The Apple Pencil combined with the iPad Pro is a wonderful technology breakthrough. The pencil itself makes for a great travel gadget. Once you get one, though, you’ll soon discover that it requires some care and maintenance, which can be a pain in the ass.
How not to lose you Apple Pencil Cap
First of all, it’s really easy to lose the cap on the end that protects the lightning connector. It’s only held in place by magnetism, so it pops off easily, which makes it easy to lose.
The easiest way to keep the top of your Apple Pencil on, or at least lessen the risk of losing it, is to use a little plastic tether, oftentimes called an Apple Pencil Cozy. Some of them, like the PencilCozy, come in square shapes to stop the pencil from rolling away from you when you put it down. They even have a version that is glow-in-the-dark!
How not to lose your Apple Pencil
Another method of keeping the Apple Pencil in a safe place that makes it harder to lose is to put it in a sling or strap that attaches around the iPad itself, like an old-fashioned rubber band.
The StylusSling is extra clever in that it also has a dedicated sleeve for the separate dongle with the two female lightning connectors that comes with the Apple Pencil in order to recharge it from a usb power adapter. You can also recharge it by plugging it into the iPad, itself, but the dongle is useful – and so tiny that it’s very easy to lose.
Another interesting idea is to plug an Apple Pencil holder into the iPad’s lightning port and then it can cradle the pencil. This probably doesn’t make much sense, unless you like to your your iPad while standing up. I can’t imagine that it’s much help when you want to put your iPad in a dock…
If you want to just stop your Apple Pencil from rolling off the table and like having it close to hand, you can use a pencil stand. Even better, get one that can also recharge the Apple Pencil while it’s docked!
How not to lose your Apple Pencil Lightning-to-Lightning Adapter Dongle
If you do lose your lightning-to-lightning adapter dongle, Apple is the only source. At the time of writing this, sadly, they do not sell them on their website. Instead, you can call AppleCare for replacements if you lost the adapter, cap, tip or pencil body, 800-275-2273. Have your Apple Pencil serial number ready.
Or, you can purchase a recharging cable that has a female lightning connector to act as a receptacle to the Apple Pencil. In fact, you might have one of these just in case you lose the dongle while on the road.
Pimp my Stylus!
If you are fashion-conscious, you can give your Apple Pencil a nice faux-wood effect with a pencil skin.