The Week in iOS Accessories: Rugged stuff

This week's roundup includes several devices made to withstand harsh conditions and the occasional drop. Read on!

Rugged stuff

This week’s roundup includes several devices made to withstand harsh conditions and the occasional drop. Read on!



The $40 Night Cable is 10 feet of syncing and charging—but its most notable feature is the weighted knot at the end, making it easy to anchor your cable to a flat surface and know it won’t go sliding out of sight.



More ruggedness: The $100 Hitcase Pro for iPhone 6 and 6s is also waterproof and shockproof, and it comes with an additional feature: It’s built to easily swap out lenses on the case so that iPhone photographers can get the best possible shot.


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The $80 iRig Keys Mini is “an ultra-portable 25-key MIDI controller for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Mac/PC. Its 25 velocity sensitive mini-keys provide a generous 2 octave range (plus 1 note), which makes it small enough to easily stash in your laptop or gig bag or backpack with room to spare.”



The $60 iOgrapher Filmmaking Case is a pretty stripped-down affair—an iPhone mount with handlebars, essentially, to create steady video shots. But it’s built so you can mount it on a tripod—and so you can add lights, lenses, and microphones. It’s just the start of a beautiful filmmaking effort, in other words.



The $29 Zand is an iPad stand without any click-in features or clamps or anything like that: Zand’s “nano-materials” create a bond between the stand and the iPad that lets you use your tabld hands-free without any worries. 



The $70 Noke is a Bluetooth padlock. No combination or keys needed—the proximity of your iPhone in your pocket or bag does the unlocking for you.

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The $100 Wallet for iPhone doesn’t contain cash—it contains power, a backup battery strong enough to give your iPhone a full extra charge, but thin enough to slip into your pocket without George Costanza’s problems.



The $100 GoBat 12000 is both rugged and powerful: It’s waterproof, dustproof, can be dropped without fear of damage, and can charge an iPhone up to six times over from its ample reserves. It features dual USB ports—which can charge two devices at once—and a carabiner, so you can clip it on and go. 


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The $50 Spyder Commuter is a 2600mAh battery; you can recharge from a wall outlet using the device’s foldable plug. And when it’s not in use? It fits easily into a purse or pocket.

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