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Make your Google Home and Google Home Mini portable with LOFT and JOT batteries

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If you've ever wanted to tell your Google Home speaker to GET LOFT, it'll need a battery pack to do so, so JOT down the details within to do the same with your Google Home Mini!

One of the problems of today's smart speakers is that they're not wireless.

Oh, sure, they have Wi-Fi, but they're corded to a power point, and rather than suffering death by Powerpoint as so many of us have in meetings, your smart speaker will die once it is no longer connected to power.

Now, you might say that your smartphone or tablet has many of the same features as a smart speaker, given they contain the same smart assistants (whether natively or by using an app), but every smartphone's speaker system is no match for a smart speaker.

So, what the new LOFT and JOT portable battery bases for Google Home and Google Home Mini do is to let you unplug and enjoy the freedom to move your device around your home or office, cord-free.

These devices come from the stylishly named Ninety7, which is a US-based company that has bases for a range of smart speakers, but has started with Google's two most popular models in Australia.

Ninety7 tells us they are "a lifestyle company creating technology products that enhance the user’s everyday life through unsurpassed design, function and quality", and of course, you can visit the company's site for all the details".

So, what are more details on two battery packs we're looking at today?

Well, both LOFT, for Google Home, and JOT, for Google Home Mini, are rechargeable battery bases that give your smart assistant eight hours of cordless power.

The idea is that you can "move from room to room without interrupting your podcast, audio book or favourite playlist".

"Enjoy it in your backyard while you soak up the sun or potter in your garden. Move it with ease back to the kitchen to help you with recipes and timers – all without having to plug it in again. You’ll get so much more use from your device".

As the company explains, "these portable batteries are simple to use. Just slide the Google Home onto the device and lock it into place.

"Use the charger that came with your Google Home/Mini to charge up the battery, then unplug. Four LED lights indicate how much battery life remains before another charge is needed."

We're also told that, for those wondering, the Ninety7 JOT carries the "Made for Google" official endorsement by Google.

So, what about some other benefits?

Well, Ninety7 states that "Eliminating the need for a power outlet also means you can take your Google Home/Mini and LOFT/JOT to the park or hotel room and hotspot your phone to keep using it.

"It’s also offering independence to those with special needs, many of whom now use the technology to turn on and off lights and music with voice commands, no longer relying on others to do this task for them.

"Older users are also loving the convenience of this product – rather than opening a phone, finding a music app, selecting the artist or playlist, sending to a speaker and adjusting the volume, simple voice commands do this for you instantly, making the entire process hassle free."

So, what are the costs — and naturally in this modern era — the colour options?

Well, the LOFT for Google Home is available in Carbon, Snow and Copper at an RRP of $69.95.

The JOT for Google Home Mini is available in Carbon and Silver at an RRP of $59.95.

You can get them from JB HiFi, Kogan, Dick Smith, David Jones, Officeworks and Amazon Australia, where you'll rediscover what you already know – that "life is better without cords!"

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