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26 Best Apple Pencil Accessories to Buy or DIY

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by Max von Übel
October 11, 2017

Looking for great Apple Pencil accessories? You have come to the right place. Choose from 26 items that you can BUY or DIY / 3D print.

Since its release in 2015, a new market for Apple Pencil accessories rapidly emerged. But the maker community was also quick. They started designing accessories of its own. In this article you’ll find awesome Apple Pencil accessories to buy – plus, we dug out free alternatives for you to 3D print at home.

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories: Things to BUY

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories FRTMA Caps

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As the caps of the Apple pencil are notoriously lost within weeks, you should get some spares early on. While you’re at it, why not bring some more color in your life? These slick caps are made of quality silicone and come in midnight blue, lavender, mint, and red.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Cap

Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories FRTMA Cap Holder

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If you are looking for a more permanent solution to the missing cap problem, give these cap holders a try. Chances are they will buy you some time. The package includes one regular cap, one cap holder, one nib cover, and one lightning cable adapter tether. Available in midnight blue, lavender, mint, and red.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Cap with Retainer

Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories MoKo Cap Holder

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This set of cap holders also try to tackle the problem of lost caps by retaining them. The retainers can be easily installed or taken off. But this version should satisfy Apple design purists, as they are available in white. The package includes one cap holder, and one lightning cable adapter tether.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Cap with Retainer

Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Fintie Lightning Cable Adapter and Cap Retainer

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One way to deal with caps that tend to wander off into oblivion is to use retainers that secure them to the pencil. Choose from 12 different colors (you’ll even find glow in the dark!). The package includes retainers for the cap and lightning cable adapter. Our only point of critique is that the included nib cover (great idea) could also be tethered to the pencil.

DIY Alternative: Lightning Adapter and Pencil Cap Retainer

Where to get it? Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pen Pal Pencil Clip

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This clip was designed to work with iPad, that means unlike a metal clip it will not scratch the screen when you attach it to the iPad. While it is no fail-safe precaution against loosing the pen, it will certainly keep it from rolling of your desk. You can get a variety pack that includes the colors blue, white and yellow or each color separately.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Clip

Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories SAMDI Wooden Charging Stand

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The SAMDI stand is not only a stylish and sleek way to store the Apple Pencil on your desk, it can also charge it. Measuring 6 feet, the charging cable is long enough for use in most offices. Also, the stand is available in two shades (walnut and light yellow) and is at least partially handcrafted.

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Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Belkin Carrying Case and Stand

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Apple Pencil cases often seem very clunky and awkward. Belkin has strikes exactly the right chord between useful and elegant. The case features a high-gloss PC exterior and can store one pencil, one Lightning charge adapter, one pencil cap and one extra pencil tip in specially designed compartments. In addition, it sports a stand that props up the pencil and keeps it within reach.

DIY Alternative: Pencil Stand

Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Fintie Apple Pencil Holder

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This holder will keep all components of your Apple Pencil secure. Since it was designed to be snug fit, the pencil won’t move inside the holder and rattle. The elastic band can be quickly attached to the case of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Choose from 24 different colors and patterns.

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Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Mushroom Stand

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The MiniSuit Pencil Sleeve is the solution to a number of issues that Apple Pencil users sometimes complain about. The ribbed grip minimizes the strain placed on your wrist and prevents the pencil from slipping out of your hand. As a bonus, the sleeve will keep your cap in place while still allowing easy peel off for charging the pen.

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Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories MiniSuit Pencil Sleeve

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The MiniSuit Pencil Sleeve is the solution to a number of issues that Apple Pencil users sometimes complain about. The ribbed grip minimizes the strain placed on your wrist and prevents the pencil from slipping out of your hand. As a bonus, the sleeve will keep your cap in place while still allowing easy peel off for charging the pen.

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Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

If you want to kick it up a notch, Leeko came out with a glow-in-the-dark version so you’ll never loose it even in the deepest reaches of your bag.  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Cuvr Leather Case with Pencil Holder

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Feast your eyes on this genuine leather case for the 2015 Apple iPad Pro. It also features a holder to secure your Apple pencil. Its leather exterior is textured for added grip. This beauty is also available in black, brown and oxblood. Available for the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories MoKo Pencil Holder Case

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This MoKo Pencil Holder case is perfect for keeping all the pieces in one place. It offers a strap for your charging cable and a tiny pocket for the lightning adapter or an extra tip. Available in 14 different designs.

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Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Ergonomic Grip

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The sleek design can cause the Apple Pencil to slip or roll right out of your grip. Nobody wants that. This soft silicone grip is ergonomically designed to feel more natural in your hand and curb any rolling-off-the-hand tendencies. A must for long term use of the Pencil to combat wrist fatigue.

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Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Thankscase Protective Hard Shell

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Three layers of protection in a slim design. The hard shell inside protects your pencil from shaking, scratching, squeezing, and twisting to prolong the life and protect the functionality of your Apple Pencil. A leather outer sleeve offers an extra layer of protection from brunt damage and  is stylish too, available in Diamond Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Snow White.

DIY Alternative: Threaded Case

Where to get it?  Available at Amazon

Best Apple Pencil Accessories: DIY

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories iPad Pro Stand with Pencil Holder

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As a rule, good design is straightforward but functional. This holds true with this simple yet smart iPad Pro Stand that will keep your Apple equipment organised. This accessory 3D prints with 25% infill, and without supports or rafts.

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Who made it? Jerome Demers

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Mount and Stand

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This elegant accessory can both prop up your iPad and keep your Apple Pencil at hand’s reach. In order to connect the two 3D printed parts you need screws and hexnuts.

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Who made it? watchmaker_lam

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Stand

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This nifty pencil stand is based on the Wacom stylus. It is an improvement on the original design, as you can store the various small parts of your pencil within. It can hold your Apple Pencil horizontally or vertically. This awesome accessory is 3D printed in PLA with 20% infill and without any supports. Printed with Biofila Silk filament, this Apple Pencil stand should look awesome.

BUY Alternative: Belkin Carrying Case and Stand

Who made it? Sven Van Geyt

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Lightning Adapter and Pencil Cap Retainer

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You prefer the original cap? Not a problem, with these retainers you can fasten your caps and Lightning adapters to the Apple Pencil to prevent them from going astray. To 3D print this awesome accessory, you need flexible filament.

BUY Alternative: Fintie Lightning Cable Adapter and Cap Retainer

Who made it? hong liu

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Cap

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The pencil cap is undoubtedly not the most sophisticated component Apple has come with, since you are likely to loose them at any second. If you love Apple’s products but can’t afford or don’t want to buy replacement caps, 3D print your own caps. This STL file requires no supports and can be printed with an infill of 15%. Also, the designer recommends a brim of 30 lines.

BUY Alternative: FRTMA Caps

Who made it? Blake Long

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Cap with Retainer

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In case you feel that you can’t bet bothered by those caps constantly getting lost, you might be looking for a more permanent solution. Print this cap with a built in retainer to secure it to your Apple Pencil. This file 3D prints without supports, but requires flexible filament.

BUY Alternative: FRTMA Cap Holder

Who made it? John Pariseau

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Clip

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This accessory is admittedly only a small measure against losing the pencil, but it will certainly keep it from rolling of your desk. The 3D designer recommends an infill of 20% and a raft. Also, you may need to post-process the part for snug fit with your Apple Pencil.

BUY Alternative: Pen Pal Pencil Clip

Who made it? Bob Streeter

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Anti-Rolling Add-On

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The Anti-Rolling Add-On is a genious little accessory that keeps your precious pencil from rolling off the table. The STL file 3D prints without supports and doesn’t require much infill.

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Wh made it? Tom van Wijland

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Pencil Holder for Smart Keyboard

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Extend the Smart Keyboard’s functionality to carry all your iPad gear with you and attach your Apple Pencil directly to it with this accessory. To 3D print correctly, this file requires a raft. After the print is complete, add a sponge sheet for better grip.

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Who made it? Alex Hui

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Magentic Accessory Case

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There are all these devices to attach your pencil to your iPad, but what about all the little parts that are most likely to get lost? This accessory case is the answer. It’s nice and compact with room for the Lightning adapter, pencil cap, and up to four tips. To further the selling point, it uses magnets to keep it closed and secure.

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Who made it? Alexander Leisentritt

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Rocket Charging Dock

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Why have a boring old charging station when you can have a rocket? The charger cable comes in from the bottom so you just have to land your pencil appropriately to prepare your missile for a successful subsequent mission.

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Who made it? Lasse Klein

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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Best Apple Pencil Accessories Threaded Case

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Maybe you’re not into the big bulky case with room for all the attachments and thingymabobs. In this case, you may be interested in this simple sleeve-like case. A simple hard case that is not much wider than the Pencil itself will aid in the prevention of breaking off the tip in your pocket, which was the unfortunate spur behind this creation.

BUY Alternative: Thankscase Protective Hard Shell

Who made it? Jin Choi

Where to get it? Download on Thingiverse

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