Coolest iPhone Gadgets, Accessories, & Gifts

Coolest iPhone Gadgets, Accessories, & Gifts

iPhones are cool in their own right. They’re basically a mini-computer in your pocket that connects you the entire world. And with all the apps and games available, you can do nearly anything on your iPhone. Not surprisingly, since iPhones are one of the most popular smartphones available, there are tons of iPhone accessories and gadgets. While a lot of them are simply practical, some are super fun. So we explored all the iPhone gadgets available and picked out the coolest ones. These are great to buy for yourself or as a gift for your favorite Apple addict. Check them out below.

10 Coolest iPhone Gadgets & Accessories

Travel Lamp Phone Diffuser

Everyone has that crazy moment where you need a light so you pull out your iPhone and turn on flashlight mode. While that’s great for times when you need the direct light a flashlight provides, it doesn’t work in every situation. This little gadget is a cute solution to that problem.

This lamp shaped, silicone gizmo slides over your iPhone like a rubber band. When the lamp is placed over your flashlight, the light is diffused and cast like lamplight. It’s ingenious, fun, and lightweight. Available in a classic lamp style or a traditional lantern design that’s perfect for campouts. Makes a great stocking stuffer for that brother in law who is impossible to shop for.

iPhone Fan

Summer weather can get down right uncomfortable. When it’s hot and humid and you’re on the go, it can be impossible to stay cool. This fun little gadget helps with that. It’s surprisingly simple but absolutely genius. It’s a fan that plugs into the lightning port of your iPhone. That’s it! Plug it in and enjoy a cool breeze.

This fan is perfectly portable and has soft wings that prevent injury. It also rotates to a variety of angles so you can find the perfect one for you. If you live in a hot climate and spend some of your time out in the heat, this is worth tossing in your bag.

iPhone Tripod

The best gadgets are the ones that solve multiple problems. This iPhone tripod does exactly that. Designed to attach using your phone’s lightning port, this versatile stand holds your phone in multiple ways. Perfect for taking group photos, vlogging, or Facetiming with loved ones.

If you want to watch videos hand free, you can actually prop the phone up on its side and binge to your heart’s content. This stand is super compact, once it is folded up you can slip it into a pocket, bag, or purse. You can even attach it to your key ring and it has a bottle opener built into one of the legs.

Lightning Cable Keychain

We’ve all had it happen: you’re out living your life and then you realize your iPhone battery is low. And, of course, you don’t have a charging cable handy. You’ll never have to worry about that again with this handy keychain. This compact gadget opens to reveal a lightning to USB cable, perfect for charging on the go or transfering data.

This cable is designed to work with any Apple case, but doesn’t work with OtterBox or other thicker cases. Compatible with all lightning port iPhones, plus iPad and iPod Nano.

VR Headset for iPhone

Virtual reality is so fun. It’s a great way to play fun games, experience interactive educational content, or even just watch 360 videos. But, you don’t need to drop big bucks on an Oculus Rift to experience VR. The VR Wear headset transforms your iPhone into a VR viewer. All you have to do is download a VR app and slide your phone into the headset. Then you can enjoy VR content and games. Since it fits a variety of smartphones (including some Anroid phones), one set can be used by the whole family.

The VR Wear set also comes with stickers to decorate the viewer and a comfortable leather cushion to make it nice to wear for long gaming or viewing sessions. Makes a great gift for teens or adults.

Gramophone Wireless iPhone Speaker

Gramophone Wireless iPhone Speaker

Everyone seems to have Bluetooth speakers these days, but here’s an iPhone accessory that’s unexpected and really awesome. Called The Edison Amp, this gramophone style speak requires no wires and no electricity to amplify your music. Just slide your phone in the slot and the copper bell amplifies your music or podcast to fill the whole room.

Handmade by The Man Registry, the base is American hardwood and the copper bell is handspun. Unique and fun, this is the perfect statement piece for any home. It also makes a fantastic gift for any vintage-loving music fan.

iPhone Selfie Stick

Selfies sticks have become essential gadgets for photographers, Instagramers, and any person who likes to document their life. The thing I really love about the Fugetek selfie stick is that it’s made of a sturdy high end alloy and it’s compatible with a variety of smartphones and cameras. If you travel, this is perfect because you can use your iPhone to take pictures and then easily swap it out for your GoPro to get action video shots.

This selfie stick extends to 49″ the get the perfect angle for group pics or selfies. It also features a Bluetooth remote that allows you to use it with any Bluetooth compatible device, including the new iPhones that don’t have headphone jacks.

Bedside iPhone Holder

If you’re someone who likes to browse their phone in bed or stream Netflix at night, this is a must have gadget for you. This clip on iPhone holder has a long adjustable arm to create the perfect viewing angle. It tightens to attach to a headboard, bedside table, or even a desk. Relax comfortably in bed without holding your device as you stream movies, read an ebook, or just browse Facebook.

This makes a great gift for teens and college students.

iPhone Solar Charger

We all know that fear–you’re out and about, having a great time, but you only have 20% battery left! If you’re lucky to be near an outlet and have your charging cable on you, then you can top it off. But if you’re at the park, the beach, or camping, you might not have any of those things available. So if you’re an outdoorsy type, this solar charger power bank is a must have iPhone accessory.

Waterproof and highly portable, place this solar charger in the sun to charge it and then use it to charge your iPhone or anything other USB chargeable device. It includes two USB ports, so you can simultaneously charge your devices. It also has a built-in emergency flashlight. Take it camping, hiking, or with you when you travel so you have power anywhere you go. This is also great to have in your emergency preparedness kit.

Multi Tool iPhone Case

Swiss Army knives used to be the ultimate pocket sized multi-tool. Well, now that multi tool can be your phone case! This iphone case by IN1 features eight tools built in (which are totally TSA compliant). The tools include a pen, kickstand, tweezers, bottle opener, scissors, nail file, screwdrivers, and a toothpick.

This case is cool and useful and makes a great stocking stuffer for that impossible to shop for relative.

Looking for more accessories for your iPhone? Check out these lightning to headphone adapters and the best lightning USB cables.

What is the best Lightning to USB cable?

lightning to usb cable

iPhones and iPads use Lightning to USB cables to charge and sometimes sync data with your computer (depending on how you have yours set up). Apple bundles a standard 3 foot (1 meter) white Lightning usb cable with all their iPhone and iPad devices but for many people that just isn’t enough. You can buy additional iPhone or iPad charging cables, whether you want an extra lightning cable for your car or bedside table, a long lightning cable for charging your phone on the couch, or just an additional fashionable iPhone charging cable to throw in your backpack that won’t be confused with other people’s plain old white iPhone charging cords.

The best lightning to usb cables

AmazonBasics Lightning to USB A Cable – Apple MFi Certified – White – 3 Feet /0.9 Meters – 2-Pack

If you’re just looking for a basic cheap lightning to usb cable, then this is a great choice. It’s a two pack of three foot lightning USB cables (the same length that came with your iPad or iPhone). You can use these as extra cables or replacements for cables you’ve lost for any device with a Lightning port.

This USB cable for iPhone 2-pack is also available in black instead of white, and different lengths are also available. You can even get a set of bulk lightning cables (a 24 pack)!

Yellowknife Durable Portable Travel Flexible Spring Coiled Cable Lightning USB Sync Charging Cord for Apple iPhone/iPad

Ever seen a coiled Lightning cable? They can be pretty neat and useful in some scenarios, such as when you want to have a reasonably long cable with some “give” to it. This coiled lightning usb cable for iPad/iPhone measures about 4 feet long and comes in black (a white version is also available separately).

3 in one USB cable for iPhone, iPad & Android phones

If you have an iPhone or iPad and your significant other has an Android device you’re probably used to carrying two sets of charging cables with you. iOS devices famously use Apple’s special Lightning connector, while Android devices and common items such as cameras often use USB C or Micro USB connectors.

This ingenious 3 in one USB to Lightning cable can charge your iPhone or iPad and also Android phones and other devices! It comes with two removable caps for different devices which are both tethered to the cable so they won’t get lost. Pretty clever! Available in black.

Aimus Lightning Cable w/ LED Light [3-Pack]

Here’s a great usb to Lightning cable kit that comes with three iPhone/iPad charging cords in one package. It includes a short lightning cable (5 inches/13cm), a medium length lightning cable (4 feet/1.2m), and a long lightning charging cable (6 ft/1.8m). With the distinctive silver and black styling of these cables, you won’t get them confused with anyone else’s either.

Here’s a neat feature of these lightning charging cables: they have a tiny LED light built in to the part that plugs into your phone. This makes it very easy to find your phone while it’s charging in a dark room, plus it helps you have confidence at a glance with the screen off that the phone is indeed charging.

These lightning-USB cords also come with cable ties so you can keep them nice and neat when you’re not using them. Also available in white/silver instead of the black/silver version pictured here. This lightning usb cable has gotten generally favorable reviews and is compatible with all iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch models with Lightning ports.

AmazonBasics Apple Certified Retractable Lightning to USB Cable

This compact USB cable for iPad/iPhone retracts into a sheath that fits into the palm of your hand. When extended it reaches 2 feet (0.6 meters) and it has a standard sized USB type A plug on one end and a Lightning connector on the other. Because it collects itself into a neat little package you won’t get it tangled up with your headphones or other cables you may have in a backpack or pocket or purse. It’s the ideal size for a phone charging cable that you can throw in a bag and take anywhere. This iPhone cable is available in black or white.

Frequently asked questions about Lightning to USB cables

Which models of iPhone/iPad do these lightning to usb cables work on?

These charging and data cables work on any iPhone or iPad that have a Lightning port. For instance this includes iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X. For iPads this includes every iPad model since late 2012 (iPad with Retina Display), and every model of iPad mini. They also work with every iPad Touches that has a Lightning connector.

Where can I find a lightning to USB adapter that lets me plug devices into my iPad or iPhone?

Check out this article on Lightning to USB camera adapters and more.

Where can I get really long Lightning cables or really short Lightning cables?

Check out these related articles: the best long lightning cables and The Best Short Lightning Cables for iPhones & iPads.

Is it safe to use third party lightning cables not made by Apple?

Apple has strict quality and safety standards for accessories as part of their MFI (Made For iOS device) program. They outline the exact amounts of power that accessories like Lightning cables should use to ensure compatibility with their devices. In our experience the best third party lightning cables work just as well as Apple’s first party official cables.

Can you get nylon braided lightning cables for iPhone? Do they exist?

Yes, nylon braided charging cables exist for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, like this model shown at left.

Some people like nylon braided cables better because they can be more durable and less likely to fray than regular plastic or rubber cables when they’re exposed to repeated stress like the normal twisting and coiling that phone charging cables commonly experience.

This Anker brand braided Lightning charging cable comes in a variety of colors and is 3 feet long (1 meter) just like the default white cable that comes with iPhones and iPads.