12 must have accessories for your new Apple Watch in 2020

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Another year, another series of new devices from Apple – including the new Apple Watch Series 6 and the model SE. If you just got your hands on one, or any Apple Watch for that matter, now is the time to look for the best Apple Watch accessories as well!

We’ve got everything from chargers to cases and medical IDs and other health tools as well. So, without any further ado, let us get right into it!

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1: Belkin 3-in-1 Boost Charge Pro

Nowadays, most of us have at least 3 devices that constantly need to be charged: 

  1. Smartphone
  2. Smartwatch
  3. AirPods and other earbuds

Having to charge all of them individually every single day is no doubt a bit of a pain. So, why not use one charger that can handle everything? That’s precisely what the Belkin 3-in-1 wireless charger does!

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You can use this stand to charge all of your portable Apple devices with a single charger. However, do keep in mind that only the iPhone 12 supports MagSafe. 

In case you are not familiar with it, MagSafe is a sort of magnet that’s attached to the charger that secures your phone and works with compatible Apple (And sometimes non-Apple) devices.

The iPhone 12 is currently the latest iPhone that’s compatible with this kind of technology. Older iPhones work as well, but, for some reason, they do so at an extremely slow charging rate. So, we wouldn’t recommend this charger for older iPhone models. 

Speaking of charging rates, Belkin’s offering can go as high as 15 watts for the iPhone 12 with no cables attached. 

Pros: 

  • Looks amazing
  • Fast charging up to 15 watts
  • One of the first docks to come with MagSafe

Cons: 

  • Very expensive

2: Belkin Boost Charge 3-in-1

This is Belkin’s alternative 3-in-1 charger that’s more down to earth – quite literally. Just like with its more pricey sibling, you can use this one to charge your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods without swapping out cables, adapters, or anything like that. It all happens wirelessly. 

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Unlike Belkin’s premium offering, though, this one doesn’t come with MagSafe or the fancy design.

As far as compatibility is concerned, Belkin claims that this charger should work with pretty much every Qi-compatible phone. And that applies for non-Apple devices as well – even if the charger was made with Apple ones in mind. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that the charger can even work through most lightweight cases. To be more specific, 3mm of thickness is the limit. 

Pros: 

  • Slightly cheaper than its fancy sibling
  • Takes little to no space (Considering that it can charge 3 devices)
  • Qi-compatible

Cons: 

  • Still pretty pricey with no mention of MagSafe support

3: Catalyst Apple Watch Series 4/5/SE/6 Waterproof Case

Most Apple Watches are water-resistant, but not waterproof. An easy and relatively inexpensive way out of that is by using a waterproof case such as Catalyst’s offering. 

330ft Waterproof Case Designed for Apple Watch Series 6/SE/5/4 44mm, 100%, Premium Soft Silicone Watch Band, Shock Proof Rugged Protective case Designed for Apple Watch by Catalyst - Grey
  • ✅ SUPERIOR WATERPROOF TECHNOLOGY: 165ft waterproof, we got your device well covered. The Catalyst...
  • ✅ PEACE OF MIND: Our waterproof case for Apple Watch 44mm Series 6,SE,5,4 exceeds MIL-STD 810G...

And the great thing about it is that it still allows you to keep on wirelessly charging the watch even with the case on. Not to mention that thanks to the digital grown dial, you can still use the Watch’s hard button. 

Just keep in mind that due to its design, this case is only compatible with Apple Watch Series 4 (42mm) and above. Older models are not going to fit. 

With all that said, at the end of the day, don’t risk submerging your watch underwater unless you absolutely have to. 

Pros: 

  • Waterproof up to 165ft (50 meters)
  • Compatible with plenty of Apple Watch devices
  • Compatible with MagSafe
  • Cheap

Cons: 

  • Quality and sturdiness could be better

4: i.VALUX Portable Wireless Charger for Apple Watch

Smartwatches are great, powerful tools. But as far as battery life is concerned? Well, let’s just say there are better options out there. At the moment of writing this article, if you want both a powerful smartwatch and great battery life, your best bet is a power bank for smartwatches – which is essentially what this gadget is. 

Portable Wireless Charger for Apple Watch, Portable iwatch Charger 1000mAh Smart Keychain Power Bank, Compatible for Apple Watch Series 6,5,4,3,2,1, SE, Nike+ & 44/40/42/38mm Watch Charger for Travel
  • Watch Charger & Compatible: The Apple Watch charger could be safely used with confidence on all...
  • Smart LED Indicators: With four Blue LED battery level indicators, The 4 LED Power indicators let...

This is a portable, wireless charger that’s pretty much a power bank for Apple Watches – meaning that you can charge your Apple Watch on the go without having to be plugged in. 

Since it’s nothing more than a wireless charger with a battery in it, this Apple watch accessory should work with pretty much all Apple Watches. 

You can expect to get about 1.5-2 charges out of it, depending on the watch and the environmental temperature. And once you run out of juice, just use a good old-fashioned micro-USB cable to charge it. 

Pros: 

  • Very portable
  • Easy to use
  • Cheap

Cons: 

  • Only holds a charge or two at most

5: OLEBR Charging Stand 3 in 1

This is another 3-in1 dock/charger. But, unlike Belkin’s offering, OLEBR’s dock does not offer wireless charging capabilities. And that’s most likely one of the main reasons why it’s so much cheaper. 

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OLEBR Charging Stand 3 in 1 Compatible with AirPods, iWatch Series 6/SE/5/4/3/2/1,Phone 12/12 Pro/ 12 Pro Max/11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/Xs/X Max/XR/X/8/8Plus/7/7 Plus /6S /6S Plus-Silver
  • 【PREVENT iWATCH FROM FALLING OFF】Patented silicone tray steadily holds iWatch 45 Degree with...
  • 【Compatible with Phone CHARGING】Showcases your device for sturdy, hands-free interaction like...

The great thing about this kind of design is that you get the low price-point of a wired dock along with fast charging speeds. And, at the same time, almost all the convenience that comes with wireless charging. 

That’s due to the fact that cable management is pretty good. The cables fit very snuggly in there, so, all you have to do is place your device on the dock – almost as if you were using a wireless charger. 

That’s also why it works with almost everything there is out there. 

Pros: 

  • Extremely cheap
  • Looks good (If only a bit plasticky)
  • Compatible with tons of devices

Cons: 

  • Wired only

6: LK Screen Protector for Apple Watch (40mm: SE, Series 4/5/6) (38mm: Series 3/2/1)

Nowadays, even the smallest gadgets are rather pricey. And that includes Apple Watches. So, why not spend a small amount of money to give them the extra protection that they deserve? And what’s better for this case-scenario than a good-old screen protector? 

LK [6 Pack] Screen Protector for Apple Watch 40mm SE/Series 4/5/6 and Apple Watch 38mm Series 3/2/1- Bubble-Free Scratch-resistant iWatch 38mm/40mm Flexible TPU Clear Film (UF-001)
  • Compatible With Apple Watch 40mm SE 4 5 6 and iWatch 38mm 3 2 1 - Not fit for Apple Watch 42mm 1 2 3...
  • Sensitive Touch - Only 0.1mm thickness maintains iWatch's original response sensitivity, ensuring...

This particular pick comes with 6 screen protectors and is compatible with most 40mm and 38mm Apple Watches. So, it’s hard to go wrong with it. 

And it’s not just about protecting your screen from cracking. It’s also about scratch resistance and keeping the display clean. And if something happens to one protector, you’ve got 5 more for less than $14!

Pros: 

  • 6-pack for a low price
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Not much

7: QRepublik Sleeve Medical ID

Medical IDs can literally be life-saving. And that’s particularly true for semi-smart IDs such as QRepublik’s offering. 

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QRepublik Sleeve Medical ID
  • Durable Medical Alert ID band on band designed for those with epilepsy, heart disease, epilepsy,...
  • Create a personalized, scannable profile with your medical history, medications, and allergies that...

This is an inexpensive option that comes with a QR code that others can scan for more information. Furthermore, when someone scans the aforementioned QR code, selected contacts on your phone can get automatically notified about it in case of an emergency. 

Last, but not least, your smartwatch model makes little to no difference. Since all you have to do is insert the ID band to a watch strap, it works with pretty much every watch from 38 to 44mm. And it doesn’t even have to be an Apple Watch. 

According to QRepublic, there are plenty of other watches that are going to work just fine. This includes Fitbit, Garmin, and Samsung smartwatches as well. 

Pros: 

  • Works with most watches
  • Easy to install
  • Affordable

Cons: 

  • A bit hard to understand and use from a stranger’s perspective who finds it

8: Spigen Rugged Armor Pro (Apple Watch 44mm Series 6/SE/5/4)

After getting a decent screen protector, the next thing in line is a case. Ideally a rugged one – which is precisely what the Spigen Rugged Armor Pro is. If you want an extra layer of protection for your Apple Watch, this is one of the best Accessories for Apple Watch devices to get. 

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Spigen Rugged Armor Pro Designed for Apple Watch Band with Case for 44mm Series 6/SE/5/4 - Black
  • All-around scratch defense with shock-absorbing material
  • Slim design with an adjustable band with a durable metal clasp

Speaking of screen protectors, pay attention to the size that you’ll get. If you want to have both a screen protector and this case, maybe get a slightly smaller protector than normal to fit it. 

That aside, as you’d probably expect from a case like this, you still get access to both charging capabilities and hardware buttons while using it. Spigen doesn’t advertise it as waterproof, though, which may be something to keep in mind. 

Pros: 

  • Very solid
  • Durable yet lightweight
  • Good value

Cons: 

  • No mention of waterproofing

9: Alto Leather Band for 44 and 42mm Apple Watch Series 6 to 1

Some people find Apple’s straps to be a bit child-looking-like. If you belong to that category and you are after something that feels a bit more premium, we can hardly think of any better Apple Watch accessories than a 3rd party leather band. 

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Alto Leather Band Compatible with Apple Watch Band 44mm 42 mm, Handmade Premium Italian Aniline Full Grain Leather Watch Strap for Apple iWatch Series 6, Series 5/4/3/2/ 1 (Raven Black)
  • [Premium Full-grain Italian Aniline Leather] The classic watch band design is made with luxury...
  • [Comfortable to wear] Nubuck leather lining offers a soft touch around the wrist and all-day...

At the end of the day, that’s all this is: a leather strap/band. So, there’s not much else to say about it. 

If there is one bad thing about it, that’s no doubt its price. At $89, you could easily get a budget smartwatch instead of just the band. 

Pros: 

  • Feels premium
  • Easy to install
  • Pretty comfortable

Cons: 

  • Crazy expensive for what it is

10: FnKer Band for Apple Watch Series 5 to 1 (38mm up to 44)

Alto’s band is great and premium-feeling. But it’s also very expensive for just a band. So, if you want a more budget alternative, definitely look into FnKer bands. 

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Watchbands Compatible for Apple Watch SE Series 6 Bands 40mm 44mm Woven Solo Loop Braided Strap iwatch Compatible with 5/4/3/2/1 38mm 42mm
  • This product has been sold, we will start shipping on October 06.
  • 【COMFORTABLE WEARING】: Made of premium quality Recycled yarn/silicone silk by knitting...

As far as budget bands are concerned, these are some of the best Apple Watch accessories you can get. There are plenty of shapes and colors to choose from along with plenty of sizes depending on your watch. 

Not to mention that this kind of material feels more breathable than leather. Whether it’s as comfortable and premium-feeling is up to you to decide. But, for the money, we’d hardly be able to complain no matter what. 

Pros: 

  • Superb value
  • Plenty of options to choose from 
  • One of the cheaper options out there

Cons: 

  • Generally doesn’t look or feel as premium as actual premium bands

11: Twelve South TimePorter Travel Case for Apple Watch

If you like having a charging dock but you also tend to move around a lot, then Twelve south TimePorter may be for you. This is a traveling case and dock in one package. 

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Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch | Apple Watch Accessory Travel case + Bedside Charging Stand (Black)
  • TimePorter has been designed to make traveling with your Apple Watch worry free. It's unique 3-in-1...
  • COMPACT TRAVEL CASE: Hard exterior leather covered shell prevents damage to Apple Watch and...

You can use the top of the case to place and charge your Apple Watch while the inside can be used for storage. And if you have a small power bank, you can also place it inside the case to create the ultimate travel companion. 

Since this is generally nothing more than a dock where you can place your Apple Watch charger, it should technically work with all Apple Watches. The official description mentions that anything from Watch Series 1 up to 5 should be fine. 

Pros: 

  • Case, storage, and dock in one package
  • Good for both home usage and traveling
  • Works great with a small power bank

Cons: 

  • Not much

12: MIPOW Portable Apple Watch and iPhone Charger (Series 3/2/1 38mm up to 42mm)

Last on our list of the best Apple Watch accessories, and, in this case, also for iPhones, is a power bank that can work with both iPhones and Apple Watch devices. 

MIPOW Portable Apple Watch Charger, MFi Certified Magnetic 6000mAh Power Bank with Built-in iPhone Fast Charging Cord Cable, Pocket-sized Battery for iWatch Series 3 2 1 Nike 38mm 42mm
  • Apple MFi Certified : Built-in MFI certified Magnetic Charging Module and lightning cable. Ideal for...
  • Portable & Stylish : 2 in 1 Cable-Free design, support charge apple watch and iPhone simultaneously....

With a charge capacity of 6,000 mAh, you can get 1.5 charges for an iPhone X and up to 10 times for an Apple Watch. 

The only downside that we can think of is that it still uses micro USB for charging while most devices nowadays use Type-C or Lightning ports. 

Pros: 

  • Compatible with both iPhones and Apple Watch devices
  • Gives up to 10 charges to Apple Watches
  • Pretty portable

Cons: 

  • Build quality could be better – especially for the price

12 Best Apple Watch Accessories: Wrapping Up

These are our top picks for now. We chose from a wide variety of categories including docks, power banks, medical IDs, cases, and even bands. 

If you have any more recommendations, feel free to let us and everyone else know about them in the comments section down below!

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Last update on 2020-12-02 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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