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The best Apple Watch accessories you can buy

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Although many of us use cases to protect our smartphones from drops and scratches, you might not think you do the same for your smartwatch. After all, a device that is literally attached to your body isn’t as prone to accidental drops as a device that goes in and out of your pocket all day. But since I started wearing an Apple Watch, I have hit it against door frames and counters more times than I care to admit. A case is a good option if you don’t want to take any chances with that $ 350 + smartwatch on your wrist.

“Cases” are basically bumpers that wrap around the edges of the Apple Watch, and some of them even cover the screen. Personally, I prefer a bumper style case because if I’m going to cover the screen it will be with a dedicated screen protector (we’ll get to that in a moment). Spigen’s line of Apple Watch cases is solid and comes in two different volume levels. the Rugged Armor Series has a shock absorbing layer and raised eyewear, making it ideal for those who prioritize protection in fashion. Spigen Thin Fit Series is more my speed – it’s aligned with the watch screen, but still gives you an extra layer of protection. You can even choose a color that matches your watch to help it blend in. Two additional benefits of Spigen cases are that they snap on quickly and easily, and they’re quite affordable at around $ 13 each.

If you don’t want the extra bulk that comes with a case, a screen protector will at least give you a little more security than wearing a watch naked. Zagg InvisibleShield range is a reliable solution that offers several options. We recommend the Glass Fusion Series for the best defense as it uses hybrid glass to absorb shock and disperse shock before it reaches the watch screen. The films are also stain resistant and sport shatter proof edges.

the Ultra Clear + line is an alternative that offers similar protection but also has antibacterial technology that kills common surface germs. Zagg also includes clear instructions, cleaning tools, and a small squeegee applicator in the box to make it easy to install their screen protectors. When installed correctly, these screen protectors are as nearly invisible as you’re going to get.

Buy the Spigen Rugged Armor case on Amazon – $ 20 Buy the Spigen Thin Fit Case on Amazon – $ 13 Buy Glass Fusion screen protector on Amazon – $ 30 Buy Ultra Clear + Screen Protector on Amazon – $ 15

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Now, most of us haven’t traveled much recently, but it’s worth considering an Apple Watch travel case if, under normal circumstances, you’re away from home a lot. There are many electronic organizers like those in Bellroy and Sacsmart it works great if you don’t mind keeping the watch in the same space as your smartphone, earphones and the like. But Twelve South TimePorter is a great option if you want a portable home just for the watch. It looks like a glasses case with a little hole in the cover that you stick your watch charger into. Inside the case, the charger cable snakes snugly around the edges and can exit through holes on either side. Just plug the end into a power adapter or portable battery, then you can mount your Apple Watch on top of the case to turn it on.

As well as keeping the watch charger clean and contained, the TimePorter also has space in the middle for things like extra watch bands or even a portable battery the size of a lipstick. When you’re not wearing the watch, it easily slips inside the case. If you only take one or two flights a year, the TimePorter is probably overkill. But it will be useful for frequent travelers who want a safe space for all of their Apple Watch accessories.

Buy Tech Kit from Bellroy – $ 55 Buy Bagsmart Electronic Organizer on Amazon – $ 17 Buy TimePorter on Amazon – $ 50

Charging devices

Belkin Boost Charge Pro MagSafe Holder

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New Apple Watch owners will find this little magnetic charging disc in the box, but no adapter. In an effort to reduce waste, Apple has taken it out of the box of most new Apple watches. Chances are you already have an additional USB-A adapter somewhere in your house, but if you don’t, we recommend choosing a new one that can quickly charge any mobile device you want. throw him.

Anker PowerPort Atom III with GaN technology is a good option as it has a 15W USB-A port for your watch, as well as a 45W USB-C port that works with iPhones and MacBooks (and other laptops USB-C). Gallium nitride technology helps keep the charger compact and cool, even when powering up laptops at maximum speed. If you prefer something even smaller, both anchor and Aukey have foldable adapters with two USB-A ports that can easily live on an outlet in your living room or toss in a bag when you’re on the go.

Buy PowerPort Atom III on Amazon – $ 38 Buy Anker USB Charger (Pack of 2) on Amazon – $ 13 Buy Aukey USB Charger on Amazon – $ 11

Speaking of being on the go, any portable battery with a USB-A port should work fine if you need to charge your Apple Watch while you are away. We love them from anchor and RAVPower as versatile batteries thanks to their high capacities and multiple ports. Belkin even makes a power bank which has a built-in magnetic disk for charging the Apple Watch, making it a good option if you don’t want to carry the original watch cable with you.

Invest in a second Apple Watch charger maybe better for those who want to leave it in their travel bag so that a spare is always with them. If you do, we recommend going straight to Apple for this (luckily, a replacement or a second charger will only cost you $ 29). In my research, I couldn’t find a replacement made by a reputable company. There are many knockoffs available on Amazon, but be careful when buying from a company you don’t know.

Buy Anker PowerCore 26800 on Amazon – $ 65 Buy RAVPower 26800 Battery on Amazon – $ 46 Buy Belkin Boost Charge Power Bank on Amazon – $ 58 Buy an Apple Watch charger from Apple – $ 29

Charging stand for Apple Watch Elago

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If you want to use Apple Watch’s convenient Nightstand mode while charging, I’ve found that watch stands can make the experience much better. My watch tilts or rolls around a lot when I just trust it to sit on the side next to my bed, but it’s easily fixed with a stand. Both Spigen and Elago make decent products out of them, and I’ve found the options on the former to be a bit more practical than the latter. Spigen booth S350 is basic but strong – it’s a small piece of soft-touch plastic in an L-shape that you insert your watch charger into and prop the watch up. I like that the charger is quite secure in its little hole and the holder is quite heavy. The base can also adhere to flat surfaces if you remove the film on the bottom.

Elago stands have more personality, entering colorful dome shapes and in the retro technology shapes. The dome-shaped brackets are even more basic than Spigen’s and they’re a bit lighter, which means they tend to slide across your nightstand if there’s strain on your charging cable. But they hold the Apple Watch well, and at under $ 15, they’re affordable ways to inject more personality into your accessory set.

But if you have a headache thinking about all those individual charging cables hanging from your nightstand, it’s worth considering wireless chargers, especially those that can power multiple gadgets simultaneously. Mophie 4-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad handles almost any Qi-enabled device you throw at it with spaces to power up to four of them on its flat surface. It also comes with an Apple Watch accessory which, when equipped with the original magnetic charger, supports your watch so that you can easily see the screen while it is powered on. Belkin Boost Charge Pro Support has a slightly smaller profile as it uses vertical space rather than horizontal, supporting your watch and a new iPhone with MagSafe capabilities on their own separate stands. The circular base that holds them even has a slot for a pair of AirPods to charge wirelessly, too.

Buy the Spigen S350 booth on Amazon – $ 11 Buy the Elago W2 booth on Amazon – $ 9 Buy Elago W6 iPod style stand on Amazon – $ 13 Buy Mophie 4-in-1 Charging Pad on Amazon – $ 125 Buy Belkin Boost Charge Pro mount from Apple – $ 140

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