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Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Company: Tylt

Model: Energi

Price: $100

Compatible: iPhone 6

Tylt Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone 6

Tylt's Energi Sliding Power Case ($100) is the first battery case we've seen for iPhone 6, though we have seen a previous version of Energi before, for iPhone 5. Energi comes with a simple standalone case, which can then be inserted in a larger 3200 mAh battery sleeve with a built-in Lightning connector for charging on the go — the two pieces work together as a bigger, thicker case. While the design here is similar to the previous Energi case, the battery now has a higher capacity, and the inner case offers more protection than before. The sleep/wake buttons and volume controls are now covered, as are the top and bottom of the phone. A micro-USB cable is included for charging the battery. We'll have a full review shortly.

Tylt Energi Sliding Power Case for iPhone 6

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Company: Just Mobile

Model: TopGum

Price: $80

Compatible: All Lightning iPads, iPhones + iPod touches

Just Mobile TopGum

Just Mobile is billing its TopGum ($80) as "the sophisticated backup battery" for iOS devices. The sleek aluminum 6000 mAh battery features a built-in cable with a Lightning connector attached. TopGum offers dual output charging, as the Lightning cable can recharge devices at 2.4A, while a separate USB port provides 1A charging. The included micro-USB cable can be used to recharge the battery itself or, optionally, to charge devices from the battery. Also included is a small dock for charging the battery — the micro-USB connector can be plugged into the dock so the battery can charge upright while docking on three small pins. Just Mobile claims TopGum can fully charge an iPhone up to three times, and charge an iPad mini up to 75 percent. The battery comes in two colors — a silver and gold that match Apple's device colors. We'll have a full review soon.

Just Mobile TopGum

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Company: IK Multimedia

Model: iRig Mic Field

Price: $100

Compatible: All Lightning iPads, iPhones + iPod touches

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Field

IK Multimedia's new iRig Mic Field ($100) is a stereo audio/video field microphone that plugs directly into the Lightning port of an iOS device. Though it looks a lot like IK's previous iRig Mic Cast, that accessory was designed specifically for voice recordings. iRig Mic Field can handle stereo-quality audio or video recordings, including field and music recordings. The pocket-sized microphone can rotate 90 degrees for easy recording in portrait or landscape mode. We'll have a full review in the near future.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Field

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Company: JBL

Model: Horizon

Price: $100

Compatible: All Bluetooth-Capable iPads, iPhones + iPods

JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock Radio

JBL's Horizon ($100) is a new Bluetooth clock radio, a rarity from the company. Horizon is mostly circular with a flat base, featuring a mirrored center that digitally displays the time and date, with the speaker surrounding it. On top are the audio controls and alarm functions — two separate alarms can be set on Horizon. JBL is playing up the clock radio's ambient light feature, which gradually brightens to wake you gently as your alarm time draws closer. Also included on the speaker are two 1-Amp USB outputs for charging devices, and an FM antenna can be plugged in for radio listening. Horizon comes in black and white, and should be released in January; we'll have a full review in the near future.

JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock Radio

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