The Week in iOS Accessories: Charge it up!

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes several new ways to make sure your iPhone and iPad have all the power they need.


Charge it up!

This week's roundup of iOS accessories includes several new ways to make sure your iPhone and iPad have all the power they need.

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It’s been a long time since we heard an iPhone user pine for the wonders of a BlackBerry-style physical keyboard for their phone. Should such people remain, however, the $80 Keyboard Buddy Apple iPhone 6 Case is most assuredly for them. Pre-orders are available starting October 17.

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New products from this company include the €40 Energy Music Box BZ3, a Bluetooth speaker system that plays your tunes and enables hands-free phone calls, and does all of it wirelessly. (Though it does have an SD card slot and a USB port, so you can connect your music however you wish.) It also includes FM radio, and it can play up to 15 hours of music on a single charge.

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The $30 RockWall 5 is a portable charger with 5 USB ports, allowing you to recharge a whole panoply of iOS devices at once. It’s small enough to take with you on the road, and iLuv says it “also has an input voltage of 110-220V that allows you to use it even while traveling abroad.” Its total charge output: 5 amps.

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Another pair of charging solutions from iLuv: The $15 myPower 2600 Portable Battery Pack, and the $30 myPower 5200 Portable Battery Pack (pictured).  The former features a 2600 mAH battery able to charge an iPhone 5S 1.6 times; the latter product doubles those specs, obviously, and throws in a flashlight in the device for good measure.

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The $25 GoBuddy+ might well be the most useful device in the world. It’s a compact charging and syncing cable you can easily carry around in your pocket. And it’s a bottle opener. Does it get any better than that?

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The latest keyboard case for iPad Air is the $100 Type+—it improves the keyboarding experience by increasing the distance between the keys and a dedicated row of iOS shortcuts “that put navigation at your fingertips.” It’s available in “carbon black” and “mars red orange,” starting in October.

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The $60 Tassel Charging Cable Keychain is “a charging cable that’s always at the ready and a stylish fringe accessory” that clips easily to your bag or keychain, available to be used as a charging-syncing cable when the moment calls for it. And when it’s not in use? It always looks good as a fashion accessory.

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The $70 PoP’n 2 is a 4000-mAh battery that attaches to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in somewhat different fashion—it attaches to the back of your new phone using suction cups. PowerSkin says: “The battery pack gives the iPhone 6 one-and-a-half full charges and the iPhone 6 Plus one full charge, and weighs less than 5 ounces.” It comes in black, white, pink, and blue.

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