The best accessories for your HTC ThunderBolt

HTC ThunderBolt accessories

Now that everybody who's anybody has an HTC ThunderBolt (what, you don't have yours yet?) let's take a quick look at some of the best HTC ThunderBolt accessories, as determined by you, the buying public. First and foremost, to no one's surprise, is the massive HTC 2750mAh extended battery with extended battery door (seen above). Face it, the thing eats batteries for breakfast, and this ThunderBolt extended battery is the first thing most people are buying.

And rounding out the your five hottest HTC ThunderBolt accessories, we have:

And we're just getting started. Head on past the break for our top pics.

Our top accessories for the HTC ThunderBolt

Kind of a big question, right? Where do we start. The HTC ThunderBolt is one of the hottest phones of the spring, if not the year. It's the first device with LTE data. But along with all that high-speed goodness comes a trade-off -- battery life. And a lot of us have made an extra battery -- especially an extended battery -- our first HTC ThunderBolt accessory. For others, it's a holster, or a skin, or a case, or a screen protector. Bluetooth headsets, speakerphones and stereo headphones allow you to go hands-free while talking or listening to music.

Below you'll find some of our top accessory picks for the HTC ThunderBolt from those of us here at the site and in the forums. Maybe it's cases, maybe it's a battery (and chances are pretty good). So without further ado, some of our favorite accessories so far for the HTC ThunderBolt, broken down by category:

Best HTC ThunderBolt cases

Mobi Products Hard Shell Case
Mobi Products
Hard Shell Case

HTC Skin Case
HTC
Skin Case
Seidio Spring Clip Holster
Seidio
Spring Clip Holster
HTC Messenger Case
HTC
Messenger Case

Picking the best case for the HTC ThunderBolt isn't easy. There are so many to choose from. You've got hard cases, skins, holsters, leather cases -- the works. The Mobi Products Hard Shell Case stands out just because the colors are great. The plastic molding isn't quite 100 percent, but we're willing to overlook that.

If you're looking for a simple skin case for your ThunderBolt, check out the HTC Skin Case. It's a basic rubber case that slips over the phone. Easy on, easy off.

If you're looking for a ThunderBolt holster, Seidio's Spring Clip is tried and true. The phone clips in, and the spring clip is sturdy, but not overly difficult, so you have quick access to the phone while it's on your side.

A leather-ish case gives you a little more style, and the HTC Messenger case may be the way to go. The phone easily slips in and out for a comfortable and stylish ride in your pocket.

 Best HTC ThunderBolt batteries

HTC Extended Battery w/ Door for Thunderbolt
HTC 2750mAh
extended battery
Seidio Innocell 1600mAh batter for ThunderBolt
Seidio Innocell
1600mAh spare

Easy picks here. The ThunderBolt chews through batteries if you're using the LTE data. The HTC 2750mAh battery gives you nearly double the juice. It's an extended battery, so it's a little bigger and comes with an extended battery door. The Seidio Innocell 1600mAh battery gives you a little extra juice over the stock battery, and it does it without adding any size or weight.

Best HTC ThunderBolt chargers

Mobi Products Cradle w/ Spare Battery Slot for HTC Thunderbolt
Mobi Products
cradle & battery charger

Smartphone Experts Micro-USB Travel Charger for HTC Thunderbolt
SPE microUSB
travel charger
HTC Micro-USB Travel Charger for Thunderbolt
HTC microUSB
travel charger

Like we said, you're going to be charging your ThunderBolt a lot. If you've gone with an extra battery, the Mobi Products cradle has a slot to charge the extra battery at the same time as you're charging the ThunderBolt. If you're looking the a simple spare charger, the Smartphone Experts microUSB charger is the way to go. And if you have a plethora of spare microUSB cables laying around, the HTC microUSB travel charger is an easy pick -- just plug in the cable.

Best HTC ThunderBolt car accessories

 HTC Micro-USB Dual Car Charger for Thunderbolt
HTC microUSB
dual charger
 iGrip PerfektFit Charging Dock for HTC Thunderbolt
iGrip PerfektFit
car charging dock
Blueant Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Speakerphone for HTC Thunderbolt
Blueant Supertooth 3
Bluetooth speakerphone

Three things you're going to need if you're even going to think about using a smartphone in a car: A charger, a dock and some sort of Bluetooth device. The HTC microUSB dual charger lets you charge two devices at the same time while you're on the road. So you can power up your phone and Bluetooth device simultaneously. Or two phones at once, if that's how you roll.

You'll need a dock to actually hold the phone, and the iGrip PerfektFit car charging dock does just that. It's got a powerful suction cup so it stays in place on your dash or on the windshield. And you can plug in a microUSB car charger so you're juiced up at the same time.

If you don't want to use a Bluetooth headset, check out a speakerphone instead. The Blueant Supertooth 3 is an old favorite that also connects with your contacts to let you know who's trying to get ahold of you.

Other HTC ThunderBolt accessories

 Smartphone Experts Screen Protectors (2-Pack) for HTC Thunderbolt
Smartphone Experts
Screen Protectors
HTC Stereo Headset with Remote Controller for Thunderbolt
HTC
Stereo Headset

SanDisk 32GB microSDHC Card for HTC Thunderbolt
SanDisk 32GB
microUSB card

And rounding out our top accessories for the HTC ThunderBolt, we've got a trio of items that are too often overlooked.

If you don't want to use a case with your phone, at least use a screen protector. The Smartphone Experts Screen Protectors are cut to size for your ThunderBolt, so you're ensured to have a perfect fit.

The HTC Stereo Headset lets you listen to music and has a microphone so you can take calls without having to remove it from your ears.

And the SanDisk 32GB microUSB card means you'll have plenty of room on your ThunderBolt for pictures, movies and music.

The wrap up

So there you have it, our look at our top accessories for the HTC ThunderBolt. Cases, batteries, chargers, car accessories -- everything you need to get the most use out of your ThunderBolt, and keep it safe at the same time.