Taking a selfie is a fun exercise in capturing moments with our friends and sneaking ourselves into cool sites we visit, but there’s more to the perfect selfie than just flipping the camera around. Check out our top picks for the best accessories to take a perfect selfie.
Many of these might seem a little gimmicky but in the right situation, they’re surprisingly effective and (dare we say) more than a bit fun. You’ll be taking picture perfect selfies in no time.
You might think that selfie accessories are solely based around the unforgettable selfie stick, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Don’t worry though, we’ve still figured out the best selfie sticks too. There might be hundreds out there but there are very few that work super well. Here’s our favorites of the bunch.
HISY Bluetooth Headset with Stand ($20)
The name is deceptive and confusing, but what the HISY Bluetooth Headset actually happens to be is a great way of taking a group photo or selfie from a distance. Through its Bluetooth connectivity, you can snap photos from up to 90 feet away from your iPhone or iPad, without any extra hassle.
That initially might not sound very selfie friendly, but it also means you can use the HISY stand to place the phone in front of you before hitting the button to take a shot from close range. You still get the appearance of a selfie without the awkwardness of your arm being outstretched to the side of the image. The HISY’s battery is large enough that you can take 100 shots per day for over 2 years, which should be more than enough for most selfie takers. Bear in mind that it only works for iOS owners.
Mpow Selfie Stick ($10)
Simple and straight forward, the Mpow Selfie Stick does exactly what you would expect of it. Simply slot your phone into the end of it, extend the stick, then use the built-in Bluetooth remote control to take your snap.
It’s a little bulky looking but the extra heft for a good battery is worth it, and to keep your phone secure. There’s a 270 degree adjustable head so you can find just the right angle for your shot, with a 31.5 inch maximum length giving you plenty of room. It folds together to be only about 7 inches in length when stored, so you should be able to fit it in your bag easily enough. A wrist strap keeps you safely in charge of the stick and your phone. It works for pretty much every smartphone imaginable, with many even working just fine with a case still attached.
BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick ($22)
The BlitzWolf Bluetooth Selfie Stick is a pretty flexible selfie stick in many different ways. It’s a tripod as well as selfie stick, and it has a rechargeable battery so you never have to worry about swapping batteries.
Its internal battery can capture up to 50,000 selfies, it charges in around a half an hour, as well as powers the selfie stick tripod for 24 hours, or lasts for up to 3 months in standby mode. It’s always ready when you are, basically. The tripod component has a non-slip foot pad that ensures the legs are stable and secure. Also, there are 3 ways to rotate the tripod to cover every degree imaginable, and it extends between 10.6″ and 26.77″. It’s a great selfie stick for all around use.
GoRad Gear Waterproof Selfie Stick ($23)
Want to take a selfie while underwater? First of all, make sure your smartphone can take it—super awesome underwater selfie sticks only work well with super awesome underwater phones. Second of all, get the GoRad Gear Waterproof Selfie Stick. It works for the GoPro Hero 6, iPhones, Samsungs and other smartphones and digital cameras, with a variety of different mounting fixtures to cover your needs.
As expected, it’s sturdy and can stand up to salt water as well as fresh water, providing you wash it off afterwards. Multiple different angles are possible through its secure grip mechanism. It also comes with a carry bag for when you’re out and about, and need to pack it away.
Criacr Selfie Ring Light ($9)
Getting the right lighting for your selfie is a key part of ensuring it looks great. The Criacr Selfie Ring Light is an inexpensive way of getting things as close to studio fabulous with, well, the studio. The clip-on LED camera light attaches to your smartphone, providing high-brightness LEDs that are natural looking rather than dazzling.
There’s a choice of 3 different brightness levels with it easy to tweak the dimmer switch to get the desired result. A built-in rechargeable battery means there’s no need to worry about swapping out batteries regularly either. The gadget looks a little goofy while in use, but the results are noticeably superior to relying on regular lighting. It’s far quicker to set up than wander round your home getting things just so too.