In this short article we’ll review and recommend the essential accessories that you need for your iPhone that won’t break the bank. Each recommendation has a direct purchase link so that you don’t need to go and search for them (note: UK readers if you don’t see GBP prices in this article follow this link). We’ve recommended products that fit the iPhone 6/6S, however with most of them they are either compatible with other iPhones or will have variants that are – just follow the links through and you can pick the right version for you.
A phone case is essential to protect your expensive new gadget. There are literally hundreds out there to chose from, so any recommendation needs something a little different. We like this case from Dockem which looks cool, protects your phone but also enables you to slide your credit cards in the back. This value add is great and removes the need to carry a bulky wallet around with you. It costs only $14.99 on Amazon here.
iPhone Storage Expansion
Storage expansion for your iPhone enables you to add to the internal storage capability of your phone, but also move files back and forth between your iPhone and your PC. To do this you need the equivalent of a USB stick with the Apple Lightning connector. We recommend the SanDisk iXpand which has both a USB and lightning connector and comes in storage sizes from 16GB all the way up to a whopping 128GB. The device starts at just $38.50 here on Amazon.
iPhone Battery Pack
It’s a killer when your phone runs out of power. You can get around this by taking a portable battery pack with you. As you’ll be carrying this around, portability is key here. We’re recommending the Anker Powercore+ mini as it has enough juice to top you up, but won’t be a pain to carry around. It also comes in a range of colours (check out the Amazon link to see them). It starts at only $12.99.
An alternative route to go is to get an iPhone battery case which combines protecting your phone with extra battery power. The cases are, inevitably, a bit bigger but they are a good solution. Check out the Anker battery case here as a good option.
iPhone Screen Protector
If there is one thing you must add to your iPhone it is a screen protector. Without one you will inevitably scratch the screen on your keys (or some other sharp thing) in your pocket or bag. Luckily they are really cheap. As they are rather fiddly to put on we’d recommend getting a pack with more than one protector in (so you can muck up putting the first one on!). Check out the Tech Armour protectors which are just $6.95 with free shipping for a pack of three (click here).
iPhone Travel Charger
If you travel internationally with your iPhone then you need a travel charger. These nifty little devices come with a range of plugs which you just snap on for the relevant country. We’d recommend one with multiple USB ports so that you can charge your other devices too. The aLLreLi is a good device with 4 USB ports and plugs for US, AU, UK and EU. It’s only $15.99 with free shipping on Amazon.
An iPhone isn’t much good without headphones! There are many on the market, but finding a pair with good sound production, a microphone, remote controls and that is comfortable is hard. After much hunting around we came back to the beginning and strongly recommend Apple’s own headphones. They look great and function really well. You can pick up a pair for only $19.99 on Amazon here.