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The best Apple Watch Series 8 accessories

Bolster your wristwear with these extra tools.
April 19, 2023
Belkin BoostCharge 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe
By Belkin
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Multi-device charging
MagSafe compatible
Adjustable, fast-charging puck
No cord management
LED indicator for AirPods only
Attracts dust
Belkin BoostCharge Pro Portable Fast Charger for Apple Watch
By Belkin
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Magnetic fast charging
Adjustable design
Convenient cord management
Collects dust
USB-C only
Somewhat Pricey
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
By Apple
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Effective ANC
Great sound quality
Great auto-wear detection
Water-resistant buds and case
Good fit with four ear tip options
Charges via Lightning cable
Many Apple-exclusive features
No way to customize the EQ without third-party app
An Apple Watch Series 8 with ample battery life rests on its charger.
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Apple’s latest flagship smartwatch is a powerful device with plenty of onboard tools and features. However, it’s not perfect and the right accompaniments can further improve the user experience. We round up the best Apple Watch Series 8 accessories for getting the most out of your device.

The best Apple Watch Series 8 accessories

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable

An Apple Watch Series 8 rests next to its fast charging cable.
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It’s no secret that Apple’s charging specs aren’t the best. The latest Apple Watch should last you a full day and night, but before long, you’ll be reaching for your charging cable. When reviewing the device, we were happy to see the device outlast its 18-hour battery life claim but still would have liked to see more improvement in this department. Low Power Mode helps you eke out a few extra hours, which proved especially helpful for outdoor GPS workouts. Fortunately, the device is also equipped with fast-charging architecture and can power up from 0 to 80% in just 45 minutes. Apple includes a charging cable in the box, but for ease and convenience, we recommend grabbing a backup cable for the car or office.

20W USB-C power adapter

Apple Watch USB C Adapter

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, one Apple Watch Series 8 accessory that you’ll definitely need is a USB-C power adapter. While a charging cable comes with the wearable, an adapter does not. Luckily, wall adapters are fairly affordable at just $20 for an Apple-branded pick from Amazon. 

Belkin BoostCharge Pro Portable Charger for Apple Watch

A Belkin BoostCharge Pro Portable Fast Charger for Apple Watch rests on a wooden table.
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Of course, a basic cable isn’t the only option and the best Apple Watch chargers offer a little bit more. This portable charger from Belkin features a sturdy, minimalist base that will streamline your habits. It also features built-in cord management to keep your charging station neat. During our Belkin BoostCharge Pro Portable Charger review, we appreciated the adjustable design for parking our Apple Watch in nightstand mode. The charger is also lightweight and easy to throw into a backpack or suitcase for travel.

Belkin BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 wireless charging pad with MagSafe

A Belkin BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad rests on a black countertop.
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A bit heavier and harder working, Belkin’s 3-in-1 charging pad is the perfect companion for all your Apple devices. Power up your watch, iPhone, and earbuds all in one place with this Apple Watch Series 8 accessory. Not only does the device provide an attractive one-stop shop, but, it also features a fast-charging module and MagSafe wireless charging capabilities. We tested the sleek, white model during our Belkin BoostCharge Pro 3-in-1 wireless charging pad review but the charging pad is also available in black as well. Want something more portable? Check out the mophie 3-in-1 travel charger with MagSafe instead.

LK Apple Watch Screen Protector

LK Screen Protector

The Apple Watch Series 8 features impressive durability, including a WR50 rating and an IP6X certification for dust-resistance. However, if you’re likely to find yourself knocking your wrist around, at the gym or at your day job, it may be worth some extra protection. Nothing impairs an attractive watch face like a deep scratch or cracked screen. The LK screen protector is an affordable accessory that can elongate the lifespan of your Apple Watch Series 8 and give you peace of mind. The pack comes with six screen protectors that are easy to install and won’t hinder your screen’s touch sensitivity.

Lerobo Sport Bands

An Apple Watch Series 8 features fitness tracking best utilized with a sport band.

With fantastic fitness tracking and accurate health sensors, the Apple Watch Series 8 is a powerful workout tool. Sweaty gym sessions require a lot from your Apple Watch band and Lerobo Sport Bands deliver on every front. The flexible, silicone straps are lightweight enough to stay out of your way and easy to rinse after you wrap up. They also feature a perforated, breathable design that won’t trap sweat and come in plenty of colors to match your favorite kicks. Plus, the price is right at under ten dollars. 

GZ Gzhisy Nylon Sport Loop

Nylon bands are a smart Apple Watch accessory for taking advantage of the Series 8 temperature sensor.

The Series 8 is also the first Apple Watch to feature a temperature sensor for deeper sleep and cycle-tracking insights. With that in mind, a comfortable band fit for bed should be a higher priority than ever. While we wouldn’t recommend metal or leather, you can still find an attractive style in nylon.  We like the soft feel and flexibility of woven nylon, just remember to take your watch off for the shower as these bands take a while to dry. These nylon sport loops are similar to options sold directly by Apple but cost a fraction of the price. They are available in a variety of colors starting at $12. If a GZ Gzhisy or Lerobo band isn’t the band for you, check out our round-up of the best Apple Watch bands to personalize your watch.

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation)

The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) case is open and laying at an angle to show the earbuds and their sensors.
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While the most expensive Apple Watch Series 8 accessory on this list, it’s easy to recommend Apple’s latest AirPods. The Apple Watch offers considerable music support and it only follows that you should pair the wearable with a solid set of earbuds. These buds offer a great listening experience plus Apple-exclusive features that make set up a breeze. During our AirPod Pro 2nd generation review, we were particularly impressed with the noise-canceling technology and auto-wear detection. Plus, the AirPods ship with four ear tip options for a perfect fit. 


The Apple Watch Series 8 features a WR50 rating making it safe for shallow swimming and splashes. However, prolonged exposure to steam can be damaging to the device. For example, Apple doesnt recommend wearing the watch in saunas. With that in mind, we recommend taking your watch off if you typically take long, hot showers.

An Apple Watch Series 8 comes with a watch case, watch band, and magnetic charging cable, as well as device documentation. 

We consider the Apple Watch Series 8 one of the best smartwatches available and the best pick for iOS users. It’s pricey, however, Apple tends to support its devices with software updates for many years. If you already own an Apple Watch Series 7 or Series 6, upgrading may not be necessary.

Yes. Keep an eye on our Apple Watch Series 9 rumor hub to stay up to date on everything we know and what we hope to see.