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The essential Pixel 2 accessories

by Justin Herrick | May 28, 2018May 28, 2018 9:00 am PST

Everyone’s phone could use a boost, including the Pixel 2. Google’s flagship has plenty of accessories available that improve the experience. From cases to chargers to screen protectors, you have options. Be sure to choose the right accessories, though. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money. If you’re a new Pixel 2 owner, we have your back. We’ve compiled a list of the necessities you probably shouldn’t do without.

Here are some of the best accessories for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

MNML Thin Case

  • Price: $15, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Clear White, Red, Clear Black, Matte Black, Really Blue

It won’t protect your phone during drops, but MNML’s Thin case will prevent it from getting scratched or dirty. The name says it all. The Thin case measures 0.35mm thin and fits tightly on the Pixel 2.

MNML doesn’t go for total protection. Instead the brand’s only case adds a thin layer to your phone’s exterior to feel like it’s barely there. And you can choose from a few colors that match perfectly with Google’s own.

Pick up the MNML Thin case if you’re someone who never drops your phone but is obsessed with keeping it free of hairline scratches and fingerprints.

Buy now: Amazon (Pixel 2), Amazon (Pixel 2 XL)

IQ Shield LIQuidSkin (2-pack)

  • Price: $8, eligible for Prime shipping

IQ Shield doesn’t mess around. This brand makes different types of screen protectors for many devices, and the LIQuidSkin is getting recommended for the Pixel 2. You can’t go wrong with the proprietary technology included for the application and the screen protector itself.

Its LIQuidSkin adhesive is paired with a wet-install method to stop bubbles from appearing beneath the screen protector. When you apply this screen protector, you’ll notice it bond to the phone’s display. Any bubbles you see left can be squeegeed out. Then you have yourself a reliable, form-fitting screen protector with self-healing capabilities. IQ Shield’s Smart Film technology can recover from minor scratches collected over time.

Although it’s not made of tempered glass, the LIQuidSkin screen protector should be good enough for most people. It’s cheap, too. IQ Shield is selling two screen protectors for less than $8, and that price includes a lifetime warranty.

Buy now: Amazon (Pixel 2), Amazon (Pixel 2 XL)

Tekcoo Tmajor Case

  • Price: $8, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black, Baby Pink, Hot Pink, Turquoise, Cube Patter, Green, Purple

The Tmajor case doesn’t mess around. Tekcoo made a dual-layered case for people who need total protection from everything and anything.

Tekcoo offers more than enough protection here to handle different types of situations that could damage your Pixel 2. That’s why this case is best for those who are clumsy, paranoid or like to be safe. The inner layer is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which helps the case absorb shock from drops and knocks. Meanwhile, the outer layer is made of polycarbonate to resist incoming damage. The back also has a texture to it, so this case won’t fall out of your hands easily.

Fortunately, this case isn’t bulky despite maximizing protection, and it’s not unattractive. Tekcoo released the Tmajor case in seven colors. And, despite being sturdy and stylish, it costs less than $10.

Buy now: Amazon (Pixel 2), Amazon (Pixel 2 XL)

Anker USB-C Wall Charger

  • Price: $36, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): White

Google includes an 18W charger with the Pixel 2, but you’re going need more than one. We find Anker’s PowerPort II particularly appealing because it features two types of ports. Up top is a USB-C port and beneath that is a USB port, so you can start switching over to the new standard but still use what’s been around for years.

It’s also useful for charging multiple devices simultaneously. Whether those two devices belong to you or one is a friend’s, both get the same amount of power at the same time.

Another reason to go with Anker is its proprietary technology. Your Pixel 2 will get the fastest charge possible; however, Anker has various safeguards in place to keep the charger and the phone from overheating.

Buy now: Amazon

TopVision Ultra-Slim Portable Charger (3600mAh)

  • Price: $13, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): White

Sometimes you expect a portable charger to actually be portable. If you’re done carrying around those thick and heavy batteries, switch to TopVision’s offering. The battery is on the small side, estimated to be 3600mAh, because the brand focuses on keeping the entire unit thin and light. So you’re getting slightly more than a single charge but don’t have to worry about lugging around a brick.

Buy now: Amazon

AILUN USB-C Cable (2-pack)

  • Price: $7, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Silver/Black

The world is switching to USB-C. Phones, tablets, computers, and more have been embracing the standard at an accelerating pace. Next time you purchase a connected device, chances are it’ll have a USB-C port just like the Pixel 2. So you should be prepared with USB-C cables.

AILUN makes a very affordable two-pack of cables that feature a USB-C connector on one end and a regular USB connector on the other. We recommend this cable over others with two USB-C connectors because at least you’ll be able to plug in your Pixel 2 anywhere. If you have two USB-C connectors, you’ll also need a USB-C port. Go simple for now and grab two cables that blend the past and future for $7 with free shipping.

Buy now: Amazon

Aukey USB-C Car Charger

  • Price: $17, eligible for Prime shipping
  • Color(s): Black

Power is necessary in the car, too. Aukey’s car charger features two ports so that your Pixel 2 and another device can get their juice on the road. The top port is USB-C, and the bottom port is USB. Both have in-house technology that funnels in power based on what a specific device can handle. Just plug the car charger into your vehicle’s outlet, then connect your Pixel 2 and instantly the phone is on its way to 100%.

Buy now: Amazon

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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