Amazon..com on Tuesday launched a new rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is cheaper than competing models, and could help the company compete against other electric carmakers.
The company said it will start selling the new battery at retailers later this month, and it will cost $99.99 for a 30-day trial.
The rechargeable batteries could have a longer life than those on the competition’s products, Amazon said.
The battery will last up to six months on a single charge, Amazon says, but the company says it will offer a 30 day rechargeable, three-year warranty.
The new battery is also more expensive than its competitors, though Amazon did not disclose how much the new batteries will cost.
Amazon says it is working with several suppliers to make the battery compatible with its Echo and Echo Dot devices.
In a blog post, the company said that the new rechargeables come in three sizes: “one in our Alexa Dot (6.7-inch, 5,400mAh), one in our Echo, and one in the Echo Dot 2 (5.8-inch and 6,400mah).
The Echo Dot 3 is available now for $129.”
The rechargeables are also a lot smaller than the batteries that the company already offers for its own Echo speakers.
“We’ve had some great feedback on the Echo speakers over the past few months, and we think that’s why we’re offering the rechargeable ones at a much lower price,” Amazon said in its blog post.
“Our goal with the new ones is to get them into your home, so you can be sure that you’re not getting too far ahead of yourself.
They’re great for parties and casual use.”
The company has also launched the Echo Pro and Echo Tap, which are smaller than existing Echo speakers, but both are compatible with Alexa and can be used to listen to music.
The Echo Pro can be set to be a speaker only, meaning you can’t connect a Bluetooth speaker to the Echo.
The Alexa Tap can be turned into a speaker.
Amazon said the rechargeables also come with a free one-year trial of its Alexa voice assistant, which can be purchased through Amazon.
But the company has not said how many users will be able to take advantage of the recharge batteries.