While the Apple Watch Series 5 now dominates the scene, Apple and many other commercial vendors are still selling older, discounted models like the Apple Watch Series 3, while the private market does a brisk trade in some earlier versions of the timepiece as well. So regardless of your budget, you can procure an Apple Watch if you really desire one. But your shopping list often does not end with the item alone. You can safeguard your precious timepiece, snag a stylish charger, or buy a new strap for special occasions. The volume of Apple Watch accessories is legion, and we’ve found a few gems among them.
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Best Apple Watch docks for the nightstand
Helix Dock for Apple Watch
Apple watches are pretty compact and neat — except for that long-tailed charging cord. The Helix Dock houses the magnetic charging cable and charger together in a single handy unit that is compatible with all watch models. Wrap the cord around the barrel, insert the charger, and plug it in. There’s plenty of space to wrap Apple Watch’s two-meter or one-meter charging cable and you can just balance your watch on top of it for charging right in the wall. The unit comes in black, white, and clear.
Belkin Valet Charge Dock
Belkin’s Valet Charge Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone is a bit pricey, but it’s a splendid product that gets the job done. This dock charges both your pre-2018 iPhone, as well as your watch. It’s available in matte silver, black, or rose gold. It includes an integrated magnetic charger for the watch and an integrated Lightning connector for your phone. The dock’s minimalist design is right in the spirit of your devices, offering dual-charging. And it looks great anywhere.
Elago W3 Stand
We love this clever Apple Watch stand, which is designed to turn your watch into a tiny Macintosh computer from yesteryear. It more or less fits any size of Apple Watch, though Apple Watch 4 owners say the fit is not great, and you will need to slot your own charging cable into place. The stand is made from a flexible silicone material, so it gently cushions your watch and won’t slide around on your nightstand or desktop. It works with Nightstand mode and it looks great, but it’s also practical because the design ensures your watch stays connected and charging even if it gets bumped in the night. We keep it in the roster for now because it’s so cute, but it’s a much better fit for those who own a Series 3 or older watch than for a Series 4.
Proper Apple Watch Stand
If you’re a minimalist, then this diminutive, aluminum stand might tick your boxes. It comes in a choice of silver and black or gold and navy, has a slot to accommodate your charging cable, and features microsuction adhesive on the bottom to stop it from sliding around. The gently curving design and the unobtrusive size allow it to blend in easily with any room, and it works with Nightstand mode.
Aerb Bamboo Docking Station
This docking station is essentially an attractive block of bamboo with some well-placed grooves and hollows. It’s designed to act as a stand for both your Apple Watch and your iPhone. You’ll have to slide in your own cables. There’s a special groove for the Apple Watch cable, but the Lightning cable just comes through a hole in the back. The rounded bamboo finish is practical and blends in easily with most surroundings. This docking station is also a great value.
Twelve South HiRise Stand
Here’s a sturdy bedside stand for displaying and charging up your Apple Watch overnight. It’s designed to work with your magnetic charging cable, which is easy to slot in and out. It will fit any size watch and band combination. It’s a brushed metal stand with a wide base that has non-slip rubber on the bottom. Silicone pads provide an aesthetic highlight and cushion the Apple Watch. There’s also a leather landing pad at the back for the band and buckle to rest on. The cable is kept tidied away in a groove around the back, and it runs under the leather pad. The stand comes in silver or black.
Pad & Quill Timber Catchall
There’s a retro-feel to these gorgeous, handmade wooden stands that are designed to hold your Apple Watch, phone, and keys or jewelry. Each one is carved from a single piece of American Walnut, Cherry, or African Mahogany. You can run the charging cable, for the Apple Watch and a phone, through the back. There are four non-slip feet on the bottom. It’s specified for Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3.
Spigen S350 Apple Watch Stand
This Watch Stand from Spigen is as simple as they come. If you don’t want anything fancy, then this is the stand you need. There is nothing special here, just snap the Apple Watch charger that comes in the box to the back of the stand and you can position your watch in such a way that you can use Nightstand mode. This is compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 and 2, 3, and 4.
Here’s a really smart idea at a fairly attractive price point. Griffin’s stand actually employs the cable that comes with your Apple Watch and allows you to stick your watch at an easily viewable angle on the nightstand for recharging. You can wrap any excess cable inside the body to hide it from view. The base has padding to prevent it from slipping, and there’s a little lip that allows you to prop your iPhone below the watch.
Oittm 3 in 1 Bracket Charging Dock
This charging stand is very versatile because it can be used for an iPhone, Apple Watch, or even a Fitbit. It comes with replaceable charging brackets. It also has 3 USB ports that can be used to charge other USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 devices. This isn’t just a USB hub because the top can be removed revealing a storage area for USB thumb drives, card readers, and your charging cords. It comes in rose gold, gray, space gray, and silver.
Best Apple Watch docks and charging accessories for travel
Moretek Charger Stand ($11)
Specifically designed for Apple Watch and AirPods, this two-in-one stand fits all four Apple Watch generations. The Moretek is constructed with durable non-slip silicone material, so it stays put wherever you place it. The anti-scratch silicone protects your watch and AirPods from scratching. The unit lets you charge your Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time, and helps you keep track of your AirPods. A stable structure and a hidden cable provide a clean look for your home.
Elevation Lab BatteryPro
The BatteryPro is an MFi-certified magnetic charger for your Apple Watch. It has a very large 8,000mAh battery inside that can provide several charges for your Apple Watch or other iOS devices. The charger has a strap for the watch to hold it securely in place, so it’s easy to charge it inside a bag without problems. You get a Micro USB cable to charge the BatteryPro in the box, but you’ll need your own cables to charge your Apple Watch or phone. The USB port can also put out 2.4A to charge your iPhone rapidly.
It may look like a display case, but you can use the Valet to charge up your Apple Watch and your iPhone simultaneously. Flip the transparent lid open, and you’ll find the iPhone slots in neatly. There’s a built-in 2,600mAh battery in the Valet, making it a perfect travel companion. It can be charged up using a standard USB to Micro USB cable and there’s one supplied, though you will have to use your own Lightning and Watch cables. It comes in a textured black or white finish, and there are five green LEDs on the front to show remaining battery power.
Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable
It’s dull, but it’s likely to be a necessity because you only get one charging cable in the box with your new Apple Watch. It’s typically expensive at $40 for the two-meter version. You can save $10 if you opt for a one-meter cable instead. They both come with Apple’s MagSafe technology, which makes it easy to attach the cable to the back of your watch, as magnets will pull them together to hold the cable in place.
Best Apple Watch straps, cases, and screen protectors
JuQBanke Apple Watch Band
If you crave the softness of a silicone strap but prefer a more traditional buckle style than Apple provides for its native sport band, JuQBanke has your number. Apple’s name brand sport band may be a little large for smaller wrists, so being able to make the strap a bit tighter with extra holes is also an advantage. The soft, lightweight band is constructed with high-quality silicone materials and is waterproof and comfortable to wear. The metal parts are made of hypoallergenic nickel-free aluminum alloy. The JuQBanke comes in 10 colors, and you can buy a set of two for extra variety.
Protect your precious Apple Watch Series 4 watch face (44mm) with the iBlason case. Its raised front edges cover the sides of your screen to protect it when face down. It’s made of flexible, sturdy TPU material for shock-resistance while still giving you access to all controls, buttons, sensors, and features. A four-color combo pack lets you customize your watch’s look.
For those who want the benefit of an Apple Watch case but not the look of one, the Smiling Clear Case two-pack is the answer. Designed for the 40mm Series 4 model, this high-quality, anti-scratch TPU case with built-in screen protector was designed with precise cutouts for buttons and ports. The case front cover is 0.3mm and weighs 0.5 ounces so it does not weigh on your wrist, and you will not lose touch sensitivity. The case covers the full front and curved edges of the watch to protect against scratches, drops, and bumps.
The gorgeous, colorful Marge Plus leather bands give you a large choice of fresh, spot-on colors for any look or occasion. It’s sized for 6.3- to 7.9-inch wrists for the Apple Watch Band Series 4 (44mm), Series 3, Series 2, and Series 1 (42mm). You can adjust the size to fit your wrist, while the soft leather is breathable and non-confining. It comes with a stainless steel polished silver-colored classic buckle that locks your watch firmly to your wrist.
Burkley Case Padded Band
You’ll love the look and feel of these soft, genuine leather straps for the Apple Watch. Burkley is expert at fashioning leather accessories, and these straps come in a choice of different finishes and with different buckle styles. The antique coffee finish with the classic buckle gets our vote, but you can pick whatever suits you. The clasp is included, for your chosen size. You’ll find the natural leather ages, so it looks even better when it’s worn in.
Casetify Apple Watch Straps
If you’re not keen on Apple’s bands, then you can find a wide selection of strap designs at Casetify. In fact, you can design your own strap if you don’t like any of the countless designs on offer. There’s an app for Android or iOS, making it easy for you to design a strap with your own photos. You’ll also find a lot of funky designs on display, created by a diverse group of artists. Each strap is polycarbonate, with stainless steel fixings, and you can customize the size.
X-Doria Defense Edge
This protective case can be snapped onto your Apple Watch, and it has a black rubber lining with an aluminum exterior in your choice of gold, red, blue, or silver. There are accurate cut-outs to ensure easy access to watch functions, and it should safeguard against scratches and bumps. It’s a fairly minimal design, and the aluminum is intended to match the classy look of the Apple Watch, but it’s a matter of opinion whether it manages to do so.
Aoscwald Apple Watch Bumper
Originally backed on Indiegogo, this bumper is made from strong rubber called laprene, and it will stop your Apple Watch from picking up scratches or cracks by absorbing the impact of any knocks. There are cut-outs for all the buttons, the sensors, the microphone, and the speaker. It comes in black, white, or orange with different colored dots, and costs $35 direct from the ActionProof website. The idea is that you might pop it on when you’re doing sports or going adventuring.
Spigen Tough Armor
The Tough Armor case by Spigen is one of the best cases you can buy for your iPhone, so why not use it for your Apple Watch as well? Like their Ultra Hybrid cases, the Tough Armor case uses Spigen’s Air Cushion technology to guard the Apple Watch against bumps. It combines a soft TPU interior for shock absorption and polycarbonate exterior. The lip is also raised 2mm to protect your screen. One of the best things about the Tough Armor cases is that it provides the drop and shock protection that you usually get with bigger cases but without the bulk. The back and the interior TPU are always black, but the top of the case comes in Gunmetal, Champagne Gold, or Rose Gold. This is for Series 1 watches only.
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