10 cheap alternatives to expensive Apple accessories

Proud prices, but you do not have to pay. For the complete line-up of the Apple accessories, there are almost everywhere cheaper and often just as good alternatives. TECHBOOK shows you the top ten alternatives to expensive Apple accessories.

1. Lightning to USB A cable / 1m (standard charging cable)

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Apple demands for the 1 meter long cable, which can be used to charge an iPhone, currently 25 euros. The Apple customers are not satisfied with the product. Apple’s website awards only 1.5 out of 5 possible stars.

The cheap alternative

Significantly cheaper and even more robust is the Syncwire Unbreakable cable. Currently, it costs for example only 9.99 euros at Amazon. The stripe is MFi-certified by Apple, it offers a quick-charging function and is tear-resistant thanks to double nylon jacket. Syncwire gives a three year warranty.

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Lightning cable USB-A

✔ With overvoltage protection
✔ Fast loading
✔ 36-month warranty

2. Lightning to USB C cable / 1 m (charging cable)

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If you also want to load your iPhone or iPad on the new MacBook, you need a lightning-to-USB-C cable. Not a cheap treat if you buy the original Lightning to USB C-Cable in 1 meter length from Apple. Again, in the Apple Online Store 25 euros are due.

The cheap alternative

From other providers push in the last few weeks Lightning on USB C-cable on the market, which are also certified by Apple. A cheap and high quality solution comes from accessory supplier Ugreen. The 1 m USB-C cable is currently being sold for 13.99 euros. Again and again Ugreen runs discount promotions. Currently (as of 22.7.2019) can save another 2 euros. The Ugreen cable costs only 11.99 euros, 13 euros less than the Apple USB-C cable.

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USB C Lightning cable

✔ lightning fast charging
✔ flexible and wear-resistant
✔ loading and data transfer

3. Wireless charging pad for iPhone and AirPods

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While Apple does not offer its own wireless charging pad solutions (the AirPower project is known to have failed because of technical issues), the company is working closely with accessories supplier Belkin for wireless charging options. The cheapest Belkin charging pad in the Apple Online Store you get for 29.95 euros.

The cheap alternative

A proud price, for which you already get two charging pads of this kind elsewhere. A good tip is the Choetech Wireless Charger. It is Qi-certified and compatible with both iPhones and Android smartphones. The Asian supplier Choetech calls for its wireless 5-watt solution just 10.99 euros. So it loads just as fast as the much more expensive Belkin pad (even 5 watts). Incidentally, even Choetech lists discount codes that reduce the charge pad by a further 5 percent depending on the action.

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CHOETECH Wireless Charger

✔ Also works with mobile phone case
✔ Extensive protection against overheating, overvoltage and overcharging
✔ Different colors available

4. Apple iPhone Battery Case

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If you want to protect your iPhone XS with a case with an integrated battery, you’ll have to pay 149 euros for Apple. The Smart Battery Case is available in three colors (sand-pink, white, black). The form of the case is not for everyone. When Apple launched the first case of this kind, many critics made fun of the hump in the case, which houses the additional battery.

The cheap alternative

Battery cases from other providers are extremely cheaper. So you already get the Trswyop battery case for 29.95 Euro. Although the iPhone XS can be much easier to integrate into the original Apple Battery Case (you simply fold over the upper part of the case and the XS slides effortlessly into it), many users will not be worth more than 100 Euros more. With the Trswyop you have just saved 120 euros compared to Apple’s own solution.

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Trswyop battery case

✔ Ultrathin, rechargeable protective cover
✔ 2in1: charging battery and protection
✔ Advanced Sync-Through Technology

5. iPhone XR Clear Case

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Anyone who has bought a brightly colored iPhone XR, would like to present the color of his new smartphone. Here, a so-called clear case is suitable. It not only protects the XR, but by the transparency of the case you can see the color of the device at any time. Apple demands for its own solution times 45 euros.

The cheap alternative

The Spigen Liquid Crystal fulfills the same purpose, is highly rated throughout the network (on average 4.5 out of 5 stars) and usually costs around eight euros. The fit of the Spigen case is optimal, we could detect no difference to the Apple Clear Case during processing. Conclusion: Those who access Spigen, has around 37 euros more in the purse.

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Transparent protective cover

✔ Exact cutouts
✔ Flexible, soft and lightweight case
✔ High quality transparent silicone TPU

6. Apple iPhone XS Max Leather Folio

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Granted, Apple’s flip-up leather folio for the largest of all new iPhone models, the iPhone XS Max, is very well made and comes in eight stylish colors (including the exclusive Product-RED). But you also have to pay 149 euros at the box office. The extra compartment for bills or credit cards is also very practical. The case does not have to be removed for wireless charging. The big but: Other manufacturers have for the iPhone XS Max high-quality Folio Cases in the range.

The cheap alternative

We were positively impressed by the OtterBox Strada case. Otterbox scores on its own for many products with perfect and extra strong protection in case the iPhone accidentally falls. The Strada Etui is currently sold at 42 euros on the net. It scores with certified crash protection, good fit and a magnetic closure that keeps the case securely closed. Conclusion: Over 100 euros compared to the similar Apple product saved.

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Leather protective cover

✔ Three-layer design for maximum protection
✔ Genuine leather
✔ case with map pocket

7. Apple Watch sports bracelet

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Apple offers 15 different cool colors in the sports strap version in two sizes (40 and 44 mm) for the Apple Watch. With 59 euros, the bands that inspire with their longevity and color fidelity, not even overly expensive.

The cheap alternative

But even in the watch bracelets category you can make bargains. The AK Sportarmband currently earns the title “Bestseller” on Amazon. No wonder: The bands in sizes 38, 40, 42 and 44 mm are already available from 8.45 euros. After all, in eleven different colors. The silicone straps are comfortable to wear, the closures are sturdy – and if you do not like it, you have 60 days to return it. You will then receive your money back. Our calculation: try it out and save 50 euros!

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Apple Watch Bracelet

✔ Made of high quality silicone
✔ Different colors and two sizes
✔ Easy to attach

8. Air Pods

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Apple currently has the 2nd generation of AirPods on store shelves. The version with the wireless charging case is priced at 229 euros, who buys the “normal version” with a charger, pays 179 euros.

The cheap alternatives

Since the AirPods are on the market, the market of small in-ears is booming. More and more companies launch small headphones on the market. TECHBOOK has already thoroughly tested and presented the best alternatives to Apple’s AirPods.

The best AirPods alternatives in the test

9. Magic Mouse 2

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The mouse from Apple is wonderful in the hand, the color alternative space gray is dead chic, but with 85 euros, the Magic Mouse 2 is not a spontaneous purchase. Especially since the Lightning port for charging – for whatever reason – was installed on the floor of the mouse. So the mouse can not be charged during use.

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The cheap alternative

So why not resort to the newly released Satechi Mouse M1? Thanks to its ergonomic design, it fits optimally in the hand. Four different colors are available: Space Gray, Silver, Rose Gold and Gold – matching well-known iPhone case colors. The M1 is charged via USB-C. Batteries are not needed. Bluetooth 4 provides a range of almost ten meters. The price: just 34.99 euros. 50 euros less than the Magic Mouse 2!

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SATECHI M1 wireless Bluetooth mouse

✔ Bluetooth 4.0
✔ Wireless range of up to 9.75m
✔ Modern, ergonomic design

10. iPad Pro 12.9 “Smart Keyboard

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Apple’s keyboard for the larger of the two current iPads is estimated at 189 euros. The processing leaves nothing to be desired.

The cheap alternative

But alternatives are available at a much lower price. A good tip: the Inateck keyboard for the 3rd generation of the 12.9 “iPad Pro from 2018. The keyboard also serves as a stand, there is a slot for the Apple Pencil and the backlight you can set individually. Three installation angles are possible. The price: not impossible, but with 70 euros compared to Apple’s original keyboard a bargain. You save approximately 120 euros. And pay attention to discount codes: Inateck offers again and again savings codes, with which the price of accessories sometimes falls again up to 30 percent.

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Inateck Keyboard Case

✔ Removable Bluetooth keyboard
✔ Individual backlight
✔ slot for Apple Pencil