About the Author

Seth Weintraub


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

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 tech 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 style and 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 in 2014 turned into electrek.co.

In 2018, DroneDJ was born to cover the burgeoning world of drones and UAV’s led by China’s DJI.

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 bachelors 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 Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Art’s ITP program.

Hobbies: Weintraub is a licensed single engine private pilot, certified open water scuba 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. BI 2014 profile.

Tips: seth@9to5mac.com, or llsethj on Wickr/Skype or link at top of page.

July 27

expiredVont collapsible lantern 4-pack incl. batteries, great for camping/emergencies: $20

Today only as its Gold Box, Amazon offers a 4-pack of Vont collapsible lanterns including 12AA batteries for $19.99 Prime shipped. That’s $8 or 30% off on these 4.7/5 star rated lights that are great for camping or emergency power outages. These bright, weather resistant lanterns have 30 LEDs each and will light up a room or tent for 90-hours on the included batteries.

With your savings, load up on rechargeable AA batteries including this 16 pack for $27.99

July 20

expiredUnlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB flagship drops to mid-tier $499 on Gold Box

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB in Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, or Lavender Purple for $499 shipped. (Step up to 512GB storage for $649). That’s half the Aug 2018 launch price and the best we’ve seen on this flagship with Advanced S-Pen, 6.4 inches (160 mm) 1440p Super AMOLED display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It was last on Gold Box in March for $600 where we *noted* that its 4000 mAh battery, 12-megapixel 4K camera, and 6GB of RAM were still flagship caliber. This may make a very enticing alternative for those looking at mid-tier phones with lackluster features and smaller screens. With your savings grab a 512GB SanDisk SD Card for $110 or a Micro Center 2566GB SD Card for $30.

July 14

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is $180, more in today’s Green Deals

Costco offers the Rachio 3 Smart 12-zone Sprinkler Controller for $179.99 shipped. Today’s deal is down from the usual $250 price tag. The latest Rachio smart sprinkler controller helps you save money and water by up to 50% thanks to an automated scheduling system. Leveraging built-in weather tracking technology, it will bypass “unnecessary watering with features like rain skip, wind skip, freeze skip, and more.” Rachio also touts an easy to install design, which typically takes around 30 minutes. Leverage the smartphone app to track your watering and other settings over time. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

Update: Grab a Ninebot Segway ES1 electric kick scooter for $360 shipped 

Head below for more deals on smart light bulbs, and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals.

July 13

expiredStock up on Sylvania smart + LED bulbs with Alexa and Google support from $12

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers an array of Sylvania Smart and LED Light Bulbs multipacks starting at $11.99 Prime shipped. That’s 20% off these newly listed items from long time respected light bulb manufacturer Sylvania. Some standouts in both smart and regular LED lighting which will pay for themselves in less than a year of use over incandescent:

July 6

expiredWho’s at the door? eufy 2K wireless video doorbell with 2-way audio: $164

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the eufy wireless 2K video doorbell with 2-way audio for $163.99 shipped. That’s 25% or $56 off list price where it has been at since release for this 4.3/5 star rated security device. There are no hidden or monthly costs with this device, the base station is in your home. Also, the batteries last half a year if you don’t want to run power to your front door. There is 2-way audio, human detection and 4:3 ration 2K video streamed to your iPhone and it works with Alexa devices as well. With your savings, add an additional doorbell for $120 or more home security cameras for $130/ea.

July 2

Editor’s note: Tested with 9to5Toys is a new series focused on everyday accessories and essentials to take your setup to the next level, starting with the new Anker PowerExpand Elite Dock. Have a product you’d like to see us review? Sound off in the comment section below!  

If I have one major gripe about Apple’s MacBook lineup, it is that their webcams are way too “potato” for $1,000 machines. I get it, there isn’t much depth in their razor-thin displays to fit a good camera module, but with a lot more Zoom/Skype/Hangout/Meet/etc calls during the past months, I wanted to see if a low-cost $30 Wansview 1080p upgrade would improve the situation.

In short, it did…

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June 30

RYOBI’s ONE+ Electric Power Cleaner is $99, more in today’s Green Deals

Home Depot offers the RYOBI 18V ONE+ Electric Power Cleaner with two batteries for $99 shipped. That’s down from the usual $180 price tag and the best we’ve seen by $40. Ditch the gas and oil pressure washer this year for a truly cordless electric model. It’s a great way to cleanup around your house without breaking the bank. There’s also a 3-in-1 nozzle design, which offers three different modes for just the right job. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

Head below for more deals on autonomous lawn mowers, AA rechargeables and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals.

June 29

expiredDon’t be the last one to go electric! Snapper self-propelled 82V lawnmower w/ 2 batteries: $439

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers Snapper 82V Max self-propelled electric mower with two quick charge batteries for $439.20 shipped. This 21-inch deck mower gets 4.2/5 star Amazon reviews, usually sells for $500-$600, and features push-button start and propulsion. Each 2Ah battery is rated for 30-45 minutes of run time and can be charged while the other battery is being used. Don’t need the huge 21-inch blade and propulsion. Save $60 and step down to 19-inch.

expiredAmazon’s new Fire 8 hits all-time low at $60 in today’s Gold Box ($30 off)

Today only, as part of its one day Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the new version of the very popular Fire 8 32GB for just $59.99. That’s $30 off and the first discount we’ve seen on this upgraded USB-C powered, 12-hour tablet that debuted in May. This is a great device for video chatting, Facebook/Netflix/Prime Video, and of course Kindle book reading and Alexa. It comes with a headphone jack, 1280 x 800-pixel display, Bluetooth 5.0, front and rear 720P cameras and 32GB of storage expandable via SD card slot (256GB for $40 here). It comes in a variety of colors (Black, Twilight Blue, Plum, White) for the whole family. Great for kids for car trips or grandparents who want to Facebook and Video conference. With your savings, you can pick up a case in a variety of styles.

June 22

expiredEufy Homekit weatherproof 1080P security cameras with 1-year battery life from $90

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers Anker’s Eufycam 2 brand wireless security cameras in single, 2-pack and 4-packs at 30% off. These security cameras feature an insane 1 year battery life for easy mounting and charging, full IP 67 weatherproofing, Apple Homekit compatibility and advanced lowlight night vision recording via its Sony sensor. Check out out our top picks below:

expiredFashion Gold Box: 40% off Levis jeans/shorts, 30% off Adidas, 35% off Cole Haan shoes, more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers a big variety of fashion deals many at all-time low prices:

June 15

expiredGold Box tools for summer projects: Crescent 170-Pc set $74, Bosch Laser Level $96

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers a Crescent 170 Pc. General Purpose Tool Set with convenient portable case for $73.99 (64% off). Also on sale is the Bosch Self-Leveling Cross-Line Red-Beam Laser Level GLL 55 for $95.99 (36% off). Both of these low-price deals will help knock out summer projects with ease. The crescent set is a great place to start with a variety of screwdrivers, socket set, wrences, plyers, hex set and more. We’ve never seen the Bosch laser leveler below $100 and it is a great way to make sure your home additions are straight.

expiredPNY low-cost storage Gold Box: 32GB from $5, 128GB microSD card $17, more

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers PNY storage in a variety of form factors starting at $5.49 Prime shipped. Standout 4+ star reviewed items include:

  • PNY 128GB Elite-X microSDXC Flash Card: $16.99 (perfect for Drones)
  • PNY Duo Link Sync & Charge 128GB Lightning Flash Drive: $39.99
  • PNY Elite-X Fit 64GB 200MB/sec USB 3.0 Flash Drive: $9.59
  • More including 10-pack of 32GB USB sticks: $34.99 and micro and SD card 5-pack $14.99

June 10

As someone who has gotten my reading glasses from Warby Parker by mail for years, I’m no stranger to Internet prescription glasses. But Warby requires a recent prescription and with the pandemic, I’ve not been able to get one. Also, Warby costs upwards of $100.

Enter Zenni. A few weeks ago we posted a $6.95 special deal at Zenni which is still up, that offered a bunch of not horrible frames for under $7. That’s with anti-scratch coating and UV protection.  Even better, I could just enter my prescription info rather than having to upload a recent script. 10-days later, they show up in my mailbox.

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June 8

expiredStep up your coffee game with this $115 Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee Gold Box

Today only as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers a choice of 2 quick and easy Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee Pod makers for $114.99 shipped. That’s roughly half off the list price and around $40 less than going rates. Although these are very similar items with the same functionality, I think I’d go with the Breville option: It has slightly better ratings (4.5 vs. 4.3/5 stars), a more modern look, and a better coffee reputation.

Each includes a 30 Pod starter pack but you’ll want to grab more ($30 value), as well as a milk frother Aeroccino.

expiredSamsung Galaxy S20+ 5G unlocked 128GB hits lowest ever at $950

Today only, as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G Smartphone with 128GB of storage, in Cosmic Black, Gray or Cloud Blue for $949.99 shipped. That’s $250 off list price and $50 less than we’ve seen this flagship phone at Amazon.  This is Samsung’s current flagship phone and will be “futureproofed” into the 5G era with industry-leading camera with that Space Zoom, quick charge your headphones right from the phone, and more.

With your savings, snap up a pair of Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds for $105.95 ($24 off).

June 1

expiredGet an app/Google/Alexa-connected Roomba 891 and never vacuum again: $300 Gold Box

Today only as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum with Alexa and Google Home Wi-Fi for $299 shipped. That’s $150 off of the list price and $80 less than we’ve seen it since February. Rated 4.1/5 stars by Amazon reviewers, this robot vacuum runs for 90 minutes before a redocking charge. With its app connection, you can remotely start vacuuming your home before guests come over. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

May 27

Get a 330W/297Wh portable power station at $222, smart thermostats, more in today’s Green Deals

PioneerOne via Amazon offers the BALDR Portable Power Station with Solar for $221.99 shipped when promo code TNXALLWA is applied during checkout. That’s down from the usual $280 price tag and the best we’ve tracked in 2020. This model delivers everything you need for a portable generator, including multiple USB ports, AC and DC compatibility, and the option to connect your solar panel. It has 330W of total power output on 297Wh of storage, and you can use it to juice up small refrigerators and the like in an emergency. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

Head below for more deals on smart thermostats, and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals.

May 25

expiredViathon carbon road and mountain bike 40% closeout, starting at $1,378

It is time to hit the trails or open roads this summer with some amazing deals on Viathon carbon bikes at Moosejaw. These 2019 carbon fiber bikes (originally starting at $2400+) are loaded to the teeth with top end components and racing geometries and feature extremely low weights for easy climbing.

2019 Viathon M.1 Mountain Bicycles

2019 Viathon R.1 Road Bicycles

expiredMicrosoft Surface Pro X LTE gets deep discount up to $450 off, $750 shipped

Today only as part of its Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon offers the Microsoft Surface X convertible 13-inch tablet 128GB with LTE in Matte Black for $749.99 shipped. 256GB is $450 off at $849.99. That’s 25-35% off and the lowest prices we’ve seen on these Windows 10 portables with a 13-hour battery running on efficient ARM chips.

  • 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $749.99 ($250 off)
  • 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $849.99 ($450 off)

The Surface Pro X features a bright 13-inch 3:2 2880 x 1920 pixel display, speedy LTE 4G/Wifi, and comes in at just 1.7lbs including Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen.

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