There’s a reason why the Apple Watch continues to dominate the smartwatch market: it’s a really good smartwatch. Even though it only works with iPhones, the Apple Watch remains a long way ahead of the competition.
Because it’s a popular smartwatch, the Apple Watch boasts a large accessory ecosystem. Let us help you in your buying decisions with our list of the best Apple Watch accessories you can buy right now.
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Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best Apple Watch accessories as new accessories launch.
1. Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock
Turns out that the folks behind the Apple Watch know how to make a good-looking charging dock in the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock.
Even though it has a large base, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock doesn’t force you to feed the Watch charging cable through it. Instead, you can just connect the Lightning cable included with your iPhone. As a nice bonus, you can sit the Watch flat or on its side to use as a bedside clock.
The Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock is available for $79.99.
2. Anker PowerWave+ Pad
With AirPower officially dead, the hunt is on for the best alternative. Thankfully, the Anker PowerWave+ Pad deserves strong consideration for your money.
As the name implies, the PowerWave+ Pad lets you charge your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. According to Anker, the charging pad delivers a full 7.5W charge for iPhones. As for the Watch, you can flip up the charger and have it sit on its side.
Even better, the Watch charging cable connects directly to the PowerWave+ Pad. From there, the charging pad connects to the included micro-USB cable and Quick Charge 3.0-compatible wall adapter.
It’s a shame the PowerWave+ Pad uses micro-USB, but at least the charging pad only costs $59.99.
3. Elago W3
The Elago W3 is a novelty and maybe it’s not one of the best Apple Watch accessories, but it’s one that old-school Apple fans will appreciate. That’s due to the vintage design reminiscent of the original Apple Macintosh computer.
There’s no fancy way to hide the Watch charging cable, so keep the Elago W3 close to a wall if you want a minimalist look. That said, it’s so cool to plop your Watch in the screen gap and watch your miniature Macintosh come to life.
The Elago W3 is available for $8.99.
4. Barton Watch Band Adapters
Apple makes solid watch straps for the Watch, but maybe you want more options. That’s where one of the best Apple Watch accessories, the Barton Watch Band Adapters come in.
Fitting the small and large Watch, Barton’s adapters work with any watch band designed for a 22mm watch lug. Barton offers its own selection of 22mm watch bands, including leather, silicone, NATO, and more.
Barton Watch Band Adapters cost $11 each.
5. Apple Watch Sport Loop
Just because the Apple Watch Sport Loop is the company’s cheapest watch band doesn’t mean it’s a bad option. In fact, it’s the best option for Watch owners that don’t wear a suit every day.
The double-layer nylon weave is very soft on the skin. It’s also breathable, letting you rock it while working out at the gym or going on a run. It’ll even do fine underwater, though the nylon material holds onto water longer than the silicone watch bands.
The Apple Watch Sport Loop costs $49. For those with older Watch models, the 40mm and 44mm Sport Loop fit with the 38mm and 42mm cases, respectively.
6. Native Union Belt Watch Cable
If you’re looking for a Watch charging cable arguably better than the original, the Native Union Belt Watch Cable is it.
Thanks to the reinforced design, the Belt Watch Cable is very durable and can withstand bend after bend. The cable is four feet long, which should be plenty of length to cover the distance between your Watch and the wall adapter. A leather strap keeps the cable together, while the lifetime warranty gives you peace of mind in case you notice defects.
Also read: How to pair and set up your Apple Watch
Finally, the Belt Watch Cable is MFi-certified. That means you shouldn’t have any issues charging your Watch with the cable.
The Native Union Belt Watch Cable is available for $49.99.
7. Nomad Pod Pro
The Nomad Pod Pro is not your typical portable battery. Not only is there an integrated magnetic charger, but also an integrated MFi-certified Lightning cable to charge your iPhone. The Pod Pro features a 6,000mAh capacity, so you can charge your devices at least once.
Also read: The best 10,000mAh power banks you can buy
It’s a shame you can only charge the Pod Pro through the micro-USB port. That said, the aluminum enclosure is a nice departure from the plastic enclosures we usually see with portable batteries.
The Nomad Pod Pro is available for $49.95.
8. Twelve South TimePorter
For those who constantly travel, the Twelve South TimePorter really is a jack of all trades. The TimePorter is a travel case that has space for your Watch charging cable, USB wall adapter, and extra Watch bands.
Better yet, the TimePorter doubles as a portable charging stand. You can lay your Watch flat or prop it up as a bedside clock, though a Watch charging cable isn’t included.
The Twelve South TimePorter normally costs $49.99, but it’s available for $39.99 for a limited time.
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