Over time, the iPhone has proven to be the ultimate Swiss Army Knife of gadgets — just as Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs envisioned. It not only facilitates calling and texting, but internet connections, multimedia, and a high-quality camera for shooting photos and videos on the spot. The newest iPhones are massively powerful and can perform almost any communications task you need. But with a few targeted accessories, it’s possible to enhance your iPhone experience even more. With Digital Trends it’s our business to track the best products in categories like screen protectors, battery cases, styluses, chargers and wireless chargers, docks and camera gear.
Here we look a bit further afield for some additional useful accessories that you might not have previously considered, for either yourself or a loved one.
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.
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. A 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 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.
Mpow Selfie Stick
Here’s an extendable selfie stick with a built-in Bluetooth remote control to help you capture great selfies wherever you are and whoever you’re with. It is around 7 inches long when closed but can extend to 31.5 inches. It pairs easily and there’s a secure silicone-covered clamp to hold your iPhone. The 270-degree, adjustable head enables you to find just the right angle. There’s a simple button letting you take your shot, and a wrist strap at the end to ensure that you don’t drop it.
Morpheus Labs M4s iPhone Bike Mount
The Morpheus Bike Mount, with its magnetic quick-lock, is designed to securely mount your iPhone to bicycle handlebars. The super-strong lock prevents the case from getting accidentally detached. Just mount the bike holder to the handlebar — it takes less than 10 seconds — and attach and detach the iPhone case to the bicycle mount. The built-in 360-degree rotation lets you reposition your phone to the best angle. The adjustable bracket fits handlebars from 7/8 inch (22mm) to 1-1/4 inch (32mm). This mobile holder is great for mountain, road, city, exercise or electric bicycles, jogging strollers, and buggies. The slim iPhone X/Xs case is Military Standard (MIL-STD-810G) Certified and supports wireless charging. The Bike Kit includes the M4s iPhone X/Xs case and bike iPhone X mount.
HooToo Flash Drive
Apple charges a premium for storage space, so it’s understandable that a lot of people save money when they’re buying an iPhone or iPad by opting for limited storage. This handy, compact flash drive can help out. It has a Lightning connector at one end and a USB 3.0 port at the other. In the middle, there’s 32GB of storage for you to fill with photos, movies, or other files. It’s easy to slip into a pocket or handbag, it transfers files quickly via a handy app, and it offers an alternative backup method that doesn’t require a cable. It is also MFi-certified.
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.
Despite being on the low end of the tech spectrum, Cardly is a cool iPhone accessory. Created by two Northwestern University students, Cardly is a small silicone pocket that attaches via adhesive to the back of your iPhone, letting you easily store your identification, credit cards, train tickets, and other small items, and allowing you to leave your wallet at home for quick jaunts around the neighborhood. The 3M adhesive is residue-free when removed from your iPhone or case. Cardly comes in a two-pack so you can share with a friend or keep one on hand as a backup. It comes in many colors and patterns and can be used with an iPhone case as well as directly on the phone.
This feature-packed Bluetooth speaker features excellent quality stereo sound and its built-in rechargeable battery can go for 20 hours. Plus, it doubles as a 6,000mAh power bank that can recharge your iPhone. It also works as a noise and echo-canceling speakerphone for calls. It’s finished with durable fabric in a choice of five colors, and it’s waterproof, so there’s no need to worry about rain or spills or falling into the pool. You can even group it with other JBL Connect-enabled speakers for a wall of sound.
CamKix Camera Lens Kit
The CamKix Camera Lens Kit is a compact, easy, and inexpensive way to extract some extra versatility from your iPhone camera. You can add five different lenses to your iPhone with this reasonably priced kit. There’s a clip for attaching them to any model of iPhone, and 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. The lenses come in a padded carrying case with a carabiner to attach it to your bag or belt.