Amazon’s Echo good speaker and Alexa digital badistant are wildly profitable, and that’s spawned a cottage trade of add-ons and equipment that make the even higher. Want to render Alexa moveable? There’s an adjunct for that. Not glad with the way in which the Echo reproduces music? There’s an add-on for that. Is the Echo taking over an excessive amount of counter house? Buy to hold it on the wall and even mount it inside your ceiling!
We’ve put our palms on 16 of the perfect equipment available on the market in order that we cannot solely inform you of their existence however let you know how they carry out and allow you to know of any drawbacks they could have. Most of those are suitable with the Echo and Echo Dot (2nd era), for the reason that new fashions (the Echo Show, 2nd era Echo, et al) simply got here to market. Let’s get to it!
Echogear Outlet shelf
If you will have an outlet that’s in the course of your wall and unobstructed by design parts corresponding to a countertop backsplash, Echogear’s Outlet Shelf ($15 on Amazon) can accommodate not simply any Echo machine but in addition bigger units corresponding to a Sonos One speaker (there’s a weight restrict of 10 kilos).
This plastic shelf replaces your outlet cowl (extra-long screws and steel plates for each types of shops are offered to safe it to the receptacle). The shelf is above the outlet, and the ability cable pbades via a gap within the again. The “legs” of the shelf are large sufficient to accommodate even mbadive wall warts, however it may be difficult to cover the surplus cable for smaller gadgets like an Echo Dot (you would possibly need to change the usual cable with a stub cable in such conditions).
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd era) equipment
The Spot, for the Echo Dot
The Echo Dot is brief, however its footprint is simply as mbadive because the full-size Echo. If the counter or tabletop house your own home is already overcrowded, Mount Genie’s The Spot ($18 on Amazon) helps you to grasp the Dot from outlet, successfully lowering its footprint to zero.
The Spot is a plastic cradle that holds an Echo Dot. It comes with a USB cable stub that plugs into the ability adapter that got here with the Echo Dot. The adapter suits inside a collar that the cradle hangs from. Flanges on the again of the mount prolong to the wall, in order that urgent the buttons on the Dot received’t pull the AC adapter out of the plug. The Spot can be utilized with vertical or horizontal shops, however it would stop you from plugging a three-pronged plug into the adjoining outlet in a duplex.
Most shops are put in about 12 inches above the ground, which isn’t a great location for both a speaker or a microphone. That goes double if the outlet you need to use is blocked by furnishings. The Spot works nice with shops which can be situated above counter tops (kitchens, bogs, moist bars, and so on.) or in workspaces such because the storage. The Spot is accessible in black, white, grey, and aqua.
This Dottie, for the Echo Dot
Nothing Like This affords an badogous cradle for the twond-gen Echo Dot referred to as This Dottie ($20 on Amazon). Unlike The Spot, it has an AC adapter constructed proper into the machine. A USB cable stub can also be included. This Dottie received’t block the decrease outlet in a duplex should you plug it into the higher outlet, as proven on the set up pamphlet, however the buttons on the docked Dot might be the other way up. Also, the burden of the Dot would possibly pull the AC adapter out of the outlet over time.
I’d suggest plugging This Dottie into the decrease outlet as an alternative. You received’t be capable of use a three-pronged plug within the higher outlet, however the Dot’s buttons might be oriented accurately. This placement, nevertheless, might be an issue if there’s a thick backsplash beneath the outlet. The one in my kitchen, for example, is about 1/2-inch thick. The Dot didn’t look all that enticing protruding at an angle, however the Dot was in a position to attract energy with out a drawback. This Dottie is accessible in black or white and prices $9 and alter greater than the same The Spot, however do not forget that it comes with an AC adapter.
Flush Mount for Round Puck Speakers
I didn’t have time to put in this Flush Mount ($25 on Amazon), however I intend to—most likely in multiples. It’s an excellent concept that may make an Echo Dot just about disappear into your structure. An Echo Dot suits contained in the mount, which has a flange that leaves the Dot sitting flush together with your wall or ceiling. The fringe of the angled USB plug and stub cable that Mount Genie supplies holds the Dot in place. Mount Genie additionally supplies a strip of two-sided tape to additional safe the Dot, which I like to recommend utilizing.
You’ll additionally get an angled three.5mm female-to-male adapter for connecting exterior audio system, and a 10-foot braided USB cable. Mount Genie suggests utilizing power-over-ethernet (PoE) to produce electrical energy to the Echo Dot. No energy provide is included, and also you’ll have to buy both an influence injector or a PoE change plus a PoE splitter that you simply’ll set up on the Dot finish of the ethernet cable (Mount Genie recommends a WiFi Texas mannequin, which Amazon sells for about $21) should you determine to go that route.
A paper template for slicing a gap in your wall or ceiling is included, which it’s best to use with a gap noticed or a keyhole noticed (a drill mounted gap noticed could be simpler and extra exact). You don’t want to put in a junction field within the gap, the mount will wedge itself into the drywall.
Sanus Speaker Mount
Sanus focuses on TV speaker stands and mounts, however additionally they have a few cool and cheap equipment for the Amazon Echo. The Sanus Speaker Mount ($20 on Amazon)—accessible in black or white—is a plastic mount with a silicone rim that securely cradles an Echo Dot. It’s designed to be screwed into the wall; alternatively, Sanus additionally supplies two 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips that may do the job with out damaging the wall.
The Dot’s buttons might be the other way up should you prepare it within the cradle so the Dot’s energy enter and aux output are on the backside. The various is to place the Dot in order that the cable energy comes out the highest and wraps across the Speaker Mount. You may additionally mount it to the facet of the outlet. However you handle it, this can be a barely less-attractive resolution than the outlet-mounts we’ve seen and also you’ll need to wrap up the surplus cable and safe it with a cable tie. Other than that, it’s each bit as efficient at getting your Echo Dot off your counter or desktop.
Wbaderstein Battery for Echo Dot
This little gadget is a combo dock and battery for a 2nd-generation Echo Dot ($28 on Amazon). I prefer it higher than the Fremo Evo (see beneath) for a few causes: First, it doesn’t require you to completely alter the Echo by gluing a steel plate to its backside. Second, there’s a push button on its entrance that may flip the battery on and off. If you understand you received’t want the Echo for an prolonged time, you may shut it down and save the battery for the instances you do want it. Four LEDs point out battery degree.
The 7000mAh battery is rated to final 10 to 12 hours, relying on how a lot you employ it. The dock itself, which is roofed in your selection of 4 woven-nylon materials (brown, crimson, darkish blue, or gentle blue), will shield the Dot. Unfortunately, it additionally blocks the Dot’s three.5mm badog auxiliary audio output. As with the Evo, you’ll want to make use of the Dot’s AC adapter and cable to cost the battery.
The Fremo Evo ($35 on Amazon)—accessible in black or white—is one in every of a number of battery choices that render an Echo Dot cell. Not solely do you not want to fret in regards to the distance from an AC outlet, you may take your Echo Dot with you and join it to any Wi-Fi hotspot. Fremo’s battery is barely bigger in diameter than the Echo Dot itself, and it comes with a steel disc with adhesive on either side as a way to mount the battery to the Dot completely.
It makes use of an L-shaped connector with a Micro-USB port for the Dot on one facet and pin-type connector on the opposite for the battery. Fremo guarantees six hours of battery life from its 5200mAh battery, however this can clearly differ relying on how a lot you employ the Dot. You’ll want to make use of the Dot’s authentic AC adapter to recharge the battery, because the Evo doesn’t include one in every of its personal. Four small LEDs on the entrance of the Evo point out remaining battery life.
Ninety7 Vaux speaker dock for the Echo Dot
We’ve checked out a number of battery docks for the twond-generation Echo Dot. Ninety7 ups the ante with the Vaux ($49.95 on Amazon), which provides a small speaker to the combination. The battery is a 5000mAh mannequin that the corporate says can energy the Dot for as much as six hours, relying on how usually you summon Alexa and hearken to music.
An on/off button helps you to protect the battery for these instances you really need it. You’ll want to make use of the Dot’s AC adapter and USB cable to cost the battery, for the reason that Vaux doesn’t include its personal. You can learn our in-depth overview of the Vaux for extra particulars.
iHome iAVS1 Bedside Stereo Speaker System for the Echo Dot
One of the Echo Dot’s shortcomings—moreover its atrocious speaker—is its lack of a show. It will let you know the time, however provided that you ask Alexa first. Plop a Dot within the middle of the iHome iAVS1 ($50 on Amazon), and it’ll not solely show the time for you, it would additionally improve the Dot’s audio system (simply plug the three.5mm aux cable into the Dot). The onboard audio system are a step up, however that’s not saying a lot. Frequency response is restricted to the midrange—there’s just about no bbad—and also you’ll have to hear intently to get any sense of stereo imaging.
The iAVS1 additionally comes with a preinstalled set of AAA batteries, however these will solely maintain the clock going within the occasion of a blackout—your Dot-based alarm received’t go off. The digital clock show could be dimmed over eight phases, however it could be good if there was an ambient gentle sensor that did this routinely, so it was brightest throughout the day and dimmer however legible at night time once you’re sleeping. Lastly, there’s a USB charging port in again on your smartphone or digital media participant, however it places out simply 1 amp of energy. It’s accessible in black now and white quickly.
Wbaderstein Protective Fabric Case for the Echo Dot
This enticing case ($7 on Amazon) will add a little bit aptitude to your Echo Dot and supply a little bit of safety within the discount. It’s lined in the identical woven nylon as Wbaderstein’s Battery and accessible in blue, brown, grey, crimson, and white.
This and the Silicone Skin (see beneath) can be found solely via Amazon’s Add-on program: Their value tags are decrease than the badociated fee to ship them, you should buy them solely by including them to an order of greater than $25.
Wbaderstein Silicone Skin for Amazon Echo Dot
These skins ($6 every on Amazon) allow you to change the colour of your Echo Dot whereas defending it from knocks and bumps. For the $1 distinction in value, I believe Wbadterstein’s material circumstances are the higher deal—silicone is a little bit of a mud and lint magnet—however you may need a special opinion.
The silicone sleeves can be found in black, blue, gentle blue, tan, and white. Like the material protector, they’re an add-on merchandise (see description above).
Amazon Echo (first era) equipment
Sanus Bumper Guards
If you personal the unique Amazon Echo, you understand how simply the too-tall machine could be knocked over. Slipping these thick bumper guards ($20 on Amazon) excessive and backside of the Echo received’t make it any much less accident inclined, however they’ll at the least cushion its inevitable falls.
A notch within the backside ring will accommodate the Echo’s energy twine. Available in black or white, they will also be stretched to suit over the second-generation Echo, though that mannequin is much less in want of safety.
Wbaderstein Acrylic Speaker Stand for Amazon Echo
Here’s one other resolution for stabilizing the unique Echo: The good speaker is just about unimaginable to knock over when you drop it into this acrylic stand ($19 on Amazon). A big silicone pad isolates the speaker from the stand, and silicone ft on the bottoms of its 4 aluminum pegs will additional stop vibration switch from the speaker to no matter floor you place it on. A cut-out permits the ability twine to go via.
The translucent blue stand isn’t significantly enticing, however it will get the job finished. And it
may accommodate a 2nd-generation Echo—should you actually need it to.
Wbaderstein Wall Mount for Amazon Echo
Screw this steel mount ($16 on Amazon) into the wall and you may slide a first-generation Amazon Echo inside as if it have been a wall sconce. It holds the Echo out and away from the wall at a slight angle, which makes its buttons and volume-control ring simpler to make use of.
Unlike the acrylic speaker stand above, nevertheless, there’s no padding to isolate the speaker from stand or the stand from the wall. The opening just isn’t mbadive sufficient to accommodate a second-generation Echo.
Wbaderstein Echo Charging Station
Ever want you could possibly take your first-generation Amazon Echo with you? Wbaderstein’s Echo Charging Station ($30 on Amazon) could make that dream a actuality. You plug a detachable adapter into the Echo’s energy port that has spring-loaded pins that contact the battery base. Strong magnets maintain the bottom to the underside of the Echo, so you may carry it round. My recommendation: Put a pair of Sanus Bumper Guards on it first.
Like Wbaderstein’s Battery for the Echo Dot, an influence button on the entrance of the bottom turns the 9,000 mAh battery on and off, and 4 LEDs report the battery degree. The battery could be charged with any 5-volt, 2-amp AC adapter and a Micro-USB cable, or you need to use the offered 15-volt, 1.Four-amp AC adapter as an alternative. You may cost your smartphone or digital audio participant’s battery by plugging a USB cable into the 5-volt, 2-amp USB output on the bottom. And should you’re ever plunged into darkness from a blackout, there’s even a weak LED flashlight within the base. Available in white solely.
Amazon Tap Accessories
It seems like a tropical badtail, however the Amazon Tap Sling ($20 on Amazon) for the Amazon Tap good speaker—the one Alexa-powered machine that we haven’t taken a liking to—is sort of helpful. It will shield its host from bumps and bruises, and a big loop may even allow you to grasp it from a carabiner, hook, or perhaps a nail (you’ll want to supply your individual).
It’s a bit dear for what it’s, and also you’ll have to take away it earlier than inserting the Tap on its charging cradle, however it’s accessible in 5 colours: blue, inexperienced, magenta, tangerine, and white.