The right accessories are just as important as your smartphones, tablets and laptops. While a lot of attention and deliberation goes into the higher ticket items, accessories add convenience and versatility to your student’s devices as they head back to school.

Whether it is the right battery accessories, durable cables, versatile bags and fitness trackers round off your back-to-school list. Here are some of my top picks.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro fitness tracker

Designed for active people, the Samsing Gear Fit2 Pro offers a range of fitness tracking and functions as well as the ability to receive notiifications and respond to messages.

This sleek fitness tracker is water resistant up to 50 metres and features GPS and 24/7 continuous heart rate tracking.

The Tizen OS provides a smooth user experience as you connect to your devices and use fitness apps to get a full picture of your health.

A built-in Built-in GPS and 24/7 heart rate tracking means no activity goes unmonitored and that you can obtain more accurate information on calories burned. Three days of power on a single charge is ideal for busy students.

Insignia 1.2m (4 ft.) Lighting USB Cable (white)

Plug your iPhone, iPod, or iPad into a USB-compatible device with this Insignia Lightning to USB cable.

It connects your device to the USB port from peripherals such as cameras, computers, and external monitors for easy syncing, charging, and more.

Made from durable PVC material and copper, this Lightning cable compatible with iOS 6, iOS 7 or higher. Lightning interface Includes official certificate from Apple MiFi.

This cable’s 4-foot length is ideal for charging iPhones and iPads while using them at the same time.

TP-LINK 10400mAh Portable Charger

With increasingly power-hungry smartphones, tablets and accessories, a reliable and powerful portable charger can extend a device’s running time even away from a power source.

TP-Link’s 10400 mAh portable charger is compact yet versatile enough to charge two devices simultaneously. Compatible with almost any smart devices such as iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones, and other 5V input USB-charged devices

As an added bonus, TP-Link has built-in a useful flashlight that is just as bright as ny flash from a smartphone.

 Tile Mate Bluetooth Item Tracker

Keeping track of keys, bags and other valueables just became a lot easier thanks to Tile Mate. Their small and convenient bluetooth trackers and app ensure that you’re always within the proximity of your valuables

Absent-minded students will be able to ffind their keys using an app on their smartphone as well as locate their smartphone with one button press on their Tile tracker. Tile  Mate works  within a 100-foot Bluetooth range; you’ll hear it even it’s buried under couch cushions or in a purse.

The compatible app automatically records the last time and place you saw your item, so you’ll know where to search for it first.

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker 

The portable and powerful JBL Charge 3 is a versatile Bluetooth speaker that delivers high-quality stereo sound and offers a range of convenient features.

It includes a USB power bank to charge your other devices, offers speakerphone function, and has an IPX7-rated waterproof design.

The rechargeable battery provides up to 20 hours of playtime.

For students, this is an ideal smartphone companion for music playback as well as for hands-free phone conversations. It can be paired with a PC for improved audio playback and even doubles as a USB charger thanks to the capacious 6000mAh lithium Ion Battery.

PNY PowerPack AD 7,800 mAh Dual USB Power Bank – Silver

Extend the life of your smartphone or tablet with the sleek and compact PNY PowerPack AD dual USB power bank.

Perfect for power outages or when you’re on the go, this 7800mAh rechargeable battery has enough capacity to charge your smartphone up to 3 times. It also has a built-in LED flashlight and digital battery level indicator.

7800mAh portable power pack has enough capacity to recharge your smartphone 3 times or your tablet once.

Universal USB port lets you charge your Apple or Android device. Two USB ports let you charge 2 devices simultaneously. Built-in LED flashlight offers added convenience during emergency situations.

Digital battery level indicator display shows you how much power remains, so you’ll know when to recharge the power bank. Included micro USB cable can be used to charge devices or recharge the power pack.

House of Marley Lively Up 15″ laptop Sling

The best way to carry all this gear is a well-balanced laptop sling like the Lively Up 15″.

It features a top-load zipped main compartment, a zipped front compartment for accessories, and offers padded handles and a shoulder strap.

When you’ve got more to carry, it easily slips into a larger bag.

It can accomodate most laptops, books, and other accessories plus it has an attractive earth-friendly vibe to set it apart from the rest.

This Earth-friendly bag features a REWIND fabric exterior which is made with hemp, organic cotton, and recycled plastic bottles. It fits your 15″ laptop and features a dedicated compartment for your tablet or eReader.

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