Your new iPhone SE is a powerful device that will last for up to 5 years. So why would you leave it unprotected or content yourself with the slow charger that Apple includes in the box? Instead, you should take advantage of your new phone and drive it to its full potential.
There are already plenty of iPhone SE accessories to buy, from screen protectors to wireless chargers. Here is a list of all the necessities, including a mix of premium and budget options.
Add style and protection to your SE
Every iPhone needs a good case, and maybe even a screen protector for added security. Thankfully, SE is fully compatible with iPhone 8 cases and screen protectors, so you already have many affordable products to choose from.
Let's start with some of our favorite cases for iPhone SE. These cases protect SE's glass back without obstructing wireless charging. In addition, they look pretty cool:
- The official Apple case (silicone / leather): Apple's official iPhone SE case is lightweight, comfortable and lined with soft material to prevent the back of the phone from being scratched. The leather case contains pieces of machined aluminum to keep your volume and power buttons feeling comfortable and clicking.
- Totallee Thin Case : The Totallee Thin iPhone SE case is only 0.02 inches thick, making it one of the least obstructive cases on the planet. It's the best way to protect the backs and sides of your iPhone without adding any bulk to your pocket.
- Totallee Clear Case: Total's super-thin clear case provides an invisible protective layer for your iPhone SE. At just 0.03 inches thick, it will not pick up your pocket or ugly in your new iPhone.
- OtterBox DEFENDER : The OtterBox DEFENDER case provides three layers of protection and even has a built-in screen protector. It's the ultimate rugged SE case, with the classic design that made OtterBox famous back in the 2010s.
- dbrand Custom Skins and Cases: dbrand sells the highest quality custom skins on the market. They add a touch of style to your SE without tackling any annoying bulk. The company also sells customizable Grip cases if you prefer some extra protection.
Now that you have a nice case, let's look at some screen protectors. iPhone SE screen protectors are shockingly affordable, and they are already available in a variety of materials:
After filling your new SE with a case and a screen protector, it's time to worry about the little things.
Reach iPhone SE Max Charging Speed
Want to charge your new iPhone SE at top speed? Well, you have to ditch the supplied 10-watt charging cable. The SE can charge at 18 watts but only when used with a USB-C to Lightning cable and a proper USB-C wall adapter.
Yeah, it's a little confusing, which is why I've gone out to do all the work for you. Here are the accessories you need to reach SE's top speed, along with some additional products that can appeal to hardcore Apple fans:
- Anchor USB-C to Lightning Cable : Anchors affordable Apple certified USB-C to Lightning cable is important for SE owners who want to charge at max 18 watts speed. Remember, this cable does not come with a power adapter.
- Anchor USB-C to Lightning Cable : If you just need an extra Lightning for USB-A cable, Anker sells one that is affordable and Apple certified. It is max at 10 watts.
- AUKEY 18-watt compact USB-C adapter : AUKEY USB-C wall adapter is small, affordable and powerful enough to charge your iPhone SE at the highest speed.
- RAVPOWER 90-watt USB-C GaN adapter : RAVPOWER's 90-watt GaN adapter can charge your iPhone SE and your MacBook at its highest speeds. It is an essential item for hardcore Apple fans.
Now that you've maximized your wired charging speed, it's time to start thinking about SE's fancy new wireless charging feature.
Kick Back with effortless, stylish, wireless charging
Despite the low price, iPhone SE packs the same wireless charging technology as iPhone 11. So why not take advantage of it? There are many wireless chargers to choose from, including some options for charging the earbuds and Apple Watch along with your iPhone SE.
All these chargers push the SE to its maximum 7.5 watts wireless charging speed. If you want to avoid buying a new wireless charger a few years from now, I suggest you buy one that can have speeds higher than 7.5 watts:
- CHOETECH Wireless Charger Stand: The CHOETCH stand is charged at maximum speed of 15 watts and comes with a power adapter. It works in portrait or landscape orientation and is perfect for recharging your phone while watching videos or video chats.
- Anker PowerWave Pad : Anker's PowerWave Pad is very affordable and charges at 10 watts. It does not come with a power adapter, but you can connect it to all USB bricks or computers – remember that it will not suffer the maximum charging speeds of a computer's USB port.
- Nomad Base Station: Nomad sells premium wireless charging stations in various configurations. The base station stand is charged up to a maximum of 10 watts in landscape or portrait orientation. Then there is the Base Station Hub for charging multiple devices. It can charge two devices at the same time and has a built-in USB-C port for extra cable charging. Nomad also sells a Base Station Hub with a built-in Apple Watch charger.
- MQOUNY Wireless Charging Stand : The affordable wireless MQOUNY charging stand has a built-in Apple Watch charger, making it a solid alternative to Nomad's premium charging stations.
Keep in mind that super-thick cases, magnets, and credit cards prevent wireless charging. The SE cases mentioned earlier in this article are all thin enough to work with a wireless charger.
Rock Out with the Best iPhone SE Headphones and Headphones
Did your new iPhone SE come with a free Apple Music subscription? Well, even if it didn't, you should have a killer pair of headphones or headphones on hand. You never know when it's time to rock out, listen to podcasts, or watch weird YouTube videos your friends and family don't want to hear.
Here are some of the best headphones and headphones for your iPhone SE:  AirPods : Apple's AirPods set the standard for true wireless earbuds. They sound great, give you quick access to Siri voice commands, and they automatically connect to your iPhone – no hassle with Bluetooth. AirPods can also charge wirelessly, giving you another good reason to buy a wireless charger.
It is worth noting that you can use all pairs of wired headphones with the iPhone SE, as long as you have a flash to 3.5 mm adapter. Some manufacturers, such as Carphone Warehouse, sell Lightning to 3.5 mm dongles with continuous charging.
Use an external power bank to make it through your day
The IPhone SE has a reasonable battery life, but it will not last a full day intensive use . If you are the type of person who burns through a phone battery throughout the day, you may want to invest in a portable power bank.
We have reviewed countless power banks here on Review Geek, and these are some of our favorites:
As a reference, iPhone SE's battery has a capacity of 1,821 mAh. Even the smallest of these power banks, PowerCore 5,000, can charge SE several times.
Most of the articles in this article, apart from the cheap screen protectors, are long-term investments that will last as long as your SE. They may seem like superfluous purchases now, but they can drive SE to its full potential and help you enjoy your time with the device.