Apple Watch preorders, reservations, and sales are set to kick off in the coming weeks, so we’ve prepared a running list of the best accessories available to purchase and preorder online.
Companies aren’t waiting around for an official Apple third-party accessory program for the device, as a long list of straps, cases, charging docks, screen protectors and more are scheduled to ship next month in time for the Apple Watch launch. There are even solutions to attach traditional watch straps to Apple Watch, and portable power options for charging on the go.
There are bound to be more companies announcing accessories in the weeks to come, and we’ll be updating this list as they do.
Pad & Quill Luxury Pocket Stand ($69), Roll Up Kit ($49)
One of our favorite companies making high-end, handmade leather iPhone goods has a gorgeous collection of wood and leather Apple Watch accessories available to order ahead of shipments in May.
Armorsuit screen protector ($8), w/ body skin ($11)
Available next month when the Apple Watch ships, Armorsuit has faux carbon fiber skins for the Apple Watch’s case as well as screen protectors. You can get the screen protector by itself, or together with the carbon fiber or transparent body skin:
Custom bands from Casetify ($50)
Casetify is bringing its online tool for custom designing iPhone cases to the Apple Watch. Get $10 off by clicking here and using code “KQQ6I5”.
MyCell replacement bands ($25 – $75)
MyCell appears to have created replacement bands that look a lot like Apple’s, ranging from $25 for a Sport knock-off to $224 for stainless steel.
Griffin charging dock for Apple Watch & iPhone ($29)
Griffin’s charging dock will accommodate both an iPhone and the new Apple Watch when it ships this summer.
WatchKeeper charging/travel case ($59)
Accessory makers Proper out of Australia plan to ship these leather charging/travel cases for Apple Watch in May.
Click adapter for standard watch straps ($10)
Can you use standard watch straps with Apple Watch? Not without an accessory like Click, which offers an adapter to attach any standard 22mm watch band to Apple’s proprietary slide-in mechanism for swapping bands. The company has already doubled its funding goal on Kickstarter and plans to start shipping in late May/early June.
Twelve South HiRise dock for Apple Watch ($49)
Twelve South’s charging dock/stand for Apple Watch, based on the design of its popular HiRise docks for iPhones, ships in May.
Nomad Stand for Apple Watch ($59), NomadPod portable battery/charger ($59)
Nomad will ship the stand above, made from a solid piece of aluminum, in early May, while the portable 1800mAh battery pack will arrive in early June. We have coupon codes to get 22% off both on 9to5Toys.
The Bumper ($20)
One of the first protective cases for Apple Watch, The Bumper is a rubber shock-resistant protector for the casing of the Apple Watch aimed at the extreme sports crowd. The company plans to ship in May and has almost hit its crowdfunding goal.
Band Swapper ($6)
The Apple Watch Sport model comes with two straps— one sized Small/Medium and the other Medium/Large. BandSwapper lets you exchange the strap you won’t be using for a different strap in the color and size of your choice. It costs $6.
Bandstand from Standzout
From a company that already makes a lot of high-quality stands for Apple devices, Standzout plans to have its Bandstand Apple Watch charging dock out this summer.
Navitech Oak charging dock ($34), Clear Smart Cover/Screen Protector ($19)
An inexpensive oak wood stand for Apple Watch that will ship April 14 and is available to preorder now. The company also has the clear Smart Cover pictured right, that promises to offer case protection and a tempered glass screen protector. We’ll see how it works with Force Touch.
Reserve Strap with built-in battery ($249)
The first promise of a strap with built-in battery for charging comes from the $249 Reserve Strap. The company is taking preorders through its site, but it hasn’t announced a release date and says the first batch of Reserve Straps will be “extremely limited.”
Apple’s Bands ($49 – $449), Magnetic Charging Cable ($29/$39)
Apple will be selling its own bands for Apple Watch that range from $49 for the rubber Sport Band up to $449 for the stainless steel Link Bracelets.
Supershieldz screen protector 6-pack ($3)
The best value for money for screen protectors, SuperShieldz is advertising this $3 6-pack of anti-glare and anti-fingerprint matte screen protectors arriving April 27. Get the 42mm version here or the 38mm version here.
DodoCase Charging Stand ($69)
Accessory maker DodoCase was one of the first to announce a charging stand for Apple Watch and plans to ship the walnut and solid steel product 4-6 weeks after the Apple Watch launches on April 24. Preorder today.
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