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JBL Charge 3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1483 reviews of JBL Charge 3. The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and price. The design and usability also get good feedback.

size, usability, design, price, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the JBL Charge 3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Techradar Recommended 2016

Expert review by: Lewis Leong (techradar.com)

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker review

 

The Charge 3 strikes a perfect balance between sound, features and price

Kicking bass response ; Water-proof ; Gets loud ; Charges your device

Muted highs ; Big and heavy ; Exposed woofers

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...

Jul, 2016

Trusted Reviews Recommended

Expert review by: Tom Wiggins (trustedreviews.com)

JBL Charge 3

 

JBL Charge 3 review: Sturdy sound and build make JBL's Charge 3 a solid choice if you're not looking to pay top dollar.

Sturdy build ; Weighty sound ; Decent waterproofing ; Doubles as a portable charger

A little on the heavy side ; Mid-range can be hit and miss

Sturdy sound and build make JBL’s Charge 3 a solid choice if you’re not looking to pay top dollar.

Aug, 2017

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

JBL Charge 3 review

 

This portable wireless speaker is built to last in the outdoors

Impressive build ; Clever design ; Useful features ; Solid, weighty and punchy sound ; Balanced presentation

Lacks a little openness and subtlety

JBL’s versatile wireless speaker delivers a super sound indoors or out

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

JBL Charge 3 review

 

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...

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...

While it plays louder than the JBL Charge 2+ it doesn't sound as good.

The JBL Charge 3 is larger than its predecessor, fully waterproof, and plays louder -- but it should sound a little better.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: (which.co.uk)

JBL Charge 3 review

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The JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker is well protected against the elements and has an impressive battery life. But does it do enough to be a Which? Best Buy? We sent this wireless speaker to the test lab to see if it deserves a spot by the pool.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Jonathan Bray (alphr.com)

JBL Charge 3 review: Is this the ultimate festival speaker?

 

Rugged, waterproof, and bombastically loud, but the Charge 3 isn't the last word in sound quality

Ultimately, the JBL Charge 3 is a decent-sounding speaker, that also happens to rugged, good-looking, has great stamina and is completely waterproof.

Jun, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

JBL Charge 3

 

The JBL Charge 3 is an outdoor-friendly portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a considerable bass punch for its size and price.

Powerful audio performance with solid bass response and well-defined highs. Water-resistant design. Speakerphone functionality. Can charge mobile devices.

Cannot backward navigate tracks. A bit bulky. Light on accessories.

Conclusions For $150, the JBL Charge 3 is an excellent Bluetooth speaker. If you're looking for a more compact speaker that can still deliver solid bass response, we really like the Sony SRS-XB3 (which is only slightly smaller, but less cumbersome in...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Jon L. Jacobi (techhive.com)

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker review: Play all day, play all night

 

JBL's Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker can run for an astounding 20 hours between charges. Party hardy folks!

Thumpy bass ; Outstanding run time ; Links up with other JBL Bluetooth speakers

Poor documentation ; Audio lacks clarity and separation.

The Charge 3 is one of, if not the longest-lasting outdoor Bluetooth speakers you can buy. And despite my petty delving into audiophile sound concepts, many users love the sound of JBL. Bless em’. If that’s you, take a listen to this one. You’ll love...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

JBL Charge 3 review

 

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...

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...

While it plays louder than the JBL Charge 2+ it doesn't sound as good.

The JBL Charge 3 is larger than its predecessor, fully waterproof, and plays louder -- but it should sound a little better.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com.au)

JBL Charge 3 review: A wireless speaker that takes two steps forward, one step back

 

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...

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...

While it plays louder than the JBL Charge 2+ it doesn't sound as good

The JBL Charge 3 is larger than its predecessor, fully waterproof, and plays louder -- but it should sound a little better.

Jun, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Frequency range:65 - 20000
RMS rated power:20
Speakers RMS power:10

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Blue, Red / Blue, Turquoise / Camouflage / Green / Grey / Red / Turquoise
Design:Tube
International Protection (IP) code:IPX7
Product Type:Mono / STEREO
Protection features:Splash proof, Water resistant
Volume Control:Digital

Features

USB connector type:MICRO-USB

Loudspeakers

Audio output channels:2.0
Driver diameter:5
Driver Size:5
Number of drivers:2
Number of Speakers:1 / 2
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):80

Other features

Output Power:5V DC, 2.3A
USB Connectivity:Y / Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Batteries included:Y / Yes
Cables included:MICRO-USB
Manual: Yes
Number of products included:1
Package Type:Box
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Packaging Data

Package Type:Box

Performance

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Hands-free mode: Yes
Recommended usage:Tablet / Smartphone / Universal

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth version:4.1
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless / Wireless
Frequency range:2.4 - 2.48
Interface:Bluetooth / Bluetooth/USB
USB charging port:Y / Yes
USB Connectivity:Y
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
Wireless Technology:Bluetooth

Power

Battery Capacity:6000
Battery life (max):20
Battery recharge time:4.5
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery Type:Built-in
Battery voltage:3.7
External power adapter:Y / Yes
Number of Batteries Supported:1
Power source type:Battery
USB charging:Y / Yes

Technical Details

Wireless Connection:Y / Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:8.7 / 87
Height :8.85 / 88.5
Weight:800
Width:21.3 / 213 / 23.1 / 231