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 backup hard drives round off your back-to-school list. Here are some of my top picks.

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.

Insignia 5W USB Wall Charger 

In tandem with the above Lightning USB Cable, the Insignia 5W USB charger can keep your mobile devices charged and ready for use.

Coloured white and formed in the squared circle design, it was clearly designed to fit within the Apple ecosystem but is more affordably priced.

This wall charger is designed to be used with all iPhones and iPads but can be used with other devices as well, provided you have the corresponding cable.

This can be used at home, school, or when travelling in between. Having a few of these chargers along with the cables is always a good idea.

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.

Targus Strata Pro 14″ Laptop Bag – Grey

Carry and protect your tablet, laptop, or 2-in-1 with this contemporary, lightweight laptop bag from Targus. 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.

This contemporary top-loading padded slipcase is designed to fit tablets and laptops up to 14″. This lightweight and water-resistant bag protects your device from bumps and scratches.

Having used this bag, I like how it easily slips into larger bags for easy transport. The padded handles and shoulder strap make for comfortable carrying options.

Handy Zipped front pocket is perfect for accessories, including a charger, mouse, or portable hard drive.

Cocoon Innovations GRID-IT! 12″ x 8″ Accessory Organizer

Guaranteed to turn even the messiest bag or backpack into a neat freak’s model carry, the Cocoon Innovations GRID-IT system takes the pain out of organizing and ensures that each and every dongle, wire, drive, key, battery and miscellaneous device is securely fastened and kept in the most organized way possible.

Cocoon GRID-IT! It features a unique and innovative weave of rubberized elastic straps that allow you to secure items like your smartphone, earphones, chargers, and keys, so they don’t get cluttered inside your bag or backpack. It offers endless configurations to suit your needs.

These are some school-ready accessories that help keep everything together neatly. Find these a much more at your local Best Buy or online at


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