Ever thought of bringing your Amazon Echo Dot to other areas of the house but realized the wall socket is not within reach? Previously, I use a power bank but the Amazon Echo Dot will need to reboot before the music comes back on. I just realized that there are actually portable battery base specially for Amazon Echo Dot. I gotten the Enfonie Engo battery base for Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) from Amazon and it works great!
I got the Enfonie battery base off Amazon for US$29.99 and have it sent to a shipping forwarder whom then delivered it to Singapore.
Unpacking the Enfonie Engo Battery Base for Amazon Echo Dot
The Enfonie Engo battery base for Amazon Echo Dot arrived in a simple fuss-free brown packaging. The prints on the packaging pretty much sums up how it look and what it does.
The Enfonie Portable Battery Base for Amazon Echo Dot
The Enfonie Engo battery base has a plastic body and does not feel flimsy. It has the same glossy black finish as the Amazon Echo Dot. Inside is a 10,000 mAh battery that is supposed to keep the Amazon Echo Dot powered for at least 10 hours!
On the top of the battery base is a ring of “spikes”. I initially thought that it acts as anchors to the grooves on the underside of the Amazon Echo Dot. After putting them together, I came to realize that they are there to:
- Firstly, prevent the Amazon Echo Dot from sliding off the Enfonie battery base; and
- Secondly, allow the sound (from the Amazon Echo Dot) to project properly without muffling it up.
Behind the four dots are actually tiny LED lights that reflects how much charge is left. It is similar to those LED indicators on power banks.
It came with a fixed power cable to connect up the Amazon Echo Dot. On the right of that is a USB port which can provide power to another device. You can charge your phone or other USB-charged device. In my case, I hooked it up to my Ambi Climate.
The Enfonie Engo portable battery base is charged via this micro-USB port. The circuitry allows it to charge other devices concurrently (i.e. Amazon Echo Dot and other USB devices) while itself is being charged. The intelligent battery management system has got over charging protection so I need not worry about overcharging the device and risk damaging the battery or causing any fire incidents.
The power button allows me to cut off the power to the Amazon Echo Dot. Other brands (without the power button) will need the user to physically pull out the micro-USB plug from the Amazon Echo Dot. Neat!
Underneath the plastic film is a round sticky pad to hold the Amazon Echo Dot securely in place. It should allow the setup to survive any accidental knocks. Without it, the Amazon Echo Dot risks sliding off the battery base and (potentially) fall off any high surfaces that it is placed on.
The bottom of the Enfonie Engo battery base has a layer of slip-resistant material.
Hooking up to the Amazon Echo Dot
The Amazon Echo Dot sits firmly (and securely) on the Enfonie Engo battery base with the help of the sticky pad. The power cable is just the right length to reach the Amazon Echo Dot. It does not obstruct the audio out connector of the Echo Dot.
It was now then I realized that the ring of “spikes” were actually gaps to prevent the obstruction of the speaker at the base of the Amazon Echo Dot.
The Amazon Echo Dot sits flushed on the Enfonie Engo battery base. I do hope that the battery base can be slightly shorter and probably the same height at the Amazon Echo Dot? But it would also probably mean the battery base capacity might be reduced to 5,000 mAh.
If you often use the Amazon Echo Dot for music and found the need to bring the Echo Dot to other parts of the house but got hampered by the availability of power source, check out the Enfonie Engo battery base. Instead of getting another Echo Dot, I decided to get the Enfonie Engo battery base instead. I did contemplate on using generic power banks but the overall aesthetics just isn’t there.
Now I can bring the Amazon Echo Dot to the dining table, kitchen and the kids playroom instead of getting a Echo Dot for each of the room.
I did not try running the Echo Dot off the Enfonie Engo battery base for 10 hours straight. However, I did use it during one of the afternoon and the Enfonie Engo battery base kept the music playing (from the Amazon Echo Dot) for the entire afternoon while sitting in the middle of the dining table.