Mobile Accessories

iPad Accessories

This page has a list of Accessories that are used by the editors of iPlug Delaware to make the most out of their iPad and iPhone. This list includes some of our favorites, as well as highest rated in each category. Prices are current as of the Summer 2014 revision to this page.

These categories will be updated as new devices are released, or our readers suggest items that have been useful for them. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions for additional accessories, or start a conversation on my Google Plus page.

Cases

  • iPad Air
    • Apple Branded (Retail $39.00) – Apple iPad Air Smart Cover- Polyurethane – Blue – Provides protection for front of iPad Air. Features wake on open and sleep on close. Available in array of colors. Works as stand in two different horizontal positions.
    • Apple Branded (Retail $79.00) – iPad Air Smart Case Blue – Provides protection for front and back of iPad Air. Features wake on open and sleep on close. Available in array of colors. Works as stand in two different horizontal positions.
    • rooCase (Retail $49.99, usually available for $24.98) – rooCASE  – Slim Shell Origami Case for Apple iPad Air (5th Generation) – Provides protection for front and back of iPad Air. Features wake on open and sleep on close. Available in array of colors. Works as stand in several different horizontal and vertical positions.
  • iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina
    • Apple Branded (Retail $79.00) – iPad Mini Smart Case – Provides protection for front and back of iPad Mini. Features wake on open and sleep on close. Available in array of colors. Works as stand in two different horizontal positions.
    • Apple Branded (Retail $39.00) – iPad Mini Smart Cover – Provides protection for front of iPad mini. Features wake on open and sleep on close. Available in array of colors. Attaches by magnets. Works as stand in two different horizontal positions.
    • rooCase (Retail $49.99, usually available for $24.98) – rooCASE – Slim Shell Origami Case for iPad Mini – Provides protection for front and back of iPad Mini. Features wake on open and sleep on close. Available in array of colors. Works as horizontal and vertical stand in several different positions.
  • iPhone 5/5s
    • Mophie (Retail $99.00, currently $68.00) – Mophie Juice Pack Helium for iPhone 5 & 5S – Battery pack and case in one. Provides your device with 80% extra battery life. Thin and light weight, adds very little bulk to your phone and provides you with nearly double the battery life.
    • Grantwood Technology (Retail $29.99, currently $21.99) – TuneBand for iPhone 5 – Comfortable armband for using your iPhone while running, walking or engaged in other athletic activities. Small adjustable band, form fitting case. Adds very little bulk to your device.

Keyboards

  • Stand-Alone BlueTooth Keyboards
    • Apple Branded (Retail $69.00) – Wireless Keyboard – Full-size keyboard that takes up 24% less space than normal keyboard. Portable, long battery life, connects to all model iPads by Bluetooth.
    • Anker (Retail $49.99, usually available for $19.99) – Anker® T300 Ultra-Slim Mini Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Keyboard – BlueTooth technology compatible with all iPads. Full-size ergonomic design. Only .23 inches slim and provides 700 hours on 2 AAA batteries.
    • Logitech (Retail $99.99, usually available for $79.99) – Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch K811 Keyboard – Bluetooth keyboard compatible with all versions of the iPad. Easy-switch technology allows you to instantly toggle between Mac, iPad and iPhone. Rechargeable, can type while charging. Compact and thin.
  • iPad Air Keyboard Case
    • Logitech (Retail $99.99, currently $69.96) – Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air, Space Grey – Bluetooth keyboard and cover for iPad Air. Ultrathin design, protects the front of your iPad when it is not in use. Powerful magnetic clips keep closed on the go, works as sturdy stand while typing. Long lasting rechargeable battery, with auto wake and sleep.
  • iPad with Retina Keyboard Case (3rd or 4th Generation iPad)
  • iPad Mini
    • Logitech (Retail $79.99, currently $43.99) – Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover Mini for iPad mini – Black – Bluetooth keyboard and cover for iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina. Ultrathin design, protects the front of your iPad when it is not in use. Powerful magnetic clip keeps closed on the go, works as sturdy stand while typing. Long-lasting rechargeable battery, with auto wake and sleep functionality.

Stylus

Cables

  • Lightning-based cables (iPhone 5 and above, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina)
    • Apple (Retail $49.00, Currently $43.37) – Lightning Digital AV Adapter – Supports mirroring of what is displayed on device to HDMI equipped TV or Projector. Supports up to 1080p, and includes lightning input to simultaneously charge device.
    • Apple (Retail $49.00) – Lightning to VGA Adapter – Supports mirroring of what is displayed on device to VGA equipped monitor or projector. Supports up to 1080p and includes lightning input to simultaneously charge device.
    • Apple (Retail $29.00) – Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader – Allows transfer of images from SD Card to iPad. Only works with Photos App.
    • Apple (Retail $19.00) – Lightning to Micro USB Adapter – Allows you to use micro-USB cables to charge and sync Apple devices. Small size, easy to carry.
    • Apple (Retail $29.00) – Lightning to 30-pin Adapter – Allows you to use 30-pin adapter docks and cables with recent iPhone and iPad models. Supports analog audio output, USB audio, syncing and charging.
  • 30 Pin Cables (iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4,4S, iPad, iPad 2, iPad with Retina)
    • Lenmar (Retail $29.99, Currently $7.99) – Lenmar Micro USB to Apple 30-pin Converter Tip for Phone Charge Cables – Allows you to use a micro-USB cable to charge and sync iPhones and iPads with 30 pin connectors.
    • Apple (Retail $29.00) – Apple Dock Connector to VGA Adapter – Connects 30pin iPad or iPhone to VGA monitor or projector. Supports up to 1080p display.
    • Apple (Retail $39.00, Currently $36.90) – Apple 30 pin Digital AV Adapter – Allows iPhone 4, 4s and the iPad, iPad 2 and iPad with Retina to connect and mirror display on HDMI projector or television. Includes 30 pin input pass-through port for charging your device while connected to HDMI screen.
    • Apple (Retail $29.00, Currently $26.99) – Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit – Includes USB Connector and SD Card Reader fro transferring images from your digital camera to your iPad or iPhone. Automatically opens Photos App to transfer images to your device. (iPhone 3G not supported).

Chargers (use original USB charging cables with these chargers)

  • Apple (Retail $19.00) – Apple 12W USB Power Adapter – Fast 2.1 amp charging of lightning based iPads and iPhones
  • Anker (Retail $42.99, Currently $19.99) – Anker 36W 4-Port USB Wall Charger for iPhone 5s 5c 5; iPad Air mini and More – Allows high speed charging of two apple devices simultaneously, and two other USB devices, using only one plug. (Does not include charging cables, must use existing cables). Two ports marked “A” charge at 2.1A maximum, other two ports charge at 1.5A maximum. Great for travel.
  • Scosche (Retail $19.99, Currently $14.50) – SCOSCHE USBC242M 12 Watt USB Car Charger for iPhone/iPad – Cigarette charging adapter allows for simultaneous high-speed charge of iPad and iPhone. 12w total with 2.4 amp available in each port. Low profile design fits flush in most vehicles. (Does not include charging cables, must use existing lightning or 30 pin cables).

Fitness

  • Pebble (Retail $149.99) – Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone – Smartwatch connects to your iPhone and provides notifications on your watch screen. Allows you to see incoming call notifications, text messages, and other system notifications without taking your phone out of your pocket.
  • FitBit (Retail $99.99, Currently $88.00) – Fitbit One Wireless Activity Tracker – Bluetooth device that clips onto your clothes and tracks your steps throughout the day and your sleep at night. Syncs with your iPhone or iPad to provide insight into your exercise.
  • Withings (Retail $149.99) – Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer – Digital scale that syncs with your iPhone to track weight, body fat, heart rate, and indoor air quality. Syncs measurements using WiFi or BlueTooth. App allows viewing of results and trends.
  • Withings (Retial $129.95) – Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor – High accuracy blood pressure monitoring that automatically sync with Withings health app. Wireless design, stores all readings which allows you to visualize stats on iPhone.

Presentation Tools

  • Apple (Retail $99.00, Currently $92.95) – Apple TV – Allows you to wirelessly connect iPad or iPhone for presentations. Supports mirroring of screen or sound using AirPlay.
  • Kanex (Retail $59.99, Currently $30.00) – Kanex ATVPRO AirPlay Mirroring for VGA Projector – Allows you to connect Apple TV to VGA projector without requiring external power for the VGA adapter. Has built in 3.5 mm audio jack to output sound.
  • Apple (Retail $99.00) – AirPort Express – Convenient travel size router that easily fits in carrying bag for creating adhoc network between Apple TV and iPad.

Home Automation

  • Nest (Retail $249.99) – Nest Learning Thermostat – Thermostat that can be controlled/programmed using your iPhone or iPad. Features auto-schedule (learns your schedule for you) and auto-away (saves energy by turning of your system when not home). Monitor your HVAC from anywhere using your iPhone.
  • Kwikset (Retail $219.00) – Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Enabled Deadbolt – Bluetooth deadbolt lock that can be controlled using your iPhone. If iPhone is in proximity, you can lock and unlock your door by simply touching the lock. eKeys allow you to send keys to other family members or friends to access your home without an actual key.
  • Philips (Retail $199.95) – Philips Hue Personal Wireless Lighting – Converts your standard lamps and light fixtures to smart lights. Control the color of the lighting and turn on and off using your iPhone or iPad. Create lighting scenes based on your favorite photos.

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