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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
The iOttie iOn Wireless Fast Charging Pad Plus 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 feature-rich Bluetooth speaker with great stereo-quality sound. Plus, the rechargeable battery offers you up to 20 hours of runtime between charges. When your iPhone’s battery begins to lose juice, the Charge 3 doubles as a 6,000mAh power bank. You can also employ the speaker as an echo- and noise-canceling speakerphone for voice calls. The speaker offers five different color choices, enhancing its appeal with more options for physical creativity. Additionally, the JBL has a water-proof exterior to ensure unencumbered music blasting at your pool party. JBL’s most prized characteristic, however, is its ability to connect with multiple JBL Connect-compatible speakers simultaneously for surround-sound effects.
CamKix Camera Lens Kit
The CamKix Camera Lens Kit is a compact, easy, and inexpensive way to extract even more versatility from your iPhone camera. You can add five different lenses to your iPhone with this reasonably priced kit. A clip attaches each lens to any iPhone model, and there’s no shortage of lens choices. The kit includes telephoto, circular polarized, fish-eye, macro, and wide-angle lenses. Load your chosen lens into the clip and position it over your device’s camera. Both a belt latch and a cushioned carrying bag comprise the CamKix kit’s accessories, facilitating convenient transport, ready availability, and careful protection for your lenses.
Whoosh! Screen Cleaner Kit
These days, it pays to be careful about handling your tech devices, since everything you touch ends up smeared on your iPhone screen. The Whoosh cleaning kit lets you clean and polish your devices on the go, leaving them free of dust, dirt, oil, gunk, and fingerprints. The odorless formula is alcohol- and ammonia-free. It comes with premium ultra-soft microfiber cloths — treated with Protx2 technology — that are specifically designed for electronic devices. The cloth can be machine washed up to 50 times. Whoosh is the only approved cleaner used in all Apple stores worldwide. The kit includes a 1oz bottle and two 6 x 6-inch cloths.
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