Apple's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max deliver a lot for the money, from the powerful A12 Bionic processor and big and bright OLED screens to outstanding cameras. But if you want to make the most out of these flagships, you'll want to invest in some accessories.
The right add-ons can help you charge faster, boost your storage, protect the display and more. Here are the most outstanding iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max accessories available. And be sure to also check out our picks for best iPhone XS cases and iPhone XS Max cases.
If you want to keep your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max battery charged, the Belkin Boost-Up wireless charging pad is a great place to start. The pad offers up to 7.5 watts of power, which means it'll fast-charge your device, and it plugs into the wall. Simply place your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max atop the pad, and the phone will start to juice up. Better yet, the charging pad works through most cases that are 3mm or thinner.
You don't necessarily have to spend more on an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max to get extra storage. You'll just need to find a device that can store your content. And that's where the SanDisk iXpand flash drive comes in. The gadget is a standard USB drive on one side, but it has a Lightning connector on the other. After you plug it in, you can off-load content to make room on your iPhone. You can then transfer that content off the drive and onto your computer. The 32GB version of this drive costs $30. But 64GB, 128GB and 256GB options are also available.
Apple has said that the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max come with the strongest screen the company has ever offered, and we were very impressed by the results of our own drop tests. But this screen is still prone to damage if you drop your phone from too high or onto the wrong surface. So, you should consider buying the Maxboost screen protector. It's just 0.25 mm thick and promises to be 99 percent touch-accurate. It has a "super hardness" rating of 9H to protect your screen. And since it comes in a three-pack, you can swap it out if it gets a little dirty or if it bubbles up over time.
When you don't have easy access to a charger and your battery is running low, turning to the Mophie Powerstation XL is a good idea. The device is a portable battery pack with a capacity of 10,000 mAh. When your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max is running low, you can plug the device into the Powerstation and draw power from the mobile battery pack. You should get a few full charges out of the pack before it needs to be recharged.
The Insten stylus pack offers a great value. It's ideally suited for the iPhone XS Max, which has a big, 6.5-inch screen, making it easier to digitally write on the display. However, this accessory will work with either iPhone XS model and can prevent screen scratching. Each 4-inch stylus is made of sturdy metal but is lightweight, and the pack includes a variety of fun colors.
Logitech's powered wireless charging stand is a nice option if you want to charge your iPhone XS or XS Max and still use your handset while it's charging. The device, which costs $70, plugs into the wall and has a stand that prop up your phone. Better yet, you can orient the handset in both portrait and landscape mode if you'd prefer to watch a video while the device is charging.
Lightningfast offers an affordable, $23 car charger that can boost the power of both your iPhone and iPad. One side of the Lightningfast car charger plugs into the lighter port in your car. You can then plug your handset into the charger and boost your smartphone's battery life. An iPad port in the accessory lets you charge Apple's slate at the same time. Best of all, Apple offers a lifetime-replacement guarantee if something goes awry with the charger.