The iPhone generation continues to grow, with over 30 million iPhone users as of 2012 in the United States alone and a 35% increase yearly since. According to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., in the first 3 months of 2015, Apple has enjoyed “the highest switcher rate from Android.” And when the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were launched, an astounding 13 million units were sold on their first weekend. With the massive number of iPhones and iPhone users, there is an incredible range of options and iPhone car accessories available to personalize and maximize the use of your iPhone. In fact, the smartphone accessory global market is now worth over US$21 billion. But not all accessories are Apple-quality worthy, which makes it imperative (and difficult) for an iPhone user to be very critical about what they buy and who they buy it from.
Choosing the Right iPhone Accessory for Your Car
iPhone car accessories are everywhere and come in a wide range of prices and features. Choosing the perfect iPhone car accessories means finding communications and convenience solutions that fit your lifestyle and pocket. iPhone car accessories include options like mounts, chargers, power banks, Bluetooth speakers, adapters, and hands-free kits with different features. Here’s a look at the most popular iPhone car accessories in the market today.
Best iPhone Accessories for Cars
iClever Himbox HB01 Quick Review
This $20 Bluetooth aux-in kit can handle 2 phones at the same time with its dual USB ports. It has excellent outgoing sound quality, track control buttons, extra 2.1 amp charging port, auto connect after set-up, and its own power adapter. It has a built-in microphone for hands free phone calls, noise-canceling technology, and is equipped with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 version which means low power consumption and faster transmission. It even supports AVRCP technology for music control-friendly use.
Installation is easy with the HB01 but requires your car stereo to have the 3.5 mm Aux-In jack. You can automatically redial your last phone call by pressing the control button twice or activate Siri by pressing
the control button for 2 seconds. It has its own base and comes with a one year warranty and 45 days money back guarantee.
Motorola Roadster 2 Quick Review
A clip-on design Bluetooth car kit, the Motorola Roadster 2 is the perfect solution to all those who are looking for a unit to make Bluetooth phone calls. It features dual microphone noise cancellation for quite and natural phone calls, even in the loudest cars, an easy clip to mount to your sun visor and it's compatible with almost all bluetooth and mobile phones! With you Roadster 2 you can even enjoy MOTOSPEAK – a built-in feature that speaks to you when you have an incoming phone call. And, one of the best parts about this unit is that it doesn't require ANY installation. Just clip and link.
TechMatte MagGrip CD Slot Quick Review
With a price point at around $20, this 4 ounce smartphone grip is a bang for your buck! It features is compatible with most smartphones including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and fits smoothly into the CD player slot. You can adjust it to the angle of your preference, and its magnet ensures a stable mount for your phone. However, it isn’t compatible with every vehicle, so you should check your CD player design to see if it will fit without any of the controls. But even if it does cover some of your stereo controls, there is an option of bolting it down.
Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 Portable Charger Quick Review
A portable slim charger is a must-have iPhone car accessory. You never know when there will be an emergency and need for power. The Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 charger (around $29.99) with LG battery cells is the number one choice among Amazon iPhone buyers. It has a patented PowerIQ Technology that delivers the fastest 3 amps charge. The charge capacity is huge: 6 times on one full charge with the iPhone 5s and full recharge takes only 6.5 hours. It also comes with an 18 month warranty and its own padded bag. You may also want to check out the newer E6 version which has 3 ports and is great for the iPhone 6 Plus, 5C, and 4S.
Kenu Airframe+ Quick Review
This is the world’s smallest car mount for iPhones that sells for under $25. It weighs just an ounce, measures 2.5 inches long, and can fit into your pocket easily. It has an expandable jaw, steady grip, a patented vent design, and its own hands-free travel stand. It’s a quick and easy solution to a universal iPhone car mount.
- iPhone Case And Charger
- Detachable Magnetic Battery
- 3000mAh Battery
- Easy Lightening Cable Connector
Lepow Pie Series 3000 mAH Battery Case Quick Review
The Lepow Pie Series 3000 mAH Battery case has its own 3000 mAh power bank that attaches to the case thru a magnet. It has no power switch so once you plug it in, it starts charging. The USB slot is located at the bottom of the case to prevent wires from tangling. Unlike many other iPhone case chargers, the PIE Series is guaranteed not to overheat or short-circuit. It is compatible with the iPhone 5S, 5 and 5C and weighs around 94 grams.
Olloclip 4-In-1 Lens Adapter Quick Review
This lens adapter from Olloclip is a US-made product that lets you create versatile photos with your iPhone. It has a macro, wide-angle, and fisheye lens. It comes with a lanyard and 3 clips for both front and rear cameras. If you buy the tripod, the lens adapter can be used with the iPhone 6 and 6Plus. It’s technically not an iPhone car accessory but should be with you when you travel so you can create special effects whenever you want and wherever you are!
Tylt 3500 mAH Energi Sliding Power Case Quick Review
This 3200 mAh rechargeable power case features a sliding design with a dual layer inner case with battery sleeve that can be easily removed. It comes at a higher price than most battery packs at around $80 to $99 apiece but for the price, you get safe and high speed charging. Unlike other models, the TyIt’s Energi power case stops charging automatically when the iPhone is fully charged and it’s very easy to use! Simply slide your iPhone into the power sleeve and press the button to start the charge. There are 4 LED indicators to let you know the charging progress – and don’t forget you can use Siri voice activation (“Hey Siri”) while it’s charging.