In 2020 you spend the time to tackle the situation that raised by the Covid-19 but lets hope for the best as 2021 is about to start — a wonderful time for any Apple user in terms of finding the best iPhone accessories. Those are the old days when you had to rely solely on your iPhone’s capabilities — now you can put to use a number of external batteries, cases, cables, camera lenses, headphones and so much more in iPhone accessories 2021.
With so much going on in the market, it can be difficult to single out the really useful smartphone accessories online. Which is why I decided to write this article and provide a friendly shoulder for anyone, if they feel a bit lost in Apple territory (or just want to discover something new in iPhone Accessories).
Which questions I’m aiming to answer in this are:
- Which are the best gadgets to use for iPhone?
- Which are the best gadgets for iPhone photography and videography?
- How did this article come to be?
- What are some useful things you need to know before deciding on an iPhone accessory?
- What are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by iPhone enthusiasts?
This being said, there are plenty of iPhone accessories on Amazon to choose from. So let’s dive into the best of the best.
Best iPhone Accessories 2021
- Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone X/XS – best iPhone charger cases
- Mophie PowerStation XXL – best power bank for iPhone
- Belkin Wireless Charging Station – best wireless charging station
- Apexel Phone Camera Lens Kit – best iPhone camera accessory
- Instax Mini Smartphone Printer – best smartphone photo printer
- Newdery Battery Case for iPhone 11 – best retail battery case for iPhone 11
- Airpods Pro – best original Apple earphones
Mophie have always been a leading brand when it comes to elegant, functional and reliable battery cases for mobile phones. It was pleased to discover that their standard hasn’t changed much throughout the years. No wonder their juice pack is among the top iPhone X accessories for charging.
The case for iPhones X and XS wraps around the entire phone (excluding the display) and the raised bezels across the edge of the screen give it added protection, should your phone fall face down. The mechanism that holds the case together might appear weird and transformer-like at first, but it’s easy to get used to and is quite sturdy. The two-piece design offers increased breakage protection and I am legit impressed with how solid this thing actually is.
It is possible to charge this line of iPhone X accessories through a Qi wireless pad, as well as by a Lightning cable. You can find the MFi certified port at the bottom of the case, and the Qi coil is at the back. A downside is that if you want to use the wireless charging, you can do so only at 5W, which is likely due to heat restrictions. You should also note that the case doesn’t turn itself on and off when it sees fit (like Apple’s own) but you have to press a button on the back to switch it on. You can see how much battery is left by the 4 LED indicators, each of which represents 25% of the battery. I personally am a fan of Apple’s case, as it removes the hassle of having to press a button, but this one is quite good nonetheless.
The leader in portable power bank doesn’t disappoint — and delivers one of the most efficient power bank for iPhone accessories on the market for 2021. Roughly the same size as an iPhone, this powerful gadget can charge up your iPhone for up to 100 hours of usage. This makes it perfect to travel; its small size and lightness are perfect for a backpack. The Powerstation comes with 3 USB ports, which combined with its 20,000 mAh of power makes it a reliable option to keep around you at all times, in case of emergency. It is also certified for air travel, so you know it’s safe to charge your devices aboard an aircraft.
If you are looking for powerful, quality and last-but-not-least cool iPhone accessories, this one deserves your attention. The Charge Vault technology allows for the Powerstation XXL to hold its charge for an extended period of time so it is ready right when you need it. The digital power management system uses smart charging to “talk to” each device and deliver optimal charging speed, without risking safety. It also switches the battery off when your device is filled up. That’s make it a best iPhone accessory.
The Priority+ Charging makes sure to charge your device first and the power bank after, if the Powerstation XXL is hooked to a power outlet. The battery is rated by the manufacturer for 500 charge cycles. This means that under normal circumstances, the Powerstation will hold 75 percent of its original battery life after 500 charging cycles. What this further means is that this battery is likely to serve you well even after years of daily use. If something goes wrong, that’s also okay. Mophie offers a 2 year warranty on the Powerstation XXL.
It’s seem like that wireless charging stations will soon become must have iPhone accessories. A problem that people often facing with Apple devices is how it’s impossible to charge them simultaneously, without getting thereof into cable hell. This is maybe why I am so appreciative of this Belkin Wireless Charging Station.
Designed specifically for Apple products, this charging station can simultaneously charge both your iPhone and Apple Watch. Its small and lightweight design make it a perfect fit for smaller minimalistic spaces, where every inch is important. I appreciate its clean and simple look — no unnecessary buttons and edges to be found anywhere on it. The small dial on the back helps to raise and lower the height of the Lightning connector, which is used to charge your iPhone and makes it suitable for bigger iPhone sizes. Out of all the best iPhone X accessories for charging, I like this one the most.
Something I didn’t like was how short the AC adapter was. You need to make sure you have a handy power outlet close to your nightstand, otherwise you’d have to use an extension cord. Other than this minor issue, the charging dock is very handy and I can see it becoming an integral part of my daily life.
The Belkin Wireless Charging Station offers a total power output of 3.4A. The current is divided as follows — 1A to the Apple Watch and 2.4A to the iPhone. This makes it fast enough to charge your devices within short time frames — I managed to charge my iPhone from empty to full in 2 hours. The 2.4A output is safe to use even with iPhones with larger battery capacity as the Belkin Charging Station is able to keep up with the demand.
Even though modern smartphones are very advanced, there are still limits to their abilities — especially when it comes to something as artistic as photography. This is where this kit comes in handy — while it’s not part of the exclusive Apple gadgets, it includes 5 different clip-on lenses for your phone camera, which are easy to attach and to use. They eliminate the need to carry on a DSLR at all times and allow for capturing great shots by only using your smartphone. While this gadget isn’t iOS exclusive, the good quality of the iPhone camera works very well with the diverse lenses and can produce impressive results. This makes it perfect as one of the more creative gifts for iPhone users for photography.
The macro is quite impressive and can capture crisp images if you are 0.39-1.18in away from the object. My expectations were met and even exceeded. The telephoto lens did a good job as well, but when you zoom too much some of the sharpness is lost. I expected that to happen, as most telephoto lenses for smartphones tend to do that, but nevertheless it did much better than I initially expected. Most wide angle lenses for smartphones have a lot of distortion, making your photos look weirdly curved, but with this one that was not the case.
Overall I was very satisfied with this kit and will be taking it with me the next time I travel (after we have put COVID behind us!). It is very versatile and you get a lot of value for your money — which is a big fat checkmark in my book. And combined with the iPhone 11 Pro’s outstanding camera, it is one of the best accessories for iPhone 11 Pro.
Instax cameras have been around for a while now, so it was only natural that they would evolve into a smartphone printer at some point. This small, wallet-sized gadget is perfect if you want to quickly print out physical photos from your phone. The prints are about 3.4 by 2.1 inches, with a 2.4-by-1.8-inch image area. While this isn’t an accessory that is exclusive to iPhone users, the printer integrates with iOS perfectly and, combined with the iPhone’s impressive camera quality, can produce very nice results. That makes it part of the cool Apple gadgets in my book.
You get hooked to the app via Bluetooth, and there you have several interesting features to explore. There are two modes you can go into: Fun Mode and Print Mode. In Fun Mode, you can sketch and edit the photo, add funky frames or even let the app do the edits on its own and surprise you with the final result.
Print Mode is more straightforward — it simply prints out the photo you want to be printed, without any hassle. Within each mode, you get to adjust some settings, such as brightness, contrast and saturation. You can also apply filters, crop photos, zoom in and out and adjust the photo however you see fit — if there is a category called cool iPhone accessories on Amazon, it should be on there. I love the versatility of the app, it makes it very fun to play around with.
Apple might be offering more battery life in the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro than it had in its phones from the past, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want a way to give your device some extra mileage away from power outlets. The Newdery Battery Case will do just that with a built-in 4,800mAh battery pack, and since the two phones have the same dimensions, you can use it with either one.
The Newdery Battery Case slips over your iPhone like any other case, giving it a bit of extra protection, and it doesn’t interfere with features like Apple Pay or wired headphones. When you need to top it back up, you can even throw it onto the same wireless charger you’d use with your phone.
Apple’s earphones are perfectly integrated with other Apple devices, which allows for lightning fast connectivity. This isn’t only limited to iPhones but works with any device connected to the same iCloud account — a true champion in wireless accessories. The AirPods Pro also let you know if the chosen tips are the right size for your ears — you get three different sizes when you purchase the earphones. Choosing the right tip for your earbuds is important to provide you with the right levels of noise cancellation and sound isolation. The earphones’ sound quality is also influenced by them. The ear tips themselves neatly click into place and are far from the silicone buds you wiggle on and off the earbuds. To me, they have a premium-quality feel.
As one of the latest Apple accessories, the AirPods Pro are very light, which makes a comfortable wear. This also poses some dangers though, as it can be easy for them to fall off your ear without you noticing, if there isn’t any music playing. They also have shorter stems than the AirPods 2, which makes touch control a little less comfortable. A new feature they have is the Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. The Active Noise Cancellation uses an outward-facing microphone to detect external sounds in the environment, which then your earphones cancel out with anti-noise. Transparency mode allows outside sound to soak in, so you can hear what’s going on around you. These modes are easy to switch between, using the force sensor located on the AirPods Pro themselves. Or you can switch it using your iPhone. The AirPods also feature an optical sensor and an accelerometer, which allow the bud to sense when you remove them or put them on so they can start and stop music automatically.