Review: iHome Portable Speaker Dock for Echo Dot

I love my Amazon Echo Dots, and I have one in just about every room in the house. But what about outside the house? Wouldn't it be nice to take an Echo Dot to the patio or pool? As long as you're within Wi-Fi range, the iHome iAV5 ($59.99) can house your Echo Dot and boost its audio quality while adding eight hours of battery power for use on the go.

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A bonus is the fun, mesmerizing color changing effects (five effects in all including glow (slow fade), fast, favorite color, pulse-to-music, and preset pulsing mode. In addition to boosting your Echo's sound, it operates as a Bluetooth speaker for your iPhone.


  • Makes Echo Dot portable
  • Enhanced audio
  • Color changing effects
  • Bluetooth option


  • Remember to stay within Wi-Fi range

Final Verdict

If you want to take your Echo Dot around (and outside) the house, the iAV5 from iHome can help make your Echo portable and improve audio quality, plus it offers a fun light show! 

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.