You must have heard how Apple is stripping the box contents of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. This time around, power adapters or wired earphones won’t be included, and the only thing to be shipping will be the iPhone 12 along with a cable. And it goes without saying that if you want to increase your overall experience with the iPhone 12, the best bet would be to invest in a bunch of accessories.
By picking up the right iPhone 12, you won’t have to worry about the seamless experience of charging, data transfer, clicking great stills, and more, without spending a lot.
Hence, we have compiled a list of the best iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro accessories you can buy.
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1. Apple MagSafe Charger
If you want a taste of Apple’s interesting MagSafe technology, the safest bet would be to get your hands on a MagSafe charger. This wireless charger is faster than the conventional ones. And the best part is that it doesn’t snap off easily like conventional wireless chargers. Do note that the MagSafe charger doesn’t come with a charging wire and you will have to get one separately.
While you might be itching to try out something different, we’d highly recommend you to grab a MagSafe charger to try out the experience and as a backup, in case something happens to your third-party charger. While the magnetic field of MagSafe charging is impressive, it may potentially harm your cards. So be very careful about that.
However, if you are not a big fan of this wireless charging tech, you can check out some new-age wall adapters like the GaN chargers. These are simple wall adapters. The only difference is that it is incredibly fast and light, and you can also use the same adapter to power your iPad and MacBook.
2. Wireless Charger: Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charger
Wireless chargers indeed help ease the process of charging wireless compatible devices. All you have to do is place them on the charging mat and the mat will do the needful. However, if you have a few Apple products like the AirPods, Apple Watch, and the iPhone, charging them at the same time can be a challenge. Thankfully, products like the Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charger eases the process of juicing your compatible devices without any issues. You can use it to charge your phone, earphones, and smartwatch together.
Apart from the convenience it brings, it also helps you get a clean and clutter-free look on your desk. The Belkin 3-in-1 Wireless Charger charges fast. It has a simple and compact build and won’t occupy much space on your desk.
If we talk numbers, this charger supplies 7.5W of power for the iPhone and around 5W of power each for the Apple Watch and the AirPods case.
Again, like most wireless chargers, you needn’t remove your iPhone’s case if it’s on the thinner side.
3. Phone Case: Apple Clear Case with MagSafe
If you want to flaunt your iPhone’s original color while keeping it safe from scratches and bruises, get the official clear case. This clear case also supports MagSafe. Like many Apple products, it looks and feels premium while being flexible and easy to take it on and off. Moreover, Apple claims that the case is scratch-resistant, which is a big plus.
The MagSafe charger that you buy should work perfectly with this case. That said, the case is not 100% clear, and the ring of the MagSafe magnets may give it a blingy look.
Do note that the Apple clear case is far from perfect and is prone to collecting dust and lint, especially with daily usage.
4. Car Charger: Nekteck USB-C Car Charger
Do you go on long road trips or spend a long time driving your car? If yes, you might want to buy a compatible car charger like the Nekteck USB-C Car Charger. The crux of this charger is its USB-C charging port. And secondly, it’s crazy fast and works brilliantly with iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. What makes the deal even sweeter is that it comes with a meter long USB-IF certified Type-C cable.
For the uninitiated, USB-IF certifications are awarded to USB accessories that meet the safety criteria and work as per the specifications.
Aside from that, it’s worth noting that the Nektech car charger has a solid build quality, and the odds are that both the charger and cable will last you a long time. This charger can charge up to 60W, and as noted earlier, it’s fast. In fact, the folks at Wirecutter tested this charger and found the larger iPad was charged 33% in just half an hour and around 65% in an hour. Woah, right?
The USB-C port also supports Power Delivery and making it future proof. This means even if you were to change your phone later, this charger would serve you just fine.
Lookswise, the Nekteck USB-C Car Charger doesn’t bundle much. It has an oval face and measures around 1.6-inches tall. The fit on the charging port is tight and snug and doesn’t wriggle.
5. Braided Cable: Anker Powerline+ II Lightning Cable
Sadly enough, the Apple-branded lightning cables do not hold up well if you use them a bit roughly. They tend to fray and break easily, and that’s when braided cables like the Anker Powerline+ II come into the picture. For starters, the Anker Powerline+ II lightning cable is MFi certified, which means there will be minimal compatibility issues. Secondly, they are durable and can take their share of rough usage and abuse from their owners.
In fact, Anker claims that the Anker Powerline+ II can withstand up to thirty thousand bends, and well, the solid build quality has been backed by several users as per of their user reviews on Amazon.
More importantly, you can choose from three lengths. And should you pick the 6ft variant you will get the flexibility of connecting to a far-off AC power outlet.
6. SD Card Reader: geekgo SD Card Reader
How does the idea of transferring content directly from an SD card to your iPhone 12 sound to you? If you are excited by it, then it’s time you said hello to the geekgo SD Card Reader. This one is a small and compact card reader that you need to attach to the Lightning port of your iPhone after connecting a micro SD or an SD card to it.
The best part is that it’s a plug and play device and is compatible with several card types, including the SDXC cards. Moreover, it’s not merely reserved for transferring contents between the card and your phone.
Instead, you can use the USB-A and the USB-C port to connect to Android smartphones and laptops. Surely enough, apart from transferring photos and videos, you can also use it to move other media items such as music files and documents.
Alternatively, if you do not want to stray out of the Apple ecosystem, you can also check out the Apple Lightning to SD Card Reader. This one is a simple card reader and is designed for accepting SD cards.
7. Travelling Tripod: GripTight ONE GorillaPod Stand
Joby is a popular for its flexible tripods, and the Joby GripTight is no exception. It’s small and compact, which makes it easily portable. You can toss it in your bag or pocket and get going. Secondly, the legs can wrap around almost anything, thereby giving you the angle you desire. Its legs are rigid and strong enough to hold your iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro without batting an eyelid.
The Joby GripTight gives you around 6-inches of height when the legs are fully extended. This height makes it ideal to be placed on top of tables and chairs for photos and videos. The flexible legs mean you can also use it as a selfie stick when needed.
Do note that if you have a thicker case on your iPhone, you might have to take it off before attaching it to the mount of the GripTight.
8. Selfie Light: UBeesize Selfie Ring Light
If you use the front camera of your iPhone for Zoom calls or Skype calls, you may want to check out the UBeesize Selfie Ring Light. It will also help you while making videos using the front camera. Unlike most selfie lights that clip to the front of the phone, this one comes with a gooseneck arm which can be clipped to table ends. The gooseneck arm also comes with a phone holder and both the arms let you have a hands-free call or video session.
Surely enough, the selfie light gives you enough illumination. It comes with 10 brightness levels and 3 color modes, and you can pick anyone to suit your needs and requirement.
Again, it’s not your average battery-powered selfie light. Rather, it’s powered by USB, so should you decide to buy it, you will need a laptop with a USB-A port to power this light. This means you will have a power source that won’t go out after 15-20 minutes.
So far, this selfie light has managed to acquire a good rating from its user base. Users like it for its easy installation and brightness levels. It has a solid build, and the sturdy design ensures that your phone won’t fall.
Get the Most Out of Your iPhone
These are some of the best gadgets and accessories via which you can further enhance your phone experience. And it goes without saying that these gadgets will grow on you over time, whether it’s a simple wireless charger or a handy SD card reader.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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