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JBL Charge 3

JBL Charge 3
alaScore 98

114 reviews

Jun, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 114 reviews of JBL Charge 3. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and price. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably.

size, design, usability, 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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Expert review by: (techradar.com)

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker review

 

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

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

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: 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

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: 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

Expert review by: (techaeris.com)

JBL Charge 3 review: A Bluetooth speaker that’s worth every penny

 

Bluetooth speakers pretty much rain in our offices, I mean literally pour out of the ceiling. We've done so many Bluetooth speaker reviews we could probably do sound for a The Rolling Stones concert with all these speakers. As we've been doing these...

Massive sound. Well balanced, nothing overpowers anything else. Waterproof IPX7. 20 hours playtime. 6000mAh powerbank

Call quality isn't horrible but sometimes the caller couldn't understand me

If you just need one really good Bluetooth speaker that's waterproof, this is it.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Josh Smith (gottabemobile.com)

JBL Charge 3 Review: Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

 

You will not miss the low end as the Charge 3 is great at delivering powerful bass while still managing to push crisp highs. Ultimately the JBL Charge 3 knocks it out of the park on a variety of genres and tracks from acoustic to pop tracks and...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Michael Gowan (tomsguide.com)

JBL Charge 3 Review: 2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

 

This is a case of two steps forward, one step back. The Charge 3 has an attractive new appearance, better water resistance and more battery life. But the changes have turned a speaker with excellent sound into one that's just good.

Waterproof ; Loud ; Good battery life

Weaker sound quality than JBL Charge 2+ ; Limited app

The JBL Charge 3 improves water resistance, battery life and volume over its predecessor, but sacrifices sound quality in the process.

Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: Michael (reevoo.com)

JBL Charge 3

 

Superb quality of sound at both low and high volumes . No distortion . All frequencies , low and high , are crystal clear . Cannot be faulted .

Jan, 2017

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

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