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Essential iPad accessories

Love your iPad (again?) by kitting it out with some new accessories. And if you also own an iPhone, then many of these will also work just fine with that too.
OtterBox Defender Series
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Case: OtterBox Defender Series

    That big display on the ipad is very vulnerable to damage, and the delicate electronics on the inside don't appreciate being exposed to dirt, dust, and humidity. Protect your iPad from the elements with a robust case.

    • Drop protection
    • Dust protection
    • Screen protection
    • 3-layer impact protection

    Price: $89 | More information

    SanDisk iXpand flash drive
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    Storage: SanDisk iXpand flash drive

    This one is for iPhone and iPad users. I just use the SanDisk iXpand flash drive which offers me an extra 128GB for photos and media. As an added bonus I can use this as a regular high-speed flash drive on my Mac or PCs.

    • Automatic backup
    • Watch movies on the move
    • Works with most cases
    • USB 3.0 speed

    Price: $39 for 32GB | More information

    MOS Spring Cable
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    Charging cable: MOS Spring Cable

    You can never have enough charging cables, and given that they tend to have a pretty rough life, I like to buy something that is going to last a while, which is why I'm now using the almost indestructible MOS Spring Cable, which comes in both Lightning and micro USB format.

    I've been testing this cable for a few months now and not only is it still in one piece, it still looks as good as new.

    Price: $20 for 1 foot | More information

    Anker PowerCore 20100
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    Power pack: Anker PowerCore 20100

    • Capacity: 20100 mAh / 72.36 wh
    • Output: 5V / 4.8A
    • Input: 5V / 2A
    • Weight: 356 g / 12.6 oz
    • Size: 166 x 58 x 22 mm / 6.5 x 2.3 x 0.9in

    Price: $40 for 32GB | More information

    Anker PowerDrive+ 3 car charger
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    In-car charger: Anker PowerDrive+ 3 car charger

    Three ports pump out 36 watts of power. That's enough to charge three iPads simultaneously at max speed! It also features surge protection, temperature control and advanced safety features keep you and your devices safe.

    Price: $15 | More information

    RAM Mount for iPad
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    In-car mount: RAM Mount for iPad

    The RAM Mount iPad holder features a high strength composite holder and patent pending roller design. The patent pending roller design allows for smooth placement and removal of the iPad, while keeping it secure while on the go. Compatible and interchangeable with a wide range of popular RAM Mounting products

    Price: $23 | More information

    Adonit Pixel
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    Stylus: Adonit Pixel

    Is your finger too much of a blunt instrument when it comes to doing artisting things on your iPad? You need a stylus designed specifically for the artist.

    • Improved performance and precision
    • Pressure sensitive
    • Palm rejection
    • Shortcut buttons

    Price: $80 | More information

    IOGEAR MediaShair WirelessMedia hub
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    Media hub: IOGEAR MediaShair WirelessMedia hub

    Take a look at is the IOGEAR MediaShair WirelessMedia hub. This device brings a whole raft of features to the table. Not only can you plug an SD card (SD up to 2GB, SDHC up to 32GB, and SDXC up to 2TB), USB flash drive, or even a portable USB hard drive into the MediaShair hub and the built-in Wi-Fi can share the content with up to seven iOS or Android devices, it has a built-in battery that can be used to recharge your devices.

    The device also supports pass-through, so you connect the hub to the internet-facing Wi-Fi connection, and then connect the devices to the hub to allow them to have web access. This way you have access to both the internet and your data.

    Access to the data on the device from iOS and Android device is handled through a free app.

    On top of that, if you're in a hotel that only has Ethernet connection, you can connect the MediaShair hub to the wired connection and share the connection wirelessly.

    Price: $99 | More information

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