Turn your Echo Dot or Google Home into a portable speaker with these new battery packs

The Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home are wonderful smart speakers, though they need to be plugged into a wall outlet to work. But what if you could bring them anywhere your heart desires? Now you can, thanks to Ninety7’s new Dox and Loft battery packs.

The Dox (pictured right) will bring up to 10 hours of battery life to the Echo Dot, while the Loft (pictured above) provides 8 hours of battery life to your Google Home. The Dox and Loft will cost $39.95 and $49.95, respectively, though there’s a launch sale that brings the prices down to just $29.95 and $39.95.

If you’ve ever wanted to leave home with your Google Home or Echo Dot, this might be the way to do it.

The bigger, the better? One thing to note is that these battery packs will make the Echo Dot and Google Home much bigger. The Dox appears to make the Echo Dot almost double in height (although the Dot isn’t very big to begin with), while the Loft also makes the Google Home considerably taller.

The Dox is a hard sell: Turning your Echo Dot into a portable Bluetooth speaker might be convenient in some cases, but I don’t think it makes a ton of sense for most people. The Echo Dot’s speaker isn’t the greatest, and most people buy Dots to add extra connectivity to more rooms, not necessarily to stream music.

The Loft makes much more sense: Since the Google Home already comes with a high-quality (and loud) speaker, the Loft makes more sense. I could see people bringing their portable Google Home out to the backyard to stream music during a barbecue, but I can’t really say the same for the Echo Dot/Dox setup.

There are alternatives: If you’re interested in the idea of a portable Echo Dot and want to beef up the sound quality, you might want to look at Ninety7’s Vaux speaker instead. Not only does it feature a built-in battery, it’s also a speaker made specifically for the Echo Dot. Plus, it only costs $49.95 ($10 more than the Dox).

Next: Smart speakers – what are your options?

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