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Equip: 12 Smartphone Essentials, Week of August 17th

Whether you’re traveling, hiking through the wilderness or wandering the urban landscape of the city you call home, your cell phone should never be left naked. We’ve all seen those unfortunate friends with cracked screens, batteries that die at a moment’s notice and twisted-up headphones that look like a total bother to use. Leaving your phone bare simply can’t do anymore, especially if you lead an adventurous or busy life.

There are a few must-haves that can elevate your experience and bring a bit more ease to your life by protecting your phone in all the necessary ways. From outer protection to devices that can improve your quality of use, these 12 essentials could be perfect new additions to your digital life.

1. Weekend Phone Case Wallet

We all know the three-point check — “phone, wallet, keys,” so why not condense the essentials into one clever phone case? Keeping your phone and wallet combined means one less thing to worry about while you’re on the go.

$30 from Thread Wallets

2. Custom Pop Socket

Pop sockets are the perfect accessory to grip your phone if you like to keep your hands occupied or simply want a little more comfort while holding your device. Plus, with the ability to choose any image you desire, you can have some fun customizing this accessory.

$15 from Pop Sockets

3. Cell Phone Selfie Light

Striking a pose has never been more efficient. This little gadget makes sure the light follows you wherever you go so you can take quality photos with your pals, even in the darkest places.

$9.99 from Target

4. Lightning SD Card Reader

If you shoot your photos on a standard camera but post them frequently on social media — or send them to friends and family — this little gadget could change your whole operation. It transfers photos straight from your SD card to your cell phone and sorts your pictures into Moments, Collections and Years.

$29 from Apple

5. Ollo Camera Lens Clip

Sure, the regular camera lens on your phone works just fine, but if you’re a photography lover, this multipurpose lens can elevate your iPhone photography into something akin to professional photography without having to lug a camera bag around.

$79.99 from Ollo

6. Joby GripTight Tripod PRO 2

If you love phone photography, chances are good you’ll also need a tripod for long shots, videos and the occasional solo selfie. This tripod is perfect for travel with its portable size and easy flexibility.

$79.95 from Amazon

7. Shoulderpod G2 Professional Mobile Video Grip

For people with an affinity for video and producing quality content for your social media — or simply for your own memory archives — this system is perfect for filming anything and everything. Kiss those homemade-looking videos goodbye!

$69.90 from B&H Photo

8. Mophie Juice Pack Air

If you’ve ever experienced your phone dying at a moment’s notice, you’re probably long over it. This charging case is perfect for anyone who can’t always be bothered to charge their phone on-the-go. It’s there whenever you need it, ready to lend a charge.

$59.95 from Zagg

9. Raycon Everyday E25 Earbuds

Bluetooth earbuds are all the rage now, and these ones are comfortable, reasonable and reliable. They work with any phone and stay charged for hours of listening time. They basically meet all your needs, from your gym workouts to your walks in the park.

$79.99 from Raycon

10. Anker PowerCore 20100

If you’d rather go for an external battery for your charge on-the-go, Anker is a great reliable source for your portable charging needs. This backup can keep your phone alive for hours while you’re moving. Whether you’re camping, traveling or simply having a busy day, you can rely on this portable power source to get the job done.

$45.99 from Anker

11. Gear Beast Universal Cell Phone Lanyard

If you’re an avid hiker, adventurer, camper or generally someone who can’t be bothered to keep your phone in hand all the time, a lanyard could be a great option for you. This one is a comfortable, affordable option designed to meet all your needs.

$9.99 from Amazon

12. Skullcandy Indy True Wireless Earbuds

If you’re on the hunt for truly reasonably priced and comfortable wireless earbuds, look no further. You may recognize Skullcandy from your Hot Topic phase in high school — who would have thought they’d still be your saving grace? These seriously do the trick.

$39.99 from Skullcandy

Find What You Need

No matter what kind of phone you’re working with, you need a few things to keep it as protected as possible and get the most out of your experience. Whether your priority is listening to music, taking photos or simply adventuring wherever your heart desires, it’s easy to find the perfect accessories for your life, style and lifestyle!

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