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- Amazon’s $50 Echo Dot (currently on sale for $40) is small, capable, and cheap, but the one thing it’s not is portable.
- Tech startup Ninety7 sells a $30 portable battery base for the Echo Dot, called the DOX, which is designed to provide rechargeable, cord-free mobility at home or on-the-go.
- With up to 10 hours of cordless use, you can unplug and take Alexa anywhere you choose without the hassle of cables and outlets.
- Amazon already sells the portable Echo Tap (currently on sale for $100), but the Echo Dot and this portable battery base are $30 cheaper, and a little lighter.
Because of its small size and low price, the Echo Dot is the ideal smart home hub for most people. It can control your smart home accessories, answer your questions, and learn new skills just like a full-sized Echo. Plus, you can connect it up to a better speaker through a cable or over Bluetooth to play music loudly and clearly.
One potential drawback to the Dot, though, is that it’s not portable; you need to either use it exclusively in one room, move it from room to room, or buy multiple Echo Dots to put around your house. Amazon offers a $20 discount when you buy two Dots, but if you’d rather make due with one that you can take anywhere, I recommend buying the Ninety7 DOX Battery Base.
Tech startup Ninety7 made a name for itself with its Echo Dot battery and speaker case, which we’ve recommended before, but that might be overkill if you already have a speaker you like. The $30 DOX battery base doesn’t compromise the Dot’s small size and allows you to take it around your house, or with you wherever you go for up to 10 hours between charges.
It might sound a little weird to take an Echo with you everywhere, but believe me people have found excellent reasons to. Even I like having access to Alexa in my car, and occasionally wish I had another Echo in my apartment. If you rely on Alexa every day, you’ll find new reasons to have the Dot around all the time.
Although it’s pretty simple, my favorite feature of the DOX is that you can charge its battery without taking the Echo Dot out of it. That means that you can plug it in when you know you’ll be in one spot for a long time — think your nightstand before bed or the kitchen counter while you cook — and it’ll be charged up the next time you want to move the Dot around.
Amazon already sells a portable Echo, called the Amazon Tap, but its $30 more than the Dot and DOX together, and it weighs a little more too. If you’re happy with the Echo Dot and looking for a cheap way to make it portable, this $30 accessory is the answer.
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