Mission Cables, the same company that makes the PiggyBack Remote for the Fire TV Stick, has released Battery Base for the Amazon Echo. Battery Base, as you’d expect, is a battery that attaches to the base of the Amazon Echo to make it a portable device. Much like the Battery Boot that I wrote about last week, the Battery Base claims to last up to 6 hours of playback time. However, unlike the Battery Boot which costs $69.99, the Battery Base retails for a much more reasonable price of $49.99. The Battery Base attaches to the Amazon Echo via a non-slip silicone inner liner, has a power button on the front, two indicator LEDs, and charges using the standard Echo power cable. The Echo can be used while the Battery Base is charging, so you never need to disconnect the Battery Base.
While Amazon does make the Amazon Tap portable speaker with Alexa capabilities, it doesn’t have the always-listening feature of the full fledged Echo, which is easily its best feature. If you want portability and always listening capabilities, your only two options are attaching a battery to the Amazon Echo, or the newly announced Triby speaker from third party manufacturer Invoxia. Note that the Battery Base is not compatible with the Echo Dot, since it uses a different power connector from the Echo.