About the Author

Seth Weintraub

@llsethj

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

June 19

June 12

expiredGift Dad Coleman Amazon Gold Box: Sleeping Bags $18, Coolers $12, Tents $33, more

Father’s Day is this weekend and with summer in full swing, it’s time to hook dad up with some of his favorite outdoor gear at lowest ever prices. Amazon is discounting a number of Coleman camping products too numerous to mention here but some highlights are:

See the whole collection here (including a second page).

May 29

expiredKindle Voyager E-Reader (refurb) $135 + up to 80% off Kindle E-Books nonfiction bestsellers

Today as part of its Gold Box, Amazon offers the Amazon Kindle Voyager refurb for $134.99 shipped. That’s $35 off and the lowest price we’ve seen for this thinnest-ever model which has LED backlighting, 300 dpi and weeks long battery. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

Kindle Voyager Features:

  • A Certified Refurbished Kindle Voyage is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new
  • High-resolution 300 ppi display-reads even more like the printed page
  • Reimagined page turns-PagePress enables you to turn the page without lifting a finger
  • New adaptive front light-provides ideal brightness, day or night
  • Our thinnest Kindle ever
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours

Also, to get your collection started, Amazon offers 80% off a number of E-Book titles starting at $1.99/ea.

expiredGrab an Intex queen-sized self-inflating bed for $35 or Brentwood foam starting at $249

Amazon has a combination of highly rated bedding options on Gold Box today.

On the temporary front, grab an Intex self-inflating Queen sized mattress for $34.99 shipped. That’s an all time low on this popular 4/5 star-rated that is dual chambered and sets itself up in just 200 seconds. Features:

  • Inflatable queen airbed for home use engineered with fiber-tech(tm) construction
  • Built-In, high-powered electric pump for hassle-free inflation and deflation, inflates mattress in approximately 3.5 Minutes to the desired firmness
  • The dual chamber construction provides ample vertical stability and the perimeter frame on top and bottom provides even more stability and support
  • Duffel bag included for easy storage and transport
  • Dimensions: 60 x 20 x 80 inches (w x h x l), 600-pound capacity

If you are looking for a more permanent option, the 4.3/5 star rated Brentwood Home Cypress Mattress Gel Memory Foam 13-Inch is $249-$499 shipped. These feature:

  • 2-inches of gel memory foam conforms to your body for greater pressure relief and proper spinal alignment. Reduces tossing and turning, eliminates motion transfer, and provides a great night’s sleep.
  • Removable zipper cover lined with natural New Zealand Wool wicks moisture, regulates temperature, and is designed to prevent odor.
  • Made with CertiPUR-US foams free of flame retardants, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and phthalates. No toxic flame retardants used in this mattress.
  • Firm feel, great for back and stomach sleepers.
  • Made in USA. 25 Year Limited Warranty. Mattress comes compressed and rolled in a box for easy shipping and setup.

Both are today only or while supplies last.

May 15

Stay heart healthy with Amazon’s Gold Box Omron app-connected wireless blood pressure monitors: $40-$52

Omron’s highly rated (3.8-4.3/5 star) wireless arm heart monitors are at all time low prices as part of Amazon’s Gold Box today. These feature:

  • No. 1 doctor and pharmacist recommended brand and #1 selling Manufacturer of Blood Pressure Monitors for 40 years
  • Manage and track up to 120 readings on your blood pressure monitor and unlimited readings on your smartphone with Omron’s free iOS and Android applications (works with select iOS and Android devices, visit OmronHealthcare.com/connect for a complete list of compatible devices)
  • Comfortable and simple to adjust, the pre-formed ComFit™ Cuff inflates around the entire arm to avoid incorrect cuff positioning ensuring a precise reading and expandable cuff fits standard and large arms
  • Easy-to-read screen features a backlight, extra large digits and multi-colored indicator lights that show how your reading compares to normal home blood pressure levels
  • Feel empowered by accuracy with exclusive technology that automatically displays the average of your last 3 readings taken within the last 10 minutes and detects irregular heartbeats

 

 

 

May 8

Amazon slashes WORX 20V String Trimmer/Blower just in time for yard work: $73/ea

Amazon is doing us a solid today by cutting the price on 2 multipurpose tools that make yard work a lot easier.  As part of its Gold Box, the online retail giant is offering the WORX Air 20V Multi-purpose Blower/Sweeper/Cleaner with 120mph output and a ton of accessories for just $73.72 shipped. This is great for cleaning out your garage, inflating summer water toys and beds and will even knock out those leftover leaves in your yard. Rated 4.1/5 stars by nearly 800 Amazon customers.

Also, snag the WORX 20-Volt GT 2.0 String Trimmer/Edger/Mini-Mower (model WG160) for $72.99 shipped.  This thing not only does the usual weed whacker work, but it also has a set of wheels that allows it to function as an edger and even a small lawn mower for those particularly tricky spots.

Get both and you double up your battery! Both are on sale today only or until supplies last at Amazon.

April 17

expiredGear up for Earth Day: Renogy 100W Solar + Suaoki 20,000mAh Battery/Inverter Generator combo $273 shipped

Earth Day is right around the corner and Amazon/Renogy have a great deal to get you green-ed up, quickly. Amazon Gold Box is offering the lowest price ever on a name brand 100W solar panel with the Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel for $109.99 shipped. That’s $30 off the usual $140 price and comes close to that magical $1/Watt price you usually only see on bigger/lower end panel purchases.

This is a bare bones panel but another deal we’ve found puts a great off grid package together very nicely.

Today, you can pick up the Suaoki 220Wh/20,000mAh Portable Generator/Power Source Power Supply with 100V/110V/50Hz, Max 200W AC Power Inverters, 12V/5A DC & USB Ports for $153.29 – $40 off with the coupon code 64OZ7K5M). This takes your 12V DC energy coming from your solar panel (or Car or AC outlet with included adapters) and stores it in a huge 20,000mAh battery. It includes an AC inverter to output it to 120V AC which can run a number of household items including a desktop or laptop computer, Cable Modems+Internet Wifi routers, portable Cameras and more. It includes a 2.1A + 1A 5V USB outlets as well.

If you don’t want to splice wires, grab this $10 MC-4 to DC adapter to plug the panel(s) directly into your Suaoki.

This matches my cottage setup almost exactly so I know this works well. I can get all day computer/internet usage from this even on a somewhat cloudy day. The package works well in boats/RVs and outdoor applications really well. In total you are spending $273 on a total off grid solution. Happy Earth Day! 

April 6

March 27

Today’s the day you get a Polar Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor & Fitness Tracker for $35 shipped

If you’ve ever wanted to track your heart rate accurately (read: better than wrist-based monitors/watches), you’ve probably balked at the price of high quality heart rate monitors. Today’s Amazon Gold Box is the Polar H7 heart rate monitor in various sizes and colors for $34.95 shipped. That’s 35% off the normal price and the lowest we’ve seen for the 4/5 star from thousands of reviewers Bluetooth Smart monitor that you wear on your chest. It is waterproof, works with iOS or Android devices and tons of apps and fitness equipment. 

expiredGet serious about backup power with the APC Back-UPS 850VA w/USB ports: $73 shipped

Every now and again, we feature a sub $30 APC/Cyberpower backup solution that will keep your internet (router + Wi-Fi) going when the power goes out. However today only, you’ve got about 4x that power plus some handy USB ports available in the APC Back-UPS 850VA UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector with USB Charging Ports (model BE850M2) for $72.99 shipped.

Over 5,000 Amazon customers gave it 4.4/5 star reviews. You’ve got 6 outlets to work with and this can either go behind the TV set keeping the entertainment going for hours of power outages or under the desk, keeping the desktop going until the power comes back on.

In fact, if you want to use it to keep your router and Wi-Fi going, you’ve got about 6 hours of 10W outage time. That’s almost enough for off grid solar applications! It comes with Powerchute software and is Mac/PC compatible, energy star compliant as well. 

March 13

expiredToday’s the day $13 finally gets your Smartphone mounted in your car [iOttie Amazon Gold Box]

Until recently, my smartphones lived in a variety of places in my car. On the dash, between the seats, or worst case scenario, in my hand. That’s no way to live..or drive.

Amazon’s Gold Box today is iOttie One Touch Car mounts for just about anywhere in your car. I personally prefer the suction cup mount that works on windows and many dashboards. However, my wife uses the Air vent mounted system. If you have a car with a slot loading CD player, iOttie even has a mount for that.

These are great because they aren’t smartphone specific and even work with bulky cases. They are easy to mount, easy to insert and remove your phone and stay firm for quite some time. At 35% off today for $12.78/ea, you won’t find a better deal or time to sort out your smartphone car situation. 

March 6

Harman Audio has the JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Speaker w/ USB Charger (Refurb) for only $49.99 shipped in Red or Blue. That’s $100 off the original list price/ Amazon’s current listing for a new one and the lowest we can find. Features include dual drivers and twin passive radiators for “deep, accurate bass.” It also has an integrated 6000mAh Lithium-ion battery that can last for 12 hours and give an iPhone/smartphone 2 or more full charges through its USB-A port. Rated 4.5/5 stars from over 1,600 Amazon shoppers. A 1-year warranty applies. 

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expiredUp your charging game with Anker Power: 6-ft Lightning PowerLine: $13, 5 port USB QC3: $27, 20,000mAh Battery: $35

Anker sets the standard when it comes to smartphone charging so it is worth taking notice when its products hit Amazon’s Gold Box Deal page. Today not one but three separate charging products is on sale for the lowest price we can find.

First up is the 20,000 mAh QuickCharge 3 PowerCore Battery for $34.99. That’s $65 off of list and the lowest we’ve seen for this 4.5/5 star rated battery. It features 2 USB ports which will deliver the fastest charge possible to smartphones and tablets – enough to charge an iPad Air 1.5 times or iPhone 6s 7 times or Galaxy S6 5 times. That’s pretty much a full week of power in the palm of your hand.

Note: if you are an Apple user and don’t need the QuickCharge 3, you can get a bigger RavPower 26,800mAh battery with a 3rd extra USB charging port for the same $34.99 price after code 26800RAV at checkout. 

If you do have an outlet, Anker’s PowerPort 63W wall outlet is the Gold standard of wall charging at $26.99 shipped. With 63W of power, that means all 5 ports are going to be able to quick charge simultaneously and 2 of the ports are equipped with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 capabilities making the charge on compatible devices stupid fast.

And don’t forget the cables! Anker’s PowerLine Lightning cables are much stronger than Apple’s, this one is twice as long at 6 feet and today it is $12.59 shipped, a fraction of what Apple charges. Oh, and that 4.6/5 star rated cable is a gorgeous red color with braided no tangle finish.

Get on these quick because they are only around for a day or less. 

February 28

expiredMonoprice 27-inch Select Series IPS WQHD (2560×1440) 1ms Display w/HDMI, DVI-D, VGA input, speakers: $200 shipped

Monoprice offers its Select Series IPS WQHD (2560×1440) 1ms Monitor HDMI®, Dual Link DVI-D, VGA – Pixel Perfect Display for $199.99 shipped. That’s $100 off for this display that is the same size and pixel resolution as the recently discontinued Apple Thunderbolt display.  This is a great monitor for under $200 and features:

  • 27″ IPS monitor with LED backlighting
  • Removable tilting stand
  • 100×100 VESA mounting pattern for wall or desk mounting
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 2560 x 1440 @ 60Hz maximum resolution
  • Includes VGA, HDMI, and Dual Link DVI-D input options
  • Angle adjustable stand +12 ~ -3 degrees
  • Built-in stereo speakers with 2 watt/channel amplifier
  • A High Speed HDMI Cable is also included.

February 27

If you thought the Dyson cord free stick vac was ‘out of reach’, grab this limited refurb offer for $200 shipped

Folks love them some Dyson vacuum cleaners and today you can pick up the Dyson V6 Origin Cord-Free Stick Vacuum (Certified Refurbished) for $199.99 shipped at Woot via Amazon. The V6 provides up to 20 minutes of suction and wall mounted docking/charging station for convenience. Emptying the bin couldn’t be easier with a button release with Dyson’s famous no filter design.

expiredToday’s the day to stock up on Thermos insulated bottles, mugs, food jars, tea infusers starting at $8 Prime shipped

 

Today’s Amazon Gold Box is an assortment of Thermos insulated travel mugs starting at $8.29 shipped. Thermos is a trusted name in insulated containers (over 4.5 star rated) and these new items rarely go on sale this deep.  

If you are quick this morning, you can also get a Glacier Point insulated water bottle in various colors for $12.99 shipped 

February 13

expiredTime to upgrade those kicks! 50% off Skechers casuals/performance for men and women, starting at $21

Amazon’s going buck wild with the Sketchers with a Gold Box knocking up to 50% off a pretty wide variety of Sketchers shoes for men and women. Prices start at $21.49 Prime shipped.

I picked up a pair of these Mark Nason fashion sneakers (pictured lower right) for $35 shipped but there are also Ugg-ish boots, some loafer-ish things and a ton of other options you won’t find for a lower price. Sketchers shoes tend to run about normal but check with Amazon’s handy guide on each show page for sizing.

Dyson’s classic Ball Multi-Floor Upright Vac is on sale for $200 shipped in today’s Gold Box (cert. refurb, Orig. $300)

Today only, as a part of its Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering the certified refurb Dyson Ball Multi-Floor Upright Vacuum for $199.99 shipped. That’s good for $100 off the regular new condition price at most online retailers like Best Buy and the lowest that we can find. Rated 4.3/5 stars by over 1,000 Amazon customers. A six-month warranty is included with purchase.

Features:

  • Self-adjusting cleaner head — automatically adjusts between carpets and hard floors; Ball technology — steers with a turn of the wrist to maneuver easily around furniture, obstacles and into difficult places
  • Instant-release wand — wand and long-reach hose release in 1 smooth action, so it’s easy to clean up high and under furniture
  • Hygienic bin emptying — no need to get your hands dirty, just push the button to release the dirt
  • Whole-machine HEPA filtration traps allergens and bacteria inside the machine — expels cleaner air than the air you breathe

February 11

February 6

expiredStanley sealed outdoor mugs, bottles and cooking products 20%+ off, starting at $10, today only

If you love Stanley cooking and camping products like us, Amazon has a Gold Box for you. Today only, a ton of Stanley sealed water bottles, mugs, cooking pans and more are 20% off and available for free Prime shipping.  Favorites here:

  • 21oz adventure water bottle: $10
  • Cook and store pot: $20.25
  • Sealed Pint in black or solver: $11.95
  • 16oz Mug: $15.50

And for that outdoor adventure boozer, a 8oz Flask for $12.25.

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