powerful bagless portable vacuum that offers up to 20 minutes of fade free suction. It also includes convenient wall charger stand. Rated 3.8/5 stars and ships with a 6-month warranty.

June 4

expiredUpgrade your grooming game with Braun/Oral-B clippers, shavers and SMART toothbrushes

Amazon’s Gold Box Deals of the Day includes a nice trifecta of grooming products from Oral B/Braun.

  • The “smart toothbrush” Braun Genius 8000 pairs with your smartphone/app via Bluetooth and uses facial recognition to make sure you don’t miss any spots: $94.99 shipped
  • The Braun Series 3 Electric wet/dry shaver in Blue has quite a bit of bells and whistles for $34.99 and if you look through Amazon’s images, you’ll find another $10 off via rebate for a nutty price of $24.99 AR. 
  • Hit that fade at home with the Braun HC5090 Rechargeable Hair Clipper and Trimmer w 17 length settings: $36 shipped – $5 more off via rebate= $31 shipped. 

expiredTime to eat Alfresco! Amazonia outdoor wood dining sets, starting at $673

Today only via Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, pick up Amazonia Eucalyptus or Teak outdoor dining sets ranging in price from $672.56 to $1,078. There are 6 sizes and shapes but I’ve got eyes for the 8 seat square table (pictured) or the smaller 6 seat Teak/Wicker set but check them all out

May 21

expiredTake 40% off Coleman camping gear, Intex 2 person Kayak: $59, more

Today only as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers a selection of great camping gear from Coleman up to 40% off. Standouts:

Separately, grab an Intex 2 person Inflatable Kayak for $58.99 shipped. This 4.3/5 star rated Kayak seats 2 and includes 2 aluminum oars and high output pump. 

Today only as one of its Gold Boxes, Amazon offers the Anker Nebula projector for $248 shipped. That’s over $100 off this 4.2/5 star rated Android 7.1 device, sized just smaller and lighter than a soda can which can accept HDMI input from iOS devices, Apple TV and other streaming/gaming/disc systems or use its built in Android OS to stream content directly from Netflix, Youtube, Hulu and anything else that runs on Android. Great for presentations too.

It has a 5W surround speaker, 4 hour battery that charges in 2.5 hours via MicroUSB and a 100 lumen 854×480 native resolution.  expand full story

April 28

Behind the Screens is a weekly 9to5Toys series that takes you through our writers’ setups, be it mobile, desktop, gaming or home theater. Next up is Seth Weintraub, Publisher of the 9to5 Network.

Running the vast 9to5 media empire from home certainly can have its advantages but if I spend my whole day in my office, I go a little insane. That’s why I break up my day with some time at the local coffee shop. I usually drop in after driving my kid to school or a little electric bike ride and spend about 2 hours (usually 7:30-9:30am-ish) knocking out emails, Slack, Twitter, light image and video editing and starting some writing. Head below for a look at my mobile setup…

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April 23

expirediPhone X black leather wallet case from AmazonBasics: under $3 Prime shipped

Amazon offers the AmaonBasics iPhone X wallet case in black for $2.72 with free Prime shipping. That’s $25 off and by far the lowest price we’ve seen on a name brand detachable leather wallet case for iPhone X. This 3.5/5 star rated case has a magnetic closure and 3 credit card slots.

Note other colors are available including Navy at $3.18

expiredPut fast wireless chargers everywhere with a RAVPower Qi Charger

Update: the $9 option is back-ordered and won’t be shipping until April 28th.

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Daily Deals, Amazon offers two RAVPower Qi wireless charging adapters at all time low prices. The standout here is the 4.1/5 star reviewed RavPower Standard fast charging pad for $8.99 Prime shipped. This will charge your Samsung Galaxy or iPhone 8/X at up to 10W of power just by laying it on the pad. Note it doesn’t include the AC USB adapter but you likely have tons of these lying around. If not jump on one of our favorite dualies here for $8.

April 21

Although they cost $159 and can still be hard to find, there’s a lot to love about Apple’s AirPods. The W1 chip makes it easy to pair with Apple devices and they just work…unless they just fall out of your ears like mine. (You can pop some Earbuddyz on them but then you have to remove to charge creating more of a hassle, lost pieces).

I’ve gone back to just using my Bose QC35s for workouts and everyday music listening but now that summer is coming, I’ve been looking for an AirPods alternative to keep cool while mowing the lawn. There are a ton of garbage wireless headphones out there for $10-$20 that people have sent me but I think I’ve found a really good pair worth your attention. Not only do these earbuds sound good and work much like Apple’s AirPods, but they can also be had for a great price.

MJYUN Bluetooth Truly Wireless Earbuds with Noise Cancelling and USB-C charging Case are $27.99 after using code O8CJ2DTY this weekend only.

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April 16

expiredFinally grab that wide-angle 1080P dash cam with Anker’s Roav Gold Box: from $45

Don’t miss out on capturing video of your car adventures with today’s Amazon Gold Box that feature: Anker Roav 1080P wide angle dash cams for $44.99 for fixed and $50.99 for swivel w/ Wi-Fi and app compatibility. Good for roughly 30% off the regular going rate. More deals below.

April 12

expiredPut Qi wireless chargers for iPhone/Android in all the places! $7+ $2 shipping

Monoprice offers a generic 1A Qi wireless charging pad in black or white for $6.99 with shipping starting at $2. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen on a Qi charger for iPhone 8/Plus/X, Samsung Galaxies and other Qi charging devices. Note that this will only charge at 1A speeds, which is the same as the default charger that comes with an iPhone. At this price you can put these all over your house and car.

If you are looking for more items to pad your shipping, Monoprice has a great selection of clearance items and up to 85% off AV equipment – shipping per item reduces as you purchase more stuff.

April 9

expiredKeep the herbs coming all year long with Amazon’s choice of LED AeroGarden for $140

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the AeroGarden Ultra (LED) with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit for $139.95 shipped. That’s $100 off of this highly-efficient LED 4.4/5 star-rated system that includes seven seed pods to get you started off. I have an older version of this product and we use it in the kitchen to have fresh basil, cilantro, chives, mint and dill at all times (no stuff from the store getting old) and we love it. There’s almost no impact on our electric bill and you can leave it to itself for weeks at a time. I’m tempted to get another right now…

April 2

expiredGet pumped for spring! Sony XB20 water-resistant Bluetooth speaker w/ 12 hour battery: $48 shipped

Few things scream spring like a solid waterproof Bluetooth speaker pumping out the beats. Today’s Amazon Gold Box has an extremely (4.5/5 star) well-reviewed Sony XB20 in Black, White, Red or Blue for $48 shipped. That’s $50 off retail and about $22 less than we’ve ever seen it. It features IPX 50 water resistance, NFC for easy Android pairing, 12 hour battery life

March 26

expiredMac/PC + Networking Gold Box: portable hard drives from $63, 4K gaming monitors, more

Today’s Amazon Gold Box features an assortment of Mac/PC gaming and network components for 40% off leading to some all time lows on popular products from top shelf manufacturers. Free shipping is available for Prime members or in orders of $25+. Whether you are building a new gaming rig or need to beef up your Mac/PC there is something for everyone here. Some standouts:

There’s a ton of great stuff here at all time lows so make sure to check it all out.

March 23

Amazon Link/ CodeAZBF7HCC at checkout $585.19+$10 <week ground shipping

I know a high-end ebike when I see one and this Ancheer 250W is absolutely not high-end. In fact, it would probably be a bit of a stretch to call this a mid-tier electric bike. Ancheer, a Chinese company that also sells USB peripherals, Fitness equipment and other knickknacks, took a bunch of base level components and put them on a Huffy-level all aluminum bike frame and out of this concoction got a good sub-$600 ebike. So how good/bad is it? Let me tell you…

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