Gearbest Coupons and Deals 2017

This is a list of coupons and tech deals I have found on Gearbest for 2017. I regularly update this list when I find new coupons and deals and delete old ones. If you notice anything that is out of date, please let me know! These items ship from overseas, so make sure you’re comfortable importing yourself and know our 7 tips for buying from overseas.

Real 4K Action Cameras:

Firefly 8S – Real 4K Action Cam (Recommended Cam)
Code: No code needed
Price: $98.99

1080p and 2.7K Action Cams:

Furibee F60 Action Cam
Code: (Unneeded)
Price: $25.99

Quelima SQ11 720p AVI Cam
Code: 26Q1CIT
Price: $7.99

Panoramic Cameras:

Xiaomi Mijia 360 Panoramic Camera (Recommended Cam)
Code: (Unneeded)
Price: $222.99


LeEco Le Pro3 4G Phablet Coupon
**Check network compatibility before purchasing**
Coupon: leproelite
Price: $153.99

Huawei Honor 6X Global Version Coupon
**Check network compatibility before purchasing**
Coupon: hdhonor
Price: $159.99

OnePlus 5T 128GB International Version Coupon (Recommended Phone)
**Check network compatibility before purchasing**
Coupon: oneplusgp
Price: $589.99

OnePlus 5T 64GB International Version Coupon
**Check network compatibility before purchasing**
Coupon: oneplus5y
Price: $509.99

Notebooks / Laptops / Tablets / Etc:

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro (i5 / 256GB / 8GB Ram) (Recommended Notebook)
Code: GBTPC14
Price: $875.99

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro (i7 / 256GB / 16GB Ram)
Code: MIPro16G
Price: $1125.99

GPD Mini Pocket Laptop and Gaming PC
Code: (Unneeded)
Price: $443.11


*Notebooks may include Chinese version of Windows. You will need to manually install the English version (or your local language).


11.11 Singles Day, China’s Black Friday Sale – 7 Tips for Safely Buying from Overseas and Saving $!

Gearbest 11.11 Sale  ||  AliExpress 11.11 Sale  ||  Banggood 11.11 Sale

A couple times a year there are big holidays in China which mean massive sales from Chinese sellers. Later this week is 11.11, also known as singles day, which is basically China’s equivalent of Black Friday sales. It is the biggest sale day of the year so this will likely be the cheapest prices on import tech until 2018 and Chinese New Year.

In honor of the sale I decided to make a quick video with a few tips for buying from overseas sellers. Hopefully this will help you get a great deal when buying from overseas and not get ripped off.

1) Do your research:

The most important thing is to do your research about any product you buy. For example, with action cams I recommend only buying cameras if they are a well-known brand name, or explicitly state what sensor and processor is in them because otherwise you’ll get the cheapest possible. It is important to do your research because if you get a bad product and want a refund, chances are the seller will require you to return the product to them, and shipping costs back to China often exceed the cost of the item in the first place.

Since returning items is often out of the question, it is imperative to know exactly what you’re buying and why you’re buying it beforehand.

2) Buy from a reliable source:

Aliexpress has pretty solid buyer protection and you can use PayPal on both Gearbest and eBay. I have found from personal experience that you’re most likely to get a fake product from eBay and from 3rd party overseas sellers on Amazon. AliExpress has a strict policy against selling fakes so they are more rare. I don’t recommend buying from eBay unless you are very confident in the seller.

3) Buy with buyer protection:

The problem with buying cheap tech is that quality control isn’t always as good, and there’s always the possibility of getting a product that doesn’t function properly. So look for sellers with a good policy on this. I’ve dealt with Quality Control issues after buying things on AliExpress a few times and almost every time the issue was resolved in my favor. I’ve also dealt with Gearbest’s Dead on Arrival policy before with success. Although it might take a little pressure sometimes, don’t be afraid to push for customer service. When in doubt, buy with Paypal, which has a good claim system for buyers.

4) Warranty may not apply:

If you buy a product from an overseas seller and it is not a well-known brand name, the chances of getting warranty support if the item dies after a few months are slim. You may be required to send it to China for repair. A quadcopter I bought had the camera die for example, and I sent a few e-mails to the brand name’s “support” and never heard back. Even on Amazon, there are so many trash 3rd party products. This is why I recommend buying products from 1st party brands like SJCam, Gitup, Viofo, Eken. Any brand that has a moderately active social media presence will usually have more responsive customer service and warranty.

5) Be careful of scams:

It is a good idea to act like everyone is out to scam you – if the price is too good to be true, chances are you’re going to get an inferior item. Some sellers like to increase prices in the weeks before sales to make it seem like the items are a huge discount. Be wary of fake products from unreliable sellers.

6) Be ready for long shipping times and customs fees:

Depending on your country, shipping can take forever, and there can be customs fees upon import. If you ship any of the faster carriers, like DHL, you will almost certainly be charged customs fees if the value of the item exceeds the minimum threshold for your country. In Canada, that threshold is $20 Canadian, and shipping carriers will charge a minimum $25 fee, which can make a cheap item suddenly more expensive and not worthwhile. Usually, if you choose standard and slow shipping it avoids customs fees.

7) Do not trust reviews:

Overseas sellers are not bound by the code of ethics and advertising laws that domestic sellers have to abide by, and many of them prune negative reviews on their site to make their products seem better than they are. Reviews from independent 3rd parties are usually more reliable, but this isn’t always the case. Due diligence is necessary to separate the shills from the legitimate reviews.


Now, if that didn’t scare you off, you can save a ton of money buying stuff from overseas. Just make sure you do your homework first and buy from a reliable source. Hopefully this helps you have a positive shopping experience and save a bit of money on 11.11.

If you are uncomfortable with buying from overseas sellers, black friday sales are almost here. Check it out on Amazon:

Amazon USA || Amazon Canada || Amazon UK

Gearbest F23 Action Cam Review

Summary:  For those interested in a basic 1080p 30 FPS action camera without too many bells and whistles, the F23 action cam takes decent video and has an acceptable build quality. Its best uses would be as a cheap bike DVR for road riders or for someone who will occasionally use their camera and does not want to throw down a lot of cash. While it’s limited by its hardware, it has set my personal standard for video quality in a sub-$60 camera.

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Gearbest F23 Action Cam Firmware – N20150723V01


The other day I made the mistake of attempting to push a SJcam SJ4000 firmware update to my F23 action cam. I had a morbid curiosity, and a little bit of a destructive mindset. Needless to say that the SJ4000 hardware must be different in some way, as its firmware did not work on the camera. I did a ton of hunting and thought I was S.O.L. for finding the original firmware and my camera was ruined. Thankfully I was able to acquire it.

This camera is called the F23 and it is available on Gearbest. It’s a near identical clone of the SJ4000. Despite it being listed as a SooCoo product, it is not. The firmware version here is only for the cameras with the original firmware version N20150723V01. Install at your own risk. I am not responsible for failed firmware updates. Here’s how to update:

  1. Charge the camera so the battery is full or near full.
  2. Download the .bin file and place it onto a blank Micro SD (32GB or less).
  3. Put the Micro SD into the camera with the camera powered off.
  4. Turn on the camera. The lights will flicker and blink for about 30 seconds.
  5. The camera will turn on if the update is successful.
  6. Remove the Micro SD from the camera.
  7. Put the micro SD back into your computer.
  8. Delete the .bin file from the micro SD.

Dropbox link to download firmware

Hopefully this helps you solve a bricked F23 action camera! A full review of the cam will be posted within the next few days.