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The best iPhone accessories for 2021

It may feel like just having an iPhone is the be-all, end-all, and for many people that may be true. But unless you’ve explored all the extras the device has to offer — including the enhancements that dedicated accessories can add to your experience — you’re not reaping all the benefits of having one of the best smartphones on the planet. Whether you seek a new way to charge up your new iPhone 12 or need some extra help to shoot the best photos or video, there’s bound to be an accessory available to turbocharge your efforts. Accessories for your iPhone make your device more useful and take the frustration out of, or add variety to, complex operations. Here are some of our favorite hardware helpers for the iPhone.

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link

Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer

Apple has done a great job implementing some of the best mobile cameras on iPhones. With the Fujifilm Instax Mini Link, your next capture can be more than just a memory in your gallery app. The pocketable device can be paired to your iPhone via Bluetooth and can print out any picture of your liking. Simply download the Instax Mini Link app, take a picture or choose an existing one, customize the framing, and print away. The Instax Mini also has a neat trick that lets you quickly reprint an image by turning the printer upside down and pressing the power button — it’s a useful feature for when you want to share a photo with friends and family. You will have to buy the film separately, but it’s available worldwide and fairly affordable.

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

The omission of the headphone jack has been quite the controversy with users losing the convenience of plug-and-play audio listening, but gaining some of the best-sounding wireless earphones like the Powerbeats Pro. Unlike the infamously uncomfortable AirPods, the Powerbeats Pro fit more comfortably and snugly, thanks to the adjustable ear hooks. Overall sound quality is arguably better than competitors, and in Beats fashion, packs a really punchy bass. However, the main selling point of the earphones is durability. With an IPX4 rating, the Powerbeats Pro are sweat- and water-resistant, making for an ideal gadget if you’re into fitness. It comes with a hefty price tag, but the superb audio playback and comfort are worth the money.

RAVPower 7.5W Fast Wireless Charger

RAVPower 7.5W Fast Wireless Charger

The RavPower Fast Charger works with a variety of 10W, Qi-enabled Quick Charge devices like the Samsung Galaxy series, but it also works with Qi-enabled, non-Quick Charge devices like iPhone 11 series, XS series, XR, X, and the 8 series at 7.5W. It features safe Qi charging and pairs alongside overcurrent, overheat, over-voltage, and short circuit safeguards. It does not charge through metal phone cases or those thicker than 3mm. A discreet LED indicator is low-key but fully visible, turning its light blue or green to indicate whether it’s in standby or charging.

Jackery Power Outdoors

Jackery Power Outdoors

Wherever your adventures may lead, you can rely on the compact Jackery portable power station with its built-in cables for super-fast charging of all iPhones. The UL certified 6,000 mAh battery charger, which fits neatly in your pocket, fully charges an iPhone 6, 7, and 8 up to two times within 1.5 hours, an iPhone 6 Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus up to one and half times within 2 hours, or an iPhone X or XS up to 1.4 times within 2.5 hours. The Lightning cable is certified by Apple as 100% compatible with any iPhone or iPad and facilitates pass-through charging, letting you charge devices while the battery pack is plugged in and charging. An open USB port accommodates other gadgets. It comes in orange or black.

Tile Pro (2020)

Tile Pro 2020

Updated for 2020, the Tile Pro water-resistant Bluetooth tracker can help you locate lost items like your keys or phone within a range of 400 feet. You can even use your smartphone to make your Tile ring if you misplace any item. For example, if you can’t find your phone, just double press the Tile button on your Tile to make your phone ring, even when it’s in silent mode, or you can spot it on a map. You can even use Tile to find a lost Tile. Should you lose track of your Tile, you can anonymously recruit the entire Tile community to help you find it via the companion mobile app. It also now works with Amazon Alexa.

Nomad Rugged Cable

If you’re looking for an accessory that can stand up to the elements, Nomad’s Rugged Cable is super durable. Not only is it dirt resistant, but it’s designed with sealed caps to keep all the dirt and liquids out. The outer shield is made of high-end TPE, the same material used for electric guitar audio cables. Equipped with both Lightning and USB connectors, the cable is compatible with all iPhones. A custom-designed liquid silicone rubber tie wraps around the cable to keep it from getting worn or frayed.

Anker Car Charger

Anker Car Charger USB C

This USB C 30W, 2-port compact car charger is loaded with 18W of charging power and is designed to work with modern iPhone models. It can charge two devices simultaneously and is optimized to work with all phones and tablets. An LED power indicator helps you locate your charger while driving at night. The Anker car charger‘s special safety system assures total protection for your devices.

Kenu Stance Tripod

Kenu Stance Mini Tripod Stand

This is an incredibly handy, compact tripod for your iPhone, one that allows you to prop up your device in either landscape or portrait view. It’s great for shooting video and photography, or for hands-free reading and video conferencing. The Kenu tripod is pocket-sized when folded, and you can easily adjust the three legs to find the perfect angle. Kenu recently tweaked the original design, too, resulting in a stronger Lightning port connector and an added keyring attachment. The latter component even doubles as a bottle opener.

iOttie ION Wireless Mini Fast Charging Pad

iOttie ION Wireless Mini Fast Charging Pad

The iOttie iOn Wireless Fast Charging Pad is stylish and compact and is compatible with any Qi-enabled smartphone, be it iPhone or Android. It can provide up to 10W of power, though the iPhone maxes out at 7.5W for a quick charge. The fabric-wrapped pad comes in Charcoal, Ruby, Ash, and Ivory colors with matching charging cables. It’s the perfect size for a wireless charger and even features a rubber placement ring to ensure your iPhone stays safely on the pad.

JBL Charge 3

The JBL Charge 3 is a Bluetooth speaker packed with features and crisp, quality audio. A huge bonus is that the battery’s rechargeable and offers 20 hours of battery life before requiring a recharge. The Charge 3 doubles itself as a 6,000mAh power supply to help revive your Iphone’s battery. The speaker also acts as a method to cancel noise and echoes during voice calls on speakerphone.

This speaker is available in five bold color options, which only further adds to its style and physical creativity. The Charge 3 also has a water-proof layer for protection during a raging pool party. However, JBL’s best feature is its ability to create surround-sound effects by syncing with other JBL-compatible speakers.

CamKix Camera Lens Kit

CamKix Deluxe Universal 5in1 Camera Lens Kit

The CamKix Camera Lens Kit is a compact way to increase the versatility of your iPhone camera. This tool kit is incredibly user-friendly, and it instantly improves the quality of photos you can take straight from your phone. This purchase comes with five various lenses to fit different environments, speeds, and more. This impressive collection of lenses also come with several attachable clips to help you slide a lens on and off any iPhone model.

This kit’s specific lenses are a macro, wide-angle, telephoto, fish-eye, and circular polarized lens. Play around with each type of lens because they’ll all create different visuals depending on the time of day, type of environment you’re in, and the subject you’re trying to capture. Connect your lens of choice to the clip and center it over your iPhone’s camera. The CamKix Kit comes with a belt latch and a carrying bag to provide a bit of support, protect your lenses, and remove the stress out of transporting your lens collection.

Whoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit

Whoosh Screen Cleaner

It’s so easy to forget the sheer number of germs our phones come into contact with every day. Every time we touch our screen, whatever we’ve felt is now transferred to our smartphone. Just because we can’t see the sea of germs doesn’t mean they’re not there. Luckily, we can eliminate fingerprints, grease, dirt, dust, and more with the Whoosh cleaning kit. The cleaning system’s unscented alcohol-based formula doesn’t contain ammonia. Its high-quality, scratch-free microfiber cloths feature Protx2 technology made especially for electronic devices. Plus, you can wash each cloth up to 50 times. Whoosh is easily carried around, and it’s available in Apple stores everywhere. It’s the only cleaner fully approved by Apple. With every purchase, you can expect two 6×6 inch cloths and a 1oz bottle.

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