Your iPhone is your lifeline – you never leave home without it! With GPS, a calendar, email, a calculator and Internet access, it’s already an essential tool. But don’t forget the necessary accessories to keep it safe and even extend its benefits. Here are my picks for the top 10 iPhone essential items.
If you spend a lot of time out and about, whether you’re skiing, running errands or traveling, a back-up phone battery is a must. How many times has your phone died when you needed it? Don’t let it happen again. The Mophie battery case allows you to increase your phone’s life with the switch of a button. The pack acts as a case to protect your phone, while giving you up to eight hours of extra talk time or seven hours of Internet use.
Need to power more than one device on the go? This portable charger made of recycled materials is compatible with more than 5,000 devices and can charge two at once. Use it in your car, in a wall outlet or even with just your laptop. No more untangling different wires – this one is all you need.
If you’re a waterbug, this is the case you’ll want. Dive into the ocean or take your phone out on the boat with you – this case is waterproof for up to 30 minutes in two meters of water. It also claims to be shockproof, dustproof and sandproof.
The iPhone is already a great on-the-go camera for aspiring photographers. But now there’s a lens that can make your photos even better. The Olloclip three-in-one camera lens features fish-eye, wide-angle and macro lenses that clip snugly onto the side of your handset.
Ever get frustrated waiting for your iPhone to sync to the computer just so you can upload your photos? The ZoomIt plugs into your iPhone’s dock connector to let you easily import photos from your other camera onto your phone, making it faster to post them to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or whatever! The ZoomIt supports both audio and video, as well as images and documents like PDFs, DOC and XLS.
Take amazing photos anywhere with this flexible, wrappable tripod that can be fixed to a tree, pole or whatever! It also doubles as a phone stand – perfect for reading or watching videos.
No matter what case you’re using, your screen can get added protection with the InvisibleSHIELD. Designed from the same material used by the military to protect helicopter blades from dust and debris, it will keep your screen from getting scratched and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Whether you’re a mountain biker or just commuting on two wheels to work in the city, the Weather-Proof Bike Mount fits any size handle bars. It’s ideal for using your iPhone’s GPS while you’re on the move, or even taking photos. It can swivel to either the portrait or landscape position for easy photo and video snapping without you having to slow down.
Holding your iPhone at the gym can put a serious damper on your workout. This band straps to your arm and your tunes are now hands free.
Ever go to show a YouTube video to a friend, or try to listen to a song on your phone while you’re cleaning the house, and the sound is barely audible? This affordable amplifier is the answer. It collects the sound from your iPhone’s speakers then amplifies it in coiled wave guide within the base and projects it into the room. It sounds like a full sized speaker, yet requires no power, batteries or adapters.