Holiday Gift Guide: Fun & Functional Phone Accessories

November 1, 2016

by Peter Reese
Holiday Gift Guide: Fun & Functional Phone Accessories

Dial up your convenience, protection and four-season adventure with these accessories, most of which are available in model-specific versions. All of which meet Active Junky’s standards for durability and lasting value.

Proshot Case iPhone: Deeper digital dives

ProShot Case iPhone

There are few iPhone accessories that plunge in like this one. Complete with a ruggedized waterproof case (rated down to 100ft) and a 113-degree wide angle lens, the GoPro mount-compatible system is a tremendous under-$100 gift. Interchange the deep-water lid for a touch-screen lid (good down to 6ft) to improve functionality in non-marine settings including mountain biking, skiing and hiking. An optional RAM Mount ( allows attachment to motorized vehicles.

Best For: Multi-sport utility and international adventure travel

LOKSAK Aloksak Waterproof 3.9” x 7” BAG: No excuses

For under $10, aLoksak is pure heroism thanks to a reliable closure system, included lanyard and touchscreen compatible materials. While other, beefier systems inspire more confidence in hardcore water excursions, Loksak leads in simplified protection for water, dirt, snow and damaging humidity. Multi-sport and certified up to 200ft, this one from a woman-owned small business is reusable and recyclable as well. Testers carry extra on trips to seal up other valuables include extra camera batteries.

Best For: Everyday outdoor and adventure travel phone protection

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Dog & Bone Backbone Wireless Charging Case: Easy-going electrons

Active Junky’s a fan of grab-and-go anything (that doesn’t compromise quality, environmental or ethical standards). Dog & Bone seized our attention – and then took over our phone – with this compact system. Complete with a phone case as well as the streamlined charging base, Backbone invites your phone to relax and experience timely restoration. Testers liked the early and late convenience when cable connections normally make for bleary-eyed mishaps. Or poor phone cable connections that mean zero juice has flowed.

Best For: Home and work use, with an optional battery case to extend the phone’s time between charges – with drop protection rated to 1m

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Grovemade Walnut & Leatherback Case: Screened for style

Made from beginning to beautiful end in a Portland, Oregon woodshop, Grovemade turns domestic hardwood and vegetable-tanned leather into a one-off case (due to natural difference in wood grain and leather color). Drop, pop and roll to install the case quickly, recognizing the backplate utilizes a single-use adhesive. Active Junky loves telling stories about favorite products, and Grovemade fits the bill. And your favorite phone model. Give this dedicated crew some love by amplifying your phone’s credentials this season.

Best For: Urban style and use, with other options better for phone-imperiling duties in backcountry settings

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