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10 practical iPhone accessories under $20

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The world of iPhone accessories is vast, and can range from basic to extravagant.
All of the products on this list cost under $20 and will help keep your iPhone charged and protected, and help keep you entertained.
For many people, myself included, our smartphone is the center of our digital world. Why not make the most of it?

A phone case

One of the biggest reasons people don't put an iPhone case on is because of the added weight and bulk, but with this case, that's not a problem. 
Heftier cases will provide more support, but if you're looking for the bare minimum to prevent scratching and some resistance if your phone falls, this is a good option.

Caseology Slim Clear Cushion Grip iPhone 7 Case, $11.99, available at Amazon

Caseology Slim Clear Cushion Grip iPhone 7 Plus Case, $11.99, available at Amazon

A portable battery

I've beaten this drum before, but for good reason. There's no reason not to have an external battery pack anymore; they're inexpensive, can fit easily in a pocket or purse, and will charge your phone in a pinch. 

Jackery Pop Slim 5000mAh External Batter Pack, $16.99, available at Amazon

A pair of Bluetooth earbuds

I love a good pair of headphones, but it's easier to wear a pair of earbuds if you're commuting or going on a trip. In this price range you shouldn't go in expecting an audiophile experience, but Monoprice's option seems to satisfy most people's needs.
The one thing to consider is that these earbuds only have a five-hour battery life, which is fine for a commute but not extended travel.

Monoprice Large-Driver Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds, $14.99, available at Amazon

A heavier duty case

If you've already gone through the experience of having Apple replace your iPhone because of a drop, use this and the next pick together. Spigen's case insulates your case with a soft and hard layer, with specific fortification of the corners.
It's a little bulkier and heavier than the Caseology case I mentioned earlier, but will provide significantly more protection if your phone falls.

Spigen Tough Armor iPhone 7 Case, $15.99, available at Amazon

Spigen Tough Armor iPhone 7 Plus Case, available at Amazon


A screen protector

Nothing is worse than a scratched screen, whether from keys in your pocket or a light fall. Three times the hardness of plastic, this screen protector will do more to keep your phone safe from the power of gravity than your standard one.

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 7, $7.99, available at Amazon

amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 7 Plus, $7.99, available at Amazon

A better Lightning cable

Chances are you'll be charging your phone every day, so you'll want to have a couple of spare lightning cables around in case anything goes wrong. AmazonBasics' option is inexpensive, MFI-certified, and twice as long as the one that comes with your iPhone. 

AmazonBasics Apple-Certified Lightning-to-USB Cable (6ft), $7.99, available at Amazon


A multi-port wall charger

This is on the list to help settle disputes. If you're in a home with multiple people who need to charge their devices at the same time, this Anker wall charger will save you an outlet. It doesn't support quick charging, but neither does the iPhone, so you won't be missing out on anything.
Instead you and a friend or family member can charge your devices simultaneously. Just remember to pick up an extra AmazonBasics cable.

Anker PowerPort 24W Dual USB Wall Charger, $10.99, available at Amazon

A dock

An iPhone dock is something you don't realize you need until you buy one. Stick it on a desk and you'll have a place to put your phone. Every. Single. Time. Once it becomes routine, you'll dock your phone without having to think about it.
Plus, it's nice to have your phone upright on your desk if you get a notification, where you can quickly glance over and decide if it's worth your time.

Lamicall S1 Dock and Phone Stand, $9.98, available at Amazon



An armband

An armband
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Exercising is tough. If you don't find a way to entertain yourself, it's even more difficult. 
As someone who's used an armband to listen to music while running, I can say from experience it makes the experience better. Creating playlists that are timed specifically to your runs can give you a sense of how much longer you've got to go. 
"Eye of the Tiger" is a better motivational tool than the sound of silence.

Tribe Water-Resistant Sports Armband with Key Holder for iPhone 6/s and 7, $9.99, available at Amazon

Tribe Water-Resistant Sports Armband with Key Holder for iPhone 6/s and 7 Plus, $ 8.49, available at Amazon


A car mount

A car mount
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If you drive, keeping your eyes on the road will keep everyone more safe, which is why I recommend everyone use a car mount. 
I tried this one from Belkin recently, and really liked its design. It clips onto one of your car's vents and has two holders on its back so you can thread a charging cable through them. In every way, Belkin's option is better and safer than keeping your phone in a cup holder.

Belkin Universal Car Vent Mount, $21.99, available at Amazon

This article was originally published on 7/26/2016. 
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