I found a way to take my Amazon Echo Dot wherever I go.
Even better, the solution improves the speaker quality dramatically, making the Echo Dot on a par with the far more expensive Amazon Echo.
First, some back story. I'd been looking for a new gadget that allowed me to take an Amazon Echo anywhere, like to the back yard, or around the house, where I didn't have a power outlet. At first I thought the Amazon Tap, a small portable speaker with Alexa built-in, would be the solution. The microphone isn't great, though, and it's quite expensive at $130.
That's when a friend tipped me off to the $50 Vaux Cordless Home Speaker. It allows you to drop the Echo Dot right into the top, quickly transforming it into an impressive and portable speaker with up to six hours of battery life.
For $50 the Vaux is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to move the Echo Dot around the house without having to unplug it. Since it doesn't lose any features, you can still use it to call other Echo units (unlike the Amazon Tap speaker), control your smart home and more. If you catch the Echo Dot on a sale, the total comes in at about $85, making this probably a better choice than even the $179 full-sized Echo.