The 12 Best iPhone Accessories to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best headphones, car chargers, speakers and more iPhone accessories

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.

Best Portable Charger: Anker Astro E1 5200mAh

Whether you travel once a month or once a year, a portable charger is an essential part of accessory for your phone — or really any mobile USB-charged device. This is a competitive space, but Anker makes some of the best chargers and external batteries on the market. The Anker Astro E1 offers the best balance of power, price and size. At 5200mAh, it packs enough juice to fully charge an iPhone 6 — twice. And at such a cheap price, there’s not a very good reason to skip on such a useful gadget.

Best iPhone 7 Case: Silk Base Grip

The perfect iPhone case should strike a balance between functionality and style. The Silk Base Grip Slim Case for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus accentuates the slim, elegant design of the iPhone while providing a textured grip along the edges to prevent slips. The Silk Base Grip’s design, which is available in four rich colors, is minimalistic and sleek, without sacrificing protection. A lip around the front of the case keeps your screen safe when it’s laid face down, and air cushioned corners add shock resistance in the case of a fall. 

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

Best Case: Incipio iPhone 6/6S, 6/6S Plus Case

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to outfitting their iPhone with a case, and still some people prefer no case at all. After all, the iPhone is such a beautiful device—shouldn’t a case accentuate that elegance? The Incipio cases for iPhone 6/6S and 6/6S Plus do just that—offering the right mix of protection, design and simplicity. Available in six different colors, the shell is made from a shock-absorbing polymer material that wraps around the device without consuming excessive space. Some versions offer translucent shells to further bring out the natural beauty of your iPhone.

Best Selfie Stick: Mpow Selfie Stick

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

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.

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 iPhone 7/8 Armband: SUPCASE Easy Fitting Sport Running Armband Case

When you’re out for a run, the perfect playlist can be the difference between going that extra mile or stopping short out of sheer boredom. That’s why it’s crucial to find a comfortable armband to keep your iPhone strapped securely to your body. The SUPCASE Armband Running Mate has an adjustable, breathable armband with reflective coating to keep you visible during night runs. The protective case keeps your iPhone 7/8 Plus safe while allowing access to the home button, making this armband the perfect workout companion. 

Best Bluetooth Speaker: Anker A7908

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 Keyboard: Anker Ultra Compact Slim Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

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 Car Kit: Kenu Airframe+ Portable Ultrafast Charger

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 Airframe+ grips into the air vent slats on your car’s dash, and includes an adjustable grip to fit virtually any smartphone or phablet device. Simple. Easy. It also includes a compact car charger that plugs into any cigarette lighter. Called DualTrip, this thing features two USB ports capable of charging two smartphones or tablets at the same time.

Best Armband: TuneBand for iPhone 6/6S

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 TuneBand armband for iPhone 6/6S includes both a large and small velcro strap for any arm size. It has a silicone skin that allows you to access and control any of your iPhone’s functions while it’s secured in the strap. The case also detaches from the strap, allowing you to use it as a standalone case for your iPhone 6/6S.

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