With Alexa’s ever-increasing popularity, new Alexa-enabled products deliver almost daily. Some are duds – some are interesting and valuable. When new and interesting products are available, we take a look at new and important Alexa add-on hardware you might want to consider adding to your Alexa device farm.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
This week’s hardware: MegaBoot
Amazon Description: This is our NEW MegaBoot for Amazon Echo second (2nd) Generation and Echo Plus. Its innovative design will allow you use our battery with both Echoes. It attaches to the bottom with magnets. The pulling force of the magnets is very strong. When you pick up your Echo, the battery stays connected to your Echo. It will provide over 24 hours of battery life while playing music at volume 5 when using it with the Echo second generation. You will be surprised how long the battery lasts with normal use. BatteryBoot will provide up to 18 hours of battery life while playing music at volume 5 when using it with the Echo, Echo Plus and first-generation Echo. We use only high quality premium battery cells from top manufacturers.
- Works with Echo 2nd Generation (over 24 hours) and Echo Plus (up to 18 hours) | BatteryBoot attach at bottom of Echo for easy handling
- 24 hours of battery life
- Slim design for easy carrying, only 7oz | Designed in USA by a U.S. company
Real world use: I’ve never attached a battery to our Echo and Echo Plus devices, but every one of our Echo Dots sits inside the VAUX, so I know the value of having the ability of moving devices between rooms. The MegaBoot doesn’t offer an additional speaker like the VAUX does, but doesn’t need to since the Echo and Echo Plus already have excellent audio output capabilities. But, it does give you the ability to unplug the Echo and move it around the house without losing power.
One of the additional benefits for having an external battery was discovered during the 2017 holidays. We could move a Dot with the VAUX to sit in the middle of our family game night table and use the Echo Buttons to play games.
Another great use for an external battery has been getting music streaming in my workshop. I haven’t yet installed Alexa devices in my backyard workshop (will do that soon, though), so having an Alexa device that is mobile has been valuable in that respect.
Where to get the hardware: Amazon has the smartphone $90: MegaBoot
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