Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – 2019: Best Smartphone Accessories

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By Kristijan Lucic November 08, 2018, 9:00am
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There are all sorts of smartphone accessories available out there these days as the smartphone industry has gotten truly huge by now. Considering that there are so many sub-categories when it comes to smartphone accessories, there are quite a few products listed down below, ranging from power banks and headphones to Bluetooth speakers and camera lenses. There is something for everyone down there, just in case you’re looking to pick up some new smartphone accessories for yourself or someone you know in the coming days; holidays are upon us after all, so it’s good to be ready.

Prices below are subject to change. This post will be updated regularly to ensure the most up-to-date pricing, but during the holidays, there will be flash sales and price drops so keep that in mind.

Best Beefy Power Bank - for ultimate power users

RAVPower’s 26800mAh portable charger is great if you need a really huge power bank on the go. Its 26,800mAh battery is able to recharge almost any smartphone a bunch of times, 5+ for most smartphones, so it’s good to have around if you’re planning to be without a charging plug for extended periods of time, like if you’re traveling or something of the sort. This power bank can charge up three devices at the same time, and we’re looking at 2.4A charging, maximum.

Best Tiny Power Bank - if you need something really small

If you need a power bank, but everything you’ve seen around seems to be too big for you, and you’re looking for something that you can fit in your pocket / purse and not even know it’s there… well, the Anker PowerCore+ mini could be a solution for you. This is a 3,350mAh power bank, and it’s a lipstick-sized battery which is made out of aluminum. This charger comes with Type-A and microUSB ports.

Most Stylish Power Bank - if you’re into aluminum-made, slim power banks

The Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Pro is a great 10,000mAh power bank which is actually quite compact considering its battery size. This power bank is made out of aluminum, and it’s also quite thin, and thus, highly portable. This power bank comes with both Quick Charge 2.0 and Quick Charge 3.0 support, and it has all the safety certifications for overcharging, and so on, not to mention that you’ll get both a microUSB and Type-C cables with this charger.

Best Qi-Supported Power Bank - if you want to charge your phone wirelessly on the go

If you’d like to charge your device wirelessly while you’re on the go, that’s also possible, and mophie’s Powerstation external battery charger is a great option for that. This charger has a 10,000mAh battery built-in, and it supports pretty much every smartphone that comes with Qi charging support. This charger will not slip around the surface you put it on, due to its design, and there are LED lights on it that will signalize battery status to you.

Best Wireless Headphones - if you’re looking for great wireless headphones no matter the cost

If you’re looking for a great pair of wireless, noise canceling headphones to use while you’re on the go, you can’t go wrong with the Sony WH1000XM3. These are over-ear headphones, and they have a 30-hour battery life, while they also support fast charging. Smart listening is enabled via Sense Engine, and these headphones come with 40mm liquid crystal polymer drivers. On top of everything ear cushions on these headphones are quite comfortable, and you’ll also get an audio cable for a wired connection, if that’s something you need.

Best Fully Wireless Headphones - for those who like running and working out in a high-tech manner

Fully wireless headphones have managed to become quite popular in the last couple of years due to their portability and convenience, and the Jabra Elite 65t earphones are amongst the best out there. These earphones come with Alexa support, while a charging case is bundled in as well, not to mention that they’re both dust and water resistant. The company claims that these earphones can provide you with 5 hours of battery life (while in use), and the charging case adds 15 more on top of that.

Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker - if you need a better speaker on the go

Smartphone speakers are not the best, some are better than others, but still, they cannot replace full-fledged speakers. That is where Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay A1 portable Bluetooth speaker comes in. This speaker is extremely portable, it has a built-in microphone, and it’s quite good overall. It offers a 24-hour battery life on “normal volume levels”, while it has a peak power of 2x140W, not to mention that it is both dust and splash resistant, and that it’s made out of aluminum.

Best Selfie Stick & Tripod Hybrid - If you’d like to have both a selfie stick & a tripod at hand

Having a tripod on hand for more advanced night time photography is always a good idea, and if you can have that, and a selfie stick all in one, why not… right? Well, BlitzWolf does have such a product, and it’s really sturdy, not to mention that you’ll also get a remote control for the shutter button on your phone, which is a handy thing to have as well, and you can simply tuck away that remote controller when you don’t need it, as it fits into the tripod / selfie stick quite nicely.

Best Type-C Magnetic Charger - if you need versatility when it comes to your charging cable

Having charging / syncing cables on hand is quite useful, especially if they’re high quality. Volta’s Type-C to USB-A magnetic charging cable actually comes with two tips, and there are two lengths that you can choose from on Amazon. This cable comes with a strong nylon cord, and the company claims that it is x times better than your regular charging cable cord, and that it won’t break easily at all. This cable supports USB 2.0 data transfers, and it comes in three colors.

Best Value Camera Lenses - if you need some variety when it comes to smartphone photography

Smartphone camera lenses can open up various opportunities when it comes to smartphone photography, and AMIR’s clip-on lenses are actually quite good. In this package, you will get wide-angle, fisheye and macro lens lenses, and you can clip them onto your device, though do keep in mind they’re not compatible with basically any device out there, simply due to their design. Some compatible devices are listed on the link down below, though, while these cameras should fit nicely to other phones that have similar camera setups, in terms of their design, that is.

Best Foldable Keyboard - if you need a physical keyboard on the go

Typing longer e-mails on your phone, or anything else that takes some time to do, can be quite annoying, and you’d make a lot fewer mistakes if you actually had a keyboard at hand. Well, 1byone’s foldable Bluetooth keyboard may be a solution for you, as it’s actually quite comfortable to type on, while it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, not to mention that you can hook it up to your PC… or any other computer, really.

Best Waterproof Phone Case - if you plan on going swimming with your phone

If you plan on going swimming with your phone, or you run in the rain often, OCASE’s waterproof phone case may be a solution for you. This case will keep your phone dry no matter how much water gets on it, but please note that this case is not made for diving, so if you plan on doing that, this is not the way to do it. This case comes with a neck strap, just in case you need it.

Best VR Headset - if you’d like to enjoy VR using your phone

If you own a Samsung smartphone and are looking to get try out VR, the Gear VR is the best you can get out there. Unlike every other device on this list, this gadget has a much narrower compatibility list (when it comes to smartphones), but it’s quite good. So if you have the Galaxy S8, S9… or any other device that is listed as ‘compatible’, the Gear VR is a really solid device which actually comes with a controller as well.

Best Car Charger - if you’d like to top of your smartphone while driving

How many times have you forgotten to charge your smartphone, and remembered only after you’ve already fired up your car and started driving to work or wherever else you’re going… well, if that’s an often occurrence for you, having a car charger may be a good idea, and RAVPower’s 24W 4.8A car charger with two ports is actually quite good. This charger does not support Quick Charge, but you can charge up two devices at the same time if you want.

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