Ninety7’s Loft – a portable battery base for Google Home ($49.95) – landed on my review desk a couple of weeks ago. And now, after some rigorous testing, it’s time to give it the full rundown here on the site.
There’s not a ton of ground to cover here since it’s just a stand with a battery inside, but there are a few things worth pointing out. And if you’ve been looking for a way to make your Home smart speaker portable, this is exactly what you need.
If you prefer, you can check out my unboxing and overview video of the device. It covers everything you need to know, really. If you’d rather read, scroll down a bit past the video below for my thoughts and a few photos of the device, along with my final rating.
The Loft is essentially a somewhat taller replacement base for the Google Home smart speaker. Available in three colors (Carbon, Snow, and Copper), it looks similar to the Home’s factory installed base, with the exception of the Loft’s perforated metal sleeve, a power button, and four LED lights on the front that indicate the device’s battery life.
There’s a port on the underside of the base used for charging the device with the Google Home’s official charging cable – the only cable you can use with the Loft, by the way. There’s also a rubber ring on the bottom of the base to help keep the device from slipping.
Installing the Loft on your Google Home is extremely simple; the entire process takes less than a minute.
You simply twist the original base and pull it off of your Home, then line up the two magnets and charging output source on the inside of the Loft with the two magnets and charging port on the bottom of the Home and press the two firmly together until the magnets take hold.
Once the Loft attaches to the Home securely, the device is sturdy and doesn’t feel awkward to pick up, nor does it fall apart. This is important because you don’t want to drop the Loft, or your Google Home, now that you can move it around freely.
The Loft takes approximately 3.5 hours to charge from empty to full. On the other hand, you get about 8 hours of unplugged use before needing to put it back on the charger.
This is more than enough battery life for moving the device around your home or apartment because considering you need a WiFi connection to use Google Home, you’re not likely going to take it outside with you.
Sure, you can use it as a portable Bluetooth speaker, but there are better options out there – more than one – that offer a lot more battery life and weigh considerably less than the Loft fully-fitted with a Google Home.
Wrap-up and final rating
The Loft is a really nice accessory for Google Home, I’m just not sure how big the demand for such a product will be. I believe it’s more suitable for folks who own just one Google Home device rather than us nerds who have multiples (and a plethora of Bluetooth speakers to choose from).
If you fall into the “sole owner” category and want the ability to move your Google Home around your place without having to plug it in, this is your best bet.
You can find the Loft on Ninety7’s website for $49.95. If you order between now and March 7th, use the code Unfiltered at checkout to knock the price down to $37.95, making things a bit more affordable. Be sure to stop back and let me know what you think if you pick one up.