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The best Apple Watch accessories

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You have a wide range of different Apple Watch models and strap combinations to choose from, and they range in price from $350 all the way up to $17,000, but your options don’t end with your purchase. You can safeguard your precious timepiece, snag a stylish charging solution, or buy a new strap for special occasions. The Apple Watch accessories just keep on coming, and we’ve been digging through them.

Beloware a few of our favorite accessories, and if you’re looking to outfit your device with the best apps, check out ourroundup of the best apps for the Apple Watch.

Best Apple Watch docks for the nightstand

Elago W3 Stand ($10)

Elago W3 Apple Watch stand

We love this clever Apple Watch stand, which is designed to turn your watch into a tiny Macintosh computer from yesteryear. It fits any size of Apple Watch, though you will need to slot your own charging cable into place. The stand is made from a flexible silicone material, so it gently cushions your watch and won’t slide around on your nightstand or desktop. It works with Nightstand mode and it looks great, but it’s also practical because the design ensures your watch stays connected and charging even if it gets bumped in the night. This wee burst of nostalgic joy is just $10 right now, or you can get it in black for $12.

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Proper Apple Watch Stand ($70)

Proper Apple Watch Stand

If you’re a fan of minimalism, then this diminutive, aluminum stand might tick your boxes. It comes in a choice of silver and black or gold and navy, has a slot to accommodate your charging cable, and features microsuction adhesive on the bottom to stop it from sliding around. The gently curving design and the unobtrusive size allow it to blend in easily with any environment, and it works withNightstand mode.

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Mophie Dock ($21)

Mophie Dock

A minimalist design that hides your charging cable is always welcome, and this Mophie dock delivers it. It’s more stable than it looks, thanks to a solid aluminum frame, and the leather accents look classy and cushion your Apple Watch from damage. You’ll have to slot your own cable in, but it’s fairly easy to set up. It works well with any Apple watch size or strap, and it won’t look out of place on most desks or nightstands.

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Aerb Bamboo Docking Station ($8)

Aerb Bamboo Docking Station

This bamboo docking station is essentially an attractive block of bamboo with some well-placed grooves and hollows. It’s designed to act as a stand for both your Apple Watch and your iPhone. You’ll have to slide in your own cables. There’s a special groove for the Apple Watch cable, but the Lightning cable just comes through a hole in the back. The rounded bamboo finish is practical and blends in easily with most surroundings. This docking station is also great value.

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Twelve South HiRise Stand ($20+)

Twelve South HiRise Stand

Here’s a sturdy bedside stand for displaying and charging up your Apple Watch overnight. It’s designed to work with your magnetic charging cable, which is easy to slot in and out. It will fit any size watch and band combination. It’s a brushed metal stand with a wide base that has non-slip rubber on the bottom. Silicone pads provide an aesthetic highlight and cushion the Apple Watch. There’s also a leather landing pad at the back for the band and buckle to rest on. The cable is kept tidied away in a groove around the back, and it runs under the leather pad. The stand comes in silver or black.

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Pad & Quill Timber Catchall ($100)

Pad & Quill Timber Catchall

There’s a retro-feel to these gorgeous, handmade wooden stands that are designed to hold your Apple watch, phone, and keys or jewelry. Each one is carved from a single piece of American Walnut, Cherry, or African Mahogany. You can run the charging cable, for the Apple Watch and a phone, through the back. There are four non-slip feet on the bottom.

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Native Union Dock ($60)

Native Union Dock

Do you fancy a stylish chunk of minimalism as your Apple Watch dock? This combination of matte graphite silicone and aluminum, from Native Union, might just catch your fancy. It’s a block, with a circular peg that you’re supposed to hang your Apple Watch on. You slot your own charging cable into it. The peg can be removed and reversed. The dock can also work laying on its side if you prefer your Apple Watch to match your orientation when you lie down. The square is 72mm, and it’s 65mm across with the peg. It’s also really heavy at 750g.

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Spigen S350 Apple Watch Stand ($8)

This Watch Stand from Spigen is as simple as they come. If you don’t want anything fancy, then this is the stand you need. There is nothing specialhere, justsnap the Apple Watch charger that comes in the box to the back of the standand you can position your watch in such a way that you can use Nightstand mode. This is compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 and 2, and you’ll be able to use it with both 38mm and 42mm Watch sizes.

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Griffin WatchStand ($30)

Griffin WatchStand

Here’s a really smart idea at a fairly attractive price point. Griffin’s stand actually employs the cable that comes with your Apple Watch and allows you to stick your watch at an easily viewable angle on the nightstand for recharging. You can wrap any excess cable inside the body to hide it from view. The base has padding to prevent it from slipping, and there’s a little lip that allows you to prop your iPhone below the watch.

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Oittm 3 in 1 Bracket Charging Dock ($28)

This charging stand is very versatile because it can be used for an iPhone, Apple Watch, or even a Fitbit. It comes with replaceable charging brackets. It also has 3 USB ports that can be used to charge other USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 devices. This isn’t just a USB hub because the top can be removed revealinga storage area for USB thumb drives, card readers, and your charging cords. It comes in rose gold, gray, space gray, and silver.

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Best Apple Watch docks and charging accessories for travel

Zens Apple Watch Charger ($40)

Zens Apple Watch Charger

If portability is your prime concern, then look no further. The Zens charger is a cute, pocket-sized cube that packs a 1,300mAh battery inside and can wirelessly charge your Apple Watch. It should refill the battery at least twice and there’s a four LED array to show remaining power, just like most power banks. You can recharge the Zens cube with any Micro USB cable and charger, and it isApple MFi certified. It comes in gray or white.

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Amazon

BLOC Wireless Dock ($80)

You can now charge your Apple Watch on the go with this wireless dock by Boostcase, but you do need to insert your own magnetic charging cable. The BLOC dock can charge your Apple Watch up to four times. Its aluminum build (also available in bamboo) complements the Apple Watch nicely.There’s a battery with a capacity of 2,000mAh inside and it can be detached and used to charge any iOS devices, as long as you have a charging cable.

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Elevation Lab BatteryPro ($100)

The BatteryPro is an MFi-certified magnetic charger for your Apple Watch. It has a very large 8,000mAh battery inside that can provide several charges for your Apple Watch or other iOS devices. The charger has a strap for the watch to hold it securely in place, so it’s easy to charge it inside a bag without problems. You get a Micro USB cable to charge the BatteryPro in the box, but you’ll need your own cables to charge your Apple Watch or phone. The USB port can also put out 2.4A to charge your iPhone rapidly.

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Trident Valet ($9)

Trident Valet

It may look like a display case, but you can use the Valet to charge up your Apple Watch and your iPhone simultaneously. Flip the transparent lid open, and you’ll find the iPhone slots in neatly. There’s a built-in 2,600mAh battery in the Valet, making it a perfect travel companion. It can be charged up using a standard USB to Micro USB cable and there’s one supplied, though you will have to use your own Lightning and Watch cables. It comes in a textured black or white finish, and there are five green LEDs on the front to show remaining battery power.

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Amazon

Nomad Pod ($20)

Nomad Pod

This portable pod is designed to slip into your pocket or bag. It measures 75mm by 25mm and weighs around 80g. It offers up to four full charges for your Apple Watch, thanks to a 1,800mAh lithium polymer battery. There’s a power button with a four LED display to give you an idea of remaining power, and a Micro USB port on the side to charge the Pod. Pop the top off, and you’ll find a standard USB Type-A port, into which you can plug your Apple Watch charging cable. You can wrap the cable inside before putting the top back on, to keep it tidy and out of the way. It comes in gray or silver.

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Amazon

Proper WatchKeeper Dock and Case ($60)

Proper WatchKeeper Dock and Case

If you want a good protective case for your Apple Watch, then look no further. This oblong case has an EVA foam tray covered in soft microfiber. Your charging cable will fit in underneath, out of sight, and your watch sits in the opening. The case also works like a dock, and there’s a small opening in the side where you can feed the cable through and plug it into the wall. The hinged top can be left open if you want to use it as a dock. The exterior is leather and you can choose a black or tan finish. It’s lightweight, and it measures 9 x 2.2 x 1 inches.

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Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable ($30)

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable

It’s dull, but it’s likely to be a necessity because you only get one charging cable in the box with your new Apple Watch. It’s typically expensive at $40 for the two-meter version. You can save $10 if you opt for a one-meter cable instead. They both come with Apple’s MagSafe technology, which makes it easy to attach the cable to the back of your watch, as magnets will pull them together to hold the cable in place.

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Best Apple Watch straps, cases, and screen protectors

iNcool Stainless Steel Strap ($19)


This stainless steel strap from iNcool is a great alternative to Apple’s steel band. The band is 304 stainless steel to ensure its durability. It comes with a handy tool so you can remove links and adjust it to fit your wrist size. The band also comes with a 12-month warranty, and it can be exchanged or refunded in case of any quality issues. It’s available in black or silver. Read on for more suggestions for great straps or check out our best Apple Watch bands roundup.

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Amazon

Eco Fused Case Screen Protector ($6-$8)

Eco Fused Apple Watch Screen Protector

Trying to apply a screen protector to anApple Watch screen can be difficult, but this Eco Fused offering acts as both a case and a clear screen protector. You can choose a soft or hard cover, and because it’s a case, it’s also easy to remove and clean. You can order this case for either the 38-millimeter or 42-millimeter Apple Watch 2. The front screen protector will always be transparent, but you can order the case in a variety of colors. The company also offers packs of two soft and two hard TPU covers, if you would like to try them both.

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Burkley Soft Leather Band ($70)

Burkley Soft Leather Band

You’ll love the look and feel of these soft, genuine leather straps for the Apple Watch. Burkley is expert at fashioning leather accessories, and these straps come in a choice of different finishes and with different buckle styles. The antique coffee finish with the classic buckle gets our vote, but you can pick whatever suits you. The clasp is included, for your chosen size. You’ll find the natural leather ages, so it looks even better when it’s worn in.

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Amazon

Casetify Apple Watch Straps ($40+)

Casetify Apple Watch Straps

If you’re not keen on Apple’s bands, then you can find a wide selection of strap designs at Casetify. In fact, you can design your own strap if you don’t like any of the countless designs on offer. There’s an app for Android or iOS, making it easy for you to design a strap with your own photos. You’ll also find a lot of funky designs on display, created by a diverse group of artists. Each strap is polycarbonate, with stainless steel fixings, and you can customize the size.

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X-Doria Defense Edge ($12+)

X-Doria Defense Edge

This protective case can be snapped onto your Apple Watch, and it has a black rubber lining with an aluminum exterior in your choice of gold, red, blue, or silver. There are accurate cut-outs to ensure easy access to watch functions, and it should safeguard against scratches and bumps. It’s a fairly minimal design, and the aluminum is intended to match the classy look of the Apple Watch, but it’s a matter of opinion whether it manages to do so.

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Amazon

Lunatik Epik Apple Watch Kit ($50)

We really don’t know too much about the Epik from Lunatik other than the fact it will be a protective system, which should add a higher level of dust and water resistance. Lunatik makes a good line of iPhone cases with great drop protection, so this will be worth a look if you need rugged protection for your new watch. The company is promising protective vents and a premium aluminum design. It should pop up on Kickstarter soon.

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Amazon

ActionProof Apple Watch Bumper ($20)

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Originally backedon Indiegogo, this bumper is made from strong rubber called laprene, and it will stop your Apple Watch from picking up scratches or cracks by absorbing the impact of any knocks. There are cut-outs for all the buttons, the sensors, the microphone, and the speaker. It comes in black, white, or orange with different colored dots, and costs$35 direct from the ActionProof website. The idea is that you might pop it on when you’re doing sports or going adventuring.

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Spigen Tough Armor ($15)

The Tough Armor case by Spigen is one of the best cases you can buy for your iPhone, so why not use it for your Apple Watch as well? Like their Ultra Hybrid cases, the Tough Armor case uses Spigen’s Air Cushion technology to guard the Apple Watchagainst bumps. Itcombines a soft TPU interior for shock absorption and a polycarbonate exterior. The lip is also raised 2mm to provide protection for your screen. One of the best things about the Tough Armor cases is that it provides the drop and shock protection that you usually get with bigger cases but without thebulk. Theback and the interior TPU are alwaysblack, but the top of the case comes in Gunmetal, Champagne Gold, orRose Gold.

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If you’re planning to get a new Apple Watch, we recommend you take a look at our Apple Watch Series 3 review. If you’re new to the Apple Watch, you can have a look through our easy tutorial on how to pair your Apple Watch with the iPhone.


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