Best USB-C accessories for Macs and iOS devices

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Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C
USB-C battery packs, chargers, hard drives, cables and hubs will future-proof newer Macs.
Photo: Anker

USB Type C — it’s no longer a novelty but an emerging connectivity standard for Apple products. As a newer, more powerful variation of the same USB we all know and love (well, kinda), USB-C features higher power and faster data transfer than its predecessors via a smaller connector.

While older USB Type A and B were a great gift for Mac users — few mourned the passing of ADB and SCSI — USB is often finicky. Just plugging in an old-school USB cable can prove challenging, since you must position the connector just so for it to slide smoothly into the port. That often means several tries to achieve the proper angle and orientation.

Those obstacles disappear with USB-C because, in addition to its smaller size, it is designed to be reversible — with no up or down orientation, just like a Lightning cable — and the cables can have the same type of connector on both ends.

3 surge-protected outlets and 4 USB ports in one strip [Deals]

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Kinkoo multi-outlet surge protector
Get three standard and four USB outlets in one compact strip.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

The more devices we get, the more crowded and complicated the power situation becomes. Wall outlets can quickly become a tangle of wires, plugs and adapters, which is more than unsightly — it’s unsafe.

Kinkoo’s multi-outlet surge protector helps clean up and coordinate your charging needs at home and on the go, with three standard outlets, three standard USB charging ports, and a USB-C port, all in one durable, surge-protected power strip that’s less than 8 inches long.

Declutter your desk with this 4-device charging station [Deals]

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This clever charging hub lets you juice up four devices at once without cluttering up your desk space
This clever charging hub lets you juice up four devices at once without cluttering up your desk space
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When you’ve got more than one iDevice to keep charged, it can result in a tangled mess of wires and screens. To prevent leaving your desk looking like a droid lost its lunch there, Avantree built a dock that keeps up to four of your USB-charged devices humming, while keeping your desk uncluttered.

Winner of the 2014 Red Dot Design Award, this is a great solution for any home or office. And right now you can get one for just $35.99 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Any time, any place, keep your Apple devices juiced [Deals]

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Wirelessly charge your Apple Watch, and up to 4 USB devices all at once.
Juice up your Apple Watch and three USB devices with this handy charger.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

We take our iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and MacBooks everywhere with us, which means there are that many more chances for a dead battery (and a lot fewer available outlets). Whether at home, in a packed car, on a plane or in another country, these Apple chargers will make sure you’ve got access to power when you need it.

Speedy 3-port charger takes the hassle out of travel

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iClever BoostCube wall charger
I'd rather pack one of these than three bricks, personally, but I'm crazy.
Photo: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

Best List: iClever BoostCube 3-port wall charger

I have a bit of an embarrassing problem: Part of my device-charging setup in my bedroom includes a power strip that sits on the floor next to my bed. It isn’t the worst thing ever, but it’s ugly, and sometimes I trip over it. But I may have found a solution in the 3-port iClever BoostCube. It will save my pride, and some space in my bag when I travel, and that’s just good news all around.

Plus, the ports glow an eerie blue when it’s plugged in, and that’s really cool-looking.