Moto Mods — the modular add-ons that slot snugly onto the back of Lenovo’s Moto Z, Moto Z2 Play, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z3, and Moto Z3 Play — are some of the most innovative accessories around. The best Moto Mods run the gamut from external cameras and speakers to battery packs and chargers, and new ones come out like clockwork. Motorola even has a 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z3 on the books for 2019.
But the sheer wealth of Moto Mods on the market can make choosing the best ones challenging. To make your purchase a little easier, we’ve whittled down the list down to our absolute favorite Moto Mods for the Moto Z-series smartphone.
If you need a little extra juice to get you through the day, Motorola’s TurboPower pack is the perfect solution. The slim, external 3,490mAh battery snaps onto the back of a Moto Z phone, and supplies up to a full day of additional battery life. Better yet, it charges quickly — when plugged into a compatible wall adapter, the TurboPower case takes just 20 minutes to reach 50-percent capacity. It’s available at Best Buy and Verizon.
Envious your friend has a phone with built-in wireless charging? Be envious no more and pick up one of Lenovo’s Moto Style Shells with Wireless Charging, which gives any Moto Z phone, the ability to charge sans cables. When affixed to your phone’s cover, they enable dual-mode wireless Qi and PMA charging, which is perfect for any aging wireless docks you may have sitting around the house. If you don’t have one, then check out our best wireless chargers roundup. These shells are available in a variety of styles at Best Buy.
If you like big sound, you’re in luck. The Moto Stereo Speaker Mod offers enough sound to fill a room, and even has a surprising amount of bass. Its svelte form factor also makes it much easier to stick in a pocket or bag, compared to similar sounding Bluetooth speakers. Best of all, the Moto Stereo Speaker Mod comes in at less than $50.
Sure, smartphone cameras have made it easier than ever to capture important moments, but that convenience has come at the cost of permanence. Fortunately, the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer allows you to instantly create 2- x 3-inch prints of your favorite photos. In addition to taking photos on the spot, you can also grab shots from your social media accounts and add fun filters, borders, and designs. At $200, the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Mod is expensive, but you’ll never have to worry about adding ink since photos are printed on Zero-Ink paper.
If you want to seriously up your camera game, Moto Z-Series phones are a great choice. In addition to boasting very cable cameras for midrange phones, there are several Moto Mods geared toward photography enthusiasts. The Moto 360 Camera Mod is one of our favorites because it allows you to easily take and edit 360-degree photos. It’s way easier than stitching together multiple photos. At $200, the Moto 360 Camera Mod isn’t cheap, but it works flawlessly.
There’s no better way to channel your inner gamer than with the Moto Gamepad. It’s principally a controller that snaps onto the back of your Moto Z phone to add dual control sticks, a D-pad, and four tactile buttons. Even better, it packs a discrete 1,035 mAh battery that supplies up to eight hours of additional power, a USB-C charging port, and a low-latency interconnection that’s less prone to input lag than Bluetooth.