The 12 Best iPhone Accessories to Buy in 2018

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You love your iPhone, but as powerful as it is, there are some things it just cannot do alone. It cannot, for example, stream music for an entire room full of people. It cannot reliably power itself on a single charge for three or four days. It cannot take close-up photos of insects. And it cannot strap onto your arm as-is for those long runs. For all these purposes, you’ll need some accessories. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best iPhone accessories.

Our Top Picks

Best Selfie Stick: Mpow Selfie Stick

PerfectDay Foldable Extendable Bluetooth Selfie Stick
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One of the top-selling selfie sticks, the Mpow Selfie Stick features a 270-degree adjustable head to capture the perfect shot no matter which way it's angled. It has a 31.5-inch maximum length ​but folds up to a highly portable 7.1 inches, so it's easy to throw in a backpack or purse (or even your pocket!). It also comes with an 18-month warranty in case it gets damaged.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best selfie sticks

Best Portable Charger: Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Power Bank

Anker Astro E1 5200mAh
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Whether you travel once a month or once a year, a portable charger is an essential accessory for your phone — or really any mobile USB-charged device. This is an ultra-competitive space, but Anker makes some of the best chargers and external batteries on the market. The Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Power Bank offers an ideal balance of power, price and size. The 6.5 x 2.3 x 0.9-inch high-capacity device can charge an iPhone 7 nearly seven times, and with two USB charging ports, you can simultaneously juice up your iPad. With built-in surge and short circuit protection, the power bank ensures your gadgets get the safest charge. 

Best Grip: PopSocket

As iPhones continue to get larger, their cameras, displays and batteries have all gotten better, but — at a size that no longer fits comfortably in one hand — they’re harder to hold. Remedy this issue with a PopSocket. The collapsible grip secures to the back of your phone or case with reusable adhesive, so you can reposition it to your liking. Available in hundreds of solid colors and printed patterns (black marble, pink donut, palm trees) the fun accessory allows you to easily text friends, scroll the internet and snap photos with just one hand. It’s an especially useful device for those who commute via the subway, train or bus. 

Best Qi Wireless Charger: Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Pad

Who needs extra cords when you can charge your iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus wirelessly? This Qi-certified charger from Anker allows you to juice up your phone without plugging anything in — and at rate 10-percent faster than a traditional wired charger. Simply pop it on the sleek base (with or without its case, doesn’t matter), and let it do its thing. Optimized temperature control, overvoltage protection and foreign object detection ensure your iPhone gets a safe charge. With a 3-foot micro USB cable, you can easily plug it in at your desk or on your kitchen counter, and a worry-free 18-month warranty guarantees top performance. Amazon reviewers note that the Qi device is even powerful enough to charge your phone through a thick Otterbox Defender case. 

Best Armband: Tribe AB37 Sports Armband

Most runners enjoy listening to music while they exercise — at the very least to break up the tedium of a six- or seven-mile run. The only problem is the what-to-do-with-your-music-listening device, which, chances are, is probably your phone. Any decent holster for your phone, then, should be a comfortable, secure fit. The Tribe AB37 Sports Armband (compatible with iPhone X, 8, 7, 6, 6S, SE 5, 5C, 5S) includes both a large and small Velcro strap to adjust to any arm size. The water-resistant neoprene and lycra band also features full touchscreen functionality, a built-in hidden key holder and a reflective strip for safety. Weighing just 1.5 ounces, the ultra-lightweight case won’t hold you back during your workout.

Best Car Mount: Beam Electronics Universal Air Vent Cell Phone Mount

Here’s another category that’s rife with competition: dash mounts and phone holders. If you’re annoyed by mounts that require phone-specific cases or magnets to hold your phone in place, this is the device for you. The Beam Electronics Universal Air Vent Cell Phone Mount grips into the air vent slats on your car’s dash and includes an adjustable grip to fit virtually any smartphone or phablet device between 1.9 to 3.7 inches wide. A quick release button allows you to easily remove your phone, while a soft padded interior keeps your device smart and cozy when it is in use.  

Best Bluetooth Headphones: SoundPEATS Bluetooth Earbuds

The SoundPEATS Bluetooth Earbuds can be linked to two devices simultaneously and work with most smartphones. These earbuds allow you to enjoy up to seven hours of music on one charge, and their sweatproof design can withstand a day pumping iron at the gym. As an added bonus, the two earbuds are magnetic and can clip together around your neck when not in use. With noise-cancelation technology and crisp sound quality, these lightweight earbuds (only .53 ounces) make a great alternative to bulkier over the ear models. Charging time takes one to two hours. They also come with four pairs of ear tips (XS/S/M/L) and three pairs of ear fins to ensure maximum comfort.

Best Camera Kit: Olloclip Core Lens Set

With smartphone cameras continuing to take the place of dedicated cameras in our everyday world, adding extra capabilities to our devices is the next evolutionary step. The Olloclip Core Lens Set is an outstanding set of additional lenses that help take the already excellent iPhone camera and make it even better.

The Fisheye lens adds a 180-degree spherical effect that allows for an extra wide field-of-view. The unique take allows for a whole new look at the world around you. The Super-Wide lens adds even more landscape and friends into a field of view with 120 degrees of visibility. That’s almost double the out-of-the-box field of view that comes with the built-in iPhone camera without adding any distortion or reducing image clarity. iPhone owners will find the Super-Wide lens delivers the best results with scene options such as panoramic views or even tight interior shots where it’s more difficult to capture the entire field of view. Olloclip’s patented system easily attaches to the iPhone within seconds (no third-party cases allowed) without any extra setup or app download.

Best Keyboard: Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard
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If you’re the sort of person who uses their iPhone for work often (and let’s not kid ourselves, most of us do), then a wireless keyboard might be a great accessory to use when trying to type lengthy emails or documents. Our pick for best iPhone keyboard is the Anker Ultra Compact.

This model is only two-thirds the size of a traditional keyboard, measuring 11.3 × 5.0 × .5 inches, and it emphasizes comfort with its low-profile and matte finish keys that are clicky, but not too clicky. The biggest selling point here, outside of its smart design, is its insane six-month battery life, so you’ll likely never be without a charge. Another great thing about this keyboard is versatility: its Bluetooth connection means you could also pair it with other devices in your life, including other phones and computers that support Bluetooth keyboards.

Reviewers on Amazon have said that this is a great keyboard for the price.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best bluetooth keyboards

Best Case: Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone 7/8 Case

The perfect iPhone case should strike a balance between functionality and style. The Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case for iPhone 7 and 8 accentuates the slim, elegant design of the iPhone while providing a textured grip along the edges to prevent slips. The Spigen Ultra Hybrid’s design, which is available in five colors (black, crystal clear, red, mint, rose crystal) — each with a clear back to show off your phone’s original color — is minimalistic and sleek without sacrificing protection. A flexible TPU bumper absorbs shock should you drop it, and the corners of the case are equipped with air cushion technology to keep your phone safe from everyday elements — like when it’s sliding around in the bottom of your purse. 

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best iPhone 7 cases

Best Bluetooth Speaker: Anker A7908

Anker A7908 Bluetooth Speaker
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Let’s face it, iPhones don’t have the greatest speakers in the world. If you find yourself wanting music outdoors or at parties — or any place that’s not your go-to stereo/speaker system — you should probably invest in a Bluetooth speaker, and the Anker AK-99ANSP9901 is perhaps the best option. This two-inch speaker is capable of up to 20 hours of playtime, thanks to the built-in 2100mAh battery. It connects via Bluetooth 2.1 and up, making it compatible with virtually every mobile device on the market, and it includes a standard 3.5mm (AUX) audio port if you want to connect via headphone jack. And the sound is quite impressive for something that costs less than $40.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best bluetooth speakers

Best Bluetooth Car Kit: iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit

iClever Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit
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The iClever Himbox is a solution for cars that don’t have Bluetooth. If you’re the type of person who makes frequent calls while driving, but also enjoy listening to music or podcasts from your phone, this is definitely worth looking into. It includes a circular mount that’s placed on your dash and draws power from the included charger, which plugs into the cigarette lighter. It works with any USB power source and allows you can use Bluetooth (for music, calls, podcasts or other apps) while simultaneously charging your iPhone—and maybe even other mobile devices. The sound quality is solid. The installation is simple. It’s just a smart, convenient gadget, and it's inexpensive.