- JBL Charge 4 review: Worth the money, kind of
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JBL Charge 4 review: Worth the money, kind of
The JBL Charge 4 is one of the best speakers JBL has ever made Basically the same sound as the Charge 3 . During our testing, we managed to get the Charge 4 to pump out music for 13 hours and 46 minutes straight.del 2017 2017 del
The Good The JBL Charge 3 is a well-designed, fully waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker that features good battery life and doubles as an external charger for your portable devices. It also has built-in speakerphone capabilities, and plays loudly with strong bass for its size and price class. The Bottom Line The JBL Charge 3 is larger than its predecessor, fully waterproof, and plays louder -- but it should sound a little better. There are a zillion wireless Bluetooth speakers you can buy these days, but three brands rise to the top of the heap: Bose, Ultimate Ears and JBL. And of those three, only JBL makes models that also double as backup batteries for phones and other USB-powered devices: the Charge line. Like its predecessors, you can lay it flat or stand it up vertically.
JBL's Flip 3 is a perfect example of this, offering vastly improved audio over its predecessor while introducing water resistance. Like previous models, the Flip 3 is a 6. Inside, two 1. That's a lot of sound inside a relatively small package. The Flip 3 comes in a rainbow of colors: yellow, teal, red, pink, orange, gray, blue and black.
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. It's smaller than the Charge, but has gotten features previously reserved for JBL's higher-end waterproof speakers. With that in mind I tested the Flip 4 a little differently than I would a normal Bluetooth speaker. Instead of focusing primarily on audio quality, I wanted to see if it could live up to JBL's durability and connectivity claims.
Basically the same sound as the Charge 3 Slightly bigger and heavier than previous model The buttons that aren't lit up are hard to see in the dark Vocals in the mids can get masked by bass No microphone for phone calls. Otherwise, there isn't much difference between this and the Charge 3 before it though USB-C charging is definitely nice. The newest in the line-up is the JBL Charge 4 speaker, but how different is it really? The JBL Charge 4 speaker is slightly larger than the previous version, and a little heavier too. But if you look a little closer you begin to notice a few slight differences in build, or should I say, in size. You should be able to throw this in a backpack with no problem. On either end of the speaker the Charge 4 is still rocking dual exposed passive radiators.
Despite a bit of extra weight, the JBL Charge 3 is a Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere — including your backyard pool thanks to its new waterproof exterior. And while it falters on the high notes, overall the Charge 3 strikes a great balance between sound, features and price. The JBL Charge 3 is looking to make its mark in the mass of Bluetooth speakers out there, but its name gives it an advantage straight away — JBL has always stood out as one of the best, most reliable brands out there. Aside from the top-performing sound, its Charge line of Bluetooth speakers allow you to charge your device up while you're blasting out tunes Like many of its competitors, mainly the UE Boom series, the JBL Charge 3 is also waterproof, which means you can use it at the pool or the beach without worrying about any splashes or water-based accidents. The JBL Charge 2 won many over with its exceptional battery life, high-end build quality and good sound. That means it's definitely a tough act to follow.
Related: Best Bluetooth speakers. About the size of a Thermos flask and covered in a tightly woven fabric, the Charge 3 is essentially cylindrical but for a flattened platform on the bottom that ensures it sits still. This is used to activate the JBL Connect feature, which allows you to connect other JBL-made products to form a symphony of speakers all playing the same tune from the same phone. Having rewatched Inception recently, I used it to charge another Bluetooth speaker. Just make sure that flap round the back is closed properly.
JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker review
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JBL Charge 3 Review
The clue is in the name. This portable Bluetooth speaker is blessed with a mAh battery, which is darn impressive - even if its recently announced successor, the Charge 4 , takes that to mAh. As long as you have the relevant USB cable to hand, you can connect your device to the USB socket on the back of the Charge 3 speaker and piggy-back the built-in battery. And thanks to its rugged design, the speaker travels extremely well. It looks robust and sturdy — and feels just as tough and hardy in hand. This is definitely a speaker that could quite happily cope with an active camping weekend or beach holiday.