Top 10 Budget Accessories to Make the Most of Your Phone

Smart phone accessories can get the most out of your device.
Smart phone accessories can get the most out of your device.
Photo of Zach Emmanuel
24 March 2017

For most of us, smartphones are a significant expense. We all want the fastest, coolest, most gadget-filled device on the market, after all. But even if you haven’t shelled out a fortune, there are a number of inexpensive accessories to help get the most out of your phone.

LuMee LED iPhone 6 Case

The LuMee iPhone case is particularly useful for those who take a lot of selfies, especially on nights out. Often these environments are too dark to take a photo and it might take a few attempts using the flash on the back camera. This selfie light case is ideal for situations like this and could come in very handy.

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LuMee LED iPhone 6/6s Case. | Courtesy Amazon.

SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick

So many people have bought a 16GB iPhone and realised after a few months the storage is nowhere near large enough. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick works for other devices too and lets you store content which can be accessed later on. Something to note though is this does not work with iTunes content, you essentially need to use the original MP4 file with videos, for example.

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SanDisk Connect 32 GB Wireless Stick. | Courtesy Amazon.

Logitech K480 keyboard

There are a lot of Bluetooth keyboards out there, but the interesting thing about the Logitech K480 is that you can place your device in the cradle whilst using it. There is also the ability to connect multiple devices and easily switch between them. It is a keyboard that is aimed for computers but still works very well with mobile devices.

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Logitech K480 Keyboard. | Courtesy Amazon.

RODE VideoMic Me

With phone cameras continually raising the bar for what we can expect from our devices, they are becoming an increasingly viable option for real video and audio production. So, why not use an accessory from a recognised microphone manufacturer? The Rode VideoMic Me could come in very handy when you don’t want to rely on the sound your phone picks up.

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RØDE Microphones VideoMic Me Directional Microphone for Smart Phones. | Courtesy Amazon.

Mpow 2-in-1 lens attachment kit

Along similar lines to the VideoMic, although these Mpow lenses might be more useful for leisure scenarios. This 2-in-1 set offers a macro lens in addition to a fisheye. You can use them on a variety of devices to spice up your pictures.

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Mpow 2-in-1 lens attachment kit. | Courtesy Amazon.

Wowee One speaker

The Wowee One uses Gel Audio technology, which means it produces a considerable volume when placed on any surface, despite its diminutive size. This unique speaker is sure to provide an extra something when you are listening to music.

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The Wowee One speaker. | Courtesy Amazon.

YOSH Waterproof Smartphone Pouch

The YOSH waterproof pouch would come in particularly handy for your holiday trips and means you can get some really nice underwater photos. You might want to test it first though.

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YOSH Waterproof Smartphone Pouch. | Courtesy Amazon.

Anker PowerCore 20100 portable power bank

There are a lot of different options when it comes to portable chargers, but the Anker PowerCore sets itself apart by the sheer capacity of the battery. The company advertises 6.5 charges of the iPhone 7 and you can also plug in multiple devices, so it definitely deserves a place in your bag for a long trip out of the house.

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Anker PowerCore 20100 Portable Power Bank. | Courtesy Amazon.

AmazonBasics Retractable Lightning Cable

This retractable cable from AmazonBasics again has portability in mind. This accessory fits in smaller spaces than the traditional cable, making it another must-have.

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AmazonBasics Retractable Lightning Cable. | Courtesy Amazon.

Native Union key cable

Another accessory with convenience in mind is the Native Union Key Cable, which allows you attach your keys to it and its knot means it can be easily pulled out of your pocket. It is also tangle-free for added benefit.

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Native Union Key Cable. | Courtesy Amazon.

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